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Bastion of folk music toasts its future

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Bastion of folk music toasts its future

Caffe Lena this weekend hosted Folkathon!, a musical festival featuring dozens of artists that is part of their $1.5 million capital campaign in support of the renovation.

PALATINE BRIDGE

Palatine Bridge church concert set on historic organ

There will be a concert celebrating Trinity Lutheran Church’s historic organ at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the church, 5426 Route 10 north.

Get your Beyoncé reading list into formation

Get your Beyoncé reading list into formation

Beyoncé is both propelling and profiting from these conversations about black women's place in the world.

Jazz on Jay back in Schenectady

Jazz on Jay back in Schenectady

Schenectady’s annual Jazz on Jay concert series will kickoff on June 2.

Blink-182 playing SPAC in September

Pop-punk band Blink-182 is playing a show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

On Friday, pop’s try-anything quicksilver girl Nellie McKay brings her “Follow the Money: An Election-Themed Show” to the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady) where she played a brilliant show last April.

Weekend Folkathon! kicks off Caffe Lena renovation

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Weekend Folkathon! kicks off Caffe Lena renovation

Native American artist Joe Bruchac will kick things off Friday at 6 p.m. and Adirondack singer-songwriter Dan Berggren will perform the finale 9 p.m. Sunday as Caffe Lena hosts its weekend-long celebration, Folkathon! at the historic Saratoga Springs coffee house.

Foreigner bringing 40 years of hits to Proctors

SCHENECTADY

Foreigner bringing 40 years of hits to Proctors

“When people come to the show, I think sometimes they don’t realize how many songs they know that Foreigner is responsible for,” said Kelly Hansen, the 55-year-old singer who has been the voice of Foreigner since 2005.

Indie popster BØRNS coming to Upstate

CLIFTON PARK

Indie popster BØRNS coming to Upstate

A week ago, BØRNS was playing Coachella. But if you missed the festival in Indio, California, you can catch Garrett Borns, the 24-year indie-popster Wednesday at Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall.

Schenectady Symphony season closes on a high note

The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra ended its 82nd season Sunday afternoon at Proctors performing two glories from the standard repertoire and two unusual pieces that featured Niskayuna native percussionist James Benoit.

ALBANY

Nettles brings jolt of energy to country show

Jennifer Nettles came out like a force to be reckoned with. After a Palace audience sat through three acts before she appeared at the Next Women of Country show Thursday night, Nettles was an unexpected jolt of energy.

Jazz Fest in New Orleans a rite of passage for many

No Jazz Fest in New Orleans for me this year, thanks for asking. But when son Zak’s friend Mary said she was going it, I realized how much I love Jazz Fest even without going, this time...

Pianist de la Salle: Fiery edge, fervent accents

French pianist Lise de la Salle’s scarlet gown matched her electrifying playing Wednesday night in her debut on the Troy Chromatic Concerts series at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Music legend Prince dead at 57

Music legend Prince dead at 57

Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died Thursday.

MOVE Music Festival lets local groups meet, play, make new fans

MOVE Music Festival lets local groups meet, play, make new fans

Hard Soul and about 100 other acts will be on the move over the weekend, as the MOVE Music Festival holds its fifth annual Albany party.

Benoit returning home to perform with SSO

SCHENECTADY

Benoit returning home to perform with SSO

Percussionist James Benoit, member of the Niskayuna High School Class of 2005, is coming home. He’ll debut on Sunday with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

When John Mellencamp’s “Plain Spoken Tour” hits Albany’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, Carlene Carter opens: a surprising, perfect match. “We do two songs together,” said Carter, adding that she joins Mellencamp halfway through his show before he shifts to full-on rock mode with his band.

Good news, good music part of Gospel Jubilee at Proctors

SCHENECTADY

Good news, good music part of Gospel Jubilee at Proctors

Lisa Page Brooks will be part of the fifth annual Gospel Jubilee at Proctors in Schenectady on Friday.

Blake Shelton tour coming to Albany

Country singer Blake Shelton is heading out on the road in September, and the tour will stop at the Times Union Center.

ALBANY

Brad Mehldau Trio gives electrifying show at Egg

Beats mattered as much as notes on Saturday at The Egg as jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau crafted/ignited 90-plus minutes of dense, questing or serenely lyrical trio improvisations.

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