3/31/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

March 31st, 2012, 9:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ensemble Congeros @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Led by Eddie Ade Knowles, the Troy-based Afro-Cuban percussion group performs in concert to celebrate the release of their debut DVD, “Chasing the Rhythms.” 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Roots Music Festival @ The Linda, Albany. Host band the Red Haired Strangers will be joined by the versatile Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the genre-bending Annie & the Hedonists, the delta style blues of Street Corner Holler and strolling troubadour Michael Eck. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Keith Pray Quartet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The jazz saxman and his band celebrate the release of Pray’s new CD, “Confluence.” 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Alta Mira @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Ben KN and Matt Durfee. A CD release party for the band’s new album, “I Am the Salt.” 8pm. $8.

COMEDY: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood @ Proctors, Schenectady. Two stars of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” serve up a night of exceptional improv comedy. 8pm. $29.75, $35.75 & $45.75.

THEATER: “Graven Image” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A staged reading of Stephen Kilduff’s new play, a three-person drama about the creation of art, youthful exuberance and the terrible secrets we keep hidden even from ourselves. 7:30pm. FREE; post-show reception with actors and playwright $12.

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It’s the Weekend!

March 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
I can lick my own nose. What about you?

I can lick my own nose. What about you?

We’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

And that’s no April Fool’s joke…

Of course, 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:

J Hunter
Larry Murray
Kirsten Ferguson
Joel Patterson
Timothy Reidy
Richard Brody
Pete Mason
William Gill
Brian Tromans
Albert Brooks

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 privided us with cool giveaway merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

EMPAC at RPI, Troy
Albany All Stars Roller Derby, Albany

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The Egg, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
WCDB-FM, Albany
Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
Lynn’s Uptown Tavern, Albany
Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Brunswick
The BSP Lounge, Kingston
The Bayou Cafe, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes
Andrzej Pilarczyk

Other Voices, Other Rooms

March 30th, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg

From Proctors, On Stage and Off: Sara Hill extolls the glory and joy of gospel music.

From In Your Speakers: Ross Condit is getting excited about the upcoming Record Store Day (Saturday, April 21).

From Best of 2012: Yes, The Times Union is now conducting their annual Readers’ Poll. Please vote wisely…

From Kevin Marshall’s America: “Top 10 Things Said on Local News That Could Also Be the Lineup of a Local Music Festival”

From The Arts Whisperer: Bob Goepfert reconsiders Shirley MacLaine after seeing her at Proctors last weekend.

From Keep Albany Boring: KAB is giving away a pair of tix to the Dayglow Paint Party, which returns to the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Thursday.

From Right Now: Mark McGuire helps you out with a list of the Top Five Things to Do After Winning the Lottery

LIVE: Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 3/17/12

March 30th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The mega-talented Sarah Jarosz seemed a bit surprised to discover that at the same time she was performing in The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, a Led Zeppelin tribute band was cranking it out in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. “I’m sure they’re rockin’ out over there,” she told her nearly sold-out crowd, “but we’re rockin’ out in our own way.”

Fortunately, there was no sonic bleed from somebody pretending to be Jimmy Page as he scraped his violin bow across his guitar strings, and Jarosz’s little trio did indeed deliver a simply mesmerizing performance.

Still a couple of months shy of her 21st birthday, Jarosz – on spring break from her studies at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music – was brimming over with talent and a natural charisma, as she fused together elements of bluegrass, folk and country music while switching between guitar, mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.

And, oh yeah – she sang like an angel, too.

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Hot Reads: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

March 30th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Yes, we know…

We’ve heard complaints that some of you just don’t have the time to read Nippertown.com as fast as we write it.

So for the casual reader, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. RIP: Ernie Williams, 1925-2012 (by Greg Haymes)

2. RIP: Art Snay of Arabellum Studios, 1951-2012 (by Greg Haymes)

3. LIVE: Rhonda Vincert & the Rage @ Cohoes Music Hall, 3/23/12 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. LIVE: “For the Love of Art” @ Lynn’s Uptown Tavern, 3/25/12 (by Sara Ayers)

5. New Concert Announcement for SPAC (by Staff)

6. New Concert at the Palace Theatre (by Staff)

7. For the Love of Art: A Celebration of the Life of Art Snay (by Staff)

8. 3/25/12: Today’s Tips: Sunday (by Staff)

9. Another New Concert at SPAC (by Staff)

10. Tribute to Ernie Williams: Live & In Concert on WAMC-FM (by Staff)

LIVE: WCDB-FM’s 34th Anniversary Music Festival @ Valentine’s, 3/3/12

March 30th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dave Minehan of the Neighborhoods (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Dave Minehan of the Neighborhoods (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson and Timothy Reidy

New Jersey indie-punk band Titus Andronicus kicked off their amped-up headlining set on the second night of the WCDB birthday bash with a charged cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town.”

The ‘70s anthem may as well have been the theme song for Boston trio the Neighborhoods, who played earlier in the night and peppered their high-energy set with remembrances from shows past in Albany, where they were a fixture on the local music scene – and a WCDB staple – in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Festival Fever: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, 5/31-6/3/12

March 30th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Led by guitarslinger extraordinaire Warren Haynes, Mountain Jam will once again take over Hunter Mountain in Hunter for four days of wonderful and wildly eclectic music, beginning on Thursday, May 31.

Naturally, Haynes’ band Gov’t Mule (or rather one of Haynes’ bands) will be headlining on the Friday and Saturday nights, but the eighth annual fest’s roster of diverse talent also includes Steve Winwood, Ben Folds Five, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Roots, the Word and much, much more.

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Alta Mira’s CD Release Party @ Valentine’s, 3/31/12

March 30th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Alta Mira (photo by Jess Towne)

Alta Mira (photo by Jess Towne)

Progressive pop-rockers Alta Mira are celebrating the release of their long-awaited new album, “I Am the Salt,” on Saturday night at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.

The album was recorded by Seamus McNulty and Frank Moscowitz at Black Dog Studio in Stillwater and Collar City Sound in Troy and co-produced by the band and Moscowitz.

If you want a sneak peek of the new album, you can get a free download of the song “Good Enough, at Alta Mira’s Bandcamp page, where you can also stream two other songs from the album, “The Elephant” and “Organ Anthem.”

Alta Mira throws a CD release party for “I Am the Salt” at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (March 31). Opening the show will be Matt Durfee and Ben KN. Admission is $8.

AND DON’T FORGET… Alta Mira’s isn’t the only release party on the calendar for Saturday night. Jazz saxman Keith Pray is celebrating the release of his new album, “Confluence,” at the Van Dyck in Schenectady, and Ensemble Congeros release their debut DVD, “Chasing the Rhythms,” with a concert and reception at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.

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