Items tagged with 'The Egg'
Rodrigo y Gabriela are a little bit hard to describe. Acoustic classic rock? Acoustic guitar metal? Influenced by bands such as Metallica, the Mexican duo first got noticed in Dublin, Ireland. They've since ended up touring all over the world, appearing on TV, with their music ending up in all sorts of other media. They're kind of mesmerizing to watch, seeing just two people get all that sound out of two acoustic guitars.
The show at The Egg is in the 982-seat Hart Theatre. The opener is folk singer/songwriter Bobby Long.
photo: Peter Neill
Case's music is somewhere in the vicinity of the intersection of indie rock, alt-country, and folk rock -- both in her solo work and with The New Pornographers. Her most recent album -- The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (review) -- was nominated for best alternative music album at the Grammys.
She has a tremendous voice. Among the phrases used to describe it:
+ "so powerful, nuanced and pure"
+ "astonishing, siren-like"
+ "uniquely clear and powerful"
+ it "usually stops people in their tracks"
+ "Neko Case has a cold, so her range & power last night were downgraded from 'Intergalactic Sonic Anomaly' to 'Eschaton-Announcing Messenger.'"
Case will be performing in The Egg's 982-seat Hart Theater.
photo: Emily Shur
A few bits of concert news from today that might interest you:
Deer Tick has played this area a bunch of times over the past few years. They seem to have a lot of fans here. (The Hollow holds about 300.)
Alterna/synth rock band Bastille is set to a play a show at Upstate Concert Hall June 2. Opener is Wolf Gang. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (January 18) -- they're $20.
Bastille's song "Pompeii" has been played everywhere over the last -- including about a zillion plays on YouTube. They were just nominated for a bunch of awards in the British equivalent of Grammys. And they're set to play SNL January 25.
Kowalczyk's show is being billed as "'I Alone' Acoustic," a play off the once-huge Live song and, um, probably the fact that he's playing an acoustic show.
Speaking of guys with acoustic guitars who sound like they're from the 90s... The Band of Horses show at The Egg February 23 is sold out.
Earlier on AOA: Capital Region concert venues, by size
photo via Virgin Records
The Egg and musicologist Gordon Thompson are teaming up for a week of events in February to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in New York. Event blurbage (link added):
The festivities begin with eight multi-media lectures held in various venues around the Capital Region. Led by musicologist and Beatles scholar Gordon Thompson, the program, entitled "She Loves You - The Beatles and New York" will explore the impact of the British invasion on New York, led by The Beatles in February 1964, their historic concert at Shea Stadium, John Lennon's NYC connection and discuss how their music continues to be an inspiration to composers and performing artists today. ...
The celebration culminates with two performances at The Egg, beginning with "All You Need is Love", a Valentine's Day Concert of Beatles love songs performed by a number of regional artists. "This concert will demonstrate how the Beatles' music has been an important part of generations of New York performing artists, whether they are rock, jazz or folk musicians, said Peter Lesser, The Egg's executive director.
The schedule for the eight multimedia lectures is after the jump. And that concert at The Egg -- "All You Need is Love" on February 14 -- is free, though you'll need a ticket.
The week of Beatlemania concludes with a show by The Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute act, at The Egg February 15. Tickets for that start at $35.
Band of Horses emerged from the ashes a previous band around the middle of the last decade with the album Everything All the Time. That album included the song "The Funeral," which you've probably heard even if you don't think you've heard it -- in addition to regular air play, the song's been featured in a ton of other media.
The Band of Horses show is in The Egg's 982-seat Hart Theater. It's being billed as an acoustic show. Also that night: The Wood Brothers in the adjacent Swyer Theater.
photo via Band of Horses website
The Egg has announced a slate of concerts for this fall. Tickets go on sale to the public July 24.
Without further ado, a quick scan of that slate...
A few people mentioned seeing workers -- and a railing -- on top of The Egg today.
The workers are up there re-coating the roof, part of normal maintenance that happens every 5-8 years, a state Office of General Services spokesperson told us. The railing is a temporary safety measure. The work is expected to be finished around September 1.
The mothership will just have to wait.
[photo via @fujontap -- thanks!]
Earlier AOA: Cracking open the origins of The Egg
Lovett will performing with his "acoustic group" (as opposed to his "large band"). Here's a show from last August with Lovett and that lineup.
Previous Lyle Lovett shows at The Egg have sold out, so if you'd like to go to this one, getting tickets sooner rather than later is probably a good move.
photo: Michael Wilson
Morgan is, of course, famous for his long run on SNL and his role on 30 Rock in which he played comedian and movie star "Tracy Jordan." That role sometimes verged on art imitating life. (See also: Questlove's celebrity stories.) Morgan said as much on Fresh Air in 2009.
Here's a recent Grantland video interview with Morgan.
Morgan played the Palace back in 2010.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo: Tracy Morgan Facebook
Martin has appeared frequently on Comedy Central -- he's had his own show, and also a recurring spot on The Daily Show. He has an understated style, using one-liners and a sketchpad. He's also a palindromist. A few of the recent jokes he's posted on Facebook:
If I had to pick one artist to tile my bathroom I would go with MC Escher.
i_ (Letter i with shadow)
The lap of luxury is close to the crotch of luxury.
Oh oh, oh well. A suburb? A fat nasty baby T? Santa? Fab! Rub us all. Ew. Ho ho ho. <---- Holiday Palindrome
You might also recognize Martin from a few movies -- he played Elliot Tiber in Taking Woodstock and one of the microbiologists in Contagion.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
Update: If you'd like to get in on the pre-sale, the code is "bazooka."
Maron has been in comedy for long time, and has made a bunch of appearances on TV. But the thing for which he's gotten the most recognition lately is his popular interview podcast WTF with Marc Maron.
More comedy, even sooner: John Oliver -- of Daily Show fame -- will be at The Egg January 11.
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photo: Dmitri von Klein
Ritter was last here a year ago, at the Egg, for a solo acoustic show. This time around he'll be performing with the Royal City Band.
A few years back Paste included Ritter on its list of the 100 greatest living songwriters. (He was #97)
photo: Marcelo Biglia
Comedian John Oliver -- you know, from The Daily Show -- will be at The Egg January 11. We have two tickets for the show and we're giving them away. BUT. WAIT. There's more. We also have a $40 gift certificate for dinner at the City Beer Hall before the show. And, yes John, WE ARE ALSO giving that away.
To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
John Oliver is British. So, what's you're favorite Britishism -- real or made up?
This could be anything: cheeky, crikey, loo, dodgy, nutter, flat, sixes and sevens. Or even one that you make up that sounds plausibly British. (It might help to watch a few episodes of Skins. But not the fourth season, because the end is completely bonkers.) We'll pick one winner at random.
John Oliver first got attention in the UK doing standup and a politics-themed comedy radio show. He joined the Daily Show in 2006. And he still co-hosts a satirical news podcast about US and UK events called The Bugle.
His show at The Egg starts at 8 pm on January 11. Tickets are on sale now. They're $32.50.
Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Thursday, November 1, 2012 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Thursday and must respond by 5 pm on Friday, October 2.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo: The Daily Show / John Oliver website
As you probably know from the Daily Show, Oliver is British. He first got attention in the UK doing standup and a politics-themed comedy radio show. He joined the Daily Show in 2006. And he still co-hosts a satirical news podcast about US and UK events called The Bugle.
Live Nation advertises on AOA.
photo: The Daily Show / John Oliver website
Burns -- the man with his own effect -- and Holzer will be discussing Burns' life and "his passion for history," as well as his many respected PBS documentaries, including The Civil War, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, and Prohibition.
The event starts at 7:30 pm. It's a co-production with the NYS Archives Partnership Trust.
Sure, this is like forever into the future. But if Sedaris' earlier appearances here are any indication, there's a good chance the show will sell out. Something to keep in mind if you think you might want to go.
If you've never seen Sedaris in in a live performance, (in our experience) it goes something like this: he reads a bit, he talks a bit, reads a little bit more, talks some more, people laugh -- sometimes not exactly sure of where they should. In other words, it's pretty much like a David Sedaris story.
(By the way:
Sedaris has already appeared at the Palace and Proctors in the past. The Egg gives him a Capital Region hat trick. Congratulations, sir. Update: Both Eric and KJS alert us that Sedaris has already appeared at the The Egg. So he's starting on Capital Region hat trick #2.)
photo: Hachette Book Group
Gillian Welch is playing a show at The Egg July 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (June 1) -- they're $34.50.
Welch is a big part of the modern Americana/bluegrass/alt-country scene. She frequently records and performs with David Rawlings -- they also have their own boutique record label. But Welch has also collaborated with a bunch of acts, including Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris, The Decemberists, and Ani DiFranco.
Alt-country (or whatever you want to call it) concerts seem to have done well at The Egg recently. The Conor Oberst show July 25 is already sold out. If you're thinking about catching Welch's show, you might want to get a ticket earlier rather than later.
photo: Paxton X
And all the (now somewhat older) indie kids went "Squee!"
Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie is playing at Brewery Ommegang July 21 (a Saturday). It's an outside, rain-or-shine show. Tickets go on sale May 4 (this Friday). They're $39.50.
As you know, Death Cab is a former indie fave now gone mainstream. Frontman Ben Gibbard also collaborated with Jimmy Tamborello on The Postal Service. (His collaboration with Zooey Deschanel was less successful). And Death Cab is Seth Cohen's favorite band.
Conor Oberst is playing The Egg July 25 (a Wednesday). Tickets go on sale May 4. They're $35 ahead / $40 day of.
Oberst has often created music under the name Bright Eyes, along with a bunch of other collaborations. The show at The Egg will be solo and acoustic.
Death Cab photo: Danny Clinch
The Egg announced today there will be a "New Yorkers Against Fracking" concert there May 15 -- and the lineup is includes a bunch of names you'll recognize: Medeski, Martin & Wood; Natalie Merchant; Citizen Cope; The Felice Brothers; Joan Osborne; Tracy Bonham; Toshi Reagon; Dan Zanes; Ida; The Horse Flies; The Ahkwesasne Women Singers.
Tickets went on sale this morning. They're $150 and $40 / $20 for students and seniors. Presumably proceeds from the concert will be benefit New Yorkers Against Fracking.
The original announcement for this concert include Yoko Ono in the lineup, but organizers say she wasn't confirmed.
Looking waaaay ahead: John Waters and his one-man Christmas show will be at The Egg December 2. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday (thus the mention now) -- they're $35 and $50.
So, what does a John Waters Christmas snow involve? From the blurbage:
Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters rides into town on his sleigh full of smut, spreading yuletide cheer... Waters's rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories.
So, basically what you'd expect.
Here's an interview with Waters from last November in the Baltimore Sun about the show and his apparently unconditional, un-ironic love of Christmas.
Singer/songwriter/glasses wearer Ingrid Michaelson will be playing a show at The Egg May 14 (it probably won't be chilly by then, so you won't need her sweater). Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 27) -- they're $25.
Michaelson's album Human Again is currently the #1 album on iTunes.
photo via Ingrid Michaelson's website
Update: The Egg says there's been a change. The Guster show is still scheduled for March 28th, but Jeff Garlin will not be appearing with them.
Boston Alt Rock band Guster is known, in part, for its quirkiness and sense of humor.
They'll be pairing with Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin for what's being billed as a rare acoustic concert on March 28th at The Egg. Wait, is this music or comedy? What would it sound like? Maybe something like this podcast series they teamed up for a while back.
Tickets for the show are $27.50. They go on sale on Friday at noon.
For no other reason than it's Tuesday and raining: a picture of The Egg made from the letters in the words "the egg."
Made with Textify.it.
There are a lot of amateur theater productions in the Capital Region -- a lot of high quality amateur theater productions.
But few, if any, are as ambitious as Our Own Productions' version of Rent, opening this weekend at The Egg. The $22,000 budget is more that twice what is normally spent on a single local musical theater production.
It didn't start out that large -- but it looks like it could prove to be a worthwhile investment for the relatively new theater company.
They pair played The Egg in 2008. It was a great show -- they were good separately, but they also played off each other really well. And Lovett was very funny as he peppered Hiatt with questions throughout the night.
The show is January 25. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Tuesday. They start at $64.50.
The lineup of speakers looks interesting. A few of them:
- Eben Bayer, co-founder of Green Island startup Ecovative Design
- James Howard Kunstler, arch-nemisis of urban sprawl
- Improv expert Kat Koppet
- The Veggie Mobile's EJ Krans
- UAlbany professor Edward Cupoli, who's part of the "nanoeconomics" constellation at the school
Jeff Gaines, a consultant from Cohoes, is the organizer of the event -- he'll be giving a talk on "Why is Everyone So Fat, Broke and Busy."
Tickets are $34.75 if you register before Sunday. After that, they're $39.99.
AOA is a media sponsor of TEDxAlbany. We figured it could be an interesting day -- both because of the speakers, but also because of the other people attending.
Earlier on AOA: Ecovative's Eben Bayer at TED Global
This should be funky: soul band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are coming to The Egg January 22 (it's not posted on the website yet). Tickets go on sale to the general public next Wednesday. They start at $30.
SJ and the Dap Kings play soul music that sounds like it's straight out of 1970 (that's good). Here's a show they played earlier this year at The Newport Folk Festival and a set from this year's SXSW.
Even if you've never heard of the Dap Kings -- you've probably heard them. They were the backing band on many of the tracks on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album, including "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab."
This week: The Max Weinberg Big Band will be at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Friday night. Tickets are $48. Weinberg recently explained why he isn't joining Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS.
Emmylou Harris will be playing The Egg November 14. Tickets are already on sale for Egg members. They'll be available to the general public August 17. They start at $54.50. (Egg box office: (518) 473-1845.)
Harris is, of course, an icon of American music -- and she's played with seemingly everyone.
photo: Eric Frommer (Flickr user armadilo60)
If the "heavy metal Spanish acoustic guitar" thing sounds odd -- have a look at the video embedded above. They're totally unexpected and awesome. There are a bunch of clips of them on YouTube.
Tickets for the show go on sale July 23. They're $44.50 and $49.50. (The tickets are available pre-sale to Egg members and it looks you could probably get through the Rodrigo y Gabriela site.)
Also: Guitarist Bernie Williams -- the former center fielder for the Yankees -- is coming back to the Egg October 2 for "an evening of jazz and rock topped off with Latin rhythms." Tickets start at $24.50 and go on sale July 21.
Update! The contest is closed! Winners have been emailed. Check your email!
So, our friends at WEXT emailed us today and were like:
Hey, we have some tickets for the Jakob Dylan show at the Egg. Would you like to give them away to the AOA people?
And we were like:
Yes. Yes, we would.
OK, here's the deal. Thanks to WEXT, we have six pairs of tickets to give away to Saturday's show. Jakob Dylan will be performing with a band that includes Neko Case (!) and Kelly Hogan. They collaborated with him on his second solo album, which came out earlier this month.
To enter, just answer this question in the comments:
What's your favorite thing by a Dylan? It could be Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas or Whoever Dylan.
We'll select the six winners at random from the posted comments.
Important: You must post your comment by 11:59 pm on Wednesday April 14, 2010. One entry per person. You must include a working email address with your comment. The winner will be notified by email before 9 am on Thursday. The winners must respond with their full name by noon on Thursday.
Tickets for the show are $33. It starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday.
This could be a nice Sunday evening: Over the Rhine at The Egg.
The folk/indie duo has a been a favorite of critics for a long time (they're in Paste's "indie rock alphabet book.") And the holiday show they play each year in Cincinnati, their hometown, has become a sought-after ticket.
From the Twitter stream of Ben Folds, who performed at the Egg last night:
http://twitpic.com/kmz72 - this is where i'm playing in albany. they call it an egg, but its more football like
http://twitpic.com/kmz2r - its a sad day when our society makes women go to the bathroom in public trash cans
http://twitpic.com/kmz97 - empty seats at soundcheck, egg in albany
http://twitpic.com/kohmv - albany egg: post soundcheck, people showed up to cover up some of the red.
photo: Ben Folds
There are a bunch of interesting/good/fun concerts lined up for the Capital Region over the next two months.
Here are a few (of the many) that are worth checking out...
The Egg has popped on another "weird building" list -- it's #4 on Popular Mechanics' list of "The World's 18 Strangest Buildings--And Why We Love Them." The mag geeks out on The Egg's "intensive support system."
Last year the theater showed up on a list of 50 strange buildings. One more list and we think The Egg gets inducted into the hall of fame.
Tickets for the Dalai Lama's on-again Albany visit will go on sale this Friday at 10 am. The Buddhist spiritual leader will be appearing at the Palace Theatre on May 6 (that's a Wednesday) at 2 pm. Tickets are $85 and $55.
There's also going to be a simulcast at The Egg -- those tickets are $18 and also go on sale Friday (the info's isn't posted on The Egg's site, but we called and confirmed today.)
Martin's got this understated, kind of nerdy style of humor that involves charts, music and wordplay. Here's a whole bunch of his stuff on YouTube. He's been a contributor on the Daily Show and he recently started his own show on Comedy Central.
photo: Flickr user gaelenh
While we're local Flickring, check out this great shot of the moon through one of the sculptures at ESP by el neato and this pic of the sky (and skyline) by J.D. Fielding.
Earlier on AOA:
+ Take a left on Western, head for heaven
The Egg is "exciting and old," so much so that it prompted They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh to write a song about it. TMBG is back in town this week to play a couple of shows at the "performance orb." John was nice enough to talk with AOA about one of the stranger venues the band has played -- and let us in on what they were thinking the first time they encountered our giant concrete egg.
As we mentioned last week in our post about the origins of The Egg, the "giant cement performance orb" prompted a song by The Might Be Giants. Here's a fun video (with intro by John Hodgman!) that goes along with that song. It's definitely worth watching. And you never know, there might a little more discussion about all this a little later today.
OK, here's the legend.
Governor Nelson Rockefeller is having breakfast with Empire State Plaza architect Wally Harrison. They're discussing the need for a building that would break up the vertical lines of the towers when Rocky looks down at his half grapefruit, tops it with an overturned coffee cup and says, "That... it should look like that."