It’s the (Big Labor Day) Weekend!

August 31st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
It's the end of summer. Sad. Very Sad.

It’s the end of summer. Sad. Very Sad.

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard all week, and now it’s time to get out there and enjoy the big Labor Day weekend festivities of your choice.

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
Gail Burns
Tim Livingston
Brian Tromans
Fred Rudofsky
Timothy Reidy
Roseann Cain
Rudy Lu
Kirsten Ferguson
Hilary Scott
M.R. Poulopoulos
Ed Conway

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.

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:

Tanglewood, Lenox
City of Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
MASS MoCA, North Adams
The Times Union Center, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
Jillian’s, Albany
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox
Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
The Theater Barn, New Lebanon
Lake George Dinner Theatre, Lake George
Flo’s Lark Tavern, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes
Andrzej Pilarczyk


New Release Rack: Teri Roiger

August 31st, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Teri Roiger

Teri Roiger

Jazz vocalist Teri Roiger is celebrating the release of her new album, “Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln,” with a high profile CD release celebration at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Manhattan on Monday (September 3). Showtimes are 7:30 & 9:30pm. Tix are $25; students $10.

Produced by Brian Bacchus, “Dear Abbey” is Roiger’s third CD as a vocalist and bandleader, and she is especially passionate about this recording. “Abbey’s music has had a profound influence on my life as a woman, musician, teacher, lyricist, and songwriter,” says Roiger. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this music with the audience at Dizzy’s!”

Performing with her on Monday in NYC will be pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist John Menegon and drummer Stave Williams, all of whom are also featured on the album.

The CD will be released next month on Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. Osby also lends his alto sax talents to five of the album’s tracks, while guitarist Mark Dziuba sits in as special guest of “Hey Lordy Mama.”

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

August 31st, 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 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:

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LIVE: Animal Kingdom @ Jillian’s, 7/30/12

August 31st, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Richard Sauberlich

Richard Sauberlich

Photographs by Brian Tromans

As the 2012 Olympic Summer games opened, North London based Animal Kingdom kicked off its first North American Tour at Jillian’s of Albany on Monday, July 30 – in what turned out to be one of the last big shows to grace Jillian’s stage.

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Real Good for FREE: The Final Stretch Music Festival, 9/1-2/12

August 31st, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Yes, they’re rounding the far bend and heading for home…

The Saratoga racing season is rapidly coming to a close, and to help send it off, the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs will be full of free music on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7-11pm.

Here’s a schedule of who’s playing where and when at the 2012 Final Stretch Music Festival this weekend:

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LIVE: Joe Barna’s Birthday Bash with Sketches of Influence @ Flo’s Lark Tavern, 8/23/12

August 31st, 2012, 12:00 pm by Sara
Joe Barna

Joe Barna

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Nippertown’s own jazz drummer-composer Joe Barna celebrated his 37th birthday last week on Thursday (August 23). And even though he was suffering from an injured arm, he still marked the occasion with plenty of his music.

The full house at Flo’s Lark Tavern in Albany was treated to a very special edition of his Sketches of Influence band/project – featuring nationally renowned trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, tenor saxman Nate Giroux, pianist Dave Solazzo, veteran bassist Otto Gardner and Joey Thomas Big Band drummer Nate Coyne sitting in for Barna behind the drum set.

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Other Voices, Other Rooms

August 31st, 2012, 11:06 am by Greg

From Berkshire On Stage: Larry Murray takes a look at the potential effects of the upcoming presidential election on funding for the arts.

From Indie Moines: The ever eclectic former Albanian J. Eric Smith weighs in with “My 100 Favorite Albums Ever (2012 Update),” a list that’s sure to spark some conversation and likely quite a few trips to Spotify… NOTE: Albums by homegrown Nippertown musicians Jed Davis, Gay Tastee, Hanslick Rebellion and Kamikaze Hearts all made Smith’s final cut…

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Tanglewood Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with Pops, Great American Songbook, Train, Evanescence & Chevelle [Berkshire on Stage]

August 31st, 2012, 9:59 am by Sara
Specially priced tickets are available in the shed to see Broadway stars and the Boston Pops salute the Great American Songbook.

Specially priced tickets are available in the shed to see Broadway stars and the Boston Pops salute the Great American Songbook.


Kicking off the final week of Tanglewood’s historical 75th anniversary season, three-time Grammy Award-winning rock group Train returns to Tanglewood on Friday, August 31, to play past hits and songs from their latest release,California 37. Up-and-coming pop star Andy Grammer and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mat Kearney will open for Train. The multi-platinum band Train made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.”

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