Factory Bands to Funk
it or not, the Capital Region music scene predates knotworking,
Burners U.K., Matto and Sirsy—and even Blotto and the Units.
This ultragroovy exhibit at the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
casts a backward glance on our local music scene, all the
way to the beginning of the last century. From Factory
Bands to Funk: Music in the Capital Region, 1900 to the
Present highlights “the creative process and the people
involved in the process, amateurs and professional.”
With photos, band uniforms, memorabilia, recordings, ticket
stubs and posters, the exhibit will open a window on everything
from General Electric factory bands (like the natty fellows
pictured here) to those aforementioned MTV pioneers, Blotto.
Also, realizing that an exhibit about live music without
live music would be missing something, the folks at the
museum have scheduled concerts throughout June and July
with such local musical heroes as Ruth Pelham, Ernie Williams,
the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Lee Shaw, the Brian Patenaude
Quartet and those nutty hiphop dudes from Pitch Control
The first such event is this Sunday (June 6), with chamber
ensemble Musicians of Ma’alwyck (2 PM), venerable Albany
male chorus the Mendelssohn Club (3 PM), the Refreshing
Spring Gospel Choir (4:15 PM) and the Empire Jazz Orchestra
(7 PM). “Refreshments and fun” are also promised.
Factory Bands to Funk opens June 6 at the Schenectady
Museum and Planetarium (Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady)
and continues through Sept. 12. For more information, call
382-7890, and for a complete calendar of events, visit www.schenectadymuseum.org.
back—and it’s back on Lark Street. Art on Lark, Center Square’s
annual art festival, was displaced to Washington Avenue
last year due to the construction, and reconstruction, of
Lark. This year the construction is done and the festival
has a home again. Expect to find the People’s Choice Art
Show, an annual favorite, at Trinity Methodist Church (235
Lark St.), where you can vote for your favorite artist or
entry; the awards ceremony will take place at 4:30 PM. The
Albany Public Library (161 Washington Ave.) is the site
for the Albany Independent Film Forum, which will present
local independent short films including the Masucci Brothers’
The Last Round. There will be plenty of things for
the kids to do, too: The Kid’s Art Expo will be on display
in the Trinity Church parking lot, and there also will be
a parade and tons of crafts. Of course, there will be sidewalk
musicians performing throughout the day, and local artisans
will exhibit and sell their work as well.
Art on Lark will take over Lark Street in downtown Albany’s
Center Square neighborhood on Saturday, June 5, from noon
to 5 PM. For more information, call the Lark Street BID
at 434-3861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ain’t your grandpappy’s Hank Williams. Heck, this ain’t
even your daddy’s Hank Williams.
Hank Williams III—“Three” as he’s affectionately been dubbed
by fans—has been leading something of a double life. In
the keepin’-the-bloodline-pure department, he’s released
two traditional country albums, Risin’ Outlaw and
Lovesick Broke & Driftin’, in the vein of his
late grandfather, and he has been touring the country seemingly
nonstop with his Damn Band for quite some time. In 2001,
the baby-faced Three and company played a coveted stand
at the Grand Ole Opry, where they earned a raucous standing
ovation from an audience who might well have thought they
were witnessing the second coming of Hank himself (Bocephus
What that night’s crowd didn’t know is that the young Hank
has a bit of a rebellious streak. Alright, it’s a pretty
huge one. In addition to holding down the bass-playing gig
with Phil Anselmo’s Superjoint Ritual, Hank III also has
been playing aggressive, hard-edged “hellbilly” music with
his Assjack project alongside his more traditional fare
for the last few years. Hank’s label—Nashville’s commercial-country-leaning
Curb Records—actually refused to release his recent This
Ain’t Country LP. How come? Well, for starters, representative
titles include “Go Fuck You,” “Mary Fuckin’ Jane,” and our
personal favorite, “Beer Drugs Flatt and Scruggs.” If that
ain’t country, we don’t know what is.
Hank Williams III will play two sets—one with the Damn Band,
one with Assjack—at Saratoga Winners tomorrow night (June
4). Porter Hall, TN will open the all-ages show at 8 PM.
For more information, call the club at 783-1010.