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

September 12th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of 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…

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 in the past week:

1. PearlPalooza Announces Schedule of Bands (by Staff)

2. Big Concert News from Upstate Concert Hall (by Staff)

3. New Concert at the Times Union Center (by Staff, Michael Seinberg)

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

5. The Egg Announces a New Concert (by Staff)

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9/12/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

September 12th, 2014, 8:25 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Basilica Soundscape @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. It’s Day One of the edgy two-day fest with performances tonight by Michael Chapman, Endless Boogie, Julia Holter, Gamelan Dharma Swara, Tim Hecker and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Suzanne Vega @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. A sublime singer-songwriter from her early hits of “Luka,” “Tom’s Diner” and “Marlene On The Wall” to her new album Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles. 8pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Jocelyn Arndt @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Formerly of the Dependents, the soul-rocker celebrates the release of her debut CD, Strangers in Fairyland. With Jenne Paone, Myron James and Carl Daniels. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Peter Case @ the Low Beat, Albany. From the new wave of the Nerves to the perfect power pop of the Plimsouls to the folk-blues of Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, the Buffalo-born singer-songwriter has had a long and very varied musical career. With Red Haired Strangers. 8pm. $10. GO HERE to read concert review…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s Day One of the two-day fest with performances tonight by Kilrush, Scythian, Clan Na Gael and headliners the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. 5:45pm. $20. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Serious bluegrass featuring award-winning banjo man Mike Munford. 8pm. $20.

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LIVE: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Corning Preserve Boat Launch, 9/6/14

September 11th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Catherine Rusell, Mark McLean and Matt Munisteri (photo: Rudy Lu)

Catherine Rusell, Mark McLean and Matt Munisteri (photo: Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

After the rainout of 2012, the people behind the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival weren’t going to roll the dice again when a big green blob of weather was set to head Greater Nippertown’s way come festival day. And since Joshua Bell and the Albany Symphony Orchestra were playing at the Palace Theatre that night, the jazz fest moved to Alive at Five’s rain site – the parking lot of the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the I-787 overpass. No way could you argue with the practicality of the move, but would people be willing to hang out under a highway for eight hours, even if the music was free?

The answer was a resounding “HELL, YES!” The Riverfront Jazz Fest is an established tradition now, and a little bit of rain (or, in this case, a little rain and a LOT of wind) wasn’t
going to keep people away. While the overall crowd was a little less than if the show had been at Jennings Landing, we saw the same flow-through of festival-goers that the Riverfront fest has seen in the past, and the usual group of hardcore supporters were sitting in their folding chairs when flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski took the stage and ran into the day’s only major issue: Acoustics. There’s no way to minimize the massive echo you get in that kind of space with normal sounds. Put those sounds through two stacks of amplifiers? Fuhgeddaboudit!

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A Few Minutes With… Larry Kirwan of Black 47

September 11th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Black 47

Larry Kirwan (right) and Black 47

Interview and story by Don Wilcock
Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Facing death straight in the eye clears one’s head in a heartbeat. If it’s the possible death of your child, the focus is even sharper. “You think, holy shit, you make a wrong move, and your kids are gonna die. That’s a big one,” says Larry Kirwan, leader of the Celtic rock band Black 47 performing Saturday afternoon at the 18th annual Irish 2000 Festival of Music & Arts at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

Black 47 takes its name from the worst year of the Irish potato famine, 1847. Their instrumentation includes uillean pipes and bodhran, and they address issues relating to Irish as well as American politics. They are one of the few contemporary rock bands that don’t blink when it comes to the politics of war. “When we were doing the Iraq album and playing it during the war, we’d do a lot of colleges or a certain amount of them during the course of the year and for three years, 2003 to 2006, it was a nightmare in bars and everything. Even colleges didn’t give a fuck (as long as) they could dance to it. They really didn’t.

“The only way I used to get a rise out of them is I’d off-handedly say, ‘I’m sorry, but the draft is coming back in this afternoon. It’s gonna be tough on you guys.’ Then I’d go into the next song. And this rumor would spread through the crowd. It was wildfire. It was like everyone was listening to what you were gonna say on the next song.”

Black 47’s core audience includes those men and women who choose the military as an occupation at a time when facing death is a gamble they feel is worth the effort in a world of limited life options. Kirwan is not a war monger, but he separates his judgments towards our fighting men and women from those about politicians who make the decisions to go to war.

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LIVE: Florida Georgia Line @ SPAC, 8/30/14

September 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Florida Georgia Line (photo by Tim Mack)

Photographs by Tim Mack

Florida Georgia Line – the country dude duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard – weren’t the headliners at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s penultimate concert of the summer (that was Jason Aldean), but it sure sounded like they were judging by the volume of the crowd’s response.

The FGL bros are still riding high on the double-platinum success of their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, and they delivered a high-energy, country-meets-rock-meets-hip-hop, whiskey-swiggin’, keep-the-party-rolling set.

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Festival Fever: Grand Point North @ Burlington’s Waterfront Park

September 11th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Grace Potter (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Grace Potter

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are once again hosting their annual Grand Point North festival this weekend in Burlington’s Waterfront Park.

In addition to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals closing out both nights of the fourth annual fest, the main stage line-up also includes Lake Street Dive, Trampled By Turtles, the Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, the War On Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter and Debo Band.

Also featured on this year’s bill are some of Burlington’s finest local musicians including Caroline Rose, Swale, Villanelles, Anders Parker, Lowell Thompson, Gold Town and the High Breaks.

Music will be hosted on two stages. Gates open at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Advance ticket prices are $49 for single-day tickets; $79 for an all-fest two-day pass. Children age 12 and under are free.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2014 Grand Point North:

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SEPTEMBER 11: On This Day in NIppertown Concert History

September 11th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Boredoms (photo by Bryan Thomas)

The Boredoms (photo by Bryan Thomas)

Photography by Bryan Thomas

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re looking back through the years for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Day in Nippertown Concert History…

2011: Stone Temple Pilots @ the Palace Theatre
2010: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park featuring John Scofield, Ravi Coltrance, Dumpstaphunk
2009: The Boredoms and Deerhunter @ EMPAC at RPI
2008: The Felice Brothers @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda
2007: Hinder and Papa Roach @ Glens Falls Civic Center
2004: Cowboy Junkies @ The Egg
2003: The Samples and Sirsy @ Revolution Hall
1999: Lenny Kravitz @ SPAC with SmashMouth and Buckcherry
1998: Hanson @ the Pepsi Arena
1997: moe. and the Gibb Droll Band @ Park West
1996: The Cure @ the Knickerbocker Arena
1994: Barenberg, Douglas & Meyer @ the Saratoga Music Hall
1993: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park featuring Billy Bang, Neo Brass Ensemble
1992: Blotto @ the Chance with Sleet
1991: John & Mary @ QE2 with the Lisa Smith Project
1990: Clint Black @ the Starlite Music Theatre with Kevin Welch
1988: Pat Benatar @ SPAC with Rhythm Corps
1984: The Drongos @ 288 Lark
1976: The Star Spangled Washboard Band @ Papa Bear’s Lounge

ArtBeat: What To See

September 11th, 2014, 11:00 am by Sara


Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine @ Courthouse Gallery

Sculpture by Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine @ Courthouse Gallery

Confluence of Opposites III @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Caroline Ramersdorfer’s carved and polished marble sculptures integrate light as a sculptural medium, while John Van Alstine’s sculptures examine the tension and interaction of of stone and steel. Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 6-8pm (inbetween evening performances of the Lake George Jazz Weekend in adjacent Shepard Park) (Through October 17)

Zach Gross: El-P @ Hudson Opera House

Zach Gross: El-P @ Hudson Opera House

Zach Gross @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Photographs, cameraless photography, paintings and video by Zach Gross, an internationally published photographer with a focus on portraits, fashion, and landscapes. Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 5-7pm. (Through October 19)

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