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Holiday Gift Guide: Ticket Stub Diary

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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It’s just the ticket for concert-goers…

Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert, the standing ovation at the premiere of “The Lion King” or the roar of the crowd when the Red Sox won the World Series. With the Ticket Stub Diary you can preserve your precious memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and more.

The book – available from Uncommon Goods for $12 – comes with clear sleeves that fit a variety of ticket sizes, plus space in the margin to write down your memories of the event. Acid-free pages will preserve your memories.

NOTE: Ticket sleeves are 2.5″ x 4.5″. Diary itself is 7.75″ x 7″. Some larger tickets may not fit easily.

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Parade of Shoes: Lukas Nelson

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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Photograph by Tim Livingston

Yeah, he’s the son of Willie Nelson. He and his band Promise of the Real also served as Neil Young’s backing band on Young’s latest album The Monsanto Years and subsequent tour. Now guitarslinger Lukas Nelson leads Promise of the Real into Putnam Den at 9pm on Saturday (November 14) for their first Saratoga Springs show since a stellar performance at SPAC during the 2013 Farm Aid. Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band and Rich Ortiz open the Putnam Den show. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

Parade o’ Shoes: Grace Potter

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Grace Potter @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15 (photo: Stanley Johnson)

Grace Potter @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

In support of her debut solo album, Midnight, Vermont rocker Grace Potter steps into the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Thursday (October 29). Rayland Baxter opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $35 & $45 in advance; $38 & $48 at the door.

Bob Dylan’s IBM Commercial [Extended Version]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

By now you’ve probably seen Bob Dylan’s latest television commercial for IBM, which is above.

But you may not have seen the extended version, which is below…

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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

It's the weekend!

Congrats! You made it through another work/school week. Summer isn’t over yet, and there are still a few outdoor festivals on the calendar for this first weekend of October.

But before we head out for another big fun-filled weekend, 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 Nippertown.com.

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:

Rudy Lu
Timothy Reidy
Steven Stock
Don Wilcock
Joe Deuel
Ed Conway
Fred Rudofsky
Matt Mac Haffie
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Christopher Weigl
Timothy Raab
Charles H. Haymes
Kirsten Ferguson
David Brickman
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.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

Proctors, Schenectady

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Linda, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
The Hangar, Troy
Dana Park Summer Concert Series, Albany
A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
Albany Center Gallery, Albany
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
WEQX-FM, Manchester
New York State Office of General Services, Albany
Live Nation, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Parade of Shoes: Holly Taormina of the Holly & Evan Band

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Catch Holly Taormina in action with the Holly & Evan Band at McGeary’s Pub in Albany at 7pm tonight (Thursday, October 1). Admission is FREE…

Parade o’ Shoes: Glenn Mercer of the Feelies

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Glenn Mercer of the Feelies @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY, 4/24/15…

And if you need another Feelies fix, you can catch the band in action at the very cool Storm King Art Center in New Windsor on Sunday afternoon (September 20). Alex Bleeker & the Freaks kick off the outdoor festivities at 2pm. The concert is free with regular Storm King admission – $15; $12 seniors; $8 ages 5-18 and students with ID; free for children age 4 & under and Storm King members.

It’s the (Labor Day) Weekend!

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Keep cool.

Just chillin'

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 Labor Day holiday weekend, 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 Nippertown.com.

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:

Rudy Lu
Timothy Reidy
Bokonon
L.R. Durocher
Stanley Johnson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Kirsten Ferguson
Michael Seinberg
Joel Patterson
Timothy Raab
Gail M. Burns
David Brickman
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:

Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
The Egg, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
The Music Haven, Schenectady
Club Helsinki, Hudson
Dana Park Concert Series, Albany
Altamont Fair, Altamont
UAlbany University Art Museum, Albany
Freedom Park, Scotia
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy
The Theater Barn, New Lebanon
Live Nation, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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