5/29/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday (Memorial Day)

May 29th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: One Red Martian @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Call Security and Life the Serial. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Rusted Root @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Having collaborated for two decades, the Pittsburgh-based band has honed its combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape their music into its own distinct vision. 7pm. $40.

MUSIC: Fleurine @ the Falcon Underground, Marlboro. The Dutch jazz vocalist with a love for Brazilian music is joined by guitarist Ian Faquini, bassist Eduardo Belo, accordionist Vitor Goncalves and special guests. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Paradox Saints @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Neo-psych garage rock. With Ugly Muppets. 10pm.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Obsession” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Jude Law stars in the National Theatre’s stage production of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Directed by Ivo van Hove. 2 & 7pm. $15.

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

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5/28/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

May 28th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Tony Trischka & Michael Daves @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. It’s the Cock ‘n Bull’s 41st birthday bash! A dinner of classic summer dishes starting at 4pm, followed by a 7pm concert by the bluegrass greats. All for $40.

MUSIC: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Ommegang continues its season-opening weekend with the fab Americana band playing Dylan’s classic Blonde on Blonde album in its entirety. With Driftwood opening the show. 7pm. $40 in advance; Free for children age 5 & under.

MUSIC: Cake @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Today’s the big grand opening of MASS MoCA’s Building 6 exhibit spaces, capped off with a concert by the veteran Cali alt-rockers kicking off the summer performance series. 8pm. $45 & $55.

MUSIC: The 1975 @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. Nominated for British Group And British Album of the Year at the 2017 Brit Awards, the Manchester art-popsters roll into town in support of their sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. With Colouring. 8pm. $32, $37 & $42.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The 9th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. This benefit concert for Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and the John Herald Fund for Musicians in Need stars some of the best Hudson Valley musicians interpreting the rich Dylan songbook, including Larry Campbell, Cindy Cashdollar, Jay Collins, Marshall Crenshaw, Zach Djanikian, Amy Helm, Jonah Smith, Brian Hollander, Robin LeMartel, Charles Lyonhart, Kate Pierson, Rich Pagano, Eric Redd and Nick Spinetti. The houseband for the show features Connor Kennedy, Will Bryant, Lee Falco and Brandon Morrison. 8pm. $25, $45 & $65.

MUSIC: Sawyer Fredericks @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Fultonville winner of NBC-TV’s “The Voice” plays the final night of an unprecedented three-night stand at the Caffe. With Will Moyer. 7pm. $37. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

VARIETY/FUNDRAISER: Performathon @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Open mic for the benefit of the theater with headline performances by magician Sean Doolan (4pm), Foggy Otis (4:45pm) and basketball star Terri Mateer (7:30pm). 9am-10pm. $2; $1 ages 12-21; FREE kids under age 12. GO HERE for more info…

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5/27/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 27th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany.The second of a two-night homecoming concert stand, led by guitarist (and recent Skidmore graduate) Pete Donnelly. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. New York State’s premier jug band is a hot-wired hybrid of backporch bluegrass, gutbucket blues, moonshine twang, rollickin’ ragtime and junkyard jazz. 9pm.

VARIETY/FUNDRAISER: Performathon @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Open mic for the benefit of the theater with headline performances by Lynn Kearney (1:30pm); Alison Davy, Garfield Moore & Michael DeBenedictus (1:45pm); Ramblin Jug Stompers (4pm) and Lex Grey (7:30pm). 9am-10pm. $2; $1 ages 12-21; FREE kids under age 12. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Whitney @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band and the slack groove of early Pavement. With the National Reserve. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Hagar’s Harbor, Athens. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ The Linda, Albany. Jamaican-born vocalist NeeNee Rushie leads the ska/reggae band as they record a live album. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Sawyer Fredericks @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Fultonville winner of NBC-TV’s “The Voice” plays the second of an unprecedented three-night stand at the Caffe. With Hamilton Craig. 8pm. $37. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out… Through Sunday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Springfest @ The Falcon, Marlboro. An all-day celebration featuring local beverages, knoshes, art, dining, dancing and live music on three stages by Black Masala, Gato Loco, Lipbone Redding, Gustafer Yellowgold, Slide Attack, Dante DeFelice, Fred Zepplin, the David Doyle Band and more. 12noon. Donations encouraged.

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It’s the Weekend!

May 26th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Kiss that work week goodbye and say hello to the Memorial Day weekend!

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 Nippertown.com.

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
Paul Jossman
Glenn Kaplowitz
Steven Stock
Tim Raab
Tim Reidy
Martin Benjamin
Michael Seinberg
Macey Levin
Babara Waldinger
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: The Kingston Trio @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 5/12/17

May 26th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Glenn Kaplowitz

The current incarnation of the Kingston TrioBill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty – rolled into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall recently and proved without a doubt that they’re quite capable of carrying on the folk tradition of Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard.

Not only did they perform the Kingston Trio’s big hits, but they also brought some Local 518 flavor to the show with a rousing rendition of Kevin McKrell’s “All of the Hard Days Are Gone.”

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Performathon @ Bridge Street Theatre This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

May 26th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Do you (or anyone you know) have a talent you want to share with the world? This Memorial Day weekend, Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre will give you a chance to strut your stuff, whatever it may be, when they present the Performathon fundraiser in their beautiful new Mainstage auditorium.

Want to haul out that old accordion or maybe see your child perform her magic act on the stage of a professional theater? Or perhaps you’ll hear your neighbor play ukulele, sponsor your plumber to come and tap dance, or enjoy your friend from work reciting his Shakespeare sonnet or performing that song from Les Mis. Now’s your chance! The organization’s first-ever Performathon is the culminating event of the theater’s push to raise $35,000 for its Capital Campaign. All proceeds go toward the Campaign, and all donations are tax deductible.

As part of the event, Bridge Street Theatre will also be attempting to break the Guiness World Record for most signatures on a piece of theater memorabilia. They’ll begin collecting signatures on a big golden cupola (which was removed from the theater’s roof during its recent renovation) in early May, and the attempt to reach a goal of 700 signatures will culminate at the Memorial Day weekend event.

On both days of the event, $1 snacks will be available including hot dogs, cupcakes and more. There will also be raffles and a 50/50, all of it in a family-friendly, county fair atmosphere. Bridge Street Theatre invites everybody to perform or just to come and enjoy all the incredible talent in our local community.

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

May 26th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

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 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past seven days, in case you’re still playing catch-up:

1. Alive at Five’s Opening Concert Has Been Announced (by Staff)

2. FREE: The Egg Announces Made in the Shade Concert Schedule (by Staff)

3. FREE: Alive at Five Announces Another Concert (by Staff)

4. FREE: Summer Sessions @ Brown’s Brewing Co. (by Staff)

5. FREE FEST: Bands Announced for Albany’s DadFest (by Staff)

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

7. FREE: Bands Announced for Freedom Park Concert Series in Scotia (by Staff)

8. FREE: Music Haven Announces Summer Concert Schedule (by Staff)

9. FREE FEST: Bands Announced for Art On Lark (by Staff)

10. Happy Birthday, Bob: A Week-Long Celebration (by Staff, Martin Benjamin)

Third Concert Announced for Alive at Five Concert Series

May 26th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

In support of their debut full-length album, Act One, Marian Hill is slated to headline the third concert announced for the 2017 summer season of Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series.

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