The Egg may look like something from outer space, or something under a microscope. Almost everyone who plays there has something rude or clever to say about this odd concrete ovoid that hovers over the Albany skyline as if it just landed, or is just about to hatch.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Egg is hatching some special events that will showcase the range and diversity of performances and performers who fill it with motion and music.
On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., The Egg’s heritage will be honored with a multi-faceted event, beginning with salutes to Kitty Carlisle Hart and Lewis A. Swyer, for whom its two theaters are named. Then, New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner John Egan will share some personal reflections. No one is better qualified: Egan was commissioner when The Egg first opened and recently returned to the position.
Next, musicians Mark O’Connor and Daniel Bernard Roumain and dancers of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will perform. Both O’Connor and Roumain are violin virtuosos, and each will perform solo, but their similarity may end there. O’Connor came from bluegrass, added jazz mastery, rock grooves and classical composing and performing to his toolbox and usually performs in a suit. Romain blends hip-hop energy with classical complexity and wears dreadlocks. O’Connor and Roumain will preview their contributions to The Egg’s Hudson River Quadricentennial Concert on April 12 (more on this later), while Sinopoli’s dancers will perform a preview of their May 3 performance.
A reception will follow the performances. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Phone 473-1845 or visit www.theegg.org. Special “Works in Progress” sessions will offer previews of the April 12 Hudson River Quadricentennial. All are free admission, but reservations are required:
u Monday at 5:30 p.m.: Mark O’Connor, Don Byron and Daniel Bernard Roumain at the Albany Institute of History & Art (Hudson River School Galleries), 125 Washington Ave., Albany. 463-4478
u Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.: Don Byron and Daniel Bernard Roumain at The Egg. 473-1845.
u Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: Mark O’Connor at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library, 47 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park. 371-8622
If Trace Adkins’s voice were any bigger, it wouldn’t fit inside the Times Union Center where he’ll turn it loose tonight.
Adkins has triumphed over a mess of trouble to become one of country’s top hit-makers. He lost his left pinkie to an oil rig accident, but doctors re-attached it at an angle that allows him to play guitar. A change in management delayed the release of his third album, “More ...” his only release not to sell at least gold — but it hit No. 9 on the country albums chart anyway. He went into rehab (after a DWUI guilty plea and a tractor accident) just as his fourth album “Chrome” was released, stalling what would probably have been a smash tour, and the album still hit No. 4. His single “I Got My Game On” (also the title of this tour) was to be the title track of a new album that has evidently been scrapped, but the song appears on the new compilation “American Man: Greatest Hits. Vol. 2.”
Comic Bill Engvall opens the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $39.75 for all seats, a laudably affordable admission. Phone 1-800-30-EVENT or visit www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.
Leahy may be the biggest family band around — eight siblings from Ontario — and they’re a powerful musical force onstage. Tonight, they perform on the main stage at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady).
Ranging in age from 41 to 26, they are Donnell (fiddle), Maria (banjo, guitar, vocals), Siobheann (bass, vocals), Frank (drums), Agnes (keyboards, vocals), Erin (piano, guitar), Angus (fiddle) and Doug (fiddle). Since playing the Times Union Center with Shania Twain several years ago, they’ve released a new album, “In All Things.”
Tickets are $32, $28, $24 and $20. Phone 346-6204 or visit www.proctors.org.
What’s more impressive: becoming a star as a teenager, or remaining a star more than 40 years later? Janis Ian is one of very few to manage both.
She returns here to play the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theater (432 State St., Schenectady) on Saturday, after releasing three albums of new material since 2000, plus five compilations, a live album and four concert DVDs. Her latest proclaims, “Folk is the New Black.”
How with-it is she? She was one of the first artists to release songs as free Internet downloads, and has proven that doing so actually increases sales of CDs.
Years ago, jazz great Ella Fitzgerald called Ian “the best young singer in America” and country-jazz guitar master Chet Atkins said: “She gives me a run for my money.” When she opened for Kris Kristofferson at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the late 1970s, she played solo and he had a huge band. But he said backstage that she was so good he didn’t want to have to follow her.
Show time for Janis Ian on Saturday at the Eighth Step at Proctors is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Phone 346-6204 or 473-1703; or visit www.proctors.org or www.eighthsteop.org.
STANLEY AT WAMC
If the words etched on a tombstone could be heard, they would sound like the voice of Ralph Stanley. On Saturday, he and his Clinch Mountain Boys perform at the Linda Norris Auditorium of the WAMC Performing Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany).
In his 55-year career, Stanley has played on more than 170 albums and performed everywhere, and he remains a formidable banjo picker and high tenor singer. Show time is 8 p.m.
Admission is $40. Phone 465-5233, ext. 4, or visit www.wamcarts.org.