New York Living Legacy – THE BAND

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Photograph by Elliott Landy

The “New York Living Legacy” project celebrates the work of legendary New York State performing artists and events through main stage performances at The Egg and related activities held in community centers throughout the region. In November and December, we will explore the legacy of The Band.

 

 

The Last WaltzFriday, November 25, 7:30 PM:  On the 40th anniversary of the final performance by the original members of by The Band, The Egg will present a screening of “The Last Waltz” – named by Rolling Stone the number one concert movie of all time – that documented this historic music occasion. In addition to performing their greatest hits, the group served as the backup band for many of the day’s top rock and folk stars – Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton – and many others.

This special theatrical screening will feature the unique “Real Feel” sound technology created by music producer and sound engineer Rob Fraboni who worked with The Band and Bob Dylan on their 1974 tour and “Planet Waves” album. He subsequently designed and built the Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, CA, to the specifications of Bob Dylan and The Band and engineered The Band’s “Northern Lights/Southern Cross” album as well as the soundtrack for “The Last Waltz.”

Rob will be on hand following the movie to participate in a panel discussion about the film and The Band along with musician and Woodstock neighbor Happy Traum, Butch Dener, former tour manager for The Band reunion tours, Peter Aaron, who recently published the book “The Band FAQ – All That’s Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana”. and photograher Elliott Landy, who documented The Band during the creation of their first two album recordings (NOTE: Elliott returns on December 3 with a special presentation: “Picturing The Band“.

This event is free of charge – reservations are required.

NOTE: The Last Waltz will be broadcast on WMHT Public Television on the following dates: Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30 PM; Thursday, November 24 at 3 PM and 11 PM; and Wednesday, November 30 at 9 PM.

Picturing The Band – Photographer Elliott Landy, Saturday, December 3, 7 PM: Photographer Elliott Landy documented the period during which The Band made their first two records, Music from Big Pink and The Band –with his now classic images gracing both albums. Elliott will show both rare and familiar photos from his archive of more than 12,000 images, many of which are in his recently published book THE BAND PHOTOGRAPHS: 1968-1969, and describe his experiences in working with the five musicians during this creative period. The show will be accompanied by a Q & A with the photographer.

This event is free of charge – reservations required.

Rock of Ages- The Weight Band with The King Harvest HornsFriday, December 30, 7:30 PM: Celebrate The Band’s 1971 historic concert Rock of Ages with a special performance by THE WEIGHT BAND with The King Harvest Horns. THE WEIGHT are five musical brothers based in Woodstock, NY featuring members of The Band, the Levon Helm Band, and Rick Danko Group. They have been performing The Band’s treasured songs to fans around the country. To complete the Rock of Ages show, THE WEIGHT will be joined on stage by special guests The King Harvest Horns lead by the talented Clark Gayton and featuring the impressive original horn arrangements by the late Allen Toussaint.  THE WEIGHT BAND consists of Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante, both former members of The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote and recorded with The Band and also worked with Band members Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, plus Albert Rogers who played with both Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.  The spotlight now shines on THE WEIGHT BAND as they recapture the momentous live concert and arguably rock’s greatest live album of all time. This will be an event you won’t want miss. Get ready to dance and sing along to the beloved mega hits like “The Weight”, “Up On Cripple Creek”, “Rag Mama Rag”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, and so many others. Hear why the Chicago Sun Times declared “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off”.

“WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT NOW” Producing THE BAND with JOHN SIMON                                                John Simon was one of the top record producers in the United States during the’1960s and ‘70s, responsible for producing dozens of recordings including The Band’s iconic albums. John will discuss and demonstrate how he first became involved with The Band and producing (and occasionally playing on) their albums offering insight into how the compositions, arrangements and instrumentation came together to create these monumental recordings that formed the foundation for “Americana” music.

john-simon-1THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3: 6 PM: Schenectady Public Library

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4: 12 NOON: Albany Public Library

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5: 1 PM: Bethlehem Public Library,                                                                        3:30 PM: Guilderland Public Library

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: 12:30 PM: Saratoga Springs Public Library,                                                                                                     3 PM: Clifton Park-Half Moon Library

These events are free and open to the public – please contact the library of choice for reservations or to secure advance tickets as required.

wext (1)THE BAND ON THE RADIO- OCTOBER 21-28: Join WEXT (97.7 FM) as they celebrate the music of The Band, and the artists who made up the band. During its “Last Waltz Week” WEXT be playing sets from The Band and its members all week from October 21 through October 28. Plus, they are compiling a list of songs from The Band to occupy pretty much the whole day of October 27th. This is all to coincide with the remastering re-release of “The Last Waltz,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. On October 28th (time TBD), they will play the ENTIRE concert recording from start to finish.