4/19/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

April 19th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Great Guitars @ The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. They weren’t kidding around when they concocted the name for this concert that brings together four of the leading acoustic guitarists of their generation – Martin Taylor, Frank Vignola, Vinnie Raniolo and Peppino D’Agostino – to continue the guitar-supergroup tradition. 8pm. $20, $22, $28 & $34.

MUSIC: Michael Eck @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. It’s a concert! It’s a birthday bash! It’s a rare opportunity to catch singer-songwriter-musicman-about-town Mister Eck in his “maximum solo acoustic” mode, as he celebrates his big 50th birthday. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Spottiswoode & His Enemies @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. They were the band that opened Club Helsinki in Hudson four years ago, and now Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode and his musical cohorts return in celebration of their brand-new album, English Dream. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. As we’ve been telling you all week - here, here, here, here and here – today is Record Store Day, so if you’re a true music fan, please take some time out to visit your favorite record store(s) today, like the Beat Shop, where you can hear some delightful free music by the fab couple of Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric. With Nippertown’s proto-garage-rockers the Mysteios. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Zucchero @ The Egg, Albany. Influenced by rock, soul and gospel music, the Italian superstar has sold more than 50 million records around the world and has racked up numerous awards, including two World Music Awards, six IFPI Europe Platinum Awards and a Grammy nomination. 8pm. $34.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Word Fest 2014 Invitational Slam @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Albany Poets, Frequency North and Urban Guerilla Theatre are proud to welcome poetry slam teams from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, as they battle for prizes and bragging rights. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC/ART/FUNDRAISER: “Ramen Noodle Diet: A Benefit Show” @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. A one-night exhibit/auction benefit show for local college art student in financial need. Live music by Oddy Gato and Dezmatic; live painting by RADICAL!! and MC3. the whole night with light refreshments. Art work up for auction by Jess Cone, Yark, Pat Gaitor, Paul Lowenski, Billy Yager, Neener, Mr.Nerds, Alicia Lea, Tony Iadicicco, Michael Conlin, Andrew Kline, Patrick Porter, Greg Dunn, Emily Dorr, Seamus McCarthy, Kevin Mosca, Sean Mahoney and more. 6:30pm. $2 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The New World jazz of composer-pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius blends jazz, classical and world music to create a captivating soundscape. Heard’s members also include Jonathan Greene on woodwinds and Bobby Kendall on bass, as well as Zorkie Nelson and Brian Mellick on percussion. With Joy Adler. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

THEATER: “33RPM” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. In their semi-documentary work, Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh reconstruct the final moments of a person’s life. A turntable sits on a stack of amplifiers. A telephone is on the floor. A bulky television. Books are scattered about. A laptop and printer, a mobile phone in its charger. Behind looms the wide screen. This performance is void of any actors. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

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It’s the Weekend!

April 18th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's The Weekend!

Congrats! You made it through yet another week of work/school/unemployment. And now it’s time to get out there and enjoy some fabulous weather for the big Easter weekend. But before we head out, 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:

Larry Murray
J Hunter
Tom Lindsay
Joel Patterson
Dan Hogan
Tim Mack
Al Goldberg

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 – tix, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Palace Theatre, Albany
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Proctors, Schenectady
Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Troy
Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany
One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

April 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Yes, yes, yes, we know… We’ve heard all of 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 was a whole lot of news to write about this week – from music reviews to big new concert announcements and lots more…

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 in the past week:

1. The Egg Adds THREE New Concerts (by Staff)

2. SPAC Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Rock Show (by Staff)

4. Times Union Center Concert Postponed & Relocated… (by Staff)

5. The Egg Adds Another New Concert (by Staff)

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Record Store Day Sneak Peek: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric / The Mysteios @ River Street Beat Shop

April 18th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

As we’ve been reminding you all week long, Saturday (April 19) is Record Store Day, and we urge you to turn off Spotify for a few hours, get out of your house and go browse around in your fave indie record store. You might be amazed at the treasures that you’ll find.

And if the River Street Beat Shop in Troy is one of your record store haunts – and if it isn’t, well, it should be – stop by on Saturday afternoon for some FREE live music, too.

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‘Bang on a Can Plays Art’ Puts New Twist on Group’s Annual Summer Residency @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

April 18th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Bang on a Can

This summer, Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring music by Steve Reich at MASS MoCA.

From July 26 through August 2, 2014, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in 8 days, as the culmination of the 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which runs from July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guests Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche (of Wilco).

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on July 26 with Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden, as well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

MASS MoCA Announces Summer Season of Concerts, Films, More

April 18th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Some of the big events for MASS MoCA’s summer season have already been announced – including a concert by Beck in June and the fourth annual FreshGrass festival in September. But the sprawling contemporary art museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, so you can bet the summer is jam-packed with music, theater, film, kids’ events and more, all kicking off with a big party on Saturday, May 15.

Here’s a round-up of the newly announced events for MASS MoCA’s 15th anniversary summer season:

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ANOTHER Big Thank You to Metroland Readers!

April 18th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Metroland Readers' Poll

We were mighty jazzed last week when Metroland unveiled its annual Readers’ Poll, revealing that astute Metroland readers had voted Nippertown.com as the Best Local Arts Website, as well as strong finishes as well as second place in the Best Local Arts Coverage category and the third spot as Best Local Community Website.

But apparently, the editors mistakenly neglected to include the category of Best Local Music Website when they printed the results. They made the correction in this week’s issue, and Nippertown.com came out on top, edging out our pals at Keep Albany Boring and CRUMBS.net. So we’d like to offer another big – somewhat belated – thanks to all who keep the local music scene alive ‘n’ thrivin’ – no matter who you voted for, the Local 518 is the big winner.

Thanks, y’all.

SPAC Concert Update

April 18th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Yes, the return of country music superstar Luke Bryan to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was initially announced way back in January, but only as a part of the Country Megaticket sale.

Now the folks at Live Nation have finally announced ticket details for the individual concert. Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour will be rolling into SPAC in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, August 17 with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell opening the show.

Reserved amphitheater seats are priced at $59.50; lawn general admission is $29.75. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, April 25.

And here’s the round-up of the 2014 SPAC pop/rock concert season… so far:

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