Archive for December, 2012

12/31/12: Today’s Tips: Monday (New Year’s Eve)

Monday, December 31st, 2012

FESTIVAL: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Ramblin Jug Stompers, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Holly & Evan, the Tartan Terrors, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, the Lee Shaw Trio, Good for Her, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, the Wheelbarrow Boys, Red Haired Strangers and lots more. 6pm. $15 for admission to all events.

MUSIC: Glen David Andrews @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The New Orleans gospel-meets-R&B trombonist-vocalist-bandleader welcomes 2013 with a rave-up performance. 9pm. $48.

COMEDY: First Night of Funny @ Proctors, Schenectady. Stand-up comics Jamie Lissow, Joe DeVito, Jon Fisch and Tina Giorgi. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Funk Evolution @ Proctors, Schenectady. R&B-meets-country twang. With Skeeter Creek. 9:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Assortment of Crayons (12midnight) @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Greys (11pm); Dynamite Pleasure Chair (10pm); Mime Choir (9pm). Free draft from 8-9pm; Champagne at 12midnight.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Party Boat. 10pm. $10.

COMEDY: New Year’s Eve Comedy Blast @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Stand-up comedy from Travon Free, Eli Braden, Halli Borgfjord and Pauly Casillas. 8pm. $20, $30 & $35.



12/30/12: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

MUSIC: Jo Henley @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Bandleader-Schenectady native Andy Campolieto leads his Boston-based country-roots-rockin’ combo back to the Spa City’s legendary coffeehouse. 7pm. $17.

THEATER: Cirque Dreams Holidaze @ Proctors, Schenectady. Broadway director Neil Goldberg has concocted an extravaganza in which gingerbread men flip mid-air, toy soldiers march on thin wires, snowmen balance, penguins spin, puppets dance and reindeer soar. 2pm. $20, $40, $45 & $50.

MUSIC: New Riders Purple Sage @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 8pm. $30 & $40.

OPERA ON FILM: “Aida” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s classic drama starring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, sung by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts. 12:55pm. $25; students $15.


12/29/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

MUSIC: Christine Spero Group @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The jazz pianist and her band dip into the songbag of Laura Nyro. That’s right, it’s Spero plays Nyro. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Blue Hand Luke @ the River Street Pub, Troy. 10pm.

FILM: “Let Fury Have the Hour” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. This documentary explores the last three decades of “creative response”: using art as a political statement in response to reactionary politics. Interviews with more than 50 artists include Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Tom Morello, Lewis Black, Billy Bragg, Wayne Kramer, Eugene Hütz, Elizabeth Streb, John Sayles and more. 7pm. $5. Also 7pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: The Ryan Montbleau Band @ Red Square, Albany. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Blues Sanctuary @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The Bennington-based blues band features Rick Burgess on vocals and guitar, Ken Pallman on drums, Bruce Mariani on bass, Joe Candal on keyboards and John O’Rourke on lead guitar. 10pm. FREE.


It’s the Weekend!

Friday, December 28th, 2012
Shelby as Julie Christie

Shelby does her very best Julie Christie impersonation.

Now it’s officially another big, long holiday weekend. And the very last weekend of the year, too. So it’s time to get out there and enjoy the weekend festivities of your choice. And, yes, there are many, many 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
Fred Rudofsky
Stanley Johnson
Kirsten Ferguson
Pete Mason
Timothy Reidy
Albert Brooks
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Joel Patterson
M.R. Poulopoulos
Richard Brody
Jason Spiro

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:

Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

Friday, December 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. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff, J Hunter)

2. SPAC 2013: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

3. Best of 2012: J Hunter (by J Hunter, Albert Brooks, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. Best of 2012: Stanley Johnson (by Stanley Johnson)

5. Rock for Recovery: Two-Night Benefit for Sandy Hook Victims @ Valentine’s, 1/4&5/13 (by Staff)


Best of 2012: Timothy Reidy

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Video by Timothy Reidy

Go here for a round-up of of the performers and venues included in the video compilation…

Tim Livingston
Pete Mason
Gene Sennes
Stanley Johnson

J Hunter
M.R. Poulopoulos
Fred Rudofsky
Richard Brody

LIVE: Supersuckers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/28/12

Friday, December 28th, 2012
Supersuckers: Von Streicher, Spaghetti and Bolton

Supersuckers: Von Streicher, Spaghetti and Bolton

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“We’re the Supersuckers. Maybe you’ve heard of us before. We’re also known as the greatest rock and roll band in the world,” said bassist Eddie Spaghetti onstage at Valentine’s Music Hall, with a slight grin and a ten-gallon hat. Yes, there was irony in proclaiming his band to be the best on Earth. But he also meant it.

A case could be made for the Supersuckers as the world’s number-one rock band, based at least on their local appearances over the years. During an opening set for Reverend Horton Heat in Troy in 2005, they largely upstaged the psychobilly masters. They more than held their own on a blazing triple-bill in 2000 at Northern Lights, alongside skuzz-merchants Nashville Pussy and heavy metal legends Motörhead. And I recall their set at Bogie’s back in the ’90s as mind-blowing: one of the fastest, yet most precise, rock and roll shows I have ever seen — punctuated by lots of well-timed, boots-in-your-face leg kicks.

“The show as you’ll remember is about to begin now,” Spaghetti said immediately after proclaiming his band’s greatness. That was ironic, because the Seattle quartet had just dispatched three or four opening songs at fast tempo, including “Luck,” a standout from the band’s first studio album, The Smoke of Hell, released on Sub Pop Records in 1992 with comic book artist Daniel Clowe’s iconic cover of an aperitif-sipping, red-skinned devil.


Best of 2012: Richard Brody

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, 12/2/12


Story by Richard Brody
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Jason Spiro

1. The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 12/2/12
In the midst of end of the semester grading, this was just the right tonic. The band was on fire, and their rendition of “Wade in the Water” brought it all together.
2. Hiromi’s Trio Project @ Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 7/1/12
I had never heard of them, but on a tip I went into the amphitheater and was blown away by the trio’s musical dexterity and an energy level that made levitation a distinct possibility.
3. Bootsy Collins @ Albany Riverfront Park, Albany, 6/14/02
He had more costume changes than Cher in Vegas and a band that laid down some serious funk. The Mothership landed – what a party.
4. SF Jazz Collective @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 3/4/12
Their frequent trips to The Egg are always a treat and this tour was dedicated to the music of Stevie Wonder.
5. Ravi Coltrane Quartet @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, 3/15/12
Why mess with success? I was knocked out by Ravi and his band at the 2010 Albany Jazz Fest, but he decided a different band was in order, and from the ad libbed opening musical moment, you knew that spontaneity, adventure and humor would be served up in large doses.

Dave Gilmore and Ravi Coltrane

Dave Gilmore and Ravi Coltrane (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

6. Terence Blanchard Quintet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/26/12
He composes, arranges, instructs, and he always has incredible band members.
7. Tom Harrell Quintet @ A Place for Jazz at the First Unitarian Society Whisperdome, Schenectady, 9/14/12
A superb performance by the band in one of the outstanding venues anywhere
8. Pedrito Martinez Quartet @ A Place for Jazz at the First Unitarian Society Whisperdome, Schenectady, 11/9/12
A great show – read J Hunter’s review…
9. Santana with the Allman Brothers Band @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 7/27/12
Both bands were in peak form, and if like me, you wanted to hear songs from their Fillmore days, you left with a big smile on your face.
10. Richard Thompson and Friends @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, 7/19/12
This was not the usual Thompson show as he shared the stage with his sons, Teddy and Jack, as well as instructors at the Frets and Refrains Music Camp, but his playing, singing and deadpan humor were fully in place.


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