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3 Mo’ Divas

Proctors Theatre, Thursday

First, there was the Three Tenors. Then, Three Mo’ Tenors. And, let’s not forget, the Three Irish Tenors. Tonight at Proctors, we leave the tenors behind for 3 Mo’ Divas. (You were expecting maybe Lend Me 3 Mo’ Tenors?) The divas are Gretha Boston, Devonna Lawrence and Jamet Pittman. Each has an extensive musical background in “opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, spirituals, gospel.” What you’ll see this Valentine’s Day, then, is a genre-busting, virtuosic vocal extravaganza. From Bessie Smith and Cab Calloway to Bach and Beyoncé, this show, the producers promise, will have something for all. (Feb. 14, 8 PM, $27-$40, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

The Great Snowball Tour

Upstate Artists Guild, Saturday

The folks at Albany Sonic Arts Collective present the Great Snowball Tour, so dubbed because “as the snowball rolls around the East Coast it picks up players who then melt off, and new additions are joined.” The collective is dedicated to building a music and sonic art community that “exists outside of traditional boundaries,” and the Snowball Tour, with its shifting collaboration of interdisciplinary free improvisation, is just that. Artists rolling into Albany include improvisational sax player Jack Wright; Berlin-based experimental musician Andrea Neumann (on her self-designed innenklavier); local composer and sound and visual artist Michael T. Bulloch; Alex Chechile, who performs music on homemade biofeedback systems to explore the relationship between human physiology and musical creation; and California-based improviser and sound and video artist Jefferson Pitcher, who primarily recreates an amalgam of sounds—birds, boats, engines, whales—on the electric guitar. All rolled into a single “sonic experiment.” (Feb.16, 7:30 PM, $5 suggested donation, 247 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501)


Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Soulchild, Angie Stone

Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Saturday

The New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will hold its 37th annual legislative conference this weekend in Albany, and will bring in two of neo-soul’s finest to help shake off the boardroom blues on Saturday night. Philadelphia native Musiq Soulchild has experienced a great ride thus far—the self-proclaimed “soulstar” sold half a million copies of his fourth album (Luvanmusiq) and picked up three R&B Grammy nominations to cap a very good 2007. He shares the stage with fellow 2008 Grammy nominee Angie Stone on Saturday. Stone currently can be heard weekly on the CW network as the voice of the theme song for Girlfriends. If you’re in the mood for a good slow jam, this should hit the spot—and you know what spot we’re talking about. (Feb. 16, 8 PM, $50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

 

 

Carrie Underwood

Times Union Center, Tuesday

Speaking of Grammy winners, Carrie Underwood rolls into town this week, fresh off two Grammy wins for the hit “Before He Cheats,” for Best Country Female Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. (We know the latter is a songwriters’ award, but we choose to love the singer and the song equally.) For anyone who caught the show, however, this Tuesday’s show might be a bit of a letdown . . . or not: Word is that the trash-percussion ensemble that backed the American Idol champ on her performance of the song for the telecast are not following her on tour. Which is too bad, as they did such an admirable job of illustrating the headlight-bashing and tire-slashing of the song’s protagonist. You might want to smash something, too, when you hear this next bit: The show’s done gone and sold out. (Feb. 19, 7:30 PM, sold out, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT)

The Frantic, One Small Step for Landmines

Valentine’s, Wednesday

Straightforward pop-punk with, dare we say, an emo sheen will be brought to Valentine’s this Wednesday. The Frantic deliver fairly straightforward whoa-whoa-whoa punk anthems, minus the extreme whine and mascara-thick posturing of their peers. They also do a take on the oft-covered ’60s pop tune “Build Me Up Buttercup,” so there’s that. Snappy, cutesy punksters One Small Step for Landmines will open the show. According to Punknews.org, what the band lack in originality they make up for in potential: The Web site said of the band, “If anyone were to deny the band’s potential, however, they’d be dead wrong.” Sounds like a threat to us. Two of the area’s own pop-punk favorites—the Loyalty and Graystar—are scheduled to open. (Feb. 20, 6 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave. Albany, 432-6572)


Also Noted

Ollabelle

Feel the love with Karla Bonoff tonight (Thursday) at the Egg (7:30 PM, $26, 473-1845). . . . Sean Rowe plays for the lovers tonight at Tess’ Lark Tavern (8 PM, free, 463-9779). . . . Folk-jazz-klezmer duo Addie & Olin bring their humor- and music-filled Valentine’s Day show to the Noteworthy Coffeehouse at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $10, 797-3459). . . . On a different note, the R&B of yesteryear comes to life at the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Soul Jam at the Palace Theatre on Friday; the Stylistics, the Delfonics, the Emotions and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes are scheduled to perform (8 PM, $32.50-$42.50, 465-3334). . . . Varnaline engine driver Anders Parker swings through Valentine’s on Friday, with help from Ashley Pond and knotworking (9 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . The 4th Annual Laugh and Rock fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy is this Saturday at the Watervliet Elks Lodge; the Bluz House Rockers will provide the “rock” part of the equation (8 PM, $20, 273-9878). . . . John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett team up for a show at the Egg on Saturday, though you’re S.O.L. if you don’t have tickets yet ’cause it’s sold out (8 PM, 473-1845). . . . Alternative world-music ensemble HuDost will perform at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, Mass., on Saturday (7:30 PM, $15, 866-200-5203). . . . At the Helm: Roots-music denizens Ollabelle, featuring Amy Helm, daughter of the Band great Levon Helm, play the Alt-Cabaret at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., on Saturday (8 PM, $18, 413-662-2111).


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