and Bang European Tour Send-off for Slick Fitty
Fitty are set to rock the downstairs stage at Valentine’s
this Sunday to celebrate a pretty damn big event in their
lives: They’re about to take off for their first European
tour! The guys have landed themselves a six-week tour of
cities in Germany, Sweden, and possibly Denmark.
The band, who formed in the mid-’90s, have gone through
a couple of incarnations. The lineup now includes original
members Mickey King on drums, Justin Birk on sax and Bryce
Johnson on vocals and guitar; the newcomers are Brian Springfield
(of F-Timmi) on bass and locally renowned guitarist Scotty
Scotty, who joined the band on lead guitar after a yearlong
hiatus during which he recovered from arm surgery, says
the guys are very excited. “None of us have toured overseas
on such a large-scale operation,” he says.
On Jan. 6, Slick Fitty will fly into Amsterdam, where they
will hang out until they leave for their first gig in Berlin
on Jan. 8. They’ll return home on Feb. 17, unless they’re
kidnapped by raving fans, of course. They’ll have a little
downtime during the tour to do some sightseeing—Scotty says
that since a couple guys in the band are World War II buffs,
they’ll explore the historic sights associated with that
part of history. Also, they’re going to make it a point
to see Kaiserkeller in Hamburg (one of the famed clubs where
the Beatles played in the early ’60s, just before they became
The band are eager to discover the opportunities that this
tour could possibly present to them. “We feel that this
is definitely a step in the right direction. . . . Remember
that Europeans have a much greater appreciation for American
music than Americans do,” Scotty says. “We’re hoping to
make as many friends and contacts as we can so, provided
we are not a flop, we can go over again and make it a regular
thing. And considering nobody knows us there yet, we have
no where else to go but up!”
To say “Bon voyage,” join Slick Fitty for the Twang and
Bang European Tour Send-off at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland
Ave., Albany) on Sunday (Jan. 4) at 8 PM. Cover is $5; for
more information, call the club at 432-6572.
you can’t get to Austria tomorrow for the Vienna Philharmonic’s
annual New Year’s concert of Strauss waltzes. Big deal.
There’s an equally fine annual tradition right here in the
Capital Region: the Berkshire Bach Ensemble’s annual performance
of J.S. Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concerti.
As you probably have heard, the concerti, now considered
among Bach’s most compelling works—and that’s saying something—were
composed on a commission from the Margrave Christian Ludwig
of Brandenburg. (You know, the youngest son of the Elector
of Hamburg.) Bach sent the elaborately orchestrated manuscript
to the Margrave, who promptly tossed it up on the shelf
where it remained, untouched and ignored. Don’t follow the
example of the Margrave and ignore this great music.
The Berkshire Bach Ensemble will perform the Six Brandenburg
Concerti on New Year’s Day (Thursday, Jan. 1) at 3 PM
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (State and 2nd streets,
Troy). Tickets are $30 and $20. For reservations and information,
do not call the music hall ticket office. Call (866) 296-4194.
Shout! The Art of Protest
you perused last week’s Metroland Year in Pictures
issue, you might have acquired the impression that 2003
was the year of the protester. And you just might be right:
Add a major hegemonic war to the usual political and social
injustice, and there was plenty to squawk about. In this
spirit, Hudson’s Time & Space Limited is hosting an
exhibition dedicated to the art of protest.
This idea for this celebration of activism began with TSL
founder Linda Mussmann: “Generally people don’t know enough
about antiwar, political poster art. The concept of manifesto
making was part of me becoming an artist. . . . I thought
it was time to bring the manifestos back. To be bold.”
will feature artwork “dedicated to themes of manifesto,
liberation and the celebration of democracy.” A full range
of expression will be represented: poster art, silkscreen,
photography, paintings, notebooks, installations, video
and performance. (Plan to spend enough time to be able to
take it all in.) Artists represented will include Sondra
Applebaum, Claudia Bruce, Sara Gilbert, Aviva Gold and more
than three-dozen others.
The Art of Protest opens on Saturday (Jan. 3) at Time
& Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson) with a free
reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This will be followed by
an 8 PM concert of politically inspired music with Johnny
Asia and Gus Mancini, and a reading by Donna Minkowitz.
Tickets for the concert and reading are $7.50, $5. For regular
gallery hours and more information, call 822-8448.