Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert

January 26th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Yes, today’s concert announcements are rollin’ out faster than we can write ‘em…

Albany’s Palace Theatre has announced its second new concert of the day – An Evening With Mark Knopfler & His Band at 8pm on Sunday, October 11.

The former Dire Straits guitarslinger will be celebrating the release of his new album, Tracker – due for release on March 17 on Verve Records – with a 36-city fall tour throughout North America, including his Albany stop.

Tickets for the Palace Theatre concert will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (January 30), priced at $65.50, $75.50, $85.50, $95.50 & $105.50. Fans that purchase tickets to the concert online will receive a physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased. (Free CDs are NOT included with tickets purchased at the Palace box office.)


Palace Theatre Announces a New Concert

January 26th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

In support of his upcoming album, Carrie & Lowell (which is slated for release on March 31 on his own Asthmatic Kitty record label), Sufjan Stevens spring tour will be making a stop at downtown Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday, April 15.

Tickets are priced at $30, $35, $40 & $45 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (January 30).

SPAC Announces Fourth New Concert of the Day

January 26th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

And if country music ain’t your thang, maybe you want to do a little headbanging’. Or a lot of headbangin’…

Masked metalheads Slipknot are headlining the Summer’s Last Stand Tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 31. The show is scheduled to kick off at 6pm with support acts Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White.

Scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (January 30), tickets for reserved amphitheater seats are $40, $50, $60 & $70; lawn general admission is $30.

SPAC Announces Three New Concerts

January 26th, 2015, 9:28 am by Greg

Three new concerts have been added to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 2015 summer season, and it’s all about the country.

Brad Paisley returns to the SPAC stage on Sunday, July 26 with support acts Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton.

And Brantley Gilbert steps into the SPAC spotlight on Sunday, August 16 with Lee Brice.

Meanwhile, we’ve already announced that Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up Tour is headed into SPAC, but now we know when – Sunday, May 31. The hit-making trio will be joined by Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.

No ticket prices have been revealed for those shows yet, and no on-sale dates.

But Live Nation’s Country MegaTicket is back… The three-concert ticket package will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (January 30). You can purchase the same reserved amphitheater seat for all three shows for $175 & $275; $75 for lawn general admission for all three concerts.

1/26/15: Today’s Tips: Monday

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

READING: Poets Speak Loud @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the tenth anniversary of Poets Speak Loud, which also serves as the annual tribute to the late Tom Nattell – Albany poet, activist and poet-activist. Sign-up at 7pm. $3. The evening will be begin at 6pm with the traditional Beret Toss at the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park.

MUSIC: S.S. Web @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Milwaukee-based washboard-guitar-mandolin trio pummels their way through land-locked sea shanties and more. With the Savage Randys and Henry’s Rifle. 8pm.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “The Accident” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Bob Goepfert of The Troy Record directs a staged reading of Lydia Strike’s play featuring WNYT-TV’s Benita Zahn and Jim Kambrich in a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. 7:30pm. $30 includes post-show dessert & champagne reception.

FILM: “Intolerance” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Director D.W. Griffith’s epic silent film accompanied by Goldie the Wurlitzer Organ, played by Avery Tunningley. 3 & 7pm. $5.

READING: “As the Light Returns” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The Bookmarks Reading Series launches into 2015 with a program curated by Daniel New. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sandy and Sandy @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. Local musicians playing a variety of old time, original country and folk music. 8pm. FREE.

1/25/15: Today’s Tips: Sunday

January 25th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The blues duo brings the whole band, including drummer Bob Morris and saxman Josh Greenberg. With the sublime singer-songwriter Bryan Thomas. 7pm. $15.

EVENT: Music Lust 2015 @ Albany Ramada Inn, Albany. Dealers and collectors from all across the northeast will be on hand selling records, CDs, videos, DVDs, books, posters, magazines and other collectables. 10am-5pm. $3.

MUSIC: Mike Hotter @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Swamp Baby guitarist plays a solo instrumental set to accompany the Rock N Roll Brunch #10. Brunch starts at 10:30am.

MUSIC: Empire State Youth Orchestras @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Conducted by Helen Cha-Pyo, the ESYOs perform Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with select singers from four high schools in the region – Albany, Shaker, Guilderland and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. 3pm. $23; $13 seniors; $8 students.

MUSIC: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. 3pm. $15: $12 students & seniors.

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1/24/15: Today’s Tips: Saturday

January 24th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils @ the Kleinert James Arts Center, Woodstock. Smith and the gang celebrate the release of their new acoustic Anericana album, Bluebird. 8pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Blind Boy Paxton & the Down Hill Strugglers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Recently named NYC’s Best Blues Artist by The Village Voice, Blind Boy Paxton brings out the playful side of old-school blues on banjo, fiddle, piano and guitar. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Helado Negro’s “Island Universe Story” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A work-in-progress performance of the new bi-lingual Latin musical/visual project featuring musicians Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco, Oliver Chapoy of Certain Creatures and Jason Ajemian and Jason Trammell of the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb Band. 8pm. $18 & $22; $8 students.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Bob Warren & Joy MacKenzie @ Lake Avenue Elementary School, Saratoga Springs. A benefit concert for the school. With Tony Markellis, as well as Joel Brown & Dave Maswick. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ the Ale House, Troy. Guitarslingers Mark Emanatian, Joe Mele and Jeremy Walz together… 8pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Old Songs Sampler Concert @ Old Songs Community Arts Center, Voorheesville. A concert featuring New Salem Serenaders, Amanda Fry, George Wilson, Debra Burger & Carole Fults, Drew Jacobs, Bluegrass Banjo Bob Altschuler & Friends to benefit the 2015 Old Songs Festival. 8pm. $20; $5 children age 12 and under.

EVENT: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Deconstructing the Early Beatles @ Proctors, Schenectady. Beatles expert Scott Freiman traces the birth of the band from its days as the Quarrymen to the boys’ first visit to EMI Studios, deconstructing their first hit singles — from “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me” to “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The presentation is part film, part concert and part lecture with great stories and a treasure trove of rare audio and video. 1:30 & 7:30pm. $20 & $25; $10 students.

MUSIC: Probing Digit @ NaNola. Malta. Definitely NSFW stuff… and they’re mighty proud of it. With music and comedy by Erin Harkes. 10pm.

MUSIC: Sam Kininger Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. A make-up date from a previously postponed show. With Suitable Groove. 9:30pm. $10; $15 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Lastdayshining @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Yoma and Sparhawks. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Melanie Martinez @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. A member of Team Adam in the third season of the TV singing competition “The Voice,” the quirky 19-year-old from Baldwin, NY lands in downtown Albany in support of her EP, Dollhouse. With AJR. 7pm. $15.

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It’s the Weekend!

January 23rd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Big congrats for making it through the week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some weekend 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

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:

Timothy Reidy
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rudy Lu
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.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Ale House/The Hangar, Troy

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 Ale House, Troy
Club Helsinki, Hudson
The Falcon, Marlboro
Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
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