CANCELLED: The American Music Festival for the Lake

August 21st, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The American Music Festival for the Lake was the inaugural event at Wood Park in Lake George when it opened in the fall of 2014. In the ensuing years, the annual fest hosted such bands as Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Sawyer Fredericks, Blotto, Blue Oyster Cult and Quinn Sullivan.

Now organizers have announced the cancellation of the fourth annual fest, citing only “a number of contributing factors.” The fest was slated to take place on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24. Refunds are now available to those who purchased early-bird tickets to the 2017 fest.

The post on the festival’s Facebook page reads in part:

“We remain hopeful that we will soon announce Wood Park as the site of our 2018 American Music Festival. In the meantime, we are concurrently looking at Warren County as a potential site for another (separate) possible addition to our music festival portfolio.”


QUOTE OF NOTE: Ted Nugent on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

August 16th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

During an interview with Albany’s Q103 DJ Tigman last week, Ted Nugent was asked whether he thought he’d ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That part of the interview starts at the 12:44 mark in the above video. Here’s a transcription of an excerpt:

“I’m on the Board of Directors of the NRA. Jan Wenner hates the second amendment. So that’s the only reason I’m not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“And until they get their heads out of their ass, I’m more than happy to do what I do, and do it with all the vim and vigor that I do every night.

“Hey, write this down: My name is Ted Nugent. I AM the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Eat me!”

Adrenaline Mob Bassist Dies in Florida Wreck

July 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Last Thursday, Adrenaline Mob announced that the second leg of their current We the People Tour would be making a stop at Chrome in Waterford on Wednesday, September 20. Support acts were to include labelmates Righteous Vendetta, as well as Dark Sky Choir, Virtue Falls, StarStruck and Inner Vision.

But then on Friday, as the band was on their way to a gig in St. Petersburg, Florida, their RV and a van carrying their equipment pulled off to the shoulder of I-75 to replace a flat tire. A tractor-trailer veered off the road and collided with the RV. Bassist David Zablidowsky was killed. Other members of the band and crew were injured, leaving some in critical condition.

Palace Theatre Concert Moved to The Egg

June 14th, 2017, 8:46 am by Greg

The highly anticipated double-bill concert by Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and the Chick Corea Electrik Band was originally slated to take place at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, August, but the concert has been relocated to The Egg’s Hart Theatre. Tickets are on sale now priced at $59, $69 & $79.

NOTE: Previous info regarding the concert’s cancellation was incorrect…

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Are You Xperienced?

June 1st, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Two Greater Nippertown musicians – David Decker of Left Hand Shake and Art Fredtte of the Lawn Sausages – have been named co-Program Directors/Music Directors of the Malta-based radio station WAIX 106.1 FM/1160 AM.

Beginning today (June 1) with a “preliminary launch,” the Empire Broadcasting station – now dubbed “Albany’s Independent Experience,” “The Experience” or simply “The X” – has flipped 180 degrees from business talk radio to what Decker describes as “contemporary alternative rock and classic alt-rock with some deep-cut classic rock mixed in.”

Regular programming of the new format will begin at 6am on Monday (June 5) with “Brad in the Morning.”

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CRBN’s Battle of the Blues Bands Now Accepting Submissions

May 10th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

The Capital Region Blues Network.

The Capital Region Blues Network is now accepting entries for its fifth annual Blues Band Competition, which will culminate with a battle of the bands at The Linda in Albany on Saturday, June 24.

The winner of the contest will receive a $1500 cash prize and Premium Guitar Setups from Kokotele Guitar Works, as well as the right to represent the Local 518 at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in Memphis in January.

In order to enter, at least one member of the band must be a current dues-paying member of CRBN. (GO HERE for membership info….) Each group must play primarily blues music and have at least one original blues song. The deadline for entries in Wednesday, May 31…

CANCELLED: Mysteryland USA @ Bethel Woods

April 18th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Due to the ever-popular “unforeseen circumstances,” the Mysteryland USA festival that was originally slated to take place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts this summer has been cancelled.

The four-day electronic dance music fest was originally slated to be held from June 9-12 with headliners G-Eazy, LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, along with dozens of other acts.

The announcement of the cancellation was made on the Mysteryland website, explaining, “Dear Nomads, due to unforeseen circumstances, Mysteryland USA will no longer take place in 2017.”

Local 518 Nominees for Just Plain Folks Awards

February 24th, 2017, 10:30 am by Greg

Kevin McKrell: I Wish I Had A Boat

Just Plain Folks is a community of more than 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe. And beginning in 1999, the grassroots organization also began hosting the JPF Music Awards, the world’s largest independent music awards.

After 18 months of screening 17,400 albums and 240,000 songs the folks at JPF have announced the 2017 nominations in more than 70 genres of music. Several Greater Nippertown musicians had the honor of receiving nominations, including Kevin McKrell, who leads the pack with five nominations.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29.

Here’s a round-up of Greater Nippertown nominees:

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