Jersey-based ska-punk band Catch 22 were formed seven years
ago by a few guys who were intent on playing a new sound.
Drummer Chris Greer, saxophonist Ryan Eldred and trumpeter
Kevin Gunther put together the combo, and after a few lineup
changes, their attitude and mission remain the same: Put
out good music and get people into the live shows. The most
recent additions to the lineup are Pat Calpin (guitar),
Pat Kays (vocals) and Ian McKenzie (trombone).
The band have toured with other famous punksters—Sum 41,
Suicide Machines and Reel Big Fish, to name a few—in support
of their previous albums, which include Keasbey Nights
and Washed Up and Through the Ringer. They also headlined
Victory Records Tour 2002. Since the band released Alone
in the Crowd in 2000, they’ve been touring relentlessly
and have had little time to work on a new album. However,
this summer they finally got a break from the road to record,
and now they’re touring the United States and Canada in
support of their new album, Dinosaur Sounds.
Catch 22, who credit a variety of influences ranging from
Sublime to Weezer to James Brown, incorporate elements of
jazz, R&B, soul and funk into Dinosaur Sounds,
and have claimed the resulting material some of their best
to date. Univercity raves, “The sextet effortlessly
blend musical genres. While Catch 22 brings thrash-type
tempos and heavily distorted guitars to nearly every tune,
their heavy-handedness is balanced by the highly melodic
nature of their compositions.”
If you’re into ska-punk unity, see Catch 22 when they perform
at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) on Saturday
(Dec. 27) with Bigwig, Fallout Boy and Punchline. The show,
which starts at 8 PM, is $12. For more information, call
the club at 432-6572.
like to offer up a new iconic character for the holiday
pantheon, one to add to the ranks of Kris Kringle, Hanukkah
Harry and that elf who really wanted to be a dentist: We
nominate the fool—no, we don’t mean your mom’s drunken brother
Curly. We mean a real old-school, Medieval-style fool. Where
we gonna find a fool—one not belching loudly around a mouthful
of holiday roast while gruffly espousing his opinions on
same-sex civil unions—this time of year? At Steamer No.
10 Theatre, of course. On Saturday, the region’s premier
professional fool, Roger the Jester, will hit 500
Western Avenue with a bag full of riotous tricks and routines
enough to redeem the word “clown.”
Roger began his training on the streets of Boston, but he
had a peripetetic bent that motivated him to see the world.
So he traded Beantown for the ancient streets of Europe,
where he honed his skills enough to eventually make it into
the ranks of the esteemed Swiss troupe Mummenschanz—and
with them to the theatrical street of streets, Broadway.
Pretty good for a clown. But the wanderlust that had scored
him such a plum gig couldn’t be satisfied, and after his
time on the Great White Way, Roger decided to commit himself
fulltime to the “wandering lifestyle of the medieval fool.”
Roger the Jester will perform at Steamer No. 10 Theatre
(500 Western Ave., Albany) on Saturday (Dec. 27). Shows
are at 11 AM and 3 PM. Tickets are $12, $10 kids/students/seniors.
The theater offers a $2 discount on all advance tickets.
For more information, call 438-5503.
Espana: The World of Ladino Songs
cruelty of, and trauma resulting from, a forced exile can
tear a culture apart. When the Sephardic Jews were expelled
from Spain at the end of the 15th century, they took with
them their language, Ladino, and a rich musical tradition.
As one historian notes, “Ladino folksong contains the passion
of Spanish poetry . . . yet is distinctly Jewish in its
musical flavor and moral messages.”
Miriam Sanua is one of many people working to keep this
tradition alive. Performer and teacher Sanua—who is expert
in two “endangered” languages, Ladino and Yiddish—will present
a program of traditional Ladino song this Saturday night
Miriam Sanua will present Kerida Espana: The World of Ladino
Songs on Saturday (Dec. 27) at 8 PM at the Schenectady Jewish
Community Center (2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna). Tickets
are $6, $3. For more information, call 377-8803.