Still emanating fumes from their drag race to the top of the bluegrass scene, Grammy-nominated group The Grascals inspires infectious toe tapping and hand clapping during impassioned performances. Building on roots that trace back more than two decades, the tightly spun sextet fuses harmonious, twang-packed vocals with the plucks of a banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Light-hearted, jovial jams peppered among soul-searching ballads and dramatic diary readings work together to weave a wondrous catalog–an effort that has led to collaborations with country legends such as Dolly Parton and Hank Williams Jr. This year, the group continued their blitz on the bluegrass genre with four more award nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Local favorites the Ramblin Jug Stompers lay the groundwork for an evening of two-steps, as they carry on the tradition of American string bands and air-harmonica solos of the 1960s.
The pop-punk pranksters of Bowling for Soup make fun music, funny music, and nothing in between. With their millions-selling catalog of irascible pop nuggets, Bowling for Soup proves why the class clown always gets the girl. Since the goofball quartet broke out of Texas onto the international scene in the mid '90s, they've collected a loyal fan base with their knack for infectious hooks. Best known for hits such as the Grammy-nominated “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” and “1985," the human Alfred E. Neumans continue to fuel invisible pogo sticks with their recent efforts Sorry for Partyin’ and Fishin’ for Woos.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and sideman Ravi Coltrane satisfies hungry jazz fans during a one-night performance at Picotte Recital Hall. As the son of iconic jazz couple John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi has succeeded in carving out his own aural alcove inside ears across the globe, splitting his career between solo work and collaborations with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock. Coltrane's longtime band mates––including pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland––elevate his soaring sax notes with expert licks of their own, three years after helping create Coltrane's latest album, Blending Times, by melting their watches into one collaborative compact disc.