Show Detective – Weekend Shows – 1/12 – 1/15

Written by on January 11, 2024

Show Detective.

Friday, January 12th

Antje Duvekot, The Linda, Albany, 8pm-12pm

Singer-songwriter, Antje Duvekot is poised to unveil her fifth studio album, “New Wild West”, on September 15th. According to Duvekot, this collection of songs marks the pivotal juncture of mid-life and represents a new rung on the ladder of healingfrom trauma. The songs on “New Wild West” signal a genuine shift in Duvekot’s relationship with some of the enduring themes she has grappled with over the years. “On the whole,” says Duvekot, “my older songs sought to disarm trauma by bluntly acknowledging its destabilizing nature and creating a space in which to exist with that sensation, both for myself and my audiences. In contrast, the newer songs have the teeth and tenacity to openly confront and defy trauma. As such, I feel very warmly towards this collection of songs. They are long overdue dissidents”. Duvekot’s amplified voice in mid-life carries a protective fierceness that resonates across the album. Songs like “Girl on a Wire” and “Evolution” salute the perseverance we all apply to our human journey towards finding our voice. Duvekot says of hers, “I crawled into music as a protective vessel when I was a teenager. It lent me safety and allowed me to stay open and let in more continuous sunlight than I could have, otherwise. I want to pay back that loan. Many of the songs on ‘New Wild West’ do that.”

Annie, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, Call for Time

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most. Annie, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score, written by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.

Extreme Music Awards PRE PARTY, Empire Underground, Albany, 6:30pm

Extinction AD
Brick By Brick
Incendiary Device
The Phoenix & The Raven
Hate The Adversary

PANIC AT THE FUZE BOX! – Moody’s Emo Night w/DJ Hope, Fuze Box, Albany, 8pm-2am

Get ready to unleash your inner emo at the Fuze Box!

Join us for a night of pure nostalgia and emotional anthems. DJ Hope will be spinning all your favorite emo hits, from My Chemical Romance to Fall Out Boy.

The Lustre Kings -Elvis’ Birthday Bash! Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Come celebrate the music of Elvis with The Lustre Kings!

Lark Hall Presents The Wheel, Lark Hall, Albany, 8pm

Come take a ride with us at Lark Hall as we proudly present “The Wheel: Grateful Dead and Beyond” on Friday, January 12th, 2024! Join us for an unforgettable dance party, marking the beginning of an incredible year!We’d love to see you.
Bio: Andy Morse: (Rhythm guitar and vocals) With a deep love calling Andy to explore the musical roots of GD music, Andy formed The Wheel originally as an acoustic duo in 2010 along with Dave Pallas. To many a family Andy is also known as Andy “The Music Man” ( specializing in music for children full time since 1995. Andy studied under Mathew Smith currently of Six String Ranch in Austin TX. Andy has played with Rainbow Full of Sound, Duck Duck Goose, and Fearsome Critters.

The Wheel After-Party with SM INK and Cauzee at The Eleven, Lark Hall, Albany, 11:30pm

Join us after The Wheel for a FREE dance party at The Eleven with local DJ SM INK.

SM INK & Cauzee, creators of The Skyway Collective, are pioneering the Minimal Deep tech scene in the capital region. The genre mixes deep bass grooves and sounds that keep you moving to the beat. Being big fans of the jam scene, the pair also weaves classic jams into their future sound

Dead Man’s Waltz, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 9pm-12:30pm

*** This show has been reschedule from 12/1/23. All tickets purchased for the 12/1 show will be honored on 1/12/24.

Interweaving the classic songs and jams of The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band, Dead Man’s Waltz (formerly Steal Your Peach) is an all-star collective from the Northeast festival scene. Dead Man’s Waltz features top-notch musicianship and offers a refreshing twist to the music of three legendary and iconic bands. While staying true to the spirit of the music, the band members put their own dynamic spin on a vast catalog of beloved songs that are now part the new American song book.

Saturday, January 13th

Albany Symphony | Steinke + Mozart & More from 1784, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 7:30pm


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture & Selections from The Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19

Harriet Steinke: new work (world premiere)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 80

Palace Sessions Live with The E-Block, The Palace Theater, Albany, 7pm

Live Palace Sessions Taping

Join us for a Free Live Performance with The E-Block at the Palace Theatre! This performance is Free and Open to the Public (while tickets last) and will be filmed live for a future airing of The Palace Sessions.

The E-Block is a 5-piece indie R&B band based in Upstate New York, blending the acoustic warmth of singer-songwriter music with an ice-cold rhythm section informed by modern R&B. With a deep bag of influences and free-flowing style, The E-Block has earned a reputation as a unique live act in the Capital Region scene.

Annie, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, Call for Time

Motor Mountain Off Road presents: The 2024 Extreme Music Awards, Empire Live, Albany, 6pm

STILL.TEDDY OF FOXY SHAZAM, Fuze Box, Albany, 7pm-11pm

Don’t miss this electrifying live performance by Still Teddy of Foxy Shazam in a small, intimate venue.

Still Teddy ( drummer of Foxy Shazam) brings his latest project to Albany with special guests Sunfiend, Atelo Songs, and Haunted Cat.

Jam’uary Apiary: Jive Hive Live Series, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Warm up this coming winter as the second event in the Jive Hive Live Series hits the Music Hall stage.The Jam’uary Apiary features another incredible triple-bill, featuring Dr. Jah & The Love Prophets, Rob Beaulieu Band and T.V. Doctors.

10:01 Band, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

These young rockers will rock your socks off! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the original music and rock n’ roll by 10:01!

All Black Affair Hosted by Big Ivori, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 10pm

Come join us for the All Black Affair: The South Central Baddies Edition, hosted By Big Ivori. Get down to the hottest beats by DJ Ketchup, DJ Siroc and DJ Goodlyfe.  $150 prize to the best-dressed female.

Roomful of Blues, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 4pm-6pm

Jump jive an’ wail to the big sounds of Roomful of Blues – celebrated for delivering irresistible soulful rhythms, jump blues and R&B.

Roomful of Blues’ lineup may have changed over the years, but the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by Grammy-nominated, multi-talented songwriter/guitarist/producer Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger.

Singer Phil Pemberton (“This man could sing his way outta Jail…” –Bill Smith) brings his sweet and soulful vocals and adds another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with veteran bassist John Turner, who brings the swing groove, trumpeter Carl “Geerz” Gerhard, who adds infectious energy, versatile drummer Mike Coffey, keyboardist and howlin’ Hammond B3 organist Rusty Scott, funk, blues and jazz baritone and tenor saxophonist Alek Razdan, and tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille, who can play both sides of the fence – lyrically tender or blisteringly hot, Roomful keeps on rockin’. As one fan said: “I saw them at a club on Long Island. People were dancing on the tables!”

Gringo Starr’s Winter Dance Party! Feat. The Everly Hillbillies & Lara Hope and the Ark-tones, Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Sunday, January 14th

Steinke + Mozart & More from 1784 | Matinee, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 3pm


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture & Selections from The Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19

Harriet Steinke: new work (world premiere)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 80

Annie, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, Call for Time

Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 5pm-8:30pm

Second Sundays are for making new friends, sharing songs, playing and listening to blue grass and new-grass. All are welcome to join the Jam.

Monthly Playwright’s Jam, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 1pm-4pm

Looking for an opportunity to connect with local writers, actors, and directors? Want to share a theater piece you’re writing?


A monthly meetup hosted by Caffe Lena for local writers, actors, & directors

The first Sunday of the month 1:00 – 4:00pm

Doors open at 1:00; Casting begins at 1:15pm and the readings start at 1:30pm!

Bring your great ideas, your new scripts, your edits and your friends for an inspiring afternoon of theater in the making

Playwrights should bring a highlighted script for each of their actors and one extra for stage directions

Bring a short scene (7 – 8 minutes). Cast your actors from the audience, including your fellow playwrights. Give them brief directions and then put them on stage to read your script. We’ll go around the room after the reading and let everyone give a “popcorn” reaction (one word!).

Playwrights should bring a highlighted script for each of their actors and one extra for stage directions

Each meeting will include 6 or 7 scenes selected at random from those submitted. After the readings we’ll have time to hang out and get acquainted.

This event will be co-hosted by Michael Wells-Oakes and Vivian Nesbitt

Playwright Nice! We foster a diverse community that has a great time making art and helping one another get better. Excessive profanity, explicit sexual themes, and “humor” that unkindly targets a specific group undermines this goal. It is up to the discretion of the host to enforce the house standards.

Nordlys Global Voices: Wesli, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 7pm-9pm

The joyful, passionate music of Haitian guitarist and singer Wesli, celebrates the authentic roots, rhythms and sounds of Haiti’s culture.

Haitian guitarist and singer, Wesli, born Wesley Louissaint in Port-au-Prince, built his first guitar at the age of eight by stringing an old oil can with nylon fishing line. From these humble beginnings, he has gone on to become one of Haiti’s most inspiring and celebrated musical ambassadors, with the sounds of his childhood – from Evangelical gospel to reggae, Afrobeat, funk and the diverse roots music of Haiti – continually influencing his compositions.

Wesli has earned acclaim across the globe for his joyful, passionate Haitian-based music, energizing live performances and charming personality. In 2019, his accomplishments were officially honored when he won the Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year for Rapadou Kreyol. Now residing in Canada, the award-winning musician aims to give a new mainstream life to rhythms and instruments that he says have been neglected, as Haiti faces an increasing amount of global commercial music and culture. “Each Haitian roots rhythm reflects different situations and requires different drums and instruments,” Wesli explains. “One unique thing we do in all these genres is dance! We dance to everything in Haiti.” After experiencing the joyful, passionate music played around him as a child, both by his parents and his broader community, he dreamed of becoming a professional musician. He likes to say, “music chose me to share its spirit.”

Made possible by The Nordlys Foundation.

Stream this show live at Caffè Lena TV. Enjoy one week of access with your live stream ticket.






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