and the Mission
think that classical, hip-hop, and experimental would be
used in the same sentence to describe a band? Well, that
combination—which they will bring to the Egg on Saturday—is
exactly what DBR and the Mission (right) manage to pull
together with their vocals, electric string quartet, drum
kit, keyboard, turntables, and laptop computers.
a sound ranging from electronica to symphony orchestra,
the nine-piece band cook up a bizarre blend of music that
would sort of work at a dinner party and in a dance club;
a recent sold-out show with composer Philip Glass earned
the band boatloads of brownie points in musical respect
DBR and the Mission will shake the Egg (Empire State Plaza,
Albany) this Saturday (Feb. 24) at 8 PM when they perform
24 Bits: Hip Hop Studies and Etudes, a Bach-inspired series
of vignettes that break down and musically narrate the story
of hip-hop. Tickets are $24. For reservations and information,
of the Howard Stern (satellite) radio show know that lots
of celebrities stop by on a daily basis. Gene Simmons and
Paul Stanley of Kiss, Morgan Freeman, Tracy Morgan, Christopher
Walken, Adam Sandler, Gilbert Gottfried, the late Sam Kinison,
Al Pacino’s baby—they all play a part in the show’s day-to-day
madness, thanks to comedian-actor Craig Gass. Since 1993,
the performer has been building a name on other peoples’
voices; more recently, he’s taken on small roles in several
prime-time shows, including Sex and the City and
weekend, Gass will take the stage at Tess’ Lark Tavern for
a special edition of the Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase. For
the first time, the monthly showcase, hosted by area comic
Greg Aidala, expands to two shows to accommodate an expected
sell-out crowd. We’re thinking you might want to show up
Craig Gass will perform this Saturday (Feb. 24) at Tess’
Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany). Shows are at 8 and
10:30 PM, and tickets are $15. For more information, call
463-9779 or visit gregaidala.com.
always fun when a big orchestral composition is performed
by a chamber ensemble. Even if it doesn’t work, you’re bound
to learn something new about the piece. We think, however,
that Musicians of Ma’alwyck performing Richard Strauss’
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks will work perfectly.
Why? The small-group format should take some of the heaviness
out of Strauss’ musical depiction of the fairy-tale prankster
who pestered the peasants and the burgermeisters—and got
hung for punishment. (There’s your German sense of
humor.) And Musicians of Ma’alwyck play with great subtlety
Also on the program will be the rarely heard Septet
by 17th-century Swedish composer Franz Berwald, as well
as music by Mozart, Carl Nielsen and more.
Musicians of Ma’alwyck will perform tonight (Thursday, Feb.
22) at 8 PM in Union College’s Emerson Hall (Union Street,
Schenectady). Tickets are $18, $12 seniors, $6 students,
and free to the Union College community (with valid ID).
They will perform the same program Sunday (Feb. 25) at 3
PM at Trinity Lutheran Church (40 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam).
Tickets are $18, $12 seniors and $6 students. For reservations
and information, call 377-3623.