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Comedy Show Cancelled at the Palace Theatre

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

The Palace Theatre originally announced the show back in June, but now the performance by stand-up comedian-actor Mike Epps that was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 26 has been cancelled.

Ticketholders should contact the Palace Theatre box office regarding refunds.


The Gibson Brothers to Host the IBMA Awards in October

Friday, August 14th, 2015
The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers @ Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 7/16/15

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Nominees for the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards were announced on Wednesday (August 12) at a press conference in Nashville, where Balsam Range, Hot Rize, the Del McCoury Band, the Earls of Leicester and the Local 518′s own Gibson Brothers were nominated for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award.

In addition, Eric & Leigh Gibson and the rest of the band were also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year (for Brotherhood, their debut album for Rounder Records), Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (for “What a Wonderful Savior Is He” from Brotherhood) and Mandolinist of the Year (for bandmember Jesse Brock).

In addition to being multiple nominees, the Gibson Brothers – who were previously honored as IBMA Entertainers of the Year in 2012 and 2013 – will also serve as hosts of the awards show, slated to take place on Thursday, October 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Meanwhile, it was also announced that banjo pioneer and Woodstock resident Bill Keith – a former member of Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Muleskinner – will be inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame.

CANCELLED: Harry Connick Jr. @ The Egg Tonight

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

This just in – Tonight’s Harry Connick Jr. concert at The Egg in Albany has been cancelled due to illness.

Thursday’s (June 11) sold-out concert at The Egg is expected to go on as scheduled.

UPDATE: Thursday, June 11 show has been cancelled as well…

Harry Connick, Jr. has extended an invitation to ticket holders for tonight’s cancelled performance see his concert at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT on either Friday (June 12) or Saturday (June 13) as his guest. A limited number of seats are available in Stamford, which will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticket holders interested in attending one of the Stamford concerts should contact The Egg Box Office (518-473-1845) to make the necessary arrangements.

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Kudos to you for making it through another work week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some fun. But before we head out for the big Memorial Day weekend (and the unofficial kick off of summer), we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Don Wilcock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Reidy
Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Richard Brody
Jason Irwin
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

The Egg, Albany
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
McGeary’s Pub, Albany
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
City Beer Hall, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Step Up Presents, Albany
Planet Arts, Catskill
The Madison Theater, Albany
The Parish Public House, Albany
The Central House, Germantown
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
The Fuze Box, Albany
Justin’s, Albany
Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
MOVE Music Festival, Albany
Graney’s Stout, Albany
The Glens Falls Chronicle, Glens Falls
The Barrel Saloon, Albany
Vapor, Saratoga Springs
The Pearl Street Pub, Albany
Blue 82, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

RIP: Bogie’s, 2008-2015

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


Photograph by Sara Ayers

As we reported back in April, Bogie’s – Nippertown’s bastion on metal, hip-hop, hardcore and all manner of headbangin’ sounds – was slated to close its door for good at the end of this after a few farewell blowouts.

But, we now sadly report that those final big bashes will not be happening. Bogie’s is now officially closed, and all of shows – including tonight’s concert by Gideon, Texas in July and others – have been cancelled.

Thanks for the music, Bogie’s…

Say Goodbye to Bogie’s…
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No Rest Fest This Year

Monday, May 11th, 2015


After five glorious years – three at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany and two more at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy – the annual Rest Fest (also known as the Restoration Festival and the Restoration Funstival) is taking a year off.

So we are sad to report, there will be no Rest Fest in 2015.

Which is not necessarily to say that Rest Fest is no more, but rather that the festival organizers – the fine folks of the B3nson Recording Co. – have decided that they need a year off to “recharge and refocus.”

Here’s the full email that Rest Fest organizers recently sent out:


New Albany Arts Fund Announced

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


At a press conference at Albany City Hall last week, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan announced the Capital City Fund, a new fund to support arts, education and cultural programs in Albany.

“This fund is made possible by donations from those who care about our city,” said Mayor Sheehan. “It will support the people and groups that enrich the lives of everyone here, whether through music, public art, and dance exhibits, or by educating our children and building community through neighborhood events and parades.”

The private, non-profit fund will be overseen by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, and awards will be made by a committee that includes Jack McEneny (a former Assembly member), Deborah Rosen Zamer (a local businesswoman), Michael A. Boots (a development officer at the University at Albany) and Linda Jackson-Chalmers (a former Albany School District administrator).

While there is no limit to the awards that will be made from the fund – which currently includes $80,000 – most will be under $5,000. The deadline for applications for the initial round of funding is Saturday, May 30.

Grants will be made in one of the following three categories:


Winners Announced for MOVE Music Video Awards

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

In conjunction with last weekend’s MOVE Music Fest, the festival hosted the inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards at Albany’s Madison Theater on Sunday evening (April 26).

At the ceremonies hosted by Joe Bonilla, winners were announced in four categories – Best Video, Best Live Video, Creative Achievement Award and Producers Award.

Taking top honors for the night was the Brooklyn-based band Shinobi Ninja, whose video for their song “What If Times,” was honored with the trophy for Best Video. The crowd was also treated to an acoustic performance from the band, in addition to performances by Erin Harkes and Steve Candlen.

Here’s a list of winners for the MOVE Music Video Awards:


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