12/10/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

December 10th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Victor Wooten Trio @ The Egg, Albany. The bassist extraordinaire, founding member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and five-time Grammy Award winner is worth the price of admission all by himself. But he’s upping the ante with drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini for a spirited evening of jazz, funk and improvisational music. 7:30pm. $36.

MUSIC: Sexmob @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein and his band – saxophonist Briggan Krauss, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen – celebrate 20 years and the release of their new album, Cultural Capital. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Empty Pockets @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The vibrant and tightly-tuned pop band from Chicago – hailed by Rolling Stone as “polished yet rootsy” – takes you on a rockin’ sleigh ride through the holiday classics you know and love, along with charming originals to put you in the holiday spirit. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The legendary gospel greats raise their voices in a Christmas show, as well as songs from their vast catalog and selections from their new album, Almost Home. Joined by the Preservation Hall Legacy Horns. 7pm. $30, $52 & $67. GO HERE to read an interview…

FUNDRAISER: Cohoes Proud @ the Black Cat Ale House, Cohoes. A benefit event for those affected by the recent downtown fire. 11am-8pm with live music by Hit-N-Run and FM beginning at 5pm.

MUSIC: The McKrells @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. Kevin McKrell and company celebrate the season with their one-of-a-kind Christmas show. 4pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. “1786: Mozart’s Miraculous Year” features “Marriage of Figaro, Overture and Selections,” “Piano Concerto No. 23” and “Piano Concerto No. 24.” 3pm.

MUSIC: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Holiday Concert @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The Rensselaer Orchestra and the Rensselaer Concert Choir present a semi-staged version of Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” with the aid of puppets and live video projection. 3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Philip B. Price @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. The lead singer for winterpills celebrates the release of 12 solo albums. 7pm. $13.

THEATER: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The romantic musical is a Broadway classic with six Tony nominations garnered by its recent NYC revival. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the show features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. 2pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

Read the rest of this entry »


12/9/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 9th, 2017, 8:49 am by Greg

MUSIC: Joe Henry @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. In support of his new album, Thrum, the super singer-songwriter-producer brings along his whole band – Jay Bellerose, Dave Piltch, Patrick Warren and Levon Henry. With Rose Cousins. 8pm. $35 & $20.

MUSIC: The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The legendary gospel greats raise their voices in a Christmas show, as well as songs from their vast catalog and selections from their new album, Almost Home. 8pm. $37.50, $42.50 & $51.50. GO HERE to read an interview…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SKI-QX Winter Music Festival @ Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain. Lovelytheband, the Rebel Light, Northern Faces, Wild Adriatic, JD McPherson, Brian Fallon and Juiceboxxx rock the mountain just as the first snow of the season rolls in. 3pm. $30. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: David Bromberg @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. A solo show. With a solo performance by dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas, too. 8pm. $36.

THEATER: “A Star Has Burnt My Eye” @ Skidmore College’s JKB Theater, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! A multimedia theatrical meditation on the life and music of Elizabeth “Connie” Converse, who some have taken to calling “the first singer songwriter.” A prototype of the DIY artist, Converse wrote and self-recorded an extraordinary collection of songs in the early 1950s before deliberately vanishing years later in despair of ever finding her audience. The show features a group of New York musicians, led by playwright-composer Howard Fishman, who perform her songs, read from her letters, and make the case for Converse’s particular genius, and her belated status as a great lost American artist. 8pm. $18; seniors $12.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. “1786: Mozart’s Miraculous Year” features “Marriage of Figaro, Overture and Selections,” “Piano Concerto No. 23” and “Piano Concerto No. 24.” 7:30pm. Also at 3pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Ellis Paul @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Having performed more than 5,000 shows over the course of the past 25 years, the singer-songwriter and 15-time Boston Music Award winner will perform a family show at 2pm, as well as his regular evening show at 8pm.

COMEDY: Trevor Noah @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The host of “The Daily Show” brings his stand-up skills to the Palace stage. 7pm. $39.50, $49.50, $69.50 & $85. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

EVENT/FUNDRAISER: Cohoes Winterfest @ Spindles on Remsen, Cohoes. The fourth annual fest features music by Rick Surano & 1-4-5 and Spancil Hill. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bill Kirchen @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The Titan of the Telecaster and his band bring his annual Honky Tonk Holiday show back to the Collar City. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for a sample…

MUSIC: Chris Pasin & Friends @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. The jazz trumpeter celebrates the release of his new album Baby It’s Cold Outside (Planet Arts) in concert with Patricia Dalton Fennell (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano), Ira Coleman (bass) and Jeff Siegel (drums). 7pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Ryan’s Wake, Troy. The Collar City Players bring a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story to the pubs
of Greater Nippertown. 12noon. $10.

MUSIC: Garland Jeffreys @ The Linda, Albany. The veteran NYC rocker is joined by guitarist JJ Jordan and keyboardist Charly Roth to play songs from throughout his long career as well his latest album, 14 Steps to Harlem. 8pm. $18.

BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Revue @ Hudson Harbor Steak and Seafood, Albany. A night of fun-filled hi-jinx-infused burlesque from the golden age of jazz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: OWEL @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Parallel, Perfect Score and Imaginary Friends. 6:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Enter the Haggis @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Canadian Celtic rockers. With Black Mountain Symphony. 9pm. $15.

Read the rest of this entry »

It’s the Weekend!

December 8th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Congratulations! You made it through the work week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the 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 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
Rudy Lu
Don Wilcock
Mark Alexander Hudson
Jeff Nania
Glenn Kaplowitz
Tim Reidy
Stan Johnson
Anthony Tassarotti
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:

The Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes

Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE: Erin Harkes @ Romo’s Pizza, 11/22/17

December 8th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Tim Reidy

No question about it, Erin Harkes is one of the most popular and hardest working singer-songwriters in Greater Nippertown. Sometimes solo, sometimes as a duo and once in a while with a full band or singing with the Lustre Kings. And all that is in addition to her “other” job as a stand-up comedian and host of the monthly all-female “Chicks Are Funny” show at Guilderland’s Funny Bone.

On Thanksgiving Eve, she was entertaining patrons at Romo’s Pizza in Glenmont.

And this weekend you can catch Harkes in action at
Power’s Irish Pub in Clifton Park at 8pm tonight (Friday, December 8) and the Diamond Club Grill at Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs at 7:30pm on Saturday (December 9). Both performances are FREE.

Sounds o’ the Season: Bill Kirchen’s “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas”

December 8th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

The tradition continues. Yes, he’s comin’ back to Greater Nippertown for yet another Honky Tonk Holiday…

Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen and his band return to Troy for their annual holiday bash at the Hangar on the Hudson at 8pm on Saturday (December 9). Don’t be surprised if a few special guests drop by, either. Tickets are $20.

Reverend Horton Heat’s “Run Rudolph Run”
Jim Brickman’s “Christmas Where You Are”

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

December 8th, 2017, 12:04 pm by Greg
Shemekia Copeland

Blues Queen Shemekia Copeland is one of December’s Dozen, the must-see concerts of the month

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. SPAC Announces First Concert for 2018 (by Staff)

2. Albany Capital Center Announces Its First Concert (by Staff)

3. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

4. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Double-Bill Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

5. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff, Anthony Tassarotti)

7. THE DOZEN: December’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. Mahaiwe Announces Two New Concerts (by Staff, Stan Johnson)

9. NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s New Concert News (by Greg Haymes)

10. LIVE: Troy Victorian Stroll @ Various Locations in Troy, 12/3/17 (by Glenn Kaplowitz)

11. DECEMBER 7: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes)

12. (tie) Friday Flashback: Rick Bedrosian’s “Up Beat” TV Show (by Staff)

12. (tie) LIVE: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, 12/1/17 (by Mark Alexander Hudson)

Friday Flashback Flyer: Peter & Gordon @ RPI Field House, 1964

December 8th, 2017, 11:00 am 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…)

This ad was featured on the back of the Great 98 WTRY Big Sound Survey for the week ending December 5, 1964. And a tip o’ the hat to Jimmy Barrett

Missy Bly @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2005
Blotto’s Prom Night @ JB Scott’s, 1980
The Chance, April, 1984
Jazz for the Arts Festival, 1994
“Live at QE2” Recording Sessions, 1990
Tiger’s Pub, March, 1990

The Avett Brothers @ Revolution Hall, 2007

CANCELLED: Bettye LaVette at Cohoes Music Hall

December 8th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Bad news for Greater Nippertown soul music fans: The concert by the sublime Bettye LaVette, originally slated for Wednesday, December 20 at the Cohoes Music Hall, has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to Guthrie/Bell Productions, who were presenting the show.

Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

But all is not lost… On a more positive note, Ms. LaVette’s upcoming concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday, April 7, is still on her tour schedule. Tickets are $35 & $45.

Cartoonist John CaldwellJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysHolly & EvanCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesBerkshire On StageHudson SoundsAustralian Cattle Dog Rescue Association