It’s the Weekend!

December 8th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Congratulations! You made it through the work week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the weekend.

But before we head out for your weekend fun 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 world 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rudy Lu
Don Wilcock
Mark Alexander Hudson
Jeff Nania
Glenn Kaplowitz
Tim Reidy
Stan Johnson
Anthony Tassarotti
Gail M. Burns

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.

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 Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

December 8th, 2017, 12:04 pm by Greg
Shemekia Copeland

Blues Queen Shemekia Copeland is one of December’s Dozen, the must-see concerts of the month

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.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. SPAC Announces First Concert for 2018 (by Staff)

2. Albany Capital Center Announces Its First Concert (by Staff)

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

4. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Double-Bill Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

5. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff, Anthony Tassarotti)

7. THE DOZEN: December’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. Mahaiwe Announces Two New Concerts (by Staff, Stan Johnson)

9. NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s New Concert News (by Greg Haymes)

10. LIVE: Troy Victorian Stroll @ Various Locations in Troy, 12/3/17 (by Glenn Kaplowitz)

11. DECEMBER 7: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes)

12. (tie) Friday Flashback: Rick Bedrosian’s “Up Beat” TV Show (by Staff)

12. (tie) LIVE: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, 12/1/17 (by Mark Alexander Hudson)

LIVE: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, 12/1/17

December 7th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Mark Alexander Hudson

I was one of the lucky people in the audience last Friday night at The Egg’s Sawyer Theatre to witness Richard Thompson on an early stop of his 2017 solo and acoustic tour. Lucky, because Thompson held the crowd absolutely spellbound for his nearly two-hour set in a consummate display of fine songwriting and stunning guitar prowess.

Thompson strode onto the stage clad all in grey and black, topped with his trademark Kangol. He then proceeded to treat us to a deep dive through his songbook, and what a songbook it is. Thompson has long been accused of being too dark and cynical in his writing. He even joked about it. “I beg to differ,” he protested early on. “That first one was mid-tempo depressing, the second was slow depressing, and this next one is fast depressing!” The truth is that he writes a great variety of songs. Sure some are bitter, but many others showcase his sly sense of humor and his pointed social conscience.

And the other truth is that he has never allowed commercial considerations to taint his muse. “This was my only Top 40 hit in England,” he announced proudly before playing “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight.” “It got to Number 40!”

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It’s the Weekend!

December 1st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
I know I left a bone out here somewhere...

I know I left a bone out here somewhere...

Congratulations! You made it through the work week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the weekend.

But before we head out for your weekend fun 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 world 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
J Hunter
Glenn Kaplowitz
Joseph Deuel
Roseanne Cane
Gail M. Burns

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.

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

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

December 1st, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Photograph of “Joni Mitchell: A Tribute” 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.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

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

2. NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s Round-Up (by Greg Haymes)

3. CANCELLED: Yet Another Concert at Massry Center for the Arts (by Staff)

4. Old Songs Announces 2018 Winter/Spring Concert Season (by Staff)

5. NOVEMBER 30: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes)

6. LIVE: “Joni Mitchell: A Tribute” @ The Falcon, 11/17/17 (by Rudy Lu)

7. LIVE: Deke Dickerson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 11/22/17 (by Ed Conway)

8. Who’s Lookin’ for Laughs on New Year’s Eve? (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Harry Belafonte @ The Egg, 11/11/17 (by Greg Haymes)

10. ArtBeat: What to See (by Sara Ayers)

11. Congrats to Greater Nippertown’s Grammy Nominees (by Staff)

12. Where to See the Grammy Nominees in Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Grammy Nominees Announced

November 28th, 2017, 10:22 am by Greg

With eight nods, Jay-Z led the nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards, announced earlier this morning. He’s followed by Kendrick Lamar, whose album DAMN. scored seven. Bruno Mars racked up six noms, while Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover), newcomers SZA and Khalid, and producer No I.D. (who worked on Jay-Z’s 4:44) landed five each.

Here are the nominations in the Top Four categories:

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Childish Gambino: “Redbone”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber: “Despacito”
Jay-Z: “The Story Of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar: “Humble”
Bruno Mars: “24K Magic”

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It’s (Still) the Weekend!

November 24th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Congratulations! You made it through the holiday-shortened work week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the rest of this big long weekend.

But before we head out for your weekend fun 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 world 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rudy Lu
Ed Conway
Martin Benjamin
Don Wilcock
Timothy Reidy
J Hunter
Stan Johnson
Flyer Squad
Gail M. Burns

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

November 24th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

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 – especially during a big holiday week.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. Tanglewood Announces Summer 2018 Concerts (by Staff, Stan Johnson)

2. LIVE: Bob Dylan @ the Palace Theatre, 11/17/17 (by Martin Benjamin)

3. Proctors Announces New Show (by Staff)

4. Rivers Casino Announces New Year’s Eve Entertainment (by Staff, Timothy Reidy)

5. NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s Round-Up (by Greg Haymes)

6. Hump Day Unusual Moment: David Cassidy With Flo & Eddie (by Staff)

7. FIVE FIRSTS: Deke Dickerson (by Ed Conway, Flyer Squad)

8. NOVEMBER 23: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Martin Benjamin)

9. LIVE: The Melissa Aldana Quartet @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/21/17 (by J Hunter, Rudy Lu)

10. Song o’ the Week: Jeff Sohn’s “Make It Right” (by Staff)

11. Thanksgiving’s Theme Song: Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (by Don Wilcock, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

12. LIVE: The Otherside @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 11/4/17 (by Timothy Reidy)

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