Show Detective – Weekend Shows – 11/10 – 11/12

Written by on November 9, 2023

Show Detective.

Friday, November 10th

Jim Messina, The Egg, Albany, 7:30pm

Part of the American Roots & Branches Series

Jim Messina’s legacy spans five decades and three super groups – Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina performs a career retrospective featuring classics such as “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Angry Eyes,” “Kind Woman,” “You Better Think Twice” and many more.

Derek Hough – Symphony of Dance, The Palace Theatre, Albany, 7pm

From the EMMY® award winning mind of Derek Hough, the live dance show is the first-national tour for the performing dynamo in four years. The show features all new high-energy choreography, stunning stage production, astounding versatility and, as always, Derek’s magnetic stage presence.  Fans will journey through a true fusion of dance and music, as Derek explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in between.  Creative team and two-time EMMY® winners, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo, also known as NappyTabs (Jennifer Lopez’s ‘All I Have’ Residency; Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour; GRAMMYs® creative direction), will co-create, direct and supervise choreography for the tour.

The Great Escape, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 7pm

A Salute to our Veterans!

Based on a true story, Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough star—along with Charles Bronson, James Coburn, David McCallum, Donald Pleasence and so many more—in this tense and exciting, multi-award winning blockbuster film.

Exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, the Nazis relocate them to a high-security ‘escape-proof’ camp. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II.

Armor For Sleep, Empire Live, Albany, 7pm

The Early November
The Spill Canvas

Moody’s Emo Night! The Fuze Box, Albany, 8pm-2am

Get ready to embrace your inner angst and relive the glory days of emo music at Moody’s Emo Night, where we’ll be rocking out to all your fa

Moody’s Emo Night!

Join us for a night of nostalgic emo music at Fuze Box! Get ready to rock out to all your favorite emo anthems, from My Chemical Romance to Fall Out Boy.

Whether you’re a die-hard emo fan or just love a good throwback, this event is for you! Come dressed in your best emo attire and prepare to sing your heart out!

Get Zep! Feat. SUPER 400 w/Sean Matthew Whiteford, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 8pm-11pm

GET ZEP! is thrilled to return to the legendary Cohoes Music Hall after a rafter-shaking sellout in April. This time around, the group will be conquering Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety, plus a second set of Zep classics. GET ZEP! is a NY supergroup consisting of the members of world-renown power trio SUPER 400, along with acclaimed vocalist Sean Matthew Whiteford. The group performs the songs of Led Zeppelin, widely regarded as some of the most powerful music in Rock n Roll history. Since their frst show in the summer of 2022, GET ZEP! has performed to feverish crowds in New York’s Hudson Valley and Capital Region.

SUPER 400 has toured the US and Europe many times on the strength of their original music. Their stage shows have been cited as ‘brain-splitting’ and ‘mind-blowing’ by the press. Mayor Harry Tutunjian declared February 25 as ‘Super 400 Day’ in Troy NY. In 2022, the band was inducted into the Capital Region Music Hall of Fame, and in 2022 and 2023, Super 400 was given the award for ‘Best Rock/Pop Band’ at the Thomas Edison Music Awards.

Donna Tritico Band, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

A rockin’ blues band full of soul!

Bearly Dead (Grateful Dead Tribute), Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 9pm-12:30am

Bearly Dead is an all-star cast of players with deep roots in the New England jam & festival scene. While the band plays all of the Grateful Dead classics, they also dive into an extended catalog, which may include any song that any member of the Dead ever performed. With over 230 songs in rotation and new material being added all the time, Bearly Dead performs wildly different setlists every night and ensures that each show is a unique experience. With no designated “Jerry” or “Bobby”, this band is able to breathe new life into songs with their fresh, high-energy approach to them. Bearly Dead is a setlist-nerd’s dream!

Jake Xerxes Fussell, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-10pm

American folk musician & storyteller, Jake Xerxes Fussell, pairs snappy, unshowy guitar & crisp finger picking with a gentle, robust voice.

Singer, guitarist and folk music scholar from Durham, North Carolina, Jake Xerxes Fussell is the son of renowned historian and folklore curator, Fred C. Fussell – and, according to Ann Powers of NPR – “maybe the leading interpreter of American folk music right now…” He has “a knack for uncovering obscure material and interpreting it with an ever-mingling sense of casual warmth and mirth.” (AllMusic)

Fussell’s 2022 project, Good and Green Again, produced by James Elkington, features several formidable musicians, including Casey Toll on upright bass, Libby Rodenbough on strings, Joe Westerlund on drums, Joseph Decosimo on fiddle, and others. Bonnie “Prince” Billy contributed additional vocals.

Hellseeker Goth Night w/ DJ De(s)troit, No Fun, Troy, 8pm-12am

Lance López, Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, 8am-6pm

Saturday, November 11th

RadioRadioX Presents: DJ Rob Smittix at FUZE BOX -8pm until The Cows Come Home!

Albany Symphony Orchestra | Daugherty + Tchaikovsky & The Blue Danube, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 7:30pm


Johann Strauss Jr.: The Blue Danube Waltzes

Michael Daugherty: Last Dance at the Surf · To the New World

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, “Polish”

Table Top Live – An Interactive, role-playing performance, The Linda, Albany, 8pm-10pm

We’ve got dungeons…We’ve got dragons. we’ve got giant dice! It’s Table Top Live, an immersive, interactive stage show celebrating all of the legends of table top role-playing.

Join a crew of dauntless adventurers as they brave the fierce winds of fortune. Our improviser-players face down an absurd homebrew adventure with the help of the crowd, some giant dice, and a stack of backup character sheets. Can they save the day? Can they find the treasure? Can they survive the game-master? Find out at Table Top Live!

Säje, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 7pm

The GRAMMY® nominated vocal supergroup, säje, is the brainchild of vocalist/composers Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick, and Erin Bentlage. Traversing a vast array of compelling original material, beloved jazz standards, and contemporary re-imaginings of artists such as The Bad Plus, YEBBA, and Björk, the all-female collective has demonstrated their devotion to thoughtful, sophisticated original compositions and heartfelt covers. Their highly anticipated debut album was just released, and features new original work and compelling covers, highlighting collaborations with artists Jacob Collier, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ambrose Akinmusire, and more.

The Princess Bride: an Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 8pm

Join Cary Elwes (Westley) for a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film, The Princess Bride. After a screening of the iconic movie, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder in an adventure filled with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, and of course, true love. Elwes has been in a multitude of films and tv shows, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Saw, Twister, Liar, Liar, Stranger Things and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He recently starred in Guy Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre”, just wrapped “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1” with Tom Cruise and is currently working on Zack Snyder’s sci fi epic, “Rebel Moon.” Now Elwes is hitting the road to share with fans the personal stories behind the making of this piece of cinematic history. Don’t be a “Humperdinck”, make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always “tweasure”.   A limited number of VIP packages are available and include the best seats in the house, a Meet and Greet with Cary Elwes, and a signed copy of Cary Elwes best-selling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

Alexandra Kay’s All I’ve Ever Known: The Tour, Empire Live, Albany, 8pm

Haley Mae Campbell

Raise Your Hands w/ Special Guest Johnny Clifford of Broken Hearted, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 7:30pm-11pm

Entertainment One presents the incredible Bon Jovi tribute RAISE YOUR HANDS, along with a special guest appearance by JOHNNY CLIFFORD performing a solo acoustic act of Tom Petty’s hits. Raise Your Hands is the ultimate tribute to the spirit, energy and music of BON JOVI, covering all the hits and deep catalog tracks. Everything you hear is performed LIVE without any pre-recorded backtracks. RYH is quickly becoming the leading top Bon Jovi Tribute in the Northeast!  JOHNNY CLIFFORD, lead singer of celebrated Tom Petty tribute band Broken hearted, will open the show up with a great Tom Petty acoustic solo set!

The Grateful Dread, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

The songs of The Grateful Dead played reggae style.

An Evening with Holly Bowling, Lark Hall, Albany, 8pm

Whether behind the piano on a windswept mountainous cliff, at a hallowed venue such as Carnegie Hall, or playing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most legendary musicians in history, solo pianist Holly Bowling subverts convention with virtuosic playing, emotional immersion, and a thirst for invention. In 2015, she arrived as an exciting outlier on Distillation Of A Dream: The Music Of Phish Reimagined For Solo Piano. As her profile rose, she delivered Better Left Unsung only a year later. For this triple-LP, she re-arranged iconic moments from the Grateful Dead on her piano. It bowed in the Top 25 of the Billboard Top Classical Albums Chart. She went on to share the stage with everyone from The Dead’s Weir and Phil Lesh to Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Jim James, Branford Marsalis, Don Was, Robert Randolph, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. Along the way, she graced the bills of Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads and Haynes’s annual Christmas Jam and unveiled the concert recording Live at the Old Church. Simultaneously, she co-founded improvisational rock outfit Ghost Light in 2018. Engaging a faithful audience even in the midst of the “new normal” of 2020, she launched a series of living room livestreams chronicled on the eight-volume Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions highlighted by her innovative re-imaginings of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and many others.

Acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Relix, and more, she once again flips the script on her 2020 album and second reimagining of Grateful Dead staples entitled Seeking All That’s Still Unsung.

DJ Eric C, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 10pm-3am

Come dance the night away at Putnam Place on Saturday with DJ Eric C.  DJing is Eric C’s passion and he loves Old School Hip Hop if he is driving in the car and has the option…..No music is off the table though, from Hip Hop to House and everything else with a Beat. He also takes requests.

TrueSongs 2023: Lyrics of Life, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 7pm-10pm

A performance of true stories paired with songs that inspired them, to show lives changed for the better.

Peggy Lynn

Cassandra Kubinski

Holly McGarry

Sean Rowe

Joel Moss & Dave Maswick

Courageous storytellers are paired with five local songwriters. Each team will take the stage together to help us understand real life challenges they’ve faced. We’ll see how one person’s story can come alive with an artistic presentation of narrative and song.

This year’s Lyrics of Life includes the following story lines: a family farm in a developing community is preserved for agriculture; a veteran gets the support she needs to regain her health and get off the streets; a man loses his sight but gains a new outlet for his lifelong habit of helping others; a man is raised on a Schuylerville farm, and finds a way to preserve the history of a changing community; a young girl transcends Autism barriers with the help of horses.

Sunday, November 12th

Daugherty + Tchaikovsky & The Blue Danube | Matinee, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 3pm


Johann Strauss Jr.: The Blue Danube Waltzes

Michael Daugherty: Last Dance at the Surf · To the New World

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, “Polish”

Ryanhood, The Linda, Albany, 7pm-9pm

Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than a thousand shows in 46 U.S. states over the past decade, and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more.

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – Next Rodeo Tour, The Egg, Albany, 7pm

Part of the American Roots & Branches Series

A virtuosic guitarist and vocalist with astonishing range with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle arrives with multiple awards from the International Bluegrass and Americana Music Associations and her critically acclaimed recordings – including her latest – “City of Gold” – accompanied by her band, Golden Highway on their “Next Rodeo Tour.”. Chatham Rabbits will open the show.

Golden Oldies – Doo Wop Rock & Roll Spectacular, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 3pm

An incredible seven act Golden Oldies Spectacular comes to Proctors Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 pm starring:

THE HAPPENINGS:  Original lead singer Bob Miranda continues to possess the vocal prowess to bring audiences to their feet.  “See You in September” was a #1 hit worldwide and is still one of the top 100 “summer songs” of all time.  “Go Away Little Girl,” “I Got Rhythm” and “My Mammy” were all million selling gold records.   The  “Proud to be an American” tribute to veterans will thrill the crowd.

JAY SIEGEL’S TOKENS:  Jay started his first band at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn in which Neil Sedaka was a bandmate.  Their first gold record was “Tonight I fell in Love.”  Their mega international #1 hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is the only song in pop history to re-enter the charts 33 years later and hit #1 again (fueled by its use in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie).   Jay and the Tokens also produced records by the Chiffons, The Happenings and Tony Orlando and Dawn (“He’s So Fine by the Chiffons was the first #1 hit by a vocal group produced by another vocal group).

THE BRONX WANDERERS:  In their only Proctors performance, they brought the house down and fans have asked for them to return ever since, but their casino residencies in Las Vegas, where they were performing six nights a week starting in 2016, made it impossible until now.  Successful producer, record label executive and publisher at Columbia Records, Vinny Adinofi was prodded by his Bronx friends Dion, Chaz Palminteri and Danny Aiello to start a rock and roll band featuring his musically-gifted 10 and 14 year old sons.  The rest is history, and they have now won twelve “Best of Las Vegas” awards.

BARBARA HARRIS AND THE TOYS’ mega hit, “Lover’s Concerto” reached #2 on the charts and sold two million copies.  They will also sing several hits by other “girl groups” of the sixties.

VITO PICONE & THE ELEGANTS:  “Little Star,” cowritten by Vito, sold three million copies worldwide and spent 19 weeks on the Billboard charts.  It received the “Million-Aires” award for airing over 1 million times on the radio.  Vito also made a cameo appearance in the Oscar winning movie “Goodfellas.”

KID KYLE appeared on American Idol Junior at  age 8 and performed at Proctors before he was a teenager.   He has been featured in PBS’s “My Music, Doo Wop Love Songs” and “Doo Wop Generations.”  Now age 28, he was inducted into the East Coast Music Hall of Fame and won “Best Male Singer” award.

VINNIE MEDUGNO:  A multi-talented young man, Vinnie is a WABC radio host, dance music performer and song writer and a high school teacher.  He performed on PBS’ “Doo Wop, Pop and Soul Generations.”

Seven great acts, including two young acts committed to keeping our great music alive, together on the Proctors stage on Sunday, November 12 at 3:00.  Get your tickets now.

Tellabration! Best Laid Plans, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 4pm

In 1785, Robert Burns wrote: “The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.”That was true then, and is still true now.Come hear some of the best storytellers in our area share their favorite stories about plans that didn’t work out as intended.At every Story Circle show, superb performers tell rarely-heard contemporary and traditional stories celebrating the human spirit. The shows are shared experiences between audience and performer, combining the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Since 2008, over 4,000 people have enjoyed our shows at Proctors. We hope to see you there!

Metal Music Mixer, Empire Live, Albany, 1pm

An event to buy, sell and trade everything music related such as band merch, gear, vinyl, etc.

Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 5:30pm-9pm

Join us for our monthly Bluegrass Jam!

Ripe w/ HOKO, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-11:45pm

Ripe’s new album Bright Blues is a collection of 12 songs full of sleek grooves and bold melodies n the middle of getting hit in the stomach,” says singer Robbie Wulfsohn, who came together with guitarist Jon Becker, drummer Sampson Hellerman and trombonist Calvin Barthel while they were all studying at Berklee College of Music.

The band drew acclaim from the likes of the Boston Globe, Huffington Post and WXPN with their first full-length, Joy in the Wild Unknown. Their streams on Spotify surged past 56 million as they conquered stages at festivals including Bonnaroo, Firefly, SweetWater and Bottlerock, and sold tens of thousands of tickets across the US, including selling out the iconic House of Blues Boston and Brooklyn Steel.

Bright Blues is their first release after signing to indie powerhouse Glassnote Records and their first release working with outside co-writers. Teaming up on production with Noah Conrad (BTS, Niall Horan) and Ryan Linvill (Olivia Rodrigo, Dermot Kennedy) helped bring the high-energy, freewheeling stage show to the recording studio, with the result being an album that shows the full scope of the band’s abilities as writers and performers. The live show has always been at the core of who Ripe is, and now the recorded music can stand alongside it as an all-encompassing representation of who the band is and where they are going.


Workshop: Hot Licks with Arlen Roth, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 10am

Rare in-person workshop with “Master of the Telecaster” Arlen Roth, one of the most influential electric/acoustic/slide players of all time.

The world’s “King of All Teachers” and the first person ever to create video lessons with his Hot Licks company, Arlen Roth will cover many facets of guitar playing for you in this hour and a half workshop. He’ll be covering Blues and Country, R&B and Slide Guitar styles and techniques. Fingerstyle will also be covered, and of course, Arlen will take questions about guitar playing, his life and career in music. Both acoustic and electric guitar styles will be covered.

They Live On…In Word and Song, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 1:30pm

“They Live On…in Word and Song” pays tribute to the life cycle in this moving and memorable live performance. Singer-songwriter Michael Jerling lends his poignant lyrics and melodies to author Patricia A. Nugent’s memoir “They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad.”

In this 90-minute performance of music and readings, these two artists give voice to life, love, and loss as it relates to our shared human experience. Bring someone you love – in person or in spirit – to this fusion of art forms, performed for the first time at historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

A CD of the same title will be offered to attendees that day at a discounted price to celebrate the launch. Light refreshments will also be served.

Ticket sales are limited by venue and will close two hours before the performance. Walk-ins are welcome if seats remain available. Doors will open at 1:30pm.

Find out more about Michael Jerling’s work at More about Patricia A. Nugent’s writing can be found at links into browser.) Here’s a preview of one of the songs you’ll hear that evening: “In Lieu of Flowers”

*Saratoga Arts made this program possible through the Community Arts Regrant Program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.*

An Evening with Arlen Roth, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 7pm-9pm

“Master of the telecaster” and renowned electric, acoustic & slide guitarist, Arlen Roth is one of the most influential players of all time.

Born in the Bronx, Arlen Roth got turned on to the guitar at the age of 9, and was deeply encouraged by his father, New Yorker magazine cartoonist, Al Ross. Al saw that his son was learning quickly by ear, and sent him for classical guitar lessons in Greenwich Village. The lessons didn’t last long as young Roth was told to leave after falling for the charms of an electric guitar. From that point on, he became self-taught, learning in front of audiences, in studios and by practicing and teaching. In 1970, his band Steel performed for 8 hours at the 1st Anniversary Woodstock Reunion Concert at Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, NY – and soon after, Roth relocated to the town of Woodstock, NY, where he quickly jump-started his career.

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