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Sarah Pedinotti


Those who follow Paul Rapp’s biweekly column read about this last week [“DIY Rocks,” Rapp on This, April 10], but I think this is important enough to repeat. The Future of Music Coalition, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group dedicated to helping musicians deal with the issues “at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy,” is coming to town.

From 3 to 8:30 PM on April 30, the FMC will present a seminar called What’s the Future for Musicians? at the Clarion Hotel on Watervliet Avenue Extension in Albany. Part of a series of music- education events being presented in upstate New York, the seminar—which is free, by the way—is designed to help musicians of all genres learn about things like promotion and distribution, how to get radio play, how to get paid for your music, and as much more as can be jammed into a five-and-a-half-hour span.

Rapp himself has asked that we “hype the bejesus out of this,” and for good reason: The FMC is one of the leading artist-advocacy groups in the country. This is a good thing, and if you have any interest in advancing your music career, whatever stage it may be in, you should RSVP immediately at events/newyork08/rsvp.cfm, or call the Central New York chapter of the American Federation of Musicians at (315) 433-9807. Space for the seminar is limited; the future, as they say, is not. (Corny, yes, but I like it.)


Twenty-five years is a long time to be in any business. But the folks at Waterworks Pub are in the business of having fun, and as they say, time flies when . . . well, you know. The venerable institution at 76 Central Ave. in Albany is the city’s oldest gay-oriented nightclub, boasting a neighborhood-style bar on the first floor and a strobetacular dance floor on the second. The club celebrates its 25th anniversary this Saturday (April 19) with a colorful bash featuring “drag queens and dance divas,” plus a performance by soul-R&B diva Kim English. The pre-party begins at 9 PM; English performs around midnight. Ten bucks gets you in. For more information on the festivities, call Waterworks at 465-9079.


Still one of our area’s best-kept secrets, Sarah Pedinotti has seemed on the verge of a national-level breakthrough for a few years now. Perhaps this is where it begins: Pedinotti and her excellent band have showcased their wares at the Living Room, a pristine listening room on New York’s Lower East Side, several times now, and their Oct. 27, 2007, performance was recorded by XM Satellite Radio channel the Loft for the live-performance program called, appropriately, From the Living Room to the Loft. The show is just now making it to the air—if you’re an XM subscriber, you can catch the Pedinotti Band’s performance Sunday (April 20) at 6 PM, Tuesday (April 22) at 11 PM, or Friday, April 25, at the wee hour of 3 AM. Of course—and this is no secret—you can usually catch the group twice a week at One Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs.

—John Brodeur Let us know about local-music news and happenings for inclusion in Rough Mix: E-mail John Brodeur at jbrodeur@metro or call (518) 463-2500 ext. 145.

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