4/30/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

April 30th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

THEATER/MUSIC: Shen Yun @ Proctors, Schenectady. Can you say “extravaganza”? 2pm. $74-$124.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Sonic explorers Roddy Bottum (of Faith No More), JR & MS, Brian Dewan, Jesus Cactus, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Choir and Shilpa Ray more sonic explorers keep the marathon drone humming along. It started on Saturday and goes continuously til 12noon today. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Jazz Appreciation Month Concert @ Colonie Elks Lodge, Latham. The Albany Musicians Association, Local 14 AFM wraps up Jazz Appreciation Month with its annual concert. Featuring the Brian Axford Duo (2pm); the Joe Finn Quartet (2:55pm); the Steve Lambert Quartet (3:50pm) and the Nat Phipps Quintet (4:45pm). FREE.

MUSIC: Kosha Dillz @ the Low Beat, Albany. Talk about a ringing endorsement… Wu Tang Clan’s RZA calls Kosha “one of the rawest Jewish kids I know, proving again that hip-hop comes in all shapes, sizes, forms and races.” With AMJ, Mike Arson and Osymandias. 7pm. $10.

FILM: People’s Pixel Project @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. The Lake George Arts Project’s eighth annual festival of locally-produced short films and videos. 2pm. $10.

MUSIC: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The Commander is back in the saddle behind the boogie woogie keys. With his old pal John Tichy and the Lustre Kings. 6pm. $25.

CABARET/FUNDRAISER: Backdoor Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Craig Cunningham and Kevin Weldon bring their satirical revue, “Bring on the Men!” as they sing and joke their way through contemporary life, looking at the world through lavender-colored glasses. A benefit for Hudson Pride Foundation. 7pm.

RECORD SHOW: WGXC Record & Media Fair @ Basilica Hudson’s Back Gallery, Hudson. More than 20 vendors and 30 tables full of eclectic vinyl, CDs, cassette tapes, DVDs, plus books, musical instruments and radio-related ephemera. 11am-5pm. $3; $15 for early-bird admission at 10am.

MUSIC: Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. FREE.

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4/29/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 29th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Eilen Jewell @ The Linda, Albany. Seriously, there’s nothing that the Queen of the Minor Key can’t sing – from stone-cold country to vintage jazz to intimate folk to revved-up rockabilly to… 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Acoustic Trauma @ Chrome, Waterford. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Maceli’s prog band is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and various bandmembers have come and gone along the way, so tonight’s big bash will feature four different incarnations of the band, each performing 30-minute sets. 8pm. $5.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Lee Renaldo (of Sonic Youth), Roddy Bottum (of Faith No More), Iva Bittova, Phil Kline, Jon Gibson, Brian Dewan and lots more sonic explorers keep the marathon drone humming along. Starting at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Malcolm Cecil & Friends @ Columbia-Greene Community College’ Arts Center Theater, Hudson. The Grammy Award-winning musician-producer-synthesizer pioneer celebrates his 80th birthday with a concert featuring the great Dave Holland (bass), Marvin “Bugalu” Smith (percussion), Patricia Dalton (vocals), George DeLeon (tenor sax), John Esposito (keyboards), Jose Cuevas (drums), Charlie Apicella & Ron Petrides (guitars) and Amy Bateman (violin). 7:30pm. $20; $18 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Brooks Williams @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Yet another great blues performer returns. With Lisa Bastoni. 8pm. $22.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. Four venues – Stout, Parish Public House, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen and the Fuze Box – each host five of six bands. One $25 admission charge gets you into ’em all. Showtimes? Your guess is as good as ours… Workshops and panel discussions, too. GO HERE for the individual venue line-ups…

THEATER/MUSIC: Shen Yun @ Proctors, Schenectady. Can you say “extravaganza”? 7pm. $74-$124. Also at 2pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Geoff Muldaur @ The Falcon, Marlboro. If you missed the legendary roots ‘n’ bluesman at Caffe Lena last night, now you’ve got another chance. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC: Denny Laine @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The former guitarist-vocalist of the Moody Blues and Wings plays the complete albums Go Now and Band on the Run with his current band. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Fab Faux @ The Egg, Albany. The Beatles tribute band celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Psychedelic Summer of Love with songs from the 1967 albums Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, as well as other fan favorites accompanied by the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings. 7:30pm. $39, $49 & $67.

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It’s the Weekend!

April 28th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Kiss that work week goodbye and say hello to the weekend!

But before we head out for some Last-weekend-of-April fun 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 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
Don Wilcock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Glenn Kaplowitz
Tim Reidy
Rick Bedrosian
Brian Tromans
Barbara Waldinger
Gail M. Burns

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:

Nick Loss-Eaton Media, Brooklyn

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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill
The Upper Room, Albany
The Times Union Center, Albany
Senate Garage, Kingston
Jazzstock, Marbletown
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

April 28th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Black Violin

The new SPAC on Stage concert series features Black Violin and three other bands

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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.

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:

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Friday Flashback Flyer: The Chance, April, 1984

April 28th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Ah, yes, remember ye olde pre-digital days? Those way-back-when days when bands and clubs actually printed up their schedules on paper to staple to telephone poles around town and actually mail out to fans via the U.S. Postal Service?

Well, we’ve dug deep into the vast Nippertown Research Department Deep Storage Facility to retrieve some vintage Local 518 music scene ephemera before it completely disintegrates. (The ephemera, not the scene…)

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Wanna Give Nipper a Make-Over?

April 28th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

From high atop a North Broadway roof, the 28-foot tall Nipper has been guarding the City of Albany for nearly 60 years. but now an army of little Nippers are coming down to street level… and you can help dress them up.

Downtown Is Pawsome is a public art project sponsored by the Downtown Albany BID, which will feature 10 three-foot-tall sculptures of Albany’s famous canine resident, Nipper.

Similar to the installation of the Play Me, I’m Yours customized pianos series in 2014 and the giant Dutch clogs celebrating Albany’s history in 2012, the array of Nipper sculptures will be on display throughout downtown Albany’s business and entertainment corridors from June, 2017-May, 2018.

Now artists from throughout Greater Nippertown are being sought to customize the little Nippers. Don’t waste any time, as the deadline for completed applications is 12noon on Wednesday (May 3). GO HERE to download an artist application…

The official launch of Downtown Is Pawsome will be held at a garden party in Tricentennial Park on Friday, June 16.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

April 28th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It seems as though the Marsalis brothers are engaged in some sort of tag-team action at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Just last night saxman Branford Marsalis and his band played the Music Hall’s gala concert, and now today, the folks at the Music Hall have announced that trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert at 8pm on Saturday, October 7.

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FEST: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson This Weekend

April 28th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Basilica Hudson is hosting its third annual 24-Hour Drone this weekend. Subtitled Experiments in Sound and Music, the fest kicks off at at the Hudson venue at 12noon on Saturday (April 29) and continues non-stop through to 12noon on Sunday.

Among the featured performers are Roddy Bottum of Faith No More; Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, who will be performing a site-specific drone work for guitar; Jon Gibson and Jeremy Gibson, who will perform a version of Jon’s seminal avant garde ’70s piece “Visitations”; the premiere of a new interactive drone machine piece by Yonatan Gat, Brian Chase and Matt Ostrowski; Quintron’s Weather Warlock (Upstate edition), one in a series of custom-built weather-controlled analog synthesizers installed at Wave Farm in Acra; Hubble, the mesmerizing solo project of Ben Greenberg; Hudson area musician, inventor and all-around renaissance man Brian Dewan; and the Maine-based Jesus Cactus.

Advance tickets are available now, priced at $32.

Here’s the complete schedule for Basilica Hudson’s 24-Hour Drone:

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