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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the Class of 2016, and it includes 15 bands and solo musicians – ranging from Deep Purple to the Smiths.

A few observations:

The list includes eight first-time nominees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Chaka Khan, the J.B.’s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos and Steve Miller.

N.W.A. has been nominated for the fourth time. Will the success of the hit movie “Straight Outta Compton” help them finally get inducted?

Disco pioneers Chic earned their record tenth nomination – the most nominations without being inducted.

Ground-breaking prog-rockers Yes have been eligible for enshrinement since 1994, but this is only their second nomination.

Inductees are selected by the ballots of more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders. And for the fourth year, the Hall is asking the fans to join in the voting process. You can GO HERE to vote for the TOP FIVE nominees you think should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The fan votes will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 inductees. Fan voting closes on Wednesday, December 9.

The inductees will be announced in December and inducted into the Hall at a ceremony in New York City in April.

Here’s the complete list of nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 class:



CANCELLED: Shania Twain @ Albany’s Times Union Center

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Originally slated for Wednesday (October 7), Shania Twain’s concert with Gavin DeGraw at Albany’s Times Union Center has been cancelled due to illness. Due to her touring itinerary, the concert will not be re-scheduled.

Twain’s Rock This Country tour has also been cancelled for tonight (Tuesday, October 6), originally scheduled for the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Twain’s doctors have apparently advised her to rest for several days after she was diagnosed with a respiratory infection, and she is currently scheduled to resume her tour on Friday (October 9) at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

Ticket refunds for Wednesday’s Times Union Center concert are currently available at the place of purchase…

If you’re a Shania fan, of course, you’re bummed, but probably not as disappointed as Janne Pettersen, who posted on Facebook: “Hope you get better soon Shania. … but we are so dissapointed…. We came all the way from Norway Just for this concert in Albany NY. ….”

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…

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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:


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