Drake and Lil Wayne to play SPAC August 12

From Billboard:

Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY.

The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27, ending in Woodlands, Texas at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 20 through Live Nation.

Shaggy and Bootsy Collins at the Plaza June 18

On Wednesday, June 18th Shaggy and Bootsy Collins will be performing as part of the Summer at the Plaza series. Opening up is DJ Nate da Great.

From the event page:

Known as the “man who put bass in yer face,” Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists / singers / bandleaders. His first group, the Pacesetters, functioned as James Brown’s backup band, and Bootsy’s inspired, clever progressions and patterns on the bass were a vital part of James Brown’s recordings. Bootsy later joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic, before launching Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff to P-Funk.

Shaggy is a reggae fusion singer, widely known for his hit album “Boombastic” that won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Other hits include It Wasn’t Me and Angel. In 2012 Shaggy received a Grammy Nomination for his 10th studio album “Summer in Kingston” and in 2013 Sly & Robbie Presents Shaggy released a collaborative album titled “Out of Many, One Music.”

Check the rest of the details on the Summer at the Plaza website.

Making of the Mall: A Documentary about Empire State Plaza

This video popped up on YouTube with the barren description “The building of the south mall, Albany NY 1960s and 70s”. This video is insanely awesome and completely enthralling on many levels. Set aside the 17 minutes and learn about this city’s history.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz at the Spectrum

At 6:30pm on June 30, the Spectrum will have one showing of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. If you’re not familiiar with Aaron Swartz, take a minute to at least read the summary section of his wikipedia page.

From the Times:

At 14, Mr. Swartz helped create RSS, the nearly ubiquitous tool that allows users to subscribe to online information. He later became an Internet folk hero, pushing to make many Web files free and open to the public. But in July 2011, he was indicted on federal charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading 4.8 million articles and documents, nearly the entire library.

Check out the official event page and secure your ticket soon! The director of the film, Brian Knappenberger will also Skype in for a Q&A session following the show.

Tonight: Homeboy Sandman at the Hollow

Tomorrow the Hollow will host an awesome hip-hop show featuring Homeboy Sandman and The Difference Machine alongside local favorites Masai, Moses Rockwell, and Mic Lanny.

Background for the uninformed, from his latest Pitchfork review:

Granted, those crunching noises come after a bunch of verses relating to Sandman’s vegan/organic/health food diet, which reclaims almond milk and lentils from hippie-dippie yuppie-shopper punchline status and flips it through his own eat-right lens in the tradition of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Ham ‘n’ Eggs”. From there on out there’s ample proof that Sandman’s blend of straight-up rhyming, conceptual thrust, and worldbuilding storytelling is yet again on point. In doses of little interconnected one-liner details, unspooling over “I Saw a World” or “Bad Meaning Good”, his negative-space-heavy hard-stop flow lets the snapshots come into focus. Bigger-picture stories feel like they could go on for another half-dozen verses—there’s devastating depth to the broken woman depicted at the core of “Echoes” (“Her mother once beside herself with worry/ Now she wander right beside her none the wiser/ She didn’t recognize her”).

Homeboy Sandman is definitely one for the real hip-hop heads. Check out more info on the official event page and head to the Hollow tomorrow to see Albany’s finest along with Homeboy himself.