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LIVE: The Peter Bernstein Trio @ the Falcon, 1/9/15

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Peter Bernstein Trio with Brad Mehldau

Photographs by Rudy Lu

Ace guitarist Peter Bernstein and his all-star trio – featuring Doug Weiss on bass and Billy Drummond on drums – were joined by special guest virtuoso pianist Brad Mehldau earlier this month as they explored two sets of jazz standards, contemporary songs and originals before a packed audience at the Falcon in Marlboro.



LIVE: Garland Nelson & Friends @ Newberry Music Hall, 12/31/14

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Garland Nelson & Friends

Garland Nelson & Friends

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Of course, the city-wide First Night Saratoga celebration was the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Saratoga Springs, but it certainly wasn’t the only big bash around town to usher in 2015.

Garland Nelson & Friends were in the spotlight at the brand-spankin’ new Newberry Music Hall, which was hosting its first open-to-the-public event.

LIVE: Lee Fields & the Expressions @ Club Helsinki, 12/31/14

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015


Photographs by FlyerSquad

It’s sooooooouuul time!

Old-school soul, baby. Lee Fields recorded his first single back in 1969, and he’s still got the stuff. Tearing it up with his band, the Expressions, Fields rang in the new year with a howling, sweat-soaked performance at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

If you missed him, well, never fear. The folks at Helsinki promise that they’ll be bringing him back soon…


LIVE: Molly Durnin @ the Ale House, 1/10/15

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Now based in South Carolina, former Nippertown singer-songwriter Molly Durnin headed north for a January homecoming tour around the Local 518, and our intrepid contributor Tim Reidy caught up with her at one of her first stops, the Ale House in Troy.


LIVE: The Bruce Katz Band @ Club Helsinki, 12/27/14

Friday, January 16th, 2015
The Bruce Katz Band

The Bruce Katz Band

Review and photographs by Wanda Callagy

During the past year, I had seen keyboardist Bruce Katz and guitarist Chris Vitarello at one of Club Helsinki’s regular Pro Jams, and after reading that they had been nominated for a prestigious Blues Music Award, I decided to attend their CD release party for their new album, Homecoming. I wanted to see and hear why they will be attending the awards show at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center and why they are part of this 36th annual event which hands out the highest accolades afforded to blues musicians.

Aside from the great attributes of Club Helsinki itself – which promotes a great atmosphere with a varied menu to enjoy the best of lighting and sound – I was very happy I ventured there.

These thoughts come from a music lover who, in all honesty, has always thought of keyboard players (piano and/or organ) as “filler” – part of the backing band for a talented guitarist. I admit it.

Recently, a few musicians have changed my mind, including the Bruce Katz Band. In fact, their music amazed me that December night, and I did not want their second set to end.


LIVE: Girls Guns & Glory / Sarah Borges @ Club Helsinki, 1/2/15

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Review by Fred Rudofsky

They may be too country for the rock station playlist and too rock for the country stations, but there is no question that Boston’s Girls Guns & Glory is one of the best live quartets around, as the recent Friday night crowd at Club Helsinki would attest. Averaging 200 shows a year – three in the two days in their hometown prior to their Hudson gig – Girls Guns & Glory performed their annual tribute to Hank Williams with gusto and the presence of two special guests.

Decked out in a colorful tight dress and trademark cowboy boots, Club Helsinki favorite Sarah Borges opened the show with her customary warmth, wit (she even brought along a toy store sound effects box) and trove of great songs. Backed by GGG’s Chris Hersch (lead guitar), Paul Dilley (upright and electric bass) and Jason Kiggans (drums), she was full-tilt rocking on “Streetwise Man,” cracking Kentucky whiskey jokes prior to “The Same Old 45″ and owning “Daniel Lee,” introduced as “a romantic little number” from her days fronting the Broken Singles. “Girl with a Bow” and “Big Bright Sun” from her excellent Radio Sweetheart album showed off the range of Borges the songwriter – the former was funky and confident in its characterization, the latter trippy and evocative of summer beach memories. The Bakersfield sound of “Heartbreaker” got couples out on the floor to two-step; the energy level jumped even higher when Borges sang and played her electric guitar with rhythmic swagger on the NRBQ classic “It Comes to Me Naturally.”


LIVE: The Figgs @ Putnam Den, 12/20/14

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The Figgs (and special guest Guy Lyons) kick their way through their 1994 album Lo-Fi at Society High live at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs…

LIVE: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, 12/19/14

JANUARY 15: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Cameron Melville, Ryder Cooley, Tommy Stinson and Chip Roberts

Cameron Melville, Ryder Cooley, Tommy Stinson and Chip Roberts @ Club Helsinki Open Mic Night, 1/15/13

Photograph by Tim Livingston

Throwback Thursday? Oh yeah. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of January 15 concerts through the years…

2014: Red Baraat @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
2013: Tommy Stinson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2012: The Scud Mountain Boys @ Pearl Street, Northampton
2011: The Felice Brothers @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2010: Beaucoup Blue @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2009: Pat Travers @ the Tugboat Tavern, Cohoes
2007: The Mathematicians @ Red Square, Albany
2005: Joan as Policewoman @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2004: The Moutin Reunion Quartet @ Club Helsinki, Great Barrington
2003: Lariat, Fall Silent, the Killing @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Levon Helm & the Barnburners @ The Egg, Albany
1999: John Hammond @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1998: The Vibe, Kim Palladino, Second Nature @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: The Spellhounds, Wailing Bones, Child of Pride @ Bogie’s, Albany
1995: Velvet Crush, the Frampton Brothers, the Staziaks @ Bogie’s, Albany
1994: Gatemouth Brown @ The Egg, Albany
1993: Chris Whitley, Brenda Kahn @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
1992: Plaid, Can’t Say @ QE2, Albany
1991: Jim Caringi @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1990: Gil Scott-Heron @ Pearl Street, Northampton
1989: Cowboy Junkies @ QE2, Albany
1988: Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1987: Mambo-X, the New Johnny 5 @ QE2, Albany
1985: Visible Twitch @ 288 Lark, Albany

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