4/30/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

April 30th, 2011, 9:00 am by Greg

ART/FAMILY FUN: Family Day @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Free admission all day for Berkshire County residents. The full museum is available to visitors, plus family entertainer David Grover will perform sets at 1 & 3pm. Birthday cake at approximately 2pm. Face painting between 1-3pm.

MUSIC: Hope House Benefit Fest @ the River Street Beat Shop, Troy. Fundraiser for Hope House’s food pantry and after-school programs with performances by Holly & Evan, Tern Rounders, Big Creek and Jonesville. 12noon-4pm. FREE; donations welcome.

MUSIC: The Nighthawks @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Straight outta Washington, DC, vocalist-harmonicat Mark Wenner leads the veteran blues bar band as they wail at the Dino. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Frank Wakefield Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The veteran mandolin master does it all – from bluegrass to Beethoven. 8pm. $15.

MEMORIAL: Celebration of Life for Nadia Trinkala @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. A celebration in honor of the late Nadia Trinkala, artist and tireless arts supporter. 2pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Brian Posehn & Friends @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The comedian-actor-writer (seen on “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Mr. Show”) is joined by Craig Baldo, Seth Herzog and Todd Barry. 2pm. $17.

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It’s the Weekend!

April 29th, 2011, 5:02 pm by Greg
Shelby with a tennis ball

May checks in on the calendar on Sunday, so maybe all those pesky April showers are finally over…

Thank you! We truly do appreciate everybody who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Nippertown.com is an independent, hands-on site, and we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:

Ed Conway
J Hunter
Daniel J. Hotter
Matt Mac Haffie
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 the cool swag – tickets, CDs, free downloads and other tasty merch – to give away to our readers:

EMPAC at RPI, Troy
The Albany All Stars Roller Derby
The Palace Theatre, Albany

Thanks to all of the folks who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
Basilica Hudson, Hudson
Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
Tech Valley Times, Saratoga Springs
Proctors, Schenectady

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively.

Hot Reads: Nippertown’s Top Five Stories of the Week

April 29th, 2011, 4:18 pm by Greg

Yes, we know that some of you just can’t read Nippertown.com as fast as we can write it – I know, you say you’ve got a real life? So for the casual reader, here’s our summary of the Top Five most viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. Five Firsts: Christine Lavin
2. RIP: Nadia Trinkala, 1966-2011
3. New SPAC Concert Added for August
4. Win FREE TIX to See “Hyper-Rainforest” @ EMPAC at RPI
5. Music @ Max London’s

Other Voices, Other Rooms

April 29th, 2011, 3:53 pm by Sara

At AlbanyJazz.com, J Hunter reviews the recent tribute concert for Sam Farkas at Proctors’ Robb Alley in Schenectady. With photographs (and more photographs) by Rudy Lu.

At Fun in Saratoga, Dan De Federicis reports the fabulous news that our favorite summer-only dining spot – PJ’s Bar-B-Q in Saratoga Springs – is gearing up for renovations that will soon allow PJ’s to stay open all year long.

At his Times Union blog, Chuck Milller features a beautiful black & white photograph that he took of the Palace Theatre…

At Art Beats, Caroline Corrigan offers a photo array of “Yarn Orbs,” the installation by Senior Fiber Arts students from Skidmore College. The installation is at the entrance of the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.

At Foss Forward, Sara Foss weighs in with her personal survey of the all-time best rock collaborations. Number one? Foss goes with the David Bowie/Queen joint effort on “Under Pressure.”

Sirsy loans out their Times Union blog to Dave Graham of the Blisterz, who explains the how and the why behind his decision to organize the annual WildwoodStock benefit concert – which is taking place at the Parting Glass at 12noon-9pm on Sunday with a whole bunch of great local bands contributing their time and talent.

At the WGNA blog, Scott Blaine reports that you can visit the Major League Baseball World Series Trophy up close at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy on Thursday.

Parade of Shoes: The Mysteios

April 29th, 2011, 3:17 pm by Sara

The Mysteios

As seen on Saturday, February 19 on the pristine carpet of the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, Tambourine Girl (tambourine, vox) and Mark LaRose (bass, vox) perform in celebration of the Mysteios’ 45RPM release party.

Photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Garage-rock gurus the Mysteios step into the spotlight at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 9pm on Saturday. Sharing the stage will be Grainbelt and the Catbirds (led by Chandler Travis).

LIVE: James Wesley @ Proctors, 4/21/11

April 29th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
James Wesley

James Wesley

WGNA-FM wrapped up their latest “Rising Star” concert series at Proctors in Schenectady last Thursday night with up-and-coming headliner James Wesley and his trio.

With a broad smile as wide as the stage and an easy-on-the-ears tenor, singer-songwriter Wesley has a whole lot of charm that just bubbles off the stage and touches everybody within earshot. It seemed as though everybody in the audience already knew his hit singles, “Jackson Hole” and “Real,” both of which have already graced the country music charts, but the rest of the music was new to them because Wesley has yet to release his debut album.

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LIVE: Will Oldham & Rudy Wurlitzer @ Basilica Hudson, 4/28/11

April 29th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Will Oldham & Rudy Wurlitzer

Amtrak’s Hudson bound train trumpeted rhythmically over Will Oldham’s deep-woods voice, seeming a part of the performance. The visual, musical and aural presentation of Rudy Wurlitzer’s 1984 novel “Slow Fade” had all the right stuff to spellbind the crowded audience at Basilica Hudson. The event showcased the release of Wurlitzer’s audio book version of “Slow Fade,” narrated by Will Oldham (Palace Brothers, Bonnie Prince Billy) and his good friend D.V. DeVincentis.

The 45-minute spasmodic reading was tag teamed between Wurlitzer and Oldham while guitarist Ben Chasny (of Six Organs of Admittance) gently strummed chords relevant to the setting at hand. The audience was brought to Mexico, India, back to the familiar land of New York and then to Canada with the help of photographer Lynn Davis’ colorful and moody slideshow.

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LIVE: Rusted Root @ Putnam Den, 4/20/11

April 29th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

Michael Glabicki, the singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of Rusted Root, looked a little out of place behind his sunglasses on the small stage in the Putnam Den. After all, he and his Pittsburgh-based band were used to playing much bigger venues and festival stages.

To Glabicki’s left, co-founding band-member Liz Berlin stood at the microphone, holding a set of mallets and a drum slung around her neck. In the shadows behind her, one of the outfit’s two lead guitarists Colter Harper waited cradling his Telecaster.

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