RIP: Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, 1941-2014

October 30th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Tim Hauser

Tim Hauser

Tim Hauser, the founder and guiding force behind Manhattan Transfer, the Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal group, died on Thursday, October 16 in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was 72 years old.

Hauser was a native of Troy, and he brought Manhattan Transfer back to the Capital Region on a regular basis since the group first formed in 1969 – playing a wide variety of Local 518 venues from J.B. Scott’s to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.

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A Few Minutes With… Paul Nelson of the Johnny Winter Band

October 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter (photo: Greg Olliver)

Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter (photo: Greg Olliver)

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

“He wasn’t just playing it. He was living it.” That’s the way Paul Nelson remembers Johnny Winter. Nelson was Winter’s lead guitarist, band leader, songwriter, album producer and perhaps most importantly, the man who brought the albino blues rocker back from the brink of a lifestyle that threatened to kill him a decade ago. Winter finally succumbed to pneumonia on July 16.

“I made my first records when I was 15,” says Winter in the film documentary, “Down & Dirty: The Johnny Winter Story.” I started playing clubs when I was 15, started drinking and smoking when I was 15, sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

That documentary will open the Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert on Saturday evening (November 1) at The Egg. This show headlines Johnny’s band under Nelson’s direction with guest guitarists Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Debbie Davies, all blues-based artists who, like Winter, know how to put a kick into blues guitar.

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OCTOBER 30: On This Date in Nippertown Music History

October 30th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Eric Krasno

Soulive's Eric Krasno @ the Massry Center for the Arts, 10/30/11

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Throwback Thursday? Yeah, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Music History. Check out our round-up of October 23rd concerts through the years…

2013: Anthony Prezio @ Caffe Lena
2011: Soulive @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center
2010: Styx @ the Palace Theatre
2009: Rhonda Vincent @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
2008: Joe Jackson @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
2005: Joan Baez @ The Egg
2004: Joe Bonamassa @ Northern Lights
2003: Shadows Fall and Lamb of God @ Saratoga Winners
2002: Philip Glass @ The Egg
1999: Meat Loaf @ the Palace Theatre
1998: Blottoween @ the OTB Scoreboard
1997: Maura O’Connell @ the Parting Glass
1994: The Eddie Adcock Band and Bluegrass Affliction @ the Parting Glass
1993: The Tisiji Munoz Quartet @ UAlbany’s Page Hall
1992: Alan Jackson with Diamond Rio @ the Knickerbocker Arena
1991: Gregory’s Funhouse with 1313 Mockingbird Lane @ QE2
1990: Armored Saint and China White @ Saratoga Winners
1988: Blotto and the Sidewinders @ QE2
1984: Hall & Oates @ Glens Falls Civic Center

New Concert Announced for Washington Avenue Armory

October 30th, 2014, 11:59 am by Greg

Here’s a new concert announcement that’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit…

In support of their new album Paradigm Shift, Jonathan Davis leads the charge as Korn invades Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory at 8pm on Wednesday, December 10 to headline Q-103′s Christmas Chaos concert.

Priced at $39.50 in advance ($42 at the door), tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10am on Friday (October 31).

Ian Anderson, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 30th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

“The first album? Well, it wouldn’t have been an album that I bought on my own. It would have been an album that I clubbed together with two other guys to buy, and I think it was a compilation album of black American blues artists.

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ArtBeat: What To See

October 30th, 2014, 10:00 am by Sara


Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose  @ Clement Art Gallery

Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose @ Clement Art Gallery

Light & Shadow: Still Lifes & Interiors @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Realist still lifes by Chester Dewitt Rose and Nick Patten, two artists who both convey quiet drama through the glowing light of their paintings. Opening reception: Friday, October 31, 6-9pm. (Through November 27)

Works by Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman @ The Arts Center

Works by Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman @ The Arts Center

Abecedarius | 26 + 1 Recent Works by Colin Boyd + Michael Oatman@ The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Colin Boyd and Michael Oatman have teamed up to present an exhibition and book that looks at the natural world and the roles humans have in misshaping it. Using the literary format of the Abecedarius (e.g., “A is for Apple”, “B is for Bear”, “C is for Crops Patented by Monsanto,” etc.), the two artists will turn the gallery into a walk-able cautionary tale – with a few nervous laughs for good measure. Reception: Friday, October 31, 5-9pm. (Through December 23)

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10/30/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

October 30th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Jayhawks @ The Egg, Albany. Touring with their 1997 touring lineup – Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, Karen Grotberg and Kraig Johnson – the Jayhawks will be playing selected material from the band’s long history as one of America’s finest alternative country rock bands. Trapper Schoepp will open the show. 7:30pm. $34.50.

MUSIC: Rockapella @ Proctors, Schenectady. Led by founder Scott Leonard, the veteran contemporary a cappella quintet lands in the Electric City in support of their latest album, Motown & More. 8pm. $20-$40.

MUSIC: John Davidson @ Firefly Restaurant, Lenox. Broadway. “Hollywood Squares.” “That’s Incredible.” He also hosted the nationally syndicated “The John Davidson Show” from 1980-1982 and served as guest host on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” 87 times. Yup, that John Davidson, who has recently relocated to Lenox. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Taina Asili & Gaetano Vaccaro @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. Puerto Rican vocalist Taina Asili and Sicilian guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro perform an energetic fusion of old and new reggae, rock, Afro-Latin and related musical styles with an underlying theme of social change. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Zendaya & Bridgit Mendler @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Disney teen popsters. 7pm. $35, $40, $45, $55 & $75.

PERFORMANCE: “,000,” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. “,000,” – yes, that’s the title, not a typo – is an EMPAC-commissioned multimedia artwork by Canadian artist Isabelle Pauwels. Layering sculpture, light, audio, and video, the performance guides the audience through the story of two entwined characters: a dying rust-belt town unable to let go of nostalgia for the “old days,” and a small-time actress struggling against the indignities of the film industry while making ends meet as a part-time dominatrix. 7:30pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

October 29th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Banjo master Tony Trischka makes a tour stop at Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, November 29. Accompanied by shape-note singer/multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen and vocalist Zoe Darrow, Trischka will celebrate the holiday season with Glory Shone Around, a concert based on his 1995 Rounder Records album, Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection. Tickets are $30 & $40.

Moroccan-born, Brooklyn-based hip-hipster French Montana grabs the spotlight at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 9pm on Saturday, December 6, in support of his new album, Excuse My French. Rowdy Rebel opens thru show. Tickets are on sale now, priced at 25 in advance; $28 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Veteran romantic crooner Englebert Humperdinck returns to the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tickets are $36, $46, $56 & $76.

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