FREE: Brunswick Summer Concert Series @ Brunswick Community Center

June 26th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg
Emerald City

Emerald City

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Here is the line-up for the free Brunswick Summer Concert Series, which takes place on the lawn of the Brunswick Family Community Center in Troy at 6:30pm on Tuesdays.

Here’s the schedule for the 2017 season at Brunswick:

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6/26/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

June 26th, 2017, 6:58 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Gage Brothers @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. In support of their new self-titled sophomore album. With Hamilton Craig. 10pm.

MUSIC: Desolate @ the Low Beat, Albany. In support of their debut EP, Ruiners. With Amnesty Please, Born a New, Boundaries, Somewhere to Call Home. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Let Go Daylight @ Jack’s Drive-In, Wynantskill. With Shoebox Dojo. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical delivers an evening of rock ‘n roll classics featuring Brycen Katolinsky (as Elvis Presley), Colin Summers (as Carl Perkins), Gabriel Aronson (as Jerry Lee Lewis) and Bill Sheets (as Johnny Cash). 7pm. $65. Through Saturday, July 15.

MUSIC: Landon Tewers @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With World War Me. 6:30pm. $12. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Rotterdam Town Jazz Band @ Rotterdam Senior Center lawn, Rotterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

OPEN MIC: Monday Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm show. $3; students free.

JAM SESSION: Blue Monday Blues Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Hosted by Scotty Mac. 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “Saturday Night Fever” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 2, 4:30 & 7pm. $5.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

6/25/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

June 25th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The 40th annual edition of the two-day fest wraps up with Gipsy Kings, Maceo Parker with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Hudson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Quinn Sullivan, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days, Blind Boy Paxton, the Noah Preminger/Jason Palmer Quartet. 12noon. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MOCA, North Adams. Wilco’s three-day wraps up with Tweedy & Friends, Nels Cline Four, Quindar, the Autumn Defense, On Fillmore, Gustafer Yellowgold, Max Hatt & Edda Glass, Daniel Bachman, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, Mark Bittman, Andy Shauf, the Story Pirates and more. 11:15am. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. The fab three-day folk fest wraps up with Bill Spence, Roger the Jester, the Great Groove Band, Joel Eckhaus & Tim Findlen, Debra Cowan & Margaret Walters, Jamcrackers, GX3+ and more. 9am. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Big Howl Music Festival @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. Celebrating 10 years of the Howlin’ at the Moon concert series with BBQ, plenty of beer, blacksmithing demos and great Americana music from Everest Rising, The Nellies and Rusticator. 3pm. $8. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: MaryLeigh Roohan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s a special homecoming show for the longtime Spa City resident. She’ll be playing a full-band recreation of her latest EP Living Alone. Her friend Jen Trani will be joining her from LA to play some songs that they’ve co-written. And every guest in attendance will receive an exclusive preview of her next record, which isn’t due until 2018. 7pm. $16.

MUSIC: Saintseneca @ Colony, Woodstock. Columbus alt-folksters. With J.K. Vanderbilt. 8pm. $12.

THEATER: “Upon This Rock: The Magdalene Speaks” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Last chance! Roxanne Fay (“Home Fires Burning,” “Dream Child”) returns to BST with a new solo show, a fascinating and imaginative reconstruction of the life of Mary Magdalene, follower of Jesus of Nazareth. 2pm. $20; students $10.

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6/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

June 24th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The 40th annual edition of the two-day fest kicks off with Chaka Khan, Jacob Collier, Jean-Luc Ponty, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Suffers, Dave Stryker Organ Quartet, Barbara Fasano, Jack Broadbent, Shabaka & the Ancestors, the Arub Ortiz Trio. 12noon. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Day Two of the three-day folk fest features Anne Hills, Fiesta del Norte, Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, Archie Fisher, Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet, Alash, Pat Donohue, the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, the Press Gang, more. 9am. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Hutton Brickyards, Kingston. The Never Ending Tour settles in for the second of a two-night Hudson Valley stand. 8pm. $75 & $125.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MOCA, North Adams. Yes, it’s back. Day Two of Wilco’s three-day features the band performing along with Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Kurt Vile & the Violators, the Robert Glasper Experiment, Television, Kevin Morby, Bread & Puppet Theater, Peter Wolf, Deep Sea Diver, Big Thief, The Shaggs, Joan Shelley, Kacy & Clayton, the Jeff Parker Trio, the Alloy Orchestra, John Hodgman, Nick Offerman, Jim Elkington, DJ Funkhauser, Michelle Buteau, Eugene Mirman, the Show Show with Jean Grae and DJ Quelle Chris, the Story Pirates, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Max Hatt & Edda Glass, Hari Kondabolu, more. 12noon. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/FILM/MUSIC: QWERTY: The Second Annual Festival of Type & the Letter Arts @ the Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. Live music by the Boston Typerwriter Orchestra and a screening of the documentary, “California Typewriter.” Gates & snack bar open at 3:30pm. $15; $8 for kids 15 & younger. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

MUSIC: John Paul White @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One half of the Grammy Award-winning duo the Civil Wars brings his country-flavored neo-folk music to town. With pop-noir singer-songwriter Lera Lynn, of TV’s “True Detective” fame. 9pm.

MUSIC: International Blues Challenge @ The Linda, Albany. The Capital Region Blues Network presents the Amy Ryan Band, Misty Blues, Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Wyld Blu, competing for the privelige of representing Greater Nippertown at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. 7pm. $12.

ART RECEPTION/PERFORMANCE: “The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness” @ The School, Kinderhook. Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The opening reception will feature drinks, music and a performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB. 2-6pm.

MUSIC: Chris Botti @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The contemporary jazz trumpeter returns to the Koussevitzky Music Shed for a concert with the Boston Pops and guest conductor Lawrence Loh. 8pm. $23-$124.

MUSIC: Maswick & Brown @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Renowned Saratoga guitarist Joel Brown has been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Tanglewood, with the Boston Pops, and on stages around the globe. Dave Maswick was in the early MTV hit band Blotto, and has long played bass for The Stony Creek Band, a progressive country-bluegrass outfit. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: NEQ @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Following the debut of their new five-piece line-up last week, Todd Nelson & Co. return to their trio format tonight. 9pm.

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It’s the Weekend!

June 23rd, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Shelby on the kitchen floor

It’s time to kiss that work week goodbye, and say hello to the first official weekend of the summer!

But before we head out for some 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

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:

Rudy Lu
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Tim Reidy
Steven Stock
Stan Johnson
Wanda Callagy
Glenn Kaplowitz
Ed Conway
Andrew Gregory
Albert Brooks
Dan Hogan
Macey Levin
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.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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LIVE: Sawyer Fredericks @ Freedom Park, 6/21/17

June 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The 2017 season of free concerts in Scotia’s Freedom Park kicked off with a bang earlier this week.

Fultonville’s bowler-hatted singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks – the 2015 winner of NBC-TV’s singing competition “The Voice” – took the stage on Wednesday night, playing to one of the biggest crowds that has filled Freedom Park since it opened in 1976.

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LIVE: Elysia Crampton @ EMPAC at RPI, 5/26/17

June 23rd, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
Elysia Crampton

Elysia Crampton

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

A rapidly rising star in the Latinx scene, severo electronic experimentalist Elysia Crampton launched the inaugural summer season at EMPAC at RPI last month in support of her acclaimed album Demon City.

Russell E.L. Butler kicked off the ear-expanding evening.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: Round-Up of This Weekend’s Music Festivals

June 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

The summer festival fever is bustin’ out all over. Big-time. Here’s a round-up of the festival scene for this weekend:


Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Featuring “Forward into Light: The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song and Story,” the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, Tom Lewis, the Short Sisters, the Waxwing Four, the Jeremiahs, Keith Murphy, Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, Joe Jencks & Si Kahn, John Roberts

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Cartoonist John CaldwellJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsArtist Charles HaymesBerkshire On StageRamblin Jug Stompers