It’s the Weekend!

February 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

What's for breakfast?

Big congrats for making it through another frigid week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some weekend fun. Don’t let the cold stop you. 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

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:

Don Wilcock
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray
Fred Rudofsky
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Thomas Dimopoulos
Joel Patterson
Rudy Lu
J Hunter

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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady

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
The Low Beat, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
Cafe NOLA, Schenectady
Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy
Vapor, Saratoga Springs
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: The Holly & Evan Band @ Cafe NOLA, 2/13/15

February 27th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Holly & Evan Band

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was Friday the 13th. It was the eve of Valentine’s Day. But most importantly, when the Holly & Evan Band cranked up their batch o’ blues at Cafe NOLA in Schenectady earlier this month, it was the kick off the big Mardi Gras weekend. And fresh from recent big bashes like First Night Saratoga and the Capital Area Indie Fest, singer-guitarist Holly Taormina, bassist Evan Conway and drummer Rob Morris certainly do know how to throw down a party.

You can catch the Holly & Evan Band at 9pm tonight at Sharp Shooters Billiards in Amsterdam, where they’re sharing the stage with pop-rock duo Sirsy. Admission is $5.

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LIVE: Woodchuckwood / The Wheel @ the Low Beat, 2/6/15

February 27th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Joel Patterson

Grateful Dead cover bands, in my opinion – and I’m never one to shy away from a central heresy – lots of times are far better than the original: more precise, more driving, more in command of the material, more dramatically conveying all its many colors and implications. Obviously! They’ve had years to go over it, and fine tune it, and also hopefully they’re not hobbled by wheezing, whiny, creaky voices.

The Wheel is just exactly what I’m talking about. Lead singer and guitarist Andy Morse leads this crisp quartet through Deadland with fervor and a dreamy, casual effortlessness, which you get when a lot of attention has gone into precisely mapping the unfolding of each song – musicians refer to this as arrangements, I think. His sister Meg Bassinson plays the keys with a swirling, delicate, bubbly touch. Dave Pallas (bass) and Gordon Wilson (drums) are monumentally rock solid in delivering the intricate, intoxicating motion of this music seamlessly.

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

February 27th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

From Guitar World: Yeah, there’s a Top 10 list for just about any topic you can imagine. And the staff of Guitar World’s latest entry in Listomania is “The Top 10 Greatest Rock and Roll Song Endings,” which includes such kickers as “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson (No. 7), “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses (No. 5) and “Metal Head” by the Local 518′s own Blotto (No. 4). No, really!

From 518Life: “57 Reasons to Love the Capital Region.” Nipper snagged the No. 26 spot on the list…

From the Rogovoy Report: Earlier this month adventurous jazz drummer-composer Bobby Previte played Albany’s Parish Public House with the Charlie Hunter Trio. Now Seth Rogovoy reports that Previte has been honored with the prestigious Greenfield Prize for 2015. The annual award includes a $30,000 cash prize as a commission for a new work of art to be realized within two years.

From Paste: Trevor Courneen explains that “Friday is the New Official Release Day for Albums”

BOOK: Marky Ramone’s “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone”

February 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone at Skidmore College, 3/26/14

Review and photograph by Thomas Dimopoulos

“Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as A Ramone”
by Marky Ramone with Rich Herschlag
403 pages, $28.
(Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)

“For Christmas 1961, my parents bought me my first transistor radio… a whole new world opened up.”

During the past 45 years, beat-keeper Marky Ramone has had a seat in the downtown Manhattan birthing room of some of the world’s greatest rock and roll happenings. His newly published autobiography, “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as A Ramone,” follows a linear path through the life of the Brooklyn-born drummer from his youngest years to the present day, and as the title suggests, pays considerable homage to his 15 years as a member of the Ramones.

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

February 27th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert and festival announcements…

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. Brewery Ommegang Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

4, SPAC Jazz Fest Announces Three More Bands (by Staff)

5. Actors Around Town (by Staff)

6. David Bourgeois: A Man on the Move (by Bob Girouard)

7. Upstate Artists Guild Gala @ Normanside Country Club on Saturday (by Staff)

8. Win FREE Tickets to This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival (by Staff)

9. Bands Announced for FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA (by Staff, Rudy Lu)

10. LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15 (by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Lady Antebellum @ SPAC: Ticket Info

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

Although we announced the concert way back on January 7, the Live Nation folks are just now revealing ticket information for Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up 2015 tourstop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Sunday, May 31.

Tickets for the Lady A show – which also features Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt – are priced at $45.25 & $60.25 for reserved amphitheater seats; $30.50 for lawn general admission. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, March 6.

2/27/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 27th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Bridge Jazz Festival @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Nippertown’s inaugural dual-venue jazz fest kicks off tonight with the sparkling Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard. 7:30pm. $28, $36 & $42. Also at 6pm Saturday at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center. (Tickets for both nights are $60; $40 students.)

MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Ryder Cooley’s “Revival” @ the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade, Troy. Ryder & Hazel offer the new multimedia performance, melding live music, film, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. With songs by Ryder & Hazel with Karen Cole (of Dust Bowl Faeries), and short short stories by Richard Lovrich. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Tom Paxton @ The Egg, Albany. One of the most influential singer-songwriters to emerge from the ’60s heyday of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, Tom Paxton has announced that 2015 will be his final year of touring. Don’t miss your last chance to hear this folk icon sing his classics one more time – “The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Bottle of Wine,” “Whose Garden Was This,” “Marvelous Toy,” “Ramblin’ Boy” and more. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell & Brian Melick @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Jazz Vibes Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Michael Benedict (vibes), David Gleason (piano), Dylan Perrillo (bass) and Pete Sweeney (drums). 9pm.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Consider the Source @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Lespecial. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Thomas Rhett @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The platinum-selling country singer just hit the top of the charts again with his new single “Make Me Wanna,” his third consecutive No. 1 hit from his debut album, It Goes Like This. 8pm. $32. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Two Cow Garage @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Grainbelt. 8pm.

MUSIC: Gospel Gala 2015 @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. An inspirational celebration of song, dance and theater featuring the Capital District Youth and Adult Mass Choirs, Macedonia Chamber Orchestra, Tonesetters, Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, Bethel Ministry Puppet Show, Spoken Word Poets, Restored and others. 7pm. FREE.

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