It’s the Weekend!

November 30th, 2012, 4:28 pm by Greg

Nipper! (Photo of Nipper in an eyeglasses store on West Broadway in Manhattan by TL Stone)

Photograph by TL Stone

After a long week, now it’s officially the weekend. 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
Rudy Lu
Timothy Reidy
Joel Patterson
Pete Mason
TL Stone
Johnny Salk

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 College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany
Mills Entertainment, Saratoga Springs
Dellarocca Booking, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
EMPAC at RPI, 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:

Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
The Foundry for Art Design + Culture, Cohoes
Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: Katie Haverly / Rosary Beard @ the Foundry, 11/24/12

November 30th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review and video by Timothy Reidy

I had a nice evening in Cohoes last Saturday night. After I finished painting a table at More Bread & Jam, I headed across the street to the Foundry for the intriguing double-bill of Rosary Beard and Katie Haverly.

Seeing Rosary Beard on the bill looked promising, and the acoustic guitar duo of Matthew Carefully and Hunter Sagehorn delivered a performance that almost burned the house down. In front of a well-behaved crowd (and dog), Rosary Beard played a mix of their classics and plenty of new material.

Katie Haverly is based in Arizona, but has roots right here in the Capital Region. This evening she performed with local talent Eric Margan. She played guitar and keyboards with Eric on bass and flute. They sounded great together after just one day’s worth of practice. The highlight of the show was a beautiful rendition of the song “Ideas.”

This was another successful show for the Foundry, which continues to come up with great shows in a cozy setting.

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

November 30th, 2012, 2:05 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:

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

2. New Shows Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

3. Tanglewood Announces 2013 Concert Season (by Staff)

4. JAZZ 2K: CD Picks of the Week (by J Hunter)

5. LIVE: NRBQ @ Maxwell’s, 11/25/12 (by Joel Patterson)

6. FREE TICKETS! Giveaways Galore! (by Staff)

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The Temptations Bring Their Legendary Motown Sound to the Mahaiwe Dec. 2 [Berkshire on Stage]

November 30th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara

Great Barrington, MA – Motown superstars the Temptations will perform at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Sunday (December 2). Tickets are $25 to $80, with a limited number of $15 tickets available for patrons ages 30 and younger. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. For tickets and information, see or call 413.528.0100.

Otis Williams is the only surviving member of the quintet, and leads the Temptations in this spectacular marathon of hits, including “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “My Girl.” In addition to Williams, the current lineup includes Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. “Their sound defined a generation,” said Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly. “We are honored to present this legendary Motown group in Great Barrington.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

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

From the MASS MoCA Blog: A short interview with the marvelous Katherine Myers, who is leaving her post as Director of Marketing and Public Relations at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Fortunately, she won’t be moving too far – she’ll be taking over as Director of Donor Relations just down the road at Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown.

From Downbeat: Michael Benedict & Bopitude’s sophomore CD, Five and One on the Planet Arts label, earned a rave four-star review from Kirk Silsbee.

From Metroland: A interesting war of words between Gabs and David King in the “comments section” over King’s review of the Marilyn Manson concert at Glens Falls Civic Center last month.

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews last weekend’s reunion concert of Graham Parker & the Rumour at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. And the Felice Brothers concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson, too…

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Parade of Shoes: Sachal Vasandani @ the Lake George Jazz Festival, 9/15/12

November 30th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Sachal Vasandani @ The Lake George Jazz Festival, 9/15/12 (photo by J Hunter)

(photo by J Hunter)

Sachal Vasandani @ The Lake George Jazz Festival, 9/15/12 (photo by Rudy Lu)

(photo by Rudy Lu)

Two New Concerts Announced for MASS MoCA

November 30th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

MASS MoCA in North Adams has announced a pair of new concerts for its 2013 performance events calendar.

Combining funky Afrobeat rhythms and infectious electronica elements, Brooklyn’s Superhuman Happiness not only keeps the dance floor hopping, but also offers a charismatic concert as well. Led by tenor saxophonist-conductor-composer Stuart Bogie, the band is slated to roar into MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 at 8pm on Saturday, February 2 for a Groundhog’s Day celebration you won’t forget. Tickets are $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10.

Meanwhile, My Robot Friend – an ensemble that exists at the intersection of performance art, pyrotechnics and electronic dance music – brings it musically and visually unique performance to Club B-10 at 8pm on Saturday, February 23. It’s all the brainchild of Howard Robot, who slips into his homemade costume/suit of LED lights and duct tape to merge the high-tech with the lo-tech as he interacts with an array of intricate illuminated objects, wireless video cameras, synchronized videos and other odd homemade props. Tickets are $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10.

NOTE: And while we’re on the topic of upcoming shows at MASS MoCA, you should be aware that “early worm” three-day tickets for the third Solid Sound Festival – curated by Wilco and taking place at MASS MoCA from June 21-23 – are now on sale for $99.

11/30/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

November 30th, 2012, 9:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Jennifer Koh @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A concert from her Bach and Beyond series, Koh serves up a set of solo violin works – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (c. 1720); Phil Kline’s Partita for Solo Violin (2011); Kaija Saariaho’s … de la Terre (1991); John Zorn’s Passagen (2011); Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 (1944). 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13. Win FREE TICKETS here…

MUSIC: Railbird @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Sarah Pedinotti and band celebrate the release of their new CD, Lucky. With Hand Habits and Sun Burdens. 8:30pm. $10. Win FREE TICKETS here…

MUSIC: Paul Geremia @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran acoustic bluesman covers the bases from Blind Lemon Jefferson to King Oliver. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Café’ NOLA, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Sara Grey & Kieron Means @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Performing traditional songs from the British Isles, the Appalachians and the American West. With David Kiphuth. 7:30pm. $22.

FOOD/THEATER: Buddy Valastro Live: The Cake Boss @ Proctors, Schenectady. The star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” brings his “Homemade for the Holidays” tour to town as he decorates cakes, shares holiday traditions and stories. 8pm. $35.75 & $43.75. Get TICKET DISCOUNT info here…

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