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JANUARY 22: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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Throwback Thursday? Oh yeah. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of January 22 concerts through the years…

2014: Break Science @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
2013: For Today @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2012: Mavis Staples @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
2011: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley @ The Egg, Albany
2010: David Malachowski & the Woodstock All Stars @ The Linda, Albany
2009: Toby Keith, Jason Aldean @ Times Union Center, Albany
2007: Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany
2006: The Toasters, Go Jimmy Go, Big D & the Kids Table @ Saratoga Winners, Latham

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JANUARY 15: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Cameron Melville, Ryder Cooley, Tommy Stinson and Chip Roberts

Cameron Melville, Ryder Cooley, Tommy Stinson and Chip Roberts @ Club Helsinki Open Mic Night, 1/15/13

Photograph by Tim Livingston

Throwback Thursday? Oh yeah. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of January 15 concerts through the years…

2014: Red Baraat @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
2013: Tommy Stinson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2012: The Scud Mountain Boys @ Pearl Street, Northampton
2011: The Felice Brothers @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2010: Beaucoup Blue @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2009: Pat Travers @ the Tugboat Tavern, Cohoes
2007: The Mathematicians @ Red Square, Albany
2005: Joan as Policewoman @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2004: The Moutin Reunion Quartet @ Club Helsinki, Great Barrington
2003: Lariat, Fall Silent, the Killing @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Levon Helm & the Barnburners @ The Egg, Albany
1999: John Hammond @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1998: The Vibe, Kim Palladino, Second Nature @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: The Spellhounds, Wailing Bones, Child of Pride @ Bogie’s, Albany
1995: Velvet Crush, the Frampton Brothers, the Staziaks @ Bogie’s, Albany
1994: Gatemouth Brown @ The Egg, Albany
1993: Chris Whitley, Brenda Kahn @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
1992: Plaid, Can’t Say @ QE2, Albany
1991: Jim Caringi @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1990: Gil Scott-Heron @ Pearl Street, Northampton
1989: Cowboy Junkies @ QE2, Albany
1988: Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1987: Mambo-X, the New Johnny 5 @ QE2, Albany
1985: Visible Twitch @ 288 Lark, Albany

BEST OF 2014: Kirsten Ferguson’s Top 15 Concerts

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Paul McCartney @ The Times Union Center

Paul McCartney

Story and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

1.) Paul McCartney @ the Times Union Center, Albany (July 5)
Best concert of the decade, maybe longer. I watched the entire concert again on YouTube several days later and cried when Paul sang “The Long and Winding Road” – and I don’t even like that song!

Wussy

Wussy

2.) Wussy with Bloodshot Bill @ the Low Beat, Albany (July 24)
The “best band in America” tag had started to stick by the time Wussy pulled into town from Cincinnati, hours late because a cop pulled them over along the way and confiscated their stash. Despite it all, they fired it up and even though I knew only a few of their songs, I loved every one, and I can’t disagree with the “best band” award at all.

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JANUARY 8: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The Tartan Terrors

Photograph of Tartan Terrors @ the Eighth Step, 1/8/11 by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Throwback Thursday? Yeah, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of January 8 concerts through the years…

Happy Birthday to Elvis Presley, David Bowie and Andrzej Pilarczyk

2012: Steve Earle @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2011: Tartan Terrors @ the Eighth Step, Schenectady
2010: Bearfoot @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2006: Lucy Kaplansky @ Club Helsinki, Great Barrington
2005: Keyshia Cole @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2004: Itzhak Perlman @ Proctors, Schenectady
2000: Rocky Velvet, Susan & the Surftones @ Positively Fourth Street, Troy
1999: Patti LaBelle, Freddie Wicks @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1998: David Poe @ Tinker Street Cafe, Woodstock
1997: Natalie Merchant @ WAMC-FM, Albany
1995: Jim E. Velvet & Johnny Rabb @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1994: Oscar Brand @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1993: The Dugans, Dirty Face @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1992: Dracula Jones, Hand Held Moon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1989: Johnny Rabb @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1987: Mambo-X @ 288 Lark, Albany
1983: Blotto, the Sharks, Rockin’ Dakotas @ the Chateau, Albany

A LOOK BACK: Nippertown’s Top 20 Stories of 2014

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

1 year of reviews and previews of concerts and albums…
12 months of theater and film reviews…
52 weeks of news and interviews with arts and entertainment movers and shakers…
365 days of concert announcements and updates…

2014 is history now, but here’s a look back at Nippertown’s most-viewed stories of the year. And as always, thanks for clicking…

1. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

2. LIVE: King Crimson @ The Egg, 9/9&10/14 (by Bokonon)

3. LarkFest Announces Line-up of Bands (by Staff)

4. Albany Tulip Fest Complete Line-Up of Bands Announced (by Staff)

5. FREE: Empire State Plaza Concerts Announced (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

6. LIVE: Ray Wylie Hubbard @ the Hangar, 5/1/14 (by Fred Rudofsky)

7. RIP: Tom Healey, 1956-2014 (by Greg Haymes)

8. LIVE: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam @ The Egg, 1/4/14 (by Jason Spiro)

9. Real Good for FREE: Powers Park Concert Series (by Staff)

10. Real Good for FREE: Tuesday Nights in the Park (by Staff)

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DECEMBER 18: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Throwback Thursday? Yeah, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Music History. Check out our round-up of December 18th concerts through the years…

2013: Michael Graves @ Bogie’s
2011: Eileen Ivers @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
2010: Pat Travers @ the Fuller Roadhouse Grille
2009: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Caffe Lena
2008: The Oak Ridge Boys @ the Palace Theatre
2007: Four Year Strong @ Valentine’s Music Hall
2005: Golem @ Club Helsinki
2004: Happy & Artie Traum @ the Kleinert James Arts Center
2002: Drunk Stuntmen @ the Larkin
1999: Randy Brecker & Nick Brignola @ the Van Dyck
1998: Richie Havens @ the Van Dyck
1997: Free Beer & Chicken, Homespun Shakers @ Valentine’s Music Hall
1996: Beyond Within, 500 Hats @ Bogie’s
1995: Sister Machine Gun, Die Krupps, Virus 23 @ QE2
1994: Aerosmith, Jackyl @ the Knickerbocker Arena
1993: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ Saratoga Winners
1992: Nobody’s Girls @ Rolls Touring Company
1991: Luther Vandross, Sinbad, the Sounds of Blackness @ the Knickerbocker Arena
1990: Billy Joel @ the Knickerbocker Arena
1987: George Winston @ the Palace Theatre
1984: Diversion Factor @ 288 Lark
1980: Jim Carroll @ J.B. Scott’s

DECEMBER 11: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Photograph by Greg Haymes

Throwback Thursday? Yeah, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Music History. Check out our round-up of December 11th concerts through the years…

2013: Matisyahu @ Club Helsinki
2012: Ra Ra Riot @ the Upstate Concert Hall
2011: Mike Gordon @ The Egg
2010: Kid Koala @ MASS MoCA
2009: Jerry Douglas, Maura O’Connell, John Oates @ The Egg
2008: Vince Gill & Amy Grant @ the Times Union Center
2007: Hot Tuna @ The Egg
2006: Kenny Rogers @ the Palace Theatre
2005: The Eric Mintel Quartet @ the North Pointe Arts Center
2004: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Club Helsinki
2003: Mushroomhead, 40 Below Summer @ Northern Lights
2002: George Winston @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
2000: Limp Bizkit, DMX @ the Pepsi Arena
1999: The Russell Malone Quartet @ the Van Dyck
1998: DMX, A+ @ the Pepsi Arena
1997: Kenny Rogers, Sawyer Brown @ the Pepsi Arena
1996: Who Cares, Standish Drive @ Valentine’s Music Hall
1994: Everclear, Subduing Mara, Bloom @ Bogie’s
1993: EB Jeb @ Charity’s
1992: Hank Thompson @ the Glad Rag Saloon
1991: Tribulations, the Siren Sisters @ QE2
1990: Don Dokken, Trixter @ Saratoga Winners
1988: Chastain @ Saratoga Winners
1987: Kiss, Ted Nugent @ the Glens Falls Civic Center
1984: Cost of Living @ 288 Lark

Remembering Raoul Vezina

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Smilin' Ed Comics

Raoul Vezina was an artist, cartoonist, musician and all-around-good-guy who passed away in 1983 at the age of just 35 years old. Back in the day, he was often the first face that you would see when you walked into what was then Albany’s premier comic book store, FantaCo, located at 21 Central Avenue.

Vezina also created FantaCo’s rascally mascot, Smilin’ Ed Smiley, who starred in a series of four comics published by FantaCo.

Now Raoul’s sister, Maria Vezina, and FantaCo honcho Tom Skulan have compiled all of the Smilin’ Ed Smiley stories – including some that were not included in the final issue – into one big 160-page paperback book. The book, titled “Smilin’ Ed Comics: Da Complete Collection!!!,” will also feature 16 pages in full-color and lots of previously unpublished artwork by Vezina.

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