It’s the Weekend!

January 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
You need some dog spit. That's what you need.

You need some dog spit. That’s what you need.

Big congrats for making it through the week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some Super Bowl 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

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
Timothy Reidy
Rudy Lu
Larry Murray
Sebastien Barre
Stanley Johnson

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 – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Ale House/The Hangar, 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 Low Beat, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro
Parish Public House, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: The Iguanas @ the Parish Public House, 1/21/15

January 30th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

On the calendar, Fat Tuesday is still more than two weeks away, but down in New Orleans the Mardi Gras season is already in full swing, and last week, the Iguanas brought some of that Crescent City spirit north to Albany’s Parish Public House.

Formerly Red Square, the downtown nightclub changed its name last July to reflect a more Louisiana-centric approach – from the decor to the menu. While the music offerings are still primarily focused on the jam band scene, the Public House is including more New Orleans soul and jazz, as well. The four-piece Iguanas – who have been together for more than 20 years – were a perfect fit, reflecting the veritable gumbo of the Big Easy’s musical styles.

Opening with “Back in the Limelight Again” (“I’ve done my time/I’m gonna shine/Back in the limelight again”), the New Orleans veterans played solid and in the groove, as though they had nothing to prove to anyone. They went two-stepping through “Benny’s Cadillac” and fired up a second-line strut for “Late at Night,” leaving no doubt that their musical roots are anchored deep in the Louisiana bayou.

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

January 30th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

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 news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including a HUGE parade of major concert announcements…

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. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. SPAC Announces Fourth New Concert of the Day (by Staff)

3. SPAC Announces Three New Concerts (by Staff)

4. Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

5. Palace Theatre Announces a New Concert (by Staff)

6. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

8. BEST OF 2014: Timothy Reidy’s Top 10 Albany Concerts (by Timothy Reidy)

9. A Few Minutes With… Dale Watson (by Don Wilcock)

10. New Concert Announced for Tanglewood (by Staff)

Howlin’ at the Moon Concert Series Announced

January 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Schenectady County Historical Society proudly presents its seventh season of the Howlin’ at the Moon concert series at Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction. Each month on the full moon, Mabee Farm will host an evening of live music, featuring regional folk and bluegrass artists.

Winter concerts are held in the Franchere Center at Mabee Farm. Summer concerts take place in Mabee Farm’s historic 1760s Dutch barn. Each concert begins at 7pm with a singer-songwriter opener, then moves on to the evening’s headlining act. Admission for each show is $5, and refreshments are available for purchase.

Here’s the schedule for the upcoming Howlin’ at the Moon concerts:

With Tophenjamin
Sunday (February 1), 7pm
Running the River features a blend of classic country, rock, folk, Irish, blues and fiddle tunes. Opening act is the brotherly duo Tophenjamin, mixing the sounds of bluegrass, R&B, jazz and rock.

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A Place for Folk Concert Series Announced

January 30th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Everest Rising

Everest Rising

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

A Place for Folk kicks off their new concert season tonight (Friday, January 30) at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome. The series kicks of tonight (Friday, January 30) with Everest Rising.

All shows begin at 7:30pm, except where noted. Tickets are $20; $10 students.

Here’s the complete concert line-up for the winter/spring season:

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POSTPONED: Michael Franti @ The Egg

January 30th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

The sold-out Michael Franti concert that was scheduled for The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, February 10 has been postponed due to injury to Franti’s left knee.

From Michael Franti’s Facebook page:

“Michael here! While performing last weekend on Rock Boat, I tore my meniscus and require a surgery in February. I’m sad to report that I need to reschedule my plans for my tour Feb 9-20.

“I’m so grateful to all of you who bought tickets. I apologize to everyone who was looking forward to the shows as much as I was, but we will see you later in the year!”

No new date for the concert has been scheduled as of press time. Stay tuned…

LIVE: Jim Weider’s Blue Chicken @ the Falcon, 1/17/15

January 29th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Jim Weider

Jim Weider

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Billed as a “Roots Rock Gumbo of All-Star Musicians Playing Their Out-of-the-Coop One-Stop Reunion Tour,” Blue Chicken showed what rock and roll is all about – just plain fun.

This band is one of many projects that former Band guitarist Jim Weider is involved in. Onstage at the Falcon in Marlboro, he shared the stage with journeyman guitarist Sid McGinnis (best known as the guitarist on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” They represented a true contrast in styles both in playing and stage presence. Weider preferring to just stand and play complex leads and slide work. He let his guitar speak for him. In contrast, McGinnis played snarling lines and power chords to his bandmates, also adding plenty of visual drama to the performance.

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Parade o’ Shoes: Sheila E.

January 29th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Sheila E's Heel @ Alive at Five

Sheila E. @ Alive at Five, 8/7/14

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

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