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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Kudos to you for making it through another rainy – sometimes snowy – work week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some 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 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
Tom Lindsay
Timothy Raab
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray
Gail M. Burns

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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The Egg, Albany
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls
Step Up Presents, Albany
The Theatre Institute at Sage, Troy
WilJam Productions, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 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 24th, 2015

Primus

Photograph of Primus 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, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert announcements…

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:

1. Brewery Ommegang Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

4. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. The Complete Schedule for Albany’s MOVE Music Festival This Weekend (by Staff)

7. COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

8. LIVE: Sufjan Stevens @ the Palace Theatre, 4/15/15 (by Greg Haymes)

9. New Release Rack: The Lustre Kings’ “Go Green” (by Greg Haymes)

10. LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 3/28/15 (by Fred Rudofsky, Timothy Reidy)

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

It's the weekend!

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 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
Steven Stock
Don Wilcock
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Timothy Reidy
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
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who are headed back to SPAC


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, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert announcements…

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:

1. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Upstate Concert Hall Announces Two Big New Concerts (by Staff)

3. SPAC and Tanglewood Announce New Concerts (by Staff)

4. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

6. FREE: Bands Announced for Capital Pride Fest (by Staff)

7. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Adds Seven New Concerts (by Staff) 144

8. FREE: Another Summer Concert Announced for the Empire State Plaza (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Joan Armatrading @ The Egg, 4/12/15 (by Steven Stock, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10. (tie) LIVE: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, 4/4/15 (First Show) (by Greg Haymes, Rudy Lu)

10. (tie) LIVE: Robby Krieger @ The Egg, 4/11/15 (by Steven Stock)

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, April 10th, 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 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
Stanley A. Johnson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Tom Lindsay
Al Goldberg
Bokonon
David Brickman
Timothy Reidy
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
The Low Beat, Albany

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 Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
The Massry Center for the Arts at the College of St. Rose, Albany
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
The Falcon, Marlboro
Vapor, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

Friday, April 10th, 2015
The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus is slated to kick off Albany's 2015 Alive at Five free concert series

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, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert announcements…

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:

1. Albany’s Alive at Five Announces First Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces Two More New Concerts (by Staff)

3. FREE: Another Summer Concert Announced for the Empire State Plaza (by Staff)

4. New Show Announced for SPAC (by Staff)

5. FREE: First Concert Announced for the Empire State Plaza (by Staff)

6. New Concert Announced for the Times Union Center (by Staff)

7. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

8. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. Who Were the Mystery Country Stars at Proctors Last Night? (by Staff)

10. Congrats to Wild Adriatic! (by Staff, Stanley Johnson)

Albany’s Alive at Five Announces First Concert

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The City of Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series returns to Jennings Landings (formerly known as Riverfront Park, remember?) again this summer, kicking things off with a real doozy of s show at 5pm on Thursday, June 11 – the eclectic jazz trio the Bad Plus joined by super saxman Joshua Redman. Opening the show will be the Local 518′s homegrown jazz-funk-hip-hop combo the Chronicles.

How’s that for a great way to kick off your summer of free concerts?

As usual, in case of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the rain location at the Corning Preserve Boatlaunch underneath the I-787 overpass.

The full line-up of concerts for the Alive at Five series – which takes place at 5pm on Thursdays from June 11-August 8 – will be announced next month. But if the initial teaser announcement is any indication, it’s looking like a mighty fine summer of music…

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

Friday, April 3rd, 2015


Video of the Kooks, who headline the Albany Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 9

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 was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert announcements…

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:

1. Bands Announced for Albany’s Tulip Fest (by Staff)

2. The Times Union Center Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. Two New Concerts Added at Brewery Ommegang (by Staff)

4. Solid Sound Festival Announces Day-By-Day Line-Up (by Staff, Greg Haymes)

5. THE DOZEN: April’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes)

6. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

7. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

8. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. WGNA CountryFest Announces Full Line-Up of Bands (by Staff)

10. (tie) LIVE: The Levin Brothers @ the Van Dyck, 3/20/15 (by Rudy Lu)

10. (tie) Green River Festival Announces Line-Up of Bands (by Staff)

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