Albany’s mighty Move Festival is just too big, too complex, to give a full picture here: 100 bands in 10 venues, from afternoon to late, Friday through Sunday — probably the biggest musical blowout here since the multivenue, many-band 1991 Albany New Music Expo.
Highlights include almost every top area band including Black Taxi, MIRK, the So So Glos, the Big Takeover, Jocelyn Arndt, Titanics, Stargroves, Sirsy, American Pinup, Erin Harkes, the Charlie Watts Riots, Black Mountain Symphony, John Brodeur, Bear Grass, Kevin Ludwig, Carl Daniels. I could go on, and I think I have, as Leo Kottke says.
You don’t have to be Billy Fuccillo to recognize this is huge, for real — too big for this column, where I barely have room to suggest that you investigate at www.movemusicfest.com.
Another multiact extravaganza: Neighboring nightspots Pauly’s Hotel (337 Central Ave., Albany) and the Low Beat (335 Central Ave.) teamed up so successfully to celebrate WCDB’s recent 36th anniversary that the two rock ’n’ roll bars will do it again on Saturday. A really low $7 ticket admits fans to both venues, with plenty of music rocking each.
Let’s abbreviate: The Low Beat = TLB; Pauly’s Hotel = PH. 7:30 p.m. Chloroform Party TLB. 8:15 p.m. MR Poulopoulous PH. 9 p.m. UnEvEnStEvEn TLB. 9:45 p.m. Neighborhood of Make Believe PH. 10:30 p.m. The Schoermer Formation TLB. 11 p.m. New Red Scare PH. 11:30 p.m. The Lucky Jukebox Brigade TLB. 432-6572 www.thelowbeatalbany.com 4260828 www.paulyshotel.com.
On Sunday, the Parting Glass (40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs) hosts yet another multiband event: WILDWOODSTOCK, the 7th annual benefit for Wildwood Programs. From noon to 9 p.m., eight bands perform, including some also playing the Move Festival, such as Erin Harkes, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade and the Chris Dukes Band. Admission is $5, advance; $10 at the door. 583-1916 www.partingglasspub.com.
What wise guy said, “ALL music is folk music, because folks make all of it”? Folk singers of all sorts will fill many of our stages this week, especially Friday.
Martin Sexton plays The Egg at 8 p.m. Friday; the Brothers McCann open. Check Jeff Wilkin’s story, page D1.
Master of many instruments, writer and singer of many songs, John McCutcheon plays the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $26, $35 front and center. 434-1703 346-6204 www.8thstep.org www.proctors.org.
Also Friday, Adirondack bard Dan Berggren brings bassist Ed Lowman and pack baskets full of mountain songs to A Place for Folk at 8 p.m. A reminder: Like A Place for Jazz, A Place for Folk shows happen in the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (1221 Wendell Ave.).
This Earth Week concert celebrating the beauty and heritage of our region is in the more than capable hands of a seasoned artist who has shaped his music around those values for decades. Admission is $18. 377-0002 www.aplaceforfolk.org.
Another Friday folk show: Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and young California cellist Natalie Haas — he was winning fiddle competitions before she was born — team up at Old Songs (37 S. Main St., Voorheesville). Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $25, adults; $5 for children 12 and under. 765-2815 www.oldsongs.org.
Still on Friday, Celtic-inspired area troubadour Frank Jaklitsch teams up with old pals the Lost Radio Rounders (Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay) at the McKownville United Methodist Church (1565 Western Ave., Albany) in the last of their Third Friday Charity Concert Series this season. Show time is 7 p.m.
To honor Jaklitsch’s songwriting talents, the vintage-minded Rounders are threatening to break their “It’s got to be 50 years old!” rule to play his songs. Guest performer John Borst joins the fray, and the show benefits Amanda’s Journey Foundation. Donations welcomed. www.lostradiorounders.com 258-2507.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will resemble folksingers only when they first carry acoustic guitars onstage at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) on Saturday. The Mexican duo will bash and thrash them like the metal rockers they once were, hard rocking in Mexico City’s celebrated metal monsters Tierra Acida (Acid Earth).
Busking in Ireland launched them in a new direction as a high-energy duo, an acoustic guitar team that rocks songs by Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament and other plugged-in metal demigods.
Their percussive style is so intense it left Gabriela injured and needing a hiatus in 2010. They’re back in action, fully up to speed, and their fifth studio album “9 Dead Alive” hits on Monday. Bobby Long opens, at 8 p.m. Admission is $54.50 and $44.50. 473-1845 www.theegg.org.
Well, actually no Jazz Fest in New Orleans for me this year, though I plan to return next spring, to the coolest show I know. Let me mention who I’d see tomorrow on Jazz Fest’s first day: Wayne Toups, Geno Delafose, Laura Mvula, Jason Isbell, Irvin Mayfield, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove (four, count ‘em, four Sousaphones!), Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, and then I’d have to run like hell to catch bits of these acts, God help me, all playing at the same time: Santana, the Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, Gregory Porter, Joe Louis Walker, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas and six other acts. Did I mention they all play at the same time? And that Friday is just the first day?
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