9/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

September 23rd, 2017, 7:49 am by Greg

MUSIC: Roger Waters @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Pink Floyd classics, solo material and a strong political message on the Us + Them Tour. 8pm. $55.50, $75, $125 & $199.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany. The 36th annual edition of Greater Nippertown’s biggest free street festival with two stages of non-stage music, including Front Business, the Ryan Leddick Trio, Hate Club, Jouska, Mic Lanny with Bez Aloha, Cloud Nothings, Let Go Daylight, Restless Streets, Sun Natives, the North & South Dakotas, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, Jackal Onasis. 10am-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: All Day Free Outdoor Music Festival @ 4 Diamonds Field, Amsterdam. Featuring Big Sky Country, Grand Central Station, Funk Evolution and headliner Sawyer Fredericks. 11am-7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Cobblestone @ S&S Farm Brewery, Nassau. Featuring Zach Karpinski on guitar, Kevin Bohen on bass, Liam Davis on drums, Amelia Rossettie on violin, Maria Malafronte on vocals and Dan Frank on banjo providing a rhythm that lifts up their harmonies and highlights a sound that’s all their own. With Rocks & Water, the duo of Thomas Doyle and Alexis Haluska. 7-10pm. $22 including shared charcuterie plate.

FESTIVAL: StoryHarvest @ Freedom Square, Troy. The acclaimed world-traveling Villalobos Brothers will headline the seventh annual StoryHarvest community celebration – featuring free music, food, art activities and more. 3-6pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lenox Apple Squeeze @ Main Street, Lenox. Featuring Freevolt, the Elovators, Dwight & Nicole, Billy Strings, Whiskey Shivers and Wild Adriatic. 10am-7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Huxtable, Christensen & Hood @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The three charming, talented women formed their musical partnership while students at Skidmore College. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: “Last Call: A Collaborative Oratorio” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Featuring poetry by Paul Pines set to music by composer Catherine Reid, as well as an exhibition of North Country Arts members’ art based on Pines’ poems. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Cheryl Wheeler @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The super singer-songwriter-comedian kicks off the Eighth Step’s 50th season. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

MUSIC: Mike Gent @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Homecoming show. Better get here early… With John Powhida. 9pm.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Grant Cottage Historic Site, Wilton. Vintage Americana duo performing “In the Days of Stephen Foster.” 1pm. FREE with site admission.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 9pm. $12.

THEATER: “Performing Olana” @ Olana Historic Site, Hudson. An original, site-specific theater piece written by Darrah Cloud will be staged on the grounds of Olana, drawing inspiration from Frederic Church’s painting, letters, family life, and the celebrated landscape. 2, 4 & 6pm. $15. Also at 2, 4 & 6pm on Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Heather Maloney @ The Linda, Albany. The New England singer-songwriter launches her first ever multimedia, interactive live concert experience. With Belle Skinner. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Coast Modern @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The sun-drenched LA duo rolls into town in support of their debut album. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Young Dubliners @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Veteran Celtic rockers. 8pm. $19 & $23.

CABARET/FUNDRAISER: The Backdoor Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Craig Cunningham and Kevin Weldon debut their new satirical revue, “Better with a Man” as a benefit for the Columbia County Democrats. 8pm. $75.

DANCE/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lumberyard’s Second Annual End of Summer Shindig @ Lumberyard, Catskill. Performance excerpts from Urban Bush Women’s new work “SCAT!” featuring composer-trombonist Craig Harris. With bluegrass music by Steve Lutke & Appalachian Uprising, beer by Rip Van Winkle Brewery, American Glory BBQ, cocktails, gifts and more. 6pm. $50.

BURLESQUE/FUNDRAISER: Pop Culture Provocateurs @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. It’s a burlesque benefit for Planned Parenthood featuring Black Orchyd, Minnie Derriere, Noelle Reign, Penny Dreadful, Persephone Pomme, Teasy Roosevelt, Titus Androgynous, Jasmine Shea and host Nell Shanahan. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: O+ Checkup: Decora @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. A benefit concert for Kingston’s O+ Festival featuring hip-hop artist, DJ and performance poet Decora. 8pm. $12.

FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: All Star Sports Festival @ Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Jose Canseco, Dwight Gooden, Reggie Jackson, Lawrence Taylor, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Goose Gossage, Angel Cordero and more in a softball game, home run derby, celebrity harness race and more. With music by the Refrigerators and Skeeter Creek. For the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. 12noon. $10; children 12 & under FREE.

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It’s the Weekend!

September 22nd, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Shelby and the Tennis Ball

Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as humanly possible during the first official weekend of autumn.

But before we head out for some September weekend fun we’d like to send out a 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 world 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
Rudy Lu
Anthony Tassarotti
Amy L. Modesti
Glenn Kaplowitz
Tim Reidy
Stan Johnson
Martin Benjamin
Macey Levin
Roseann Cane
Gail M. Burns

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.

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LIVE: Cannon the Brave @ the Tang Museum, 8/10/17

September 22nd, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Tim Reidy

WHO: Cannon the Brave
WHAT: UpBeat on the Roof Concert Series
WHERE: Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: August 10, 2017

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HOT READS: Nipertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

September 22nd, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz kicked off last weekend’s FreshGrass fest at MASS MoCA with the world premiere of her “Blue Heron Suite”

Photograph by Anthony Tassarotti

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 we understand… So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past seven days, in case you’re still playing catch-up:

1. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces Free Concert (by Staff)

3. Times Union Center Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. Two More New Concerts Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (by Staff)

5. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. UPDATE: LarkFest Schedule of Bands (by Staff)

7. Another New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

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

9. Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Shows (by Staff)

10. SEPTEMBER 21: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Martin Benjamin)

11. T-Shirt Slogans Seen at FreshGrass, 9/16/17 (by Staff)

12. LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/15/17 (Day One) (by Anthony Tassarotti)

FREE FEST: Free All Day Outdoor Music Festival in Amsterdam on Saturday

September 22nd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks

Photograph by Stan Johnson

The Free All Day Outdoor Music Festival will take over 4 Diamonds Field in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 23).

OK, it’s not a very imaginative name for a music fest, but it gets the point across…

The fest will run from 11am-7pm with music by Big Sky Country, Grand Central Station, Funk Evolution and headliner Sawyer Fredericks, in his first Amsterdam performance since winning the NBC-TV singing competition, “The Voice.”

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FREE FEST: Upper Madison Street Fair in Albany on Sunday

September 22nd, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

For the seventh year, the western end of Albany’s Madison Avenue – between South Allen and West Lawrence streets – will be blocked from the flow of traffic for a Sunday afternoon of music, dancing, art, food and fun for all ages.

It’s the Upper Madison Street Fair, and from 12noon-5pm on Sunday (September 24), the street will be alive with a variety of local vendors featuring arts & crafts, non-profits, fabulous food, dancing & drumming, rummage & used book sales, and an exciting raffle of more than 50 items. Also enjoy free activities in the Kids Zone, including crafts, chalk art, bubbles, games, drumming, and music.

And, of course, there will be plenty of non-stop music through the fair. Here’s the complete schedule of music on the main stage:

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

September 22nd, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

From Syracuse.com: Across the NYS Thruway in Syracuse, Katrina Tulloch writes about a batch of Salt City musicians who recently banded together to perform The Beatles’ classic “Get Back” on the rooftop of the Advance Media New York building in tribute to Paul McCartney, who plays the Carrier Dome on Saturday (September 23).

From The Spot 518: Michael Hallisey shines the spotlight on Jimmy Barrett, owner of the River Street Beat Shop and host of the loooong-running “Kaleidoscope” radio show, now heard weekly on WAIX-FM.

From EV Grieve: Walter Wlodarczyk interviews Jimmy Webb, former Albany scenester and long-time manager at NYC’s rock outfitters Trash & Vaudeville, who is opening his own rock ‘n’roll boutique on the Lower East Side at 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. The shop, called I Need More, opens on Friday, October 13.

From The AV Club: William Hughes writes about the late, great, former Nippertonian author Kurt Konnegut’s posthumous short story collection “Complete Stories,” which features five previously unpublished stories, including “The Drone King,” which is also already online, courtesy of The Atlantic.

From AllOverAlbany.com: Cristin Steding writes about the relatively new entertainment concept of the escape room, in particularly reviewing 5 Wits at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland.

FREE FEST: Lots of Music at Lenox Apple Squeeze Is This Weekend

September 22nd, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Albany’s LarkFest isn’t the only big, music-packed street fest going on around Greater Nippertown this weekend.

The Lenox Apple Squeeze is a long-standing tradition in Berkshire County, ushering in the fall season. This weekend you can join local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands and performers as Lenox celebrates autumn and the apple harvest with a fun and engaging free street festival for all ages.

The 38th annual fest takes place throughout the streets of Lenox from 10am-7pm on Saturday (September 23) and 10am-6pm on Sunday (September 24) with lots of tasty food, more than 150 vendors, a family fun zone and lots more.

Of course, there will be two full days of free, non-stop music at the main stage located at the corner of Church and Housatonic streets, ranging from the rockin’ sounds of Wild Adriatic to the Grammy Award-winning blazing bluegrass of the SteelDrivers.

Here’s the complete schedule of main stage bands for the 2017 Lenox Apple Squeeze:

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