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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!

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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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Win FREE Tickets to Fatoumata Diawara @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Friday

Win FREE Tickets to Fatoumata Diawara @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Friday

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Captivating Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara is bringing her infectious Afro-pop sound to the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 8pm on Friday (April 29), the Sanctuary continues its season-long tenth anniversary celebration. An unforgettable live performer who brings the music to fever pitch before exploding into the Malian didadi dance, Fatou sings of love, politics and empowerment.

Songlines: “Just when you thought Mali couldn’t possibly produce any more extraordinary new musical stars, here’s another.”

The Guardian: “Confidence, charm, and a cool, clear voice… impressive…”

The London Telegraph: “The most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time…”

Uncut: “This charismatic, statuesque 28-year-old former actress from Mali looks likely to be the next breakout star from African music…these are strong, simple songs with emotions that transcend language.”

Tickets for Friday’s concert are $25, and are available in advance or 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.

The Name Game: Country Singers

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

OK, maybe you remember Jessi Colter’s big 1975 hit song “I’m Not Lisa.” Of course, she wasn’t Lisa, but her name wasn’t really Jessi, either. Do you know Jessi Colter’s real name?

The Palace Theatre is hosting the Next Women of Country Tour 2016 at 8pm on Friday (April 22) featuring Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark with Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson. And, yes, those are all their real names. But it wasn’t all that long ago that it was a common practice for country music singers to adopt a stage name.

Can you match the country music stars with their birth names?

1. Donna Fargo             A. Roberta Streeter
2. Patsy Cline             B. Virginia Pugh 
3. Faith Hill              C. Sarah Colley  
4. Shania Twain            D. Christina Ciminella  
5. Wynonna Judd            E. Jeanne Stephenson
6. Kitty Wells             F. Yvonne Vaughan 
7. Tammy Wynette           G. Audrey Perry
8. Crystal Gayle           H. Ellen Deason
9. Skeeter Davis           I. Dorothy Marsh
10. Bobby Gentry           J. Brenda Webb
11. Minnie Pearl           K. Virginia Hensley
12. Dottie West            L. Eileen Edwards
13. Jeannie C. Riley       M. Mary Penick
14. Jessi Colter           N. Miriam Johnson

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Win FREE Tickets to See DJ Douggpound & Friends @ the Madison Theater

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

DJ Douggpound is taking his internet comedy series, “Pound House,” on tour, and they’re making a stop at the Madison Theater in Albany on Friday night (April 15). Doug is a comedian, film editor, writer and musician whose work has been featured on shows like “The Eric Andre Show,” “Portlandia” and “Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show.” Doug has completed multiple world tours in which he opened for Tim & Eric and Dr. Brule (John C. Reilly). DJ Douggpound can also currently be seen in the leading role of the internet series “Pound House” and the Adult Swim pilot “The Poundhole,” which was chosen as one of the Sundance Film Festival’s official short film selections for 2016. Doug also hosts The Poundcast, a popular weekly podcast with notable guests such as Natasha Leggero and Rick Springfield.

DJ Douggpound will be joined by Brent Weinbach, whose stand-up comedy is weird and stupid and visual and post-modern and random and other stuff. And, yes, he’s a recipient of the Andy Kaufman Award, which is given out annually to recognize innovation in stand-up comedy. Also on the bill on Friday will be special guests Dre Cerbin and Chris Barnes. Your host for the evening will be Ethan Ullman.

The performance takes place at 8pm on Friday (April 15), and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 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 Friday (April 15), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! UPDATE: This contest is now officially closed. Congrats to the winner, who has been notified by email…

Win FREE Tickets to the Roots Music Fest @ The Linda on Saturday

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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WAMC-FM’s The Linda hosts the seventh annual Roots Music Festival at 8pm on Saturday (April 2) with Ryan Montbleau headlining the bash in support of his new solo acoustic live album, Stages: Volume III.

Other performers sharing the stage throughout the evening include James Edmund’s Heavenly Echoes, Ira Wolf, Dan Perrillo’s Useless Cans and host band the Red Haired Strangers. The fest will be emceed by multi-talented man-about-town Michael Eck.

Admission is $15, and as usual, all proceeds from the fest will benefit local children’s charities.

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 Friday (April 1), and the winners 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.

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