5/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Monday (Memorial Day)

May 30th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

CABARET: Leslie Kritzer @ Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The Broadway and Barrington Stage vet returns with her new show, “Leslie’s Back.” 8pm. $40. GO HERE for more info…

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5/29/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

May 29th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Lonely Heartstring Band @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. Cock ‘n Bull is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and you’re invited to the birthday bash. Barbecue starts at 3pm (sliders, Dino ribs, clams casino, salads, etc.), and the fave bluegrass band plays at 7pm. $25 includes the music and all the food.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Bob Dylan Birthday Concert @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The eighth annual Bob’s Birthday Bash features Happy Traum, Marc Black, Larry Campbell, Jay Collins, Mikaela Davis, Kate Pierson, Arlen Roth, Eric Redd, John Sebastian, Kenny Siegal & Blueberry, Jules Shear, Robert Burke Warren, Doug Yoel & Carmen Ann, Connor Kennedy & Mistrel and lots more. Plus special surprise guests. A benefit for Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and the John Herald Fund. 8pm. $25-$100.

MUSIC: The Legends Live On @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. An interesting mix of talent that includes Michael Allman (son of Gregg Allman), Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers’ saxman), Jeff Pitchell (New England singer-songwriter-guitarist), Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) and Claudette King (daughter of B.B. King). 7 & 9:30pm. $30.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mass Gathering @ Ski Butternut, Great Barrington. Day Two of the two-day race and music fest features performances by Gin Blossoms, Wild Adriatic, Parsonsfield, West End Blend and DJ BFG on two stages. Music starts at 12noon. $35; FREE kids age 10 and under. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Day Three of the annual three-day holiday-weekend folk get-together features performances by Charlie Parr, Atwater-Donnelly, Heather Pierson Trio, the Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald Quartet, the 5 Mile String Band, the Young Novelists and Max Hatt/Edda Glass. Music starts at 9:30am. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: StrangeCreek Campout @ Camp Kee-Wanee, Greenfield. Day Three of the three-day fest features The Machine, Banooba, ShakeDown, Fear Nuttin Band, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Flux Capacitor, Lespecial, Chris Merenda & the Wheel and lots more. 10am music starts. $60.

CABARET: The Skivvies @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Lauren Molina (cello and vocals) and Nick Cearley (ukulele and vocals) strip down to their underwear to perform their clever comedy-pop songs. 7pm. $40. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Belle-Skinner @ the Perfect Blend Cafe, Delmar. Holiday brunch session. With Rocks & Water. 11am.

THEATER: “Presto Change-O” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The new musical by Eric Price and Joel Waggoner tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. 3pm. Through Saturday, June 11.

CABARET: Leslie Kritzer @ Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The Broadway and Barrington Stage vet returns with her new show, “Leslie’s Back.” 9pm. $40. Also at 8pm on Monday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Lucky 5 @ Prairie Whale, Great Barrington. Gypsy jazz and swing. 6:30pm.

5/28/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 28th, 2016, 7:58 am by Greg

MUSIC: Lake Street Dive @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. The home of the Game of Thrones ales kicks off its outdoor summer concert series with a whopper. With Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. 7pm. $40.

MUSIC: Luna @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The storied indie rock quartet led by Dean Wareham returns after a 10-year hiatus. With its 1999-era line-up, (Wareham, Britta Phillips, Sean Eden and Lee Wall), the band sounds as strong as ever and kicks off MASS MoCA’s summer season with a sweet vengeance. 8:30pm. $32 & $40.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mass Gathering @ Ski Butternut, Great Barrington. Day One of the two-day race and music fest features performances by Strange Machines, Madalia, Deer Tick, Matisyahu and Whiskey Treaty Roadshow on two stages. Music starts at 12noon. $35; FREE kids age 10 and under. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Day Two of the annual three-day holiday-weekend folk get-together features performances by Charlie Parr, Atwater-Donnelly, Heather Pierson Trio, the Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald Quartet, the 5 Mile String Band, the Young Novelists and Max Hatt/Edda Glass. Music starts at 10:25am. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: StrangeCreek Campout @ Camp Kee-Wanee, Greenfield. Day Two of the three-day fest features Max Creek, Zach Deputy, Marco Benevento, Rushad the Cello Wizard of Sneth, the Alchemystics, Roots of Creation and lots more. 10am music starts. $145 for three-day pass.

MUSIC: Red Haired Strangers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Rootsy country blues. With Dylan Perrilo & the Useless Cans. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Deradoorian @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. As the former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors, Angel Deradoorian’s levitating vocals buoyed the Brooklyn-based group. Now a mononymous solo artist based on L.A., she plays a unique blend of jazzy, psychedelic, electronic pop. With Emily Ritz. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ the Little Theater on the Farm, Fort Edward. Performing the special program “The Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors.” 7pm. $10; $7 students/seniors; FREE veterans.

MUSIC: New Red Scare @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Some Kind of Nightmare, the Lost Riots and Fort Rooster. 8pm. $5.

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It’s the Weekend!

May 27th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
Road trip!

Road trippin’!

Kiss the work week goodbye, and say howdy to the big holiday weekend!

Congrats! You made it through the week. But before we head out for the big Memorial Day weekend, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Steven Stock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Michael Hochanadel
Thomas Lindsay
Rudy Lu
Ed Atkeson
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Madison Theater, Albany

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

The Egg, Albany
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
The Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
Mabee Farm Historical Site, Rotterdam Junction
The Falcon Underground, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Undie Rockers the Skivvies Bring Comedy-Pop to Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

May 27th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
The Skivvies

The Skivvies

Undie-rock, comedy-pop duo the Skivvies to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield as part of the On The Stage Series at 8pm & 10:30pm on Saturday (May 28) and 7pm on Sunday (May 29). The Skivvies will be performing up close and personal, with artists and audience together on the historic Colonial stage. A post-show reception will also be held on Sunday at Hotel on North.

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” the Skivvies are Lauren Molina (cello and vocals) and Nick Cearley (ukulele and vocals), award-winning singer/actor/musiciansfrom New York City, performing stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down, but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Leslie Kritzer Returns to Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

May 27th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara

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The fabulous Leslie Kritzer is returning to Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield with her new show, “Leslie’s Back!,” at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at 9pm on Sunday (May 29) and 8pm on Monday (May 30).

Yhe Broadway veteran and award-winning actress Leslie Kritzer, currently featured in the hit Off-Broadway revival of The Robber Bridegroom, returns to BSC where she previously starred in the world premiere The Memory Show, the hit revival of Guys and Dolls, and her Mainstage concert, Hello, Gorgeous!

This time with Leslie’s Back!, it’s up close and personal at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. Leslie will share stories of her life on and Off-Broadway and belt out some killer tunes, accompanied by her husband – and BSC music director – Vadim Feichtner on piano.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

May 27th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

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Photograph by Timothy Reidy (Sirsy @ Freedom Park, 8/15/15)

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there sure was a whole lot of A&E news to write about this week.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. FREE: Troy’s Rockin’ On the River Schedule Is Announced (by Staff)

2. FREE: Schenectady’s Music Haven Summer Concert Series Announced (by Staff)

3. FREE: Three More New Concerts Announced for Lake George’s Shepard Park (by Staff)

4. FREE: Freedom Park Announces More than 30 Summer Concerts (by Staff)

5. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. FREE: Bands Announced for Albany’s Dad Fest (by Staff)

7. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

8. FREE: UpBeat On the Roof Concert Series Announced (by Staff, Ed Conway)

9. LIVE: The English Beat @ The Egg, 5/7/16 (by Steven Stiock, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10. (tie) LIVE: Alejandro Escovedo Trio @ Cohoes Music Hall, 5/11/16 (by Steven Stock, Michael Hochanadel)

10. (TIE) LIVE: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ McGeary’s Pub, 5/16/16 (by Staff, Dan Hogan)

Lost Radio Rounders @ the Little Theater on the Farm on Saturday

May 27th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

WHO: Lost Radio Rounders
WHAT: “The Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors”
WHERE: the Little Theater On the Farm, Fort Edward
WHEN: Saturday (May 28), 7pm
HOW MUCH: $10; $7 students & seniors; FREE veterans

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