Other Voices, Other Rooms…

March 27th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

From The Times Union Arts Talk: There’s an old saying that goes, “Any publicity is good publicity.” But don’t try telling that to street artist Patrick Picou Harrington, whose work was profiled in an Amy Griffin cover story in The Times Union’s Preview pull-out last Thursday. As Amy Biancolli writes, National Grid shut him down the next day…

From Metroland: Yes, Metroland’s website has been broken for a looong time, but it’s back up now… if you want to know what’s going on around town in 2012.

From The New York Times: C.J. Hughes writes about Troy in the Travel Section: “A Town on New York’s Hudson River Reinvents Itself.”

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at Hudson’s Club Helsinki last month. BFC are back at Club Helsinki for their adult-oriented show at 9pm on Saturday (March 28) and a family-friendly performance at 3pm on Sunday.


3/27/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

March 27th, 2015, 8:23 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Gibson Brothers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, Leigh and Eric Gibson represent brother harmony at its finest, as they prove once again on their new album, Brotherhood, paying tribute to the music of the Monroe Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers and the Delmore Brothers, to name a few. 8pm. $25 & $30. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

ART/MUSIC: “The Art of Kevin McKrell” @ the Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany. The opening reception for the new exhibition of paintings (and a bit of sculpture) by the multi-talented singer-songwriter, who will also be performing selections from his new album, I Wish I Had a Boat. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Mary Gauthier & Allison Moorer @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. An evening with two of the most unique and achingly honest voices in alternative country music – Mary Gauthier, who explores rarely exposed American scenes with acclaimed songs such as “Drag Queens in Limousines,” “Mercy Now” and “I Drink,” and Allison Moorer, whose music stretches from “A Soft Place to Fall” (heard on the soundtrack of “The Horse Whisperer”) to her new album Down to Believing. 8pm. $24. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Foghorn Stringband @ The Linda, Albany. Credited for igniting the renaissance of old-timey music in the Northwest, the Oregon-based band that describes their sound as “ass kickin’, redneck stringband music” has recorded seven albums, played thousand of shows and toured the country for more than a decade. With Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys. 8pm. $18. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Kevin Maul & Friends @ Springwood Studios, Troy. Master woodworker Jim Lewis’ studio welcomes the dobro master with mandolinist Peggy Lecuyer and others. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Deerhoof @ Pearl Street, Northampton. There’s really only one band that sounds like Deerhoof – Deerhoof. With Perfect Pussy and Zula. 8:30pm. $16.

MUSIC: Slick Fitty @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s reunion time for the rollickin’, rockin’ band. With the Bewildered Beast. 9pm. $5.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. The monthly final Friday arts celebration takes place all around town with plenty of visual art exhibits, as well as music, theater, dining, shopping and people-watching. 5-9pm. FREE.

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LIVE: Snowapple / Fish & Bird @ Caffe Lena, 3/13/15

March 26th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Though the Snowapple concert was on Caffe Lena’s calendar for weeks prior to their Friday night show, no advanced tickets had been sold as late as Wednesday. Sarah Craig, the Caffe’s manager was worried. A while back she had discovered the amazing, three-part harmonies of the female Dutch trio and signed them on to appear at Lena’s. And she had excitedly whispered in the ears of several dozen Caffe regulars that this was the one not to miss. Yet here it was two days before the show, and no advanced tickets had been sold.

Craig spring into action and boldly reached out to the press, patrons and the public to generate interest. She knew that this was too good a show to cancel; it had to go on, and people had to know about it.

The trio played within the folk-acoustic idiom, but they also embraced their European musical traditions, as well as a heap of influences from American folk and contemporary pop music. Their layered and powerful three-part vocal harmonies coupled to their instrumental prowess put them squarely in the company of the Wailin’ Jennys, Red Molly and the Boxcar Lilies – same stylistic approach, but with a decisive twist in their repertoire choices. It’s a unique and fun experience to hear – for example, a Kanye West song done up in a singer-songwriter folk arrangement, albeit with three voices, keyboards, acoustic mandolin and guitar.

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March 26th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Mick Jagger Onstage @ Altamont

Mick Jagger Onstage @ Altamont © Ethan Russell

By Don Wilcock

Rock photographer Ethan Russell is on a one-man crusade to prove that the ’60s were the first time in American history when the dream inspired our reality rather than the other way around. His photographs of John Lennon & Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and the Who are a peek behind the curtain into an intimate reality that gets lost in the revisionist history that Dion once told me has become “a cartoon.” Russell sees that cartoon as TV footage that has become embedded in our brains with the themes of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Russell’s “Best Seat in the House” show at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady on Saturday (March 28) promises to show 380 pictures of the most iconic rock stars of the 1960s complete with back stories. His photos offer a reality that exploded in a cultural shift away from the black and white box that was TV at the time into a colorful embrace that brought the pop musicians of the day closer to their fans and turned the rock stars away from being actors parroting other people’s songs into complicit compatriots in a modern revolution.

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Song o’ the Week: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys’ “The Wind Blows Cold”

March 26th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Last week, Local 518 bluegrass faves Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys headed down to Nashville to make their national television debut on PBS-TV’s “Music City Roots,” where they played five songs in front of a live audience. GO HERE to stream the entire concert…

And at 8pm on Friday (March 27), Gaudet & the Railroad Boys will be joined by fab fiddler Sara Milonovich as they step back into the Nippertown spotlight, sharing the bill with Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband at WAMC-FM’s The Linda. Tickets are $18.

MARCH 26: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

March 26th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola @ The Egg, 3/26/11

Photograph by Albert Brooks

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of March 26 concerts through the years…

2014: The Irish Rovers @ The Egg, Albany
2013: The Waterboys, Molly Durnin @ The Linda, Albany
2012: Excision @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2011: Al Di Meola’s World Sinfonia @ The Egg, Albany
2010: David Garrett @ The Egg, Albany
2009: Bela Fleck @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
2008: Mike Birbiglia @ Proctors, Schenectady
2006: Carol Channing @ Proctors, Schenectady
2005: World Saxophone Quartet @ the Berkshire Music Hall, Pittsfield
2004: NRBQ @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2003: Wesley Willis, Angry Atom @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2002: October Circle @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Hungry Jack, Mocking Justice, Crabapple, Isaac Jogues @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1999: Little Milton, Otis Clay @ Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson
1998: Sylvain Sylvain, Bop Dead, Decadent Royals @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: Rocky Velvet, Melting Picassos @ Bogie’s, Albany
1996: David Copperfield @ the Knickerbocker Arena, Albany
1995: The Kaisers @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1994: PYX-106 Rock N Roll Expo with Buffalo Tom, Billy Falcon, Stick, the Matt Smith Band, Nobody’s Girls @ New Scotland Avenue Armory, Albany
1993: Tom Paxton, Chris Holder @ the Eighth Step, Albany
1992: The Raging Buchanans @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1990: The Grateful Dead @ Knickerbocker Arena, Albany (the Dozin’ at the Knick concerts)
1989: Holy Cow @ QE2, Albany
1988: Ed Sanders, Lyn Lifshin, Joe Bruchac @ QE2, Albany
1987: The Chefs of the Future, E Plemnista @ QE2, Albany
1986: Southbound @ the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany
1985: Capitle @ 288 Lark, Albany

MOVE Music Fest Announces Complete Line-Up of 99 Bands

March 26th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Party Boat (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Party Boat (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The three-day MOVE Music Festival is back in town once again from Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, taking over 11 showcase venues throughout Albany.

In addition to showcasing approximately 100 bands, the fourth annual fest will also feature interactive roundtable discussions, industry panels, and a keynote speech by Tony Shimkin, songwriter for Madonaa, Taylor Dayne, Wild Orchid and others.

Venues hosting MOVE Music Fest showcases include Justin’s, McGeary’s Pub, Blue 82, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, the Lark Tavern, the Fuze Box, the Barrel Saloon, Stout, the City Beer Hall, the Parish Public House and the Pearl Street Pub.

Three-day, all-fest tickets are currently available for $20.

MOVE Music Festival organizers announced the first 50 bands of the fest earlier this month. Now they’ve announced 49 more to complete the line-up. Here’s the list of all 99 bands:

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ArtBeat: What To See

March 26th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara


Jeffrey Elgin: Thus Passed Some Days @ The Schick Art Gallery

Jeffrey Elgin: Thus Passed Some Days @ The Schick Art Gallery

Thus Passed Some Days—20 Years upon an Overgrown Path @ The Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jeffrey Elgin, professor emeritus of studio art at the college. Opening reception: Thursday, March 26, 5:30-7:30pm. Artist’s talk: Thursday, April 9, 4pm. (Through April 26)

Walter Hatke: Consort @ Mandeville Gallery

Walter Hatke: Consort @ Mandeville Gallery

Tenses @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Recent drawings and paintingss by Walter Hatke, as well as earlier works from a career spanning over 25 years. Opens Saturday, March 28. Reception: Thursday, April 9, 5-6:30pm. (Through May 17)

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