12/31/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday (New Year’s Eve)

December 31st, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Music by Sawyer Fredericks, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Jimy Graham, Brass & Blues, Sydney Worthley, Holly & Evan Band, Annie & the Hedonists, Bob Malone, Belle-Skinner and more in addition to comedy, magic and lots of fun. 30 venues throughout downtown and more than 70 different acts to see. Fireworks, too. 6pm. $20; children age 12 & under free with each adult. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Twiddle @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s the second of the band’s two-night New Year’s Eve run, and they’ll be joined by the Giant Country Horns for three big sets. 8pm. $47.

MUSIC: Glen David Andrews @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. It’s a New Orleans-styled New Year’s Eve with the acclaimed Big Easy vocalist-trombonist and his band mixing up a gumbo of jazz, rock, gospel, funk, soul and more. 9pm. $35 & $55.

MUSIC: Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With The LateShift. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Amy Helm & Friends @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 9pm. $50 & $80. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: The Chronicles @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 9pm. $40.

MUSIC: The Commodores @ Rivers Casino’s Event Center, Schenectady. “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady” and more… 11pm. $60, $100 & $120.

FESTIVAL: Bethlehem First Night @ various locations, Delmar. Kicking off with fireworks at 6:30pm at the Four Corners, the evening features performances by the Swing Docs, the Mendelssohn Club of Albany, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Andy the Music Man, GB-five, Heard, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes and Playin’ with Fire. $15; $5 for youths age 12-18; kids under 12 are FREE. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: First Night of Funny @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Featuring Eric McMahon, Joe Bronzi, Rich Williams, Shawn Gillie. 8pm. $40.

CABARET: Byron Nilsson & Malcolm Kogut @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. You’ll hear songs by Randy Newman, Noel Coward, Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer and others, with an unlikely but compelling intrusion by Vladimir Nabokov. 7pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Liz Miele headlines with Justin Herman in support. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Anthill Annihilator @ the Low Beat, Albany. CD release party for their debut album, Ya Filthy Animal. With Jesse Zeltins. 8pm.

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12/30/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

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

MUSIC: Twiddle @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s the first night of a two-night stand. With the Marcus King Band. 7:30pm. $44.

MUSIC: Mister F @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Goose. 11pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Northway @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Scotchka and Mia Badalucco. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band @ Colony, Woodstock. With Patrick Collins. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Ramblers Home @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

COMEDY: Frank Caliendo @ Rivers Casino’s Event Center, Schenectady. Best known for his impressions, Caliendo has been part of such national television shows as “MADtv,” “Fox NFL Sunday” and his own TBS show, “Frank TV.” 8pm. $35-$60. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Enter the Haggis @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The first night of a two night stand. 7 & 10pm. $25.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Alexis P. Suter Band @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Celebrating the release of her new album, Hat Trick: The Essential Recordings. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

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It’s the Weekend! The Last Weekend of 2017!

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

Happy New Year

Congratulations! You made it through the last week of the year, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the big New Year’s Eve weekend.

But before we head out for your weekend fun we’d like to send out a thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week (and all year long) 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Tim Reidy
Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
Michael Eck
Michael Hochanadel
Amy Modesti
Tom D’Ambrose
Steve Nover
Fred Rudofsky
Richard Brody
Tim Livingston
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.

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 Ale House, Troy
The Low Beat, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

BEST OF 2017: Greg Haymes’ Favorite Concerts, Albums, Etc.

December 29th, 2017, 2:25 pm by Greg
Amadou & Mariam

Amadou & Mariam @ the Music Haven, 7/16/17

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

I’m only one man, which means that I can’t be everywhere at once, and I can’t see every concert. I missed a lot of great shows (or at least shows that I thought would be great) this past year – everything from the Regrettes at the Low Beat to the Bob Dylan/Mavis Staples double-bill at the Palace Theatre.

So what you read here is just the low-down on 17 of my favorite concerts of 2017 – ones that I actually witnessed – in chronological order. As they say, your results may vary:


February 2: The Last Waltz 40 Tour @ the Palace Theatre, Albany: If there’s gonna be a Groundhog Day where I’m caught in a Bill Murray-like endlessly repeating loop, please, please, please let it be February 2, 2017, so I can enjoy this all-star tribute show over and over again.
March 30: Bryan Ferry, Judith Owen @ Proctors, Schenectady. The perfect balance of edge and elegance. Simply my favorite show of the year.
April 22: Richie & Rosie @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. An evening of timeless banjo and fiddle tunes.
April 28: The Suitcase Junket @ The Linda, Albany. A one-man band for the 21st century… with songs to match.
June 15: Selwyn Birchwood Band @ the Pearl Street Pub, Albany. Barefoot blues on North Pearl Street. The best surprise of the year.
June 16: Nelson Esposito Quintana, Average Bear @ The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. A wildly eclectic evening music.
June 24: Kevin Morby, The Shaggs @ Solid Sound at MASS MoCA, North Adams. Morby and ex-Nippertonian Meg Duffy brought the songs and the stellar musicianship; the Shaggs brought the spirit.

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BEST OF 2017: Amy Modesti’s Top Events of the Year

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

Photographs by Richard Lovrich @ Albany Center Gallery

Photographs by Richard Lovrich @ Albany Center Gallery

Story by Amy Modesti
Photographs by Amy Modesti, Richard Lovrich


“Makers: 365 NY Capital Region Creatives: Photographs by Richard Lovrich” @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany, June 20-July 21
This exhibition was truly inspirational and a must-see at the start of summer 2017. As a visual artist, photographer and musician/music fan, I found it amazing to see from Lovrich’s photographs of our creative community, how many musicians, artisans and other business entrepreneurs and creatives live within Greater Nippertown and how they made an impact in the community. This exhibition was not only interesting to view, but it was also a great way to be able to network with a who’s who of creative individuals within the community.

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top Stories of the Week

December 29th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry made his Greater Nippertown debut at Proctors and landed on quite a few Best of 2017 lists

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 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. NEW CONCERTS: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

2. BEST OF 2017: Michael Eck’s Top 10 Concerts of the Year (by Michael Eck, Michael Hochanadel)

3. BEST OF 2017: Steve Nover’s Top 50 Concerts of the Year (by Steve Nover, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. BEST OF 2017: Ed Conway’s Bakers’ Dozen Best Concerts (by Ed Conway)

5. BEST OF 2017: Rudy Lu’s Top 12 Favorite Concerts (by Rudy Lu)

6. BEST OF 2017: Fred Rudofsky’s Favorite 50 Albums of the Year (by Fred Rudofsky)

7. BEST OF 2017: Fred Rudofsky’s Top 35 Favorite Concerts (And Other Observations) (by Fred Rudofsky, Rudy Lu)

8. BEST OF 2017: Stanley A. Johnson’s Top 12 (Or So) Live Music Performances (by Stanley A. Johnson)

9. BEST OF 2017: Richard Brody’s Top 22 Concerts (by Richard Brody, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10. DECEMBER 28: On this Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

11. RIP: Roswell Rudd, 1935-2017 (by Staff, Rudy Lu)

12. BEST OF 2017: Don Wilcock’s Top 8 Blues Albums (And Year-End Rant) (by Don Wilcock, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

BEST OF 2017: Favorite Oooops! Moment

December 29th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Improvisation is one of the key talents of any great artist. Things don’t always go according to the script, even if you’re an award winning actor, as Bill Pullman proved when he accepted his award for Excellence in Acting at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival’s ceremony at BSP Kingston

BEST OF 2017: Tim Livingston’s Great Eight Albums

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

By Tim Livingston

Memos From the Underground: The Great Eight Best (or at least my favorite) Albums of the Year…

1. Peter Perrett
How the West Was Won
The Only Ones frontman/songwriter returns out of nowhere with a stunning album showcasing his outstanding songwriting, heartfelt delivery and sometimes dark wit as only a man who has traveled a journey such as his could do. Not only album of the year, but also comeback of the year! Top-notch accompaniment by his two sons’ band featuring the beautiful and powerful guitar stylings of Jamie Perrett. Song of the year? Pick one… any one.

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