Annie and the Hedonists break out new CD at Lena's

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- On Saturday night, Caffè Lena hosts a very special event featuring one of the Capital Region's best-known voices. Annie and the Hedonists will have CD release party featuring its new album, "Women Be Wise." Annie and Jonny Rosen have been a part of the Capital Region music scene since the early '90s. "Annie and I moved from Milwaukee, where we were playing as a duet in 1990," Jonny Rosen said. "We got involved with the Pickin' and Singin' Gatherin' (festival in Ballston Spa)

Historic NASCAR cars on display at Saratoga Automobile Museum

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Saratoga Automobile Museum has brought racing history to upstate New York with the "Moonshine to Millionaires: NASCAR History, Heroes and Technology" exhibit. The display, which continues through Nov. 25, features a dozen historic race cars. Susan Carbonaro, executive director of the museum, has gotten lots of great feedback since the exhibit opened in the summer. "It's a terrific exhibit. We've had people comment that it is as good as anything the NASCAR Hall of Fame ha

StoryHarvest nurtures a creative community

TROY -- The 2nd annual StoryHarvest: Celebration of Art and Food from Seed to Table comes to town Saturday. It is a celebration of Troy with Vermont's Bread & Puppet Theater. Branda Miller, the Arts & Education coordinator for the Sanctuary For Independent Media, said the event and the special guests will help to enhance the sense of community in Troy. "We are going to bring artists in and give free workshops with high-level artists for the community." Free workshops will be offered at the Sanc

Wiyos not in Kansas anymore; make landfall in Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- "We've been hard livin' and hard tourin' for seven to eight years, doing about 200 shows a year. In the last 16 months, we've been slowing down so we can have a life and work on other projects," said Michael Farkas describing the current state of the Wiyos, which plays Caffè Lena Friday night. The current incarnation of the band gets back to its trio-roots, with Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins joining Farkas. "We always played a lot of different styles and have kind

Larkfest: A music, food and retail jam

ALBANY -- Fall is here and so is LarkFest, Albany's annual celebration of music, art and cooler weather. Bands, vendors and local restaurants will close down Lark Street in the center of Albany Saturday. Meghan McGrath, director of Operations for the Lark Street Business Improvement District, is excited about running her first LarkFest, and she said this year's event will have all the favorites. "We have a bunch of awesome food, retail and arts and crafts vendors," McGrath said. "We have 12 ba

Tequila Mockingbirds a true fan band

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Tequila Mockingbirds have been together since 2004, playing wherever they could find an audience in the Capital Region. They decided to stop playing for paychecks and concentrate on places they wanted to play. This weekend, they will headline at Caffè Lena, a milestone for a band that decided to play for themselves to make a better show for their fans. George Fletcher and Peter Pashoukos, the two guitarists who make up the Tequila Mockingbirds, made a decision at the en

Specters prowl Proctors during Ghost Tour and Psychic Fair

SCHENECTADY -- This Saturday, Proctors Theater crosses over to the other side. Proctors will host its inaugural Psychic Fair, which will coincide with its second annual Ghost Tour. The audience will hear about the spooky history of one of the area's most famous sites, and meet some people who can put them in touch with another world. Organizer June Grinter said the Psychic Fair will be something completely unique to the area. "This is something new and, hopefully, we draw a lot of people." The

Action! Russians in play at Ballston Spa Film Festival

BALLSTON SPA -- The 5th annual Ballston Spa Film Festival is Friday and Saturday at Ballston Spa High School and Wiswall Park and should be fun for the whole family. This year, the festival will feature films by directors from all over the world, according to Ballston Spa Film Festival director Pam Grandin. This is Grandin's fourth year with the festival and she has seen it grow each year. "I attended the first year. It's grown in attendance some, but it has grown in recognition the most. It's

The barbecue is calling: Troy Pig Out this Saturday and Sunday in Riverfront Park

TROY -- The smell of barbecue is in the air. During this weekend's fifth annual Troy Pig Out in Riverfront Park, attendees will get to taste barbecue of all kinds from vendors across the country. The city will host a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned competition Saturday. The coveted Dinosaur Bar-B-Que People's Choice Rib Taste-Off features 8,000 $1 rib samples, but get in line early because tickets sell out quickly. Barbecue teams show up Friday and cook until Sunday. Many vendors travel to

Trans-Siberian Orchestra turns up the volume

ALBANY -- For nearly two decades, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has recorded some of the most epic and ambitious music you will ever hear. On Dec. 26, the orchestra's winter tour will stop at the Times Union Center for two incredible shows. Musical director and keyboardist Derek Weiland says it's an experience unlike any other. "It's a neat combination of the story, music and production," he said. "There's nothing like the experience of being at a TSO show. I don't want to say it's over the top, b

Skidmore College to present 11th Beatlemore Skidmania this weekend

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Skidmore College has a fall tradition unlike any other. Since 2001, a Beatles seminar class taught by Professor Gordon Thompson has put on Beatlemore Skidmania, a concert that celebrates one of the most famous musical acts of all time. The entire show is organized by Skidmore students, and many of the acts attend the college. "I don't know that there is any other concert like this," Thompson said. "There are concerts where people get together and play Beatles music, but th

Keller Williams: One man, two shows

ALBANY -- One-man jam band Keller Williams will roll into Albany Saturday for two very special and distinct shows. In the afternoon, he'll play a Keller Williams Kids Show with music specifically recorded for family fun. Later that evening, he'll host an all-ages show. Williams has recorded 16 albums in his career, but it wasn't until he released the children's album "Kids" in 2010 that he played music specifically for his littlest fans. "It's been said to me that my music has always been pla

Cirque du Soleil kicks it up a notch for Immortal Tour

ALBANY -- Cirque du Soleil's high flying "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" comes to the Times Union Center Tuesday, May 22. The show combines the world famous Cirque du Soleil stage show with the many hits of the King of Pop. For acrobat and dancer Terrance Harrison, dancing to Michael Jackson's music is like a dream come true. "When it came down to MJ, I was elated," Henderson said. "It's MJ. It's Michael. What else can you ask for as a performer who was totally inspired by MJ in the

Headband Jack makes you want to dance

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- If you're looking for a new but classic sound, head to Putnam Den tonight to see Saratoga's own Headband Jack. The self-proclaimed "partying band" is made up of Judson Rudgers, Zachary Hay, Grill Collins, Mark Retajczyk and Bryan Hogan. They've only been making music together for a year, but their sound has roots as old as rock 'n roll. "We have three members who grew up in Burnt Hills, and we all live in Saratoga now," Rudgers said. "We have only been a band for a little m

There's something funny about Skidmore

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Skidmore College has a funny tradition. It's called the National College Comedy Festival. This weekend sketch groups from all over the Northeast will converge on the North Broadway campus to share their comedy. "The Comedy Festival was founded in 1990 by David Minor, who was a Skidmore student at the time," said Lex Curry, the festival co-producer and Skidmore senior. "Now he's an executive producer on '30 Rock' and 'Parks & Recreation.' Well-known comedy acts like Tim Mead

Tribute is music under cover

Almost all musicians develop their craft by learning the songs of other artists. Cover bands and tribute bands are a staple of any music scene. Most of the time, these bands don't get much attention. On Saturday, the Killer B's will perform as part of the Powers Park free concert series. Next Wednesday Who's Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band will perform at Rockin' On The River. Next Thursday it will be Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffet cover band, on stage at Alive at Five. Who's Bad's website ca

Egypt Central rising from ashes

Friday night Egypt Central visits Northern Lights in Clifton Park. The Memphis band is just starting a nationwide tour with Cold and Kopek. Egypt Central has been around since 2002, but they're just now touring in support of their second album, which comes out in May. As bassist Joey Chicago told me, it's been a long road to get to Clifton Park and that second album. While none of the members of the band are originally from Memphis, they came together there after various reasons drew them to t

Quarrymen reviving legendary sound

John Lennon founded The Quarrymen in 1956 with the help of some friends from school. More than 50 years later, original members of The Quarrymen will stop in Albany to help commemorate what would have been the 70th birthday of Lennon, the man who went on to form The Beatles, the biggest musical act of all time. The Quarrymen will perform at The Egg on Wednesday, Oct. 6 featuring several of its original members. The concert will run after a meet-and-greet reception and a screening of "Nowhere Bo

Celebrate Halloween with moe.

The weekend after Thanksgiving seems an odd time to present a Halloween show. But that's what's happening at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Saturday when the nationally known band moe. presents a concert that was, because of illness, postponed from Oct. 30. Such a crisis could hurt ticket sales or drive the promoter of the show crazy. Neither happened in this case. moe. which originated in Buffalo back in 1989, has always been a popular band in this region. Even before they earned na

The power of chowder: Fifth Troy Chowderfest expected to sell out Saturday

TROY -- Twenty different Capital Region restaurants will compete for top honors Saturday at Troy's fifth annual Chowderfest. New restaurants and returning champions will be among this year's contenders, according to event organizer Elizabeth Young of the Downtown Business Improvement District. "We will have all sorts of different chowder," she said. "There will definitely be some chowder that falls on the creative side. Then, some people are thinking about more traditional chowder. There's lit