It’s the Weekend!

October 24th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that weekend fun. But before we head out for the weekend, we’d like to send a great big 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:

Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Larry Murray
Timothy Reidy
J Hunter
Bender Mellon
Rudy Lu

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, 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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The Egg, Albany
MASS MoCA, North Adams
The Linda, Albany
A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
FreshGrass, North Adams
Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: The Eddie Henderson Quintet @ the Falcon, 10/17/14

October 24th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Eddie Henderson

Eddie Henderson

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Last week at the Falcon in Marlboro, veteran trumpeter Eddie Henderson lead his all-star quintet through a powerhouse set of jazz featuring both standards and compositions by his band members and his wife Netsuko. A mix of both ballads and post-bop generously featured the virtuosity of each of the members of the band.

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

October 24th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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, yes, there was a whole lot of 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 in the past week:

1. Upstate Concert Hall Announces Two Big New Concerts (by Staff)

2. Albany’s Madison Theatre Opens New Live Music Venue (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. Festival Fever: Festival of the Dead @ Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday (by Staff)

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

6. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

7. A Few More Minutes With… Roger Noyes of the Arch Stanton Quartet (by J Hunter)

8. LIVE: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/11/14 (by Bokonon)

9. LIVE: TriBeCaStan @ The Linda, 10/11/14 (by J Hunter)

10. LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/19-21/14 (by Kirsten Ferguson, Bender Mellon)

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

October 24th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Local 518 pop singer Whitney Wolanin & Her Shenanigans are throwin’ a holiday party at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Wolanin – whose rendition of “Run, Run Rudolph” was seasonal hit last year – headlines B95.5′s Rockin’ Christmas 2014 at the Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday, December 6. Proceeds from the evening of upbeat holiday fun and music will benefit Siena College’s Rockin’ Christmas Fund.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $17, $27, $37 & $47.

10/24/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

October 24th, 2014, 7:57 am by Greg

MUSIC: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The virtuoso banjo duo of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn embraces a diversity that stretches from the traditional to the groundbreaking with just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and adventurous musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. 8pm. $25, $34 & $42.

MUSIC: Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Les Claypool & Co. pay tribute to the music of the original “Willy Wonka” film and then go wonking through a batch of the greatest hits, too. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 & $54.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Lip Talk @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, it’s the band’s first Albany show since changing their name from Railbird, but Sarah Pedinotti’s voice and imagination are as charming and captivating as ever. With Better Pills and Alexander Turnquist. 9pm.

MUSIC: Johnny Mathis @ Proctors, Schenectady. “Chances Are.” “Misty.” “It’s Not for Me to Say.” And too many other hits to count, the sublime singer celebrates his 58th year in the music business with an orchestra conducted by Scott Lavender. With comedian Brad Upton. 8pm.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. The Hudson Valley-based Americana rockers do their thing in support of their recently released self titled debut album. 9pm. FREE. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The five-time Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer offers an intimate acoustic performance. With special guest Tift Merritt. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50.

MUSIC: John Menegon Quartet @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents the Hudson Valley bassist and his band – Tineke Postma (sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums) – in support of Menegon’s new album I Remember You. 7:30pm. $15.

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LIVE: The Alexis Cole Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, 10/10/14

October 23rd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Alexis Cole

Alexis Cole

Photographs by Rudy Lu

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager. She won the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and received an award in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition. And she handily won over another batch of new fans earlier this month when she made her debut at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall as the third installment of A Place for Jazz’s fall concert series.

She had plenty of support from her ace band featuring smooth-as-silk saxman Eric Alexander and 78-year-old veteran pianist Harold Mabern, as they wove their way through a well-chosen selection of Great American Songbook standards (from “All the Things You Are” to “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”), blues (“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”) and originals (highlighted by Mabern’s “Such Is Life”), as well as a show-closing romp through Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” featuring a call-and-response between Cole and bassist David Finck).

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Festival Fever: Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam on Saturday

October 23rd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

The inaugural Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam takes place at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink in Lake Placid on Saturday (October 25) with a solid line-up of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists on two stages throughout the day, including headliners Sam Bush and the Del McCoury Band.

Tickets are $55 & $80 in advance; $65 & $90 at the door. Doors open at 12noon, and the music starts at 12:30pm.

Here’s the complete schedule for the fest:

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ArtBeat: What To See

October 23rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Sara


Works by Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary @ Sienna Patti

Works by Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary @ Sienna Patti

Where Blue Hides After Dark @ Sienna Patti, Lenox. Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary presents work from her latest series, Karma Chroma. (Through November 16)

Alexandra Dauz: The Smiths @ Limner Gallery

Alexandra Dauz: The Smiths @ Limner Gallery

A Show of Heads @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. The Limner’s annual group portraiture show, in a wide variety of media. Opening reception: Saturday, October 25, 5-7pm. (Through November 22)

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