Upcoming shows & Events

Musician
  • WhoKeith Pray Big Band
  • DateFebruary 3, 2015
  • Time8:00
  • 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.


Musician
  • WhoBopitude Drum Battle
  • DateFebruary 6, 2015
  • Time8pm, Doors
  • Fee$12 Advance, $15 Day of

This event is modeled after the Gretsch Drum Nights at Birdland in NYC in the 1950s and 60s.  Perhaps the most famous of these was in 1960 that featured Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Persip and Elvin Jones.  The concept was to show off these great drummers in pairs with a jazz combo.  The closing typically featured a drum “battle” between the four drummers.

This event features all very well known local percussionists backed up by the popular jazz combo, Michael Benedict & BOPITUDE.

THE DRUMMERS

MICHAEL BENEDICT
Michael studied percussion at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and later earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University.  Michael has performed with Gary Smulyan, Ralph Lalama, Bruce Barth, Steve Nelson, Rene Flemming, Marian McPartland, Frank Foster, Milt Hinton, J.R. Monterose and Nick Brignola.  He was a member of the Planet Arts Trio, the Spike Jones Orchestra and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. He has toured the United States extensively and has performed in Europe and Africa.  His most recent album, “Five and One” was listed as one of the top jazz albums of 2013 by Downbeat magazine.

PETE SWEENEY
Pete is a drummer, author, and educator living in Troy NY.  He has performed with  Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, Lee Ritenour, John Abercrombie, Robben Ford, Andy Summers , Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), and Frank Gambale. He has written 20 instructional books for the Alfred publishing company.
Pete currently teaches at the Berkshire Music School, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the Troy Music Academy, and Union College. He is a member of the Latin jazz group Sensemaya, and is an endorser of Mapex drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Aquarian drum heads.

MARK FOSTER
Mark is a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  He is a long time member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.  Mark is also a member of the Empire Jazz Orchestra and has accompanied major jazz artists including Rufus Reed, Lew Soloff, David Newman and Lee Konitz.  He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Hudson Music Teacher program and the Vic Firth Education Team.  Mark has been involved in numerous freelance activities, the New York State Theatre Institute and Williamstown Theatre Festival.  He is on the music faculty of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  

BOB HALEK
Bob has been playing professionally since the age of 13.  He keeps a very active schedule with many recording and performing credits to his name, being able to perform with artists from any discipline.  He has performed on the Food Network, Newport Jazz Festival, Albany’s Tulip Festival, Lark Festival and A Place for Jazz.  His current schedule includes performances with The Empire Jazz Orchestra, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, Colleen Pratt Band, The Capitol Region Wind Ensemble, City Rhythm and various club bands.  Bob is on the teaching faculty at The Skidmore College Summer Jazz Program and The Proctors Summer Jazz Program.

PERCUSSIONIST-BRIAN MELICK
Brian is a featured recording artist on over 360 commercially released recordings highlighted by his seven solo projects.  Brian teaches participatory workshops, master classes and individual lessons focusing on the world of percussion and Udu drums.  He has written and produced two books and instructional DVDs.  Brian performs around the US and Canada with Cathie Ryan, Kevin McKrell, Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius & Heard, Maria Zemantauski, Globetrotting, Joy Adler, Bernstein Bard Quintet, Sonny & Perley, Seth & the Moodymelix, Soul Session, New York Players and Martha Gallagher.   His ongoing concert series “Acoustic Doorways” highlight diverse artists and music from all over the world.

BOPITUDE
Chris Pasin-Trumpet
Brian Patneaude-Tenor Saxophone
David Gleason-Piano
Mike Lawrence-Bass

TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL.  DOORS OPEN AT 6:30pm


Musician
  • WhoComedy Night w/ Rob Falcone and Chris Davis
  • DateFebruary 7, 2015
  • Time8:30pm
  • Fee$15 Advance, $18 Day of

Rob Falcone

Rob is a real character and one of New York City’s favorite comedians.  The reason he looks so familiar, is probably because you have seen him on numerous television shows including “Orange is the New Black,” “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Conviction” “Life on Mars,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch” and of course, the “Sopranos.”
 

DOORS OPEN AT 7pm FOR DINNER AND DRINKS, SHOWTIME AT 8:30

TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK


Musician
  • WhoValentine's Day Dinner w/ Jill Hughes
  • DateFebruary 13, 2015
  • Time8pm
  • Fee$30 per couple

Jill Hughes performs her annual Valentine’s Day show at the Van Dyck. A night of R&B; Soul & Jazz with Jill and her amazing band sets the right mood. She will be joined by her downstate collaborators - Jon Werking (piano/vocals) & Cliff Lyons (saxophone), along with local greats - Ed Torque (bass) and Bob Halek (drums). The Friday night Valentine’s Day celebration at the Van Dyck with Jill & her band is an ideal way to begin your weekend.  P.S. - a special guest will join Jill & the band to melt away the winter blues.

This is a night of premiere talent on stage of the Van Dyck.  An opportunity that should not be missed.

As Metroland so aptly stated, “Hughes toes the blurry jazz/soul/blues border with disarming ease and confidence, scatting with Ella one minute, wailing with Chaka another, and testifying with Etta the next.”

Join us at the Van Dyck for an evening with Jill Hughes.

The $30 per couple cover charge includes the entertainment and 2 complimentary glasses of champagne only.  A specially designed menu will be offered as well, with lighter fare items also available.  

Join us at the Van Dyck for an evening with Jill Hughes.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for dinner, with seatings at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. 

Please call the Van Dyck to reserve your table.


Musician
  • WhoComedy Night w/ Johnny Watson and Joe Currie
  • DateFebruary 14, 2015
  • Time8:30pm
  • Fee$15 Advance, $18 Day of

Johnny Watson

Too many comedians exaggerate about themselves when performing. Johnny doesn't need to. When Johnny Watson tells a joke about himself and his family, no exaggeration is necessary.

Watson, a white kid growing up in New Jersey's black and Hispanic neighborhoods, was what you call "pugelistically challenged" i.e. he could not fight worth a damn - so he told jokes to survive. - "I was the poor kid on free lunch who always got my balls busted so since I couldn't fight, I had to be funny."

And he s still funny. Very funny - making countless fans laugh until they cry throughout the U.S. Many of his (real) bits are about his family, his heroin addicted dad, apathetic mom, and his own juvenile alcoholism before quitting at age 18. "I was the designated driver before they had designated drivers," he says. Johnny has turned tragedy into comedy in its purest sense.

Johnny was voted funniest and best storyteller in grammar and high school. After graduating dead LAST in his class, grandma Watson [or mom's mom?] implored him to become a comedian because "it's what you do best and you're no good at anything else."

After a semester in college and 4 years in the Navy, Johnny returned to his first love - comedy as a full-time profession.

Watson has appeared throughout the United States at many of the biggest clubs, including HA Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club in New York City and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has also appeared in numerous TV, film and theater productions. Johnny also does corporate engagements.

Johnny is very serious about is art. When he is not on stage, he studies the greats, writes voraciously, and is constantly trying out new material on anyone with ears (much to their delight).
 

DOORS OPEN AT 7pm, SHOWTIME IS AT 8:30pm

TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK


Musician
  • WhoColleen Pratt and Friends
  • DateFebruary 19, 2015
  • Time7:00
  • FeeNo Cover

Colleen Pratt and Friends is a dynamic four piece band that lays down some swinging grooves and serves up some beautiful ballads.  Colleen often devotes her full, rich vocals to swing and jazz idioms, but also enjoys singing contemporary ballads, pop and Motown.


Musician
  • WhoRobbie Dupree Woodstock All-Stars
  • DateFebruary 20, 2015
  • Time7:30pm
  • Fee$16 Advance, $19 Day of

The new “Robbie Dupree Woodstock Allstars” show features an array of Robbie’s hit songs (“Steal Away,” “Hot Rod Hearts”) along with new material from his latest album, Arc of a Romance. Robbie is joined by an all-star band featuring David Spinozza (Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Billy Joel), Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Martin Sexton, Paul Simon) and Manuel Quintana (Orleans, Rachael Yamagata).

The show has been known to feature surprise guests. Following Robbie’s 2010 appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy turned up at an especially memorable NY show. The TV host has been a fan for many years and joined the band with backing vocals on his longtime favorite songs.

With the resurgence of 1980s songs and styles, Grammy® nominated “Steal Away” has been in licensing demand. Recently it has been featured in the films I Love You Philip Morris and MacGruber, along with a number of forthcoming commercials.

WEBSITE: http://www.robbiedupree.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Dupree

ALL TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL.


Musician
  • WhoComedy Night w/ Tom Whiteley and Rich Shultis
  • DateFebruary 21, 2015
  • Time8:30pm
  • Fee$15 Advance, $18 Day of

Tom “Coach” Whiteley

You don't have to like football to love "The Coach," comedian Tom Whiteley's rasp-voiced, bug-eyed other self.  Outfitted in Knute Rockne-era garb, Whiteley scores laugh after laugh with his carefully crafted monologues and high-adrenaline performance.  Wildly unique, consistently funny, Whiteley is the special comedian audiences will remember for the rest of their lives.
 
"The Coach" has been featured on television's ESPN and Good Morning America (ABC).
 
Tom Whiteley has appeared at many of the nation's best comedy venues such as New York City's famous Dangerfield's and Atlantic City's prestigious Borgata Hotel.
 
Whiteley has "opened" for comedian Joe Piscipo and the musical group The Drifters ("Save the Last Dance for Me").

Tom Whiteley, an authentic college football coach of 30 years, takes pride in admitting that he has never coached anyone to go on to become a pro player! "The Coach", as he is well known, has been bringing his bizarre, lunatic-type antics to the comedy circuit for over 30 years. He has played in some of the top comedy clubs across the nation such as the legendary Rascals and Dangerfields. His television credits include a profile on ESPN and a performance on Ontario's cable show "Comedy at Club 54". "The Coach" forms his everyday nuances into a high energy comedy act. In addition to working well with an adult crowd, he can also perform very clean. You can always find a purple hat to buy at the end of his show so you can wear it the next time you see him, have a hat like "The Coach" is becoming America's latest craze. "The Coach" is one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world today. He's sure to bring roars of laughter to any venue.
 

DOORS OPEN AT 7pm, SHOW TIME IS AT 8:30pm

TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK


Musician
  • WhoComedy Night w/ Mike Burton and Mark DeMayo
  • DateFebruary 28, 2015
  • Time8:30pm
  • Fee$15 Advance, $18 Day of

Mike p. Burton

    Mike grew up in North Carolina before moving to New York City and becoming a comedian.  Since he’s been in New York, he’s been in the music video “Softly” by Noelle Noelle, the independent films “In 21 Days” and “The Hack Files” he was also featured in the t.v. variety show “The Fringe” that features up and coming comics and bands. Soon he’ll be seen at film festivals all over the country as a werewolf in the independent feature “4 for Dinner”; a comedy-horror from the award winning director of “The Risen”, Scott Klein.  He was also in an episode of the NBC hit Law & Order:SVU.  Most recently Mike was in a holiday commercial for Modell’s Sporting Goods.  
Mike has showcased at many NACA’s including East Coast, Upper Mid-West and Heartland of America.  He has enjoyed performing at colleges from Maine to the Dakota’s, New Mexico and Colorado. When he’s home he performs regularly at the clubs in New York City.  He has had the pleasure of opening for national acts such as Emo Philips, Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer.  Mike has entertained audiences all over with a high energy act and material that ranges from relationships to computer skills to shaking hands.  He has the southern roots that make him hospitable and enough New York in him to give him an edge.


DOORS OPEN AT 7:00pm, SHOW TIME IS AT 8:30pm

TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK


Musician
  • WhoThe Day the Music Died
  • DateMarch 6, 2015
  • Time8pm
  • Fee$15

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED (A Tribute To Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper)

Where were you February 3, 1959? OK, OK, you weren’t even born, but on that winter day the course of rock’n’roll was changed forever. On a snowy cornfield in Iowa, a small tour plane went down, killing the 22 year old Buddy Holly, the 17 year old Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson), just before the Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake, Iowa. The day was further burned into our musical consciousness due to the tune, "American Pie," the 1972 hit of Don McClean.


Buddy Holly has had a profound effect on the course of rock music history. His repertoire runs the gamut from formative rockabilly to complex melodies that influenced the best Beatles’ work. Ritchie Valens presaged the present pervasive Latin influence on popular music. Even the lesser of the three – the Big Bopper penned such favorites as ‘White Lightning’ and ‘Running Bear.’

In the mid-eighties some of the best Capital area musicians put on a "The Day the Music Died" show at Pauly’s Hotel - surely one of the first in the country. In 2015, the 56th year anniversary of the crash, another show will be presented at the Van Dyck which will feature local rockers John and Graham Tichy, Ian Carlton, Steven Clyde and Pete Vumbaco, and they will present their yearly traditional reprise of this unique show.

ONLINE TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK

DOORS OPEN AT 6:30pm, TICKET PURCHASE WILL RESERVE A TABLE


Musician
  • WhoKim Simmonds and Savoy Brown 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • DateMarch 13, 2015
  • Time7 & 9:30pm
  • Fee$19 advance, $23 Day of Show

KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown celebrate 50 continuous years, 44 albums, and more than 5,000 gigs from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall,  Fillmore East and West to the Van Dyck!  Simmonds and Savoy Brown are on a creative and performing tear - their new release "Goin' To The Delta" hit #5 on Billboard and #2 on the Roots Report. Their brand new "Still Live After 50 Years" recorded in New York is available only at the concerts. Legendary blues/rock institution…true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans.

One of the earliest of British blues bands forming in 1965, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970's. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.

From London's Soho nightclubs in 1966 to headlining the world's most famous venues (Carnegie Hall, Fillmore's East and West, Cobo Hall, etc) Savoy Brown has done it all and as the band continues to tour worldwide they give a glimpse into the past and also inspire new listeners with their personal brand of rocking boogie, blues and rock.

ONLINE TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK

DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6pm FOR EARLY SHOW AND 9pm FOR LATE SHOW

PURCHASE OF TICKET RESERVES A TABLE FOR ONE SHOW

7PM SHOW

 

9:30PM SHOW


Musician
  • WhoThe Levin Brothers
  • DateMarch 20, 2015
  • Time7 & 9:30pm
  • Fee$18 advance, $22 Day of Show

The Levin Brothers (Cool Jazz of the 1950s)
Tony Levin, (bassist with Stick Men, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson)
Keyboardist Pete Levin (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter)
Erik Lawrence - sax; and Jeff Siegel - drums.


Tony Levin, (bassist with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, his own group The Stickmen), has for the first time, joined up with his brother, keyboardist Pete Levin (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, and countless others) to make an album (in both CD & Vinyl!) in the style of music they loved listening to when they were kids - the 'cool jazz' of the 1950s. Tony's cello and bass share the lead voice with Pete's organ and piano, and they're joined by notable players on drums, guitar and sax. Don't expect abstruse songs or long-winded solos - this band is all about great, melodic songs with high level performances by all the players.

Pete and Tony, who grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, where they were trained in Classical music from a young age, have crossed musical paths many times over the last decades, having toured together with Paul Simon, and played in each others groups and albums; but they have never done a Levin Brothers album 'til now, which become very special for them. Two brothers, based in Woodstock area, had enormously successful careers but this is the first time the two siblings have made an album together in full collaboration.


http://www.thelevinbrothers.com/

ONLINE TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK

DOORS AT 6pm FOR EARLY SHOW, AND 9pm FOR THE LATE SHOW

TICKET PURCHASE WILL RESERVE A TABLE FOR THE SET

7pm

9:30pm


Musician
  • WhoThe Duke Robillard Band
  • DateApril 3, 2015
  • Time7 & 9:30pm
  • Fee$18 advance, $22 Day of Show

Acclaimed Guitarist, Bandleader, Songwriter, Singer. Producer, Session musician at one time or another with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues (band he founded) among many others.
“One of the great players” BB King
“Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality.” the New York Times
http://www.dukerobillard.com/

ALL ONLINE PURCHASES CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE WILL CALL THE EVENING OF THE PERFORMANCE.

DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6pm FOR THE EARLY SHOW, and 9pm FOR THE LATE SHOW

7pm

 

9:30pm


Musician
  • WhoAn Evening w/ Psychic Medium Katie Manning-Hilton
  • DateApril 12, 2015
  • Time4:00pm
  • Fee$75, (includes dinner)

Have you ever known something or had a gut feeling that turned out to be right?
Or had a déjà vu experience? Or just felt like you were not alone, when clearly you were. The dream that just won't leave you the next day and even years later that seemed so real featuring a loved one that has passed over. This has been Katie Manning Hilton's experience her entire life. Come meet Katie at a gallery and dinner reading on Sunday, April 12th at the Van Dyck

4:00pm - Meet and Greet with Complimentary Appetizers and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

4:30pm-6:00pm -Gallery Style Group Readings **No guarantee everyone will be read**

6:00pm - Full Buffet Dinner, Alcohol served

***THIS EVENT IS NOT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE*** We apologize for the inconvenience.


YOUR TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK