Above: Ricardo Estrada, “Cihuacoatl”, 2009, digital archival print, 16 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist and collection of Gabriel Jiminez. Part of the Mandeville Gallery exhibit “A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas” in Schenectady.
MONDAY, MAY 20
Come listen to “legendary pioneers,” Cloven Hoof (Pure Steel Records) supporting their new 2019 album Immortality Denied with the continuation of their very first US tour.
@ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany | 7:30 PM
Jukebox Rebellion at Vapor Nightclub
Be part of the Capital Region’s Jukebox Rebellion debut! Fronted by J Yager and Chris Dollard, this “high-energy dance band promises an immersive audience experience with a whole new level of entertainment and production.”
@ Vapor Night Club, Saratoga Springs | 8 PM | Free
Scum Couch, Muzzle Lords, Origami Ghost
Scum Couch brings the raucous noise rock from Albany, Troy experimental act Muzzle Lords grind out the dark electronic dance tunes and Seattle’s “hypno-folk” Origami Ghost bring a taste of west coast indie.
@ Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga Springs | 9 PM | Free
TUESDAY, MAY 21
Grand Opening: New Covenant Farmer’s Market
Come join members of Albany’s Tulip Court as they hand out free ice cream. There will be an acoustic set from Rich Baldes, music from New Covenant Choir and ribbon cutting ceremony.
@ 916 Western Ave, Albany | 3 PM
Music Lab: Beat Making Co-created with Swizz Beatz
Come learn how to make your own beat on Apple’s GarageBand. Some Apple creatives will help you figure what you like based on various EDM, Hip-hop and R&B beats. An iPad will be provided, or you can bring your own.
@ Crossgates Mall, Albany | 4 PM
Bring recently finished or in-process works (any medium or size) to display in the gallery for this community art hangout. Be prepared to discuss your progress and lend (and receive) constructive criticism with artists and arts professionals. There is a two-piece limit per artist. No prior registration is necessary.
@ Collar Works, Troy | 6 PM | Free
Rochmon Record Club Listening Party: Ram
The Rochmon Record Club will give the audience a chance to listen and learn about Paul McCartney’s 2nd album after leaving The Beatles, Ram.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | 7 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
Set the Scene: Upstate NY Regional Film Industry Day
Panel discussions will include Ask The Film Commish, Diversity in Filmmaking, Our Future is GenNext (featuring Youth FX), Perfection in Producing, Working With Your Community Partners and Budgeting for Film & Television. There will also be an inaugural presentation of a Film Albany Spirit Award.
@ Times Union Center, Albany | May 22, 9 AM | $16
We’d be celebrating if these thrash-punk legends were coming to town and charging $50 a head. But guess what? They’re playing this gig at Pauly’s Hotel for free. So there is no excuse not to show up. Paralysis, Corrode, Wet Specimens and Pissing Match will open.
@ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany | 6 PM | Free
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam at Caffe Lena
Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society are teaming up again for a great evening of acoustic blues performed by young and professional blues players from around the Capital District. All ages welcome.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | 7 PM
THURSDAY, MAY 23
“A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas”
This exhibition includes works inspired by the hemispheric context of the Americas, and broad questions of civilization and culture. The work highlights the process of videography as a “critical tool for expanded narratives and immersive imagery, in addition to painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper.”
@ Union College- Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady | 10 AM | Free
Nina’s 20th Annual Troy Hidden Garden Tour
Get a peek at Troy’s hidden garden sanctuaries while contributing to the upkeep of the city’s Prospect Park. Free light refreshments at Carmen’s Cafe. troygarden.brownpapertickets.com
@ Russell Sage College lot, Troy | 4 PM | $10
Come listen to Kylie Hotaling sing songs from the Great American Songbook. Her line of expertise includes jazz, blues, soul and pop music from every decade. She is known for her versatile song list and powerful soothing vocals.
@ The Stockade Inn, Schenectady | 6 PM | Free
Pete Seeger Centennial Concert at The Egg
An astonishing group of artists will honor Pete Seeger and his activist mission. Featuring Arlo Guthrie, Amythyst Kiah (above), Cary Morin, Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza, Dar Williams, David Gonzalez, Guy Davis, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, Taina Asili, Tony Trischka, Toshi Reagon and Bill & Livia Vanaver—this is one not to be missed.
@ The Egg, Albany | 7 PM | Tickets starting at $25
Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute
Join us for a benefit concert for The Eden Rose Foundation and Albany Victory Gardens. The night is a celebration of Bob Dylan music on the night before of his 78th birthday featuring performances by the cream of the Capital Region’s Rising Stars. Including Rick Bolton, The Mark Emanation Band, Mike Hotter and The Vintage Heads, The Conway Family Band, Mitch Elrod, Bryan Thomas and many more.
@ The Low Beat, Albany | 7:30 PM | $10
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Sawyer Fredericks, winner of the eighth season of The Voice in 2015, will be performing at Caffe Lena. Coming from his family’s farm in central New York, Fredericks is bring to you live a jam of “beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies,” as well as “raw, soulful vocals.”
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga | 8 PM | Tickets starting at $22.50
UTAH, heave, Andrew Sblendorio
Enjoy a solo performance from Philly-by-Troy slowcore crew UTAH, bedroom folk from Buffalo’s heave and ambient experimental/noise from Utica artist Andrew Sblendorio.
@ Superior Merchandise Co., Troy | 7 PM | $5 suggested donation
X with Skating Polly
We never dreamed we’d see legendary LA punk rockers in the Capital Region. We really, really, really, especially never dreamed we’d see them play Crossgates Mall. This is your monthly reminder that we are all just living in a simulation.
@ Skyloft, Crossgates Mall | 8 PM | $30-$35
Like good, old-fashioned folk? Come down to this festival to listen to some young, fresh talent take the stage with authentic music that makes you want to dance! Or, if you have music in your blood, be one of those performers yourself. Some featured artists from last year’s festival include Patti Casey, Pint & Dale – William Pint and Felicia Dale and Colin McCafferty.
@ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa | Friday – Sunday