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RIP: Tom Healey

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As I wrote back in 2006 on the occasion of the release of their sophomore album, Tough Dog, “the Tom Healey Band once again proves they’re the Capital Region’s premiere blues band.”

Guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Tom Healey died earlier this week, and his passing leaves a major hole, not only in the Nippertown blues scene and the Local 518 music scene, but all throughout the Capital Region community. His band – formerly known as Good Friday – was an anchor all around town, frequently playing neighborhood clubs, the Hibernian Hall and a countless number of benefit shows. Healey played with the band just last weekend at the Albany Rail Yard.

At various times, his band featured such musicians as keyboardist Jason Ladanye, saxmen Brian Patneaude and Keith Pray, drummer Al Kash, bassist Adam Graham and many others over the years.

The Tom Healey Band’s debut album, Pearl Street, was hailed by regular Nippertown contributor Don Wilcock as “the best local blues album I’ve ever heard,” upon its release in 2001.

A longtime history teacher at Albany High School, Healey had only just retired from his day job a month ago.

Life can be very, very cruel…

ALSO READ:
Five Firsts: Tom Healey of the Tom Healey Band

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7/20/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

OPERA: “An American Tragedy” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night! Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

MUSIC: Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. With roots stretching back to the 1940s, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned ‘Son’ bands in all of Cuba. This classic and classy big band — on its first tour of America — features horns, vocals, congas and bongos in a vibrant dance explosion of Afro-Cuban grooves. With guitarist Maria Zemantauski. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: Bruno Mars @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The hitmaker (and Emmy nominee) brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to town. With Aloe Blacc. 8pm. $43, $62.50, $82.50 and $102.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s the final day of the fest, featuring the Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Lonely Heartstring Band, the Lotus Blossom Special, the Barley Jacks and more. Main Stage music begins at 10am.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Competitors duke it out for best BBQ honors. With lots of music – by Dan Johnson, the Jimy Graham Band and Chelsea Cavanaugh. The event also benefits the Northeast Kidney Foundation. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Omi Improvisers Orchestra @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Each summer, jazz greats Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso lead the OIO in a unique concert of “guerrilla jazz.” This year’s ensemble features a jazz pianist from Azerbaijan, a French classical cellist, a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and pop vocalist, a player of the adungu – a traditional African harp – and a vocalist from Columbia County. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yidstock @ Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. It’s the closing day of the annual Yidstock celebration, and it all wraps up with three concerts: Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (1pm, $30); Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder (The Heschel Project) (4pm, $30); and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa (7:30pm, $32).

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

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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…

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 in the past week:

1. The Egg Announces Four More New Concerts (by Staff)

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

3. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

5. Real Good for FREE: Cohoes’ Canal Square Concert Series (by Staff)

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

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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…

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 in the past week:

1. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

2. The Egg Adds Three New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff, Ed Conway)

4. New Music Festival Announced for Lake George (by Staff)

5. LIVE: Paul McCartney @ Times Union Center, 7/5/14 (Take Two) (by Timothy Mack, Stanley Johnson)

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

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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 even in this holiday-shortened 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 in the past week:

1. The Dozen: July’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes, Stanley Johnson)

2. New Concert Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

4. The Egg Announces a New Concert (by Staff)

5. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

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New Concert Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has added another show to its fall concert calendar with the announcement that Nippertown favorite, the legendary singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 13.

Arlo was last at the Music Hall back in 2008, when he was joined by the Burn Sisters for a rousing and fun night of music. He’ll be returning solo this time, but this natural-born storyteller’s songs, tales and anecdotes will fill the stage, creating a memorable evening of satire, laughs, social commentary and great folk music.

Tickets are priced at $25, $32, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive Tickets. Tickets are currently on sale to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, july 9.

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

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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…

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 in the past week:

1. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Washington Avenue Armory Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

4. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

5. Festival Update: New Bands Added to Hudson Music Project, Rest Fest & Basilica Soundscape (by Staff)

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

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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…

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 in the past week:

1. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

3. Still Another New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

4. LIVE: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band @ the Palace Theatre, 6/10/14 (by Wayne Williams, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson)

5. Bands Announced for Rest Fest V (by Staff)

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