It’s the (Big July 4th) Weekend!

June 30th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Charlie Parr’s “Dog,” the title track of his upcoming album on Red House Records

It’s time to kiss that work week goodbye, and say hello to the big Fourth of July weekend!

But before we head out for some four-day weekend 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

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
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Tim Reidy
Stan Johnson
Glenn Kaplowitz
Don Wilcock
Joel Patterson
Macey Levin
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.

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LIVE: BUSK! Festival @ Putnam Den, 6/4/17

June 30th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
Wacky Chad

Wacky Chad

Photographs by Tim Reidy

New York City’s Orchard Project kicked off its third annual Saratoga Springs residency earlier this month with the BUSK! Festival, a free public fest featuring acclaimed street performers, as well as a number of Greater Nippertown’s favorite musical acts.

Originally slated for the lawn at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center, the day-long fest was moved to Putnam Den due to the threat of inclement weather. Fortunately, the rain held off long enough that many of performers – including the very funny daredevil stunt performer Wacky Chad, the dynamic Boston-based juggling/balancing duo the Red Trouser Show and the Local 518’s own Ramblin Jug Stompers – were able to perform outdoors in the Putnam Den parking lot.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Downstairs” @ Dorset Theatre Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

June 30th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Sara
Tim Daly and Tyne Daly

Tim Daly and Tyne Daly

Review by Gail M. Burns

Both playwright Theresa Rebeck and actor Tim Daly have close relationships the state of Vermont and the Dorset Theatre Festival. When Mr. Daly was starring in Rebeck’s play The Scene at Dorset in 2013, he suggested that she write a play for him and his sister Tyne Daly to do together. While they have appeared in film and on television together, they have never shared the stage. In this world premiere of Rebeck’s Downstairs they play a brother and sister of similar age to the actors, but there the resemblances ends.

In a recent interview with Stratton Magazine, Rebeck spoke of the influences that her surroundings in Vermont, including her home in Dorset, had on Downstairs. “The specific idea for the play grew out of them and also out of the basement of our guesthouse in Vermont,” Rebeck explains. “It is a strange and interesting space to me, and I thought it might be great to set a play there.”

In that same Stratton interview, Ms. Daly is quoted as saying: “I’ve concluded after 56 years in this business, that I don’t believe in art that doesn’t move you. It has to move you. You have to rile people up either with funny, or scary, or things to think about.”

Downstairs hits all three of Ms Daly’s goals. It is moving, funny and scary, and it gives one many things to think about.

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

June 30th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks

Photograph by Stan Johnson

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, a whole lot of Nippertown’s devoted contributors weighed it with their Best of 2016 lists 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. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. LIVE: Sawyer Fredericks @ Freedom Park, 6/21/17 (by Stan Johnson)

4. Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. New Concerts Announced for Basilica Hudson (by Staff)

6. FREE: Brunswick Summer Concert Series @ Brunswick Community Center (by Staff, Stan Johnson)

7. FREE: Rensselaer Family Summer Concert Series (by Staff, Joel Patterson)

8. FREE: Congress Park Summer Concert Series (by Staff)

9. JUNE 29: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Tim Reidy)

10. T-Shirt Slogans Seen @ Solid Sound, 6/24/17 (by Staff)

FREE: Music in the Park @ Coxsackie’s Riverside Park

June 30th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

NEQ takes the stage at Coxsackie’s Riverside Park on July 23

Coxsackie is gearin’ up for its annual free Music in the Park concert series, which is slated to kick off on Sunday (July 2) with Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings.

The concerts take place at the gazebo in Coxsackie’s Riverside Park at 6pm on Sundays through the end of August, except where noted.

Here’s the complete schedule for Coxsackie’s 2017 Music in the Park concert series:

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FREE: Stony Creek Music in the Park Kicks Off on July 4

June 30th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The Music in the Park free concert series takes places in Stony Creek Town Park at 7pm every Tuesday through the end of August. Concertgoers are encouraged to brings lawn chairs, and the performances will take place rain or shine.

Here the complete schedule of concerts for the summer of 2017:

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FREE FEST: PearlPalooza Announces Schedule of Bands

June 30th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

The schedule of bands has been announced for WEQX-FM’s PearlPalooza, the annual music fest on North Pearl Street in Albany.

Featuring two stages and six bands, the street fest is slated to take place from 1-9pm on Saturday, September 16, and, of course, it’s a free, all-ages party.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2017 PearlPalooza:

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6/30/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

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

MUSIC: Boz Scaggs @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The classic rock singer sings hits from his massive smooth-soul album, Silk Degrees and more. With co-headliner Michael McDonald, Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers alum. 7pm. $25-$109.

MUSIC: Mark Tolstrup @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The multi-talented Spa City bluesman celebrates his 60th birthday with a show that finds him playing with Brass & Blues, Street Corner Holler, his seven-year-old granddaughter Brooke Wern and other special guests. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: The Magdalens @ Lark Tavern, Albany. The Albany alt-folk band celebrates the release of their debut album, Lay Down Love, featuring 13 original songs recorded at Overit Studios. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Wurliday @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The soul-funk combo celebrates the release of their debut EP, Bedtime Blazer. With Rechorduroys and Olivia Quillio. 8pm.

MUSIC: Coal Palace Kings @ Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery & Brewery, Altamont. Yes, Howe Glassman and the CPK boys are back together again. 7pm.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Visual art, music, shopping, people watching and more. 5pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Ragtime” @ Washington Park Lakehouse Stage, Albany. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, “Ragtime” is a soaring, epic, culturally-important musical chronicling the lives of three families from three different worlds at the start of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American Dream. 8pm. FREE, $16, $18 & $24. Through Saturday, July 29.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ On Tap Bar Patio, Latham. 5:30pm. FREE. UPDATE: This show has been moved indoors…

MUSIC: Tas Cru & the Tortured Souls @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. It’s the blues… 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell & Mike DeAngelis @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

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