It’s the Weekend!

September 30th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Where'd those lazy, hazy days go?

Where’d those lazy, hazy days go?

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

But before we head out for the fully fall-flavored 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
Timothy Reidy
Daniel Hogan
Steven Stock
Eric Gleason
David Brickman
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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
Proctors, Schenectady
The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs
Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
theREP, Albany
Riverlink Concerts, Amsterdam
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Ashokan Center, Olivebridge
Step Up Presents, Albany
Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
Chronogram, Kingston

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: Alice Cooper @ the Palace Theatre, 9/28/16

September 30th, 2016, 3:30 pm by Greg
(photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

(photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson, Gene Sennes

“And playing the role of Alice Cooper tonight…” he explained, flashing his trademark sneer ‘n’ leer at the end of the night, “me!”

Vincent Furnier may be 68 years old, but his onstage alter-ego is ageless, which fortunately allows Alice Cooper free rein to unleash such angsty, adolescent anthems as “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out,” which closed out his recent concert at the Palace Theatre with a double-barreled one-two punch, without making them sound – or look – utterly ridiculous.

An Alice Cooper show has always boasted as much humor as horror, and the rock vaudevillian carried on that legacy at the Palace. After all, just about every Alice Cooper fan knows exactly what they’re going to get, so the shock factor is nil these days.

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LIVE: Les Dudek @ Putnam Den, 9/17/16

September 30th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
Les Dudek

Les Dudek

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Daniel Hogan

Veteran guitarist Les Dudek rode into Saratoga Springs earlier this month leading his power trio – also featuring drummer Greg Stewart and bassist Dan Walters – through their paces as they churned out southern-flavored blues-rock with plenty of passion at Putnam Den.

The 64-year-old Dudek – who has recorded with everyone from Steve Miller to Stevie Nicks over the course of his illustrious career – but he may be best known for guitar work on the Allman Brothers Band album, Brothers and Sisters, so it came as no surprise that he wrapped up his stellar set with the ABB classic, “Jessica.”

Kicking off the evening with a particularly solid blast of their own brand of blues-rock was the Local 518 all-star band Waterloo Clyde, featuring the tandem guitars of Jeremy Walz and Joe Lowry soaring over the unshakable foundation of bassist Steve Aldi and drummer Josh Bloomflield. Their opening set romped through the songbags of Cream, Derek & the Dominos, the Allman Brothers Band and even Van Morrison.

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LIVE: Best Coast @ Upstate Concert Hall, 7/31/16

September 30th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

Bethany Cosentino left California for a brief stint attending college in New York City – and promptly realized how much she missed the West Coast. While her band Best Coast has definitely changed and grown over the course of three albums and one EP, moving from the boy-crazy lo-fi presentation on their 2010 debut to the burnished introspection of last year’s California Nights, there’s a recurring California vibe to much of the band’s material.

Superficially it seems like breezy, lightweight pop music, with conventional song structures, melodic guitar hooks and gossamer backing harmonies. If the Beach Boys and the Go-Gos (who chose Best Coast to open several dates on their tour last month) made a baby, Bethany Cosentino would be her name – and Stevie Nicks would be an apt midwife.

Listen closely though, and you’ll discern that Cosentino sees more than sunshine and rainbows – after all, “In My Room” is as integral to the Beach Boys’ legacy as “Surfin’ U.S.A.”

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20% Theatre Co. Explores Queer & Trans Experience [Berkshire on Stage]

September 30th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
From “The Naked I: Self Defined” at Hubbard Hall and Bennington College on October 1.

From “The Naked I: Self Defined” at Hubbard Hall and Bennington College on Saturday (October 1)

Hubbard Hall in Cambridge has partnered with Bennington College in Vermont to bring area audiences cutting-edge monologues and short scenes that explore the queer and trans experience. Presented by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities from Minneapolis, The Naked I: Self Defined features brand new, never before seen monologues, short scenes, movement pieces, spoken word poems, short film and more, and includes the contributions of over 70 artists.

Inspired by The Naked I: Monologues from Beyond the Binary by Tobias K. Davis, a production that explored the bodies and experiences of transgender, gender-queer and intersex individuals (which 20% Theatre Company produced back in 2009), the company has created, and will continue to create and produce a new NAKED I production every two years that takes the idea of a monologue-based play to a new level and boldly explains and explores the land beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’.

Executive and Artistic Director David Snider says, “We have teens in our community realizing their LGBTQ or Trans identities who have few resources for support – and few opportunities to see their stories on local stages. This is a rare and much-needed foray into performance directly addressing issues from the LGBTQ and Transgender communities, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer it at the Hall.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

September 30th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Robert Randolph & the Family Band headline the Adirondack Independence Music Festival in Lake George tonight

Photograph by Eric Gleason

Yes, 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 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. One Concert Cancelled at The Egg; One New Show Added (by Staff)

2. The Palace Theatre Adds Two New Shows (by Staff)

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

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

5. Proctors Announces Announces New Show (by Staff)

6. Fear of Strangers, 1978-1983… and Beyond: An Oral History (by Greg Haymes, Dave Suarez, Lynne Harty, Judy Seibert Kash, J Hunter, Real George, Gene Sennes)

7. FEST: Adirondack Independence Music Festival in Lake George (by Staff)

8. Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Fall Season of Concerts & Other Events (by Staff)

9. FEST: Mountain Jam Changes Dates (by Staff)

10. LIVE: The Summer Hoot @ Ashokan Center, 8/26/16 (by Rudy Lu)

And Now a Word from Our Sponsor…

September 30th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

James Brown hawking Nissan Miso Soup. We think he likes it…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

September 30th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andy Gregory writes about “Land of Hate,” a new political protest song penned by former New York State Republican politician Jack Casey.

From The Times Union/All Over Albany: Wendy Liberatore’s not-quite-accurate TU story “LarkFest in the future might be alcohol-free” led to AOA’s “Thoughts on LarkFest in the future”

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reports on the End of Summer Shindig, which introduced Lumberyard, a new Catskill performance venue.

From Paste: Geoffrey Himes’ Curmudgeon Column asks the burning question, “Does Bob Dylan Deserve a Nobel Prize?”

From The Spot 518: Mickey Splvin reviews Breaking Skin, the new debut EP from Saratoga Springs rockers Angels on the Fourth.

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