Friday: Grand Re-Opening of Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo

I’m happy to see that 2015 is carrying the momentum of last year, with more new local businesses consistently popping up, in both Albany and Troy alike.

Next to join the roster is Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo, which has recently relocated from its original location in Troy, to 7 Hill Street, nestled in Troy’s original Little Italy neighborhood. The tattoo shop was founded in 2012 by Jessica Gahring, who appeared on TLC’s NY Ink. With the addition of artists Nick Reinert and Chris Conlon, I’ve seen some really spectacular tattoos come out of the shop since its been on my radar, and I highly recommend those in the market for a new tattoo to get in touch.

Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo will be hosting an official ribbon cutting with Mayor Rosamalia at 4pm in front of the new studio, with a reception to follow. The celebration will feature live music from DJ Kloud9, as well as the displayed works of photographer Tony Colasurdo. The shop’s gallery will act as another home to showcase the work of more local artists in the days to come as well, and is hosting its first gallery show in conjunction with its grand re-opening and Troy Night Out.

For more information about the re-opening party and to get acquainted with the shop’s talented artists, please pay a visit, either online or stop by the shop this Friday, beginning at 4pm.

Image courtesy Ms. Dixie’s

Recap: Tim Hecker at EMPAC

It’s not everyday that attending a concert entails sitting in a pitch black auditorium. This past Friday at EMPAC felt like a rare listening opportunity featuring the unveiling of the aural result of a weeklong residency from Tim Hecker.

Tim Hecker is one of the leading figures in ambient and experimental music, whose work is very structured with intentional and conscious composition, while also creating room for the individual listener to have a different emotional response and listening experience to the abstract waves of sound presented.

The concert hall at EMPAC, whose high fabric ceilings and sound-deafening walls help assist in providing the best sound available in the upstate region, was bustling prior to the performance with much excitement abound. Upon “curtain call,” the lights faded off, and a book light was the only source of light visible on the stage. Tim Hecker came onto stage and began his performance.

Hecker played collected samples of organic instruments such as piano, organ and string synthesizers and created, well, an ambiance all his own and one specific to the site. This was a listening experience that would fail at a normal venue, and if you haven’t experienced the sound quality that EMPAC offers, you seriously need to attend the very next event you can. (Check out their Fall calendar on their website).

For an hour, Hecker was our guide, with no other interaction with the audience save for the performance itself. I found myself unable to keep my eyes open and drifted in and out of my state of consciousness. I’m somewhat certain I fell asleep, but this wasn’t like falling asleep to looping ocean noises via an alarm clock. This composition was dramatic at times and soothing at others, all while washing sub-bass, appropriate static and building melodies over the crowd. Once the performance came to a halt and the lights turned on, with Hecker disappearing out of sight, it was hard to shake off the daze we were in and I didn’t realize how much time had actually gone by.

All in all, it was quite the enjoyable listening experience, and one that no recording of the performance would do the artist any justice in recreating what he presented to us.