The College of Saint Rose is breaking in its newly-renovated commercial music venue with a faculty concert series featuring music industry professors and professionals. Jack’s Place, located in William Randolph Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, will host four faculty performances starting this fall and concluding in the spring. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
“Our students have never had the opportunity to watch us perform in this type of an environment. We’ll have the opportunity to put to practice what we preach in class and showcase our talents,” said Sean McClowry, a music industry professor at Saint Rose.
Professor Sean McClowry
The series opens Nov. 1 with a performance by Saint Rose alumni rock band, Bad Mothers, followed by Matthew Finck’s jazz/rock fusion project, Fat Mink. Finck is a full-time electric guitar and rhythm section faculty member whose band is influenced by classic instrumental funk and soul jazz traditions.
The series continues on Nov. 30 with professor Andrew McKenna Lee, who will perform with his post-progressive, neo-psychedelic band The Knells, making their Capital Region debut. Lee, who teaches music industry and composition, has performed with rock legends Billy Idol and former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.
Matthew Finck’s Fat Mink
On March 14, Emily Pinkerton will hit the stage with her Appalachian-inspired folk trio, The Early Mays. Pinkerton is a songwriter, composer, and ethnomusicologist who is the newest faculty member in the College’s music industry program.
The season will conclude on April 11 with Sean McClowry with a new trio. A composer, singer/songwriter, and producer, McClowry plays a variety of instruments, including the double bass.
Jack’s Place has long been a concert venue at Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, but recently experienced a renovation equipped with a balcony and the latest livestreaming technology.
Professor Andrew McKenna Lee’s The Knells