Upcoming in September at The Other Side

Notice:  The September TOS calendar is nearly complete.  Look for it in your next email from TOS, later this week.  It includes the September dates for Isle de Formaggio, as well as our usual calendar of events.  Jazz fans will note there is no jazz performance planned for September (nor for October, when the space will be filled with sculptures by distinguished local sculptor Jim McDermid).  But I believe TOS music director Mike Dubaniewicz has something very special in mind to offer in November.  Stay tuned!!  The grant-sponsored shows will resume in early 2017.

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

Art Gallery Opens for the Season This Week!

Friday, September 2, 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Opening Reception for POISON: prints by J.D. King.  King, who lives in  Remsen, NY is an in-demand graphic artist, experimental musician and writer. Recent illustration clients include: The New York Times, Prevention, Fortune, The Boston Globe, The U.S. Postal Service, Audubon, Nickelodeon, Women's Wear Daily, The Smithsonian, Consumer Reports, The Washington Post, Princeton Alumni Weekly, Corporate Counsel, The Baffler, Scholastic, Water Row Press.  His band is J.D. King & The Coachmen. He has two hi-energy avant-rock albums out on Ecstatic Peace.  His most recent novel, "Copenhagen or Bust," is seeking a publisher.  Don't miss the chance to view the work and to meet this exciting, innovative and multi-talented artist.  The show will be up Sept 2 - Oct 1.  Gallery hours are Thursdays, 5-7, Saturdays, 11-2.  Check out renovations to our space recently completed by Gallery director Rainer Wehner and Patrick Cuffe!

Tonight at Kopernik Park

6:00 pm  The Chronicles.  Opening Act: Darryl Rahn.  Another evening of outstanding music - FREE! - at Kopernik Park, across from MWPAI. Tonight's band sounds well worth coming out for (see write-up below, and/or check them out online) and opener Darryl Rahn is one of our finest local musicians.  You cannot miss!! 

If you enjoy funky bass lines, a playful horn section and soulful keys, The Chronicles is the band for you.

Formed in 2009, this Albany-based collective fuses jazz, funk, soul and hip hop into an irresistibly hard-grooving sound. The Chronicles features the talents of Bryan Brundige (trombone), Jeff Nania (saxophone), Nicholas Lue (keyboards, organ), Justin Henricks (guitar), Daniel Lawson (bass) and Andrae Surgick (drums).

A regular at popular regional venues and festivals such as Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, The Chronicles has shared the stage with the revolutionary New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the GRAMMY-nominated Cuban jazz artist Petrito Martinez, among others. The Chronicles’ most recent album, Spanning the Gap, was released in 2013.

And More Outstanding Music Later This Week

Thursday, 6:00 pm. $5 cover charge.  Proceeds to benefit United Way.   Saranac Thursday brings The Matt Lomeo Band to their stage. I suppose I have never promoted a Saranac Thursday performance (they hardly need my help to get a crowd out!), but this one's different in that it features our own homegrown blues musician,  Matt Lomeo, who, with his brother Adam, were for many years some of our best-known and best loved area musicians.  Though now located in Memphis, we know he loves his Utica roots!  The following description is based on information at the Reverb Nation website.

Now only in his mid-20s, Matt Lomeo is a veteran of the live music scene 
who has been performing regularly from the age of nine years old. The youngest 
artist to ever perform at a Woodstock Festival ('99 at the age of ten), Matt 
continues to develop as a singer and harmonica player. First and foremost 
a dynamic, soulful vocalist who can bring any house down, Lomeo's harmonica 
work takes the lead from players like Junior Wells, Paul Butterfield, 
Norton Buffalo, and Sugar Blue, but with the sensibilities of a young man 
whose ears are open to the best of all genres.

Matt contributes three lead vocals to NYC-based The Summarily Dismissed's debut LP, To Each (2011). In 2012, he was hand-picked by longtime Sunday Night Blues host Tom Townsley as successor to the decades-long broadcast on Syracuse University's WAER 88.3 FM.

In 2015, however, Matt left the snowy environs of Central New York for the sunnier climes of Memphis, Tennessee, where he currently works on Beale St. and the surrounding region, continuing to hone his skills and develop his unique approach to the Blues and Blues-based musics.

And More Music....


aturday, September 3, 9:00 pm at The Dev.  Rialda and the Pissantics.  Another chance to rock out with this dynamic punk rocker and her band. There may be a small cover charge; if there is, it'll be worth it for the fun you'll have.

Just wanting to have fun and not finding it, the Pissantics came together in 2011 to supply some.  Rialda channels her muse, Patti Smith, reminding us that women can rock as hard as men without selling their souls, or anything else for that matter. She's backed by a band of guys that have waaaay too much experience playing music in Upstate NY. Somehow it all works.

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