It’s the Weekend!

July 21st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

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

But before we head out for some big 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
Stan Johnson
Don Wilcock
Gary David Gold
Ed Conway
Tom Lindsay
Tim Reidy
Glenn Kaplowitz
Alan Goldberg
Roseann Cane
Barbara 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.

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

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs

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LIVE: I Draw Slow @ Riverlink Park, 7/8/17

July 21st, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Kicking off a fabulous weekend of Celtic music (which also included Sharon Shannon’s concert at Schenectady’s Music Haven the following evening), the Dublin quintet I Draw Slow made a tour stop at the Riverlink Park bandshell in Amsterdam earlier this month.

The roots band – featuring Dave Holden (guitars, vocals), Louise Holden (vocals), Konrad Liddy (bass), Colin Derham (banjo) and Adrian Hart (fiddle) – showcased selections from their new album, Turn Your Face to the Sun on Compass Records.

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THEATER REVIEW: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in The Dell at The Mount [Berkshire on Stage]

July 21st, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Review by Roseann Cane

During a talk-show interview some years back, Mel Brooks relayed an anecdote about a fight he had with his late wife, Anne Bancroft. The shouting escalated, and Brooks became so frustrated that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders. “How dare you put your hands on my instrument!” Bancroft exclaimed. Brooks paused, and then said, “Can ya play Melancholy Baby?”

Most actors are taught early on to regard their bodies as instruments, that an integral part of their skill set, in addition to the characterizations they create and the dialogue they speak, is the physiological component: breathing, voice, movement. One thing I always look forward to when I attend a Shakespeare & Company play is the troupe’s beautifully honed physicality, the seemingly bottomless well from which their actors of all ages draw their energy and stamina.

And so it was with the company’s outdoor production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, which just opened at The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox. Outdoor theater provides significant challenges to those who perform it. They are at the mercy of Mother Nature and modern technology alike, challenged by changes in weather, low-flying aircraft, unpredictable insects and an audience less inclined to stay seated and quietly attentive than they would in a more formal indoor theater.

I’m delighted to report that the cast and crew of A Midsummer’s Night Dream not only rose to the challenges, but, for the most part, embraced them.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: MaryLeigh Roohan & Friends @ Caffe Lena, 6/25/17

July 21st, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Photographs and video by Tim Reidy

Recently, sublime singer-songwriter and Saratoga Springs native MaryLeigh Roohan played an all-too rare homecoming concert at Caffe Lena, where she first began to hone her musical talents at open mic nights not too many years ago.

She played a full-band recreation of her latest EP Living Alone. Her friend Jen Trani joined her from LA to play some songs that they’d co-written. Every guest in attendance received an exclusive preview of her next record, which isn’t due until 2018. And, heck, she even gave away her guitar. Now that’s what we call a very special homecoming…

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

July 21st, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
George Porter, Jr. and Art Neville

The Funky Meters’ George Porter, Jr. and Art Neville

Photograph by Ed Conway

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.

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. New Concert Announcements from The Egg (by Staff)

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

3. Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. FREE: Monday Night Concert Series @ Albany Elks Lodge Lawn (by Staff, Alan Goldberg)

5. FREE: Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library (by Staff)

6. LIVE: The Funky Meters @ Alive at Five, 7/13/17 (by Ed Conway, Stan Johnson)

7. JULY 20: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Jessica Ayotte)

8. The Howlin’ on the Hudson Concert Cruise Series Launches on Tuesday (by Staff)

9. FREE FEST: Hats Off Music Festival in Saratoga This Weekend (by Staff, Tim Reidy)

10. LIVE: Jon Batiste & Stay Human @ Zankel Music Center, 7/6/17 (by Rudy Lu)

World Premiere of “Happy If…Happy When” in Salem [Berkshire on Stage]

July 21st, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara
Kimerer LaMothe, Geoffrey Gee, and their five children: Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai, and Leif.

Kimerer LaMothe, Geoffrey Gee and their five children: Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai and Leif

This weekend Fort Salem Theater in Salem hosts the world premiere of the musical, Happy If…Happy When, written by Kimerer LaMothe, whose website defines her as a “dancer, philosopher and scholar of religion.” Add to that author of the book, music and lyrics of an original musical about a suburban family that learns to adjust to living life on a farm. Orchestrations and additional music will be provided by Geoffrey Gee.

LaMothe is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Nietzsche’s Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values (Palgrave), Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham), and her latest, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia). She earned a PhD from Harvard University; taught at Brown and Harvard Universities; and has received fellowships for her work in dance and religion from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of World Religions, both of Harvard University.

In 2005, she and her musician-husband Geoffrey Gee, moved from a comfortable home in the suburbs of Boston to a farm in the Washington County town of Hebron. Within several years, the family of five became a family of seven. For Happy If, Kimerer has condensed time and fictionalized the story of her family’s journey from Boston and period of adjustment to farm life. Along the way in 2011, among her other writings, the Psychology Today blogger penned a volume entitled Family Planting.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FEST: Wild Adriatic to Host The Summit in Glens Falls

July 21st, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Wild Adriatic will be hosting their own hometown music fest – The Summit.

The inaugural Summit will take place from 5pm-1am on Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. Wild Adriatic will perform on both days, and other bands will include Aqueous, Madaila, Girl Blue, Let’s Be Leonard, Angels on the Fourth, the LateShift, Ramblers Home, Last Daze, Paradox Saints and Chestnut Grove. The fest will feature two stages to facilitate non-stop music throughout the weekend.

According to Wild Adriatic drummer Mateo Vosganian, “The Summit is an opportunity for us to gather friends from all over the northeast under one roof with the intention of collaborating and creating a special, memorable weekend that we can build on as a yearly function. We’ve already been poking around about next year and adding an outdoor mainstage, so this is something we’re looking to keep cheap, fun, and accessible for our local community for ideally a long time to come.”

Tickets for the fest are on sale now, priced at $15 per day; $25 for both days.

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7/21/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

July 21st, 2017, 7:30 am by Greg

And they’re off…

MUSIC: Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Yes, Elvis is back on his Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers Tour. 7pm. $55. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC: Western Centuries @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), the Seattle-based country-rock band brings their Americana sounds to town. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Roy Hurd Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Adirondack Life calls him “the best known singer-songwriter in the Adirondacks. His appeal lies as much in his storytelling as it does his smooth vocal delivery and clear guitar work.” 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Front Business @ Albany Public Library’s Main Branch Parking Lot, Albany. It’s the kick-off of the Garage Bands in the Garage concert series. With Rob Boss. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Kicking off the season at the track, a bunch of bands – Sirsy, Alan Darcy, the Erin Harkes Band, Hot Club of Saratoga and the Racing City Chorus – play at various locations around downtown Saratoga. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival line-up…

MUSIC: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones @ The Linda, Albany. Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, and named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Gene Bertoncini Trio @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The jazz guitar great is joined by bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Michael Benedict. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Aaron Lewis @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. 8pm. $35. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Rhymin’ Richie Phillips @ the Eden Cafe, Loudonville. The well-known radio personality, parodist, singer and songwriter plays the music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, Carole King and more. 8pm. FREE; $7.50 & $15.

MUSIC: Robert Capowski @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Solo acoustic. 6pm.

THEATER: “Ragtime” @ Washington Park Lakehouse Stage, Albany. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, “Ragtime” is a soaring, epic, culturally-important musical chronicling the lives of three families from three different worlds at the start of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American Dream. 8pm. FREE, $16, $18 & $24. Through Saturday, July 29.

MUSIC: Kal David-Lauri Bono & The Real Deal @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Former member of Illinois Speed Press and the Fabulous Rhinestones… 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Gang of Thieves @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With Tumbling Dice. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: BUILT4BBQ @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. “Take me down to paradise city…” A tribute to the 30th anniversay of Guns ‘N Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. With Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Backup Planet @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. Pay what you want…

THEATER: “The Holler Sessions” @ Ancram Opera House, Ancram. Written and performed by Frank Boyd, the play is staged as a live radio show, centering around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. 8pm. $25. Through Sunday, July 23. GO HERE to read review…

COMEDY: Jordan Rock @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. Yes, Chris Rock’s younger brother… 7:30 & 10pm. $15. Also on Saturday.

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