Long live memories of Valentine’s — Albany’s vanishing juke joint — and long live its replacement. Howard Glassman’s new venue, The Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany) presents its first-ever show on Saturday, just a week after the last call at Valentine’s, when Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned and the Parlor rocked out its swan song.
Launching The Low Beat (named for a Fine Young Cannibals album but using the typography of The English Beat on its new sign) on Saturday is the Valentine’s Day Massacre & CD release by The Erotics. Also rocking the house are openers New York Jaded, Skull Bandit and Black Cat Elliott. Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $7.
How perfect is its music-intensive location! The Low Beat is between WAMC’s The Linda, where Glassman formerly ran things and where cool shows still happen, and the former JB Scott’s, where so many greats played. It’s next door to Pauly’s Hotel, where additional cool stuff happened, including shows by Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Skeletons, the Spanic Boys and more — and where the great Joe Ely went to drink a bit, after his volcanic show at JB Scott’s.
The Low Beat: 432-6572 www.thelowbeat.com www.facebook.com/thelowbeat.
The extra-busy Egg presents the last of its four free programs of “She Loves You — The Beatles & New York” today at 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, and The Egg presents three shows this weekend on the Beatles, Valentines or both. “She Loves You — The Beatles & New York” combines comments of Skidmore Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson with projected visuals, then jazz pianist Cole Broderick’s live renditions of Beatles classics.
On Friday, The Egg presents “All You Need is Love — A Valentine’s Day Concert of Beatles Love Songs.” Starting at 7:30 p.m., this all-star revue combines the talents of the Nutopians (comprising guitar-and-voice-powered members of Devonsquare and Aztec Two-Step plus assorted strings and other instruments; eight talents all together) with the guitar trio of Rick Bedrosian, Tom Raider and Brad Jarvis; also violinist/singer Sara Milonovich, guitarist Scott Petito and pianist Broderick. Admission is free.
On Saturday, the Fab Faux — national-level all-stars aided by the Crème Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns — play their Beatles tribute, including an unplugged segment. The Fab Faux stars guitarists Jimmy Vivino and Frank Agnello, bassist Will Lee (Letterman/Schaffer’s CBS Orchestra), keyboardist Jack Petruzelli and drummer Rich Pagano. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $35. 473-1845 www.theegg.org.
Jazz singer Jane Monheit stars in Sunday’s “Valentines and Beatles” show; along with jazz guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. With a romance-intensive songbook, Monheit is a Valentine’s mainstay hereabouts. She’ll perform with her own band; Vignola and Raniolo will open at 7:30 p.m. Expect both acts to range freely among jazz, pop, Brazilian and, yes, Beatles tunes. Tickets are $29.50.
Greenberger at The Tang
Respect to David Greenberger, our own (Greenwich) musical people’s poet of inevitable age and indomitable spirit. In addition to a flurry of activity around Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum (see Jeff Wilkin’s story on D1) Greenberger’s latest album “They Like Me Around Here” with Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound hit the number 37 spot on Robert Christgau’s Dean’s List of top albums of 2013.
One of the most influential rock critics (with late/greats Lester Bangs and Al Aronowitz), Christgau is notably hard to please, aggressively weeding out jive to honor only the genuine and the well-made.
Greenberger’s art is both. He collects the thoughts of the aging and reads them back to us through prisms of contemporary music; but never through rose-colored glasses. He is one of our most remarkable and accomplished artists — a unique man with a clear vision and an important mission: to show us what it is to be old yet still interesting and interested. His work feels light as laughter one minute, unarguably profound the next.
Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. is the first of Greenberger’s series of “One Upon” performances, each two minutes long for an audience of one in a tiny theater on the Tang’s mezzanine. The theater has one seat and a stage big enough for Greenberger and his combo, A Small Dog (multi-instrumentalists Kevin Maul and Mitch Throop), playing scaled-down song-and-monologue pieces from their “So Tough” album. Also, the Tang elevator presents “One Updown,” 132 of Greenberger’s music-with-monologue pieces, arranged alphabetically. As he said by email, “The elevator encounters are accidental, whereas a purposeful intention must be deployed for getting to one of the theater times (for “One Upon”); much like the difference between accidentally encountering strangers in an elevator or on the street or in a market, versus the decision to put in the effort to build a relationship of some sort.”
Christgau’s Dean’s List is at bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Rock-Roll/The-2013-Dean-s-List/ba-p/12191.
David Greenberger and A Strong Dog also present “One Upon” on Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m., on March 9 from 2 to 5 p.m., March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and April 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.
‘Rilly big shews’
That’s how Ed Sullivan promised great stuff on his TV revue, including the Beatles; 50 years ago last week as everybody knows who doesn’t live far off the grid. But if these Beatles and Valentine’s shows this week happen in intimate places, our biggest winter place — the Times Union Center — serves up two “rilly big shews.” With David Greenberger’s One Upon single-seat theater at one extreme, the Times Union Center marks the other.
On Saturday, rocker-turned-country-star Darius Rucker headlines with his True Believers album and tour; with the Eli Young Band and David Nail opening at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $50.50, $45.50 and $32.50. 800-745-3000 www.timesunioncenter-albany.com.
On Wednesday, hip-hop/tabloid extra-superstar Kanye West brings his Yeezus Tour to the Center, arguably the hottest tour on the road this winter, presenting music from one of the most honored albums of last year. Hit up www.nippertown.com for (real, and really strange) quotes from Kanye. Tickets are $149.50, $99.50, $69.50 and $49.50.
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