1/21/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

January 21st, 2017, 7:36 am by Greg

MUSIC: Amy Helm @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The second generation Americana artist returns to the Hall in support of her solo debut, Didn’t It Rain. With Eastbound Jesus. 8pm. $25, $30 & $35.

MUSIC: Elvis Birthday Bash @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Mark Gamsjager, the Lustre Kings and special guests started their annual celebration to the King earlier this month in California, and now the coast-to-coast tribute lands in Hudson. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Andrew Wheeler Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Help the band raise funds for their trip to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. 2pm. $10 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Tinsley Ellis @ The Linda, Albany. The southern bluesman and his band return in support of his new indie album, Red Clay Soul. With 2 Blue. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Old Songs Sampler Concert @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The annual musical smorgasbord and benefit for the Old Songs Festival features Phil Spoor, Lisa Preston & John Roberts, Peter Blue, the Loosely Wound String Band, Der Kleiner Klezmer Orchestra and Sten Isachsen. $23; $5 children age 12 & under. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Gaelic Storm @ The Egg, Albany. Since their performance in the blockbuster film “Titanic” catapulted them to international acclaim, the band has remained one of the world’s foremost Celtic fusion bands. 8pm. $34.

MUSIC: The Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A tribute concert featuring Mark Tolstrup, Eldrod, MotherJudge & McWatters, Girl Blue, Sean Rowe and special guest Tom Dimopoulos. Hosted by Michael Eck. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ the Ale House, Troy. With Joe Mele joining in the action. 9pm.

MUSIC: Yankee Holler @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Bodacious Cowboy and Fauxbos. 8pm.

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It’s the Weekend!

January 20th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
It's The Weekend!

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some fun.

But before we head out for the weekend 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
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Glenn Kaplowitz
Don Wilcock
Bob Cohen
Brian Tromans
Larry Murray

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Women Will Rock the Constitution @ the Colonial Theatre on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

January 20th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
HEAR OUR VOICE by Liza Donovan was one of five graphics chosen from The Amplifier Foundation’s public call for art for the Women’s March on Washington.

HEAR OUR VOICE by Liza Donovan was one of five graphics chosen from The Amplifier Foundation’s public call for art for the Women’s March on Washington.

The Women’s March on Washington has inspired nearly 300 other ‘sister marches’ to take place on Saturday (January 21), including Berkshire County. All 50 states and Puerto Rico are confirmed to have at least one grassroots-led march on that day, as well as 55 global cities on six continents, from Tokyo to Sydney, Nairobi to Paris to Bogotá.

A local steering committee – including Kristen van Ginhoven (co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre) and community members Jayne Benjulian, Lynn Festa and Mary Lincoln – is organizing a free local event in solidarity with Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield will be open from 10am-2pm to provide a positive place where people can gather in support of the DC march.

“This event is free and people are welcome to stay the whole time or come and go between 10am-2pm,” van Ginhoven said. “We will be streaming the DC Rally from 10am-1pm in the theater, along with having some other action-oriented activities in the lobby. We are having a curated program from 1pm-2pm inside the theater that will highlight readings from the Constitution and original writing created especially for this event by local writers. The committee came together to organize this event because we wanted to offer a local alternative for everyone who can’t make it down to DC but wanted to support the March.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

January 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Dave Matthews Band

Photograph of Dave Matthews 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.

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. New Concerts Announced for SPAC (by Staff, Bob Cohen, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. Bands Announced for the Clearwater Festival (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

5. Other Voices, Other Rooms… (by Staff)

6. The Egg Adds Another New Show (by Staff)

7. SPAC Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

8. Tribute to Tom Waits @ Caffe Lena on Saturday (by Staff)

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

10. LIVE: “Rock & Roll Replay” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, 1/15/17 (by Rudy Lu)

Nellie McKay Does Billy Tipton @ Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

January 20th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara
Nellie McKay as “A Girl Named Bill.” (photo by Bob Boilen)

Nellie McKay as “A Girl Named Bill” (photo by Bob Boilen)

Cabaret-rock singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday (January 22). This time out, McKay will be featuring songs from her musical biography, “A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” a mid-20th century jazz musician and bandleader who lived his adult life as a man, although he was assigned female at birth. “A Girl Named Bill” was named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times.

The multi-talented Nellie McKay made her smash debut a decade ago with her groundbreaking double-CD, Get Away from Me, showcasing her eclectic musical reach and her dazzling lyrical wit (which extended to the album’s title, a subtle play on the breakthrough album by a somewhat similarly inclined pop-folk jazz singer named Norah Jones).

McKay has released six full-length albums, including Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day and My Weekly Reader, featuring music of the 1960s, produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, 4/4/15 (Second Show)
LIVE: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, 4/4/15 (First Show)
LIVE: Madeleine Peyroux/Nellie McKay @ The Egg, 10/2/11

FIVE FIRSTS: Tinsley Ellis

January 20th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

NAME: Tinsley Ellis
BAND AFFILIATION: Tinsley Ellis Band
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beatles’ Abbey Road



4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” by The Monkees

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Greg Mitchell Band

Following scorching performances at Albany’s The Linda in July and North Adams’ Colegrove Park in August, southern blues singer-guitarslinger Tinsley Ellis and his band are back at The Linda at 8pm on Saturday (January 21) for a return engagement in support of his latest album, Red Clay Soul. 2 Blue, featuring Amy Ryan and Richard Green, open the show, which is sponsored by the Capital Region Blues Network. Tickets are $15.

1/20/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

January 20th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Beaucoup Blue @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Philly-based father-and-son acoustic blues duo is back. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Elvis Birthday Bash Band @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings celebrate the birth of the King of Rock & Roll with Ian Carlton, Mike Kelley, Mike “Chops” LaConte, Taylor Floreth and other special guests. 9pm.

THEATER/DANCE: Richard Move’s “XXYY” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The choreographer-dancer-director offers a work-in-progress performance of a new collaboration with theater artist Alba Clemente and visual artist Paolo Canevari, exploring the chromosomal combinations that produce gender identity. 8pm. $8-$22. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Lucas Garrett @ the 190 Grille + Cinema, Glens Falls. CD release party for his new five-song EP, Evening’s Come, But It’s Not Dark. With Ivy Darling. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Mallett Brothers Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Becca Frame & the Tall Boys. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “Urinetown” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Is it a mere coincidence that “Urinetown” opens on Inauguration Day? Marc Christopher directs the 2001 Tony Award winning musical comedy. 8pm. $18-$28. Through Sunday, January 29.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Stockade Kids @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Bremners @ the Low Beat, Albany. Happy hour with Rob Skane and Mike Lisi. 6pm.

MUSIC: Colorway @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Led by singer/guitarist F. Alex Johnson (Drunk Stuntmen/Young at Heart Chorus). With Ferriday, Bye and Suburbs. 8pm.

MUSIC: Kyle Bourgault Band @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. 9:30pm.

COMEDY: Mitch Fatel @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25. Through Saturday.

THEATER: “Southern Comforts” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Barry Streifert directs Circle Theatre Productions’ performance of Kathleen Clark’s romantic play about second chances at love late in life. 8pm. $18: $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, January 29.

MUSIC: The Eric Johnson Trio @ the Twisted Vine, Delmar. 8pm.

Is there an event that we overlooked? Add it to the comment box below…

LIVE: Ballroom Thieves @ Caffe Lena, 1/12/17

January 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

Following six months of major renovations, Caffe Lena re-opened just three weeks ago, and the venerable coffeehouse’s facelift has been astounding patrons ever since.

It’s been one sold-out show after another, from post-modern one-man-band the Suitcase Junket (on the grand re-opening night) to local Gypsy jazz kingpins the Hot Club of Saratoga.

Add the Ballroom Thieves to the list of jam-packed, sold-out shows. Last Thursday night the Caffe was packed with a crowd mesmerized by the eclectic, electrifying music created by guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch.

And there’s still more top-notch entertainment on tap at the Caffe this weekend with the Philly father-and-son Beaucoup Blue on Friday; a Local 518 all-star tribute to the music of Tom Waits on Saturday; and the retro Americana of Ramblin Jug Stompers debuting their new train time show, “The Last Boxcar” on Sunday…

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