BOYS MAKING NOISE Fans
of the Capital Region heavy-metal scene—and heavy
metal in general—are surely familiar with Shadows
Fall (and former Stigmata) drummer Jason Bittner;
the Colonie native has become one of the most
celebrated players in the country for his seemingly
superhuman abilities. This week finds Bittner
behind the kit for his other band, Burning
Human. The band was founded in 1995, but went
on hiatus for more than 10 years as Bittner’s
star rose. Now, at long last, the band will release
their debut disc, Resurrection Through Fire,
this Tuesday (April 21) on E1 Records. They’ll
celebrate with a CD-release show at Northern Lights
next Saturday, April 25, with guests Skinless
and Brick By Brick. Visit northernlightslive.com
for more on the show.
If you can’t wait that long, head out to Water’s
Edge Lighthouse in Scotia on Tuesday night, where
Bittner will put on a free drum clinic, and Burning
Human will ring in the release with a special
guest performance. Further details are at myspace.com/burninghuman4.
STRING The Capital Region jazz scene lost
one of its great players and teachers on April
4 with the passing of John “Jack” Fragomeni.
Fragomeni was one of the area’s top guitarists;
he was a fixture on the local jazz circuit for
25-plus years, performing with his own combos,
with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, and backing other
musicians. He was also a professor of music at
the College of Saint Rose and Schenectady County
Community College—he taught a number of our area’s
great players—and was an avid fly-fisherman. His
loss will be felt for quite some time throughout
the area music community.
NIGHTS This is the weekend for the third annual
Women’s Music Circle, hosted by Old
Songs, Inc. For a registration fee of $55,
women can participate in a full slate of activities,
including an open mic, song circle, and three
workshops, all hosted by Pat Humphries
and Sandy O of emma’s revolution, plus
drummer Fre Atlast. For an additional $20,
attendees can take in a Saturday-evening concert
from the hosts. Admission to each event is also
available separately; for full schedule and more
information, call 765-2815 or visit oldsongs.org.
IT TO THE MAN Punk rock and Pearl Street don’t
often mingle, but some local bands hope to change
that one show at a time. Tonight (Thursday, April
16), Jillian’s in downtown Albany hosts music
from the Blisterz, the Last Conspirators,
and Smittix, in what organizers hope will
be an ongoing series. Sure, Jillian’s isn’t known
as a punk hotspot—or even as a venue for original
music, usually—but the members of the Blisterz,
with the help of Jersey Girl Productions, have
high hopes for the series. Says guitarist Davey
Blister, “There are a limited number of venues
around town for good old original punk edged rock.
So we were able to convince Jillian’s to give
this a shot . . . [and] Jillian’s has decided
to make this a monthly event.” The shows start
at 9 PM, and there is no cover for those 21 and
over. (It’s only $5 for ages 18 to 20.) Check
myspace.com/theblisterz for info on upcoming dates.
¡ATENCIÓN! The 2009 Ahora, Latin/Jazz!
series continues to deliver a strong and varied
slate of programming in its third year. This evening
(Thursday, April 16) at the University of Albany
Campus Center, percussionist Bobby Sanabria
will give a lecture and performance on the life
and career of Tito Puente; admission is free.
Next Friday (April 24), Willie Martínez and
La Familia Sextet bring their original AfroCuban
sound to the Whisperdome in Schenectady. And on
May 8 at the Whisperdome, you can catch the music
of trombonist Chris Washburne and the
SYOTOS Band. Information on all events is
available at jazzlatino.org.
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