LIVE: Giacomo Gates @ Senate Garage, 3/23/17

April 24th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Giacomo Gates

Giacomo Gates

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

A performance by Giacomo Gates is always a laid back evening of true hipness. His recent performance at Kingston’s Senate Garage was no different.

Even though his usual musicians weren’t backing him up, the veteran trio that supported him had all played with him before although for some, it had been more than 20 years!

The trio – led by bassist Don Miller with Larry Ham on piano and Thomas Xiques on drums – easily blended into Giacomo’s wry, hip, swinging vocals, the lyrics liberally sprinkled with his famous scat singing.

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HEARD: Playlist, 4/17-23/17

April 24th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Just so you know where our ears have been at, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been spinning at Nippertown HQ (and in the Nippermobile) this past week – CDs, vinyl, streaming and maybe even a cassette or two:

Fats Waller: Fats Waller & His Rhythm: If You Got to Ask, You Ain’t Got It (Bluebird/Legacy, 2006)
Bruce Langhorne: “The Hired Hand:” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Scissor Tail, 2015)
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Small Town (ECM, 2017)
Gruppo Sportivo: 10 Mistakes + 5 More (Sony, 2012)
Robert Palmer: Riptide (Island, 1985)
Gene Harris & the Three Sounds: Elegant Soul (Blue Note, 1969)
Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm: A Black Man’s Soul (Pompeii, 1969)
Baby Huey: The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend (Curtom, 1971)
In This Moment: Black Widow (Atlantic, 2014)
Turtle Island String Quartet: On the Town (Windham Hill Jazz, 1991)
Overcoats: Young (Arts & Crafts, 2017)
Charly Bliss: Guppy (Barsuk, 2017)

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Filmmaker Mariam Ghani to Screen Rare Afghan Films at EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

April 24th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

A 7pm tonight (Monday, April 24), artist Mariam Ghani will present a selection of rare films produced between 1978-1991 from the Afghan Film Archive at EMPAC at RPI in Troy.

What We Left Unfinished is Ghani’s long-term research and film project.

Working in the dual role of artist and historian, Ghani describes the project as “centered around five unfinished Afghan feature films shot, but never edited, between 1978 and 1992: years that encompass the Afghan Communist coup d’état, attempted reforms that met bitter rural resistance, a series of internal purges and assassinations, the Soviet invasion and withdrawal, a five-year attempt at national reconciliation, the handover of power to a mujahidin coalition, and finally dissolution into civil war.

“From the unfinished films commissioned, produced and canceled by various iterations of the Afghan state, in various moments of the Afghan Communist project, we can reconstruct not the truths, precisely, of how the state existed and acted in those moments, but rather its most important fictions: its desires and fears, ambitions and ghosts. In the imaginary presented by most finished films of the period, we see the ideal People’s Democratic Republic that could have been, but wasn’t; in the unfinished films, the reality–a utopian project secured by violent force–lingers like a shadow, just barely concealed behind allegories and codes. The world around the films, where filmmaking itself was a dangerous enterprise, seeps into the world onscreen.”

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The Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert

April 24th, 2017, 12:13 pm by Greg

Wow, the new concert announcements are coming fast and furious today…

Albany’s Palace Theatre will play host to Alabama Shakes at 8pm on Tuesday, August 1. The band is touring in support of their latest album, Sound & Color.

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Tanglewood Announces New Concert

April 24th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Sting Tour, Part II…

Earlier this morning, Live Nation announced that former Police frontman Sting is headed to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer.

Now it appears that Sting’s tour in support of his latest album 57th & 9th, will also be making a stop at Tanglewood in Lenox at 8pm on Tuesday, August 29. It’s the only tour of the summer – so far – that will be playing at both of Greater Nippertown’s largest outdoor venues.

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The Egg Announces New Concert

April 24th, 2017, 10:13 am by Greg
Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Blues-rockin’ guitarslinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band are slated for a return to The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Thursday, August 10.

Priced at $39.75, $49.75 & $59.75, tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, April 28.

The Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert
Tanglewood Announces New Concert
SPAC Announces New Concert

SPAC Announces New Concert

April 24th, 2017, 7:29 am by Greg

Former frontman for The Police, Sting is headed for a return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer, bringing his 57th & 9th World Tour to the Spa City at 8pm on Wednesday, August 30.

The concert will be a father-and-son affair with Joe Sumner also on the bill. Opening the show will be the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band the Last Bandoleros.

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4/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

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

MUSIC: Boy Harsher @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Minimal synth coldwavers from Northampton. 10pm.

TALK: Neil DeGrasse Tyson @ Proctors, Schenectady. He’s back with a new show: “The Cosmic Perspective.” 7:30pm. $20-$250.

MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. Following her knock-out show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the powerhouse singer-songwriter is back in Greater Nippertown. 7:30pm. $66.50, $76.50 & $86.50.

MUSIC: Mipso @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Chapel Hill indie string band in support of their new album Coming Down the Mountain. With Avi Jacob. 7pm. $18.

FILM: Mariam Ghani @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy.
Mariam Ghani introduces several films from the Afghan Film Archive — the state film institute based in Kabul, Afghanistan — as part of her ongoing research project What We Left Unfinished. The New York-based artist will also screen her own in-progress film, which explores five unfinished feature films that were made between 1978-1991, during the years of Afghan Communism. 7pm. $6.

OPEN MIC: Monday Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sing-up; 7:30pm music. $3; FREE students.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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