Win FREE Tickets for Sunday @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest

June 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker to pay tribute to Ray Charles at SPAC on Sunday

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The summer festival season continues to heat up, and that can really take a bite outta your wallet. So Nippertown.com has teamed up with our friends at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to give you a break – a really big break.

We’re giving away a pair of FREE lawn tickets to Day Two of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Sunday (June 25). The two-day fest is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the Sunday schedule of performers features an all-star line-up of musical talent on two stages beginning at 12noon.

Performers include Gipsy Kings, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hudson (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield), “To Ray, With Love” (featuring Maceo Parker, the Ray Charles Orchestra & the Raelettes), Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Quinn Sullivan, Noah Preminger/Jason Palmer Quartet, Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days, Blind Boy Paxton and Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles.

GO HERE for a complete schedule of performers for the 2017 Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC…

And yes, you can catch them all in action for free because we’re giving away a pair of lawn tickets for Sunday 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 Friday (June 23). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified by email…

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Win FREE Tickets for Saturday @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest

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Win FREE Tickets for Saturday @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest

June 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Ponty

Photograph of Jean-Luc Ponty by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The summer festival season continues to heat up, and that can really take a bite outta your wallet. So Nippertown.com has teamed up with our friends at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to give you a break – a really big break.

We’re giving away a pair of FREE lawn tickets to Day One of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Saturday (June 24). The two-day fest is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the Saturday schedule of performers features an all-star line-up of musical talent on two stages beginning at 12noon.

Performers include Jean-Luc Ponty, Chaka Khan, Jacob Collier, the Suffers, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk (featuring Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jason Palmer, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz), the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet (featuring Eric Alexander, Jared Gold & McClenty Hunter), the Aruan Ortiz Trio, Jack Broadbent, Barbara Fasano and Shabaka & the Ancestors.

GO HERE for a complete schedule of performers for the 2017 Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC…

And yes, you can catch them all in action for free because we’re giving away a pair of lawn tickets 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 Friday (June 23). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified by email…

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Win FREE Tickets to the Downtown Is Pawsome Garden Party

June 13th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Downtown Is Pawsome this summer!

In celebration of Nipper, the iconic 28-foot-tall, four-ton canine who stands vigilant guard over the Albany skyline, the folks at the Downtown Albany BID are sponsoring an outdoor art installation throughout the downtown streets featuring 20 three-foot-tall mini Nippers, each customized in unique and unexpected ways by artists from throughout Greater Nippertown and beyond.

The Summer of Nipper kicks off with the Downtown Is Pawsome Garden Party in Albany’s City Hall (the rain location) Tricentennial Park from 5:30-8pm on Friday (June 16), where you can view the first litter of 10 painted pups (the additional 10 will be installed in early July), listen to the sounds of the Arch Stanton Quartet, enjoy some delicious food and refreshing summer beverages and generally party down.

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Win FREE All-Weekend Passes to the Old Songs Festival

June 12th, 2017, 12:30 pm by Greg

The summer festival season is heating up, and that can really take a bite outta your wallet. So Nippertown.com has teamed up with our friends at Old Songs to give you a break – a really big break.

We’re giving away a pair of all-festival, three-day tickets to the 37th annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance, taking place at the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 23-25.

That’s right, not one day or even two days, but the full three-day festival. That’s a $270 value!

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Win FREE TICKETS to the Rahim AlHaj Trio Concert at Sanctuary for Independent Media on Wednesday

May 22nd, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Iraqi-American virtuoso oud musician-composer Rahim AlHaj, a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship awardee and two-time Grammy nominee, performs around the world speaking out against oppression in his ongoing mission to “give voice to the voiceless.”

On Wednesday (May 24) at 7pm, the Rahim AlHaj Trio will make their Greater Nippertown concert debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

AlHaj and his band will perform songs from his latest Smithsonian Folkways album, Letters from Iraq, which features music inspired and adapted from letters written by Iraqis who described events they’ve experienced during the constant violence and warfare in their homeland.

“Basically, these letters are short stories, real stories, of what happened to Iraqi women and children,” says AlHaj.

Tickets for the Rahim AlHaj Trio’s concert on Wednesday evening are now on sale, priced at $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 Wednesday (May 24), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulation to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Michael Bisio’s Accortet at the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

May 16th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Michael Bisio

Michael Bisio leads his Accortet into the Sanctuary for Independent Media

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Michael Bisio – Troy native and acclaimed jazz bassist-composer for more than 30 years – has rarely played by the rules. So it should come as no surprise that he’s making a return to the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy with his Accortet, an ensemble that balances freedom and swing in a euphorically compelling quartet.

Named after its unusual instrumentation, Accortet is led by Bisio, featuring the unique frontline of accordionist Art Bailey and saxmaster Adam Seigel, with Michael Wimberly manning the drums.

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Win FREE Tickets to Marshall Crenshaw @ the Upper Room on Saturday

May 11th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Lookin’ to soak up some post-Tulip Fest music?

How about Marshall Crenshaw, one of the truly great contemporary pop songsmiths. He made his mark on stage (as John Lennon in the long-running hit show “Beatlemania”) and the silver screen (portraying Buddy Holly in the film “La Bamba”).

But his greatest success has come as a recording star, with his stellar music career spanning 13 albums and hundreds of songs, including such hook-filled gems as “Cynical Girl,” “Someday, Someway,” “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time” and “Whenever You’re on My Mind.”

Crenshaw is headed into the Upper Room in downtown Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday (May 13), and tickets are available now priced at $20 & $35.

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 (May 12), 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 The Nile Project @ Sanctuary for Independent Media

April 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Nile Project – an inspiring ensemble of 13 African musicians touring the United States to call attention to water quality issues at home and around the world – returns for another concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Friday (April 21).

A tight multi-cultural collaboration, the Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth. Kindred harps and resonant lyres from the river’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to its deltas in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical modes while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages.

Tickets to Friday night’s concert are on sale now, priced at $15.

BUT WAIT… there’s more. 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 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 Friday (April 21). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck!
Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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