It’s the Weekend!

October 29th, 2010, 5:30 pm by Greg
Halloween Dogs

Where's that candy you were talking about?

Thanks to the wonderful writers, photographers and other enablers who contributed to this week:
The Mysteios
Real George
Bruce Hallenbeck

If you’d like to see your name on this list next week, it’s simple. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, rant, whatever’s on your mind. We can’t do it without you. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown.

Thanks to the fab folks who contributed free tickets for our giveaways:
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy

Thanks to the folks who provided us with review tickets for their events:
The Egg, Albany
Justin’s, Albany
The Linda, Albany
A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
The Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose, Albany

And, of course, most importantly – thanks to you, our devoted Nippertown readers. Please help spread the word…


Live: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, 10/26/10

October 29th, 2010, 4:06 pm by Greg
Freddie Lonzo

Freddie Lonzo

Bassist, Sousaphone player and creative director Ben Jaffe stood on stage at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center on Tuesday night, and introduced his bandmates one by one. They ambled out on stage individually, each adding their instrument to the musical mix.

“We’re gonna take you on a trip to a very special place…,” Jaffe told the sold-out crowd.

And if there was any doubt about where the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was coming from, they made it perfectly clear with their opening one-two salvo of “Basin Street Blues” and “Bourbon Street Parade,” name-checking two of the most famous avenues of New Orleans and indeed the jazz world.

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Odds & Ends at the End of the Week

October 29th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Guitarist-vocalist Joel Marshall is parting company with the local rock cover band What She Said. He’ll be making his farewell performance with the band at 9pm tonight at Pinhead Susan’s in Schenectady.

Congrats go out to the Center for Photography at Woodstock, which was honored with the Spotlight Award for significant contributions to the field of photography at the eighth annual Lucie Awards held at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday.

Also down in Woodstock, the VARGA Gallery is hosting its “Ha Ha Halloween” celebration from 8pm til 12midnight on Saturday. Featuring face painting by Lydia, spoken word by Tripsy the Faerie, tarot readers, psychics, costume contests, food, drink and a cabaret performance by the one and only Phoebe Legere. Costumes a must. $20 suggested donation at the door; $5 minimum donation.

Looking for a more family-friendly – and earlier – Halloween celebration? Check out Art Omi in Ghent, which is hosting a free Trick or Treat Open House from 4:30-6:30pm on Saturday. Dress up in costume and search for treats among the sculptures, participate in various art activities and enjoy free cookies, popcorn and cider.

James Young, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 29th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg
James Young (photo by J. Powell)

James Young (photo by J. Powell)

“‘Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger.’ Yup, that was the one.

Damn it, he’s Bo Diddley!”

Guitarist James “JY” Young and his bandmates in Styx take the stage at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday for a concert featuring performances of their classic albums, “The Grand Illusion” (1977) and “Pieces of Eight” (1978), in their entirety – as well as other Styx classic rock staples. Tix are $22, $39.50, $55.50 and $69.50.

Live: Joan Baez @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/26/10

October 29th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg
Joan Baez @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was sold out. Joan Baez was in town and ready to perform. The First Lady of the folk music world stepped out to thunderous applause and a standing ovation – even before she sang her first note.

Sure, people were there to hear the songs she is best known for: the Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” great old folk favorites like “Stewball,” and the title track of her 1989 album, “Diamonds and Rust,” an autobiographical song about her relationship with Bob Dylan. (We all know who the ‘diamond’ was in that one.) But Joan’s voice on any song transcends all of that hit-music hype.

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Cancelled: “Django Reinhardt at 100” @ the Calvin Theater

October 29th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Due to those always mysterious “unforeseen circumstances,” the upcoming tribute concert “Django Reinhardt at 100” featuring Dorado Schmitt and the Django NY Festival All-Stars – which was slated for the Calvin Theater in Northampton at 8pm on Saturday – has been cancelled.

Refunds for ticketholders are available at the place of purchase.

ArtBeat: What To See

October 29th, 2010, 11:25 am by Sara

Charles Steckler @ Clement Gallery

Charles Steckler @ Clement Gallery

Charles Steckler: Collage @ Clement Gallery, Troy. Primarily known for his stage designs for theatre, Charles Steckler has also created an elaborate body of work ranging from drawings, photography, painting, box construction dioramas and playful collages, which is the focus of this exhibition. Opening reception Friday, October 29, 6-9pm. (Through November 24)

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Happy Halloween!

October 29th, 2010, 11:02 am by Greg

“A Girl, a Boy and a Graveyard” – Another fab animated video by Eric Power. Music by Jeremy Messersmith:

Also see the Power/Messersmith collaboration “Tatooine.”

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Albany PoetsBerkshire On StageThe LindaDark Wood Design