9/30/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

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

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. It’s the return of Chandler, this time with the full nine-piece, pajama-clad Philharmonic in celebration of their best album yet, Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 2 & 1. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Lloyd Cole @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Legendary British folk-pop singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole brings his patented blend of catchy melodies and sophisticated, literate songcraft. 9pm. $25.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Summit @ Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls. Day Two of Wild Adriatic’s new two-fest features music from Chestnut Grove, Paradox Saints, Ramblers Home, Angels on the Fourth, Let’s Be Leonard, Last Daze and, of course, Wild Adriatic. 5pm. $15. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

THEATER: “Antigone in Ferguson” @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, Williamstown. Both compelling theater and searing social justice project, the play is a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Directed by Bryan Doerries and performed by an all-star cast along with a gospel choir featuring police officers, educators and community members from Ferguson. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Sonic Spindle Experience @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. An extrasensory concert happening featuring that features three Greater Nippertown bands – Backward Dreams, Stone Revival Band and The Wheel – playing the music of 1967-1977. 7pm. $28.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Troy Irish Festival @ Sage Field, Troy. The inaugural fest features food, adult beverages, dancing, and, of course, Irish music by the Schenectady Pipe Band, Three Irish Voices, HellCat Maggie, the Glengarry Bhoys, the McKrells, the 317 and more. 11:30am-9pm. $20; children under 12 FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Tribute to Chris Cornell @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. A benefit for the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention features Matthew Pryce, Under the Den, Iudica and Revenge. 1-6pm. $20; children $5.

THEATER: “This Is Not a Test” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. With a mix of theater, French-style clowning and contemporary circus, Troy-based Aaron Marquise stars in an original apocalyptic one-man clown show. 2 & 8pm. $20; VIP $30; children under 12 $15. Through Sunday, October 8.

MUSIC: Sameer Gupta @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The percussionist rooted in the Indian classical tradition leads a band featuring Marc Cary (keyboards), Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Rashaan Carter (bass), as they play selections from his new album, A Circle Has No Beginning. With Todd Reynolds. 8pm. $18 & $24; students $10.

THEATER: “Lost Lake” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Imperfect strangers meet in this warm, touching and funny one-act written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn. 2 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 22.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ Hudson Harbor Steak & Seafood House, Albany. Joining prodigal emcee Guy Smiley for this fun-filled evening celebrating BBRB’s 13th anniversary will be Scooter Pie, Chevie Supernova, Cherish & the Shimmy Sisters, Black Orchyd, Pearl Buttons, Maxine de la Obscene, Lady Delish, Hot Toddy, Honey Cummings, Chardonnay la Teese, Roxxi Tart and musical selections by Jack Nemier.

MUSIC: Bobby Long @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The NYC-based British singer-songwriter makes his Caffe debut. He’s working on what will be his fourth album and has just published his second volume of poetry called “Losing My Misery.” With Brian Dunne. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Ed Palermo Big Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The world’s zaniest big band throws the album release party for The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren, featuring the music of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Teddy Thompson @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. The second generation singer-songwriter (his parents are Richard & Linda Thompson) already has six albums of songs to draw from. With Leslie Mendelson. 8pm. $20.

DANCE/MUSIC: Tango Fire @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring 12 dancers and a quartet of musicians, this fiery ensemble from Buenos Aires combines rawness and sophistication with the seductive and sultry sides of tango, artfully tracing its origins from the streets of Argentina through its evolution into today’s ballroom styles. 8pm. $34.

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It’s the Weekend!

September 29th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as humanly possible during the weekend.

But before we head out for some 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 Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful world 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:

Steven Stock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rudy Lu
Amy L. Modesti
J Hunter
Stan Johnson
Tim Livingston
Tim Reidy
Jessica Ayotte
Martin Benjamin
David Brickman
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: Blue Machine @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 9/22/17

September 29th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Blue Machine’s Tommy Love

Review and photographs by Amy L. Modesti

If you were in the mood to rock out to classic rock and vintage British Invasion tunes from The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy was the place to be last Friday, for the return of Blue Machine. This was the first public appearance for the band since their debut at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy back in December, and their return brought out a packed house of fans for an entertaining and fun evening.

Blue Machine – which is Super 400 (Kenny Hohman on guitar/vocals, Joe Daley on drums and Lori Friday on bass/vocals) with the addition of front man, Tommy Love (vocals/harmonica) – have been bringing their own take on many popular classic rock and British Invasion tunes for over 10 years throughout Greater Nippertown. Love, who at times can sing like Robert Plant, Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison, is also a lead vocalist in another Local 518 group, Blue Hand Luke.

Blue Machine performed hit songs throughout the evening, starting with “Come Together” (The Beatles), followed by “Heart Full of Soul” (The Yardbirds), “Set Me Free” (The Kinks), “Badge” (Cream), “Tell Her No” (The Zombies), “Jumping Jack Flash” (the Rolling Stones), “Strange Brew” (Cream), “Born Under a Bad Sign” (Albert King), “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (the Rolling Stones), “Happy” (the Rolling Stones), among other tunes.

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LIVE: Dark Honey / Girl Blue @ McGeary’s Pub, 9/7/17

September 29th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Dark Honey

Photographs by Tim Reidy

WHO: Dark Honey
WITH: Girl Blue
WHERE: McGeary’s Pub, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, September 7

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

September 29th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
David Bowie, Sound + Vision Tour, SPAC

“Celebrating David Bowie” tribute concert tour is headed into The Egg

Photograph of David Bowie @ SPAC, 7/7/90 by Martin Benjamin

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 we understand… So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past seven days, in case you’re still playing catch-up:

1. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Another New “Concert” Announced for the Times Union Center (by Staff)

3. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. Two More New Concerts Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

5. Cool Insuring Arena Announces First Concert (by Staff)

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

7. Palace Theatre Announces New Year’s Eve Concerts (by Staff)

8. The Egg Announces Yet Another New Concert (by Staff)

9. SEPTEMBER 28: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Jessica Ayotte)

10. LIVE: Roger Waters w/ School of Rock Albany @ Times Union Center, 9/23/17 (by Staff)

11. LIVE: Randy Newman @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 9/16/17 (by Steven Stock, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

12. (tie) LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, 9/16/17 (Day One) (by J Hunter, Rudy Lu, Stan Johnson)

12. (tie) RIP: Charles Bradley, 1948-2017 (by Staff, Stan Johnson)

Riot With Three Brings “The Nature of Music” to Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

September 29th, 2017, 11:22 am by Greg

The dynamic classical trio Riot with ThreeAlison Davy (soprano), Javier Oviedo (saxophone) and Gene Rohrer (piano) – make a triumphant return to Catskill’s intimate Bridge Street Theatre at 7:30pm on Saturday (September 30) with an eclectic evening of contemporary and classical chamber works, “The Nature of Music”. In this exquisite and wide-ranging program which includes works by Handel, Hoiby, Assad, Laitman, Arnold and Borgia, the ensemble celebrates everything from the grandeur of the great outdoors to sugar addiction with a vibrant combination of unbridled joy and dazzling technical expertise.

This world-class ensemble is devoted to engaging and entertaining audiences with surprising, lively and varied classical recitals. Their combined resumé lists some of the nation’s most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the White House as well as venues throughout Europe and Asia. Together, the trio has enjoyed tremendous success and garnered critical acclaim at New York’s DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the Kingston Festival of the Arts, and NYC’s Ethical Culture Society concert series.

They are continuously developing and adding new pieces to their repertoire and are devoted to creating a unique performance atmosphere for listeners with vibrant performances and an approachable, personable style.

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CD REVIEWS: Memos from the Underground III

September 29th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Album reviews by Tim Livingston

Some recent album releases that you may have missed but are well worth a listen:

THE GODFATHERS: A Big Bad Beautiful Noise (Metropolis)

Led by singer Peter Coyne, London’s the Godfathers return with a mean, lean, straight-up rock n’ roll record. Sometimes garage-rocking, sometimes a bit psychedelic, the band just flat-out rocks. Fuzzy, layered guitars, thundering drums and a jangly pop number or two all combine to make this release a powerful statement for the band.

The title track is a hard-rocking steamroller of a tune. “Till My Heart Stops Bleeding” follows with a pulsing tempo and sing along-chorus. In a perfect world “You Don’t Love Me” would be a radio hit, and “Lets Get Higher” is a psychedelic guitar feast. The closer, “You and Me Against the World” perhaps gives a vocal nod to David Bowie and is a great song that serves as a fitting tribute (if, in fact, that was its intent).

You like hard hitting straight-on rock? The Godfathers deliver the goods. Get this now!

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Wynonna, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

September 29th, 2017, 9:05 am by Greg

“I remember the first album that I had my mom buy for me because I was too young. It was the Boswell Sisters, actually. We bought stuff on independent labels, stuff like Hazel and Alice.

Joni Mitchell was definitely in my first ten albums, too. The first record of hers that I ever really remember learning was Ladies of the Canyon. And I was always into women singers – like Bonnie Raitt – for the most part because I identified with them so much.

“But the earliest records were people like the Boswell Sisters – older music, which I was really drawn to. Big band, anything old and strange, I loved.

“I was not a Top 40 kid. I was definitely somebody who went to the discount bins and checked out independent labels big-time. That’s where you got all the wacky records.”

Rolling Stone called her “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Now five-time Grammy Award winner Wynonna brings her band the Big Noise to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 7pm on Sunday (October 1) as part of their Roots & Revival Tour. Tickets are available now, priced at $46, $66 & $91.

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