Archive for the ‘Offbeat’ Category

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It's the weekend.

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that officially-the-last-weekend-of-summer fun. But before we head out for the 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:


Fred Rudofsky
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Joel Patterson
Larry Murray
Bokonon
Dave Suarez
Rudy Lu
Timothy Reidy
Bender Melon

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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The American Music Festival for the Lake, Lake George

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
The Palace Theatre, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro
The Low Beat, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
Step Up Presents, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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Signs o’ the City

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Signs of the City: Proctors in Schenectady

Photograph by Richard Lovrich

Proctors’ new marquee lights up downtown Schenectady, 9/15/14

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

It's the weekend!

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that September fun before we kiss summer goodbye. But before we head out for the 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:


Fred Rudofsky
Michael Seinberg
Martin Benjamin
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
David Brickman
Don Wilcock
Larry Murray
J Hunter
Tim Mack
Timothy Reidy
Rudy Lu
Bryan Thomas

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:

Richard Barone, New York City

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:

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Rest Fest, Troy
The Strand Theater, Schroon Lake
Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy
Office of Special Events, Albany
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Keep cool.

Keep cool.


Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that first-weekend-of-September fun before we kiss summer goodbye. But before we head out for the 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:


Stanley Johnson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
David Brickman
Don Wilcock
Larry Murray
J Hunter
Timothy Reidy
Rudy Lu

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:

Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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:

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Canal Square Concerts, Cohoes
Freedom Park, Scotia
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Signs o’ the City

Friday, September 5th, 2014

SOTCDoNotStandOnDrums

Photograph by Greg Haymes

The Sound Sound Festival at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/22/13

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Shelby with a kong

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that Labor Day weekend fun before we kiss summer goodbye. But before we head out for the 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:


Joseph Deuel
Stanley Johnson
Michael Seinberg
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Michael Hochanadel
Tim Livingston
Larry Murray
Gail M. Burns
J Hunter
Timothy Reidy
Bryan Thomas

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Egg, Albany
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Shakespeare & Co., Lenox
Riverlink Concerts, Amsterdam
NYS Office of General Services, Albany
Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association, Ballston Spa
The Theater Barn, New Lebanon
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

It's the weekend!

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that rapidly fading summer fun. But before we head out for the 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 offerings around town without a dedicated and devoted 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:


Michael Seinberg
Stanley Johnson
Jim “JT” Gilbert
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Andrew Gregory
Larry Murray
Richard Brody
Gayle Miller
Bender Melon

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Egg, Albany
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Step Up Presents, Albany
The Music Haven, Schenectady
Rest Fest @ CAC Woodside, Troy
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
City of Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
The Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
The Times Union Center, Albany
Altamont Fair, Altamont
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Parade o’ Shoes: Derek Rogers of Titanics

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

SHOES: Derek Rogers of Titanics

Photograph by Andrew Gregory

Derek Rogers @ Rest Fest, Troy, 8/16/14

On Day Two of the Restoration Festival (aka RestFest, Restoration Funstival) at CAC Woodside in Troy, Titanics turned in a mid-afternoon set made up largely of new material with other favorites sprinkled in. A component of guitarist Derek Rogers warm yet glassy tone may have been revealed…

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