The NYC-based band blends the powerful storytelling genres of traditional bluegrass and contemporary hip hop for a unique sound you have to see and hear to believe.

@ Eighth Step at Proctors | Jan 10 | $27 

T.S. Elliot: A guided meditation through poetry

Eugene K. Garber and Evan Craig Reardon will lead this group meditation based on the close reading and discussion of T.S. Eliot’s poems “The Hollow Men”, “Ash-Wednesday”, and “Choruses from ‘The Rock’” as well as “Four Quartets.” 

@ Cathedral of All Saints, Albany | Jan. 11, 9:30 AM 

Maria Bamford

The hilarious actor and executive director (Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite”) is the voice of character on some of today’s hottest animated comedies (“Bojack Horseman,” “Bob’s Burgers”, “Big Mouth”), the first female comic to have two half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” specials as well as the creator of “Maria Bamford: the special special special” and the cult hit web series “The Maria Bamford Show.” The list goes on. 

@ The Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA | Jan. 18, 8 PM | $29.50-$39.50

“Ben Butler”

Directed by our theatre writer Patrick White this play tells the story of a Massachusetts lawyer who is promoted to Major General in the Union Army in the first months of the Civil War and given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. When three escaped slaves make their way to his fort and the Confederacy shows up to collect them under the Fugitive Slave Act. 

@ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham | Jan. 23-Feb.8| $27.50 


Directed by Evan Jones and featuring a terrific cast this play takes on this historic encounter between the brash, ambitious British newsman and the disgraced president yearning for redemption. Current relevancy is yours to unpack. 

@ Schenectady Civic Playhouse, Schenectady | Jan. 24-Feb.2 

Albany Record Riot: Winterfest Pop edition

The first record riot of 2020 boasts 60 tables of records, LPs, CDs and 45s, as well as pop culture merchandise, vintage clothing and more.

@ Washington Avenue Armory | Jan. 25, 10 AM 

Veteran NYCHC bruisers Madball will headline the Upstate Black and Blue Holiday Party. Forget the mistletoe, forget your stockings, just be ready to throwdown. Expect a slew of local bands to open. 

@Chrome Food & Spirits, Waterford | Jan. 26 | 6 PM | $5 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The five-time Grammy-winning South African choral group, called the country’s “cultural ambassadors to the world” by Nelson Mandela, is bringing their uplifting songs and traditional storytelling to Troy.

@ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | Jan. 30, 7:30 PM | $29.50-$36.50

Mandy Patinkin: ‘Diaries’ 

Whether you know him as the charming and vengeful Inigo Montoya of “The Princess Bride,” the thoughtful investigator Jason Gideon from “Criminal Minds” or the long list of his other roles as an actor and storyteller, take the opportunity to see Mandy Patinkin in a whole new light. “Diaries,” featuring Adam Ben-David on piano, is a concert of Patinkin’s favorite Broadway and classic tunes by artists like Randy Newman, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin and Rufus Wainwright, along with a few songs of his own.

@ Proctors, Schenectady | Jan. 31, 8 PM | $30-$80

Almost Queen 

Queen may still tour from time to time but they’re essentially a glorified cover band at this point. So why not get your Queen fix from a cover band? 

@The Egg, Albany | Jan. 31 8 PM | $29.50-$39.50