Here’s what’s coming up in November at The Linda – we hope to see you there.
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AN EVENING WITH ALBERT CUMMINGS Saturday, November 5, 2016 8PM
The Capitol Region Blues Network Presents An Evening with Albert Cummings with special guest the Andrew Wheeler Band
“The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.” – Guitar Edge Magazine The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father. In his late teens he encountered the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and was floored by the virtuosity. While in college in 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve. The whiz-kid carpenter began his ascent to masterful blues rock guitarist at age 27, with his first public performance on guitar. Soon he was on the Northeast blues circuit with his band, Swamp Yankee. In 1998 he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. The following year Albert released his debut recording, The Long Way. Bluesprint magazine said it was “a barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix.”
Andrew Wheeler Band The Andrew Wheeler Band crafts new interpretations from American blues and roots. Guitarist and vocalist Andrew Wheeler recently released his first CD, Stone Cross, and has played hundreds of gigs, including opening for globally known musicians Tinsley Ellis and Elliot Murphy. The band includes vocalist Donna Marie Tritico, who opened for Robin Trower and Kenny Wayne Shepherd; drummer Matt Carey, who toured the UK and US on Polydor records; keyboardist Sonny Speed, a NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee (2015); bassist David Bacheldor who opened for several large acts including Richie Havens and Luther Johnson; harp player Michael LaPorte who performed extensively in the US Southwest. In 2015, Wheeler represented the Capital Region Blues Network in the band category at the Memphis International Blues Challenge.
With director Yared Zeleke in attendance Special VIP meet and greet cocktail hour with the director $20 6pm. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for a pre-screening meet and greet with director Yared Zeleke includes screening and light fare.
Lamb is the first film from Ethiopia to be included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Highly praised in Cannes and Toronto, the film has enjoyed international press attention in the Daily Monitor in Ethiopia, the New York Times, the Guardian, as well as coverage on BBC, CNN, and other media outlets. Yared Zeleke’s remarkable feature debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home. Drawing amazing performances from his cast of professional and non-professional actors, first time filmmaker Yared Zeleke tells his deceptively simple story with a refreshing honesty and naturalness. Beautifully shot against the majestic backdrop of Ethiopia’s southern mountains, Lamb is an affecting tale about what people will risk in order to take charge of their own destinies.
BETTY AND THE BABY BOOMERS Saturday, November 12, 2016 8 PM
When Betty Boomer, Jean Valla McAvoy, Paul Rubeo, and Steve Stanne began singing together 30 years ago, the name made sense — a play on Betty’s name and the fact that all are children of the baby boom. Bassist Robert Bard fit right in demographically when he joined later on. If they’ve had second thoughts, it’s too late to change now. “Betty and the Baby Boomers” appears on the covers of the band’s four CDs, and the name is known to folk music fans from the mountains of Connemara in Ireland to the Catskills overlooking New York’s Hudson Valley, their home base. The folk genre covers many styles. The Boomers’ take on it is suggested in a review of their second recording, Tumbling Through the Stream of Days, in the folk song magazine Sing Out! It described the group as “a refreshing reminder of the halcyon days of American folk music” and the CD as “an enthusiastic testament to the sheer joy of singing and playing music.” In addition to original songs from Jean, the Boomers draw on sources including traditional tunes, Americana roots music, contemporary artists like Greg Brown, Bruce Springsteen, and Dougie MacClean, and classic “folksingers” like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs. Whatever the source, each song is “Boomerized” – set in distinctive arrangements with three and four part harmonies. The singers’ voices differ in range and color; they combine in a unique and resonant blend that is the Boomers’ signature. Their vocals are coupled to impressive instrumental work on guitars, Dobro, bass, bodhran, and kazoo, or sometimes — “Look Ma, no hands”— uncoupled in a capella selections.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – INDIAN POINT Thursday, November 17, 2016 7 PM
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, music by Jack Empie, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.
This Months Film: INDIAN POINT Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the plant’s operators and the NRC — Nuclear Regulatory Commission — yet has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that what happened at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant could happen here. In the brewing fight for clean energy and the catastrophic possibilities of government complacency, director Ivy Meeropol presents a balanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.
THE AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE LINDA PRESENTS: SIERRA HULL Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist MichaelEck
Sierra Hull has been recognized as a virtuoso mandolin-player from the time when Allison Krauss called her to the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 11. Astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike, she is now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, and is delivering her most inspired, accomplished, and mature work to date. Hull a tone-true vocalist, and a recording artist of high order has made three acclaimed albums, played the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and she became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. Hulls challenging and sensitive sound speaks eloquently, with heartfelt vocals, and groundbreaking mandolin. Her trio, comprised of mandolin, bass, and vocals, is genre-transcending music at its best. Sierra Hull joins the rarefied company of the likes of Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins who have moved from a traditional bluegrass sound into postmodern singer-songwriter territory and beyond.
Michael Eck Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck is a respected songwriter; a nationally exhibited painter; and an award-winning cultural critic and freelance writer. He is also a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Berkshire Ramblers and the Frank Jaklitsch Trio. “Somewhere between lovelorn cowpoke and sardonic folkster is nose-pierced Albany NY dad Michael Eck, whose sharp lyrics and quick-witted guitar reflect all over like a broken mirror and shine with liberation like a tossed-aside wedding ring.” Natasha Stovall, The Village Voice
The American Roots Series at The Linda presents programs showcasing this intimate and tradition-rich musical phenomenon, and is made possible by the support of the New York Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
As a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, Steve Forbert traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk-rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. Still, critics raved about Steve’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and the crowds at CBGB’s club in New York accepted him alongside those acts. “I’ve never been interested in changing what I do to fit emerging trends,” Forbert observes. “Looking back on it, I was helping to keep a particular American songwriting tradition alive at a time when it wasn’t in the spotlight.” After his first two records came a plethora of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Little Stevie Orbit, Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. In October 2012, 35 years after his first album, Steve released an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships — emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make,” explains Forbert. “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”