FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S SUPPER Here’s
your chance to potentially get a big-stage gig,
and help those less fortunate on your way there.
This Saturday (Sept. 27) from noon to 4 PM, the
first-ever Uncle Sam Open Mike Acoustic Championship
will be held in front of the River Street Beat
Shop in Troy. Musicians, both professional and
amateur, can sign up starting at 11 AM on the
day of the event, and the entry fee is one nonperishable
food item (or the cash equivalent). Judges include
a number of local notables, including Rensselaer
County Legislature Chairman Neil Kelleher;
the winner takes home $150 cash, a live appearance
on WVCR program Kaleidoscope (co-hosted
by Beat Shop owner Jim Barrett), and an
opening slot at an upcoming Revolution Hall show.
Get more on the competition by calling 270-2888
INTERACTION The fall season of Schenectady’s
A Place for Jazz concert series is in full
swing (heh), and a series of work shops has been
scheduled to coincide with the concerts. The workshops
are designed to help music students hone their
chops, and to get a new generation of listeners
interested in jazz music. The workshops are entirely
free, and open to the public. This Friday (Sept.
26), tenor saxophonist Lee Russo will hold
court at Nat Phipps’ jazz-improv class
at Schenectady County Community College at 1:45
PM; the pair also will appear at the Hamilton
Hill Arts Center at 4 PM. On Oct. 10, bassist
Ben Allison will appear with Phipps at
the same times and locations; vibraphonist Joe
Locke will do the same on Oct. 24. Visit aplaceforjazz.org
for more on the series.
REGISTRATION Songwriter and performer Sandy
McKnight has kicked off his fall songwriting
workshop at Hudson Valley Community College. The
first session was this Tuesday, but there are
still five more classes to go; if you’re interested
in getting in on it, go to hvcc.edu/communityed/fall/
Also, performer-teacher Steven Marking just began
his fall season of music classes at Hubbard Hall.
The voice and musicianship class for children
ages 8 to 13 meets Saturdays from noon to 1 PM,
while the voice class for adults (ages 14 and
over) meets from 1:15 to 2:15 PM. Both classes
started this past Saturday, but it’s worth the
call to 677-2495 to see if there’s still room.
BY THE BELL There’s still time for this one:
Old Songs in Voorheesville will begin a
series of classes in acoustic instruments on Oct.
6. It’s basically a six-week crash course in folk
and Celtic music; instruments taught include fingerstyle
guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, clawhammer
banjo, and accordion. The folks at Old Songs know
their stuff, and the instructors are all top-notch
players, so you’re bound to come out frailing
with the best of ’em. Get times and information—and
sign up—at oldsongs.org, or call 765-2815.
FOOD FOR ROCK, CHARLIE The rumblings about
town are true: Feedback, Metroland’s
annual local-music bash and benefit for Food Pantries
of the Capital Region, is reclaiming its early-November
perch, adjacent to our Local Music Issue, after
a few chilly midwinters away. New area “supergroup”
the Charlie Watts Riots and recent Metroland
cover stars Charlie Everywhere are just
some of the acts scheduled to perform. The date
(Friday, Nov. 7) and location (Valentine’s) are
solid; the name, however, is not. See, we already
did Feedback 2008 back in January. If anyone has
any ideas about what to call it this time out,
e-mail me at email@example.com with your suggestions.
The full slate of performing acts, and the show’s
official title, will be announced next week.
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