LIVE: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Putnam Den, 4/3/15

April 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Photographs by Eric Gleason

How do you make a Good Friday even better? Throw Robert Randolph & His Family Band onstage and let ’em cut loose with their rip-roaring melange of blues, rock, funk and gospel. If you were at Saratoga Springs’ Putnam Den, well then, you know what I mean.

Steel guitar master Randolph and his funky crew are no strangers to Greater Nippertown, having played a wide variety of Local 518 venues big and small since the days of ye olde Saratoga Winners. And they never disappoint.

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LIVE: Rhiannon Giddens @ The Egg, 4/21/15

April 30th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

It’s no accident or mere coincidence that the title of Rhiannon Giddens’ new debut solo album is Tomorrow Is My Turn. And in front of a recent sold-out Tuesday night crowd at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, she proved that she’s got the right stuff to step into the spotlight and grab a larger share of the mainstream music audience.

For a decade now, she’s been at the center of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-timey black string band whose original repertoire centered around the traditional folk music of North Carolina. Over the years, the group has expanded their songbag, won a Grammy Award and undergone a number of personnel changes (Giddens is the only remaining original member). Then a year and a half ago, uber-producer T Bone Burnett approached her about doing a solo album, and it was an offer she simply couldn’t refuse.

In Albany, she focused on the new album while offering a diverse setlist that stretched from country (Dolly Parton’s “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind”) to traditional folk (“O’ Love Is Teasin'”), from gospel (a medley of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “The Lonesome Road” and “Up Above My Head”) to cabaret (Nina Simone’s “Tomorrow Is My Turn”) and beyond.

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Win FREE Tickets to William Tyler @ the Low Beat on Monday

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

Some of you may know him as a member of Lambchop. Others may know him as a member of Silver Jews. But singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire and Nashville native William Tyler is also an acclaimed solo recording artist, and he’ll be rolling into town for a show at the Low Beat in Albany on Monday night (May 4) in support of his latest album, Impossible Truth.

Opening the show at 7:30pm will be Century Plants and Andrew Joseph Weaver. Tickets are available for $10 in advance.

BUT WAIT… there’s more. We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the concert to some lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12noon on Monday (May 4). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

APRIL 30: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

April 30th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash @ the Van Dyck, 4/30/11

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of April 30 concerts through the years…

2012: The Connor Kennedy Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
2011: Wishbone Ash @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2010: Leila Josefowicz @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2009: Dane Cook @ the Times Union Ccenter, Albany
2008: Nick Lowe @ The Linda, Albany
2006: ParkFest with Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, Just Surrender @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
2005: The Gibson Brothers @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2004: Wynton Marsalis @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2003: Dave Chappelle @ The Egg, Albany
2000: Jonatha Brooke, Rosanne Raneri @ Skidmore College’s Lively Lucy’s, Saratoga Springs
1999: Luciano Pavarotti @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
1998: Martin Simpson @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
1997: Barry Manilow @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
1996: Hayride, Podunk @ QE2, Albany
1995: Clay People, Acumen, Kredios Boy @ QE2, Albany
1994: Lucky Peterson @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs
1993: Testament, Pro-Pain, Green Jelly @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1992: 17 Jewels, Asexuals, Private Plain @ QE2, Albany
1989: Spiral Jetty, Private Plain @ QE2, Albany
1988: Bop (harvey) @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1987: Sonic Youth, Das Damen @ QE2, Albany
1986: Mambo X record release party @ 288 Lark, Albany
1985: Joy Pop @ 288 Lark, Albany
1979: Peter Rowan @ J.B. Scott’s, Albany

FESTIVAL FEVER: Rock n Roll Resort’s Electric Avenue This Weekend

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

Rock n Roll Resort returns again to Kerhonkson this weekend with Electric Avenue, a four-day music festival the newly renovated Hudson Valley Resort & Spa. It all kicks off tonight (Thursday, April 30) and continues through Sunday, with a line-up of bands that includes Fishbone, the East Star All-Stars, Twiddle, Consider the Source, the Werks.

Also featured throughout the weekend will be Organically Good Trio, the Skints, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, Adam Ezra Group, Dangermuffin, the Kind Buds, Dub Apocalypse, Frank Viele, Formula 5, Sophistafunk, Gaslight Tinkers, Relative Souls, Archnemesis, Strange Machines, Sprocket, People with Instruments, Demise vs Cheatcode & DJ N.E.B., Digital Storm, Political Animals and many more.

In addition to all the music, the v5: Electric Avenue installment of Rock n Roll Resort will also feature collaborative live art, a disc-golf tournament, a mini-golf tournament, workshops and theme nights.

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The Name Game: Say Goodbye to TN3

April 30th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

There’s no more TN3.

When the trio of guitarslinger Todd Nelson, bassmaster Kyle Esposito and percolating percussionist Manuel Quintana released their debut album, Here, back in 2010, the disc was credited to Todd Nelson. Along the way, the trio adopted the moniker TN3, a more genre-defying name than the Todd Nelson Trio, which might somewhat mistakenly lump them into the jazz bag.

But a lot has happened since then…

Now the band is about to release their long-in-the-works sophomore disc next week, and they knew it was time for a change.

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ArtBeat: What To See

April 30th, 2015, 10:00 am by Sara


Works by Scott Michael Ackerman @ Albany Center Gallery

Works by Scott Michael Ackerman @ Albany Center Gallery

Edge @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. A group show by artists who transcend traditional media, rendering, and representation to create thought-provoking, raw, and unconventional works of art: Scott Michael Ackerman, Michael Conlin, Han Dogan, Gregory Maxwell Dunn, Michael Eck, James Paulsen, Rico Pendejo, Patrick Porter, Erik Savage, Frank Smith, Thierry Taule and Alex Waters. Artists’ reception: Friday, May 1, 5-8pm. (Through July 24)

Avalon Archives


Avalon Archives @ The Falcon, Marboro. Numerous pieces from The Avalon Archives: A Museum of Roots and Rock ‘n’ Roll, which pays tribute to musicians through art and education. The museum’s collection – paintings, photographs, rare posters, books, and recordings – is housed in a three story farmhouse on the Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, New York. (Through May 31)

Kardash Onnig

Kardash Onnig

TransFOURming Sorrow @ 76 Halas Lane Stanfordville. A multimedia installation that commemorates the centennial of the Armenian genocide, inviting visitors to enter the “Womb of Sorrow” where they will encounter four different auditory experiences emanating from four large speakers handcrafted by Onnig Kardash: Armenian Blues, a recitation of Vahe Vahian’s poem by Melo Ekizian; Rhythmic Heart Beats featuring percussionist Mher Vahakn Ajamian on drum; Vocal Resonances with Zulal, an Armenian a capella folk trio; and A Composition, mixed by electronic musician Phil Moffa. (Through May 16)

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4/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

April 30th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. One of today’s most beloved folk bands, the Red House Records artists are touring in support of their most recent album, Bright Morning Stars. All three band members – Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse – each contribute to the songwriting, singing and playing a variety of instruments, including acoustic guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele and more. With another fab folk trio the Stray Birds. 7:30pm. $36.25 & $46.25.

MUSIC: Cymbals Eat Guitars @ the Low Beat, Albany. After releasing one of last year’s most outstanding rock records, Lose, the band is back on the road. Led by vocalist-guitarist Joe D’Agostino, the band churns out is a raucous, Irish wake of a show, ultimately rooted in nothing less than a celebration of just being alive. With What Moon Things and Slowshine. 8:30pm. $14.

THEATER: “Memphis” @ Proctors, Schenectady. One night only. The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the rollicking story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer who’s ready for her big break. 8pm. $20, $40, $45, $55 & $65.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.

MUSIC/ART: “Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Opera Saratoga has created a program featuring pieces composed by Enrique Granados, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Ben Moore and Stephen Sondheim. It’s all inspired by great artists and great works of art. Featured singers include soprano Christine Suits, tenor Dominick Corbacio and bass baritone Jesús Murillo. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Gang of Thieves @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Twin Peaks. 9:30pm. FREE; $5 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Doc Scanlon & Graham Tichy @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Thursday night Local 518 showcase featuring Noise Between Stations, Sound Economy and Slick Danger. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Arthur Brooks Ensemble V @ the Spotty Dog. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Five Points Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Robin the Hammer and the Sweetbryar Band. Doors open at 7:30pm. $5.

CIRCUS: Ringling Bros. & the Barnum & Bailey Circus @ the Times Union Center, Albany. “Legends.” 7pm. $18, $23, $28, $48 & $63. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

TALK: “Schoenberg as Sound Student” @ Williams College Bernhard Music Center’s Room 30, Williamstown. A lecture by Tufts University music professor Joseph Auner. 4:15pm. FREE.

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