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Saturday Is Skylander Day @ Saratoga’s Comic Depot

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Skylanders Day

Skylanders – popular video game series developed by Nippertown’s own Vicarious Visions – jumps off the computer screen and onto the comic book pages with the publication of the inaugural Skylanders comic book.

And Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs is hosting a special release party for the comic on Saturday (October 18). Join the writers Ron Marz and David Rodriguez, as well as Vicarious Visions concept artists Jeff Bellio, Arzu Fallahi and Dave Phillips for the in-store celebration from 12noon-4pm.

You can pick up an exclusive Comic Depot variant cover for Skylanders #1. The store will be featuring an all-day sale, as well as raffles for exclusive Skylanders merch. And the artists will be drawing original Skylander sketches on sale for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

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Explore the Fab Four’s NYC Sites on Foot

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Carnegie Hall…
The Plaza Hotel…
The Dakota Apartments…
The Ed Sullivan Theater…
Strawberry Fields in Central Park…

Experience first-hand some of the most significant New York City sites in the musical history of the Fab Four on Saturday, October 18 on Rick Bedrosian’s Beatles New York City Walking Tour. A chartered bus will depart from Yankee Trails in Rensselaer at 7am and return at approximately 7:30pm.

In NYC, Rick Bedrosian (guitarist with the Beatles tribute band Hey Jude… The Tribute) and his busload of Beatles fans will meet up with renowned Beatles authority and tour guide Susan Ratisher Ryan for a two-and-a-half-hour of Manhattan Beatlemania locations.

Then you’ll be driven to the Flatiron District where you’ll be free to explore and dine at Mario Batali’s Eataly, a 50,000-square-foot, indoor, Italian market and restaurant complex, as well as Union Square Park which is located just five blocks south.

The cost of the tour is $130 per person, which includes transportation, travel guides and the Beatles Walking Tour.

NOTE: And if you want to get into the musical mood, you can catch Hey Jude… The Tribute in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Saturday (October 11). Tickets are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

MASS MoCA Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts & Events

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Over in North Adams, MASS MoCA’s fall season gets under way in mid-September when the museum devotes an entire weekend to bluegrass and roots music – and continues full throttle until it sends us laughing all the way into the holiday season with a mid-December show of smart comedy. Throughout its roster of anything-but-standard fare, MASS MoCA features musical theater, award-winning dance performances, electro-dance hall music, film forums and more…

New York-based artist Lee Boroson creates a sequence of elements in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery, where visitors will immerse in fog, lava, waterfalls and smokestacks as they move through installations of fabric, glass, and inflatables that consider the landscape as culture as well as wilderness.

The season kicks off with the previously announced FreshGrass, the three-day bluegrass and roots festival on Friday-Sunday, September 19-21 featuring a mind-bending amount of music, with more than 40 bands throughout the weekend, including Emmylou Harris, Railroad Earth, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, the Infamous Stringdusters, the David Grisman Sextet, Cricket Tell the Weather, the Novel Ideas, Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Flying Garbanzos and many, many more. The festival rounds out with instrument- and industry-focused workshops, luthier demonstrations, Berkshire-fresh food and spirits, downtown camping, family programming.

And here’s the schedule of newly announced concerts, films, dance, theater, comedy and other rather unclassifiable events for MASS MoCA’s fall season:

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Rory Block, Murali Coryell: Nippertown’s Blues Music Award Nominess

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Chatham’s own Queen of the Blues Rory Block, snagged two Blues Music Award nominations from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. And she’s not the only Nippertonian to get a nod, either. Guitarslinger Murali Coryell also picked up a nomination. The 35th annual Blues Music Awards will be presented during ceremonies at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis tonight (Thursday, May 8).

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Today Is FREE Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Rest Fest Returns to CAC Woodside in Troy This Summer

Monday, April 28th, 2014

RestFest 2014

After three years at Albany’s St. Joseph Church, last year the annual Restoration Festival moved across the Hudson River to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. And apparently the venue was a hit because the Rest Fest folks have announced that the fest will be returning to the new venue again this year.

But rather than hosting the event in September, this year Rest Fest will held a few weeks earlier – on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 – which will hopefully avoid conflicts with other Local 518 fests which have landed on the same date as Rest Fest during the past couple of years.

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Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

RADIO: Tribute to Michael Brecker… And More

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker

When acclaimed jazz tenor saxophonist and 11-time Grammy Award-winner Michael Brecker died of leukemia in January, 2007, Nippertown saxmaster Brian Patneaude knew that he had to pay tribute. So he teamed up with Bill McCann‘s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” weekly radio show on WCDB (90.9 FM) to present a four-hour “Tribute to Michael Brecker.”

“He has been my main musical influence ever since the day I first heard him play as a freshman in high school,” says Patneaude. “As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for Michael Brecker and his music, I doubt I’d be doing what I’m doing with my life right now.”

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