4/26/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

April 26th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Apocalyptica @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Finnish cello-based prog-minded heavy-metalheads invade Clifton Park in support of their new album Shadowmaker. What’s not to like? With special guests Within the Fire and Into Shadow. 8pm. $23.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The African Children’s Choir @ Seventh Day Baptist Church, Berlin. Heart-melting smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances to benefit African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs for the children of Africa. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A marathon event in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western, instrumental and experimental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall. Featuring Greg Fox, SUUNS, Pruient, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins, Brian Dewan, Slow Collins and many other musicians, as well as films. Ongoing til 3pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Eliza Gilkyson @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The twice Grammy-nominated Texas singer-songwriter-activist returns to Nippertown in support of her latest album, The Nocturne Diaries. 7pm. $24.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. It’s the third and final day of the 2015 fest, featuring the Big Takeover, Jimkata, Steve Candlen, Erin Harkes and the Sea the Sea, as well as the inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards. GO HERE for a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Mozart Orchestra of New York @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The newly formed, 45-piece touring orchestra is comprised of some of New York City’s leading musicians. Founder Gerard Scharz conducts the all-Mozart program. 3pm. $40 & $50.

WORKSHOP: “Surviving as a Musician in the 21st Century” @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. Shawn Pelton – drummer for the “Saturday Night Live” Band – offers an in-store drum clinic, as he discusses and demonstrates what it takes to stay at the top of his field as one of the busiest session musicians working in the highly competitive world of today’s rapidly changing music industry. 3pm. $25.

FILM/TALK: “A League of Their Own” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. The hit 1992 movie starring Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Geena Davis and Tom Hanks will be followed at 2pm by a talk by Sue Macy, author of “A Whole New Ballgame: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.” 12noon. FREE with museum admission.

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4/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 25th, 2015, 8:20 am by Greg

MUSIC: Walter Salas-Humara @ the Low Beat, Albany. The former bandleader of the Silos takes the Low Beat stage in support of his latest solo album, Curve and Shake. With the Canjo 10′s. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Animal House” Reunion @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a special cast reunion and screening of National Lampoon’s classic 1978 comedy from 1978 with Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, John Landis and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Urban Gumbo @ the Bayou Cafe, Glenville. It’s a double-barreled party, as Urban Gumbo celebrates their 25th anniversary as well as the release of their brand new reunion album, Hard Times for Love. The band’s current line-up features vocalist Lisa Gordon, bassist Gary Butts, guitarist Rob Piorkowski, keyboardist (and former Metroland publisher) Peter Iselin and drummer/singer Bob Girouard. With Diva & the Dirty Boys. 9pm. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest at a dozen locations. More than 100 bands in all. GO HERE for more info and a complete scheduled of who’s playing when…

MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. A special double drum incarnation with ASQ drummer Steven Partyka teaming up with former ASQ drummer James Ketterer for an evening of chamber-oriented jazz arrangements featuring original music and covers. With emcee J Hunter. 8pm. $8.

THEATER/MUSIC: “Down With the Rent” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Eight stellar singers-musicians – Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino (Magpie), John Roberts, George Ward, Greg Clarke, Bill Spence, George Wilson and Toby Stover – form the cast for the two-hour performance featuring authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors involved in the 19th Century rebellion by regional farmer tenants against the tyranny of landowner-landlords of 1840s New York. Created by Andy Spence. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

MUSIC: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A marathon event in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western, instrumental and experimental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall. Featuring Greg Fox, SUUNS, Pruient, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins, Brian Dewan, Slow Collins and many other musicians, as well as films. Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows welcome… 3pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: C-R’s Farewell Concert @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. After a dozen years of musical theater at the Music Hall, C-R Productions is moving on. All proceeds benefit C-R Kids Arts Programming. 6:30pm reception; 8pm show. $25, $30 & $40. GO HERE for more info…

FASHION/FUNDRAISER: Electric City Couture Fashion Show @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The sixth annual fashion extravaganza features both established and up-and-coming regional fashion designers in a juried runway experience. The evening will showcase signature collections of five designers including Schenectady-based special guest MA+CH and, for the first time ever, a full men’s line by Saratoga-based frittelli and LOCKWOOD. Proceeds will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall. 8pm. $15.

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It’s the Weekend!

April 24th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Kudos to you for making it through another rainy – sometimes snowy – work week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some 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 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:

Rudy Lu
Tom Lindsay
Timothy Raab
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray
Gail M. Burns

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
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls
Step Up Presents, Albany
The Theatre Institute at Sage, Troy
WilJam Productions, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Wooden Dinosaur @ Crandall Public Library, 4/9/15

April 24th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Brattleboro folk-rockers Wooden Dinosaur rolled into Glens Falls recently as part of the Crandall Public Library’s Live! Folklife Concert Series.

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael Roberts, Wooden Dinosaur took the stage as a stripped-down three-piece combo focusing on selections from Rhubarb Wine, their third album as a full band.

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MOVE Music Fest Spotlight: Locksley @ Parish Public House on Saturday

April 24th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Locksley – the rock/power-pop foursome from Wisconsin – returns to town to take over the Parish Public House at 11:30pm on Saturday (April 25) as part of Albany’s MOVE Music Fest.

GO HERE for a complete schedule and ticket info for the three-day music fest…

“Spring Awakening” Soars with Youthful Energy in Theatre Institute at Sage College Production [Berkshire on Stage]

April 24th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
L to R Amelia Morgan, Annaleigh Lester, Katie Pedro, Taylor Hoffman, Kelci Loring.

L to R Amelia Morgan, Annaleigh Lester, Katie Pedro, Taylor Hoffman, Kelci Loring.

Review by Larry Murray and Gail M. Burns

Larry Murray: With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, the 2006 Tony Award-winning alternative rock musical “Spring Awakening” is now playing at Sage College’s audience-friendly Meader Little Theatre in Troy. Last performance is Sunday (April 26). I am putting all this information up front because this review is more of a “must see” reader advisory: this production with its youthful cast is directed by Leigh Strimbeck and utilizes a functional and ingenious set by Juliana Haubrich.

Gail M. Burns: The Theatre Institute at Sage is a great company that is doing some really great theatre. TIS is only five years old, but it is carrying on the tradition established on its campus by the now defunct New York State Theatre Institute, which utilized Sage facilities, faculty and students to provide quality theatre for schools and the general public from 1974-2010. The connection with Sage was NYSTI’s greatest asset, and in turn the company helped the Sage Colleges develop a robust theatre curriculum. It is not at all surprising to see what talented students select Sage today.

Larry: We haven’t had a chance to see this cutting edge musical much in these parts, the only production I can remember is the one at the University at Albany Department of Theatre which was last year. None of our Equity companies, nor even the Mac-Haydn or Theater Barn have staged it. That may because the music is so important to the whole production, and it requires violin, cello and bass in addition to piano, drums and guitar. Two or three synthesizers will never do the score justice. I was as impressed with the accomplished musicians and Music Director Marcus Schlegel, as with the actors. The cellist, Erin Rousseau, on whom much of the melody line rests, has a vibrato and intonation that infused the songs with real heart.

Gail: I saw a production of the 1890/91 Franz Wedekind play of the same name, upon which this musical is based, at Williams College many years ago. “Spring Awakening” is an ideal college show because you need to have a young cast and a fairly sophisticated audience. Really, the best way to “get away with” staging this fierce and graphic material is to bill it as education. The play has a prominent role in the development of 20th century theater, and, as you mentioned, this musical version has made history, too.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

April 24th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg


Photograph of Primus by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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 lots of big concert announcements…

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. Brewery Ommegang Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

4. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. The Complete Schedule for Albany’s MOVE Music Festival This Weekend (by Staff)

7. COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

8. LIVE: Sufjan Stevens @ the Palace Theatre, 4/15/15 (by Greg Haymes)

9. New Release Rack: The Lustre Kings’ “Go Green” (by Greg Haymes)

10. LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 3/28/15 (by Fred Rudofsky, Timothy Reidy)

MOVE Music Fest Spotlight: goodbyemotel @ the Hollow Tonight

April 24th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Aussie rockers goodbyemotel take the stage at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 9pm tonight (Friday, April 24) as part of Albany’s MOVE Music Fest.

GO HERE for a complete schedule and ticket info for the three-day music fest…

Caffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsAlbany PoetsArtist Charles HaymesKeep Albany BoringBerkshire On StageThe LindaLeave Regular Radio BehindArtist and Musician Michael Eck