Archive for September, 2012

9/30/12: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

MUSIC: Kim Richey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. In support of her latest album, Wreck Your Wheels, the sublime singer-songwriter fuses together Americana and indie pop in fine fashion. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Punch Brothers @ The Egg, Albany. Acoustic music adventurers the Punch Brothers continue to explore uncharted territory with their new recording “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” featuring Chris Thile (mandolin and vocals), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Gabe Witcher (fiddle), Chris Eldridge (guitar) and Paul Kowert (bass). With Tom Brosseau. 7:30pm. $29.50.

FILM: “LCD Soundsystem: Shut Up and Play the Hits” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The concert/documentary film of LCD Soundsystem’s final show on April 2, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Victoria Clark @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Tony Award-winning singer-actress presents “Stories and Songs from a Real-Life Fairy Tale,” as the Hudson cabaret series “Helsinki on Broadway” continues. 7pm. $20 & $35.

FESTIVAL: Saratoga Native American Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. The fest showcases the full range of Native American culture from art and crafts to dance and music. Today’s featured performers include the Dawnland Singers, flute player Al Cleveland, storyteller Perry Ground, the Iron River Singers, the Rez Dogs, the Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers and the Onondaga Dancers. 10am-7:30pm. $12; seniors $10; ages 6-12 $5; children under 5 FREE. More info and a complete schedule here…

FILM: “Compliance” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Based on true events, Craig Zobel’s film tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. 4pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Stephane Wrembel @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme for last year’s smash film “Midnight in Paris,” and he performed his irresistibly catchy original song “Bistro Fada” live during the 2012 Academy Awards. 8pm. $20.

FILMS: Architecture X2: 2 Short Movies @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Two films about architecture – “Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower” and “Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.” 2pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Tapestry @ Perfect Blend Cafe, Delmar. Acoustic duo. 11am.


9/29/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

MUSIC: Rupa & the April Fishes @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. San Francisco-based multi-culti band with a message. 8pm. $10. Win FREE TIX here…

MUSIC: Ben Allison’s Jim Hall Project @ the Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Planet Arts kicks off its fall “Jazz one2one” concert series with the bassist-composer Allison, guitarist Steve Cardenas and saxman Ted Nash. Jazz talk with the musicians at 7pm; music at 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The North Mississippi Allstars @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Missing Cats (featuring Widespread Panic’s John “Jojo” Hermann and Sherman Ewing) and Eastbound Jesus. 8pm. $20.

FILM: “Turning Pages” @ Proctors, Schenectady. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the graduation of Niskayuna High School’s Class of ’62, this documentary film presents a vibrant mosaic of 25 candidly intimate portraits of a generation of individuals who struggled with Vietnam, redefined identity and gender roles, entered or left relationships, went to work, raised families and are still seeking to live authentically with optimism as they face their seventh decade. Created by photographer Bob Van Degna, artist Anna VA Polesny and journalist Don Wilcock. With a reception following the screening. 2pm. FREE. More info here…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Kickin’ It Country @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Radio station 104.9 The Cat presents a day-long country fest fest featuring Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Steel Magnolia and Local 518 faves Chelsea Cavanaugh and Skeeter Creek. Gates open at 9am; music kicks off at 11am. $35; ages 10 and under FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Fall Fest Block Party @ Pinhead Susan’s, Schenectady. Rusted Root headlines the outdoor street party. With Conehead Buddha and Lucy Stone. Gates open at 5pm; music at 6pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Spirit of Johnny Cash @ the Mohawk Theater, North Adams. The Johnny Cash tribute band – featuring Harold Ford as Johnny Cash and Laura Lucy as June Carter Cash – performs in concert to raise funds for the reopening of the Mohawk Theater. 8pm. $29; standing room $19; students $12; VIP $75.

MUSIC: Michelle Shocked @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. If you missed the always outspoken singer-songwriter at Caffe Lena on Wednesday, well, now you’ve got another chance to catch her Roccupy tour. 9pm. $30.


It’s the Weekend!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

It's The Weekend!

Congrats! You’ve worked hard all week, and today marks the first full weekend of fall. So it’s time to get out there and enjoy the weekend festivities of your choice. And, yes, there are plenty of options…

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
J Hunter
Tim Livingston
Joel Patterson
Chris Wienk
Jason Spiro
Don Wilcock
Fred Rudofsky
Matt Mac Haffie
Pete Mason

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 – tix, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The 398 Group, Saratoga Springs
Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Valentine’s Music Hall, 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:

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
The Ale House, Troy
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
The Linda, Albany
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Troy Night Out, Troy

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes
Andrzej Pilarczyk

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

Friday, September 28th, 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. LIVE: SPAC Battle of the Bands @ the Spa Little Theater, 9/21/12 (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

2. Another New Concert at the Palace Theatre… (by Staff)

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

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

5. Pete Donnelly Leaves NRBQ (by Staff)


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, September 28th, 2012

From Albany Jazz: Tom Pierce reviews Accentuate the Positive, the recent CD from the Empire Jazz Orchestra

From Indie Moines: J. Eric Smith commits Genesis-related heresy, admitting he likes Phil Collins’ Genesis better than Peter Gabriel’s Genesis. And that’s only for starters…

From All Over Albany: A few highlights from Film Columbia, the annual film festival slated to take place in Chatham from October 17-21.

From Berkshire On Stage: Larry Murray previews many of the upcoming “Moby Dick”-related theatrical performances around the Berkshires in conjunction with the Call Me Melville festival.


Jacques Brel’s Music is Very Much Alive and Well in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 28th, 2012
(l to r) Michele Brourman, Amanda McBroom, George Ball in a photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

(l to r) Michele Brourman, Amanda McBroom, George Ball in a photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

An evening with the music of Jacques Brel (1929-1978) is hard to resist for theater and cabaret lovers. More than any other composer, his songs reach more deeply into my psyche, and my soul, than any others out there. So an evening with the Belgian composer’s music is always special. Between the songs, the performers shared tidbits about Brel’s life with the audience, and the source of his songs. He hated war and loved women, whether naughty and nice.

When Amanda McBroom and husband George Ball belt out the timeless songs of Brel you can’t help but wonder why it’s been so long since you last heard them. Best of all, their performance wasn’t a by-the-book revue like the original off-Broadway revue that introduced him to most of us in America. If you have heard his music it is likely due to Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris which requires four singers and a small combo to be done right, but in many ways, this third appearance by Amanda McBroom in the Berkshires was better than that.

A songwriter herself, McBroom, along with her music director Michele Brourman, knows how to parse a lyric, and to make it come to life as if being heard for the first time. Some of her choices were tender and could break your heart (especially if you speak French). ”Don’t leave me”, (Ne me quitte pas) was given an authentic airing, not at all like the Americanized “If You Go Away” by Rod McKuen which was sung by Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand. “Don’t Leave Me” is both a lament and an anthem to undying love that has racked up at least 400 different recorded versions in 22 different languages. It is arguably Brel’s most popular song.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

The Gibson Brothers Named IBMA’s Entertainers of the Year

Friday, September 28th, 2012
Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson and Leigh Gibson

The Gibson Brothers

There’s no doubt anymore that bluegrass is much more than just a strictly southern genre of music…

Standing on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Nippertown’s own premier bluegrass band, the Gibson Brothers took home the prestigious “Entertainer of the Year” award at the 23rd annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on Thursday night (September 27).


POSTPONED: Tiesto @ the Washington Avenue Armory

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Well, apparently Renaissance’s Annie Haslam isn’t the only one suffering from a bad back

Tiësto’s performance at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany – originally slated for Thursday (October 4) – has been postponed til Wednesday, February 20.

Tiësto regrets to announce that due to a back injury he has been advised to take the month of October off from performances and is expected to make a full recovery. But unfortunately, the Club Life College Invasion Tour, which was slated to make a tour stop in Albany next week, has been postponed.

“I hate to disappoint my fans and be told I have to sit still for a while,” Tiesto posted. “But I am relieved we were able to reschedule the dates. I’m looking forward to seeing you all very soon!”

At this time, no support acts have been confirmed for the rescheduled College Invasion Tour. Stay tuned for updates.

Tix purchased for the October 4 show will be honored on the new date.

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