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THE MAC IS BACK: Scotty Mac is back, doing what he loves best: providing rock & roll for the masses. Mac has been on hiatus while recovering from an arm injury, and the artist found his performanceless life a drag. “I didn’t think I was ever going to play again,” says Mac about his predicament, which lasted almost a year. “I missed it.” He’s been practicing five hours a day for a few months now to get in tip-top shape, and his first full-band performance will be in September at Valentine’s. He’ll be accompanied by his new band the Gold Tops, with Pete Vumbaco and Johnny Ellis, a member of Mac’s former band the Rockin’ Bonnevilles. Prior to that show, you can catch him breaking in some new material at some of his sporadic gigs over the summer—many at the downtown Albany nightspot Savannah’s. “I’m only playing a half-dozen gigs all summer long,” says Mac. “I’ll go back to being a maniac in the fall.” Needless to say, Mac is pretty pleased he’s back in the saddle. “I feel like a hundred bucks,” he relates. “It’s great!”

LONDON BRIDGE IS BURNING DOWN: Area hardcore stalwarts Burning Bridges are happy to announce they have recently been signed to Thorp Records, and they have recently entered the studio to record their first release on that label, Politics of Dead Friendship. The band will fit recording into their ruthless summer schedule; they’ve been touring with a couple bands on larger hardcore labels, and hope to have the album done by November. For further information, check out their site,, their label’s site,, or the very thorough locally run hardcore Web site Bystanderfanzine,

WALK THIS WAY: John Brodeur, one of the hardest-working men in show business (and a member of area pop group the Suggestions), has gotten right back to his busy work of attempting to nourish and keep vital our local music scene—fresh on the heels of organizing the well-attended and, more importantly, quite rocking Big Pop Barbecue early in July. He’s now seeking bands, and perhaps even some hearty soloists, to perform in an Aerosmith tribute show at Valentine’s Sept. 20. Each band will perform three Aerosmith songs (along with a couple originals if desired), from the band’s pre-sobriety years, with a few exceptions, according to Brodeur—that’s songs off Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line and Night in the Ruts. Anything made by the band after 1979 will have to be reviewed by a panel of judges. Contact Mr. Brodeur,, if you’d like to be included.

THE EQUALIZERS: The Adrian Cohen Trio had to cancel their CD-release party for their new disc, Standardized, a couple of weeks back, but they have another scheduled for Sept. 18 at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio in Albany. The Trio—Cohen on piano, Pete Sweeney on drums and Michael DelPrete on bass—recorded Standardized to document their lineup, and the CD features a collection of jazz standards arranged by the threesome, with some songs extremely rearranged, others left alone. If you just can’t wait until the release party to get your paws on the new disc, you can get one (or two, or three) from Cohen’s Web site (, Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble and CD Baby. Cohen also has a new outfit, a quintet (name forthcoming), with DelPrete on bass, Danny Whelchel on the skins, Brian Patneaude on tenor sax and Steve Lambert on trumpet—Cohen’s on piano, of course. The new ensemble will perform at the Sept. 18 show as well.

STRIKE THAT: If the name Brian Patneaude doesn’t ring a bell, you better have your ringer checked, because our pages have been abuzz with words about the jazz saxophonist/arranger/ bandleader for quite some time. (Maybe you just don’t read our paper, who knows.) Patneaude, who was chosen in our recent Best Of issue as the best jazz guy around, can be found performing to an adoring crowd at Justin’s in Albany every Sunday—but I digress. Patneaude is also partner-in-crime with the aforementioned jazz pianist Adrian Cohen, as the two host the weekly Tuesday-night jazz jam at the Van Dyck, which we related was canceled until further notice a couple weeks back. Well, here’s some further notice: The Van Dyck’s Tuesday-night jazz jam is back up and running. Each jam kicks off with the Brian Patneaude/Adrian Cohen Quartet at 8 PM, and musicians will be invited to sit in at 8:30. A piano, acoustic-bass amp, guitar amp and drums are available, so bring along any additional musical gear necessary.

HANG TIME: Miss Mary’s Art Space is in search of performers and artists for its upcoming show Mean Time, to be held at the Chapel + Cultural Center on the RPI campus in Troy. The performances will take place Aug. 27, Sept. 22 and Oct. 27, and include “kids performers, rockers, folkers, word-speakers, dramatists, workshop givers, live-action painters” and more to participate in a rotating program of events at the venue. Artists of all shapes and kinds are encouraged to contact or 463-5857.

—Kate Sipher

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