10/31/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

October 31st, 2015, 7:28 am by Greg

MUSIC: Built4BBQ Whole Hog Halloween Bash @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Music by Apertif for Destruction, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the End Men, Linear North, Kimono Dragons and Girth Control. Two venues; six bands. 6:30pm. $6.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus Halloween Fright Fest @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Hawbuckees. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Portland Cello Project @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Yes, an array of cellos playing a repertoire that stretches from Kanye West to Taylor Swift to Elliott Smith and beyond. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. “The Torture Never Stops: Fifty Shades of Frank” is an equally joyful and horrifying Halloween romp through the songbook of Frank Zappa by the world’s zaniest big band. 7pm. donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Robert DeLong @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With French Horn Rebellion. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Evan Christopher @ the Cock N’ Bull, Galway. One of New Orleans’ all-time greats brings the glorious tone of his clarinet for a Halloween treat. No microphones. No amplifiers. No sound system. Just the great sound of Christopher’s clarinet accompanied by Ehud Asherie on piano. 8pm.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Mirk. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit 4 @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. “First 15” at 11:30am; “Assisted Loving” at 3pm. $10; $5 students.

MUSIC: Blue Chicken @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Featuring Jim Weider, Brian Mitchell, Sid McGinnis, Randy Ciarlante, Byron Isaacs and Clark Gayton. Prize for best chicken costume. 8pm. $35.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque’s Mad Fun House I @ VFW Lodge, Albany. Hosted by Miss Roxxi Tart. 9pm. $20.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque’s Mad Fun House II @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by Jaye McBride. Costume contest judged by Bumby the Clown. 12:30am. $10.

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It’s the Weekend!

October 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
What? Superstitious much?

It's Lola's weekend in the spotlight. What? Superstitious much?

Congrats! You made it through another work/school week. But before we head out for another big fun-filled 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:

Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Timothy Reidy
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Albert Brooks
Steven Stock
Don Wilcock
Steve Nover
Cathy DeDe
Martin Benjamin
Stanley Johnson
Charles H. Haymes
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
BSP Lounge, Kingston
Wood Park, Lake George
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
The Glens Falls Chronicle, Glens Falls
Times Union Center, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Art Garfunkel @ The Egg, 10/24/15

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

Review by Greg Haymes

At his last show at The Egg back in 2002, Art Garfunkel’s angelic voice was still pretty much intact, but that was more than a dozen years ago. Then in 2010, he suffered from a paresis of his vocal chords and lost his ability to sing.

In concert back at The Egg last Saturday night, he alluded to the medical condition several times, and at the start of his second set, he proclaimed, “The Good Lord has given me my voice back, and I’m so grateful.”

But the truth is that he still hasn’t fully recovered, and he acknowledged as much at the end of the evening as he approached the song that the near-capacity crowd in the Hart Theatre had been waiting all night to hear. “We’ll have a try at ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,'” he said somewhat hesitantly, adding, “It’s still a work in progress.”

Accompanied by guitarist Tab Laven and keyboardist Cliff Carter, Garfunkel pulled off a credible rendition, artfully dodging some of the high notes and more complex passages with a deft re-arrangement that managed to give the crowd what they wanted, even if some of the majesty was missing in action. Throughout the two 45-minute sets he had pitch problems, and at times it was heartbreaking to watch him struggle for the right note. But he also gave impressively dramatic vocal performances, especially with a heart-tugging treatment of Randy Newman’s “Real Emotional Girl” and the Gershwin standard “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

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

October 30th, 2015, 2:23 pm by Greg
Lee Shaw in concert at The First Reformed Church, Schenectady, 2011

Lee Shaw in concert at the First Reformed Church, Schenectady, 2011

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Yes, 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 sure was a whole lot of A&E 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 during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. First Night Saratoga Announces Bands for Big New Year’s Eve Celebration (by Staff)

3. Dave Davies, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought? (by Staff)

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

5. In Memorium: Lee Shaw (by Rudy Lu)

6. Remembering Lee Shaw (by J Hunter, Albert Brooks)

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

8. OCTOBER 29: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Staff, Martin Benjamin)

9. A FEW MINUTES WITH… Grace Potter (by Don Wilcock)

10. LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Wood Park, 9/26&27/15 (by Cathy DeDe, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 30th, 2015, 8:23 am by Greg

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Moving Heaven and Earth: WOOC 105.3 FM Fundraiser @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Heavenly Echoes, JV & the Cutters and the Agape Blues Company will be performing a dynamic blues and gospel concert emceed by Nippertown.com’s Don Wilcock. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low income.

MUSIC: Spuyten Duyvil @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Led by the songwriting couple of Mark Miller and Beth Jamie Kaufman, the Hudson Valley sextet melds old-time, blues, second line, bluegrass and folk-rock in support of their latest album The Social Music Hour Vol. 1. 8pm. $22.

FILM/MUSIC: Keys Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. It’s a “Twin Peaks” junky’s dream: a new edit mashing up the film — and the missing pieces — surrounding the mysterious last moments in the life of Laura Palmer. The live score is by A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, a dark dance-pop band equally inspired by Mr. Lynch and Janet Jackson. 8pm. $25 & $35; $12 students.

MUSIC: Free Beer And Chicken @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Yes, they’re back for a very special Halloween show, reuniting for an evening titled “Ghosts of Jam Bands Past” (cue spooky music). So shake the cobwebs and join in as FB&C celebrates the songs of moe., Ominous Seapods, Moon Boot Lover, Yolk and others, as well as their own. With Groovestick. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a Mischief Night/ Halloween Bash. It’s a CD release party for their new three-song EP, Three Sheets to the Wind. And it’s a bon voyage party for the band who are headed overseas for their seventh UK tour. With Horror Business and the return of Phillips Head. 9pm. $7.

MUSIC: John Nazarenko Trio @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz concert series continues with the pianist/senior artist-in-residence at Skidmore College, where he teaches jazz piano and coaches jazz ensembles. He is also on the music faculty at Williams College and directs jazz studies at the Luzerne Music Center. 7:30pm. $15; $7 students; FREE children under age 12.

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit 4 @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s “Sleepy Hollow,” Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill’s spooky and very funny adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic tale of the headless horseman. 7:30pm. $10 & $11; $9 & $5.

MUSIC/FILM: Hey Jude @ the Madison Theater, Albany. A screening of the Beatles’ classic film, “A Hard Day’s Night” followed by the Local 518 tribute band. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Smith’s Tavern, Cohoes. 8pm.

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LIVE: Jane Monheit @ The Falcon, 10/11/15

October 29th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Neal Miner and Jane Monheit

Neal Miner and Jane Monheit

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Billed as a preview for her upcoming week-long engagement at Birdland, jazz singer Jane Monheit and her piano trio took the stage at The Falcon in Marlboro, playing music from Ella Fitzgerald’s American Songbook series of albums from the ’50s and ’60s.

Certainly more casual than the Birdland performance, Monheit was extremely down to earth. She first appeared on stage with her eyeglasses on, saying that the music was so new to her that she had to read the lyrics.

In spite of the lack of practice, Jane and her trio did indeed swing. Her top-notch trio – Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montelban on drums – sailed through the Nicholas Payton arrangements. With her clear yet husky voice, she sang those old show tunes with gusto.

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LIVE: Kinky Friedman @ The Linda, 10/16/15

October 29th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

They ain’t makin’ Jewish cowboys like Kinky Friedman anymore. Dressed in black from his hat on down, chomping an unlit cigar, Friedman delighted a near-capacity audience with a performance that veered precariously from shambolic to spellbinding and back again. Like many shows at The Linda, this one was being recorded for WAMC-FM’s “Live at The Linda” series, prompting a bemused Friedman after one too many false starts and detours to wonder how exactly they were going to turn this into a radio show.

Perturbed by some monitor feedback early in the set, Friedman was thrown off his game, or more precisely he switched games altogether, from singer-songwriter to stand-up comedian, an albino Richard Pryor. Words on a page don’t really do full justice to his deadpan delivery and impeccable timing, but here’s a sample aside, borrowed from partner-in-crime Willie Nelson, just to show you what a classy evening it was…

“If you’re gonna have sex with an animal, the best animal to have sex with is a horse, cuz that way, even if things don’t work out, at least you have a ride home.” Can’t wait to hear that on public radio! Later in the set, during a quickie rendition of “Asshole from El Paso,” it was sheep that found favor, but you can’t really expect consistency from an artist as irascible as Friedman.

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LIVE: The Parlor @ the Hollow, 9/26/15

October 29th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Parlor

The Parlor

Photographs by Tim Reidy

Led by the kinetic Eric Krans and the sultry Jen O’Connor, the Parlor took over the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in downtown Albany recently to celebrate the release of their long-overdue sophomore album, Wahzu Wahzu. No doubt about it, the band has come a long, long way since their days as We Are Jeneric, and their new campfire disco sound kept the dance floor hoppin.’

Joining in the festivities were Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, returning to the spotlight after a lengthy hiatus.

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