CANCELLED: Bret Michaels @ the TU Center Tonight

May 31st, 2014, 2:36 pm by Greg

As you may have heard, after three songs, Bret Michaels was forced to abruptly cut short his New Hampshire concert on Thursday night and was rushed offstage to the hospital, suffering “complications involving insulin shock and severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion/dehydration/fever and the noro flu virus,” according to his Facebook page. Yesterday, Michaels cancelled his scheduled performance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

And now, it’s been announced that he is unfortunately cancelling his Albany performance tonight at the Times Union Center, where he was scheduled to perform a veterans benefit with the Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Although the Times Union Center has yet to issue a statement, we assume that the show will go on without Michaels. UPDATE, 3:15pm: News Channel 13 is reporting that Local 518 country band Skeeter Creek will perform in Michaels’ slot at tonight’s show. Still no official word from the TU Center regarding Michaels’ cancellation…

UPDATE, 5:22pm: The Times Union Center has finally acknowledged Bret Michaels’ cancellation. Refunds are available as long as you have not had your ticket scanned. The concert will go on as scheduled, and Skeeter Creek will replace Michaels on the bill.

Pete Evick – guitarist in the Bret Michaels Band, as well as a co-songwriter, producer, mixer and musical director for the group – issued this statement this morning (Saturday, May 31):

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5/31/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

May 31st, 2014, 8:06 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dave Matthews Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Billed as “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band,” the concert features DMB delivering two sets per evening, performing songs from throughout their career in a variety of set-ups, from electric to acoustic, from full-throttle numbers featuring the entire group to intimate moments with small groups of band members. Has it really been 20 years since Dave made his SPAC debut on the H.O.R.D.E. Festival? 7pm. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out and no tickets will be available at the box office.

MUSIC: Diego Garcia @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. He’s been a regular visitor to Nippertown since the release of his solo debut, Laura. Now the romantic Latin-pop crooner returns in support of Paradise. on With Ashley Sofia. 8pm. $17.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Charlie Daniels Band @ the Times Union Center, Albany. In support of their new album, Off the Grid: Doin’ It Dylan, CDB headlines a benefit concert to raise funds for a campus for homeless veterans in Albany. With Bret Michaels and the Marshall Tucker Band. 7pm. $35, $45 & $55. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: Bret Michaels will not be performing at this show due to illness.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ South Pearl Street, Albany. The pre-concert southern rock festival and custom motorcycle show in front of the Times Union Center. With the No. 2 Band and EB Jeb. 12noon-6pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: The Battenkill Runs Through It @ Greenwich Town Park, Greenwich. Music by Bob Warren & Joy Mackenzie, the Saratoga Fiddlers Club, the Roadhouse Rhythm & Blues Band, the Roadside Blues Band and Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius & Heard. Also fly fishing demos, kayak rides, kid-friendly activities and food from the best area restaurants. 1-6pm. $12. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jean Redpath @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. The very first concert Hubbard Hall presented, in the fall of 1977, was renowned Scottish artist Jean Redpath, and now she’s returning once again with her vast repertoire of both traditional and contemporary Scottish songs. 8pm. $22; $15 students.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Elvis Festival @ various locations, Lake George. It’s Day Four of the five-day Elvis fest, including the second round of the Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. GO HERE for complete schedule…

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SOLD OUT: Dave Matthews Band’s Saturday Night SPAC Concert

May 30th, 2014, 6:38 pm by Greg

It’s official!

Saturday night’s concert (May 31) by the Dave Matthews Band at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs is now officially SOLD OUT, and no tickets will be available at the box office for the show, according to Live Nation.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s show (Friday, May 30), which is slated to begin at 7pm.

It’s the Weekend!

May 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

Congrats! You made it through yet another week. And now it’s time to get out there and soak up some fun for the big weekend. 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
Fred Rudofsky
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Richard Brody
Ross Marvin
Tim Reidy
Gail M. Burns
Don Wilcock
Ed Conway
J Hunter
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:

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy

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:

The Egg, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
The Linda, Albany
Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield
City of Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
The Half Moon, Hudson

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Song o’ the Week: The Bottle Boys’ “Billie Jean”

May 30th, 2014, 3:30 pm by Greg

Michael Jackson meets micro-brews: “Billie Jean” on beer bottles…

LIVE: Michael Hurley @ the Half Moon, 5/23/14 (Take Two)

May 30th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Ross Marvin

One night before Bob Dylan turned 73 years old, Michael Hurley (a.k.a. Elwood Snock) played a $10 concert to a packed house at the Half Moon in Hudson.

The 72-year-old Hurley, whose First Songs was released on the legendary Folkways label 50 years ago, turned the dive bar full of 20-somethings into a hushed coffee house. “All of you shush up just awhile,” said Hurley before he launched into “The Revenent,” where he pronounced his truest lyrics of the night, “I am invincible, and I will survive.” Beyond all else, Michael Hurley is a fiercely independent counterculture survivalist. He is the Bear Grylls of freak-folk.

Like his better-known contemporary Mr. Zimmerman, Hurley’s legendary past doesn’t quite mean his live performance is life-altering. If you saw him busking on the street, you’d know he’d been at it a long time and you’d throw him a couple bucks, but you probably wouldn’t sign him to your record label before checking his pedigree (which includes a close association with the Holy Modal Rounders, and the Youngbloods) and taking a second listen to his seemingly simple lyrics.

Where Dylan’s live singing voice has deteriorated to a croak, Hurley’s is still recognizably endearing, though tonality was never his bag either. Hurley is at his best when he gets into the high register and lets his voice slip into an almost-tuneful falsetto as it did in the aptly-titled opener “Open Up.” Playing his hollow-body guitar through a borrowed amp, Hurley’s singular front-porch picking is epitomized by the single-note bass runs and licks that he turned out all night long.

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

May 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Yes, 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 news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week…

So for all of you 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. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Festival Fever: Art On Lark, 6/7/14 (by Staff)

3. LIVE: Willie Nile @ The Linda, 5/17/14 (by Fred Rudofsky, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. Times Union Center Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

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Mr. Finn’s Cabaret Gets Jump on Season with Well Known Broadway & Soul Artists [Berkshire on Stage]

May 30th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, Barrington Stage Company has helped prepare a blockbuster second season for Mr Finn’s Cabaret on the lower level of the Blatt Performing Arts Center on Linden Street in Pittsfield (photo: Larry Murray)

Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, Barrington Stage Company has helped prepare a blockbuster second season for Mr Finn’s Cabaret on the lower level of the Blatt Performing Arts Center on Linden Street in Pittsfield (photo: Larry Murray)

Under the leadership of Julianne Boyd Artistic Director and Tristan Wilson Managing Director, Barrington Stage Company announces June performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street, Pittsfield). Tickets are available by calling (413) 236-8888, at the Box Office (30 Union Street) or online

June 1. BRINGIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE: Starring Wanda Houston. World class performer Wanda Houston takes audiences on a soul-stirring journey from gospel to jazz, Broadway to R&B. June 1 at 8pm. Tickets are $25, reserved seating. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888.

June 8-9. BENNY RIDES AGAIN: An evening of Benny Goodman’s Swingin’ Hits featuring Paul Green. Green returns to Mr. Finn’s Cabaret with an all-new show recreating the magic of Benny Goodman’s vibrant jazz quartet of the 40s and 50s. June 8 and June 9 at 8pm. Tickets $35, reserved seating. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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