The Beat - Volume 28
Stand Up and Be Counted
Did you complete the US Census yet? If yes, great! Your work is done - you get a gold star! Now take a few minutes to peruse our videos. This week we feature an a cappella version of a Beyonce classic, linked a five minute mini-doc about the woman who dressed Hollywood royalty for decades, and visit again with our favorite good doggies, Olive and Mabel.

If you haven't yet taken the Census - stop reading this, go online and complete the form. We guarantee you'll feel great knowing you are helping your neighbors and community, and that's a great way to start the weekend!
Aca-scuse Me?!?
Pitch Perfect Cast Covers Beyoncé's "Love on Top" 

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, and Hannah Mae Lee come together for a Pitch Perfect reunion! This safe and definitely socially distanced video is part of a fundraiser for UNICEF to help support children all over the world who have been affected by COVID-19.
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.

Haley Moley with special guest, Poet D. Colin- Saturday, August 22, 6 PM - 8 PM, Monument Square
Poet, performer, visual artist  D. Colin will perform from 6 - 6:30 PM.
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. These events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Up Next:
Heard - Friday, August 28, TROY NIGHT OUT, 6 PM - 8 PM, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Courtyard
Heard is a collective of musicians that bring their skills and passion for world music, jazz and improvising together to create irresistible grooves set in a unique sonic tapestry.
Terrell T - Rex Simon with the R&G band and The Black Diamond Dancers - Saturday, August 29, 6 PM - 8 PM, Monument Square
Enjoy the soulful R&B sounds of Terrell T-Rex Simon, along with his band R&G. Joining them are the local group the Black Diamond Dancers, made up of children ages 7-17 from North Central Troy.
Fashion
Most Celebrated Costume Designer in Film - 5 Minute Minidoc

Edith Head is one of the most celebrated costume designers in Hollywood history. She dressed all the most iconic leading ladies for over five decades, and was the inspiration for Edna Mode in the Pixar animated film The Incredibles.

We are guessing she wouldn't be a fan of one of the latest trends - the house dress! Yes, according to NPR, it's making a comeback. Read all about it here: Don't Sweat(pants) It. The House Dress Is Here To Rescue 2020
The Best Thing You Can Do This Week!
The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Rensselaer County Complete County Committee invited teen creators in Rensselaer County to make short engaging videos promoting the importance of being counted 2020 U.S. Census, which will determine how more than $675 billion federal dollars are distributed to communities across the country.

The Winner? Nicholas Bufi! Nick will start the ninth grade at Troy High School this fall, and received a $1,000 cash prize for this video, which stresses the ways the US Census could impact Rensselaer County, like providing funding for schools, hospitals and roads. Did you take your census yet? It takes just a few minutes to complete and means so much to your city, towns, counties, and neighbors!
Bond, James Bond
The Ultimate Bond Theme (Skyfall Big Band cover) | The Stretchy Legs Big Band

All the Bond themes rolled into one mega version of Adele's huge bond theme. How many themes can you spot?
Bruce Springsteen Covers
Our friends at Nippertown ask the question "Who Did It Better?":

"I’m on Fire” has been covered by so many artists, it was hard to pick which cover to go with and as you will see, our panelists had a tough time, too. So whether you prefer the Boss’s version to Johnny Cash or Mumford and Sons, AWOL Nation or Tori Amos, hell, even Barry Gibbs did a version, we can all agree “I’m on Fire” was an instant classic much like blue jeans, white t-shirts and a red bandana."
Olive and Mabel are Back!
Mabel thinks she's received a great money making email, and dog Dad Andrew Cotter has to explain what kind of scheme she's falling for. They get a bit sidetracked with the mention of biscuits...
We know this is hard, and if you need someone to listen, NYS has set up a Covid Emotional Support Helpline - call 1-844-863-9314,
available 8 AM - 10 PM, seven days a week.

Please share with us any links or videos that have made you laugh, entertained you, or provided a distraction. Please email them to karen@troymusichall.org and we may use them in
future volumes of The Beat. Thank you.