8/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

August 19th, 2017, 7:55 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson SummerFest @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. NRBQ headlines the inaugural fest. With the Matchstick Architects, the Fabulous Versatones, Black Mountain Symphony, Too Blue, the Zolla Boys and the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. 11am. $25; $13 students ages 7-17; children age 6 and under are FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: Jazz in the Key of Dylan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. An evening of jazz instrumental interpretations of selections from the Bob Dylan songbook by the Arch Stanton Quartet, Keith Pray, Chuck Lamb and Lecco Morris. Hosted by Michael Eck. 8pm. $27.

MUSIC: New Orleans Suspects @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill @ Times Union Center, Albany. The husband-and-wife contemporary country hitmakers bring their Soul2Soul 2017 Tour to downtown Albany. 7:30pm. $69.50, $89.50 & $119.50.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Suzzy Roche & Frances McDormand @ Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon. The Oscar, Tony & Emmy Award winner is joined by the Roche sister for an excerpt from “Early Shaker Spirituals.” 6pm. $300.

MUSIC: G. Love & Special Sauce @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. 9pm. $30.

MUSIC: Tony Trischka @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. The banjo master returns… With Moonshine Holler. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC/ART: Nona Hendryx & Nick Cave @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The rock ‘n’ soul singer and Dr. Richard Boulanger stage and perform eight episodes from their electronic opera “The Sound of Dreaming,” with an ensemble of virtuoso musicians, singers, app developers, and interactive system designers from the Berklee College of Music. 8pm. $45 includes a 7pm performance in the “Until” exhibit; $20 students.

MUSIC: Colin Hay @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The former Men at Work frontman rolls into town in support of his new album, Fierce Mercy. 8pm. $35 & $55.

MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads singers from the Metropolitan Opera – including Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano; and Susanna Phillips, soprano – in an evening of glorious arias and sublime ensembles from the opera repertoire. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ The Kings Inn, Schenectady. Celebrating the release of their new album, United We Can’t Stand. With Prophets of Addiction, Demons Alley and Brother T. 7:30pm.

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It’s the Weekend!

August 18th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
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Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as humanly possible before the dwindling summer weekends evaporate.

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 Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful world 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Don Wilcock
Stan Johnson
Tim Livingston
Joseph Deuel
Martin Benjamin
Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
Michael Seinberg
Barbara Waldinger
Macey Levin
Roseann Cane
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:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
EMPAC at RPI, Troy

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LIVE: French 75 @ Riverlink Park, 7/29/17

August 18th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Their hometown is Hartford, not New Orleans, but French 75 conjured up an authentic Crescent City sound at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam recently. The band – Alex Kollias (clarinet), Seth Bailey (trumpet), John Birt (banjo), Mark Macksoud (drums) and Allison Lazur (tuba) conjured up irresistible brand of vintage traditional jazz.

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

August 18th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

LIVE: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Times Union Center, 12/13/12 (photo by Michael Seinberg)

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

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.

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. Times Union Center Announces New Concerts (by Staff, Michael Seinberg)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

4. MASS MoCA Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts & More (by Staff)

5. EMPAC at RPI Annouces Fall Season of Concerts & More (by Staff)

6. FREE FEST: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Announces Full Schedule (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

7. CD REVIEWS: Memos From the Underground (by Tim Livingston)

8. AUGUST 17: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

9. LIVE: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ The Egg, 8/10/17 (by Don Wilcock)

10. QUOTE OF NOTE: Ted Nugent on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (by Staff)

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

August 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

You’ve heard him singing with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox.

You’ve watched him on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Heck, you’ve probably seen his videos on Nippertown.

Now you’ll get a chance to see Puddles Pity Party live onstage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall when Puddles, the seven-foot-tall sad clown with the golden voice, steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Friday, November 10.

Priced at $29.50 & $34.50, tickets go on sale to Music Hall members at 10am on Monday (August 21) and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday (August 24).

Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

THEATER REVIEW: “At Home at the Zoo” in Stockbridge [Berkshire on Stage]

August 18th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara
(from left)Joey Collins, Tara Franklin and David Adkins.

(from left) Joey Collins, Tara Franklin and David Adkins

Review by Macey Levin

Edward Albee burst onto the theater scene in 1957 with his stark and multi-layered The Zoo Story leading into a celebrated career that includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, The Goat and many others. He is known for his thematic concepts regarding the relationship amongst families, communication or lack of it and analytical introspection. Many of his characters are unsympathetic. The audience may understand their perspectives but not empathize with them. This is the case in At Home at the Zoo currently at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Almost since The Zoo Story was written, people have wondered where Peter was before he arrived at the park for the impending confrontation with Jerry. This play is in two acts: the first is titled Home Life, which shows Peter earlier that day; the complete The Zoo Story is second.

Home Life opens when Peter’s (David Adkins) wife Ann (Tara Franklin) enters the living room and says “We should talk.” Being absorbed in a text book his company has published, he doesn’t respond. As she urges him to speak about their marriage they reveal secrets of their past lives and insights into their relationship. Peter is more reluctant to discuss their issues while Ann’s ferocity pushes him into confronting the ailments within their marriage. This upper middle class couple with two daughters and two parakeets living in an expensively decorated high-rise apartment building don’t know each other’s needs. Becoming agitated but hiding his emotion, Peter leaves to go sit and read on his favorite bench in a deserted spot in Central Park.

Click here to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage

CRBN’s Solo/Duo Blues Challenge

August 18th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The Capital Region Blues Network.

The Capital Region Blues Network is now accepting entries for the Solo/Duo category of this year’s Blues Challenge. Entries must be received by Thursday, August 31, and the competition will be at 12noon on Saturday, October 7 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Up to four contestants will be selected to compete, and the winner of the Caffe Lena blues battle will receive $750 in cash and move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

GO HERE for details on how to enter…

Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

August 18th, 2017, 9:03 am by Greg

One day in 1997, two Dead Head musicians were ruminating about life without Jerry Garcia and simultaneously came up with the same idea: “Let’s recreate a Grateful Dead show.” Around 40 people came down to Martyrs’ in Chicago on November 11, 1997, to hear the brand-new band named Dark Star Orchestra.

Flash forward two decades and more than 2700 shows later… On Saturday, November 11, Dark Star Orchestra returns to Albany’s Palace Theatre for their very special 20th anniversary concert.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday (August 24), priced at $35.50 in advance; $38.50 at the door.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

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