Fox Bluegrass Festival
Will you look at that lineup of pickers they’ve got coming
to Grey Fox this year. Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Ricky Scaggs
and Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart, David Bromberg, Crooked
Still, the Lee Boys, the Waybacks . . . listen to us carryin’
In addition to the seemingly endless lineup of bluegrass
performers, the four-day festival offers a Masters Tent
for workshops and demonstrations, a dance pavillion with
nonstop contra and square dancing, and a family stage offering
events such as the Grey Fox Clown College. Throw in food
vendors, camping, raffles, and you’ve got the Northeast’s
largest bluegrass festival.
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is at Walsh Farm (1 Poultney
Road, Oak Hill) from Thursday (July 16) to Sunday (July
19). Camping tickets cost $175 and single-day tickets range
from $25-$55. Call (888) 946-8495 or visit greyfoxbluegrass.com
for more info.
of the most acclaimed festivals in the Northeast opens this
weekend, as Glimmerglass Opera begins its summer season
in Cooperstown, a town more widely known for balls and strikes
Glimmerglass is offering the usual four productions this
summer; two open this week.
Verdi’s beloved La Traviata, based on Dumas’ tragic
story about the consumptive courtesan (here called Violetta)
opens with performances Saturday and Monday. La Cenerentola
(pictured), a lighthearted version of the Cinderella story
by the considerably more cheerful Rossini, opens Sunday.
Traviata will be performed Saturday (July 18) at 8 PM
and Monday (July 20) at 2 PM at Glimmerglass Opera (Route
80, Cooperstown). La Cenerentola will be performed
Sunday (July 19) at 2 PM. The season runs through Aug. 25.
Tickets for all shows are $75 to $130. For more info, call
call it “baby-making music.” OK, go ahead. Maxwell probably
won’t mind. Ever since the muscle-bound, baby-faced, silky-voiced
R&B singer released his Grammy-winning ’96 debut Maxwell’s
Urban Hang Suite, sex appeal has been foundational to
his falsetto-laden slow jams. Only, back in the ’90s, they
used to call it “neo-soul.”
genre-mate Erykah Badu has since gone all P-Funk on us,
Maxwell’s growing into his soul chops by moving closer and
closer to the fare he grew up on: Al Green, Marvin Gaye,
Prince. Earlier this month, he released the first installation
of a three-year trilogy called BLACKsummer’snight.
A purist, Maxwell recorded the album sans synthesizers,
with a live 10-piece band. And, yeah, it’s about love and
Maxwell will put you in the mood at 8 PM on Tuesday (July
21) at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets
are $39.50 to $125. Call 465-4663 for more info.