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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, January 20th, 2017
It's The Weekend!

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some fun.

But before we head out for the weekend we’d like to send out a 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
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Glenn Kaplowitz
Don Wilcock
Bob Cohen
Brian Tromans
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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
Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Dave Matthews Band

Photograph of Dave Matthews by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. New Concerts Announced for SPAC (by Staff, Bob Cohen, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

4. Bands Announced for the Clearwater Festival (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

5. Other Voices, Other Rooms… (by Staff)

6. The Egg Adds Another New Show (by Staff)

7. SPAC Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

8. Tribute to Tom Waits @ Caffe Lena on Saturday (by Staff)

9. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

10. LIVE: “Rock & Roll Replay” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, 1/15/17 (by Rudy Lu)

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some fun.

But before we head out for the big Martin Luther King Jr. weekend we’d like to send out a 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
Joseph Deuel
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Raab
Glenn Kaplowitz
Jim Gilbert
Tom Lindsay
Kirsten Ferguson
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany
The Van Dyck, Schenectady

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Adrian Belew

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (By Greg Haymes)

4. THE DOZEN: January’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes, Timothy Reidy)

5. FEST: Bands Announced for Countryfest 2017 (by Staff)

6. Ta-Da! The Grand Re-Opening of Caffe Lena (by Joseph Deuel, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

7. JANUARY 12: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Kirsten Ferguson)

8. LIVE: The Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, 12/30/16 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Glenn Kaplowitz)

9. ArtBeat: Andres Serrano Retrospective @ The School (by Staff)

10. BEST OF 2016: Greg Haymes’ Favorite Concerts, Albums, More (by Greg Haymes, Stanley A. Johnson)

Ta-Da! The Grand Re-Opening of Caffe Lena

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Photographs by Joseph Deuel, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Not surprisingly, the ambitious, $2 million renovations took a bit longer than expected. They always do with an undertaking of this scale…

And so for more than six months, while 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs was undergoing a near-total overhaul, Caffe Lena was essentially homeless, wandering from one generous Spa City venue to another to set up temporary, Caffe experiences.

But finally, on December 30, Caffe Lena returned home.

The doors to the new Caffe were opened and a sold-out crowd of fans old and new climbed up the new stairs (the elevator isn’t operational yet) and packed the expanded, improved second floor performance space for a sold-out show by the Suitcase Junket (more on that later).

While the Caffe still retains the rich history and the spirit of founder Lena Spencer, the new improvements shepherded by Executive Director Sarah Craig are many and major. Greater capacity from 80 to 100. Upgraded lighting and sound system. Raised ceiling for more headroom. Enlarged stage. A green room for performers. And enlarged and updated kitchen. A lobby with merchandise table and coat check. And lots more.

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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, January 6th, 2017

It's the weekend!

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some serious start-of-the-new-year fun.

But before we head out for the first weekend of 2017 we’d like to send out a 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
Ed Conway
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Tim Reidy
Tom Lindsay
Nicole Campon

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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
Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Chicago

Those summer concert announcements are rollin’ in…

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, a whole lot of Nippertown’s devoted contributors weighed it with their Best of 2016 lists this week, too.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. BEST OF 2016: Greg Haymes’ Favorite Concerts, Albums, More (by Greg Haymes, Stanley A. Johnson)

2. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. BEST OF 2016: Kirsten Ferguson’s Top Concerts & Albums (by Kirsten Ferguson)

4. BEST OF 2016: Steve Nover’s Top 50 Concerts (by Steve Nover, Stanley A. Johnson)

5. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

6. BEST OF 2016: Tim Reidy’s Top 10 Concerts in and Out of Albany (by Tim Reidy)

7. Nippertown’s Top 20 Stories of 2016 (by Staff, Tom Lindsay)

8. FILMS: Rock/Docs @ the Madison Theater (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Joan Osborne @ The Egg, 12/10/16 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10. RIP: The Rev. Bethenia Rouse, 1936-2016 (by Don Wilcock)

It’s the (BIG Holiday) Weekend!

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Happy New Year

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some serious end-of-the-year fun.

But before we head out for the BIG New Year’s Eve weekend we’d like to send out a 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
Ed Conway
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Kathy Conway
Albert Brooks
Timothy Reidy
Don Wilcock
Timothy Raab
Glenn Kaplowitz
Steve Nover
Joseph Deuel
Stanley A. Johnson
Michael Hochanadel
Kirsten Ferguson
David Brickman

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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 Massry Center for the Arts at the College of St. Rose, Albany
The Egg, Albany
BSP Lounge, Kingston
Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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