12/10/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 10th, 2016, 7:50 am by Greg

Happy birthday, Dennis Herbert!

MUSIC: Dinosaur Jr. @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. If Neil Young is, as Kurt Cobain said, “the Godfather of Grunge,” Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is his consiglieri — a mastermind whose screaming, crunching guitar ushered in an era and helped define alt-rock in the 1990s. And Dino Jr. has still got it, re-emerging in the last few years to assume their proper mantel as elder statesmen of viscerally bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll. With Luluc and the last minute addition of Sunburned Hand of the Man. 8pm. $36 & $46. PS: Today is also J Mascis’ birthday…

MUSIC: Del & Dawg @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A half century ago, two future bluegrass legends – Del McCoury and David Grisman – played their first gig together at RPI in Troy. Celebrating that 50th anniversary, they’re back (joined by special guests Jerry McCoury and Chris Warner for the second half of the evening) to whip up that classic high lonesome sound, and maybe some jazzy Dawg music, too. 8pm. $36, $46 & $59.

MUSIC: The New McKrells @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Yes, Kevin McKrell has gathered together a new group of fine musicians, including John Kribs, Orion Kribs, Arlin Greene, Doug Moody and the one and only Brian Melick. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Joan Osborne @ The Egg, Albany. From “(What If God Was) One of Us” to “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” from The Dead to Trigger Hippy and beyond, the multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee always brings the soul fire, especially in an intimate acoustic performance like this with Jack Petruzzelli and Andrew Carillo. 8pm. $36.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Fruit of the Spirit Benefit Concert @ TJ’s Flightline Pub, Glenville. Greater Nippertown gospel greats the Heavenly Echoes headline with blues-rockers JV & the Cutters opening. Proceeds go to the Fruit of the Spirit Christmas toy drive. 7pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Saratoga, Sing Us Home @ Caffe Lena at Bailey’s Cafe, Saratoga Springs. As Caffe Lena prepares for its return to 47 Phila St., five local bands lend their support to raise funds for the prodigal coffeehouse – Blue Wilder Band at 7pm; Pat Decker at 7:30pm; Rich Clements Band at 8pm; Different than Normal at 8:30pm; North and South Dakotas at 9pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Planned Parenthood Benefit @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Lost Giant, Anthill Annilator, Odd Body, Goodnight Luna, American Runaways and Dan Haggerty. 7pm.

MUSIC: Swampcandy @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Primitive blues-influenced Americana duo. With Jeremiah Tall. 8pm. $10.

EVENT: Babes in Troyland @ Takk House, Troy. A holiday-themed gift market with more than 30 dealers for your one-stop shopping. Come, shop, eat, hang, shop and have fun. Entertainment includes music by Caroline MotherJudge (1pm), Jeff Nania (4:30pm) and a burlesque show by Persephone Pomme & Co. (6pm). 1-7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Low Lily @ Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Glenville. The string-and-vocal trio features Liz Simmons (guitar), Flynn Cohen (guitar, mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle). 9pm.

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It’s the Weekend!

December 9th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
What do dogs wonder about?

You lookin’ at me?

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some fun.

But before we head out for the weekend 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:

J Hunter
Rudy Lu
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Martin Benjamin
Glenn Kaplowitz
Don Wilcock
Jon Flanders
Richard A. Siciliano
Larry Murray

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:

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
The Egg, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro
The Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs
Troy Victorian Stroll, Troy

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 11/7/16

December 9th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
(photo: Jon Flanders)

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (photo: Jon Flanders)

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photographs by Jon Flanders

Four-time Juno Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee and Officer of the Order of Canada, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett and her band Maqueque played in front of a full house earlier this month at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

In support of their new album Oddara, the all-female Afro-Cuban jazz band played rumbas, charangas and Santeria-influenced rhythms, in addition to surprisingly covering a pair of classic American ballads – Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine and Leon Russell’s “Song for You.”

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

December 9th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry is coming to Proctors!

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, yes, there sure was a whole lot of A&E news to write about this week.

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

1. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces Two New Concerts (by Staff)

3. Times Union Center Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

7. Mahaiwe Announces New Concerts (by Staff)

8. BEST OF 2016: J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums (Part 1) (by J Hunter)

9. MASS MoCA Announces 2017 Concert Season (by Staff)

10. DECEMBER 8: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Martin Benjamin)

“A Christmas Carol” Comes to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

December 9th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara


Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the 11th annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Travis G. Daly, and presented for the sixth time at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The production runs from Saturday (December 10) through Thursday, December 22.

Kate Maguire, BTG’s Artistic Director/CEO, says, “It is our pleasure to present this timeless story of redemption. You can be sure that the spirits arriving on stage will lift you towards the New Year.”

Celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family, and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

The Heavenly Echoes Headline Christmas Benefit Concert

December 9th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Don Wilcock

Greater Nippertown’s premier gospel group the Heavenly Echoes will headline the annual Fruit of the Spirit Christmas benefit concert at TJ’s Flightline Pub in Glenville at 7pm on Saturday (December 10).

I have to admit I was a bit concerned when I first booked the Heavenly Echoes for this annual event two years ago. Would this be the ultimate clash of cultures?

I met the Heavenly Echoes when I hosted a gospel benefit for Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media in 2009. The group was together on a bill with the Duryee AME Zion Church Male Chorus, the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus and spiritual vocalist Anne Terrell. The Heavenly Echoes were the shining stars in a galaxy of Sunday morning musical inspirations that night.

Together since 1960, they’ve performed at Saratoga First Night every New Year’s Eve for the last decade, and their lead vocalist Earl Thorpe has a pedigree that goes back six decades to a time when he played an Easter show at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem with his doo-wop group the Fidelities on the same bill with Fats Domino, the Coasters, the Flamingos and the Dells.

But how would they go over on a Saturday night in suburban Glenville playing to a relatively younger crowd of white folks out for a night on the town? Our society of late has leaned over backwards to take Christ out of Christmas, and these guys make no bones about their divine inspiration. Could they reach a Saturday reveler with a second drink in his hand?

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BEST OF 2016: Time Magazine’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books

December 9th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg


Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too. (Sure, just email ’em to us…)

Here’s Time Magazine’s list of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books as compiled by Sarah Begley :

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New Concerts Announced for the Colonial Theatre

December 9th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg
Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb is slated to perform “The Glen Campbell Years” at the Colonial Theatre

Photograph by Richard A. Siciliano

The Berkshire Theatre Group has announced a half dozen new concerts for the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, ranging from the sublime singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb to the eclectic Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Here are the details of the new shows:

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