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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Great Guitars in Troy

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino D’Agostino

“One night, four great guitarists, twenty-four strings”

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
April 19, 2014

Bringing together the leading acoustic guitarists of their generation, The Great Guitars™ continues the guitar supergroup tradition.

Pat Metheny calls Martin Taylor “one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument” while Jeff Beck says “he out-shreds all of us….I’ve never seen anything like it”.  Frank Vignola is one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional players walking the planet today. Even though his career in music is only at the beginning, Vinny Raniolo has already had many opportunities that take most players a lifetime to achieve having toured 14 countries and played with some of the world’s leading musicians. Peppino D’Agostino is a Renaissance man and his inspired and poetic guitar style saw him voted as ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist’ by readers of Guitar Player Magazine.

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams at The Egg!

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams Band
Tuesday, June 17th

at The Egg

Tickets go on sale April 18th at The Egg’s website, and the Box Office.  Keep reading to enter to win tickets.

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Party Horns NYC at Proctors

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Party Horns NYC returns to move, groove and disprove what you know about party music. A trio of evenings featuring 3 very different ensemble bands, (Line of Swords, Persiflage and The Ed Palermo Big Band) all full of beat, rhythm and good time fun straight from the NYC music scene. It’s music that will stir your soul and certainly move your feet.

Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm | GE Theatre at Proctors

The Ed Palermo Big Band is an amazing 17-piece ensemble returning with their distinctive, big-band interpretations of the great 20th century composer, Frank Zappa.  This body of work has won them huge acclaim from both new and old fans of the music, and they appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2006.

Ed Palermo has led his big band for 30 years and has performed the music of Frank Zappa for 15 of those years. All of these musicians are high-caliber, hugely talented NYC professional players, most having played this music for over a decade.  You will love and appreciate the genius of Zappa’s work as revisited by the Ed Palermo Big Band.

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JOIN US TO CELEBRATE ON THE BANKS OF THE BATTENKILL

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The Battenkill Runs Through It
Edition IV
Beach, Music & Food Festival

Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:00 – 6:00 PM
(Rain date Sunday June 1, 2014)
Greenwich Town Beach, Greenwich, New York

Battenkill Conservancy hosts the fourth edition of its signature beach & music festival on Saturday, May 31, 2014 kicking off the summer season on the banks of the Battenkill river at the Greenwich Town Beach, just north of the village on Route 29.

The Battenkill Runs Through It Beach & Music Festival features a great line up of the Capital region’s most popular local musicians including Bob Warren & Joy MacKenzie; a picnic plate heaping with offerings from top quality restaurant and food purveyors; family activities related to the River Watch Discovery Program; canoe and kayak rides, fly fishing demonstrations and water & beach contests. It all makes for a perfect community event for everyone who loves music, food and most importantly the river!

This year the Battenkill Conservancy Community Citizen Award will be given to a special, soon to be announced recipient that has long promoted the communities and history of Washington County. The popular Battenkill Bidding Board will once again offers attendees the opportunity to bid on the art, recreational and cultural gems of the Battenkill watershed including an original art piece by internationally known artist, Stephen Lack. A full line up of area musicians will add to this popular celebration on the banks of the Battenkill.

The Festival begins at 1pm and ends at 6pm. Food, music and all activities are included for only $12! Reduced entry for children 10 & under. Rain date: June 1st.

The Battenkill Runs Through It Festival was created in 2011 as an area-wide celebration to promote greater public awareness of the river and to provide outreach for Battenkill Conservancy’s mission of preserving and enhancing the Battenkill watershed through education, advocacy, conservation and the River Watch program. For more information on the festival go to www.battenkillconservancy.org.

US BOUND: Ethan Ash

Ethan Ash

Acoustic soul-infused folk pop

Ethan Ash is a singer songwriter born in the north east of England but who has spent much of his life living in Brighton and Cambridge. Ethan began studying music and playing guitar at age six years and has been passionate about music ever since. He played his first solo gig age 12 and went on to perform solo and front a teenage band which played all over the UK before he eventually decided to pursue a solo career.

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Tulip Festival

2014 Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and the City of Albany are thrilled to announce the full schedule of events planned for the 66th Annual Albany Tulip Festival.

The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event, featuring annual traditions rooted in the city’s rich Dutch heritage, nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and, of course, more than 100,000 tulips in 150 different varieties! It all takes place in Washington Park, the historic, 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.  Keep reading for our Local 518 AMP Stage lineup!

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Saratoga Arts: An Evening with Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

An Evening with Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

Fabulous fretboard fireworks” from two genre-bending acoustic guitarists

7:30pm | Tuesday, April 22
The Arts Center | 320 Broadway
(sponsored in part by WEXT)

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at  – www.saratoga-arts.org

With Julian Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music, and Chris Eldridge’s deep relationship with bluegrass as well as his being a member of the widely acclaimed band, Punch Brothers, this duo lives at the nexus of improvisation, spontaneous composition, and virtuosic refinement, all performed on their respective 1939 Martin guitars.

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela Play The Egg

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Saturday, April 26
The Egg
7pm doors * 8pm show

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
with special guest:
Bobby Long

Tickets on sale Friday, March 7 at 11am at all Ticketmaster locations, http://www.theegg.org and the Egg box office 473-1845

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Steve Martin at The Palace Theatre

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

Steve Martin at The Palace Theatre

Exit 97.7, WEXT along with Step Up Presents and SLP
is proud to present:

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

The Palace Theatre
June 20, 2014 | 8pm

For more details about the show, click here To hear KTG’s conversation with Steve about bluegrass, the banjo and more keep reading.

To get tickets and support WEXT’s eclectic mix of music and array of programs, click here.

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