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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Today I figured out how to nab food off of a table. How about you?

Today I figured out how to nab food off of a table. How about you?

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 big Travers 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
Timothy Reidy
Ed Conway
Richard Brody
Martin Benjamin
Stanley Johnson
Jim Guldenstern
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Michael Seinberg
Gail M. Burns
David Brickman
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:

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
Bellstock, East Jewett
The Linda, Albany
The Egg, Albany
Riverlink Concerts, Amsterdam
Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
Athens Performing Arts Committee, Athens
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox
Quinn’s, Beacon
The Falcon, Marlboro

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, August 28th, 2015
Bob Weir

Bob Weir leads Dead & Company into the Times Union Center

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

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 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. Times Union Center Announces a New Concert (by Staff, Stanley Johnson)

2. The Egg Announces Three New Shows (by Staff)

3. New Concerts Announced for the Times Union Center (by Staff, Michael Seinberg)

4. FLASHBACK: The Grand Opening of JB’s Theatre Was 30 Years Ago Today (by Staff)

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

6. LIVE: Blue Oyster Cult & Blotto @ Alive at Five, 8/6/15 (by Rudy Lu, Stanley Johnson, Ed Conway, Tim Reidy, Richard Brody)

7. RIP: Al McKenney, 1944-2015 (by Staff)

8. AUGUST 27: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History (by Staff, Martin Benjamin)

9. Old Songs Announces Fall Concert Schedule (by Staff)

10. LIVE: Bellstock in East Jewett, 7/16-19/15 (by Tim Reidy)

Saratoga Shots

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Reggie’s Red Hot Feet Warmers performing outside the clubhouse entrance.

Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers perform outside the clubhouse entrance.

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

Stall Walkin’ Dude prevails in The Tale Of The Cat $100,000 feature race on 8/23/2015.

Stall Walkin’ Dude prevails in The Tale Of The Cat $100,000 feature race on 8/23/2015.

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RIP: Al McKenney, 1944-2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Al McKenney

Al McKenney

Wearing suspenders and a purple beret and making daily downtown rounds to share lively chats about politics, music and books, Alan “Captain Fun” McKenney was often called the Unofficial Mayor of Saratoga Springs, NY. He passed away at home in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 15, 2015, amidst his legendary collection of albums and books.

McKenney was a life-long lover of music, and over the years he was a founding member of the Wildflowers collective; road manager for such acts as David Bromberg, for Boys of the Lough, Clannad, Martin, Bogan & Armstrong; tour manager for the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program; record producer for Utah Phillips; stage manager and emcee of the Smithsonian’s National Folk Festival, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Kent State Folk Festival.

GO HERE to read the obituary about Al McKenney’s colorful and extraordinary life…

Memorial gatherings will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday (August 30) at the Ashland Historical Society in Massachusetts and in Saratoga Springs at Gaffney’s from 1-6pm on Sunday, September 13.

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, August 21st, 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:

Steven Stock
Rudy Lu
Timothy Reidy
Stanley Johnson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Michael Seinberg
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:

Palace Theatre, Albany
Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Parish Public House, Albany
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy
Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs
Green River Festival, Greenfield
The Falcon, Marlboro
Schenectady County SummerNight, Schenectady
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Robert Plant

Robert Plant @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

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.

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. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

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

4. FLASHBACK: Remembering Robert Plant’s 21st Birthday Party… in Schenectady (by Staff)

5. Back in the Saddle: Mel Brooks Heads to Proctors (by Staff)

6. 8/20/69: Led Zep rocks Schenectady! (by Staff)

7. LIVE: Psychedelic Furs @ Upstate Concert Hall, 8/12/15 (by Steven Stock)

8. FEST: Electric Love Fest This Week in Lake George (by Staff)

9. Real Good for FREE: The Summer’s FREE Concerts Ain’t Over Yet… (by Staff)

10. LIVE: Heart @ the Palace Theatre, 7/27/15 (by Greg Haymes)

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

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf is slated to return to The Egg


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.

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. Three New Concerts Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

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

3. Four More New Concerts Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (by Staff)

4. New Show Announced for the Palace Theatre (by Staff)

5. MASS MoCA Announces Fall Line-Up of Concerts & Other Events (by Staff)

6. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Adds New Concert (by Staff)

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

8. LIVE: Blotto @ the Low Beat, 8/5/15 (by Martin Benjamin, Timothy Reidy)

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

10. RIP: The Starlite Music Theatre (aka Colonie Coliseum), 1958-2012 (by Greg Haymes, Sebastien Barre)

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Scorcher doesn't begin to describe it.

Are these the dog days of summer yet?

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:

Timothy Reidy
Martin Benjamin
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Stanley Johnson
Cheri Bordelon
J Hunter
Rudy Lu
Steven Stock
David Brickman
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:

Office of Special Events, Albany
The Music Haven, Schenectady
Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
The Ale House, Troy
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spring
The Egg, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
Beacon Jazz Festival, Beacon
Wood Park, Lake George
Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Croton-On-Hudson
Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown
The Theater Barn, New Lebanon

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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