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.

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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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Win FREE Tickets to Timothy B. Schmit @ Cohoes Music Hall on Tuesday

Win FREE Tickets to Timothy B. Schmit @ Cohoes Music Hall

April 20th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Sure, most music fans know Timothy B. Schmit for his bass playing and his soaring, high tenor voice in such bands as Poco and, of course, the Eagles, and he’ll certainly dish up a few of tunes from those songbags when he steps into the spotlight at the Cohoes Music Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday (April 25).

But the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also has quite a wealth of solo material to draw from. His new CD, Leap of Faith, is his sixth solo studio album. The music ranges from pop to reggae to the peaceful easy country-rock that’s been his bread and butter throughout a long and fruitful career that began in earnest when he joined Poco in 1970. And his voice sounds as strong as ever.

Tickets for Timothy B. Schmit’s Tuesday night concert at the Cohoes Music Hall are on sale now, priced ar $45.50, $57.50 & $69.50.

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 Tuesday (April 25). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Tuesday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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Win FREE TICKETS to the Nile Project in concert @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Friday

Win FREE TICKETS to the Garcia Project @ Cohoes Music Hall

April 11th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Garcia Project is a Jerry Garcia Band tribute band, but it’s about more than just the music. It’s about soul-searching, rejoicing, contemplating and celebrating.

Led by guitarist-vocalist Mik Bondy, the Garcia Project’s performances are recreations of classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from 1976-1995, using authentic arrangements and instrumentation. For anyone that never had a chance to experience JGB or for fans that want to relive a classic show, the Garcia Project offers that opportunity.

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Win FREE Tickets to the Dada People Concert at the Troy Music Hall on Thursday

April 10th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste lead their jazz quartet into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday (April 13), in support of their recently released album, Dada People.

Fueled by the rhythm section of Yasushi Yakamura and Clarence Penn, the band pumps out an exciting amalgam of improvisation and compositional ideas inspired by the life and work of Man Ray and his fellow artists in the surrealist and Dadaist movements.

Tickets to this concert are “pay what you will.”

BUT WAIT… there’s more. We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the concert to four 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 Thursday (April 13). The winners will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Good luck!
Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

Three FREE Ticket Giveaway Contests for the Weekend

April 7th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

We know that you love to go out to see shows. We also know that tickets are expensive, and nobody has a bottomless wallet. So we love the opportunity to pass along FREE tickets to our faithful Nippertown readers.

This week we’ve giving away tickets to three different events all around the Local 518. The deadline for each of the three is at 12:30pm today, so enter now:

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