Upcoming shows & Events
- WhoKeith Pray Big Band
- DateSeptember 6, 2016
- FeeNo Cover
The Big Soul Ensemble is a lot of band with a lot of soul. Comprised of over a dozen of the Capital Region's finest musicians, the Big Soul Ensemble pays homage to the past while playing material specifically written or arranged for the band, by its own members.
- WhoAlex Skolnick Trio
- DateSeptember 16, 2016
- Time8 PM
- Fee$15 adv / $19 door
Take the elegance of jazz guitar as inspired by Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Joe Pass. Blend it with the greatest melodies of heavy metal (Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Aerosmith, et al). What do you get? AST (Alex Skolnick Trio)!
Known for their sophisticated re-harmonizations of heavy classics as well as quirky originals, AST perform with a depth, humor, and character that enthralls fans across the musical spectrum. An AST concert will quickly achieve legitimacy in the eyes and ears of skeptical jazz fans, while at the same time introduce metalheads to the pleasures of music without moshpits. A 2015 cover story said of its leader, well known for his work with thrash metal group Testament, "Though he is pretty much a household name in heavy metal, Alex Skolnick is not your average, everyday shredding guitarist. In reality, he defies categorization by musical genre." (Making Music Magazine 2015).
Now, Alex Skolnick is releasing a new live album with his jazz guitar trio and we are putting together a U.S. tour to promote the release! In concert, AST performs a mix of compelling original compositions, with radically altered yet heartfelt arrangements of Scorpions, Aerosmith, Ozzy, Judas Priest, and more, to standing ovations.
Alex Skolnick (guitar and vocals), Matt Zebroski (drums), Nathan Peck (acoustic standup bass) are stellar virtuoso artists who thrive on playing challenging music in front of their fans. AST delights their dedicated audience while breaking hallowed and, supposedly, mutually opposite music genres. Along with Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Charlie Hunter, Alex has the profound distinction of being one of the more successful breakout individual students of uber-guitar-hero Joe Satriani.
- WhoMaria Muldaur
- DateSeptember 24, 2016
- Time6:30 & 8:3
- Fee$20 ADV./ $24 DOOR
Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,”which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.
In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and other awards.
- WhoThe Bird Dogs Present the Everly Brothers Experience
- DateOctober 21, 2016
- Time7 & 9 PM
- Fee$15 ADV. / $18 DOOR
The Bird Dogs are bringing a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to our stage for the first time! The Bird Dogs, an L.A.-based duo composed of singing brothers Dylan and Zachary Zmed (sons of “T.J. Hooker” star Adrian Zmed,), celebrate the genetic intimacy ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. In the 1950’s, at the birth of RocknRoll, the Everlys bridged country and rock with countless classics like "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," "Cathy's Clown," 'When Will I Be Loved" and "Bye Bye Love,” plus they inspired The Beatles, Kinks, Buddy Holly and Simon & Garfunkel. Their blend of two part harmony and three decade career continues to influence artists around the world. Hear these timeless classics live by a brother team and a crack backup band.
“Then I heard the music, as the pair lovingly recreates the genius of Phil and Don without using gimmicks. The end result is somewhat magical.”
By Keith Valcourt — Special to The Washington Times - - Sunday, July 10, 2016
- WhoCalifornia Guitar Trio
- DateOctober 22, 2016
- Fee$22 ADV / $26 AT DOOR
Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio's (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they're part of the music, not just spectators.
CGT's 14 albums, streamed over 54 million times on Pandora, have made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. 25 years and 1,600+ gigs later, the CGT remains intensely committed to explore, evolve and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.