LIVE: Woodstock Day School Soundout / Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration @ the Bearsville Theater, 5/18/12

May 31st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mike Merenda, Doug Yoel, Ruthy, Mike, Simone Felice, Happy Traum, Simi Stone, Kate Taylor, Zach Gill, Donald Fagen and Larry Campbell

Mike Merenda, Doug Yoel, Ruthy, Mike, Simone Felice, Happy Traum, Simi Stone, Kate Taylor, Zach Gill, Donald Fagen and Larry Campbell

Review by Tara Needham
Photographs by Jason Spiro

The house band included Donald Fagan of Steely Dan on organ and long-time Bob Dylan collaborator Larry Campbell on electric guitar, as well as fiddle and lap steel. The musical bar was set high for the more than 20 artists who participated in the Woodstock Day School benefit concert and birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, and as a whole, and individually each in their own way, the artists met or surpassed that bar.

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Tickets, Tickets, Get Your FREE TIX Here!

May 31st, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s expensive out there on the Nippertown summertime concert scene.

But thanks to your pals here at Nippertown.com, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy some first class entertainment around town. We love to give away free tickets to our faithful readers, and that’s you, right?

So keep your eyes glued on Nippertown.com all summer long for lots of free ticket giveaways. As a matter of fact, we’ve got three different giveaways going on right now:

THE TISZIJI MUNOZ QUINTET
Featuring JOHN MEDESKI
at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
7pm on Friday (June 1)
ENTER HERE to win a pair of free tix

UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

MAN MAN
with RALEIGH MONCRIEF
at Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany (sponsored by WCDB-FM)
8pm on Saturday (June 2)
ENTER HERE to win a pair of free tix

UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

RHYTHM ON THE RIDGE
Featuring RED HAIRED STRANGERS, RAMBLIN JUG STOMPERS, FLOOD ROAD, BIG CREEK and lots more
at Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam
Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10
ENTER HERE to win a pair of one-day passes good for either day.
UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

Enter today, and be sure to check back in at Nippertown.com all summer long for lots more free ticket giveaways. In fact, we’re starting another new giveaway tomorrow (Friday, June 2). Don’t miss out…

“Lungs” is a Bravely Written, Startlingly Structured New Play at Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

May 31st, 2012, 3:00 pm by Sara
Brooke Bloom and Ryan King (photos by Kevin Sprague)

Brooke Bloom and Ryan King (photos by Kevin Sprague)

Larry Murray: Even your fashion choices were somewhat overshadowed by the New England premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs on the newly renamed St. Germain Stage at the Lee and Sydelle Blatt Performing Arts Center. With the dedication of the former VFW building to a new purpose it was proof that neither time nor Gail’s fashion choices ever stand still.

Gail Burns: Hey, I may have been in subtle colors but I was wearing my fluffy pink scarf! (Lesley Anne Beck didn’t believe me when I said I was gonna wear it but told her I NEVER lie on Facebook.) But somehow the word Lungs just said fluffy and pink to me, even though I knew that the play had nothing to do with the human respiratory system. It concerns a 30-something couple’s struggle to decide whether or not to become parents.

In her pre-premiere welcome, Julianne Boyd reported that the Playwright just been married the day before, now whether he did this after the arrival of his first child, as the couple in the play do, or before, I know not. But just contemplating marriage and approaching middle age makes one contemplate life, death, and your own legacy.

Larry: Macmillan insists this play is not at all autobiographical. In the program notes he says it was written as he was approaching 30, and unexpectedly facing the fact that he was becoming a grownup in an overwhelmingly complicated time.

Gail: And he’s at that age when all his friends are talking about babies, I suppose, so the theme of the play seems perfectly natural.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: Amanda Rogers @ Design It Together, 4/27/12

May 31st, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

Five Firsts: Tisziji Munoz

May 31st, 2012, 1:30 pm by Greg

Tisziji Munoz

Tisziji Munoz

NAME: Tisziji Munoz
INSTRUMENT: Guitar (Originally a drummer)

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Vincent Bell

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Baba Olatunji

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS …Children’s set of drums

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Canadian Sunset”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Arrogants

Avant jazz guitarist Tisziji Munoz leads the Tisziji Munoz Quintet into the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Friday (June 1), for the final concert of the Sanctuary’s spring season. Munoz will be joined on stage by bassist Don Pate, drummer Tony Falco, percussionist Adam Benham and pianist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood). Tix for the concert are $10.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to the show to TWO lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just go here…

ArtBeat: What To See

May 31st, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara

Opening:

Mark Beard (as Bruce Sargeant):  Picnic on a Hill @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Mark Beard (as Bruce Sargeant): Picnic on a Hill @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Four Painters @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Mark Beard paints in the 1920s style of his imaginary gay great-uncle Bruce Sargeant, creating images of athletes in various stages of dress and undress. The late Joseph Richards painted functional objects, such as locomotives, cranes and anchors, in which he found beauty because of their color, texture and form. Jeff Briggs’ pointillist paintings explore the way that sound might be represented through color and rhythmic mark-making. Todd Germann was formally educated as an architect but is a completely self taught painter who creates ‘landscapes’ of texture and color. Opening reception: Saturday, June 2, 6-8pm. (Through July 8)

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Win FREE TIX to Man Man @ Valentine’s on Saturday!

May 31st, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Since the release of their debut album, “The Man in a Blue Turban With a Face” in 2004, the Philadelphia-based rock experimentalists Man Man have drawn comparisons to a wide array of forward-thinking avant rocksters, including Captain Beefheart, Mr. Bungle, Tom Waits, the Mars Volta and Frank Zappa.

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RIP: Bill Connelly of St. James Gate

May 31st, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Bill Connelly

Bill Connelly

We are saddened to report that Bill Connelly – vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the popular local Celtic band St. James Gate – passed away last week. He was 61 years old.

ALSO READ:
Bill Connelly’s obituary at The Times Union

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