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There’s no dispute. Dianne Reeves is one of the great singers today—and we’re not qualifying this with “great jazz singer.” She’s coming to the Mahaiwe on Sunday night with a band including Gerald Clayton, Romero Lombardo, James Genus and Terreon Gully.

Reeves’ most recent album, Beautiful Life—her first in five years—was released last January. It’s a real genre-bender: She sings songs by everyone from Bob Marley and Ani DiFranco to Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye.

Dianne Reeves will perform Sunday (Oct. 19) at 7 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets are $32-$82. For more info, call the box office at (413) 528-0100.

 

 

Maestro David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony welcome pianist Joyce Yang (left) for a gala performance at the Palace Saturday night centered on Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony.

The “Pathetique,” as it is informally known, is one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works, an “exploration of fate” that is both emotional and majestic. Yang will join the ASO to perform Rachmaninoff’s dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The third piece on the program is contemporary composer Andrew Norman’s Apart.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday (Oct. 18) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $19-$59. For more info and tickets, call 694-3300.

 

 

Sarah Jarosz is a multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist whose music straddles folk and Americana; the Milk Carton Kids, also Grammy-nominated, are a young flatpicking harmony duo who have elicited raves from newcomers to the genre as well as the old guard. After their now-legendary meeting at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Jarosz and the Milk Carton Kids have pursued a continuing collaboration, wowing audiences with their virtuostic playing and seamless harmonies. You have two chances to hear them live in the region this week, at the Calvin Sunday and the Egg Monday. (Calvin: Oct. 19, 8 PM, $25-$35, 19 King St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-1444; Egg: Oct. 20, 8 PM, $30, Empire State Plaza, 473-1845)

 

 

Alt-country, Southern rock. Call it what you want, these guys have a song called “Shit Shots Count.” Which is awesome. Straight from the Deep South, the DBTs record in analog; their first two albums were called Gangstabilly and Pizza Deliverance—followed by a live album called Alabama Ass-Whuppin’ (released three times by three different record companies in 2000, 2002 and 2013). In 2001, they released a double album about Lynard Skynard and a fictitious band called Betamax Guillotine. Around this time they picked up Alabamian guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell, also known for his subsequent success as a solo artist in the alt-country/Southern-rock genre. The band just released their latest album, English Oceans, (“Shit Shots Count” is the first song), the writing of which was a collaborative effort between singer-guitarists and co-founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. (Oct. 19, 7:30 PM, $29.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

 

 

Friday, Habana Sax will bring their synthesis of Afro-Cuban, Latin and American jazz to the Egg (7:30 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . Also Friday, Amon Amarth will bring “melodic death metal” from Sweden to the Upstate Concert Hall (8 PM, $25, 371-0012). . . . New-folk darling Shawn Colvin will perform at Club Helsinki Saturday (9 PM, $25-60, 828-4800). . . . New Jersey rules the Egg Saturday with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (7:30 PM, $35-$38, 473-1845). . . . Also Saturday, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter Erin McKeown (left) plays the Iron Horse (7 PM, $20, 413-586-8686); then she comes to Caffe Lena Sunday (7 PM, $20, 583-0022). . . . On Sunday, groundbreaking singer-songwriter Janis Ian (“Society’s Child”) will perform at the Eighth Step at Proctors (7:30 PM, $30, 346-6204). . . . The Egg concludes a busy week Tuesday with veteran guitar god Robin Trower, touring on the 40th annivarsary of his signature hit “Bridge of Sighs.” Local blues rockers Sly Fox and the Hustlers will open. (8 PM, $34.50-49.50, 473-1845).

 

 

Photo by Steven Schreiber/Abraham.in.Motion

Jacob’s Pillow the venue may be closed for the season, but Jacob’s Pillow the arts organization has joined forces with MASS MoCA to bring Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.in.Motion company to North Adams this weekend.

MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Abraham will be bringing a new work to MASS MoCA, The Watershed. According to the performance notes, it is “an evening-length work in Abraham’s signature blend of classical form, postmodern invention, and urban influences.”

Abraham.in.Motion will perform Saturday (Oct. 18) at 8 PM and Sunday (Oct. 19) at 3 PM in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.). Tickets are $26-$38, $18 students. For more info, call (413) 662-2111.

 

 

Steven Wright, the “king of deadpan,” brings his unforgettable voice, expert timing and laconic wit to the Egg Friday. Like any working comic worth his salt, he has a recent Grammy-nominated album (I Still Have a Pony) and keeps busy with projects like his consulting producer gig with Louis CK’s Louie. Stand-up comedian is still his main occupation, however.

He is singular, as a critic for The Guardian noted: “His jokes are logic puzzles, full of reversed laws of physics and clever nonsense. . . . There’s just something permanently cool about the way he ambles about the stage, closing his eyes and pinching the bridge of his nose as if he were less concerned with any response than with the headache he is trying to ease.”

Steven Wright will perform Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $35-$55. For more info, call the Egg box office at 473-1845.

 

 

photo by Tom Killips

The Liar, a classic French farce by Pierre Corneille and adapted by David Ives, will bring the laughs to Schenectady Civic Playhouse beginning tomorrow night (Friday).

Set in Paris in the late 1640s, The Liar presents us with two men of opposite social standing and personality: Dorrante (Tom Templeton) is a young man on the make who is incapable of telling the truth, and Cliton (Mark Stephens), a servant who is incapable of telling a lie. There are ladies, and love, and mistaken identities.

Pictured are Cristine M. Loffredo and Stephens.

Schenectady Civic Players will present The Liar beginning tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 17) at 8 PM at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse (12 S. Church St., Schenectady). The show runs through Oct. 26. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $17. For tickets, call 346-6204 or 382-2081.

 

 

Lewis Black is angry. Really angry. In fact, he’s angry by profession. The title of his latest tour, The Rant Is Due, is a pun on the various national political reckonings we face, and his preferred comic delivery system, the “rant.” Black became famous for his “Back in Black” segments on The Daily Show, in which he provides an intense blast of scorn at some political or social outrage—and make said rant funny as hell. (And also make Jon Stewart look a little incredulous—or even afraid.)

Consider this gem, delivered to an Austin, Texas, audience last year, pondering the fact that the Lone Star state gave America both Rick Perry and Ted Cruz: “Two of them? Really, how’d you do it? Were they running against armadillos? If Bush Sr. was like Churchill compared to Bush Jr., then Bush Jr. is Churchill to Perry. Next time, elect the armadillo!”

Lewis Black will perform tonight (Thursday, Oct. 16) at 8 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $29.50-$59.50. For more info, call 465-3334.

 

 

An evening of urban art, architecture, music, fashion and good food served up by local chef and Chopped Champion Ric Orlando? Yes please! In its third year, the Albany Barn annual fundraising event, FUSION 2014, promises to be the best one yet.

This year, in homage to the Arbor Hill neighborhood in which the Barn was “raised,” four local fashion designers have been chosen to create designs inspired by one of the buildings that anchored the community in its heyday. Architectural couture will reflect a historic popular restaurant and nightclub, a longstanding community market, the Arbor Theatre—a turn-of-the-century movie theater in the heart of the North Swan Street corridor—and St. Joseph’s Academy (home of the Barn itself).

“Fusion utilizes live installations and multimedia to include guests in the creative process–from inspiration to a fully realized work of art–over the course of the event. This year’s theme, “Arbor Hill’s vibrant past and bright future,” will inform everything from the music to the fashion to the cuisine prepared by Chef Ric Orlando,” says the Barn’s executive director, Kristen Holler.

In addition to inspired art installations and performances given by regional artists, Albany Distilling Co. will be on hand to provide the spirits for inventive cocktails, wine will be provided by Empire Wine and craft beers by Druthers Brewing Co. All this followed by desserts by the Cookie Factory and coffee from Stacks.

A jazz reception featuring DJ J. Hill, “mixing up old time jazz and blues,” will be held from 6 to 8 PM, after which Space, Time and Spacetime will take over the decks and play until the party’s over.

FUSION will be held at Albany Barn this Friday night, beginning at 6 PM. Cocktail attire is recommended. Cost of tickets vary from $75 to $200. For more info, call 935-4858 or go to the website.