those who like big rock concerts but can’t stand the volume
level, have we got the show for you! Well, it might still
be loud—the show is being staged in a hockey rink—but at
least you’ll be able to make out the lyrics.
The first-ever Acousticade is a two-day acoustic-music festival
featuring a variety of performers from around the quieter-music
spectrum. Friday headliner Duncan Sheik (pictured) scored
one of the longest-charting singles in pop history with
his debut 1996 song “Barely Breathing”; most recently, he
picked up a few Emmy and Grammy awards for his contributions
to the hit Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Saturday’s
top billing goes to Odetta; if you don’t know who Odetta
is, you should. Other performers include twin strummers
Evan and Jaron, Dan Layus (of the band Augustana, had a
recent hit with the song “Boston”) and country hitmaker
The breakdown: Friday’s bill features Sheik and McKenna,
plus Paula Cole. Saturday, it’s Odetta, Layus, Evan and
Jaron, and Joshua Radin.
Acousticade takes place at the Glens Falls Civic Center
(1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls) tomorrow (Friday) and
Saturday (April 4-5). Tickets are $29.95 per day; buy both
and the second-day ticket is $19.95. A portion of the proceeds
will benefit the Adirondack Council. Call the Civic Center
box office at 798-0202 to reserve tickets; more info is
online at acousticade.com.
1971, the first Broadway smash hit by the now legendary
team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber exploded into the
musical world: Jesus Christ Superstar, the renowned
rock opera about, yes, the life of Jesus.
Said musical spawned a No. 1 record, and, in 1973, became
a mega-movie spectacular, bringing beloved songs like Mary
Magdalane’s lament, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” Jesus’
rock-prayer, “Gethsemane,” and Judas’ peppy, pleading gospel
query, “Superstar” to the big screen.
The movie featured Ted Neely (left) as Jesus, and now, 35
years later, Jesus Christ Superstar hits the Proctors
stage starring none other than Neely himself in the title
role. Living Colour’s Cory Glover (right) plays Judas to
Neely’s Jesus in this stripped-down production that has
been dubbed Neely’s “farewell tour” by seemingly everyone
but Neely. So it just may be your last chance to catch Neely
in the role that made him, if you’ll forgive us, a superstar.
Christ Superstar hits Proctors Theatre (432 State St.,
Schenectady) on Tuesday (April 8) at 8 PM for a three-day
run. Tickets are $20 to $55. For more info, call 346-6204.
on the magnificent Ein Deutsches Requiem of
Johannes Brahms is no small task, and the folks at Albany
Pro Musica know it. They’re characterizing this performance
as their “most ambitious program in years.”
Bolstered by the expanded APMasterworks Chorus and a 47-piece
orchestra, director David Griggs-Janower has said that APM
is ready: “This may be the first-ever local performance
of this monumental piece, so the spotlight will really shine
brightly on us.”
Before performing the Brahms, APM will be joined by the
Guilderland High School Chamber Choir to perform works by
Vaughn Williams and Fauré.
Albany Pro Musica will perform Saturday (April 5) at 8 PM
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets,
Troy). Tickets are $28 for first balcony and boxes, $25
general admission, $23 seniors and $10 students. For more
info, call 273-0038.