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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 29th, 2016

It's The Weekend!

Kiss the work week goodbye, and say hello to the weekend!

Congrats! You made it through the week. But before we head out for the big May Day 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
J Hunter
Jeff Nania
Thomas Lindsay
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Albert Brooks
Timothy Reidy
Daniel J. Hotter
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:

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Centre Street Pub, 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:

The Hangar On the Hudson, Troy
The Egg, Albany
The Linda, Albany
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Beacon
The Madison Theater, Albany
Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy
The Palace Theatre, 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, April 29th, 2016
The Empire Jazz Orchestra with leader Bill Meckley

The Empire Jazz Orchestra with leader Bill Meckley

Photograph by Rudy Lu

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, there sure was a whole lot of A&E news to write about this week.

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. Ommegang Brewery Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. New Concert Announced for the Palace Theatre (by Staff)

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

5. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

6. FREE: Bands Announced for Lake George Arts Project’s Summer Concert Series (by Staff)

7. Proctors Announces Season Full of Concerts, Theater, Other Events (by Staff)

8. APRIL 28: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Staff, Daniel J. Hotter)

9. Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

10. LIVE: Empire Jazz Orchestra @ SCCC Taylor Auditorium, 4/12/16 (by Jeff Nania)

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

It's the Weekend!

Congrats! You made it through the week. But before we head out for the big spring 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
Don Wilcock
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Reidy
Joe Putrock
Stanley Johnson
Kirsten Ferguson
Dan Hogan
David Brickman

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
Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock
The Madison Theater, Albany
The Albany Public Library, Albany
Superior Merchandise Company, Troy
Jazzstock, Woodstock
Parish Public House, Albany
Forage + Sundry, Troy

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Cannon the Brave @ Superior Merchandise Co., 3/25/16

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Cannon the Brave – featuring twin sisters Allyson and Whitney Smith – brought their indie acoustic pop sounds to the Superior Merchandise Co. in Troy for the March edition of the Troy Night Out arts walk…

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

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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, there sure was a whole lot of A&E news to write about this week.

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 Concert Announced for the Times Union Center (by Staff)

2. UAlbany’s Annual ParkFest Takes Over the Campus on Sunday (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. FREE: Fridays at the Lake Concert Series in Lake George (by Staff)

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

6. New Show Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

7. New Concert Announced for the Massry Center for the Arts (by Staff)

8. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. A FEW MINUTES WITH… Paul Asbell (by Don Wilcock)

10. FREE FEST: Earth Day Festival 2016 @ Skidmore College (by Staff)

Guitars Galore @ HVCC’s Guitar Festival This Weekend

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski of GX3+

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Guitars, guitars, guitars…

The Hudson Valley Community College Guitar Festival takes over the Troy campus this weekend, a celebration of electric, steel and nylon string guitar styles and bass guitar featuring acclaimed workshop facilitators, guitarists and luthiers from all throughout Greater Nippertown. Festival events include workshops, jam sessions and concerts featuring blues, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, metal, rock and roll and a variety of roots styles.

Among the many musicians leading workshop sessions throughout the weekend will be Mark Gamsjager, Sten Isachsen, Thomasina Winslow, Maria Zemantauski, Graham Tichy, Kenny Hohman, Lori Friday, Monica Wilson, Bernie Mulleda, Mike Dimin, Joe Lowry, Mike McMann, Chuck D’Aloia and many others.

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Willy Porter

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

By Don Wilcock

Willy Porter is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who is four credits shy of a degree in psychology. “I never got the calculus, and I never felt I needed it,” he says. He got dumped by a major label that wanted him to sound like Dave Matthews, but not before Porter made a dent in the charts in 1994 with a song called “Angry Words” with its lyric “I’m finally getting over, the sad part of yesterday/Yeah, I’m finally getting over, over you.”

A lot of his lyrics are about problems and insecurities over women. “My fascination is with the power of women and what they bring to the universe in terms of peace and matriarchy. The power structure that that represents is absolutely fascinating to me.” He’s been married to the same woman for 19 years and claims his songs are not autobiographical. As far as the struggles with the women he glorifies in his songs, he says a happy song is a hard sell. He plays Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night with Carmen Nickerson who has been his performing partner since 2009.

Ian Anderson, the eccentric and brilliant founder/flute player of Jethro Tull, is quoted on Porter’s webpage as saying “Thank goodness he doesn’t play the flute.” Tori Amos says, “Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.” He’s worked with Anderson and Amos, as well as such A-listers as Paul Simon and Jeff Beck.

“They’re all pretty fully formed,” he says about these highly regarded musical associates. “And they stand in their shoes well, meaning they’re not looking over their shoulders for any sort of assessments about what somebody might think about what they’re doing. They’re not people pleasing, and they’re not trying to get over. I think certainly in the case of Tori the level of artistry that she brings to what she does is absolutely unapproachable. I’ve watched her play probably 50 shows, and every one of them was unique. Every one of them had a sense of wonder about it. Ian Anderson is the same way. He’s a fully formed artist. He’s not questioning what he’s doing.”

Porter got dumped by BMG when they folded their Private Music label and retained only Leo Kottke and Etta James. But not before trying to get him to dump his band and spending $60,000 for a week of recording. “The record that I made that they signed me for cost me $7000,” he says as a comparison. Since then, he says the process of writing hasn’t changed that much for him.

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RIP: Prince, 1958-2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

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