than one of our reviewers has had glowing things to say
about the Klezmer-rock band Golem over the years, so we’ll
echo this enthusiasm for the New York City-based combo’s
infectious energy and musical chops. Fronted by two crowd-pleasing
singers, Annette Ezekiel Kogan and Aaron Diskin, this five-piece
ensemble will ring out the old and ring in the new with
their customary old-world zeal in Hudson on New Year’s Eve.
Then there’s this: If Golem were good enough to entertain
the bride, groom, families and distinguished guests at Chelsea
Clinton’s wedding this past summer, they’re good enough
for your New Year’s Eve entertainment.
The Raya Brass Band, specialists (according to Time Out
New York) in the “music of northern Greece, the southern
Balkans and the Romany people,” will open.
Golem and guests will perform tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 31)
beginning at 9 PM at Club Helsinki (405 Columbia St., Hudson).
Tickets are $35, and admission is for ages 21 and over only.
For more info, call 828-4800.
that pretty little sister of Capital Region cities, still
knows how to ring in the new year with a big community bang.
And they’re kicking off 2011 with the 15th annual First
Night Saratoga. This year’s theme is “Live Creatively,”
and the evening’s eclectic lineup of dance, music, performance
and family fun is living up to that motto.
There will be symphony music, face painting, traditional
Native American dance, belly dance, folk music, experimental
grooves, magic, juggling, jazz, a reptile show, ballet,
clowns, an a capella chorus, and a “vibrational gong bath”
at Saratoga Springs Yoga. When they say something for everyone,
they mean it.
At 11 PM, locally grown, horn-fueled Funk Evolution will
headline at the Saratoga City Center, while around town
festivalgoers can count down to the sounds of Ernie Williams,
Bluz House Rockers, Sonny and Perley, Kevin McKrell’s Train
of Fools or a dozen other midnight musicians.
First Night Saratoga kicks off at 5:30 PM tomorrow (Friday,
Dec. 31) throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, and the party
continues into 2011. First Night buttons cost $15 (free
for children under 5) and grant the wearer admission to
all entertainment, transportation and festivities. Buttons
can be purchased at various locations throughout Saratoga
or can be preordered online at http://www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/
for pickup at the Saratoga Arts Center (320 Broadway, Saratoga
Springs). For more info, call 584-3142 or check the website
for a complete schedule of events.
on the Roof
you knew that the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical Fiddler
on the Roof was originally titled Tevye and is
based on the Yiddish stories of Tevye the Milkman by Sholem
Aleichem. Perhaps you knew that the title “Fiddler on the
Roof” refers to a painting by Marc Chagall, whose work was
echoed on the original 1964 poster.
what we do know, and what you probably know, whether you
choose to admit it or not, is that the rousing chorus of
“Tradition!” the “Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle
deedle dum,” of “If I Were a Rich Man” put a touch of dance
in any step and, wistful, bittersweet strains of “Matchmaker”
and “Sunrise, Sunset,” tug at the strings of even the hardest
The North American tour is swinging into Schenectady this
week, starting John Preece as Tevye—a tradition in its own
right, as this veteran fiddler has performed the hit show
more than 3,000 times.
on the Roof opens on the Mainstage at Proctors (432
State St., Schenectady) on Tuesday (Jan. 4) at 8 PM and
runs through Jan. 9. Tickets range from $20 to $60. For
more info, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at