Parwana, Bible Study
to celebrate the start of the new year geek-style? Well,
Saratoga Springs’ King’s Tavern is putting on the geekiest
of New Year’s Eve shows featuring the adding- subtracting
rock machine known as the Mathematicians. These three nerds
have given us reason to believe that people who are good
at math actually do know how to use the right sides of their
Special guests for this show are six-member rock outfit
Parwana, art-rock trio Bible Study, and the Vertical Agents.
The big New Year’s Eve bash at King’s Tavern (241 Union
Ave., Saratoga Springs) will take place—you guessed it—tomorrow
(Friday, Dec. 31) at 9 PM. This 21-and-over show costs $10
to get in, and of course, the good people behind the bar
will provide you all with a free champagne toast at midnight.
For more information, call the club at 581-7090.
has its symphony and a festive concert of waltzes; Sheffield,
Mass., and Troy have Bach for New Year’s. And the venerable
tradition of a New Year’s concert with the Berkshire Bach
Ensemble continues. Kenneth Cooper will conduct the group—from
the harpsichord—in J.S. Bach’s four orchestral suites.
No word what order they’re in, the order they’re numbered
or the order they’re supposed to have been written in. (It
matters to some folks.)
If you want to get your Bach on before you get your party
on, the BBE will perform tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 31) at 6
PM at the Consolati Center for the Performing Arts, Sheffield,
Mass. If you want to enjoy your party before your Bach,
the BBE will perform Saturday (Jan. 1) at 3 PM at the Troy
Savings Bank Music Hall (Second and State streets, Troy).
Admission is $30, $20 for Berkshire Bach Society members.
For tickets to the Sheffield show, call (413) 528-9277.
For Troy tickets, call the Music Hall at 273-0038.
Nights: Albany and Saratoga
get ready to rumble! The battle of the First Nights is back.
Upstart Saratoga Springs again takes on First Night veteran
Albany to see who can attract more holiday crowds to their
family-friendly, nonalcoholic events. While Albany has put
up some ringers side-by-side with old favorites, Saratoga
is going with a solid lineup of local stalwarts.
Here are a few of the performers on the card at Saratoga’s
First Night: Hair of the Dog, the McKrells, Sonny and Perley,
the Joey Thomas Big Band, Sensemaya, Ernie Williams and
the Chinese Music Concert. For nonmusic events, there’s
Michael Carlito’s interactive fun for kids, the [Insert
Something Funny] Players and David Pitkin’s Ghost Stories
First Night Albany will counterpunch with legendary Irish
musician Tommy Makem (pictured), the Makem Brothers and
Aoife Clancy at the Palace Theatre. Plus: Beatles tribute
band the Brits, Musicians of Ma’alwyck, the Mendelssohn
Club of Albany, the Incredible Larry, Gelvis and Horse in
First Night Saratoga opens at 5:30 PM with a ceremony in
the Broadway parking lot between Professor Moriarty’s and
Lillian’s. Events continue through 11:40 PM, when there
will be fireworks. Admission buttons are $12, and there’s
no fee for kids 5 and under. Buttons can be purchased at
Price Chopper and other Saratoga locations. For more info,
call 584-8262. First Night Albany opens at 2 PM with assorted
new kids’ activities. Events for adults really kick off
at 6 PM, and continue through 11:45 PM, followed by fireworks
at midnight. Admission prices are identical to Saratoga’s:
free for kids 5 and under, $12 for everyone else. For more
info, call 434-2032 or visit www.albanyevents.org.