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She made an MTV splash in the more soft-textured new-wavy ’80s band ‘Til Tuesday (and later, earned rave reviews for her literate, contemplative solo albums); he made his name beginning in the late ’90s with the more punk-schooled New York band Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. Their different roads have converged now in the Both, a kind of meeting-in-the-middle of their different sonic backgrounds and a chance to display what one critic called their “hand-in-glove harmonies.” At Bearsville, Elijah & The Moon will open.

(Oct. 3, 9 PM, $29-$59, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-4406)

 

 

The Harlem-born daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland, Shemekia started her singing career at the age of 16 when she began opening for her father on the road. Just a year after graduating high school, she had already released her debut album, Turn the Heat Up, and embarked on a tour of the blues festival circuit through Europe and America. She has since released six more albums, won multiple blues music awards and was crowned “Queen of the Blues” at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival. Don’t miss the chance to come see hear this accomplished voice sing the “electric” blues, gospel and R&B. (Oct.3, 9 PM, $25, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 594-8599)

 

 

Tonight (Thursday), The Sea the Sea will offer their conversational songs and intimate harmonies, with Great Mutations opening, at the Low Beat (9 PM, 432-6572). . . . Also tonight, “troubador of heartbreak” Rachel Yamagata will perform at the Iron Horse (7 PM, $20, (413) 586-8686). . . . Boston indie singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick (left) comes to the Linda tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $20, 465-5233). . . . On Saturday, Sean Hayes will bring his bleand of folk, blues and rock to Club Helsinki, with dream-poppers Eric and Erica opening (9 PM, 828-4800). . . . Also Saturday, old-time blues fingerpicker Roy Book Binder will play Caffe Lena, with Jeremy Lyons opening (8 PM, $20-$22, 583-0022).

 

 

One of the most eagerly anticipated art shows of the year is the annual Mohawk-Hudson regional, established in 1936. The juror for this year’s edition—which opens Saturday at the Albany Institute of History & Art—is Schenectady native Stephen Westfall of Rutgers University, an internationally renowned painter, writer and educator.

Pictured is one of the award-winning works, Deborah Zlotsky’s Sooner than later (2013).

2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region opens Saturday (Sept. 27) and will remain on view through Jan. 19 at the Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave., Albany). There will be a reception and award ceremony tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 26) from 5 to 8 PM; for details about this reception and to RSVP, call 463-4478 ext. 414.

 

 

Playwright (and Pulitzer Prize nominee) Jon Robin Baitz brings back the Reagan years with his Broadway smash Other Desert Cities, which is opening this week at Capital Repertory Theatre. Starring Ellen Parker and Kevin McGuire, Other Desert Cities takes us into the dark heart of the American family. Capital Rep’s producing artist director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill says, “A lot of us lived through that period of time and remember the tension and paranoia. [This play] is, in many ways, about the cost of secrets.”

Previews will be held tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 26) through Sunday (Sept. 28); call for show times. Other Desert Cities opens Tuesday (Sept. 30) at 7:30 PM at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N. Pearl St., Albany). The show will run through Oct. 19. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; with matinees Saturday at 3 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. An addition matinee will be held Oct. 8 at 3 PM. Tickets are $20-$60. For more info, call 445-7469.

 

 

Troy Chromatic Concerts will begin their 118th season this Sunday afternoon with a recital featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

The Berkshire Eagle praised his solo performance of works by Chopin at Tanglewood this summer for being “big, extroverted readings, full of narrative force and dazzling contrasts: sotto voce musings versus thundering chords, lyrical versus virtuosic displays.”

The Sunday program will includes music of Chopin, Beethoven and a series of “expressive smaller pieces” by Alexander Sciabin.

Garrick Ohlsson will perform Sunday (Sept. 28) at 3 PM as part of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy). Tickets are $35 and $45. For more info, call the Music Hall box office at 273-0038.

 

 

Despite being relatively new on the scene—the beginnings of metalcore hark back to the late ’90s—Five Finger Death Punch quickly became one of the most successful bands of the genre. Taking inspiration for their name from classical martial arts movies, inaugural members Zoltan Bathory and Jeremy Spencer formed the band in 2005. They immediately began seeing popular success with the release of their first album, The Way of the Fist, in 2007. The band’s first three albums went gold,and  both volumes of their subsequent two-volume set reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart and they received the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Indie Artist of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. If you haven’t already seen their latest music video for “House of the Rising Sun,” co-directed by Bathory, you should check it out.

Five Finger Death Punch will perform at the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl St., Albany) on Saturday (Sept. 27) at 6:20 PM. Tickets are $25 to $39.75. Also on the bill will be Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More. For more info, call 487-200.

 

 

Frank (Angela’s Ashes) McCourt and brother Malachy (A Monk Swimming) McCourt’s comedy-drama will come to life at the GE Theatre at Proctors this week in the form of this autobiographical account of their years growing up together. This two-hour comedy is set in Limerick, Ireland, where money was hard to come by for these two brothers. This two-man journey, streaked with shades of darkness in the background, is hilarious and peppered with amusing anecdotes. It is a story of family love and finding success even in the toughest of times (with mature content).

A Couple of Blaguards will open tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 26) and be performed through Oct.5 at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Performances are Fridays at 7:30 PM; Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 PM; and Sundays at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $20-$45. For more information, go to proctors.org or call the box office at 346-6204.

 

 

This is the first headlining tour for Georgia native Moore, who toiled for several years as a store manager with Abercrombie & Fitch before landing a record deal with MCA Nashville. It didn’t take long for Moore and his straight-ahead, wheels-on-gravel sound to make a splash: His second single, “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard country charts (in case you’re wondering what other subjects Moore has covered, well, here are a few song titles: “Dirt Road,” “Beer Money,” “Hey Pretty Girl”—now that’s country). To tide fans over until his upcoming sophomore CD release, Moore has just released a “surprise” five-song live streaming EP. Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt will open at the Palace. (Sept. 26, 8 PM, $27-$30, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

 

 

Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductees Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have been playing western swing and country boogie since their beginnings as a rockabilly revivalist band in Orange County, Calif., in the late ’80s. Big Sandy is known for playing to the crowd, adjusting the setlist to suit the mood of the audience, and bringing a ton of humor and charisma to the stage—as well as the occasional tequila shot. Their high-energy performances are geared toward a rockin’ good time. (Sept. 26, 9 PM, $15-$18, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800)