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Nineteen-seventy-three was a big year for Billy Cobham. After releasing Birds of Fire with pioneering jazz-fusion band the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the drummer went solo, releasing Spectrum in a matter of months. The record launched what has become a storied career for the 70-year-old, so its 40th anniversary has become an occasion for Cobham to revisit his roots.

In place of original recording musicians Leland Sklar, Jan Hammer and Tommy Bolin will be Ric Fierabracci, Gary Husband and Dean Brown.

Billy Cobham will play the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (Aug. 30) at 8 PM. Tickets are $29.50. Call 473-1845 for more info.



photo by Richard Termine

The acclaimed troupe Parsons Dance will return to PS21 in Chatham to again close out the venue’s summer season. The company will perform a variety of works including “Whirlaway,” a collaboration between company founder-choreographer David Parsons and New Orleans musical legend Allen Toussaint, “Introduction” and the showstopping “Caught.”

Why does the company return to PS21 year after year? David Parsons says, “Our performances in Chatham have become our tradition to start off the year. [Festival founder] Judy Grunberg and PS21 are a very special part of the Parsons Dance family.”

Parsons Dance will perform Friday (Aug. 29) and Saturday (Aug. 30) at 8 PM under the tent at PS21 (2980 Route 66, Chatham). Tickets are $40, $35 members and $25 students age 18 and under. To purchase tickets, visit ps21chatham.org or call (800) 838-3006. For general info, call 392-6121.



Albany Center Gallery is teaming up with Fence Books this Saturday to present the first Yes! literary event of the new season. The Yes! reading series, curated by James Belflower and Matthew Klane, presents poets (and poetry) in one of the most interesting galleries in the region.

This event will feature poets Lee Ann Brown and Brooklyn-based Laura Sims (left). Sims is the author of three books of poetry; her fourth collection, Staying Alive, is due from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016. Brown, who splits her time between teaching gigs in North Carolina and New York City, is the author of In the Laurels, Caught, which won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award.

Yes! will present Laura Sims and Lee Ann Brown at 7 PM on Saturday (Aug. 30) at Albany Center Gallery (39 Columbia St., Albany). The suggested donation is $5. For more info, call the gallery at 462-4755.



Every Americana band are “old-fashioned” in some way, but Tuba Skinny have actually built their career the old-fashioned way. Starting out as a scruffy band of street buskers in New Orleans circa 2009, the group were playing for loose change and hand-rolled cigarettes before they took their act on the road. We first saw them playing for, well, change and cigarettes at the Woodstock flea market before Bearsville Theater eventually invited them inside. Forget Mumford; forget Avicii; this is the kind of real-deal “roots” sound those other guys are just ripping off. (Sept. 1, 8 PM, $10, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)



We think it’s acceptable to claim Steely Dan as one of our region’s great local bands. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met at Bard College back in the late ’60s before releasing their breakout debut Can’t Buy a Thrill in 1972. The rest is classic-rock history. You’re likely a fan or a detractor depending on how smooth you take your rock & roll. These guys are like butter. The duo have released new music as recently as 2003, but, who are we kidding, the reason they’ll be playing SPAC on Sunday is because of hits like “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Bodhisattva,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” and pretty much everything on their ’77 masterpiece Aja. (Aug. 31, 7:30 PM, $49-$125, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-9330)



Albany’s Madison Theater is presenting a James Bond sampler this week, with one film each per four of the six actors in the “official” Bond series. (Sorry, Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby.)

Sean Connery is represented by the stylish Goldfinger, costarring Gert Frobe as the titular villain and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Screening times are Friday, Tuesday through Thursday at 4 and 9:30 PM; Sat at 7 PM; and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 PM.

Roger Moore stars in Live and Let Die, aka “Bond Goes to Harlem.” Long before she was Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour—pictured here with Geoffrey Holder on a saucy vintage lobby card—played the mystic white virgin princess of a Caribbean voodoo cult. If that sounds a little, shall we say, weird, it is—but Live and Let Die is the most entertaining of Moore’s Bond outings, and the great Yaphet Kotto got to be the first black Bond villain. And let’s not forget McCartney’s classic title song. Screening times are Friday, Tuesday through Thursday at 4:30 and 9:30 PM; Saturday at 1:30 and 7 PM; and Sunday at 7 PM.

Pierce Brosnan, who didn’t get to star in as many Bond movies as he should have, took over the role with 1995’s GoldenEye. It’s about a supervillain trying to steal a satellite in order to bring down the world financial system . . . blah blah blah. It’s about Brosnan’s stylish superspy kicking ass and blowing shit up. Sean Bean and Joe Don Baker co-star. Showtimes are Friday, Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM; and Saturday-Sunday at 4 and 9:15 PM.

Finally, Daniel Craig took Bond in a whole new direction with Casino Royale. Not much to say except that the stellar cast include Eva Green, Jeffrey Wright and Mads Mikkelson as nasty villain with the tear-duct problem. Screening times are Saturday and Sunday at 4 and 9:15 PM; Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM.

The Madison Theater (1038 Madison Ave., Albany) is closed Mondays. For more info, call 438-0040.



All this week, the Hyde Collection has been hosting a workshop for young dancers presented by members of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. On Sunday, the “culmination of the students’ work” will be a performance with the Sinopoli Company and percussionist Brian Melick.

Since all of this is going on at the Hyde, and Sinopoli’s interest in site-specific work is well known, the performance will reflect the students’ introduction to the “literal and abstract themes” reflected in the current Hyde exhibit Larry Kagan: Lying Shadows.

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will perform with the workshop’s students on Sunday (Aug. 31) at 2 PM in the Hyde Collection’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium (161 Warren St., Glens Falls). General admission is $8; senior tickets are $6; students with ID, active members of the U.S. military, and Hyde members will be admitted free. For more info, call 792-1761.



EMEFE roll deep. The New York-based Afrofunk band are presently 10 strong, which not only helps them cover all the intricate horn arrangements and percussion parts their music requires, but it also means they literally bring the dance party with them when they play.

At 22, bandleader and drummer Miles Arntzen is just a pup, but he’s caught the attention of folks like Billy Martin and Antibalas. Before starting EMEFE, meaning “music frees all,” he was touring with Superhuman Happiness before his 21st birthday.

As an added feature, the good folks at Jacob’s Pillow will be on hand to teach the crowd a few dance steps before the band goes on. DJs Elixer and iamsam will open.

EMEFE will play MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) on Saturday (Aug. 30) at 8 PM. Tickets are $15. Call 413-662-2111 for more info.



Spencertown Academy will host its 9th annual Festival of Books this weekend. From Saturday through Monday, there will be panel discussions, readings and talks, kids’ activities (including a visit from Curious George), and a massive used book sale.

Guest authors this year include New York State Poet Marie Howe (pictured); young-adult novelist Lauren Oliver; Jonathan Weiner and Deborah Heiligman, who will “talk about their works on Charles Darwin,” both his work and life; crime novelists Alison Gaylin, Katia Lief and Wendi Corsi Staub; Edna St. Vincent Millay scholar Holly Peppe and Millay Society board member Mark O’Berski; and food authors Liz Neumark and Carole Lalli, who will discuss “Farm to Table for Fun and Flavor.” And don’t forget that book sale.

The Festival of Books will be held Saturday through Monday (Aug. 30 through Sept. 1) at the Spencertown Academy (790 Route 203, Spencertown). Admission varies per event. Please visit spencertownacademy.org for a complete schedule or call 392-3693 for more info.



Celebrate the heritage, creativity and self-expression of the Iroquois this weekend in Howes Cave, at the 33rd Iroquois Indian Festival, held at the Iroquois Indian Museum. There will be traditional Iroquois social dances performed by the Sky Dancers (pictured) of the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada; wildlife presentations featuring a variety of animals including birds of prey; a kids’ area featuring arts and crafts including doll making and beadwork; archeology presentations on early technologies; an all-Iroquois art market; storytelling by Kay Olan; and much more.

Perry Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation, will be master of ceremonies.

The 33rd Iroquois Indian Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 30-31) from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Iroquois Indian Museum (324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave). Admission is $10 adults, $5 children. For more info, visit iroquoisindianmuseum.org or call 296-8949.