2/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

February 19th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Bad Plus @ The Egg, Albany. The jazz trio – bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King – bring their personal brand of avant-garde populism that has put them at the forefront of the new instrumental music movement for the past 17 years. 7:30pm. $34.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/DANCE: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The 30th annual three-day, mid-February fest concludes today in 16 locations around town with Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Quickstep, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Vanaver Caravan, Genticorum, Garland Nelson and lots more… 9am. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Tink & Joziah @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Two members of the Grand Slambovians serve up an intimate concert. 7pm. $27.

MAGIC: “Cons, Cheats & Scams: The Extraordinary Card Magic of Jason Ladanye” @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. One of the world’s top card magicians dazzles audiences with close-up sleight of hand, demonstrating just how easy it can be to win in Vegas – if you’ve got the skills. Hosting for and performing with Mr. Ladanye will be Sean ‘The Prankster’ Magician of Windham. 2pm. $20; $10 students age 21 & under.

MUSIC: Gubbulidis @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The Twiddle duo of Zdenek Gubb on bass/vocals and Mihali Savoulidis on guitar/vocals. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Good Things @ Spindles on Remsen, Cohoes. Led by Bobby Long, members of Frank Jaklitsch’s band carry on his musical legacy. 5pm.

THEATER: “Lovers’ Spat” @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. Allyn Burrows directs scenes from Shakespeare’s famous couples loving, fighting, scheming & wooing. 2pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/TALK: Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future @ Proctors, Schenectady. Following a screening of “Back to the Future,” actor Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) reveals behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the film, as well as his life and career. 3pm. $20-$105.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s their annual Cabin Fever Experience show with featured performer Persephone Pomme. 8pm. $15.

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2/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

February 18th, 2017, 7:53 am by Greg

MUSIC: Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Yes, it’s the music of Beethoven improvised upon jam-band style. 9:30pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland. A very special performance of “Shadow and Act,” a suite of original music composed by guitarist Roger Noyes and inspired by Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” 2pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. The 30th annual three-day, mid-February fest continues in 16 locations around town with the Grady Girls, the Amidons, Quickstep, Reggie Harris, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Genticorum, the Buddy System, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble and lots more… 9am. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Fab guitar duo. 8pm. UPDATE: This event is now officially sold out…

MAGIC: “Cons, Cheats & Scams: The Extraordinary Card Magic of Jason Ladanye” @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. One of the world’s top card magicians dazzles audiences with close-up sleight of hand, demonstrating just how easy it can be to win in Vegas – if you’ve got the skills. Hosting for and performing with Mr. Ladanye will be Sean ‘The Prankster’ Magician of Windham. 7:30pm. Also at 2pm Sunday. $20; $10 students age 21 & under.

COMEDY: Jo Firestone @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. Absurdist stand-up comedy dynamo. With Joe Pera and Dan Licata. $22 & $28; $10 students.

CIRCUS: Psychic Sideshow @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. Evil Dan and his sidekick Colleen the Sideshow Queen perform sideshow stunts, carnival cons, magic of the midway, miracles of the human mind and much more. 2pm. $15; $10 students age 21 & under.

COMEDY: Tim Meadows @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. “Saturday Night Live” alum. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ the Ale House, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Odd Body @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Rescott Renegade, Good Hair, Sup? and Nine Votes Short. 8pm.

MUSIC: Chris O’Leary Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The blues harmonicat – seen earlier this month at the Palace Theatre as part of the Last Waltz 40 Tour – blows down the house. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

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It’s the Weekend

February 17th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Hey, Winter, is that all you got? I'm ready for ya. Bring it on!

Goodbye, work-week. Hello, weekend!

But before we head out for some 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 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
Ed Conway
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Jeff Nania
Tim Reidy
Michael Hochanadel
Martin Benjamin
Tim Mack
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.

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 Hangar on the Hudson, Troy
The Egg, Albany
Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Caroline Doctorow @ Guilderland Public Library, 1/8/17

February 17th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Tim Reidy

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow – yes, the daughter of acclaimed novelist E.L. Doctorow – has made a number of tour stops throughout Greater Nippertown in recent weeks, including a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library last month.

In support of her latest album Dreaming in Vinyl, Doctorow was joined in concert by multi-talented Gary Oleyar, who accompanied her on guitar and fiddle.

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“Lovers’ Spat” @ Shakespeare & Co. This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

February 17th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
A Lovers’ Spat can take many forms.

A Lovers’ Spat can take many forms.

Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce Lovers’ Spat: Shakespeare’s Famous Couple’s Encounters on Saturday (February 18) at 7pm and Sunday (February 19) at 2pm. Company actors and guest performers explore the complexities of love in staged readings featuring Shakespeare’s most notorious couples’ loving, fighting, scheming and wooing. Lover’s Spat is directed by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.

“The best part of quarreling is making up,” said Allyn Burrows. “On this Valentine’s weekend we do the quarreling, and you do the making up, or making out, or making your sweetheart laugh.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

February 17th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Signs of the City

Photograph by Greg Haymes

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 we understand… 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 seven days, in case you’re still playing catch-up:

1. The Egg Announces Four New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

2. Another New Show Announced for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (by Staff)

3. SPAC Announces a New Double-Bill Concert (by Staff)

4. New Concerts Announced for Brewery Ommegang and MASS MoCA (by Staff)

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

6. SPAC Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

7. COMIN’SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes, Michael Hochanadel)

8. FEST: Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival Announces Bands (by Staff, Greg Haymes)

9. Mountain Jam Announces More Bands (by Staff)

10. Where to See the Grammy Winners in Concert (by Greg Haymes, Tim Mack)

Tanglewood Announces Two New Concerts

February 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
John Mellencamp (photo by Martin Benjamin)

John Mellencamp

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

The folks at Tanglewood have added a pair of new concerts to the summer schedule for the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox.

Tickets for both of the new concerts are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, February 24. Here’s the details regarding the new shows:

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FEST: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Announces First Round of Bands

February 17th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s without a doubt one of the northeast’s most prestigious bluegrass fests, and the annual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has announced another stellar line-up of great music for 2017.

The four-day fest runs from Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16 at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, just about 30 miles southwest of Albany. The fest features more than 40 bands on five stages, as well as workshops, an Emerging Artist Showcase, dancing, children’s performers, the Bluegrass Academy for Kids, camping, jamming, food, crafts and a guaranteed all-around good time.

Among the featured performers at this summer’s fest are Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band the SteelDrivers, dobro master Jerry Douglas and his band, the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, fab fiddler Mark O’Connor leading the O’Connor Band, Greater Nippertown’s own award-winning Gibson Brothers and a whole lot more.

Four-day, full-festival tickets (including camping) are currently available for $205; and single day tickets for Thursday-Saturday are currently priced at $75 per day. Kids 12 and under are free.

Here’s the daily line-up of bands for the 2017 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival that have been announced so far. More to come:

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