Pop Place at Tricentennial Park

For a few more days, Tricentennial Park is hosting an array of vendors in pop up shops. Pop Place is a fun way shot showcase awesome local shops and artists in a fun way, while encouraging people to check out what downtown has to offer.

Tonight is the \”Experience: Pop Place\” event and will will feature Fort Orange General Store, Semi-Lux, Capital Creative, Desolation Road Studios, South End Pallet Works, All Day She Plays, and The Rise and Shine Company. There will be music from Bell\’s Roar and Olivia Quillio and food from Druthers Brewery, Dali Mamma & Cider Belly Doughnuts.

Check the event page and head over tonight at 5pm.

Photo: Capitalize Albany/facebook

Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Recap

This past Friday, upstate New York was gifted with another performance from an artist proudly of the Hyperdub roster. Laurel Halo is a brilliant producer and live electronic musician whose music gets you thinking as much you get lost in it.

I first saw Laurel Halo at TURRBOTAX®, a monthly club night in New York City that had first exposed me to some of my now-favorite producers over the past several years. In the city, it was a fully loaded dance set packed with the purest techno (read: actual techno) imaginable. Her performance at EMPAC on Friday was the complete opposite. Halo’s set was full of heavy, mysterious synths and samples that built towards one direction, and then shifted into a completely different, but not so distant direction. It was difficult to catch the rhythm or nod along but that seemed to be the clear intention of the artist.

Her set was a curious presentation of sound, as opposed to being engineered for a dance club setting like I had experienced in the past, and was somewhat expecting. I’d almost consider this set to be a total tease, knowing the type of music I’ve heard her capable of creating in the past. I enjoyed her performance with my eyes closed and my thoughts drifting, while seated in the venue’s main concert hall. There’s something to be said of being able to sit down to watch an artist with Halo’s talent and unique approach to sound. It was truly something different.

Halo’s music is meditative and pensive, while also aggressive, sharp, complicated and simple, all at once. It was all about the build with Halo controlling chaos and creating intricate patterns that seemed both illogical and perfectly on point. Whatever Halo is doing seriously works for her, as Friday’s performance had us all completely captivated.

Troy Restaurant Week starts today

Troy Restaurant Week kicks off today, and features different menu items between $5 and $30 in $5 increments. $5 will get you select lunch items, $10 will get you entress, $20 gets you into dinner territory and $30 gets you big dinners to share.

Check the restaurant week price and food list and be sure to check out the videos Erin Pihlaja had created in support of Troy Restaurant Week.

Grab a friend and go try a new restaurant over in Troy!

Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 12

Screen Print Biennial Opening Reception at The Arts Center: An incredible exhibit featuring absolutely incredible artists and artwork.

Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Another Hyperdub artist at EMPAC. Go to this if you like electronic music in any capacity.

Jocelyn Arndt at the Hollow: With Jenna Paone, Myron James, and Carl Daniels and The Black Box.

Peter Case at the Low Beat: Grammy nominated singer/songwriter with Red Haired Strangers.

Basilica Soundscape: Hope you have tickets already because this whole shebang is completely sold out.

Saturday September 13

Pearl Palooza: Free. Featuring The Weeks, SLAPTOP, Wild Adriatic, Northern Faces, Royal Bangs, Broods, and Terraplane Sun.

Richard Barone and Bell’s Roar at the Low Beat: Songs and stories. And more songs.

Basilica Soundscape: Hope you have tickets already because this whole shebang is completely sold out.

Crashing Funerals, Start The Reactor, In Trenches and more at Bogies: Get your local hardcore/metal fix.

Sunday September 14

Potty Mouth at the Low Beat: With Long Legs and Aye Nako.

Rubblebucket at the Hollow: Indie tunes.

All Weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are always 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.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

Photo: Tonja Torgerson, An exhibiting artist at the Screen Print Biennial