9/24/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

September 24th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany. Three stages and 17 bands, including the Relationship, Lower Dens, Ought, Delicate Steve, the Televisionaries, Hammer Hawk, Slowshine, more. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Wood Park, Lake George. Day One of the two-day fest features Doctor Magnum, Let’s Be Leonard, Super 400, Ramblers Home, Johnny A. and headliners Blue Oyster Cult. Also on Sunday. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Eastbound Throwdown @ Irwin Farm, Salem. Local Americana faves Eastbound Jesus throw their first camping festival featuring Eastbound Jesus, the Mallett Brothers Band, Driftwood, the Blind Owl Band, the Spectacular Average Boys, Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, Pitchfork Militia and Josh Casano & Friends. 11:30am. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lenox Apple Squeeze @ Main Street, Lenox. Day One of the free two-day fest features Tantrum, Heart of Gold, Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band, Jamie Kent, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and headliners the Felice Brothers. 10am. FREE. Also on Sunday. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: J.D. McPherson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The rollicking rockabilly cat fires up the first night of his two-night stand at The Hangar. 8pm. $20. Also at 8pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Maria Muldaur @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. “Midnight at the Oasis” and much more… 6:30pm. $24.

MUSIC: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. It’s the soft opening for the Music Hall with guided tours and a reception at 3pm. With music at 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Soulia & the Sultans @ the Low Beat, Albany. Female-fronted jazz band with a repertoire of songs that are at once sultry, playful and not altogether expected. 8pm. $6.

MUSIC: Jocamo @ the 20 North Broadway Tavern, Schenectady. 9pm.

MUSIC: Session Americana @ The Parlor, Northampton. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Crimson Tips @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. CD release party for Sludge Train. With Let Go Daylight and Virtue Falls. 8pm. $5.

COMEDY: Woodstock Comedy Festival @ various locations, Woodstock. Panel discussions during the day with stand-up comedy shows by Gilbert Gottfried and “The Simpsons” co-creator Mike Reiss in the evening. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s the Opening Night Gala Concert featuring the music of Ravel and Sibelius. 7pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

MUSIC: The Weight @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. $45.

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It’s the Weekend!

September 23rd, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

The work week is over, and now it’s time to chill out and have some fun.

But before we head out for the festival-filled first weekend of fall, 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Bryan Lasky
Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
Timothy Reidy
Martin Benjamin
Gene Sennes
Lynne Harty
Real George
Stanley Johnson
Judy Seibert Kash
J Hunter
Dave Suarez
Daniel Hogan
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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:

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:

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Music Haven, Schenectady
The Egg, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
FreshGrass, North Adams
Proctors, Schenectady
New York State Office of General Services, Albany
Village of Green Island Recreational Services, Green Island
WEQX-FM, Manchester
TransArt, New York City
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Jazz in the Valley @ Waryas Park, 8/21/16

September 23rd, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
Charenée Wade and Oscar Perez

Charenée Wade and Oscar Perez

The Jazz in the Valley festival was held in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park last month, celebrating the fifth year in this scenic location with the usual celebration of the music known as jazz featuring a wide variety of performers in the genre.

The festival opened up with Charenée Wade and her band celebrating the music of the late great Gil Scott Heron. Wade’s interpretation of Heron’s potent lyrics which are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them in the late ’70s and ’80s. The performance was accented by the performance of her brilliant band, in particular Lakecia Benjamin on alto saxophone.

Trombonist Craig Harris paired up with vocalist Carla Cook to provide the audience with a funky, highly danceable set that included a performance by Harris on didgeridoo.

Jazz by Five, a one-off quintet of jazz all stars blazed through a set of jazz standards. Led by saxman (and the fest’s musical director) Javon Jackson, the A-list ensemble also featured trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Eddie Gomez, pianist George Cables and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Now that’s a bona fide supergroup…

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

September 23rd, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
Fear of Strangers (photo by Gene Sennes)

It's the Fear of Strangers reunion tonight at The Hollow

Photograph by Gene Sennes

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 FEST: The Complete Schedule of Bands for LarkFest on Saturday (by Staff)

2. The Egg Celebrates The Band; Announces New Concerts (by Staff)

3. Fear of Strangers, 1978-1983… and Beyond: An Oral History (by Greg Haymes, Dave Suarez, Lynne Harty, Judy Seibert Kash, J Hunter, Real George, Gene Sennes)

4. Palace Announces New Concert; Tix On Sale Now (by Staff)

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

6. Upstate Artists Guild to Leave Lark Street (by Staff)

7. The Eighth Step’s Fall Season of Concerts (by Staff)

8. T-Shirt Slogans Seen @ PearlPalooza (by Staff)

9. FEST: American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George This Weekend (by Staff, Stanley Johnson)

10. LIVE: Weird Al Yankovic @ Proctors, 9/17/16 (by Ed Conway)

Sunday Is the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence [Berkshire on Stage]

September 23rd, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara


The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence is a nationwide series of memorial events in more than two hundred venues across America on Sunday (September 25), the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for gun violence victims. Organizers and musicians will sing out in memorial and draw attention to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence, prior to the first Presidential debate, final voter registration days, and the 2016 elections. To date there are more than 20 concerts scheduled to take place in Massachusetts alone.

The Berkshire concert will take place from 2-5pm on Sunday (September 25) at the Society of the Congregational Church in Great Barrington.

All performances are contributed by local Massachusetts musical artists, and in the Berkshires they include such luminaries as Maureen O’Flynn, Bobby Sweet, David Reed, Terry a la Berry, Teresa Mango, David Grover, the Beeline Ramblers and the Matchstick Architects, as well as surprise guest artists. Some of the artists have written songs after mass shootings.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: What a Weekend!

September 23rd, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

Any festivals around town this weekend? Oh my, yes…

It’s impossible to be everywhere, so here’s a quick round-up of some of the music fests to help you plan your weekend. Hope you have a great time, wherever you decide to go:

WHO: Eastbound Jesus, the Mallett Brothers Band, Blind Owl Band, Driftwood, North & South Dakotas, Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen, Spectacular Average Boys, Rebel Darling, more
WHEN: Today & Saturday (September 23 & 24)
WHERE: Irwin Farm, Salem
HOW MUCH: $60 all-fest

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Palace Theatre Announces Film Series

September 23rd, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

Downtown Albany’s Palace Theatre has announces its upcoming 2016-2017 film series, which kicks off on Wednesday, October 12. Tickets are $5 for adults (except where noted). A season pass for the film series is also available – all 19 films for $47.50. Showtime for the films is 7pm (except where noted).

Here’s the schedule of films for the Palace Theatre:

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

September 23rd, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

From Hollywood Reporter: The trailer for “As You Are,” the acclaimed directorial debut by Albany Free School grad Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

From Chronogram: The Felice Brothers’ Long Path by Peter Aaron

From NYSMusic: Kersten Mason reviews the debut EP, By Design, from the Glens Falls band Red Shift.

From Billboard: Here’s one we didn’t see comin’. Colin Stutz reveals that homegrown heroes Phantogram are covering Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home,” on the upcoming compilation album, The Time Is Now, which also features the likes of Aloe Blacc, Lower Dens (who are playing LarkFest on Saturday), Brazilian Girls, Marian Hill (who are playing Lucky Strike Social on Monday, October 10) and more. Slated for release on October 7, a portion of proceeds will benefit the AIDS research foundation amfAR.

From Thinking It Through: Sara Foss unveils her list of “The Best Concerts This Fall”

From The Times Union: PHOTOS: Local Bands We Miss

From YouTube: A new music video from Duran Duran? Really? Yup. Last Night in the City…”

Caffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageThe LindaArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsLeave Regular Radio BehindThe Law Office of Paul Rapp