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LIVE: Sensemaya @ the Empire State Plaza at The Egg, 8/15/14

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Video by Timothy Reidy

Nippertown’s fave Latin jazz combo Sensemaya wasn’t gonna let a little rainstorm wash out their Made in the Shade of The Egg concert on Albany’s Empire State Plaza, so instead of the usual Wednesday lunchtime performance slot (slated as part of the New York State Food Festival), pianist Dave Gleason and the boys postponed their show and took the stage on Friday, August 15.


Real Good for FREE: Uncle Sam Jam & Car Show @ Powers Park on Saturday

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

The Uncle Sam Jam and the South Troy Timing Association’s Power in the Park team up for one big day of automobiles and audio delights, as music and muscle cars fill Troy’s Powers Park on Saturday (August 30).

The day-long bash runs from 1-7pm, and admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of bands lined up for the 2014 Uncle Sam Jam:


LIVE: The Zac Brown Band @ SPAC, 8/24/14

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Zac Brown Band

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No question about it, the Zac Brown Band is one of the biggest groups on the today’s contemporary country circuit, and they delivered a two-hour super-smackdown of a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs last weekend.

But their concert – which included a number of cover songs stretching from Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (without a piano, by the way) – also begs the question: Just how do you define country music these days?


Festival Fever: Kingston’s Wall Street Jazz Festival on Saturday

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The annual Wall Street Jazz Festival is slated to return to the corner of Wall and North Front streets in Kingston on Saturday (August 30), and if you want to know what makes this jazz fest different than any other in Greater Nippertown, just take a look at the list of bandleaders – they’re all women.

And, of course, the festival is free, too.

In case of bad weather, the fest will move indoors to the BSP Lounge (which will also be hosting the fest after-party with music by the Pleasers at 10pm; $5 admission).

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 11th annual Wall Street Jazz Fest:


AUGUST 28: On This Date in Nippertown Music History

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Swamp Baby

Swamp Baby @ Restoration Festival at St. Joseph's Church, 8/28/11

Photograph by Bryan Thomas

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re looking back through the years for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Day in Nippertown Music History…

2013: The Jim Kweskin Jug Band played a 50th anniversary reunion concert at The Egg
2011: Hurricane Irene wiped the headliners off the bill at second annual Rest Fest, but the party went on anyway with Swamp Baby, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, We Are Jeneric, Ramblin Jug Stompers
2010: The Big Day Out/Uproar Festival at SPAC featured Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Hellyeah, Stone Sour and more
2005: Avril Lavigne played at SPAC with Gavin DeGraw and Butch Walker
2004: Country Joe McDonald played at the New York State Museum
1999: The Allman Brothers Band played at SPAC with Lucinda Williams
1997: Johnny Paycheck played at Park West with Blue Creek
1994: The Charlie Daniels Band played at the Starlite Music Theatre with the Kentucky Headhunters
1993: Bette Midler played at SPAC
1992: Ray Charles played at Tanglewood with the Modern Jazz Quartet
1991: Bad Company played at SPAC with Damn Yankees and Tattoo Rodeo
1990: Little Feat played at SPAC with John Hiatt
1989: Diana Ross played at Tanglewood
1987: Roger Waters played at SPAC

Real Good for FREE: The Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival, 8/30&31/14

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Scotty Mack and the Goldtops

Scotty Mack and the Goldtops

Can it be? Is it the end of the summer season already? Really? Really?!?

Yup. This weekend the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce presents the Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival in downtown Saratoga Springs in conjunction with the final weekend of thoroughbred racing at the Saratoga Race Course.

The fest takes place at a variety of outdoor venues all around town from 7-11pm on Saturday and Sunday (August 30 & 31). Admission is free.

Here’s the complete schedule of who’s playing where:


Josh Groban, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Josh Groban

Josh Groban

“The first album that I bought was the Pearl Jam Ten album.

“But before that, the first album that was given to me was the Paul Simon Graceland album, from my dad. That was a hugely influential album for me, even though it was very different for me. It was the music that made me very aware that there were no boundaries, and that there was such a big world out there with lots of different musics. Paul Simon made it OK to cross-pollinate sounds. His melodies and lyrics combined with the heartbeat of that African music was something that just brought me to a whole other level.”

Josh Groban – singer, actor and the host of yet another network TV singing competition – steps into the spotlight at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at 7pm on Saturday (August 30) in support of his latest album, All That Echoes.

LIVE: Searson @ Riverlink Park, 8/9/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The Canadian sisters Erin and Colleen Searson led their band Searson through a Celtic blend of high-energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing as they entertained the crowd at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam earlier this month.


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