Nippertown groovemeisters the Getdown celebrate the release of their debut album, “Don’t Stop,” with a CD release party at Savannah’s/Dublin Underground in Albany on Friday (December 9). The 11-track disc was produced by Sloan Tash of Right Coast Soul, who are slated to kick off the evening’s festivities with an opening set at 9pm.
There’s been a change in the line-up for Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, one of Nippertown’s finest bluegrass-Americana bands. Fab fiddler Mat Kane (formerly of the Doc Marshalls) has stepped in the fill the shoes of the departing Tim Wechgelaer. Kane – who is also known to bring extraterrestrial joy with the Disposable Rocket Band as his cosmic alter-ego Captain Kane – made his official debut with the Railroad Boys earlier this week at McGeary’s Pub in Albany, where the band has a long-standing first-Monday-of-the-month residency.
A big shout-out goes to longtime Jocamo percussionist Dave Macejka, who played kalimba and other percussion on “Can’t Sit Down,” the latest album by second generation zydeco kingpin CJ Chenier. The album has been nominated for a Grammy in the new, catch-all, gumbo category of Best Regional Roots Music Album. Way to go, Dave…
Under the direction of Eric Nelson, the 32-member Waterford-Halfmoon High School Select Choir and a half dozen students from Waterford-Halfmoon Elementary School – Christina Bell, Claudia Fountain, Zoe Gleason, Dan Norris, Jack O’Brien and Thomas Phelan – have been selected to sing with Kenny Rogers when he brings his “Christmas & Hits” concert tour to the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Thursday, December 22. Tix are $20, $35, $45, $55 & $70.