11/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

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

MUSIC: Amythyst Kiah @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. She has a firm grip on traditional folk and blues, a powerful voice, strong chops on banjo and guitar, and she knows how to rock it up with fresh beats and vocal stylings. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Justin Townes Earle @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Americana music scion brings his country-inflected brand of folk-rock to town. Nashville singer-songwriter Joshua Hedley opens. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: John McEuen & the String Wizards @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. It’s a rare musical matinee at The Egg. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s famed banjoist John McEuen takes a look back at the group’s landmark album Will the Circle Be Unbroken with Les Thompson (bass/vocals), Matt Cartsonis (guitar/mandola /vocals), John Cable (guitar/vocals) and multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth. 3pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: Ustad Shafaat Khan @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The master sitar player brings his East Meets West tour to town. 2pm. $20; age 21 & under $10. GO HERE for more info…

OPERA: “The Mother of Us All” @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. R.B. Schlather directs the production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s 1947 opera about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America, which began in upstate New York. 4pm. $20, $35 & $55. UPDATE: This performance is officially sold out.

MUSIC: The SHEroes @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Pianist Monika Herzig leads the all-star, all-female band featuring guitarist Leni Stern, flautist Jamie Baum, tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti, bassist Jennifer Vincent and drummer Rosa Avila. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

JAM SESSION: Dick Quinn Memorial Jam @ the Ale House, Troy. An open session in memory of the late Greater Nippertown super-fan. 6pm.

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11/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

November 18th, 2017, 8:12 am by Greg

MUSIC: Encore! Eighth Step Reunion @ the Eighth Step Upstairs at the First Presbyterian Church, Albany. The Eighth Step’s 50th anniversary continues with a trip back to where it all started at the corner of Washington Park in Albany. Featuring John Kirk & Trish Miller, Glenn Weiser & Greg Schaaf, Annie & the Hedonists (original line-up), Laurie Siegel, Cathy Winter, Ruth Pelham, Betty Boomer & Steve Stanne, Dan Einbender, Rick Nestler and WAMC-FM radio host Wanda Fischer of “Hudson River Sampler.” 7pm. $25 & $50.

MUSIC: Stephen Clair & the Pushbacks @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The former Albany singer-songwriter – now based in Beacon – brings his band to Catskill to showcase selections from their upcoming album. 7:30pm. $20; students $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The folk haven revs it up for a rockabilly revival night with Mark Gamsjager and the band. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Ashley Bathgate @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The cellist with the Bang on a Can All-Stars (and Saratoga Springs native) performs an entirely new series of reflections inspired by the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach, incorporating extended performance techniques, live electronics and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music. 7:30pm. $28.

DEMONSTRATION/MASTERCLASS: Ashley Bathgate @ The Egg, Albany. A cello technique demonstration and master class providing insight into her approach to playing the cello – both in the traditional manner as well as how she utilizes electronics. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Eddingtons @ the Low Beat, Albany. What happens when members of the Last Conspirators recruit F. Lee Harvey Blotto to pound out the Big Beat for them? Find out tonight when they make their debut. With Oneonta’s Hop City Hellcats. 8pm.

FUNDRAISER: Future 40 Gala @ Renaissance Albany Hotel, Albany. Albany Center Gallery’s Gala features co-hosts Heather Kovar and Jonathan Hentrich with music by Intell Hayesfield. 7pm. $100; age 35 & under $75.

MUSIC: The Arlo Guthrie Family Show @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. It’s Thanksgiving time which means that Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is back in the spotlight once again. And his kids, Abe and Sarah Lee help carry on the musical legacy of their grandfather, Woody. 8pm. $26-$70.

MUSIC: Tim O’Brien @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The bluegrass legend brings his encyclopedic knowledge of bluegrass and roots music, as well as his dazzling skills on every stringed instrument known to mankind. With singer-songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, frontwoman for the Honeycutters. 8pm. $25 & $30.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. 8pm. The popular Troy troubadour plays a hometown show. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Robert Gordon @ Colony, Woodstock. The rockabilly kingpin. With Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. 8pm. $25.

OPERA: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” @ Hudson Area Library, Hudson. A workshop work-in-progress presentation of Act II with musicians and singers. 1 & 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Saint Motel @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Gibbz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Ustad Shafaat Khan @ The Linda, Albany. The master sitar player brings his East Meets West tour to town. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 2 & 8pm. $10; seniors $7; students & children $5.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rock for Tots @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring Skeeter Creek, River Junction, Watch Dogs, The Collectors and Wylder. 3pm. Admission is $10 with a new/unwrapped toy; $20 without.

MUSIC: Songs of George Ward: Until the Black Flies Go @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. An evening of songs collected and performed by the veteran Greater Nippertown folkster, featuring Dave Ruch, John Roberts, George Ward and special guests. 7:30pm. $22; children 12 & under $5.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Jam for Tots @ Lost & Found, Albany. Music by Luke Weiler, Positive Mental Trip, the Brother Z Band, Dustin Sawyer, For No One and Glowing Bug. 5pm.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yes, we’re headed into winter, but David Alan Miller and the orchestra are celebrating Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” 7:30pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

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It’s the Weekend!

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

Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible this weekend.

But before we head out for your 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
Glenn Kaplowitz
Mark Alexander Hudson
Rudy Lu
Prof. Teddy Clements, Ret.
Ed Conway
Steven Stock
Albert Brooks
Timothy Reidy
Stan Johnson
Martin Benjamin
Joe Putrock
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.

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LIVE: Sun Natives @ River Street Pub, 11/2/17

November 17th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sun Natives

Sun Natives

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHO: Sun Natives
WITH: Eternal Crimes
WHERE: River Street Pub, Troy
WHEN: Thursday, November 2

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Shakespeare & Company Announces 2018 Shakespeare Plays [Berkshire on Stage]

November 17th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox is very pleased to announce its Shakespeare line-up for the 2018 summer season. Under the direction of Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Managing Director Adam Davis, the season will include three Shakespeare plays: Macbeth directed by Melia Bensussen; As You Like It directed by Allyn Burrows and Love’s Labor’s Lost directed by Kelly Galvin. Season FLEXPasses are on sale now.

“I am ramped up to work on As You Like It this coming summer in the Roman Garden Theatre,” said Burrows. “My first involvement with this wonderful play was on the Mainstage at the Mount nearly 30 years ago! A specific historical and environmental setting can lend an expanded resonance to Shakespeare’s sublime language, and so it seemed fitting to set this piece in the Roaring ’20s, a time that, much like the events in this story, represented self-discovery, growth, and the throwing off of restraints.”

The Roman Garden Theatre, created last season for The Tempest, will be re-configured for 2018’s As You Like It. Located adjacent to the Tina Packer Playhouse, the theatre is an intimate outdoor performance space with comfortable bench and chair seating. As You Like It will be performed at twilight from August 9-September 2.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

November 17th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg
JD McPherson

JD McPherson played another sold out show at the Hangar… and he’s comin’ back for SKI-QX, too

Photograph by Ed Conway

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 Two New Concerts (by Staff)

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

3. New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

4. LIVE: King Crimson @ The Egg, 11/8 & 9/17 (by Steven Stock, Glenn Kaplowitz)

5. New Concert Announced for MASS MoCA (by Staff)

6. Proctors Announces New Show (by Staff)

7. Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

8. NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s Round-Up (by Greg Haymes)

9. LIVE: The Security Project @ the Van Dyck, 11/11/17 (by Mark Alexander Hudson, Rudy Lu, Stan Johnson)

10. FEST: SKI-QX Fest @ Stratton Mountain (by Staff, Joe Putrock)

11. NOVEMBER 16: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

12. (tie) LIVE: JD McPherson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 11/8/17 (by Ed Conway)

12. (tie) LIVE: Don Byron Quartet @ A Place for Jazz, 11/3/17 (by Prof. Teddy Clements, Ret., Albert Brooks)

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

November 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Bob Dylan outside the Wellington Hotel, Albany, NY, 3am, 4/29/1980

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

From The Daily Gazette: Michael Hochanadel’s story, “The night a Union professor secretly photographed Bob Dylan”

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andrew Gregory bids a fond farewell to Local 518 musician and CRUMBS cohort Billy Bucher, who passed away earlier this week at age 55.

From The Spot 518: Kaitlin Lembo chats with 17-year-old rocker Moriah Formica after she was eliminated form NBC-TV’s “The Voice” earlier this week.

From All Over Albany: A look at the painting process of Sylvie Kantorovitz’s new mural in Albany’s Green-Hudson parking garage, one of three new murals downtown that are part of the Capital Walls project.

From NYS Music: Yes, there are traditionally 12 Days of Christmas, but as Pete Mason points out, there are 13 Nights of Jam for Tots Shows this holiday season, beginning on Saturday (November 18) with Positive Mental trip at Albany’s Lost & Found.

From The Alt: Kate Cusack’s in-depth interview with musician, radio DJ, producer and all-around Local 518 music scenemaker Dan Maddalone.

From The New York Times: Neil Irwin examines the cost of concert tickets, and perhaps why they should cost more…

From Forward: Seth Rogovoy asks, “Was Bob Dylan At His Best When He Was Christian?”

Song o’ the Week: Jeff Sohn’s “Make It Right”

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

Performed and written by Jeff Sohn
Produced and engineered by Dominick Campana
Recorded at Soundcheck Republic Recording Studio, East Greenbush, October, 2017
Jeff Sohn: Lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass
Mike Kelley: Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, background vocals
Dominick Campana: Lead guitar, drums, percussion

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesHudson SoundsDennis Herbert Art