CANCELLED: Grand Re-Opening Concert at the TU Center

January 22nd, 2018, 7:47 am by Greg

James Taylor won’t be there. Neither will John Legend. No Jim Belushi. And no Moriah Formica, either…

Intended as a celebration of the nearly $20 million in renovations, the grand re-opening concert at Albany’s Times Union Center, originally slated to take place on Friday evening (January 26), has been cancelled.

As posted on the Times Union Center’s website:

Due to unforeseen circumstances involving the promoter of the show, it is impossible for the performance scheduled to occur on January 26, 2018 at the Times Union Center to proceed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase immediately.

The arena’s management hopes to host a belated gala re-opening celebration at a later date…

Meanwhile, headliner James Taylor addressed the cancellation on Facebook:

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1/22/18: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

January 22nd, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Blanka @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Dark-electro from Montreal. With Fire Letters and Pocket Vinyl. 10pm.

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

FILM: “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Whoooooa! 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…

1/21/18: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

January 21st, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ the Helsinki Ballroom, Hudson. Upstairs from Club Helsinki on the new Ballroom Stage, multimedia artist Ryder Cooley and her band perform their unique goth-folk music and premiere two new music videos as well as their upcoming remix EP, The Dark Ride Mixes. 6pm. FREE; a $10 donation will include a pre-release CD of the remixes.

MUSIC: Ben Caplan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Nova Scotia singer-songwriter is a charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos, a madman and an earnest poet, a strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. With Zan Strumfeld. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the Egremont Barn, South Egremont. 7pm. $20.

THEATER: “Jesus Christ Superstar” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Trish Scott-Dembling directs and choreographs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock musical. 2pm. $18, $22, $24 & $28. Through Sunday, January 28.

MUSIC: MJ Live @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Michael Jackson tribute show. 7:30pm. $25, $35, $45 & $55.

MUSIC: The Ryan Leddick Trio @ Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield. 10am. FREE.

TALK: “Under the Dress” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Curator Diane Shewchuk offers a lively show and tell of Victorian undergarments. 2pm. FREE with museum admission.

MUSIC: Songwriters in the Round @ Troy Public Library, Troy. Featuring Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle and deVer. 2:30pm. FREE.

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

January 20th, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg
Dave Matthews (Photo by Bob Cohen ©2012)

Yes, it's another double dose of Dave at SPAC this summer...

Photograph by Bob Cohen

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the news as fast as we write it.

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 week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. Brewery Ommegang Announces Its First 2018 Concert (by Staff)

2. Five New Concerts Announced for the Cohoes Music Hall (by Staff)

3. The Egg Adds Two More New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. SPAC Announces New Concerts (by Staff, Martin Benjamin)

5. Brewery Ommegang Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

6. Another New Concert Announced for SPAC (by Staff)

7. NEW CONCERTS: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

8. MASS MoCA Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

10. JANUARY 18: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Rudy Lu)

11. SPAC Announces Five New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

12. LIVE: War @ The Egg, 1/13/18 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

1/20/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

January 20th, 2018, 8:12 am by Greg

MUSIC/FILM: Quindar @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Take a trip to outer space as Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and his art/music collaborator, James Merle Thomas synch electronic music with historical recordings and film sourced mainly from NASA’s earliest manned missions. 8pm. $20 & $30; students $5.

MUSIC: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Following a sold-out show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in 2014 (as well as a stop at SPAC last summer), the YouTube sensations return to put their vintage spin on current Top 40 hits. 8pm. $49, $44, $39, $29, $149 Gold VIP Package, $99 Silver VIP Package. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Rachael & Vilray @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The duo of Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive) and Vilray bring their vintage, mid-20th century jazzy pop sounds. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: The Original Ladies of Positively 4th @ O’Brien’s Public House, Troy. Kim Buckley, Jennifer Tefft, Christine Baze and Niki Lee were all regulars at Artie Fredette’s Positively 4th Street in Troy. Now they’re back together for a night of song and a bit of nostalgia. 6pm. $10.

SPOKEN WORD: Henry Rollins’ Travel Slide Show @ The Egg, Albany. Join the actor, poet and former Black Flag singer as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Jeremy James & the Villaineers @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Stretch and Bear Grass. 8pm.

CIRCUS/CABARET: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An adult-oriented variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Carolyn Wonderland @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Texas blueswoman. With Shelley King. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library, Clifton Park. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Side B @ the Low Beat, Albany. 3pm.

THEATER: “Jesus Christ Superstar” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Trish Scott-Dembling directs and choreographs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock musical. 8pm. $18, $22, $24 & $28. Through Sunday, January 28.

MUSIC: Ed Cherry @ Senate Garage, Kingston. The former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist is joined by saxman Jay Collins, bassist John Menegon and drummer Steve Williams. 7:30pm. $20.

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It’s the Weekend!

January 19th, 2018, 4:00 pm by Greg


Congratulations! You made it through the week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the weekend.

But before you head out for your 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 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
Martin Benjamin
Glenn Kaplowitz
Tim Mack
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.

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Egg, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line Head to The Linda [Berkshire on Stage]

January 19th, 2018, 2:00 pm by Greg

Tonight (Friday, January 19), 8pm
The Linda, Albany

Nora Jane Struthers has written “some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists,” says Ann Powers of NPR Music. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Struthers’ new album Champion, released in October, is built on these kinds of songs.

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Remembering Dolores O’Riordan

January 19th, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, 1971-2018

The Cranberries @ UAlbany Recreation and Convocation Center, Albany, November 3, 1994

Dolores O’Riordan’s obituary in The New York Times

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