Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

July 22nd, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Chris Isaak will be playing his wicked games at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, September 16. Priced at $59.50, $64.50 & $75, tickets are currently on sale to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 25).


RIP: Tom Healey, 1956-2014

July 22nd, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

As I wrote back in 2006 on the occasion of the release of their sophomore album, Tough Dog, “the Tom Healey Band once again proves they’re the Capital Region’s premiere blues band.”

Guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Tom Healey died on Monday (July 21) at the age of 58, and his passing leaves a major hole, not only in the Nippertown blues scene and the Local 518 music scene, but all throughout the Capital Region community. His band – formerly known as Good Friday – was an anchor all around town, frequently playing neighborhood clubs, the Hibernian Hall and a countless number of benefit shows. Healey played with the band just last weekend at the Albany Rail Yard.

At various times, his band featured such musicians as keyboardist Jason Ladanye, saxmen Brian Patneaude and Keith Pray, drummer Al Kash, bassist Adam Graham and many others over the years.

The Tom Healey Band’s debut album, Pearl Street, was hailed by regular Nippertown contributor Don Wilcock as “the best local blues album I’ve ever heard,” upon its release in 2001.

A longtime history teacher at Albany High School, Healey had only just retired from his day job a month ago.

Life can be very, very cruel…

Friends are invited to call at the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home in Watervliet from 4-8pm on Friday (July 25). Services will be held at 10am on Saturday (July 26) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Watervliet.

In Memory of Thomas J. Healey
R.I.P. Tom Healey, blues frontman and “life force”
Five Firsts: Tom Healey of the Tom Healey Band

7/22/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

July 22nd, 2014, 8:01 am by Greg

MUSIC: Gogol Bordello @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Mosh-pits, mustaches and one madcap, magnificent, manic, magnetic frontman, Eugene Hutz. It’s Gogol Bordello’s Gonzo Turbo Auto Pilot Tour. With Man Man. 8pm. $30.

OPERA: “Ariadne in Naxos” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Richard Strauss’ opera-within-an-opera features both lighthearted comedy and heroic grand opera, as two different performing troupes compete for the attention of a wealthy patron. Conducted by Kathleen Kelly and directed by Francesca Zambello. 1:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

DANCE: MOMIX @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. “MOMIX reMIX” combines pieces from the MOMIX repertory and creates a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own. 8pm.

FAIR: Saratoga County Fair @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Kicking off the fair season, it’s opening day with plenty of fried dough, amusement rides, games, racing pigs, chainsaw artistry and music by No Outlet and bluesman Rhett Tyler. 9am-12midnight. $10.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.

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LIVE: James Taylor @ SPAC, 7/19/14

July 21st, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

James Taylor's All Stars

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Since the Berkshires’ own James Taylor sells out a handful of dates at Tanglewood every July, Local 518 fans tend to take him for granted. It’s hard to believe that his previous tour stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was more than a decade ago.

But Taylor is remarkably reliable in concert. And on Saturday night (July 19) he brought along his nine-piece All-Star Band, featuring Blues Brothers’ saxman Lou Marini, drum master Steve Gadd and noted session guitarist Michael Landau, among others.

Relaxed and comfortable in the spotlight, Taylor told stories about the Beatles (his debut album was released on their Apple Records) and crooned his way through two hour-plus sets of singer-songwriter classics from the ’70s, and a few new selections, too.

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LIVE: Johnnyswim @ The Egg, 6/23/14

July 21st, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Andrezej Pilarczyk

Johnnyswim – the Nashville-based husband and wife team of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano – made their Nippertown concert debut recently with a passionate, charming performance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany.

Backed by their band, Sudano (the daughter of the late disco superstar Donna Summer) and Ramirez took the stage in support of their recently released debut album, Diamonds, and like their album title, they simply sparkled in concert.

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LIVE: All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour, 7/12/14

July 21st, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour

Get on the bus…

Story, photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

On a recent Saturday, a group of us went on a travel adventure. Last year, I had as similar day trip to Hudson, but this was better planned and had more going for it. For All Over Albany’s Rail, River, Hudson Tour, there were enough folks to pack both buses from Albany to the Rensselaer train station. The group was orderly packed in the train, too, and had a nice day to go south to Hudson.

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Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Passionate About “Fool for Love” at Williamstown Theatre Fesival [Berkshire on Stage]

July 21st, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell play two ex-lovers holed up in a run down desert motel.

Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell play two ex-lovers holed up in a run-down desert motel.

By Larry Murray

Today we got a peek at the pair of lovers at the core of Sam Shepard’s drama, Fool for Love, which begins performances on the Nikos Stage of the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Wednesday (July 23) and continues through August 2. Daniel Aukin directs this Sam Shepard myth of the new Wild West. It stars Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur, Midnight in Paris) and Sam Rockwell (WTF’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Seven Psychopaths). The cast also includes Christopher Abbott (Girls, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Gordon Joseph Weiss (Awakenings, Reversal of Fortune). The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (Scenic Design; Bad Jews), Anita Yavich (Costume Design; WTF’s As You Like It), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design; Here Lies Love), Ryan Rumery (Sound Design) and David Leong (Fight Director; WTF’s Corners). The Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.

Watching Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda interact during the press junket it was clear that the two performers were meshing together well as the two former lovers in the searing drama. In the Shepard play, the couple, May and Eddie, unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart in the process. Director Aukin sang praises of the two and finds them a good match for this tangled tale. During my brief one-on-one with them, they joked with and teased each other, and the director, and clearly were having fun working with each other.

The good cheer belies the difficult roles they play. For Eddie and May, beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, the question becomes one of whether they can ultimately live with, or without, each other.

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Win FREE Tickets to See the Samples at Putnam Den on Saturday

July 21st, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Hot off the release of their new album America, pioneering jam-band the Samples are hitting the road, and they’ll be playing one of only four East Coast tour dates at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (July 26).

A quarter century after starting his full-fledged music career with the Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.

Fave Local 518 singer/songwriter, Rich Ortiz will get things started with his solo one-man-band show.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20 advance; $25 at the door.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to Saturday’s show at Putnam Den. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (July 25), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck!

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