6/30/13: Today’s Tips: Sunday

June 30th, 2013, 9:09 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ the Saratoga performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Day Two features big guns Tony Bennett and Buddy Guy, as well as the always reliable Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Donny McCaslin Group, Kevin Eubanks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and lots more. 12noon. More info and complete schedule of performances here…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest, featuring the Fourth Wall, Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Lea Gilmore, Jody Kruskal & Paul Friedman, Molly Andrews, the New Boys of Old New York and more. Workshops start ar 9am; concert at 3:30pm. More info here…

MUSIC: Chris Smither @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. In support of the latest of his dozen albums, the singer-songwriter-bluesman slips into the oh-so-cozy confines of the Caffe. 7pm. $30. More info here…

DISCUSSION/FUNDRAISER: “Claiming Her Place” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Hosted by Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson, currently appearing in “The Lion in Winter” at Berkshire Theatre Group, the evening will feature a celebrity panel discussing the challenges women face in the entertainment industry. The panel includes: Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Michel Gill (“House of Cards”), Marin Mazzie (Tony nominee), Linus Roache (“Law & Order”) and Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show”). The celebrity panel will share their stories and observations about the challenges women face in the entertainment industry. 7pm. $35-$50. More info here…

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Americana Family Day @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Fun for the whole family with art, music, fly fishing, horseshoes, hay rides, sack races, an egg toss contest, sing-along with Forebitter, folktales with storyteller Tim Van Egmond, barbershop quartet Shave and a Haircut, shuttlecock, other vintage period lawn games, pickle-eating and pie-eating contests, concerts by popular folk singers Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. 11am-4pm. FREE.

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6/29/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday

June 29th, 2013, 8:31 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Day One features Arturo Sandoval, David Sanborn & Bob James, Gregory Porter, the McCoy Tyner Quartet with John Scofield, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the all-star Cookers, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak and lots more. 12noon. Also at 12noon on Sunday. More info & complete schedule of performances here…

MUSIC: Bill Kirchen & Friends @ the Ale House, Troy. The telecaster twangmaster heads back into town to celebrate his birthday and his brand new album, Seeds & Stems. With singer-songwriter Billy Eli & the Spook Lights (featuring Kevin Maul, Erin Keyfitz and Tony Markellis). This gonna be a party! 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon. From Chicha Libre’s Latin rhythms and psychedelic surf sounds to Erin Hobson’s heavy guitar grooves to Jack Grace’s hillbilly lampooning with Van Hayride and lots more, Beacon’s Riverfest has got a whole mess of great music on tap. 12noon-8pm. Free; donations appreciated. More info and complete performance schedule here…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest, featuring the Johnson Girls, Gordon Bok, Chris Norman & David Greenberg, Footworks, the Claire Lynch Band, Beppe Gambetta and more. Workshops start ar 9am; concert at 6:30pm. More info here…

MUSIC: Connor Kennedy @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. The young Woodstock guitar phenom celebrates the release of his new CD. With Mike + Ruthy and students from the Paul Green Rock Academy. 8pm. $20 (includes a copy of the CD).

PERFORMANCE: “A Prairie Home Companion” @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Garrison Keillor leads the cast through the live radio broadcast. With musical guests jazz/pop/folk vocalist Heather Masse (of the Wailin’ Jennys), harmonica master Howard Levy (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), chamber folk-pop band Joy Kills Sorrow and PHC regulars the DiGiallonardo Sisters. 5:45pm. $21-$71.

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It’s the Weekend!

June 28th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Snake patrol: ever vigilant

The ever-vigilant snake patrol.

Say goodbye to June this weekend with plenty of fun-filled activities and a mess o’ festivals, too…

But before we head out for our big fun festival weekend around Nippertown, 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 Nippertown.com.

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
Gail M. Burns
J Hunter
Rudy Lu
Stanley Johnson
Amaal Yehia
Timothy Reidy
Bokonon
Don Wilcock
Eric Gleason

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:

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield
City of Albany’s Office of Special Events, Albany
The Solid Sound Festival, North Adams
The Times Union Center, Albany
Freedom Park, Scotia
Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
Step Up Presents, Albany
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington
Capital Pride Center, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Real Good for FREE: Clark Art Institute Concert Series

June 28th, 2013, 3:02 pm by Greg

Once again, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will once again host a series of five free weekly concerts throughout the month of July. The concerts take place on the institute’s south lawn at 6pm on Tuesdays.

Concert-goers can purchase barbecued fare at the concert or bring a picnic dinner. In the event of rain, concerts will be moved indoors to the institute’s auditorium.

Here’s the schedule of this summer’s free concerts at the Clark Art Institute:

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

June 28th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it.

So for all of you the casual once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. More Bands Announced for Farm Aid at SPAC (by Staff)

2. LIVE: Fleetwood Mac @ the Times Union Center, 6/19/13 (by Bokonon)

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

4. LIVE: Wilco’s All-Request Show @ Solid Sound Festival, MASS MoCA, 6/21/13 (by Greg Haymes)

5. LIVE: Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, 6/21&22/13 (by Greg Haymes, Kirsten Ferguson)

6. Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival: Schedule of Performances (by Staff)

7. LIVE: Airborne Toxic Event @ Upstate Concert Hall, 6/20/13 (by Amaal Yehia)

8. Festival Fever: Beacon Riverfest @ Beacon’s Riverfront Park, 6/29/13 (by Staff, Kirsten Ferguson)

9. Real Good for FREE: Empire State Plaza Concerts (by Staff)

10. Real Good for FREE: Tuesday Nights in Brunswick (by Staff)

Money Back Guarantee: Chic Gamine @ Red Square Tonight

June 28th, 2013, 1:30 pm by Greg

Here’s something you don’t see every day – a concert promoter offering a money-back guarantee for a show.

But that’s exactly the offer that Greg Bell of Guthrie Bell Productions is making for tonight’s concert by Canadian all-gal vocal group group Chic Gamine at Red Square in Albany. And he’s bolstered the evening by adding two of Nippertown’s best female singer-songwriters to the bill, too – Olivia Quillio and MaryLeigh Roohan.

Here’s the promise that Bell posted on Guthrie Bell Productions’ Facebook page this morning:

“if you come to the chic gamine/olivia quillio/maryleigh roohan show tonight at red square and don’t think that you heard some of the best vocal performances that you have heard in a while, i will give you your money back. i don’t make these kind of promises often. tonight will blow you away.”

Here’s the schedule of performers for the evening:

9pm: MaryLeigh Roohan
10:15pm: Chic Gamine
11:30pm: Olivia Quillio

Tickets to the show are $12 at the door.

“Claiming Her Place” Benefit for WAM, Hosted by Jayne Atkinson Set for June 30

June 28th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara
Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

WAM Theatre – recently announced as a finalist in the Creativity/Innovation category of the Berkshire Trendsetter awards – is delighted to present Claiming Her Place, a benefit for WAM to be held Sunday, June 30 at 7pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

Co-produced and hosted by Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson, currently appearing in “The Lion in Winter” at Berkshire Theatre Group, the evening will feature a celebrity panel discussing the challenges women face in the entertainment industry. The panel includes: Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Michel Gill (“House of Cards”), Marin Mazzie (Tony nominee), Linus Roache (“Law & Order”) and Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show”).

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Full Line-Up of Bands Announced for Saratoga Winners Reunion

June 28th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Blacksmith

Blacksmith

As we’ve mentioned before, the 2011 Saratoga Winners reunion was so successful – and so much fun – that they’re gonna do it all over again.

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