SPRING 2017 CALENDAR
celebrating our 50th year!
all shows 7:30 unless noted
Age: 17
Birthday: November 28
School: Westside
Favorite vacation: Whistler
Favorite book: Skaters rule 
Favorite movie: Hit the dirt
Favorite quote: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetuer adipiscing.
 
 
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TICKETShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AOvny2s8Pg
Fri Apr 28 - 7:30 pm...GE THEATRE
TOM RUSH with MATT NAKOA
Crowd pleasing...an outstanding performance”
                                NEW YORK TIMES

“Rush put on a very, very good show. Quite magnificent.”       CHAUTAUQUAN DAILY

“Probably the only man alive who should be allowed 
to sing Joni Mitchell songs”     CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Tom Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as major influences. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to emerging artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

Tom is now celebrating his 52nd year on stage and in the studio, still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing …passionately, tenderly…knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times. Welcome back, Tom!

MATT NAKOA
“Between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar…he drops jaws.”        
                                            BOSTON GLOBE 
Internationally touring singer/songwriter Nakoa has already appeared at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush.

Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition and as “Most Requested” at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Though not easily pinned down, “In sum,” as a recent review put it, “Matt Nakoa is musically adept, one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world.”
 

                 **Tix $30 Advance; $35 day of show; $50 Gold Circle (front 
                                        seats & Artist Meet & Greet)
                           GE Theatre    6:30 Artist Meet & Greet $10
http://www.proctors.org/events/tom-rush-matt-nakoahttp://www.proctors.org/events/cosy-sheridan-sloan-wainwright-concert
Sat May 6 - 7:30 pm...GE THEATRE
ALL ABOUT THE DRUM
Reggie Harris, Cheryl Prashker & Brian Melick
“Virtuoso...Cheryl Prashker is the most sought-after drummer/percussionist in the Northeast” 
                                ACOUSTIC LIVE IN NYC 
Percussionist Prashker, songwriter-guitarist Reggie Harris and percussionist Brian Melick jam on drums & guitar for an unforgettable evening with the spotlight on rhythm. 

If you’re accustomed to drums in the background with an occasional solo riff, hear this explosively talented ensemble “flip the script” and chase the beat into the spotlight, center stage. 

Like their audience, they’re not precisely sure what they’ll hear, but they know it will be fresh, hot - and delicious!

CHERYL PRASHKER
A fun, funky, and technically brilliant drummer, the Montreal native studied music at McGill University and spent a decade with the Yiddish Theatre of Montreal before making her way to New York -- where she played anything from rock ‘n roll and klezmer to Celtic, and Middle Eastern to boot.

Now based in Philadelphia and performing with her Celtic group Runa, she has toured Europe, the U.S. and Russia, and worked with Jonathan Edwards, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary) and many, many others.

REGGIE HARRIS
One of our finest and most dynamic contemporary singer-songwriters, his rich voice and unique guitar style can capture a powerful emotion – and an audience - in a single well-written melody line. Beware of his amazing guitar licks! 

Philadelphia-born, he is also half of the popular duo Kim & Reggie Harris, a much in-demand solo artist and workshop favorite. He appears at a wide variety of festivals, workshops, ensembles impromptu and otherwise, and is a mainstay at Phil Ochs Song Nights nationally. 

BRIAN MELICK
A prolific, versatile and accomplished drummer and multi-hand percussionist in genres from Celtic to Flamenco, pop to Latin to classical, he has has long been in demand for stage and studio work alike. 

He performs with The McKrell’s and Maria Zemantauski; the list of other artists with whom he’s performed or recorded includes virtually every regional acoustic musician as well as national and international artists including Livingston Taylor, Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Hartford Symphony and even - wait for it - Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.
           **Tix $24 Advance; $26 Day of Show; $35 Gold Circle-Underground

        **4-5:30 pm...DRUMMING WORKSHOP w/ Cheryl Prashker &  
                  Brian Melick - Info/Tix 518-434-1703 (+ $5 concert discount)

             **6:15-7 pm...OPEN DRUM CIRCLE (novice & experienced 
                    drummers welcome - bring a hand drum & join in;
                    (limited number of hand drums & other percussion    
                    available) All levels, dancers also welcome.
TICKETShttp://www.proctors.org/events/tom-paxton-donjuans
Fri May 12 - 7:30 pm...GE THEATRE
TOM PAXTON 
CD Release: Boat in the water
with The DonJuans 

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, folk icon and fun topical songwriter TOM PAXTON teams up with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter duo The DonJuans, Don Henry & Jon Vezner. Not only that, but Paxton brings along yet another new album, "Boat in the Water."

After 56 years of performing around the world and writing and recording innumerable songs and recordings, Tom Paxton has found yet another outlet for his creativity; he has joined his friends and song-writing colleagues Jon Vezner and Don Henry––known collectively as The Don Juans––in a writing and performing experience calculated to keep them too busy to get into trouble.

Tom on guitar/vocals/stories
Don on guitar/vocals/uke/banjo/grins
Jon on piano/vocals/guitar/uke/kitchen sink

Collectively, Paxton, Vezner and Henry songs have been covered by Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan … just to name a few. Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were on to something. Now they’re taking it on the road! A trembling world awaits...
p.s. We’re eagerly awaiting Tom’s latest  crop of “short shelf life songs,” i.e. brief, satirical ditties based on current news that fade with the latest headlines. Wickedly tasty!

                        **Tix $28 Advance; $30 Day of Show; $50 Gold Circle
                                               GE Theatre
Fri May 19 - 7:30 pm...GE THEATRE               
EMMA’S REVOLUTION 
& All-Star Band
CD Release: Revolution Now!
“Beauty, power and ferocity all mixed together with 
love and hope...”    KZUM-fm

“Fervent and heartfelt”  NEW YORK TIMES

The songs of award-winning activist power duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, they deliver the strength of their convictions in an uprising of truth and hope for these unsettled times. 

Celebrating the release of their highly anticipated 4th recording Revolution Now, Emma’s Revolution brings along their All-Star Band, i.e. stellar San Francisco Bay area musicians John R Burr (Maria Muldauer, Alison Brown Quartet) on soulful keyboards, and David Rokeath (Rita Moreno, Ray Charles) provides his exquisite drumming, both appear on the album. 

Covering issues from reproductive justice to killer drones, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the sustaining power of love, the songs on Revolution Now span folk to jazz to funk. Emma’s Revolution songs provide inspiration and motivation to fuel resistance movements at this tumultuous time. As their friend Pete Seeger inspired them to sing, "Hope changes everything!"

                    **Tix $25 Advance; $28 day of show; $50 Gold Circle
TICKETShttp://www.proctors.org/events/emmas-revolution-big-band-cd-release
TICKETShttp://www.proctors.org/events/all-about-drum-reggie-harris-co
Tues May 2 - 7 pm...  May Day Concert!
HOUSE CONCERT: 27 Midline Road, Ballston Lake
ROY ZIMMERMAN  
Bringing laughter & Encouragement to Progressive-Minded People Who Need a Lot of both
"America's premier political satirist" - LA TIMES

"Contagious irreverence" - NY TIMES

"Brilliant lyricist and composer"  - BOSTON GLOBE

Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs poke fun at almost anything politically sacred. His lyrics have a decidedly lefty slant, but he doesn't spare the Liberals ["C'mon, let's see a show of left hands!"]  

Zimmerman spreads across the country his funny songs about fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, same-sex marriage, guns, taxes, abstinence and of late, the current administration. 

As part of his now-defunct group The Foremen, in 1996 he was featured at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions. Go figure.

His brilliant songs have been broadcast on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Mahar, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. Among his fans are Joni Mitchell, Weird Al Yankovic, Terry and none other than Tom Lehrer himself. 

Zimmerman has been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His YouTube videos have amassed well over 7,000 viewers and tens of thousands of comments, most of them coherent.

         **$15, tix at door, or through 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703