Show Detective – Weekend Shows – 1/26 – 1/28

Written by on January 25, 2024

Show Detective.

Friday, January 26th

Girls Night: the Musical, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 7:30pm

The ‘Girls’ have been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s make this musical a fan favorite! Follow five friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out … and you’ll recognize a bit yourselves in every one of them! It is described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine), “A boisterous, bust-out, bawdy musical revue” (Wisconsin State Journal), “An infectious, exhilarating sense of intoxication” (Hollywood Reporter) and “As funny and outrageous as Sex and the City!” (The Advocate). GIRLS NIGHT is bursting with energy and is packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family” and many more.

Magic Rocks! Illusionist Leon Etienne, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 8pm

From Radio City Music Hall to Planet Hollywood Casino and from Studio City Casino in Macau to his very own theater on the beautiful island waters of Saipan, the unique performance style of Illusionist Leon Etienne attracts entertainment producers to book him all over the world. He’s rocked stages from coast to coast in the USA and in dozens of countries, including England, Ireland, France, China, and Australia. His performances frequently leave celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern, and Heidi Klum speechless. Hailed by critics as “America’s Rock Illusionist,” Leon is a worldwide hit with audiences, critics, and producers. Etienne is recognized for his on stage charisma, a fast paced, high energy, rock n’ roll edge performance style, and his no nonsense approach to magic. He has appeared on the world’s biggest TV shows, trended worldwide on social media, and performs live at entertainment hotspots around the world. Leon’s original creations, a passion for sleight-of-hand magic, and the best jaw dropping grand illusions in the world explode on stage in his critically acclaimed hit show, “Magic Rocks!®

CARNIVORE AD, Fuze Box, Albany, 8pm-11pm

Former members of Carnivore and other notable bands paying tribute to the memory of Peter Steele in this newest incarnation of the band.


Cohoes Comedy Series: Jackie Fabulous, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 7:30pm

Jackie Fabulous is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer who’s been featured three times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent: All Stars, and so many more!

Brian Kane and The Beginning, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Brian Kane and The Beginning, a local favorite Rock the Barn! If you want to have an epic night, come join the party!

Happy Hour at The Eleven with The Pine Boys, Lark Hall, Albany, 7pm-9pm

Join us for Happy Hour at The Eleven with The Pine Boys on Friday, January26th @ 7pm.

The Pine Boys are a drum machine driven funk trio based in Albany, NY. Sharing a love for fun, original and most of all groovy music, Sam, Brett and Andrew have been jamming together since high school music class. Officially founded in 2016, the boys have always made it a priority to keep things fresh and interesting on stage and in the studio. Over the past 7 years, The Pine Boys have released 5 albums and 3 EP’s, and their live shows typically feature keytars, rapping and improvised solos. The Pine Boys have earned a reputation as one of the most intriguing and unique musical acts in the Capital Region. Check out their website to stay in the loop!

Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads w/ The Big Takeover, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 9pm-12am

On “Life During Wartime,” the first single from Talking Heads’ 1979 album Fear of Music, David Byrne famously sang the immortal lyrics, “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…no time for dancing…” Yet all those anti-fun declarations go gleefully out the window when Tom Tom Club alum, Mystic Bowie, aka the “Head Dread,” takes the stage, re-imagining and infusing fresh life into TH’s classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae, ska and lover’s rock (aka “romantic reggae”).

Captain Fun LUNCHTIME LISTENING HOUR! Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 12pm-1pm

January Guest: Jack Reber

February Guest: TBD

March Guest: Laura Sterling

april Guest: Tom Dimopoulos

All are welcome to gather at Lena’s from Noon to 1 PM on the last Friday of each month to enjoy musical memories and new discoveries. The playlist is selected by a different community member each month from the Captain Fun Listening Library of vinyl records in Lena’s lobby.  Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian spins the records and gets the conversation flowing. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

The Captain Fun Listening Library occupying the north wall in the Caffè Lena lobby is comprised of 1,516 vinyl albums and several hundred CDs selected from Al “Captain Fun” McKenney’s expertly curated collection. This treasure trove of folk, blues and jazz was left us in 2015 and we share it through our monthly listening hour, as Al wished. Enjoy the memories these records bring back, and dig deep into American roots music.

Hellseeker Goth Night w/ Special Guest Rachel Rave, No Fun, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Saturday, January 27th

“Fever Pitch” with Taína Asili, The Linda, Albany, 7pm-9pm

Join us for Fever Pitch, a work-in-progress presentation of Taína Asili’s groundbreaking multimedia show on climate justice. Set to captivate audiences at The Linda Performing Arts Center on January 27th at 7:00 PM, Fever Pitch is rooted in Asili’s prolific two-decade artistic journey creating music that addresses the intersectional issues related to the urgency of climate change. Immerse yourself in a one-hour multimedia tapestry that seamlessly blends live music, dance, and projections. Asili’s music, performed by talented musicians Gaetano Vaccaro, JoBeth Umali, and Gabby Canzeri, harmonizes with choreography crafted by Gregory Theodore Marsh, guiding the magical movements of dancers Hettie Barnhill and Eliana Rowe. Adding visual depth, the show weaves a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of original footage drawn from Asili’s videos. There will be a post-show conversation to follow.

About the Artist: Taína Asili is an Albany-based Puerto Rican singer, composer, interdisciplinary artist, and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Asili’s Afro-Latin fusion sound of love and liberation has inspired audiences at venues across the globe – From the Women’s March on Washington to Carnegie Hall to the mainstage of San Francisco Pride. Her freedom anthems and music videos inspired by social movements for racial, gender, and climate justice have been lauded by the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and NPR. With powerful vocals and infectious beats, Asili’s music urges people to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and The Capital Trio @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, 7:30pm

Pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hilary Cumming and cellist Şölen Dikener team up with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in a program of live music and dynamic dance. In 2018, the artists collaborated in honor of the 25th anniversary of UAlbany’s College of Arts and Sciences and created “As Seen from Above” to music selections from William Matthews’ A Book of Hours. The work will be expanded to its full length for this performance.

This performance takes place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center  

Supported with funds provided by the University at Albany Foundation and University Auxiliary Services.

This performance is part of the “Dance in Albany” performance series, presented in collaboration with the UAlbany Performing Arts Center, offering a diverse mix, ranging from the work of iconic choreographers Bill T. Jones and Mark Morris, the return of tap legend Savion Glover, to explorations of African American movement from modern to hip-hop to street club by the Passion Fruit and Dayton Contemporary Dance Companies, to the athleticism of Monica Bill Barnes and the fusion of illusion and motion by NoGravity Theatre

Anthony Rodia: Totally Relatable Tour, The Egg, Albany, 8pm

A first-generation Italian-American born and raised in Westchester, New York, Anthony Rodia came out of the womb making people laugh. In his 20’s he tried a few open mics, but ultimately took a different career path as a finance manager of a luxury car dealership. In 2019, Rodia returned to comedy and left his day job to become a full-time stand-up comic. He hit the ground running and performed 100 shows in just nine months, and within three years Anthony has gained a massive fan base online and around the country.

DJ TGIF Presents: High Society Gala, The Palace Theatre, Albany, 9pm

We all know that DJ TGIF knows how to throw a party! For his birthday, however, he’s pulling out all the stops for this red carpet, black tie affair. Join us for a night of glitz, glamour, music, dancing and elite vibrations known as “High Society” in the Lobby & Mezzanine of the historic Palace Theatre! This Event is 21+.

Get the Led Out, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 7:30pm

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and “Hey Hey What Can I Do.” GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.” A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

Paul Sinclair – Lead Vocals, Harmonica

Paul Hammond – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Theremin

Tommy Zamp- Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

Eddie Kurek- Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion

Adam Ferraioli – Drums, Percussion Phil D’Agostino Vocals

Rave Robbers – EDM Night, Fuze Box, Albany, 8pm-2am

Rave Robbers presents – DJ 3DG, Nate Mars & A.SUN playing house and breakbeats with mind blowing visuals by Far Eye. Come dance the night away!

Run Rabbit Run: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 7:30pm

E1 Presents brings the Capital Region the #1 Rising Pink Floyd Tribute band Run Rabbit Run to the Historic Cohoes Music Hall on January 27th,2024.

Band members of this Supergroup consist of 7 amazingly talented artist starting with Carl Blackwood (guitar, vocals) and Cody Bingham (drums) of Bendt, Sean Fortune (bass, vocals) of Zan and the Winter Folk, Lady T (vocals) of Embe Esti, Chris Andreski (keyboards, synths) of Flying Rob and Friends, Wil Lo (vocals) of One Heart Band, Madison Peruzzi (guitar) of Brother Junction, and more!

Come on out and enjoy a night of two full albums of Pink Floyd played out in their entirety by Run Rabbit Run the ultimate tribute to Pink Floyd.

You won’t be disappointed! Brought to you by E1Presents.

Neon Avenue, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Grateful Dead tribute that brings a different energy to this classic songbook.

Lark Hall Presents Shane Guerrette with special guests The Greetings, Lark Hall, Albany, 8pm-11pm

Join us in welcoming Shane Guerrette back to the Lark Hall stage on Saturday, January 27th. Doors 7pm; Show 8pm.

It’s the old way of doing things that inspires a new sound for upstate NY based artist, Shane Guerrette. Drawing influence from classic soul and roots rock genres, Shane has only just begun to craft his own retro flavored sound. With a recent self-released debut album called “Here’s Hoping” and plans of touring in the near future, you’ll want to keep an eye out for what’s to come from this rising star.

Hailing from Albany, NY, The Greetings are a dream blues trio formed in 2018 that laces smoky, bluesy, rock n roll with psychedelic atmospheres to create a unique audio experience. Fronted by the soulful rasp of Ben Gesek on lead vocals and bass, their vibe-filled tunes are elevated by Bryan Bidwell’s guitar, as he weaves light, and airy melodies with effortless precision. Spring Nguyen holds each composition together on drums, acting as a rhythmic backbone that ties it all together. As a three-piece band, their music may appear deceptively simple, but each member’s musical prowess intertwines to create an ethereal experience that leaves audiences spellbound.

Hotwalker Presents: Semester Kickoff Party, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 10pm-2am

Hey Skidmore, we hope you had a great holiday break and can’t wait to welcome you back to Saratoga.

Grab your friends, come on down to Putnam Place and let’s kick this semester off properly. Your very own H3 DJs will be throwing down the beats and lighting it up into the wee hours. Game On!

Chandler Travis 2 by 2: The Buttercups w Rikki Bates and Channy n Johnny, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-10pm

Chandler Travis’ style ranges from alt-Dixieland to ballroom blitz to acoustic coffeehouse. Tonight he brings friends to showcase all sides.

Charming showman Chandler Travis, longtime opening act for George Carlin, pairs two of his favorite new projects in this special split bill, both featuring Chandler. The Buttercups finds him getting noisy, nutty and electric with legendary Casuals/Philharmonic drummist Rikki Bates. Channy n Johnny shows us Chandler’s quiet, acoustic, dignified side in a duo with longtime string-bass partner John Clark. Throughout his long career, Chandler’s excursions in bar band, rock & roll, new wave-influenced power pop, and eclectic jazz-influenced big band music have been delivered with a knowing wink and a sly sense of the absurd, yet nothing he’s done has ever been merely “funny.” He’s more like a puckish sage showing the presence of joy hidden all around us.

Watch the live stream at CaffeLenaTV.

Creeks (Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure) / Bad Bloom / A Cave in Bloom, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

Sunday, January 27th

Live at The Linda Live! with guests Deb Cavanaugh and Girl Love, The Linda, Albany, 7:30pm-10pm

WAMC’s LIVE AT THE LINDA LIVE hosted by Peter Hughes broadcasts live on WAMC – Northeast Public Radio from our performing arts studio – “The Linda.” You can be in the live studio audience. Our guests this month …Deb Cavanaugh and Girl Love.

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and roots singer Deb Cavanaugh lives in the foothills of the Taconic Mountains, in upstate New York. She started making music as a toddler singing before she spoke and singing harmony and rounds by age 3. Her dad exposed her to Classical, Big Band and Jazz. As a teenager, while studying classical voice, she became enamored with blues, rock and Motown. While studying classical music, she was given the opportunity to sing Duke Ellington’s sacred music in a church choir directed by him. During the mid-70s, Deb met her future husband and hitchhiked with him across the country to San Francisco, jumping into the world of rock and roll. They formed the band General Eclectic. After moving back and forth from coast to coast, sometimes in a VW bus, they eventually found their way to upstate New York.
​ As a teen, Deb was involved with a choir directed by Duke Ellington, performing his original sacred music, and much later sang back-up with Melanie in Albany and Saratoga Springs, NY. She was also part of the re-creation of a women’s orchestra originally from Birkenau concentration camp playing classical mandolin in shows with that group in the Woodstock area in 2007 and finally at St. John the Divine in New York City, in Berlin, Germany and Ravensbrück camp in the spring of 2009. This show was repeated in April 2015 in the Woodstock area. In May of 2019, Deb traveled to China for two weeks to teach music in two bilingual preschools working with children ages 2 through 6, their teachers and their parents.

March For Our Lives Benefit Concert, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 3pm-5pm

An MFOL benefit concert featuring Canella, Jimi W., Iveilah & JB!! aka Dirty Moses: a movement to eradicate the epidemic of gun violence.

Three regional performers will bring their original songs to Caffe Lena to lend their name to the cause of ending gun violence. Canella, Jimi W., JB!! aka Dirty Moses and Iveilah will perform as part of a benefit concert for March For Our Lives, a national organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education, and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence. Local singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Kate McDonnell will act as Co-Producer and MC! We may have some special guests, as well, for this afternoon event. Stay tuned!





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