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Win FREE TICKETS to See the Harlem Quartet Jazz Up the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Harlem Quartet ain’t your typical string quartet.

Oh sure, the foursome – featuring Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White (violins), Jaime Amador (viola) and Felix Umansky (cello) – can play intoxicating music by the likes of Ravel, Bach and Schubert, but their core mission is to advance diversity in classical music – both in composers and audience members.

And to that end, their upcoming concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday (February 4) will find the quartet delving into the world of jazz, performing selections by Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Abelardito Valdes, Wynton Marsalis and others.

Their foray into jazz is no mere gimmick. In 2012, the Harlem Quartet recorded the Grammy Award-winning album Hot House with Gary Burton and Chick Corea and subsequently joined the jazz greats on tour that brought them to Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall.

The Harlem Quartet returns to Greater Nippertown at 7:30pm on Thursday (February 4) for a jazz concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy. Tickets are currently on sale priced at $20 & $30; $15 for students.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the concert to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Wednesday (February 3), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! UPDATE: The contest is now closed. The winner has been notified by email. Congratulations!

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Win FREE Tickets to Hot Cousin @ the Low Beat on Friday

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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Fire up your lightsaber, and get your Leia buns down to the Low Beat in Albany at 6pm on Friday (December 18) for Hot Cousin’s rockin’ happy hour bash.

It’s not just any old happy hour, though. It’s “Hot Cousin: The Rock Awakens – Star Wars Happy Hour Birthday Bash” – a very special “Star Wars”-themed celebration. And it’s band bassist Charlie Monroe’s birthday, too.

The members of the band will be dressed in appropriate intergalactic costumes for the show, and Greater Nippertown’s fave ’80s rockers will be serving up a round of birthday cupcakes.

And we’ve got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (December 18), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! UPDATE: This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified via email…

Win FREE Tickets to the Punch Brothers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

On Monday morning (December 7), the Punch Brothers earned three Grammy nominations. And on Thursday night (December 10), they’ll step into the spotlight at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Led by Chris Thile – mandolin master, singer, songwriter, MacArthur Genius Award recipient and soon to be the new host of “A Prairie Home Companion” – the five-piece band (virtuoso all) features standard bluegrass instrumentation, but their adventurous music ranges far beyond bluegrass into previously unexplored territories.

Punch Brothers’ The Phosphorescent Blues earned a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album this week, while the song “Julep” garnered them nods in two more categories – Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.

Punch Brothers are slated to take the stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy on Thursday (December 10). Gabriel Kahane opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $39 & $49.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Thursday (December 10), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to See Satoko Fujii & Tobira @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

Monday, November 16th, 2015
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Satoko Fuji

Pianist-composer Satoko Fujii brings her new, wildly inventive jazz quartet Tobira to Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media at 8pm on Saturday (November 21), in support of Yamiyo Ni Karasu, the band’s recently released debut album on Libra Records.

One of the most prolific, original and wide-ranging voices in modern jazz, Satoko Fujii has documented her astonishing talents on more than 70 CDs in less than 20 years. The Tokyo native relocated to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, where she was mentored by the likes of Paul Bley, Herb Pomeroy, George Russell and Cecil McBee.

Saturday’s concert in Troy is one of only four North American tour stops by the band, which also features bassist Todd Nicholson, trumpeter Kappa Maki and drummer Yoshi Shutto. Tickets are $15.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (November 20), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck!Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Stream the song “Potential Energy” from Satoko Fujii Tobira’s new album Yamiyo Ni Karasu:

Win FREE Tickets to the Tani Tabbal Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Tani Tabbal

Tani Tabbal

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Jazz drummer-composer Tani Tabbal has played with dozens of greats, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, Anthony Braxton, Milt Jackson, Oliver Lake and too many more to count. But he’s also been making quite a name for himself as a bandleader with his trio, also featuring bassist Michael Bisio and saxman Adam Siegel.

Nippertown’s Rudy Lu caught them in action back in April at the CD release party for their new album, Mixed Motion, and he described the evening as “an explosive blast of adventurous, soul-cleansing music.”

The Tani Tabbal Trio will be taking the stage at Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media at 7pm on Saturday (November 7). Tickets are $10.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (November 6), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to “Rocky Horror” @ the Palace Theatre on Friday

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Let’s do the Time-Warp again…

Yes, it’s time for the annual Halloween season revival of the original audience participation cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. There will be a big-screen screening at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 7pm on Friday (October 23), and of course, the film will be accompanied by the live shadow-cast, the Kids of Albany. So break out the fishnets… Tickets are $7, and prop kits, toilet paper and t-shirts will be on sale in the lobby.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Thursday (October 21), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Ben Sollee & Mother Falcon @ Troy Music Hall on Thursday

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Ben Sollee is a singer-songwriter, but his instrument of choice isn’t the guitar or the piano. It’s the cello. That’s right, the cello…

On Thursday evening, Sollee brings his cello to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for an exciting and adventurous evening of music on a double-bill with the equally outside-the-box indie orchestra Mother Falcon.

An ambitious symphonic rock/orchestral pop collective based out of Austin and spearheaded by bandleader-founder-cellist Nick Gregg, Mother Falcon took a cue from other classical-minded pop artists – like Sufjan Stevens, Beirut and the Polyphonic Spree – forming in 2008 while all of the members were still in high school. Having collaborated with such diverse folks as Alejandro Excovedo and Christopher Cross, the sprawling band makes their Local 518 debut in support of their brand new major-label debut album Good Luck, Have Fun, which was released earlier this month.

The Kentucky-born Sollee – whose 2006 debut album Turn On the Moon included an inventive cello arrangement of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” – is no stranger to Greater Nippertown, having played as a duo with banjoist Abigail Washburn at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, as a member of the Sparrow Quartet at The Egg and as a solo performer at The Linda.

Ben Sollee and Mother Falcon bring their Fall Migration Tour to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Thursday (October 22). Tickets are currently on sale sale, priced at $24 & $29.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Wednesday (October 21). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ Proctors on Tuesday

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Britain’s Daily Telegraph calls them simply “the finest big band in the world today.”

Under the leadership of trumpet master, nine-time Grammy Award winner and musical director Wynton Marsalis, the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra swings into Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Tuesday (October 6).

The band rumbles into town in support of their new 2-CD set Live in Cuba, recorded in front of a sold-out crowd at Havana’s Mella Theatre in October, 2010, capturing the undeniable connections between American jazz and Afro-Cuban music.

The big band also draws from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, saxman Ted Nash and other members of the orchestra, as well as the time-honored masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane and other great jazz composers.

As the Duke once proclaimed, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” and you cab bet that JALCO will be solidly swingin’ at Proctors on Tuesday.

Tickets are on sale now, priced from $20-$75.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to two lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Monday (October 5). The two winners will be selected at random and notified on Monday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

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