The Beat from Troy Music Hall #27, Hot Fun in the Summertime

What are you doing for fun?

Besides opening our funny, informative, and occasionally educational newsletter every Saturday morning – what are you doing for fun? Have you explored the region’s many hiking trails, visited some of the newly opened museums, attended a socially distanced live performance, or actually found a safe way to travel? Let us know! Send photos with a brief explanation to [email protected]. We’ll feature some of your adventures in an upcoming newsletter!

Swan Lake, Re-Interpreted

This is Culture in Quarantine! The BBC enlisted the help of 27 elite dancers from all over the world. Filmed on smartphones in the dancers’ own bathtubs, this short clip promises to make a big splash!

Troy’s Summer Square

Troy’s Summer Square was created by the city to serve as a safe convening, dining, and entertainment space for the public. They’ve closed streets to create an open-air plaza on Broadway between 2nd Street and River Street and will accommodate outdoor dining and activities on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Dust Bowl Faeries – Saturday, August 15, 6 PM – 8 PM, Monument Square
A faerie-tale fusion of circus, post-punk, gypsy and psyche-folk music founded by Ryder Cooley & Hazel, a taxidermy ram who performs with the band as their spirit animal. These events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Up Next:

The Magdalens – Friday, August 21, 6 PM – 8 PM, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Courtyard
The Magdalens are an Alt-Folk-Rock band. They play mostly original songs, and cover a unique blend of Americana, Post-Punk, & Indie clasics.

Haley Moley – Saturday, August 22, 6 PM – 8 PM, Monument Square
With a high concentration of electronic, funk, and disco DJs on board, as well as decades of rock experience steeped in atmospheric, dirty guitars, Haley Moley delivers a complex amalgam echoing these disparate roots and emerges refreshingly un-categorizable.

That Drum Solo Though….

Twins Tim and Fred Williams, aka Twinsthenewtrend on YouTube, are making a name for themselves by filming reaction videos. Here, for the first time, they listen to the classic Phil Collin’s song “In the Air Tonight.” Wait until that get to that drum solo. You know? The one you can hear in your head right now.

**Update! From CNN: Phil Collins’ ‘In the Air Tonight’ is back on the charts after twin YouTubers rapturously reacted to the song

The Things We Do For Love

Lost & Found tugs at the heartstrings and you may want to have a box of tissues nearby. It demonstrates the lengths we go and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. You are going to have all the feels for this knitted fox and dinosaur!

You Don’t Have To Be An Adult To Be An Activist

From the Albany based Youth FX Facebook page: “Amplified Voices is a community collaborative public mural project spearheaded by artist Jade Warrick to amplify the voices of local artists of color while also providing youth mentoring opportunities. Youth FX was proud to be a community partner on the project and to produce this short documentary profiling the weeklong program”

Love Ranch Dressing?

This sketch, featuring the hilarious Melissa McCarthy, first aired on Saturday Night Live in 2011. It’s since become a classic. It’s Ranchtastic!

70 Words (and Phrases) You’re Probably Using All Wrong

Are you a member of the Grammar Police? How many of these mistakes have you made or corrected on social media? Here’s a list of the most common words and phrases people get wrong.

It’s A Used Car Commercial – Starring Cats!

Since we are staying home more, it’s the “purrfect” time to adopt a new furry companion! Watch this ad from Furkids, a Georgia shelter, and you’ll be convinced you need a new cat or dog today!

Georgia is a little far to go, so stay close to home and check out all the cuties up for adoption at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. If you end up adopting a new friend, send us a photo and we’ll feature them in upcoming newsletters!

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This year is our 145th Anniversary.

We are proud of our history and our service to the community. The current crisis has had a significant impact on us, but we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back! The music will soar again, but only if we stay strong, stay connected, and stay together. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated, please click here to donate.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 Second Street, Troy NY
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