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Song o’ the Week: Steve Earle’s “This City”

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

10 YEARS LATER: Remembering the resilience of the people of New Orleans in the face of Katrina…


LIVE: Roosevelt Dime @ Riverlink Park, 8/8/15

Friday, August 28th, 2015


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Following captivating summer performances around the Local 518 at Caffe Lena and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Brooklyn-based Americana-r&B quartet Roosevelt Dime arrived in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park earlier this month for a free outdoor show that featured hard-driving banjo, fat-back blues guitar and honky-tonk harmonies over a bedrock of funky New Orleans rhythms.


LIVE: 5 Seconds of Summer @ SPAC, 8/26/15

Friday, August 28th, 2015
5 Second of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the big boy-band bash of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s summer concert season. And it was a huge happy 24th birthday party for 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin, who was enthusiastically serenaded by his bandmates and the largely young, female crowd.

Yes, the loooong wait was finally over (tickets for the concert went on sale more than a year ago), and the Australian pop-punk band had arrived in the Spa City with almost as much fanfare as American Pharoah.

Following an opening set from Hey Violet, 5SOS pumped out plenty of their hits, a sneak preview of their upcoming album Sounds Good Feels Good (highlighted by “Permanent Vacation” and their current single “She’s Kinda Hot”) and a few select covers (including Green Day’s “American Idiot” and an encore of the Romantics’ “What I Like About You”).

And what did the crowd like about 5SOS? Just about everything…


FEST: Amsterslam II @ Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub on Saturday

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Lookin’ to do some serious head-bangin’ this weekend?

Well, may we recommend Amsterslam II, firing up some mega-wattage on the grounds of Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam on Saturday (August 29)?

The gates open at 1pm for the all-day outdoor show, and the amps crank up to 11 beginning at 2:15pm with a dozen hot ‘n’ heavy, hard-rockin’ Local 518 metal bands taking the stage throughout the day and deep into the night. The big bash is also doubling as the CD release party for Renewal of Faith’s new album, Behold the Wise.

Tickets are $10. Admission is age 16 and up unless accompanied by parent or guardian. There will be an outdoor beer truck, 50/50 raffles and food – $1 burgers and $1 hot dogs.

Don’t wanna drive? Act quick and grab a bus ticket from Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park. The bus will leave at 1pm sharp from Trick Shot Billiards and will return shortly after the conclusion of the show. Just $25 for the round-trip bus ride and admission to the bash. UPDATE: The bus trip has been cancelled due to lack of sales…

Here’s the line-up of bands slated to melt your mind at Amsterslam II:


LIVE: The Bruce Katz Band @ Athens River Park, 8/21/15

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Chris Vitarello

Chris Vitarello

Review by Jim Guldenstern
Photograph by Richard Brody

What do you get when you go to hear the Bruce Katz Band, and there is no Bruce Katz? You get an evening of great music. You get a picturesque summer night. You realize just how great Bruce Katz is.

We were welcomed to Athens’ River Park by the event’s promoter, Rick Surrano. He then informed us that Mr. Katz had been “summoned up to a greater power” which turned out to mean Butch Trucks was calling on him for a gig elsewhere. What would they do to fill the void?

Luckily they found an organist to play with them. Woodstock’s Jeremy Baum did yeoman’s work keeping up with the challenge. Boston-based Ralph Rosen was the kind of drummer I like. He was rock steady all night, and except for two great solos, you barely knew he was there. Chris Vitarello rounded out the trio. His guitar work was incredible all night long. And he had vocal chops as well. You could tell he was running the show.


LIVE: Bahamas @ The Linda, 7/25/15

Thursday, August 27th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie – a working class town in rural Ontario.

But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009, he’s been making music under the name Bahamas – writing songs about sunsets, love affairs and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs.


FEST: Amourasaurus @ the Pines Theater at Look Park

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

With its battle-cry of “Love is not extinct,” the one-day, five-bands music festival Amourasaurus takes over the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence, Mass. on Sunday (August 30). Gates open at 2pm; music starts at 3pm.

Tickets are $39.99 in advance; $45 at the gate. Kids age three and under FREE. $10 parking.

Here’s the schedule of bands for Amourasaurus:


AUGUST 27: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Pearl Jam photograph by Martin Benjamin

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of August 27 concerts through the years…

2014: The Pine Leaf Boys @ Shepard Park, Lake George
2013: Bridgit Mendler, Alex Aiono @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2012: Annie & the Hedonists @ Dana Park, Albany
2011: Rest Fest featuring Deer Tick, Titus Andronicus, Steer, Alta Mira, the Red Lions, Barons in the Attic, Scientific Maps, Railbird @ St. Joseph’s Church
2010: Tom Petty & the Heatbreakers, Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2009: James Taylor @ Tanglewood, Tanglewood
2008: The Gourds @ The Linda, Albany
2007: Sarah Pedinotti @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs
2006: Riverfront Blues Festival featuring Murali Coryell @ Riverfront Park, Troy
2005: Journey @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2004: Nils Lofgren @ The Egg, Albany
2003: Rosanne Cash, Hayseed @ Empire State Plaza, Albany
2002: Wayne Newton @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton
2000: Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs


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