Archive for September, 2009

Real Good for Free: A Taste of Madison, 10/3/09

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

A Taste of Madison takes place on Madison Avenue between Allen and West Lawrence streets in the Pine Hills section of Albany. The festival will run from 11am-3pm on Saturday, October 3.

Don’t expect a huge, overcrowded street festival like LarkFest – this is being billed as “a neighborhood celebration” – but there should be some good fun to be had – and some good music, too, from the likes of the Ashley Pond Band, the Red Haired Strangers and others. There will be plenty of other activities throughout the day from bike polo to a scavenger hunt and even a waiters’ race.

It’s all free. Area restaurants will be out in force, as well, and you can purchase a taster’s ticket for just $8 in advance; $10 at the fest.

The event goes on rain or shine.


Weekend Roundup

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

So much going on. So little time. Here are some suggestions for the upcoming weekend, if ya need ’em:

The George Boone Blues Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
“Capital Region’s Got Talent” @ Revolution Hall, Troy (FREE)
Paco Pena @ The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers @ The Egg, Albany
Skillet @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany

Ramblin Jug Stompers CD release party @ The Linda, Albany
First Friday arts walk @ various locations, Albany (FREE)
Home Video @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar, Hudson
Ghostface Killah @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
Beppe Gambetta @ Old Songs, Voorheesville
Jerry Seinfeld @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
They Might Be Giants @ The Egg, Albany (also Saturday)
Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky @ The Eighth Step, Schenectady
Mark Tolstrup & Dale Haskell CD release party @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs

Hudson Arts Walk, various location, Hudson (FREE)
“A Taste of Madison” with the Ashley Pond Band, the Red Haired Strangers, more @ Madison Ave., Albany (FREE)
Richard Lainhart, Mary Jane Leach, more @ the Brick Elephant, Valley Falls
The Harvest Festival @ Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, Mass.
Solid Smoke @ the Ale House, Troy
Native American Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (also Sunday)
Mother Fletcher CD release party @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar, Hudson
Leah Siegel @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.
Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain @ The Egg, Albany
Richie Havens with Meg Hutchinson @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass.
King Wilkie and the M Shanghai String Band @ The Linda, Albany
The Viking CD release party @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
Jared Funari CD release party @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
Tern Rounders‘ Moonlight Jamboree @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes
Jordan, Monster Machismo, Zona Mexicana and Beware! The Other Head of Science @ Ground Zero at RPI, Troy

The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Justin’s, Albany
Peter Rowan and Tony Rice with Tony Trischka @ The Egg, Albany
Brad Vickers & His Vestopolitans @ Alchemy, Woodstock
Dinosaur Jr. with Lou Barlow & the Missingmen @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park

KING WILKIE’s “Presents the Wilkie Family Singers”

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

KingWilkie(Casa Nueva, 2009):

I don’t think this is bluegrass anymore, Toto.

King Wilkie started off as a young, six-piece traditional bluegrass band in Charlottesville, Virginia back in 2003, and they garnered the coveted International Bluegrass Music Association award as Best Emerging Artist in 2004. They were playing all of the big bluegrass festivals and even the Grand Ole Opry.

But with their sophomore album, “Low Country Suite,” the music began to mutate, and now with their third album, the bluegrass has nearly been completely jettisoned. Heck, “Videotape” sounds like the Beach Boys, and “Dr. Art” features a wicked, jazzy clarinet solo.

That’s not a bad thing, mind you.


ArtBeat: Davey Jones Gallery

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Adrienne Money: Waiting Room

Adrienne Money: Waiting Room

Ah yes, there’s nothing goes together better than fish and fine art.

At least that’s the thinking of the fine folks at Davey Jones Locker, a longtime Nippertown hotspot for aquarium aficionados.

Visit the Delaware Avenue shop, and you’ll be hypnotized by the vast array of colorful tropical fish. Continue past the aquariums, however, and you’ll find that the back room of the store has been transformed into a home for art – Davey Jones Gallery.

That’s right – art and aquariums.

Davey Jones Gallery director Sara Pruiksma has curated a new exhibition, “A Collection of Classics,” featuring photography and paintings by Adrienne Money and David Olander. And as part of Albany’s monthly First Friday arts walk, the gallery is hosting an opening reception from 5-9pm on Friday, October 2. Admission is free, and the exhibit will remain on view through Friday, October 30.

Be Here Now: A Festival of Firsts @ The Brick Elephant , 9/3-9/4/09

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

BrickElephantRe:Soundings is presenting a boffo day for new music with A Festival of Firsts, a day-long extravaganza of music and multi-media including running commentary by Mary Jane Leach and Damian (of Kalvos and Damian), an art exhibition, and no less than 8 premieres. It’s all happening on Saturday, October 3, 2009, 2-9 pm, at The Brick Elephant in Valley Falls.

Here’s the schedule:


Amanda Palmer Is Not Embarassed To Ask You For Money

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Amanda Palmer talks sense (and cents) on a new economic model for artists:


artists need to make money to eat and to continue to make art.

artists used to rely on middlemen to collect their money on their behalf, thereby rendering themselves innocent of cash-handling in the public eye.

artists will now be coming straight to you (yes YOU, you who want their music, their films, their books) for their paychecks.
please welcome them. please help them. please do not make them feel badly about asking you directly for money.

why i am not afraid to take your money, by amanda fucking palmer

Comin’ Soon…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Here are some of the upcoming Nippertown shows that have been announced this week:

Here’s a bit of an unlikely collaboration: Dobro master Jerry Douglas and his band with John Oates. Yes, that John Oates of Hall & Oates. It’s all happening at The Egg in Albany on Friday, December 11: the Jerry Douglas Band, John Oates and just for good measure, let’s throw in the sublime Maura O’Connell as well. Wow!

The Greencards

The Greencards

They’ve been making annual December appearances at The Egg for quite a few years, but it looks like Hot Tuna won’t be scrambling up the holiday concert season at The Egg this year. But if you’re jonesin’ for a fix, you don’t have too far to go. Acoustic Hot Tuna will be pullin’ into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday, December 13. Other new shows on the Bearsville Theater schedule include Jerry Joseph and Danny Louis (Saturday, October 10), the Greencards (Saturday, October 17), Railroad Earth (Friday and Saturday, November 13-14) and Donna the Buffalo (Saturday, December 12).

Skid Row (photo by Evan Barlteson)

Skid Row (photo by Evan Barlteson)

And just in time for Halloween, Skid Row skids into Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Friday, October 30. Pretty scary, eh? Other new shows headed into Northern Lights include John “Dr. Dirty” Valby (Friday, November 13), Metric (Saturday, November 21) and Thursday with Dillinger Escape Plan (Friday, December 18).

Be Here Now: Native American Festival @ SPAC, 9/3/09

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Here an interesting and educational family outing: the Saratoga Native American Festival is being presented at Saratoga Spa state park this Saturday and Sunday featuring an array of musicians, drummers, artisans, dancers and especially storytellers. Here’s the activities schedule.

Tickets are $10 Adults, $7 Seniors and $5 Children under 12 (children under 5 are free and are available online.

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