no. Despite this concert’s billing, Jimi Hendrix will not
be performing tonight at the Palace. That would just
be creepy. Sure, the circumstances of his death remain mysterious,
and yes, he was something of a demigod even while he walked
the Earth, but no matter how much acid you drop tonight,
the best you can hope to hear is, um, pretty much every
other psyched-out bluesman since his time.
Let’s face it: Hendrix is everywhere. Middle-school kids
rock Axis: Bold as Love T-shirts these days, and
with Ang Lee shooting a Woodstock blockbuster just down
the block, what better time to reconnect with the real thing?
The latter-day Experience rhythm section, Mitch Mitchell
and Billy Cox, will anchor an evening of Hendrix hits and
some tunes inspired by his music. Guest slingers include
Buddy Guy (pictured), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang,
and Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford.
Go get experienced tonight (Oct. 16) at 7 PM at the Palace
Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $51.50 or
$61.50. Call 465-3334 for more info.
Organ Spectacular Weekend
probably weren’t aware of this, but 2008 is the International
Year of the Organ. As part of this celebration, there are
events this weekend in Albany and Schenectady.
What, you may be wondering, does this experience offer?
A chance to visit architecturally amazing local churches
with majestic pipe organs that fill every corner with amazing
sound. The fun begins tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 17) with a
multimedia performance-presentation by Jeanine Jordan at
7:30 PM at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (262 State
St., Albany). Admission is $10, $7 students.
The performances shift to Schenectady’s Zion Lutheran Church
(153 Nott Terrace) Saturday (Oct. 18) from 9 AM to noon
for “Pedals, Pipes and Pizza.” In other words, music and
food. Call for prices.
On Sunday (Oct. 19), the action shifts back to Albany for
a mini-tour beginning at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian
Church (362 State St.), with a performance by Nancy Frank.
At 2:10 PM, Alfred and Sue Fedak will perform at Westminster
Presbyterian Church (262 State St.); at 2:50 PM, Neil Keen
and Mary Bon will perform at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
(107 State St.); and, finally, at 3:30 PM, there will be
an organ recital and choral evensong at the Cathedral of
All Saints (South Swan Street, across from the State Education
For more info, visit agony.bizland.com or call 339-6297.
stop me if you’ve heard this one: “If the Republicans really
want to drill for oil in Alaska, they should start opposing
it. With a knee-jerk reaction, the Democrats will support
Even if you’re not familiar with Mark Russell, the piano-playing
political satirist, you’ve probably seen variations on his
act. After 30 years of lampooning Capital Hill at nightclubs,
college commencement ceremonies, American embassy functions,
corporate fundraisers and on public television, Russell
himself has been aped by The Simpsons and Saturday
light of the coming elections, his Saturday night show should
be chock-full of zingers.
Mark Russell comes to Proctors Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady)
Saturday (Oct. 18) at 8 PM. Tickets are between $20 and
$35. Call 346-6204 for more info.