Archive for June, 2012

6/30/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

MUSIC: Patrick Watson @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. This Montreal-based singer-songwriter-pianist’s mix of cabaret pop and indie rock has drawn comparisons to the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird and Jeff Buckley. In support of his new Domino Records album “Adventures in Your Own Backyard,” he brings his band – bassist Mishka Stein, guitarist Simon Angell and drummer Robbie Kuster – and their lushly surreal acoustic soundscapes south for a special show before going home to headline the Montreal Jazz Festival. 8pm. $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s Day One of the 35th annual jazz featuring performances by Maceo Parker, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, the Mingus Big Band, Michel Camilo, Christian McBride, Mario Abney, Pedrito Martinez, Catherine Russell, Jermey Pelt, Hailey Niswanger and more. 12noon.

PERFORMANCE: “Frame Upon Frame – Chapter 1: God’s Woods” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Written by Linda Mussmann and performed by Claudia Bruce and Gerald Von Stoddard, the performance weaves together video and 8mm movie clips with the live music on stage. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC/ART WORKSHOP: “The Power of Art and Music: Preserving the Hudson Valley” @ the Wagon House Education Center at Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. A free plein air art class with Loretta Simon and a concert by Michael Eck, both illuminating how music and art have played a role in preserving and protecting the Hudson Valley and the Olana viewshed. 10am-12noon. FREE; $5 vehicle entrance fee.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon. A fab one-day music fest on the banks of the Hudson featuring music by the Figgs, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, the Wiyos, the M Shanghai String Band, the Octomen and more… 12noon. FREE. More info here…

MUSIC: Amy Collins & the Whomevers @ The Irish Mist, Troy. The folk ‘n’ Celtic singer-songwriter and her band showcase her new CD, “The Hour of the Wolf.” 7pm.

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Blue Factory. 8:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Dyer Switch @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. A festive afternoon of dining, raffles, art sales and music to benefit the New York Folklore Society. 2-7pm.



It’s the Weekend!

Friday, June 29th, 2012
Where's Bun. E.?

It’s shaping up to be a simply fantabulous weekend, so get out there and enjoy it.

But before we head out, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about

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:

Larry Murray
Kirsten Ferguson
Stanley Johnson
J Hunter
Charlie Weintraub
Matt Mac Haffie
Gail Burns
Roseann Cane
Rudy Lu
Abby Turner

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 cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
City of Albany’s Office of Special Events, Albany
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Live Nation, Saratoga Springs
Berkshire Actors Theatre, Pittsfield
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
Shakespeare & Co., Lenox
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes
Andrzej Pilarczyk

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Yes, we know…

We’ve heard complaints that some of you just don’t have the time to read 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. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert Season (by Staff)

2. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements… (by Staff)

3. The Egg Adds Six New Concerts (by Staff)

4. LIVE: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 6/16/12 (by Charlie Weintraub)

5. LIVE: The Beach Boys @ SPAC, 6/23/12 (by Kirsten Ferguson, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

6. LIVE: Patty Smyth & Scandal @ Alive at Five at Riverfront Park, 6/21/12 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

7. Taylor Swift Is Coming to Tanglewood (by Staff)

8. Parade o’ Shoes: Bootsy’s Boots (by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Matt Mac Haffie, Stanley Johnson)

9. Real Good for FREE: Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, 6/30/12 (by Staff)

10. Festival Fever: “Hey, I’m Still Breathing: A Musical Celebration With Dick Quinn” @ the Ale House, 7/1/12 (by Staff)

Burns and Turner Review “Doubt” by Berkshire Actors Theatre at the Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 29th, 2012
Father Flynn (Patrick White) and Sister James (Clover Bell-Devaney)  (Photo: Arianne Stuerzel)

Father Flynn (Patrick White) and Sister James (Clover Bell-Devaney) (Photo: Arianne Stuerzel)

by Gail Burns and Abby Turner

Gail Burns: This marks my first reviewing outing with my friend Abby Turner. Abby is a fellow alumna of Sarah Lawrence College with a background in fine art, design, and merchandising. She has often been my “date” for the theatre and I value her opinions and insight. Abby, what were your impressions of the Berkshire Actors Theatre (BAT) production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable”?

Abby Turner: Gail, you are one of the rare people who did not see the film based on this play starring the fabulous Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman – so you are coming to this with a fresh eye and I am seeing through the Streep lens – which is hard on any play.

Gail: True. Streep and Hoffman are VERY tough acts to follow! The film was released the same weekend I saw and reviewed “Doubt” for the first time (in a Town Players production in 2008), so I consciously stayed away. But then it is no secret that I NEVER go to the movies anyway.

Abby: The theatre experience is very different, and this production holds up quite well. There is an intimacy and immediacy to the theatre which is very compelling in this play which is so much about character and what one comes to believe. And in the face of a lack of irrefutable proof, beliefs seem about what we know from the pit of our stomach. As Sister Aloysius, Peggy Pharr Wilson is very clear about what her gut tells her. She is a deeply unlikable character, but one of great conviction and integrity.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Friday, June 29th, 2012

From The New York Times: John Eligon gives Albany’s Pinto & Hobbs Tavern a shout-out for its legislative bipartisan karaoke nights.

From NPR’s All Songs Considered: A round-up of the most anticipated albums of the summer features Grizzly Bear, Cat Power, the Avett Brothers and Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe. You can also hear “Horses,” a new track from Rowe’s upcoming album, “The Salesman and the Shark.”

From The Boston Globe: Jeremy D. Goodwin reports on the burgeoning music scene in Pittsfield


Bob Dylan Heads to Bethel Woods & Mountain Park

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Bob Dylan and His Band are scheduled to perform at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel at 8pm on Sunday, September 2. Ben Harper opens the show. Reserved seat tix are $55, $85 & $141.50; lawn $31.50. Tix will go on sale at 10am on Monday, July 9.

Dylan’s tour will also be making a stop at Mountain Park in Holyoke at 8pm on Friday, September 7. Priced at $55, $70 & $85, tix are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday, July 13.

‘Nuff said…

The Egg Adds Six New Concerts

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Egg in Albany has bolstered its 2012-13 concert season with the announcement of a half dozen new shows. Tix are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 6.

Here are the six newly announced shows at The Egg:


Steven Tyler, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Friday, June 29th, 2012


“Oh, yeah. I sure do remember that first album. It was an album by the Pretty Things. It was their first or second album.

But I also went through my sister’s albums. There was ‘Hold That Tiger’ by Fabian and stuff like that. I mean, come on. It was all that stuff that sisters would listen to. I wanted to hear the doo-wop, the making-out-for-hours, sucking-face songs. ‘House of the Rising Sun’ by the Animals… the greatest song I ever heard.

And the first single that I bought was ‘The Battle of New Orleans’ by Johnny Horton. ‘In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip…’ And the B-side was a song called ‘All For the Love of a Girl.’

“And the Everly Brothers – oh, I was strung out on them for six years.”

Steven Tyler grabs the microphone to lead Aerosmith’s Global Warming Tour into the Times Union Center in Albany tonight (Friday, June 29). Cheap Trick kicks off the show at 7:30pm. Tix are $63, $99.50 & $149.50.

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