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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Tommy Emmanuel
Acoustic Guitar Phenomenon
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $39, $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
We are bringing back two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel, whose five decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. This one night only engagement is in support of Emmanuel’s upcoming album, It’s Never Too Late, which will be released on September 21, 2016, on Thirty Tigers. The album is 14 tracks of all original music with no vocals or guests. Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’ reader polls. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style — he calls it simply “finger style” — is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that — and more — on one guitar. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player, a title given by Chet Atkins to only 5 guitarists in the world), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM), and the holder of both an honorary Master’s Degree (MA) and more recently an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates presents
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $39, $46 Tickets go on sale August 29 at 8 AM
Lúnasa’s novel arrangements and unique musical approaches create a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. For this concert, the group is joined by Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish folk music. Since its founding 20 years ago, Lúnasa has become one of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene. Its novel arrangements and distinctive musical approaches have created a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. Performing on fiddle, flute, whistles, uillean pipes, double bass, and guitar, the group is joined by special guest Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish folk music. In addition to her work as lead singer with Solas and her successful solo career, she has performed with James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, and Mick Moloney, among others. This concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s World Views.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Dar Williams

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Walton Theatre, 30 Gardiner Place, Walton , NY 13856. (607) 865-6688
Tickets: $15
GIRSA (Gaelic for “young girls”) is a traditional Irish music band made up of eight women. What is clearly evident is that they have a passion for their music and use their instruments and talent to share this time-honored Irish musical heritage.They share enthusiastic performances of traditional Irish song and dance with a creative and powerful mix of fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, guitar and keyboard.

World Music Institute (WMI), in partnership with The Apollo Theater, presents
Africa Now!
8 p.m.
The Apollo Theater | 253 W 125th Street, NYC
Tickets: $20-$60
Now in its fifth season, this annual concert at the Apollo celebrates the best of today’s African music scene showcasing emerging and established artists who have drawn from their roots for inspiration. This season’s concert takes us on a musical trip across the continent from the Congo’s new generation of musicians who embody the concept of change with Mbongwana Star, to exploring the rich culture of the island of Cape Verde through the vibrant music of Lura, to Mali’s Songhoy Blues blending traditional and modern, and lastly DJ Nenim who hails from Nigeria.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Our Roots Are Showing: Tales and Songs from Our Anglo-Gaelic-Jewish Heritages
The Storycrafters: Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns, PhD
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$37 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Internationally renowned, award-winning musical storytelling duo Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns PhD, will share a lively and thoughtful evening of material drawn from their heritages. Barry’s roots lie in ALL of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), while Jeri's heritage extends from Eastern European Jewish culture (Poland, Russia). Join The Storycrafters as they explore stories, lore, and history from the lands upon which their ancestors stood.
Entrees: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Potato Crusted Salmon with Caper Beurre Blanc; or Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Robert Browning Associates presents
LURRIE BELL: Chicago Blues!
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
Lurrie Bell’s intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues. He has appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman and received numerous awards and honors, including Male Blues Artist of the Year (2008, 2012) in Living Blues magazine. Son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, he picked up his father’s guitar at the age of five and grew up surrounded by many Chicago blues legends. By 17, he was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977, he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon and Billy Branch and a year later joined Koko Taylor’s band. With his father he toured and made recordings, including the 2004 Alligator release Second Nature, which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. In this program he will be joined by his band and include selections from his acclaimed Delmark album Blues in My Soul.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: With A Little Bit of Luck
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Sometimes, a little bit of good luck is all you need. Then again, a little bit of bad luck is usually NOT good... Come hear how these stories turn out. Storytellers: Claire Beetlestone, Fran Berger, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Mary Murphy, Merideth Nieves, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman.

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March 31–April 1, 2017
Biannual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA)
In partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) and Society of Americanists (SOA)
Theme: “Milestones, Markers, and Moments: Turning Points in American Experience and Tradition”
Harrisburg Hilton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
In the upcoming year, Americans might reflect on several critical moments of the nation’s past and anticipate markers of the future that will define its experience and tradition. This year, MAFA, in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists, a coalition of persons and organizations devoted to the study of American culture, invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, and workshops related to the broad theme of turning points in American history, folklife, education, cultural conservation, heritage, and society. More information to follow. CALL FOR PROPOSALS due no later than January 16, 2017 (see January’s calendar page announcements section for this Call).


Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute presents
Opening: October 15: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 16: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
120 East 125th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, New York, NY
Admission: Free
The 3-part exhibition explores HOME in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. The exhibition will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality. Renowned curator, Lowery Stokes Sims joins Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa in curating HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE.
Will be installed on the street level of the new building, and will feature the work of pioneering photographers who have chronicled the people, places, and events in East and West Harlem from the 1970s to the present, demonstrating the rich interaction between these two distinctive sections within this historic neighborhood. It will feature the work of three renowned photographers, Hiram Maristany, Dawoud Bey, and Chester Higgins.
Will be installed on the second floor, and will feature work by painters, sculptors and installation artist that demonstrates how the concept of “home” represents a universal and universally experienced concept for artists of color from diverse origins. The selected work will demonstrate how memory can be relied upon to recreate, imagine and reconstruct cultural traditions in varied efforts to establish “home” in distant environments. It will feature the work of artists, Antonio Martorell, Abigail DeVille, Pepon Osorio, Whitfield Lovell, Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Scherazade Garcia, Nicole Awai.
The ‘virtual’ exhibition, Mi Querido Barrio (My Beloved Community), which will be mounted outdoors and in ‘cyberspace’ using augmented reality technology, will feature site-specific pieces by local artists focusing on physical locations of importance within the social history of El Barrio. It will feature the work of artists, Tamiko Thiel, Yasmin Hernandez, Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez, Alejandro Epifanio, Oliver Rios, Andrew Padilla, Edwin Pagan, Bianca DeJesus, Mariona Lloreta, Kearra Amaya Gopee, and Michael Cordero.

October 15, 2016 — March 2017

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