Upcoming shows & Events

  • WhoKeith Pray Big Band
  • DateOctober 4, 2016
  • 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.

  • WhoDrum Battle
  • DateOctober 8, 2016
  • Time8 PM
  • Fee$18

Drum Battle at the Van Dyck

Drummer Michael Benedict is bringing the Drum Battle Back to the Van Dyck! First presented in 2013, 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. They would trade solos and play behind one another. This gave the audience a chance to hear these drummers in a different context compared to the normal setting in which there is only one drummer in a jazz group. The closing would feature a drum “battle” between the four drummers.

Performing Musicians


Michael Benedict

Pete Sweeney

Bob Halek

Mark Foster

Brian Melick


With Special Guests

Keith Pray-Alto Saxophone

Jon LeRoy-Organ

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  • 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

7 PM

9 PM

  • WhoCalifornia Guitar Trio
  • DateOctober 22, 2016
  • Time6:30/8:30p
  • 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.

6:30 PM

8:30 PM