5/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 22nd, 2015, 5:18 pm by Greg

MUSIC: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The iconic ’60s folk singer-songwriter brings her band with her to celebrate the release of her new album, Power in the Blood, in addition to playing her vintage classics like “Universal Soldier,” “Until It’s Time for You to Go” and the hit, “Up Where We Belong.” With Samantha Crain. 7:30pm. $25, $40 & $60. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Seattle-based Americana singer-songwriter makes a return to Nippertown in support of her new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. With blues-soul-Americana artist Anderson East. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.

MUSIC: Brass & Blues @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The dixieland jazz-meets-delta blues trio celebrates the release of their new self-titled CD featuring Saratoga’s own Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar and tenor banjo; Ernie Belanger on tuba; and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music, moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional New Orleans jazz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Lone Bellow @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. On the heels of their sophomore record And Then Came the Morning (produced by Bryce Dessner of the National), FreshGrass alumni and rising stars of Americana bring sublime harmonies and foot-stomping anthems back to North Adams to kick off MASS MoCA’s summer season. With Arc Iris. 8pm. $24 & $40.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SummerSound @ Tanglewood, Lenox. In support of their new album, One Lost Day, the Indigo Girls headline the opening day of the festival, which also features Adam Ezra, Bella’s Bartok, West End Blend and the Whiskey Treaty Rebellion. 12noon. $30.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Smell the Love” @ the Low Beat, Albany. The fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society features performances by the Maraca Incident, Jillian “Keezamonkee” Matundan & Friends, the Sidd Finch Project and Message From Vega. With door prizes and a silent auction. Doors at 7pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Strangecreek Campout @ Camp Kee-wanee, Greenfield. Day Two of the four-day fest features Max Creek, Cornmeal, the Alchemystics, the William Thompson Funk Experiment, Rebel Alliance, Gang of Thieves and many more. Three stages. 11am. $160 all-fest.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Concerts and workshops with featured performers include Brooks Williams, Lorraine & Bennett Hammond, Tumbling Bones and Windborne Singers. Followed by an 8pm barn dance with Trish Miller & Quickstep. 10:25am. $35; $25 ages 19-22; FREE under age 19 with paying adult. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Phil Ochs Songs Night @ The Linda, Albany. Sonny Ochs and Wanda Fischer co-host the celebration of the music of the late singer-songwriter Phil Ochs with performances by Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Greg Greenway, Kim & Reggie Harris, Sharon Katz and Colleen Kittau. 8pm. $18.

THEATER: “Home Fires Burning” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two short haunting plays – “Everlasting Moon” and “Paradise Whiskey” – written and performed by Roxanne Fay about the fierce fight to reclaim and hold on to that most elemental human need – a place of one’s own. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday.

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It’s the Weekend!

May 22nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Let's get ice cream! Or maybe peanut butter sandwiches? Could we go swimming? Let's stop at the dog park!  Let's go to that store where the lady always gives me a cookie!  Look over there - kids on bicycles! Got any bacon?

Let’s get ice cream! Or maybe peanut butter sandwiches? Could we go swimming? Let’s stop at the dog park! Let’s go to that store where the lady always gives me a cookie! Look over there – kids on bicycles! Got any bacon?

Kudos to you for making it through another work week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some fun. But before we head out for the big Memorial Day weekend (and the unofficial kick off of summer), 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 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:

Don Wilcock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Reidy
Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Richard Brody
Jason Irwin
Larry Murray

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:

The Egg, Albany
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
McGeary’s Pub, Albany
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
City Beer Hall, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Step Up Presents, Albany
Planet Arts, Catskill
The Madison Theater, Albany
The Parish Public House, Albany
The Central House, Germantown
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
The Fuze Box, Albany
Justin’s, Albany
Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
MOVE Music Festival, Albany
Graney’s Stout, Albany
The Glens Falls Chronicle, Glens Falls
The Barrel Saloon, Albany
Vapor, Saratoga Springs
The Pearl Street Pub, Albany
Blue 82, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Halestorm @ the Palace Theatre, 5/5/15

May 22nd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

As you may recall, Halestorm was one of the bands that got the ax when Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory put a ban on all upcoming concerts after the melee at the Migos show back in March.

Fortunately, the promoters were able to re-locate the show to the Palace Theatre, and Lzzy Hale got a chance to strut her stuff with the boys after all.

but it was the Pretty Reckless – led by singer/actress Taylor Momsen – who made the most of the night. Yes, little “Jenny Humphrey” has gone from “Gossip Girl” to Gothy Girl, and while co-star Blake Lively got Ryan Reynolds, Momsen got one helluva band.

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LIVE: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, 4/26/15 (Day Three)

May 22nd, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

With more than 100 bands playing at a dozen different venues throughout downtown Albany over the course of the three-day MOVE Music Festival, it was impossible to see and hear ‘em all, but our intrepid Tim Reidy managed to catch more than most.

After catching 10 bands on Friday night and 14 more on Saturday, Reidy still had enough gas in his tank to see performances by Erin Harkes, Steve Candlen and Shinobi Ninja (subbing for the Sea the Sea) at the inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards at the Madison Theater on Sunday evening (GO HERE to see the list of winners), and then he wrapped up the fest with Jimkata at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen.

Now that’s what we call a busy, busy weekend…

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LIVE: Heather Maloney @ The Linda, 4/25/15

May 22nd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney took the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently, celebrating the release of her new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sounds Recordings.

Will Dailey opened the show with an impressive performance of his own.

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

May 22nd, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg


Photograph by Sara Ayers

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 was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including the demise of Bogie’s and big summer free concert schedules for Schenectady’s Music Haven, Albany’s Empire State Plaza and more…

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:

1. FREE: Summer Concerts at the Empire State Plaza (by Staff)

2. FREE: The Music Haven Concert Series @ Schenectady’s Central Park (by Staff)

3. Three New Concerts Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

4. FESTIVAL FEVER: Dad Fest @ Albany’s Jennings Landing (by Staff)

5. Albany’s Alive at Five Concert Series Announced (by Staff)

6. Rockin’ On the River Announces Schedule of Bands (by Staff)

7. FREE: Made in the Shade of The Egg Concert Series @ the Empire State Plaza (by Staff)

8. RIP: Bogie’s, 2008-2015 (by Staff, Sara Ayers)

9. “THE VOICE” UPDATE: Sawyer Fredericks Debuts Ray LaMontagne Song (by Staff)

10. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

Photography at MASS MoCA as Sculpture and Architecture [Berkshire on Stage]

May 22nd, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara

Liz Deschenes:Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view) Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. (photo: Gene Pittman)

Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view) Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (photo: Gene Pittman)

MASS MoCA’s Year of Photography Opens Saturday (May 23)

Opening receptions for three new exhibitions

North Adams, MA — On Saturday (May 23), MASS MoCA opens three exhibitions that destroy all our preconceptions about photography: “Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined,” “Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1″ and “Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography.” The eight artists take an exceptionally acrobatic approach to the medium, from Ross’ Harmoniums and large-scale high-resolution images to Deschenes’ panoptic photograms, to photographs that encroach on sculpture and architecture. An opening reception is held on Saturday from 5-6:30pm, in the galleries.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA

May 22nd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

- a gallery performance from the 2014 Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival

The adventurous new music ensemble Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams once again this summer for its annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. The 2015 fest will take place from Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, August 1, culminating with the anything-but-traditional, six-hour Bang on a Can Marathon concert.

Set amidst the artwork in the museum galleries, recitals featuring Bang on a Can faculty, fellows and special guests will be held almost every day during the Bang On a Can festival with the fellows performing at 1:30pm and the faculty at 4:30pm. Space is limited. First come, first served.

In addition, a number of other performances are scheduled throughout the run of the fest, including the following events:

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