7/31/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

July 31st, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Monty Alexander & Harlem Kingston Express @ the Music Haven the Music Haven at Proctors, Schenectady. Yesterday, the award-winning Jamaican jazz pianist and his band were playing at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. Tonight they’re playing at Proctors… for free. With Alfred St. John’s Trinidad & Tobago Steelband. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule… UPDATE: This concert has been moved from Central Park to the rain location at Proctors…

MUSIC: Chick Corea Trio @ Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, Lenox. The 22-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist is joined by all-star musicians Christian McBride (bass) and Brian Blade (drums). 8pm. $19-$66.

MUSIC: Best Coast @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. California Nights is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind. With the Stargazer Lilies. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Luke Bryan @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The country star brings his Kill the Lights Tour to town. With Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. 7pm.

MUSIC: Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Hosted by Seth “Sauerkraut” Travins, this episode of Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue features the Caleb Klauder Country Band from Oregon, specializing in pre-rock, old-school country music. 8pm.

THEATER: “Passage” @ Shire City Sanctuary, Pittsfield. Kickwheel Ensemble Theater premieres a new satirical climate change romance that links past, present and future. 3pm.

MUSIC: The Greg Osby Four @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The acclaimed alto saxman will be joined by Tal Cohen (piano), Nimrod Speaks (bass) and Adam Arruda (drums). 7pm.

THEATER: “A Night With Janis Joplin” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Kelly McIntyre stars as the electrifying blues-rock singer in the play written and directed by Randy Johnson. 2pm. Through Sunday, August 7. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Lake George Boat House, Lake George. 5pm.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ the Stony Creek Inn, Stony Creek. 7pm.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Gypsy jazz and swing. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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7/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 30th, 2016, 7:42 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Howard Fishman Band @ PS21, Chatham. A foot-tapping mix of Dixieland, bluegrass and Gypsy swing, combining the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller’s sense of drama. 8pm. $25; $14 students.

MUSIC: The Lumineers @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. With Rayland Baxter and Langhorn Slim & the Law. 7pm. $45. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Fred Hersch & Jane Ira Bloom @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. Top o’ the line jazz piano and soprano sax. 8pm.

MUSIC: Bang on a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. An adventurous six-hour musical marathon featuring the music of John Luther Adams, Steve Reich’s “Music for Mallet Instruments,” Julia Wolfe’s “Tell Me Everything, and a world premiere by All-Star Ken Thomson. 4pm. $18 & $24; $12 students.

MUSIC: Coupons @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. CD release party for their debut album, Number One Hit Album. With Jouska, the Rechorduroys, Hammer Hawk and Apostrophe S.

MUSIC: Garnet Rogers @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. Book release concert for “Night Drive: Travels With My Brother.” 7pm. $24. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled as he was denied permission to cross the U.S./Canadian border…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Springer @ Stable Gate Winery, Castleton. Day Two of the festival features Deadgrass, the On the Spot Trio, Lawrence, the Jarryd Torff Group, the Reign of Kindo and Start Making Sense. Music starts at 12noon. $70. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

FAIR: Schoharie County Sunshine Fair @ Schoharie County Fairgrounds, Cobleskill. The usual fair fare – fried dough, midway amusement rides, chainsaw sculpture, lots of animals. With headliner Sawyer Fredericks (7pm), as well as Moonshine Junkies (8pm). Fairgrounds open at 9am; midway at 12noon. Through Saturday, August 6.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! It’s the final day of the ballet residency. 2 & 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ART: GEM Festival @ various locations, Glens Falls. Featuring area visual artists as well as bands (Candy Ambulance, Angels on the Fourth, Last Daze and lots more), the day-long fest takes place at three venues in downtown Glens Falls – Juicin’ Jar, the 190 Grille + Cinema and Mean Max Brew Works. 10am-11:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors, Schenectady. Shane Torres headlines. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Caleb Klauder Country Band @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. A classic honky-tonk band performing original songs alongside gems from George Jones, the Louvin Brothers and Dolly Parton, all sounding timeless, fresh and alive. With Moonshine Holler. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Fab Faux @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. A Hard Day’s Night and More. 8pm. $30, $80 & $90.

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It’s the Weekend!

July 29th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Today I figured out how to nab food off of a table. How about you?

Today I figured out how to nab food off of a table. How about you?

The work week is over, and it’s time to chill out and have some fun.

But before we head out for the last weekend of July, 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:

Steve Nover
Steven Stock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Reidy
Steve Pierce
Stanley Johnson
Macey Levin
Gail M. Burns
Pearce Rowley
David Brickman
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 Low Beat, Albany
Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
Proctors, Schenectady
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown
Superior Merchandise Co., Troy
Cranwell Spa, Lenox
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzgerald Main Stage, Stockbridge
Holiday Inn Express & Suites’ On Tap Bar, Latham
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: The Holly & Evan Band @ On Tap at Latham Holiday Inn Express, 6/10/16

July 29th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Holly & Evan Band served up the blues and more during a recent outdoor show as part of the summer-long On Tap Patio Concert Series at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Latham.

And really, what’s better than a Friday after-work happy hour with a live blues band, food and drink specials and the summer sun?

Tonight (Friday, July 29) you can catch the Holly & Evan Band at the One Caroline Street Bistro in Saratoga Springs.

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LIVE: The Little River Band @ Proctors, 6/17/16

July 29th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Little River Band

The Little River Band

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Proctors in Schenectady is unquestionably Greater Nippertown’s premier year-round center for musical theater. Unfortunately, their reputation on the pop music front falls well short of the mark.

Last month, the theater hosted the 40th anniversary tour of ’70s Australian hitmakers the Little River Band – without a single original member from the band’s glory days. Not one.

And it’s not the first time that’s happened…

Back in late April, Proctors played host to a concert by classic rockers Foreigner. And again, the band’s line-up featured no original members.

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The Egg Announces New Concert

July 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg


The Egg’s Hart Theatre will play host to “An Evening With Pat Metheny” at 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 18. The 20-time Grammy Award-winning jazz guitar great will be accompanied by long-time drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and British pianist Gwilym Simcock for a concert that will feature a wide range of music from throughout Metheny’s career.

Priced at $35, $40 & $55, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, August 5.

Cohoes Music Hall Announces Season of Concerts, Theater, Films & More…

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

July 29th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg


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 Two New Concerts (by Staff)

2. New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

4. LIVE: Steely Dan/Steve Winwood @ SPAC, 7/10/16 (by Steve Nover)

5. New Concert Announced for Times Union Center (by Staff)

6. FREE: North Greenbush Summer Concert Series (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

7. JULY 28: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Stanley Johnson)

8. Fear of Strangers Reunion Rescheduled (by Staff)

9. FREE FEST: GEM Festival in Glens Falls This Weekend (by Staff)

10. LIVE: Wussy @ the Low Beat, 7/9/16 (by Steven Stock)

Get a Sneak Peek at MASS MoCA’s Phase III Expansion: “It’s a game changer…” [Berkshire on Stage]

July 29th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara
Birds-eye view of MASS MoCA campus and buildings

Birds-eye view of MASS MoCA campus and buildings

There is a lot going on this summer at MASS MoCA in North Adams, but perhaps nothing is more unusual and tempting than a chance to see how their latest expansion project is coming along, physically, financially and artistically.

So in anticipation of the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend unveiling of Building 6 — the site of MASS MoCA’s third and final phase of development of its 16-acre, 28-building campus — the museum will celebrate the progress of its landmark construction and fundraising effort on Saturday (July 30) with an open house of Building 6, to include a construction update, hard hat tours and a reception. Those who are contributors and members will, of course, be in attendance, but the event also offers a chance for those not-yet-supporters to become part of what will soon – once again – be the largest museum for contemporary art in the world.

New programs included in the Phase III expansion include:

A series of temporary exhibitions, long-term installations and scholarly programs realized in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which will show Rauschenberg’s works along with the works of artists who have attended the Foundation’s residency program in Captiva, Florida. The inaugural Rauschenberg residency program features a collaboration between artists Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeaux.

A long-term exhibition of the carved marble sculpture of Louise Bourgeois — some never before seen — realized in partnership with The Easton Foundation

A long-term exhibition of immersive light and space environments by James Turrell, including a dramatically scaled Ganzfeld, plus a new outdoor “skyspace” observatory to be created from an abandoned fire-suppression water tank

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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