Iconic new wave band Blondie are still touring, but the band aren’t expected to be hitting the capital region anytime soon. Local fans can still get their Blondie fix tonight, when the Adirondacks Film Festival opens with the screening of a short documentary that captures the band’s 2019 groundbreaking trip to Havana, Cuba, as part of a cultural exchange.
It was a 40-year dream come true for the influential post-punk band. Director Rob Roth, a longtime collaborator with Blondie and artists like David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, documented the trip to Cuba in a short film titled “Blondie: Vivir en la Habana,” which creates a dreamlike portrait of the experience of the legendary group. .
The narration of Blondie founders Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke provides insight into the passion and beauty they discovered in Havana and their experience alongside incredible Cuban musicians. Despite former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s ban on “subversive” Western music, fans are seen in the film singing along to Blondie songs like “Tide Is High” and “Heart of Glass”.
The film Blondie kicks off the Adirondack Film Festival tonight at the Charles R. Wood Theater at 7:30 p.m., with an evening of music videos and a Q&A with director Rob Roth. The festival continues through the weekend with panel discussions, special events and over 70 films on multiple screens in downtown Glens Falls.
Can’t come in person? A virtual option allows movie buffs and music lovers to watch virtually. Check out all the ticket options at www.adkfilmfestival.org.
Billy Bragg electrifies the Troy Savings Bank music hall
“Music doesn’t have the power to change the world, but it has the power to make you think you can,” said British folk-rock legend Billy Bragg, laying the blame on the delighted Troy audience Savings Bank Music Hall on Tuesday. night to make the world a better place, rather than expecting music performers to shake things up with song.
Bragg’s rousing 20-song set alternated between new songs from his latest album, “The Million Things that Never Happened,” inspired by life during pandemic-related lockdowns, and old classics like “A Lover Sings.” , “Levi Stubbs’ Tears”, “Greetings to the New Brunette”, and “There’s Power in a Union”.
In between were plenty of Billy Bragg jokes: always witty, relevant and inspiring. “I hope you take away tonight the idea that the world can change and that you can play a part in it,” he said before ending the evening with one of his greatest songs, “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward”, on the seemingly endless work of political activism.
The week ahead
– Indie darling Clem Snide, aka Israeli-born songwriter Eef Barzelay, comes to Lark Hall (351 Hudson Avenue Albany) on Friday to support his latest album “Forever Just Beyond,” which spotlights his insightful lyrics and… idiosyncratic performance. Also on the bill, the famous American singer-songwriter Jill Andrews. 8 p.m.
– Drummer Corky Laing, the last surviving member of the classic lineup of hard rock band Mountain, brings his power trio to Pauly’s Hotel (337 Central Ave., Albany) Friday for the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Queen Cowbell Tour, a night of mountain songs plus a tribute to Cream. Laing will also sign copies of his memoirs. With the Ryan Matter Band. 8 p.m.
— Misty Blues, 2019 International Blues Challenge finalist led by singer Gina Coleman, is at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) on Saturday to perform “Queen of the Blues.” The show pays tribute to four quintessential female blues artists – Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and Koko Taylor – through their songs and the stories of their lives. 8 p.m.
– On Saturday, a heavy metal doubleheader takes over the MVP Arena (51 S Pearl St., Albany) when Judas Priest and Queensrÿche come to town. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will likely take to the stage in his helicopter, wielding a riding crop and dressed head-to-toe in leather for the band’s signature songs like “Hell Bent for Leather,” “Breaking the Law” and ” Living After”. Midnight.” 8 p.m.
– Neo-garage rockers Wild Weeds, a quartet playing their own brand of “lake surf” music, team up with singer-songwriter and storyteller Marc Delgado at Hangar on the Hudson (675 River St., Troy ) this Saturday. Delgado’s performances are a mix of spoken word, jazz improvisation, art rock, folk music, guerrilla theater, lush vocal harmonies and loud rock ‘n’ roll. 8 p.m.
— You won’t hear a better string quartet playing in the world today, the BBC told the Takács Quartet. The world-renowned quartet graces the Union College Memorial Chapel (807 Union St., Schenectady) at 3 p.m. Sunday (see page C2.)
— The music of the Algerian group Imarhan is based on the traditional rhythms and flourishes of the Tamasheq alliances and the music of Assouf launched by Tinariwen, but the group’s songs are contemporary, bridging the past and the future. Don’t miss this uncompromising and utterly original band at No Fun (275 River St., Troy) on Tuesday, October 18. 7 p.m.
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