LIVE: The Barefoot Movement @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, 10/30/16

October 31st, 2016, 4:00 pm by Sara


Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

It was a special Devil’s Night concert at Caffe Lena at the Grove on Sunday evening. Nashville-based Americana/neo-bluegrass quartet the Barefoot Movement provided the bewitching soundtrack, and fiddler-vocalist Noah Wall even donned her witch’s hat to get into the spirit…

A FEW MINUTES WITH… Noah Wall of the Barefoot Movement


LIVE: Carrie Underwood @ the Times Union Center, 10/27/16

October 31st, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

The last time Carrie Underwood rolled into town – back in 2012 on her Blown Away Tour – she was an absolute knock-out. The American Idol winner was utterly charming and engaging, her voice soaring and her performance spectacular.

As I wrote back then: “It was, however, the final encore of ‘Blown Away’ that really knocked the socks off the crowd, with a stunning visual display from the set and projection designers, as a faux tornado blew away the faux interior of the Midwestern farm house before our eyes. The visuals were nearly as powerful as Underwood’s vocals, and she (and her crack tech team) made sure we knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore.”

Yes, it was an unexpected rave review, and so I was looking forward to being similarly blown away by her return trip to Albany’s Times Union Center last Thursday evening (October 27) in support of her latest Storyteller album.

Alas, ’twas not to be…

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Win FREE Tickets to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Troy Music Hall on Thursday

October 31st, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

Let’s swing, Daddio!

Yes, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – the kingpins of the neo-swing scene – are headed back to town for a rollickin’ concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday (November 3).

You know this is gonna be a good time… Tickets are on sale now, priced at $29 & $37.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a 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. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Thursday (November 3), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Jane Bunnett & Maqueque @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Monday

HEARD: Playlist, 10/17-30/16

October 31st, 2016, 10:00 am by Greg

Dennis Lee: Debussy Piano Works, Vol. 1 (ICSM, 2016)
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia, 2016)
Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter, 2016)
Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger (Concord, 2016)
Loudon Wainwright III: Attempted Mustache (Columbia, 1973)
The Devil Makes Three: A Little Bit Faster and a Little Bit Worse (Devil Makes Three, 2006)
Infamous Stringdusters: Fork in the Road (Sugar Hill, 2007)
April March: April in Paris (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1996)
The Rolling Stones: Black & Blue (Rolling Stones, 1976)
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Brothers Anthology (1969-1972) (A&M, 2000)
Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (Reprise, 1974)
First Aid Kit: Stay Gold (Columbia, 2014)
Cyndi Lauper: Detour (Sire, 2016)
Etta Jones: From the Heart (Prestige, 1974)
Joni Mitchell: The Hissing of Summer Lawns (Asylum, 1975)
Pretenders: Alone (BMG, 2016)
Ran Blake & Jeanne Lee: Free Standards, Stockholm, 1966 (Fresh Sounds, 2013)
Charlie Rich: Pictures & Paintings (Sire, 1992)
Greensky Bluegrass: Shouted, Written Down and Quoted (Big Blue Zoo, 2016)
Simon Bonney: Everyman (Mute, 1994)
Elvis Costello: Imperial Bedroom (Columbia, 1982)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Until the Hunter (Tendril Tales, 2016)
Chris Whitley: Perfect Day (Valley Entertainment, 2000)
Kate Bush: The Kick Inside (EMI, 1978)

10/31/16: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

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

MUSIC: Trash Talk @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With Antwon and Black Noise. Doors open at 7pm. $15.

BURLESQUE: Succulesque @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The horror-themed burlesque crew features Fifi Galore, Cherry Rayne, Crepe Suzette, DJ Pi, the Slave Crew and Harbie McPointy, as well as special guests Lady Delish, Boxx Scarlett and Chloe Noir. 8pm. $5.

FILM: “The Birds” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Hitchcock, not Aristophanes. 9pm. $7.

10/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

October 30th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Barefoot Movement @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The award-winning Nashville-based bluegrass quartet returns in support of their latest release Live in LA. 7pm. $20. GO HERE to read an interview…

MUSIC: The Security Project @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With new vocalist Happy Rhodes at the microphone, the Peter Gabriel tribute band enters a new phase. Also featuring Featuring Jerry Marotta (drums & vocals), Trey Gunn (guitar), Michael Cozzi (guitar & backing vocal) and David Jameson (keyboards). 8pm. $25, $30 & $40.

MUSIC: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar @ the Falcon, Marlboro. An evening of world-class country blues. With David Kraai & Amy Laber. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Arlo Guthrie @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 7pm. $26, $50 & $65.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “Today’s Brecht” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Directed by Andrew Joffe, the Blue Horse Repertory Company performs staged readings of Bertolt Brecht’s one-act plays, “The Jewish Wife” and “The Informer.” A benefit for the theater. 2pm. $20.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s the “Horror Scopes Halloween Show,” hosted by Evil Dan. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. “Harvest Home” features mostly a cappella selections, including Arvo Part’s haunting “Da Pacem Domine”; thrilling spirituals “My Lord What a Morning” and “By and By”; and Jake Runestad’s “Let My Love Be Heard.” 3pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: The University Symphony Orchestra @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. Performing works by Bizet and Holst. With the University Concert Band. 3pm. $6; $3 students & seniors.

THEATER: “Butter to the Edges” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written and performed by Mary Mott, the one-woman comedy about aging is directed by Bob Moss. 2pm. $30. Through Sunday, November 6. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Halloween concert features Mussorgsky;s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette,” Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” more. 3pm. $12 & $20; FREE children & students age 18 & under.

MUSIC: Malcolm Kogut @ the Foothills Methodist Church, Gloversville. An organ recital featuring a smorgasbord of classics, favorites and surprises – from Bach’s Toccata in D Minor to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 3pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Heathers: The Musical” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents the stage musical based on the 1989 film about the Heathers of Westerberg High. 2pm. $20.

JAM SESSION: Bluegrass Jam @ the Ale House, Troy. Hosted by Tom Ali and Chris Sager. 6pm.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Frankenstein” @ the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle directs Nick Dear’s thrilling play based on the novel by Mary Shelley. 11am. $15.

10/29/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

October 29th, 2016, 8:59 am by Greg

MUSIC: The LateShip @ Dutch Apple Cruises, Albany. It’s a Halloween party with costume contests! It’s a three-hour cruise! It’s a release party for Titanics’ EP Hotel! It’s a release party for the LateShift’s EP Forks & Knives! 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Gov’t Mule @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Tireless guitarslinger Warren Haynes leads his band for their annual Mule-O-Ween concert. 8pm. $32.50, $40, $45 & $55.

MUSIC: Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Two of the most progressive voices in American jazz piano join forces for a dynamic duo performance. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Upstate’s Alright @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. It’s a big two-venue bash featuring free punk rock fleamarket from 12noon-3pm; then the live music cranks up with 18 bands from 3pm-1am, including Maggot Brain, Severe Severe, One Through Ten, Pissing Match, the Jagaloons, Scuzz and lots more. $15.

MUSIC: The Jazz Ambassadors @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. 19-piece big band. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Patti LaBelle @ Proctors, Schenectady. Veteran soul music dynamo. 8pm. $25-$85.

MUSIC: Clutch @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng. 8pm. $32. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Ryley Walker @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The guitar phenom rolls into town in support of his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. With Circuit des Yeux. 7pm. $14.

MUSIC: Brand X @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The legendary jazz-rock-fusion pioneers – John Goodsall (guitar), Percy Jones (bass), Kenwood Dennard (drums), Chris Clark (keys) and Scott Weinberger (percussion) – have reunited and will perform material from their first three albums. 8pm. $24, $33 & $44.

GALA/FUNDRAISER: 2016 Hyde Gala @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. The gala – a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, auction and live music by Body & Soul – coincides with the opening of Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, giving guests an opportunity to preview the 80th anniversary of the longest-running juried show of contemporary art in the country. 6-10pm.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo performs a concert of politcial campaign songs. 2pm. FREE.

MAGIC/FUNDRAISER: “Spirits, Spooks, and Spells: An Evening of Halloween Grand Illusions” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Magician Jeffrey Jene conjures a benefit performance for Troy Civic Theater. 8pm. $15; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Glenville. 9pm.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 9:30pm. $15.

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It’s the Weekend!

October 28th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Halloween Dogs

Flashback Friday: The Halloween Edition featuring Ghost and Metalhead

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some Halloween fun.

But before we head out for the big trick-or-treatin’ weekend, we’d like to send out a 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:

Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Don Wilcock
Rudy Lu
Timothy Reidy
Glenn Kaplowitz
Martin Benjamin
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.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

EMPAC at RPI, 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 Palace Theatre, Albany
The Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
Adirondack Independence Music Festival, Lake George
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
Step Up Presents, Albany
WEQX-FM, Manchester, VT
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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