FREE: East Greenbush Music in the Park Summer Concert Series @ Onderdonk Park

August 3rd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Marty Wendell

Photograph of Marty Wendell by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Town of East Greenbush will be hosting the 2015 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series in Onderdonk Park at 6pm on Tuesdays throughout the month of August.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the free music.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 concert series:

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8/3/15: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

August 3rd, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Dana Park, Albany. 78 RPM tunes for the 21st century. With Werthner & Frederick. 5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Bluegrass on wry. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC/THEATER/FUNDRAISER: Broadway in the Berkshires @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning talk show legend Dick Cavett, the benefit show for Shakespeare & Company is directed by Sam Scalamoni, featuring a magical evening of all-star entertainment. 6pm. $75 & $125.

MUSIC: Jocelyn Arndt @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The soulful Fort Plain rocker and her band kick off their weekly residency. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Elks Lodge Lawn, Albany. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” @ the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. The bewildering journey of finding love in the modern world sets the premise for Terrence McNally’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Karen Allen. 7pm. $62. Through Saturday, August 22.

CABARET: Sally Wilfert @ Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. “Fresh and Fancy Free.” 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Sandalwood @ Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center Lawn, Rotterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s play, starring Keira Naughton as a hum-drum bookkeeper whose life is is forever altered by the arrival of her troubled niece. 7pm. $50. Through Saturday, August 15.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Everyman” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor takes on the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s great primal, spiritual dramas, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris. 7pm.

FILM: “I Am Chris Farley” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The documentary recounts the life story of the comic actor from his early days in Wisconsin to “Saturday Night Live” and his hit films “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep.” One screening only. 6:30pm.

8/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

August 2nd, 2015, 8:18 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Joey Alexander Trio @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady. Introducing the much-buzzed-about 12-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy, who makes his Nippertown debut in support of his brand new album, My Favorite Things. With the Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Blues & Roots Festival @ Wood Park, Lake George. Veteran British guitar master Albert Lee teams up with Dobro/steel guitar queen Cindy Cashdollar to headline Day Two of the two-day fest. With the Mississippi Hot Dogs, the Joe Lowry Band, Mulebone and Atlas Gray. Gates open at 12noon; music from 1-7pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Ray Bonneville @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Austin-via-Montreal singer-songwriter showcases his soulful, Crescent City influences on his most recent album, Easy Gone, on Red House Records. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Dick Solberg & the Sun Mountain Band @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Graham Nash @ Levon Helm Studios. From the Hollies to CSNY… 8pm. $100.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day Three features Annie Wenz, Brother Sun, Caitlin Canty, the Duhks, Ellis, Garnet Rogers, Great Bear Trio, Jim Photoglo, Judy Collins, Martyn Joseph, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Roosevelt Dime, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Susan Werner, more… 11am. $40. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: From the Page to the Stage @ Gavin’s Irish Country Inn, East Durham. Two of Nippertown’s Celtic music veterans – Jimmy Kelly and Jeff Strange – have been holed up for the past several years writing a new stage musical, “Find Your Way Home,” about a turn-of-the-century Irish family struggling to stay together. The musical is now slated to be stage in Ireland in October, and this is the second in a series of fundraisers for the production. Today’s entertainment will be provided by Sharon & Buddy Connolly, Dermot Henry, Dee Reilly, Andy Cooney Band, Paddy Noonan Band, Sheila Noonan, Marie Mcvicker, Kitty Kelly, Mike Clark, Mary B & Francais Lees and Susan & Gerard. 1:30pm. $20 suggested donation.

TALK: Dr. Terry Hamblin @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. The Professor of History at SUNY Delhi presents a lecture on John Lennon, focusing on Lennon’s influence and creativity from the beginning of his career as an art student in Liverpool to the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, after which Lennon spent the rest of his life writing, drawing and recording music. 2pm. FREE with museum admission.

MUSIC: The Tichy Boys @ the North Greenbush Town Hall Gazebo, Wynantskill. Rollickinin’ father and son roots-rockers. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

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8/1/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

August 1st, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Blues & Roots Festival @ Wood Park, Lake George. In support of his brand new album, Someone Like You, Williamstown guitarslinger Albert Cummings headlines Day One of the two-day fest. With George Fletcher’s Foldin’ Money, Brass & Blues, Soul Sky, the Matt Mirabile Band. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Bonnie Raitt @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame blues-rocker. With Richard Julian. 7pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: From the Page to the Stage @ Hibernian Hall, Albany. Two of Nippertown’s Celtic music veterans – Jimmy Kelly and Jeff Strange – have been holed up for the past several years writing a new stage musical, “Find Your Way Home,” about a turn-of-the-century Irish family struggling to stay together. The musical is now slated to be stage in Ireland in October, and this is the first in a series of fundraisers for the production. Today’s entertainment will be provided by the All Paul Show, Kevin McKrell, Michael DeAngelis, the Brothers Flynn, Tara Gold, members of the Schenectady Pipe Band, Michael Farrell School of Irish Stepdancers and more. 2-6pm. $20 suggested donation.

COMEDY: Robert Klein @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Back in 1975, the Grammy and Tony-nominated stand-up comic was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on HBO, and he has gone on to do nine one-man shows for the network, most recently, “Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced.” He regularly appears on talk-shows, making more than 100 appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” alone. With Scott Blakeman. 8pm. $25, $45 & $55. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Eastbound Throwdown @ the Elks Lodge Lawn, Greenwich. The one-day fest features Eastbound Jesus, the Blind Owl Band, Green, the North and South Dakotas, Dan Johnson and Rodeo Barons. Music starts at 1pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day Two features Annie Wenz, Brother Sun, Caitlin Canty, the Duhks, Ellis, Garnet Rogers, Great Bear Trio, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Jim Photoglo, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Ray Bonneville, Roosevelt Dime, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Susan Werner, more… 12noon. $50. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Dryer @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Slowshine and Haley Moley. 8pm.

MUSIC: Banjo Revelry @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s a banjo bonanza with four banjo masters – Bob Altschuler, David Kiphuth, Sara Grey and Marc Horowitz. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: David Schulman @ Salem Art Works, Salem. It’s the next Music & Pizza Night. 5:30pm.

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It’s the Weekend!

July 31st, 2015, 4:05 pm by Greg
Let's get ice cream! Or maybe peanut butter sandwiches? Could we go swimming? Let's stop at the dog park!  Let's go to that store where the lady always gives me a cookie!  Look over there - kids on bicycles! Got any bacon?

Let’s get ice cream! Or maybe peanut butter sandwiches? Could we go swimming? Let’s stop at the dog park! Let’s go to that store where the lady always gives me a cookie! Look over there – kids on bicycles! Got any bacon?

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 first weekend of August, 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
Stanley Johnson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Richard Brody
Tom Lindsay
Ed Conway
J Hunter
Rudy Lu
Bokonon
Ted Were
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:

The Music Haven, Schenectady
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill
The Hangar, Troy
The Low Beat, Albany
Guthrie Bell Productions, Albany
Riverlink Concerts, Amsterdam
Rockin’ On the River, Troy
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Croton-On-Hudson
The Egg, Albany
Troy River Fest, Troy
Office of Special Events, Albany
Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown
Troy Pig Out, Troy
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown
The Madison Theater, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Jocelyn Arndt @ Riverlink Park, 7/25/15

July 31st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Stanley Johnson

WHAT: Riverlink Concert Series
WHO: Jocelyn Arndt
WHERE: Riverlink Park, Amsterdam
WHEN: Sunday, July 25, 2015

UPCOMING: The Celtic folk band Triskele performs at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Concert Series at 7pm on Saturday (August 1). Admission is FREE.

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LIVE: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, 6/20/15 (Day One)

July 31st, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Neko Case

Neko Case

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Like Rome in the ancient days, Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival means many things to many people. Some view it as the very first grand festival to usher in the summer season of roots-Americana, bluegrass and folk festivals. Old Songs, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Green River, the Newport Folk Festival and dozens of others here in the Northeast follow in its wake. Many of the same performing artists appearing at Clearwater make the rounds between them. The same for a part of the audience because they festival-hop, seeing old friends year-after-year and enjoying a weekend away from work, responsibilities and, for some, city living.

But symbolically, it’s Pete and Toshi’s Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival that sets the tone socially and politically for all the rest. If you want to be aware of the latest liberal socio-political trends, that’s the place to be to meet like-minded people and maybe sign a petition or two for the cause. If you want to know what’s being done progressively to make the Hudson River a little bit cleaner, you will get your answers there. If you want to know what corporate entities are taking the environment seriously, you can find that out easily.

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LIVE: “Sirens of Song” @ The Hangar, 6/12/15

July 31st, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
Lonesome Val

Lonesome Val

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Ed Conway

Despite initial conflicts and confusion regarding dates and venues, Greg Bell of Guthrie Bell Productions wasn’t about to let go of his idea to bring together four of the Local 518′s finest female singer-songwriters on a single bill.

Thank goodness, he didn’t. It all finally came together at The Hangar in Troy on a truly magical evening, amidst one of the summer’s most severe thunderstorms as a non-stop barrage of lightning flashed through the windows to provide a natural psychedelic light show while two veterans – Lonesome Val and Caroline MotherJudge – teamed up with a pair of relative newcomers – Olivia Quillio and Ashley Sofia – for a glorious evening of music.

Quillio was the undisputed headliner. MotherJudge was the most instrumentally exotic, backed by a band that included cellist Monica Wilson, steel guitarist Kevin Maul, the ever-esoteric guitarist-vocalist Mitch Elrod and mandolinist/husband Sten Isachsen. And Ticondiroga’a young Sofia opened the show with a solid, earnest set of songs, debuting some new material, and bringing her dad Billy Sofia onstage to sing with her on her best song of the night, “1973.”

But it was clear from the start that the majority of the crowd was there to hear “Lonesome Val” Haynes, the sparkplug and primary vocalist for the Units (who later changed their name to Fear of Strangers), Nippertown’s most popular band of the early ’80s new-wave scene.

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