FEVER Few things
get me more hot-and-bothered than some old-time
banjo-and-fiddle music. OK, that’s not 100-percent
true, but it’s always impressive to hear a master
of the style do his/her thing. And Jimmy McCown
is a master. The Kentucky native will bring his
four-string goodness to the Capital Region this
Sunday (March 30) for a concert and banjo/fiddle
workshop, upstairs at the City Squire Restaurant
in Schenectady. The concert will also feature
music from our area’s own Blue Yonder.
Tickets for the workshop and concert are $35;
for the concert alone, it’s $10; Contact Janie
Rothfield at 522-7445 to reserve your spot.
KNOW YOUR JAZZ Not to talk smack but we all
know that Herbie Hancock’s Album of the Year Grammy
win last month had nothing to do with jazz—it
was Norah Jones who put that thing over the top.
For fans of real jazz, in all of its many incarnations,
several individuals and organizations in the Capital
Region are doing their part to keep the public
both informed and entertained, chief among them
Jazz/Latino, Inc. They have two such events
scheduled this week: Sunday (March 30), at their
headquarters on Bonnie Drive in Guilderland, they’ll
present an audiovisual presentation on octogenarian
percussionist Candido Camero, with live music
by Triple Play; on Wednesday (April 2),
they’ll co-sponsor “Clave—The Key,” a presentation
and performance by Grammy-nominated percussionist
Bobby Sanabria, at the Guilderland Public
Library. Visit jazzlatino.org to get up-to-date
on all the organization’s goings-on.
IT’S LATIN FOR “FROM THE CHAPEL” A cappella
music—that’s singing sans instrumental accompaniment
for you noobs—is having a great ’08, and Congregation
Agudat Achim in Schenectady is doing their
part to help the trend continue. This Sunday (March
30), they’ll present New York City-based a cappella
trio Ashira. Ashira (pictured) sing traditional
and contemporary Jewish music, and the concert
is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee
and the Prager Jewish Music Fund. Contact Betty
Weissman at 346-0501 for reservations.
BEHIND THE MUSIC Get a sneak peek into
the creative process this Wednesday (April 2)
when singer-songwriter Athena Burke hosts
a Musician’s Open Studio at the Beacon
Feed studio behind Hubbard Hall in Cambridge.
Burke will preview her upcoming performance at
the venue, and offer participants a look at how
her songwriting and arranging processes work.
For more information about the event, call Hubbard
Hall at 677-2495 or visit hubbardhall.org
TIPS APPRECIATED The Lark Street Business
Improvement District has announced a call for
performers for this year’s Art on Lark.
The annual event takes place on Lark Street on
June 21, and for the first time, the festival
will be closed to traffic so artists can display
their works where they belong—in . . . the middle
of the street? As usual, acoustic musicians will
perform throughout the festival; performers typically
receive a small stipend for their work, and you
can always leave the guitar case open in hopes
that some passersby might throw a couple bucks
your way. Musicians, not to mention visual artists
and other performers, are encouraged to submit
their wares to the BID by May 1. Call 434-3861
or e-mail email@example.com for further information.
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at jbrodeur@metroland .net or call (518) 463-2500