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Win FREE TICKETS to Vaud & the Villains @ Troy Music Hall

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

It’s Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge.
It’s a crazy cabaret show featuring a 19-piece orchestra of outcasts.
It’s a traveling medicine show – 50% church, 50% get-down and 5% circus.
It’s a blend of vintage New Orleans jazz, rollicking rhythm & blues and glorious gospel music all mashed together into one funky spectacle.

It’s Vaud & the Villains, and the entire extravaganza will be making their Greater Nippertown debut at 8pm on Friday (September 23) when they take the stage of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Tickets are currently on sale, priced at $27.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the performance 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 (September 23), 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 by email. Thanks for entering…

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Win FREE Tickets to Jim “Kimo” West @ Proctors on Saturday Afternoon

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Weird Al Yankovic is brings his Mandatory World Tour to Proctors on Saturday (September 17), and if you’re looking for something fun to do before the concert, well, why not to to a concert by Weird Al’s longtime guitarist Jim “Kimo” West?

As it turns out, West – who’s been playing guitar with Yankovic for 32 years – is also one of the foremost Hawaiian slack key guitarists when he isn’t applying his fretboard work to the superbly silly song parodies of his boss.

So while he’s in Schenectady playing the Weird Al concert, he’s going to play a solo guitar concert of his own earlier that same day. West will perform his Hawaiian Slack Key Summer’s End Concert at 2pm on Saturday at Proctors’ Education Center.

West is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals and has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players over the years. He’s a Hawaii Music Awards winner and has been twice nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy). His latest album, Guitar Stories, goes beyond slack key, exploring other genres like West African guitar, Middle Eastern Music and Americana.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the Jim “Kimo” West 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 Friday (September 16), 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 Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band @ the Madison Theater

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Gregg Allman is headed into the Times Union Center later this month, but Scott Sharrard – the lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band – is coming to Greater Nippertown this weekend.

Sharrard brings his Brickyard Band to Albany’s Madison Theater at for a rockin’, rollickin’ concert at 8pm on Saturday (August 6). Tickets are currently available, priced at $15.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to 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. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (August 5), and the two winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

6/24/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, June 24th, 2016

MUSIC: Miranda Lambert @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The country music queen rolls into the bus into the Spa City as part of her Keeper of the Flame Tour. With Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne. 7:30pm. $44.75 & $64.75; $30 lawn.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Greater Nippertown’s annual family-friendly, interactive three-day folk fest kicks off today with main stage performances by Moonshine Holler, Nanne & Ankie, Ustad Shafaat Khan, Anne Hills, Annie & the Hedonists, Matthew Byrne, Kim & Reggie Harris and Cassie & Maggie MacDonald. 3:30pm workshops; 6:30pm main stage concert. GO HERE for more info and a day-by-day schedule of the main stage concerts…

MUSIC: The Pat Travers Band @ Riverfront Park, Athens. GO HERE for more details and the complete concert series schedule…

COMEDY: Jon Lovitz @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. The “Saturday Night Live” alum brings his stand-up show to town for a three-night run. 7:30pm. $30. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Brian Patneaude Quartet @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. An evening of jazz featuring George Muscatello (guitar), Rich Syracuse (bass), Jeff “Siege” Siegel (drums) and Brian Patneaude (saxophone). 8pm.

OPERA: “Le Nozze di Figaro” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Mozart’s classic “Marriage of Figaro” kicks off Opera Saratoga’s 2016 season. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Dali-Mamma, Albany. 6pm. $50, includes food, wine, drinks.

MUSIC: The Black Feathers @ Cock ‘N Bull, Galway. 8:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Graham Tichy Band @ the Ruck, Troy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Rick Rourke & Lost Wages @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Rick Rourke leads Denny Dwyer, Leo Kachidurian and Lucas Ruedy on the patio for some blues, Americana and acoustic soul. 7:30pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. This month’s theme? Candyland! 5-9pm. FREE.

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Win FREE Tickets to MAD LAUGHS at the Madison Theater on Saturday Night

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Need a break from your day-to-day mundane life? Or maybe you just finished up your finals, and you need to clear your head of the clutter. Maybe you just desperately need a chuckle. Whatever. Here’s your cure…

Stand-up comedian E.J. Edmonds headlines the monthly Mad Laughs comedy show at Albany’s Madison Theater on Saturday night (May 28). Not only that, but he’ll also be joined by his fellow cast members of the podcast “The Weekly Fix with the Joke Junkies,” including Miguel Perez, Nate Lemoi and Alan Fitzgerald.

In addition, the guffaw-filled bash will also feature the improv sketch comedy troupe Sorry Not Sorry and the return of stand-up fave Quentin Davis.

The live stand-up comedy show kicks off at 8pm on Saturday, and advance tickets are $10.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to 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. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (May 27), and the two winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck!

Win FREE Tickets to Alejandro Escovedo @ Cohoes Music Hall on Wednesday

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Alejandro Escovedo


Photograph by Michael Hochanadel

The legendary Texas roots rocker and No Depression’s Artist of the Decade, Alejandro Escovedo returns to Greater Nippertown on Wednesday evening (May 11), making his debut at the intimate Cohoes Music Hall. He’s bringing along a new band – featuring cellist Brian Standefer and keyboardist Sean Giddings – and chances are he’ll be previewing some songs from his new album, Burn Something Beautiful, slated for release in September.

Escovedo made his Local 518 debut as a member of the True Believers at Albany’s long-defunct but not forgotten QE2, and he’s been a Greater Nippertown fave ever since, playing with a variety of musicians (and musical formats) at such venues as Union College’s Memorial Chapel, Revolution Hall, the Calvin Theatre, Valentine’s Music Hall, The Egg, Club Helsinki and more. And he’s never disappointed…

Here’s what some of Nippertown.com’s writers have had to say about Escovedo’s concerts:

Greg Haymes: “Alejandro Escovedo has been knocking out one great album after another since his solo debut in 1992 – and he made some mighty fine albums before that with such bands as Rank & File and the True Believers. Sadly, he still hasn’t been able to break out of cult status and into mainstream success. The small crowd of discerning folks at the Calvin Theatre last week didn’t care. They already knew that talent is no guarantee of success in the music biz. And they already knew about Escovedo’s towering musical talent.”

Steve Stock: “Escovedo was playing a down-home honky-tonk, and most of the near-capacity audience was crowded onto the impromptu dance floor in front of the stage, singing along to a slinky cover of the Stones’ ‘Beast of Burden’ as if their lives depended on it.”

Bokonon: In Hudson, songs from Big Station (‘San Antonio Rain,’ ‘Bottom of the World’) take on a new shimmer. Songs from Gravity (‘Paradise’) remember leaner, younger days and sing again. And ‘Castanets’ just fucking rocks, don’t argue, it’s the truth.”

Richard Brody: “I love Alejandro the rocker, but it is Alejandro the poet who makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and applaud.”

Andrzej Pilarczyk: “I’m still trying to catch my breath…”

The Alejandro Escovedo Trio lands at the Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes on Wednesday evening (May 11). Lucette kicks off the show at 8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Don’t miss it!

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to 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 Wednesday (May 11), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! UPDATE: This contest is now over. Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email…

Win FREE Tickets to Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile @ EMPAC on Thursday

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

In support of the brand new album, Continuum, acclaimed Swiss jazz pianist Nik Bärtsch brings his acoustic quartet Mobile to EMPAC at RPI in Troy for one of only three American concerts of his utterly captivating “ritual groove music” at 8pm on Thursday (May 5).

Formed in 1997, Mobile consists of drummer Kaspar Rast, bass clarinetist Sha and tuned percussionist Nicolas Stocker. The group’s first album, Ritual Groove Music, defined what the ensemble was to become: a vehicle for exploring “integral musical concepts within a ritualistic framework.” Drawing on elements of funk, new classical music, traditional Japanese music and improvisational jazz, Bärtsch’s compositions use reduction and repetition to distill musical ideas and generate intense focus before the ensemble blows these ideas out to their maximal scope.

Tickets for the concert by Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile are currently on sale, priced at $18; $13 for students & seniors.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to 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. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Wednesday (May 4), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Comedy Centre on Friday

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Lookin’ for laughs? Check out the Comedy Centre at the Centre Street Pub in Schenectady on Friday night (April 29).

The evening of stand-up comedy kicks off at 7:30pm and features headliner Billy Procida (from The Manwhore Podcast) along with Alison Klemp (host of the Naked Comedy Show), Ethan Ullman (Howard Stern Show), Nick Yost (High Mud Comedy Fest) and special guest Joe Greene.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to 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 (April 28), 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.

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