Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

September 29th, 2014, 2:10 pm by Greg

“Downton Abbey” won’t be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter. The star of the wildly popular British TV show is heading out on tour with her band, Sadie & the Hotheads.

Yes, Lady Cora sings…

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The Egg Announces New Concert

September 29th, 2014, 12:30 pm by Greg

The Egg is Albany will play host to a special Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert at 7pm on Saturday, November 1. The show pays tribute to the Texas blues-rock guitarslinger Johnny Winter – who performed several times at The Egg and who passed away in July.

The concert will feature the members of Winter’s his most recent band – Paul Nelson on guitar, Scott Spray on bass and Tommy Curiale on drums.

They will be joined by vocalist Jay Stollman, as well as a trio of very special guest guitarists – Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Debbie Davies.

The evening will kick off with a screening of Greg Olliver’s feature-length documentary film, “Down & Dirty: The Johnny Winter Story.”

Tickets for the Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert are priced at $29.50 and are currently available only to members of The Egg. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday (October 2).

Palace Theatre Announces New Show

September 29th, 2014, 11:32 am by Greg

Funnyman Brian Regan’s coming back. The acclaimed comedian is returning to the Palace Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Friday, May 8.

David Letterman said of Brian Regan, “I’ll take all of that guy you got…Very funny man.” And Letterman was true to his word. Since making his debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 1995, Regan solidified his place on the show and recently made his 26th appearance, the most of any comedian on the CBS show.

Comedian Marc Maron has declared, “Brian Regan’s the funniest guy…there’s Brian Regan and then there’s other people.” Jerry Seinfeld has also hailed Regan’s comedic talents, saying, “He is one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians.”

Tickets for Regan’s upcoming performance at the Palace Theatre are priced at $35.75, $39.75 & $49.75. Tickets will go on sale to Palace members on Wednesday (October 1) and to the general public on Friday (October 3).

POSTPONED… Again: Cher @ the Times Union Center

September 29th, 2014, 10:30 am by Greg

Mono-monikered music star Cher was originally slated to bring her Dressed to Kill tour to Albany’s Times Union Center on Thursday, September 11, but that concert was postponed to Monday, October 6 when the star was ordered by doctors to rest after being diagnosed with a viral infection.

Now, the October 6 date has been postponed…

Here’s the lowdown from Cher’s webiste:

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9/29/14: Today’s Tips: Monday

September 29th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Quartet Anagram @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. Featuring drummer Dennis Mariano, pianist Mark Olivieri, bassist Kyle Vock and guitarist Greg Wachala, the improvisational band interweave post-Darmstadt western art music traditions, early music and pop musical idioms. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Prong @ Bogie’s, Albany. With All For Revenge, Driven by Rage, Gobblet, Caustic Method, Winters Burden and Choke On Your Teeth. 6pm. $15.

READING: Poets Speak Loud @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. The last-Monday-of-the-month open mic for poetry is hosted by Mary Panza with this month’s featured reader Jay Renzi. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading.

MUSIC: Ocean Roars 1000 Drums @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents the adventurous trio of Todd Capp (drums), Bryan Eubanks (soprano saxophone, electronics) and Andrew Lafkas (bass, synthesizer). With Jordan Paul. 8pm. $5.

FILM: “The Philadelphia Story” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart star in the classic romantic comedy. 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm. $5.

9/28/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

September 28th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Boogie for Bob” @ The Linda, Albany. A benefit concert celebration for drummer-writer Bob Girouard and the Michael J. Fox Foundation featuring Hair of the Dog, Aged in the Hills, the Ernie Williams Tribute Band, Bluz House Rockers, Diva & the Dirty Boys, Urban Gumbo and Forest with a sneak preview of the upcoming documentary film “About a Band.” 3pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Vintage Trouble @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The electrifying live wire rock ‘n’ soul band makes their Nippertown debut in support of their new EP, The Swing House Acoustic Sessions. With the Soul Selector Tom “Papa” Ray. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Ariana Gillis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The return of the Canadian singer-songwriter who wowed crowds last New Year’s Eve. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Outta Sites @ the Ale House, Troy. California combo with that classic ’60s Beat Sound. 8pm.

MUSIC: Garrick Ohlsson @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Troy Chromatic Concerts presents the dazzling classical pianist with a program of music by Beethoven, Chopin and Scriabin to kick off their 2014-2015 concert season. 3pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: The Jim Sande Ensemble @ the Perfect Blend, Delmar. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: Mattson 2 @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Twin brothers Mattson 2 occupy a space between surf rock and jazz on their new album Agar. With Regular Music featuring guitarist Alexander Turnquist and drummer Otto Hauser. 8pm.

MUSIC: Eliza Gilkyson @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. The veteran singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new album, The Nocturne Diaries on Red House Records. With Jim Henry. 7pm. $25.

THEATER: “A Couple of Blaguards” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. An Irish comedy, Frank and Malachy McCourt’s two-character play is a boisterous barroom autobiography full of humor, poignancy and insight. “Sanford and Son” regular Howard Platt directs and stars, while Jarlath Conroy also stars. 2:30pm. $20, $30 & $45.

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9/27/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

September 27th, 2014, 8:08 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Bowtie, Cousin Clyde, Mister Eck and Wild Bill bring their fun ‘n’ funky old Americana songs to one of Nippertown’s brand new theaters. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Anais Mitchell @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. In recent years, she’s given us a folk opera, an album written from the perspective of a young man, and a new take on the Child Ballads, for which she won a BBC Folk Award last year. Now the sublime singer-songwriter returns to the Caffe in celebration of her brand new CD, XOA. With Dietrich Strause. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Rory Block @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The five-time Blues Music Award-winner and Chatham’s own queen of the acoustic blues takes the stage, and if we’re lucky, she’ll be previewing some selections from her upcoming album, Hard Luck Child, a salute to Skip James, due out next month on Stony Plain Records. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: 10,000 Maniacs @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. With Mary Ramsey handling the vocal chores (and viola, too), Jamestown’s 10,000 Maniacs keeps on keepin’ on featuring the core of the band’s original line-up – drummer Jerome Augustyniak, keyboardist Dennis Drew and bassist Steven Gustafson. 8pm. $20, $35 & $45.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: StoryHarvest @ Freedom Square, Troy. The fourth annual community celebration features free food, art activities and, of course, music by Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra (3:30pm) and Nation Beat (5pm). 3:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Flakjacket @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a CD release party for the rockers’ brand new live album, Platypus. With Last Daze, Noise Between Stations and Gordon Street. 9pm. $7.

MUSIC: Street Corner Holler @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic and electric traditional Delta Blues and contemporary originals from guitarist Mark Tolstrup, drummer Dale Haskell and bassist Tony Markellis. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer has been called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by The Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students.

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It’s the Weekend!

September 26th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Sara

Fan of the Hudson River School

Congrats for making it through yet another week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some of that first-weekend-of-autumn 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.

A very special thank you to Cale, who was one the primary inspirations for Nippertown.com, and who enriched the website with his steadfast devotion and creative contributions since its inception. RIP Cale.

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:


Ross Marvin
Don Wilcock
Fred Rudofsky
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
M. Cheri Bordelon
Stanley Johnson
David Brickman
Al Goldberg
Gail M. Burns
Larry Murray
Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Gene Sennes
Timothy Reidy

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:

Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
Nectar’s Presents, Burlington

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
The Low Beat, Albany
A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
Lark Street BID, Albany
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Step Up Presents, Albany
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs
Live Nation, Wallingford, CT

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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