Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 23

Body Shine #6 at Fuze Box: Proper dance party.

Vaud & the Villans at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: This week’s sponsor. Big band.

Fall Open House at Collar City Athletics: Free day at my gym.

Dryer, Asa Morris & The Mess, Hill Haints at The Low Beat: Rock/lo-fi/indie/alt.

Is This All There Is? at Albany Barn: Skateboard art show.

Fear of Strangers and The Units at the Hollow: Reunion show.

Saturday September 24

LarkFest: Featuring The Relationship (Brian Bell of Weezer), Ought, Lower Dens, Delicate Steve, The Televisionaries, Cannon the Brave, County Mike, Gordon St, Hammer Hawk, Jouska, PineSheets, MR. Every Day, Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Revival Revival, Ryan Leddick, Slowshine, and Throat Culture.

Geektoberfest at Shmaltz Brewing Company: Beer and beer and more beer and everything about beer and people who like beer.

Dylan Perrillo Quartet at Cohoes Music Hall: Free weekend as it’s their soft opening.

Randy & Mr. Lahey at Upstate Concert Hall: Trailer Park Boys.

Revival Revival at River St Pub: CCR cover band with Pony in the Pancake.

J.D. McPherson at The Hangar: Retro rock and roll.

Food of Spain Cooking Class at M&D Farm: Learn to be the type of person who can make food for themselves!

Troy, NY Annual Ramble Ride: Ride your bike!

Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest at Sunnyside Gardens: It’s fall!

Albany History Race at APL: Scavenger hunt!

Sunday September 25

The Sandlot at Cohoes Music Hall: Free weekend.

Crowbar, Gunther Weezul, Before I Had Wings, and Driven By Rage at Trickshots: Metal.

Quilt, Mutual Benefit, Donny Dinero, at BSP Kingston: Indie/alt.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.


Lapalux at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

Lapalux is coming to EMPAC on October 6, and is exploring “a new audio-visual experience” for the performance. EMPAC was kind enough to give me a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are currently available from EMPAC.


Considered “one of the finest producers of the moment,” London-based artist Lapalux (AKA Stuart Howard) is a rising star of electronic music. Mixing R&B, IDM, and a penchant for sci-fi with woozy, glitched-out beats, his early work caught the ear of LA mastermind Flying Lotus, whose forward-listening hip-hop label, Brainfeeder, has subsequently released Lapalux’s first two records. Last year’s Lustmore was inspired by the experience of hypnogogia, the transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, with each track aspiring to create a liminal world populated by enigmatic characters and cinematic plotlines.

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Girl Blue “I Am Not A Star”

Girl Blue – real name Arielle O’Keefe – has been gaining ground around the Capital Region. Putting on performances that are at once sensitive and dynamic, she is poised to release her debut EP “I Am Not A Star” on October 5, 2016. The music video for her first single, Fire Under Water, premieres today, and she was able to answer some questions about the hard work and emotion behind her music.

Who is Girl Blue?

Good question. The answer changes for me all the time. It’s ever evolving. I think it’s like really emotional future rock-pop. I’ll get better at wording that someday. I had wanted to have some kind of separation from my ‘real’ name, which I had previously been putting music out under. Girl Blue was something I had been sitting with for awhile, I had been really influenced by Nina Simone and her record “Little Girl Blue” growing up, and there’s a Stevie Wonder song called “Girl Blue” that when I heard for the first time I went “well yup, yeah that’s me”. It just resonated with me. I had a friend tell me I was blue, my energy or whatever, around the same time. It felt like me, so I went with it.

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Lucas Confectionery team taking over Minissale’s

Steve Barnes writing for the TU:

The decor at Donna’s will remain largely the same as Minissale’s, LaVine said; improvements will be made to the kitchen, particularly the purchase of new equipment for Nick Ruscitto, the head chef at Peck’s Arcade, who will switch to running the kitchen at Donna’s. Matt Sciubba, currently sous chef at Peck’s, will step up to the top position at the downtown restaurant.

An opening in late October or early November is projected, pending closure of the deal and necessary permitting.