JANUARY 29: On this Date in Nippertown Concert History

January 29th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Phantogram's Sarah Barthel (photo by Sebastien B.)

Phantogram's Sarah Barthel @ Exit Dome IV

Photograph by Sebastien Barre

Throwback Thursday? Oh yeah. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of January 22 concerts through the years…

2014: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville
2012: The Carolina Chocolate Drops @ The Egg, Albany
2011: Exit Dome IV featuring Phantogram, Charlie Watts Riots, Rodeo Barons, Que Caro, Nancy Walker & Friends, Slender Shoulders @ WEXT/WMHT Studios, North Greenbush
2010: Murali Coryell, Tequila Mockingbirds @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2009: The Pretenders @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2008: Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2006: Sevendust, Nonpoint, Socialburn, Wicked Wisdom @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2005: Melissa Ferrick @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004; Karen Grenier @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2003: Ethel @ RPI’s West Hall, Troy
2002: Aaron Carter, Dream Street, Lindsay Pagano @ Pepsi Arena, Albany
2000: Long John Hunter, Ernie Williams @ The Egg, Albany
1999: Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1998: Deep Banana Blackout @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: The Gravel Pit, Dresden, Off the Wall @ Bogie’s, Albany
1995: Garnet Rogers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1994: Loudon Wainwright III, Nobody’s Girls @ RPI’s McNeil Room, Troy
1993: Leslie West, the Groove Assassins @ the OTB Scoeboard, Albany
1992: Even the Odd, Common Ailments of Maturity @ Bogie’s, Albany
1990: Betty Carter @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1989: Alice Donut, Sonic Undertones @ QE2, Albany
1988: Ellen McIlwaine @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1987: WASP, Slayer, Rayven @ RPI’s Houston Field House, Troy
1985: Nightporters, Paisley Jungle @ 288 Lark, Albany


ArtBeat: What to See

January 29th, 2015, 10:00 am by Sara


Roger Brown: The Final Arbiter @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Roger Brown: The Final Arbiter @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection @ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. An exhibition of larger-than-life canvases that invite an extraordinary visual experience in which the viewer is immersed in the field of painting, including work by Kevin Appel, Roger Brown, Nancy Graves, Joyce Kozloff, Alfred Leslie, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell and Jules Olitski. Opening reception and lecture by contributing artist Joyce Kozloff: Friday, January 30, 5:30pm. (Through March 29)

Interventions II @ Isidro Blasco's house

Interventions II @ Isidro Blasco’s house in Hudson

Interventions II @ 257 State Street (Facebook Link), Hudson. Having purchased a home in Hudson last November, Isidro Blasco has invited 14 artists to apply their ideas to this structure before he begins the renovation. Artists: Beth Campbell, Clare Churchouse, Andrew duPont, Max Goldfarb, Laetitia Hussain, Mala Iqbal, Laura King, Tom Kotik, Jaime Munarriz, Iván Navarro, Ruby Palmer, Karina Skvirsky, Grace Sullivan and Dannielle Tegeder. Reception: Saturday, January 31, 1pm. (Through February 1)

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BEST of 2014: Timothy Reidy’s Top 10 Non-Albany Concerts

January 28th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Landlady at O+ Festival

Story and photographs by Timothy Reidy

REST FEST @ CAC Woodside, Troy (August 15 & 16): It was perfection for Careers, and so many local bands had great sets.

MOKOOMBA @ the Music Haven, Schenectady (June 29): Vocalist Mathias Muzaza has talent, stage presence and can dance. Great job for first time in America.

MAN MAN/GOGOL BORDELLO @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park (July 22): It was a spectacle and a lot of sweat.

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Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

January 28th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

In a last minute addition to the concert calendar, BSP Lounge in Kingston welcomes Spain (led by Josh Haden) at 7pm on Friday (January 30). Tickets are just $10 at the door. And BSP has a batch of other mighty impressive new concerts, too. The double-bill of the Felice Brothers and the Spirit Family Reunion takes over the larger back room theater at 7pm on Saturday, February 14 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). Kate Pierson (of the B-52s) celebrates the release of her debut solo album, Guitar & Microphones, at 7pm on Tuesday, February 24 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); and the Feelies return at 7pm on Friday, April 24 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

CANCELLED: Never fear, tonight’s (Wednesday, January 28) concert by Dale Watson & His Lonestars at The Hangar in Troy will go on as scheduled, but unfortunately, Rosie Flores will not be on hand to stage the stage due to weather-related travel problems.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Three new country music concerts have been announced for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center including Lady Antebellum with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt; Brad Paisley with Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton; and Brantley Gilbert with Lee Brice.

Club Helsinki in Hudson has bolstered its calendar with a couple of new shows, including : Brazilian Girls at 9pm on Saturday, March 7 ($25 & $35); and the Pine Hill Project (featuring Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky and Larry Campbell) at 9pm on Saturday, March 14 ($25 & $35).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mark Knopfler – the former guitarslinger-singer-songwriter of Dire Straits – is scheduled to lead his band into Albany’s Palace Theatre in support of his upcoming solo album, Tracker.

On Saturday, February 28, Vapor in Saratoga Springs plays host to a free concert by Seattle singer-songwriter Fences, who upcoming debut album, Lesser Oceans, features guest appearances by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Doors open at 8pm and Local 518 faves Stellar Young open the show.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Summer’s Last Tour – featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White – is roaring into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer.

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Fugue States, Feral Horses and the Choreography of Flesh @ EMPAC on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

January 28th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Ward of the Feral Horses, by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

“Ward of the Feral Horses,” by Moroccan-Israeli artist Orit Ben-Shitrit, explores the sensation of a person being trapped in their body.

Over at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, New York we look forward to “media-dance” pioneer and Merce Cunningham collaborator Charles Atlas, who will be in residence this spring to develop a new piece of choreography tailored for the screen.

The multimedia dance form he helped popularize has been a programming priority at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (110 8th St., Troy) ever since its opening.

With generous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the DANCE MOViES commission will present this year’s selected works on Saturday (January 31) at 7pm. Admission is free.

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New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, 1/29-31/15
Free Day @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 1/31/15
New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series @ UAlbany, Albany, various days
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, select Thursdays
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady, Sundays

The Egg Announces New Concert

January 28th, 2015, 12:45 pm by Greg


Photograph by Rudy Lu

David Bromberg and Larry Campbell are two serious guitar virtuosos. But they’re more than just that – they’re equally adept on fiddle, mandolin and just about any other instrument with strings on it.

So you can expect an evening of sparkling blues, folk, country and maybe even some bluegrass when the two master musicians sit down and join forces for a duo concert at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Sunday, April 19.

Priced at $35, tickets are currently available only to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (February 3).

Real Good for FREE: NYS Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series

January 28th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Katha Pollitt, Peter Carey and Tina Packer

Katha Pollitt, Peter Carey and Tina Packer

The the winter/spring 2015 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute kicks off on Thursday (January 29) with a reading by The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt.

All of the events are FREE except for the American Place Theatre production of “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.”

Books are available in advance of events and at the events, from the following bookstores:
the University Bookstore at UAlbany and the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Here’s the upcoming schedule of Visiting Writers Series events:

Thursday (January 29)
Seminar: 4:15pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
Reading: 8pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
The essayist, critic and poet is an influential voice of American feminism and long-time columnist for The Nation, as well as the author of a much-talked-about new book, “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” Pollitt received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Book Awards in 2010, and is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary. Her books of poetry include “The Mind-Body Problem” (2010) and “Antarctic Traveller” (1983), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Tuesday, February 3
Seminar: 4:15pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375
Reading: 8pm @ UAlbany Lecture Center 20
The Australian novelist is one of only three writers to have received the Man Booker Prize twice – for “Oscar and Lucinda” (1988) and “True History of the Kelly Gang” (2000). His new novel is “Amnesia,” a cyber-terrorism political thriller set in a counter-historical Australia that has endured American interference in its governmental affairs.

Friday, February 6
Film screening and discussion with director Jason Osder: 7pm @ UAlbany’s Page Hall
The award-winning documentary examines the history of the escalating conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, in the mid-1980s.
Osder teaches documentary filmmaking at the George Washington University and is also the co-author of the filmmaking guide, “Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook.”

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

January 28th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Of course, you know about Bass & Drums. But have you heard Broom & Shovel?

Holly & EvanCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageAlbany PoetsLeave Regular Radio BehindThe LindaHudson SoundsKeep Albany BoringArtist Charles HaymesCapital Repertory Theater