Show Detective – Weekend Shows – 12/15 – 12/17

Written by on December 14, 2023

Show Detective.

Friday, December 15th

Christmas with the Cadets, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 7:30pm

The Cadets of La Salle Institute will be performing their annual Christmas Concert.  The evening will include performances from the dedicated Middle School Band, the distinguished Symphonic Band and the award winning Cadet Blues Jazz Ensemble.  Join us for an enchanting evening of music, where you will enjoy traditional seasonal favorites, famous classics and new renditions with sophisticated performances by La Salle Cadets.

Miracle on 34th Street Classic Theater Guild, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 7:30pm

Classic Theater Guild presents A Miracle on 34th Street. The timeless classic about believing in the magic of Christmas.

JJ Savage, Empire Underground, Albany, 6:30pm


The Wheel, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm

Music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond

Lark Hall Presents The Deadbeats Holiday Bash, Lark Hall, Albany,8pm

Join us for The Deadbeats Holiday Bash at Lark Hall on Friday, 12/15 at 8pm. Tickets $15

The Deadbeats have been playing for 30 years, following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead. There are so many tribute bands out there. The Deadbeats put their own spin on things, which sets them apart from the average Dead Cover Band. Based out of NY’s Capital Region, The Deadbeats have played thousands of shows along the East Coast, from Maine to Key West.  Mike Johnson and Denise Parent have been playing with The Deadbeats since it all got started, back in the early 90’s.

Mirth Films Presents: It’s A Gala, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 7pm

Come and celebrate 5 years of Mirth Films at “It’s A Gala” a formal party taking place December 15th at Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, NY! There will be live music from Glass Pony, The Skunches and Big Time Kitty. Stay tuned for more details.

Groove, psychedelic texture and original songwriting are the key elements that Glass Pony draws from. Inspired by a diverse group of musical genres including psychedelic rock, indie rock, jam band, and post-rock, Glass Pony strives to bring a show that is fun and joyful while maintaining high energy and rock.

Band Website:

The Skunch brothers bring you The Skunches out of West Duluth, Minnesota.


Big Time Kitty is a funky two-man band out of the Adirondacks in Upstate, NY.


Bright Series: Billy Keane & The Waking Dream, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8pm

Made possible by the generous support of Kevin & Claudia Bright

Inspired by James Taylor, Pete Seeger & Dylan, Billy Keane’s truth-seeking, contemplative roots music is infused with rock, folk & country.

Writing and performing since his preteens, Billy Keane’s adventures have taken him all around the world, within various communities, and throughout various phases of inspiration and experience. From college drop out to world traveler, to commercial deep sea diver, to socially minded traveling singer songwriter entrepreneur, his path has been a winding one. He is a wanderer, a taker of the scenic route. To live lightly, to seek truth, to live a life of contemplative, empathetic expression and creativity – these are the foundations of Keane’s life philosophy, and can be found thematically throughout much of his writing.

His sound – a blend of neo folk/Americana with indie rock and country – is inspired by his life, his many adventures, and his insatiable curiosity about the world at large. He can be found performing his resounding anthemic songs either as a solo act, or with his touring band, The Waking Dream, sharing the stage with James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Molly Tuttle, The Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler and many others.

In addition, Keane co-founded the award-winning, collaborative songwriter side project, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, which features Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, and Pat Sansone of Wilco. sums up Keane’s music beautifully: “The Berkshire, MA-based songwriter delivers with authority and grit in his voice – he knows where you’ve been, because he’s been there, too.”

The Bright Series is made possible by the generous support of Kevin & Claudia Bright

The Silos w/s/g Barbie Barker, Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, 8pm

A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara was raised bilingual just across the Florida Straits in Fort Lauderdale. College at University of Florida in Gainesville and a residency with the Vulgar Boatmen left him with a lifelong habit of Mudcrutch/Tom Petty-style crunchy guitar riffs. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, he formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell, plugging the main cable of American rock idiom into the jerry-rigged soundboard of Velvets-era feral experimentalism. The unlikely result, as evidenced by About Her Steps(1986), the seminal Cuba (1987) and their RCA debut The Silos (i.e., The One with the Bird on the Cover, 1990) was a loose-limbed conceptual country-rock that in turn influenced (if not outright inspired) the alt-country No Depression movement just around the corner. The band was voted Best New American Band in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Critics’ Poll of 1987 and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990.

Videopunks / Cyberimp / Dogtoy / Cordyceps / DJ Rikkick / Apostrophebeats, No Fun, Troy, 5pm

Saturday, December 16th

Levin Brothers, The Linda, Albany, 8pm


PETE LEVIN – piano, keyboards


KEN GIOFFRE – sax, flute


LEVIN BROTHERS was founded by Pete and Tony Levin in 2013, After 5 decades of glorious career playing with virtually who is who in all genres of music – jazz, fusion, rock, pop and world music, and after guesting on each other’s projects, two brothers finally decided to have their own jazz band. Levin Brothers released 2 albums: the self-titled first album in 2014, and the follow up live album ’Special Delivery’ in 2017. The band has toured all over the USA, and has performed also internationally in Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Japan.

The Nutcracker – Nacre Dance Group, The Egg, Albany, 2pm, 6pm

Part of the Guest Theatre Presentations Series

Join us December 16th and get transported  out of the Capital Region to join Clara on a magical dream adventure through the Land of Sweets. Enjoy traditionally untraditional ballet and modern variations of this classically sweet holiday story.

The Nacre Dance Group presents The Nutcracker on December 16th.

The McKrells Christmas Show, The Egg, Albany, 8pm

Part of the American Roots & Branches Series

The McKrells bring their signature Celtic-infused bluegrass for an evening of holiday cheer – featuring traditional and original songs, classic Christmas stories and good humor. The band is led by singer/songwriter Kevin McKrell and features Frank Orsini on fiddle, Scott Hopkins on banjo, Peter Pashoukas on guitar, Arlin Greene on bass and Brian Melick on percussion.

Miracle on 34th Street Classic Theater Guild, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 1:30pm

Classic Theater Guild presents A Miracle on 34th Street. The timeless classic about believing in the magic of Christmas.

It’s a Jazzy Christmas, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 7:30pm

“It’s a Jazzy Christmas” is returning to Proctors!

When it’s the most wonderful time of the year, “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” has all your favorite holiday songs! This ensemble performs concert hall shows that feature the music of Vince Guaraldi from the Peanuts holiday specials and many other seasonal favorites. Wrapped in the theme of a radio drama, their concerts take the audience on a holiday ride through decades of great classic music and fun radio serial interludes. Audiences will even have a jolly laugh or two.  It’s a Jazzy Christmas is the perfect concert to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

*”It’s a Jazzy Christmas” will also have a performance Friday, December 15 at Universal Preservation Hall – Saratoga Springs. Click here for more information.

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show – Tony Deyo, Proctors Theater, Schenectady

Tony Deyo is a stand-up comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. New York City’s Village Voice calls him “one of the tightest joke writers in the business.” In 2013, he made his late-night television debut on CONAN.  Within a year, he had added appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen.  His album, “Comedy Road Trip”, landed on the Billboard Magazine comedy chart and debuted as the #1 selling stand-up album on iTunes. He recently appeared on Jeff Foxworthy’s podcast, “A Comic Mind”, which was named one of the year’s best by the New York Post, and can be heard regularly on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Left To Suffer, Empire Underground, Albany, 7:30pm



A fun mixed bill showcasing amazing local music artists.

A fun mixed bill showcasing amazing local music artists.



Peter Annello, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 7pm-10pm

Singer/Songwriter Acoustic

Saratoga SantaCon + Official After-Party, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 1pm-10pm

Dress up in your favorite holiday attire and come party at Putnam Place during SantaCon, while helping raise money for the Franklin Community Center.  DJs Eric C. and John Jamz will be throwin’ down the beats from 1pm – 7:30pm and we will have Labatt and Tito’s drink specials.

Make sure you stick around (or come back) for the Official SantaCon After-Party with DJ Static at 7:30pm.

DJ Siroc x DJ Static x DJ Ketchup, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 10pm-3am

Nessa B & DJ Static Present: The Promoter that stole Xmas. Every Who down in Whoville liked to just chill a lot, but the Promoter had a different idea for December 16th. The Promoter hated turning down the whole Christmas season. Now, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, they just want to turn up and throw the biggest party of the season.  All night there will be shot after shot and bottles will be popped. Everyone will be dancing, so don’t you fret because we have DJ’s Siroc, Ketchup and Static on set… Or whatever DR. Seuss said.

DJ Siroc has made a tidal wave for himself in his own respective lane. Born in the Bronx NY, but raised Upstate in Albany NY: With 7 years of DJing under his belt, Siroc has been booked alongside Queen Naija, Ari Lennox, Bleu, Cardi B, Lil Durk, Lil Baby, Da Baby, A Boogie, Megan The Stallion, Saweetie, Fivio Foreign, and many more. Siroc gained more notoriety and traction through touring with Souly Had, Lonr, YBN Cordae, B Lovee, and 24Goldn. The versatility through touring, playing clubs, corporate events, colleges, arenas, and theaters worldwide added to earning recognition from his native town, is what keeps the gas to the flame.

DJ Ketchup started his music journey over 16 years ago. His mother was a DJ, which inspired him to follow in her footsteps. With 16 years of experience and many successful events, he has mastered the fine line between fun and tastefulness.

DJ Ketchup’s music library contains over 100,000 songs and grows daily. His philosophy is that it is all about playing those songs that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without you realizing it, regardless of genre, tempo, style or release date.

Don’t me surprised when you suddenly find yourself dancing.

Hyper Saturation Holiday Market, No Fun, Troy, 4pm-11pm

Sunday, December 17th

THE MANY MOODS OF CHRISTMAS, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 3pm

Albany Pro Musica’s beloved holiday concert brings the light of the Christmas season to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. From the hushed opening notes of Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” to the joyful mix of traditional carols in Bennett and Shaw’s “The Many Moods of Christmas” suite, this concert inspires and delights audiences each year. This program will feature celebrated operatic tenor Rafael Davila, who returns to share the stage with Albany Pro Musica!

Kat Edmonson: Holiday Swingin’! SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 4pm

Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert Series

Kat Edmonson is an award-winning songwriter and singer “with an equal foothold in jazz, cabaret and vintage cosmopolitanism pop” (The New York Times). Kat and her band will perform Yuletide favorites and originals for a magical holiday evening celebration.

Miracle on 34th Street Classic Theater Guild, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 7:30pm

Classic Theater Guild presents A Miracle on 34th Street. The timeless classic about believing in the magic of Christmas.

30th Anniversary Holiday Folk Show: Afternoon Performance, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 3pm-5pm – 7pm-9pm

Part of the 30th Anniversary Holiday Folk Show collection

It’s that magical time of year again for Caffe Lena to get into the holiday spirit with our favorite folks.

Get into the holiday spirit with John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Sara Milonovich, Addie & Olin (all ages). Every year folks from across the region come to Caffe Lena to enjoy a sweet, sentimental and silly solstice celebration complete with swanky décor, excellent instrumentation, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. Harmony fiddles, guitar, mandolin, banjos, flute, concertina, horns and percussion will be played by talented folks who have been Caffe troubadours for three decades. After so many good years, these are the last shows for this “big ensemble.”  Selections are presented with peace and goodwill towards all!


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