All Star Hendrix Tribute Heads Into the Palace Theatre

August 31st, 2010, 3:35 pm by Greg

The Experience Hendrix TourThe Experience Hendrix tour is headed into the Palace Theatre at 7pm on Saturday, November 6 with an unbelievable all-star line-up of musicians.

Would you believe?:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Susan Tedeschi
Robert Randolph
Jonny Lang
Steve Vai
David Hidalgo
(Los Lobos)
Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos)
Eric Johnson
Ernie Isley
Living Colour
Chris Layton
(Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
The Slide Brothers (Chuck & Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel)

And anchoring the tour is Billy Cox, the legendary bassist who played with Hendrix in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys.


Priced at $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $79.50, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, September 18.


Real Good for Free: Magpie’s “Sword of the Spirit” @ NYS Museum, 9/5/10

August 31st, 2010, 3:30 pm by Greg

MagpieMagpie – the popular folk duo of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino – are certainly no strangers to the Nippertown music scene having played for many years at such local venues as Caffe Lena, the Eighth Step, Old Songs and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

In fact, the twosome recently relocated from Maryland to Schoharie County.

On Sunday, the New York State Library will present a double-header performance by Magpie at the New York State Museum’s Huxley Theater.

In conjunction with the State Library’s month-long exhibit, “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” Magpie will present a concert of songs from their 2000 album, “John Brown: Sword of the Spirit,” at 2pm Sunday.

Following the concert, Saratoga Springs historian Amy Godine will deliver a lecture, “John Brown Country: History Enshrined, History Betrayed.”

Then Magpie will wrap up the festivities with a performance of their one-act play, “Sword of the Spirit,” based upon the life and letters of abolitionist John Brown and his wife, Mary Brown.

Admission is free to all of the day’s events and performances.


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Live: The Mountain Bike World Cup @ Windham, 8/26-29/10

August 31st, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

The Mountain Bike World Cup @ Windham

Spectators stood for miles wrapped around the steep sloop and cheering on their favorites as riders literally flew over their heads at the Mountain Bike World Cup finale in Windham last weekend. The four-day event kicked off on Thursday, and riders spent the first two days registering and training for the race.

The event took place mere days before riders compete at the World Championships currently taking place at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, and the small town of Windham went all out with the festivities – including a block party, bike stunt show, rock concert by Chris Barron and the Time Bandits, fireworks, a pool party and an indoor/outdoor expo that would make any mountain bike-lover drool.

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Be Here Now: “Women Without Men” @ Time + Space Limited

August 31st, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Time + Space Limited in Hudson is hosting the area premiere of the debut feature-length film directed by the powerful Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, “Women Without Men,” at 5:30pm Thursday.

The film – adaptated from of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magical realist novel of the same title – chronicles the interwoven lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953 – a cataclysmic time in Iranian history when an American-led, British-backed coup d’état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and re-installed the Shah to power.

In Persian with English subtitles. 2009. 95 mins.

Here’s the schedule of screening at Time + Space:
Thursday-Sunday, September 2-5 at 5:30pm
Saturday, September 11 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 12 at 3:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, September 18–19 at 3:30pm

Admission is $7; students $5.

News Flash: Bread & Jam Cafe Closes

August 31st, 2010, 1:16 pm by Greg

breadAndJamWhoa, this has been a bad year for venues on Nippertown’s live music scene. Revolution Hall bit the dust. Tess’ Lark Tavern went up in smoke. And now Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes is calling it quits.

Bread & Jam Cafe owner Salvatore Prizio has announced:

“It is with the most profound sadness in my heart that we must announce to all of you that after two years of great food, drink, and music that Bread and Jam will be closing its doors permanently this Friday September 3rd. The past two years have been nothing short of a dream for me. Being a longtime musician, I always wanted to own my own music venue, and I was able to do that. I can never express in words what the friendships and experiences have meant to me here, and the fact that all of you got a chance to share that dream with me.”

Prizio goes on to say:

“We worked as hard as we could for as long as we could to bring Cohoes the finest music and food that we possibly could. We know our customers and friends deserved no less. But in the end we finally ran into a financial wall that I just wasn’t able to hurdle, and it was time to say goodbye.”

Nippertown would like to thank Prizio and his staff for all they have done for the Nippertown music scene – great jazz shows, cool art/music events like heARTS Aligned, the Tern Rounders’ monthly Moonlight Jamboree and so much more. Thanks, Sal, and best of luck in the future.

Richard Dreyfuss @ The Egg, 9/28/10

August 31st, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss

Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is headed into The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 28. But he won’t be acting.

Dreyfuss – who is also a strong advocate for strengthening history education in our schools – will be at The Egg for a discussion about his life, work and passion for history with noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Dreyfuss will also be honored with the 2010 Empire State Archives and History Award. Tix are $10.

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust, which is sponsoring the event, will also hold a reception to honor Dreyfuss at The Egg prior to the program, from 5:30-7:30pm. Tix for the reception (which also include admission to the discussion) are $50 for members of the Trust; $75 for non-members. NOTE: You can also become a member of the Trust and receive a ticket to the reception and discussion for $65.

Be Here Now: Harptallica @ the Judge’s Inn, 9/1/10

August 31st, 2010, 12:05 pm by Greg

HarptallicaYes, there are a lot of cool shows on tap this week, but when it comes to just plain strange – and you know how much we here at love all things strange – this one is the hands-down winner.

Harptallica – just in case you haven’t already guessed – is a pair of lovely young women who play harp. Not the blues harp. Or the jaw harp. They play the harp – the classical harp.

Ah, yes, but they don’t play classical music. Instead, they perform selections from the Metallica songbook. That’s right, Metallica songs as performed on two classical harps.

Harptallica started in early 2006 when Ashley Toman – a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music – decided to arrange the Metallica song “Fade to Black” for two harps. Somehow, this turned into nine Metallica songs, which were recorded on their self-titled debut CD in 2007.

Since then, the duo – which features Mollie Marcuson in the second harp chair – has branched out and now also covers works by Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Iron Maiden.

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Remembering Chris Whitley

August 31st, 2010, 11:00 am by Greg

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the sublime singer-songwriter-neo bluesman Chris Whitley.

Whitley died of lung cancer in 2005, never having achieved the commercial success that he so richly deserved.

Here’s “Dust Radio” from his stunning 1991 debut album, “Livin’ With the Law”:

We’re also very excited that director Jonathan Mayor has been hard at work on a documentary film, “Dust Radio: A Film About Chris Whitley.” Here’s the trailer for the upcoming film, which is slated for release next year:

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