a rare class of performer who can play the blowout New Year’s
bash (Springsteen, Prince, et al.), and an even thinner
crowd who can pull off the Christmas Eve set (mostly just
Josh Groban and church handbell choirs), but that strange
Bermuda Triangle of days between Christmas and New Year’s—when
most self-respecting individuals are home playing World
of Warcraft in their new slippers—is reserved for the most
elite set of hard-touring live bands.
Count Clutch among them. The Maryland-based hard rock quartet
have built pretty much everything they do on the reputation
of their live act, and they tend to log upward of 100 shows
per year. It’s a back-to-basics approach befitting their
heavily blues-influenced sound, and it famously caught the
attention of jackass Bam Margera, who directed the video
for “The Mob Goes Wild” in 2004.
Doomriders, Lionize, and Never Get Caught open.
Clutch will play Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park) on Tuesday (Dec. 29). Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets
are $23. Call 371-0012 for more info.
on 34th Street
you’re just not ready to surrender your Christmas spirit.
Maybe you’re looking for a nostalgic family adventure over
the holiday vacation, or perhaps the chance to see a 1947
Christmas classic on the big screen at the Palace Theatre
is just too heartwarming to pass up.
Whatever your reason for extending the season, the folks
at the Palace invite you to continue the sprit with a post-christmas
screening of the holiday favorite Miracle on 34th Street.
Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, and a young Natalie
Wood star in the multi-Oscar-winning story of an unbelieving
child and a trial to prove that one magical man really is
If you’ve never seen it, do so right away. If you’ve seen
it a hundred times, see it once more in all it’s big-screen
glory, and if you’ve seen it on the big screen, see it again
with someone you love. It’s sure to give you something to
After all, according to one Kris Kringle, “Christmas isn’t
just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”
on 34th Street will be screened at the Palace Theatre
(19 Clinton Ave., Albany) on Monday (Dec. 28) at 7 PM. Tickets
are $5, $3 for children. For more info call 465-3334.