11/30/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

November 30th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Strand of Oaks @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Heal, the new album from Tim Showalter (aka Strand of Oaks), has landed on quite a few Best of 2014 lists, including American Songwriter. With Carl Daniels & the Black Box. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Straight No Chaser @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The contemporary a cappella group brings their Happy Hour Tour to town. 7:30pm. $29.50, $34.50 & $44.50.

MUSIC: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Times Union Center, Albany. It’s the live rendition of “The Christmas Attic” because after all it’s just not the Christmas season unless the music is accompanied by lasers, right? 3 & 7pm. $33, $44, $54, $64 & $74.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Spa City’s own Gypsy jazz quintet. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Fleurine @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The Dutch-born jazz vocalist is accompanied by guitarist Syberen van Munster, bassist Doug Weiss and pianist Brad Mehldau. With the Tom Polizzi & Scott Veilleux Guitar Duo. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 2pm. $20-$65. Through Sunday, December 21.

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11/29/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

November 29th, 2014, 8:11 am by Greg

MUSIC: Alex Torres y su Orquesta @ The Linda, Albany. They recently celebrated their 34th anniversary, and now Nippertown’s premiere salsa band celebrates the release of their new album, Mojo. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: America @ The Egg, Albany. ’70s soft-rock superstars step into the spotlight to celebrate their 44th anniversary and sing a batch of their hits, including “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “Sister Golden Hair” and, of course, “A Horse With No Name.” 8pm. $49. 50, $59.50 & $84.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: David Johansen Duo @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The New York Dolls frontman is accompanied by guitarist-drummer Brian Koonin. With Woodstock singer-songwriter Adrien Reju opening. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Holidelic @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The brainchild of the E Street Band’s Everett Bradley, the Xmas-rated holiday-funk spectacular is part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show and part pure George Clinton-inspired fa-la-la fun. 9pm. $25 & $30. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sixties Rock Experience @ Proctors, Schenectady. A tribute concert featuring Lenny Thomas (Felix Cavaliere), Lauren Monroe (Grace Slick), Jenna Debrino (Linda Ronstadt), Bryan O’Neill (Jim Morrison) and more. 7pm. $20, $27.50 & $35.

MUSIC: Tony Trischka @ Levon Helm’s Barn, Woodstock. The banjo master is joined by shape-note singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen and vocalist Zoe Darrow for a special holiday concert, “Glory Shown Around,” based on his Rounder Records album of the same name.8pm. $30 & $40.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs. The delicious and dizzyingly eclectic combo swings back into the Caffe.8pm. $20.

DANCE: Moscow Ballet @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yes, it’s the holiday season, so what else wwould they be performing? The Great Russian Nutcracker, of course… 3pm. $27.60, $37.50, $48 & $68.

MUSIC: Catherine Calls the Cops @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert @ Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring Eilen Jewell, Heather Maloney, Winterpills, Barnstar!, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers and the Sweetback Sisters. 6pm. $32 & $35.

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It’s the Weekend!

November 28th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
It's the weekend!

Hurry up with that photo. My butt is cold and I have leftover pie to eat.

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up what’s left of that big Thanksgiving weekend fun. But before we head out for the weekend, 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 art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated 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:


Don Wilcock
Richard Brody
Timothy Reidy
Fred Rudofsky
Andrzej Pilarczyk
David Brickman
J Hunter
Larry Murray

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:

The Egg, Albany
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
The Hangar, Troy
Union College’s Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady
The Palace Theatre, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

November 28th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all 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. 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. Tanglewood Announces New Pop Concert (by Staff)

2. LIVE: The Lawn Sausages / Off the Record @ the Hangar, 11/7/14 (by Fred Rudofsky)

3. New Concert Announced for UPAC (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

5. Bands Announced for Capital Area Music Awards Show (by Staff)

6. A FEW MINUTES WITH… Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band (by Don Wilcock)

7. So Who Were the Mystery Country Stars at Proctors Last Night? (by Staff)

8. LIVE: Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/6/14 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

9. LIVE: Hiromi: The Trio Project @ The Egg, 11/14/14 (by J Hunter)

10. (tie) LIVE: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ The Egg, 11/5/14 (by Richard Brody)

10. (tie) LIVE: Gov’t Mule @ the Palace Theatre, 11/14/14 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

ArtBeat: What To See

November 28th, 2014, 10:00 am by Sara

Last Chance To See:

Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose  @ Clement Art Gallery

Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose @ Clement Art Gallery

Light & Shadow: Still Lifes & Interiors @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Realist still lifes by Chester Dewitt Rose and Nick Patten, two artists who both convey quiet drama through the glowing light of their paintings. (Through November 27)

Works by Laura Von Rocks and Robert Augstell  @ The Laffer Gallery

Works by Laura Von Rocks and Robert Augstell @ The Laffer Gallery

Upstate Invitational @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. A group show by artists that were awarded Best in Show honors at the Laffer Gallery’s Upstate Artists show last year: sculpture by Robert Augstell, abstract paintings by Susan Stuart and landscape paintings by Laura Von Rosk. (Through November 30)

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11/28/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

November 28th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Holidelic @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The brainchild of the E Street Band’s Everett Bradley, the Xmas-rated holiday-funk spectacular is part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show and part pure George Clinton-inspired fa-la-la fun. 9pm. $25 & $30. Also at 9pm on Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Slick Rick @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by Oddy Gato. With DJ Trumastr. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Grainbelt @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Black Friday tradition continues at a new location… 6pm.

MUSIC: Brooks Williams @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter writes grooving songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops as he walks the line between blues and Americana. With Sari Kane & Dave Steele. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Amy Helm’s “Oh to be Home Again” @ Levon Helm’s Barn, Woodstock. Amy Helm’s musical homecoming with guests Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Littleton, Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison, Mike + Ruthy, more. 8pm. $35. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Thanksgiving Super Soul Fest @ The Egg, Albany. Vintage R&B and hip-hop from Al. B. Sure, Kurtis Blow, Fonda Rae, Jeff Redd, Cupid Shuffle, more. 8pm. $44, $54 & $64.

ARTSWALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Visual art exhibits, music, shopping, fun and more… 5-9pm. FREE.

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Alt-Turkey

November 27th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Thanksgiving Day Parade: 1935

November 27th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

Caffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaAlbany PoetsBerkshire On StageArtist GG Roberts