Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes are still the
bad boys revered for reviving good-time bluesy hard rock,
then Scott and Seth Avett are their folk-rock counterparts.
The brothers from Concord, N.C., forged a musical bond in
1998, playing in the rock band Nemo. Dedicating their Tuesday
nights to plucking bluegrass on their acoustic guitars and
drinking with friends, they quit Nemo and gave birth to
this folk-rock group, the Avett Brothers. In 2002, they
released their debut album, Country Was.
While folk music may be stereotyped as bearded mellow-fellows
sitting on stools, this trio—featuring Bob Crawford on bass
and backing vocals—have become notorious for barn-stomping
live shows that send audiences into a hoedown frenzy. The
members kick, sweat, and twirl their guitars, banjos and
bass around on stage like punks while belting out passionate
poetry that audience members (drunkenly) sing along with,
The Avett Brothers have embarked on an extensive summer
tour in anticipation of their July 22 release, The Gleam
II, and will roll in to Revolution Hall (421-425 River
St., Troy) tonight (Thursday, July 3). Doors open at 7 PM.
Tickets are $18. For more information, call 274-0553.
Theater Festival celebrates its 80th anniversary this year
with a challenging and diverse season that runs the gamut
from classic to contemporary to brand-spanking-new. Part
of the festival’s mission is to provide “a home for the
next generation of the American theatre’s creative artists,”
and they’re doing just that this weekend when they present
the world premiere of Pageant Play in the 100-seat
Penned by actor-playwright Mark Setlock of Fully Committed,
which won rave reviews in the pages of Metroland
and on the international field, Pageant Play is described
as “an outrageous new satiric comedy about the twisted world
of child pageants.” We’re willing to bet the ironic title
wasn’t an accident, and that, wound through the comedy,
there just might be an critical examination of what we hold
sacred nowadays. But don’t take our word for it, see for
Play is currently open for preview. Opening night is
Saturday (July 5) at 8 PM with a reception following the
performance. Tickets are $39 to $44. For more info, or to
purchase tickets, call the BTF box office at (413) 298-5576.
theme of this year’s Bard Summerscape is Russian in flavor—specifically,
the life and times of composer Sergey Prokofiev. There will
be ballets, concerts, movies, cabaret and theater. The theater
arrives this week, in the form of a modern-dress production
of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by Erica Schmidt,
and starring Peter Dinklage (pictured) in the title role.
epic-in-subject play is an “indelible tale of squandered
dreams and tenacious survival,” something that Prokofiev
knew quite a little about, too.
Previews of Uncle Vanya will be presented Wednesday
(July 9) and July 10 at 8 PM in Theater Two of the Richard
B. Fisher Center (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson); opening
night is July 11, and the production runs through July 19.
Tickets are $45. For a complete listing of shows and times,
visit fishercenter.bard.edu. For reservations and info,
call (845) 758-7412.