1/15/18: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

January 15th, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

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Photograph of Neko Case by Tim Mack

MUSIC: Neko Case @ The Egg, Albany. Highly regarded in the indie rock and alt-country worlds for songs that are simultaneously rugged and heartbreaking – and punctuated by her immediately recognizable siren-like vocals, Neko Case has built a career defined by both strong will and musical versatility. Indie folk-rockers Mt. Joy open the show. 7pm. $34.50, $39.50 & $44.50.

MUSIC/MORE: NYS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance @ the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday, keynote speaker Wintley Phipps and performances by the Schenectady Community College Jazz Ensemble, Staging Youths Future Inc. cast of Rent, guest speakers, video moments, a volunteer fair, the beloved march and more. 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: “Deeper Than the Skin” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris team up for a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. concert. 7pm. $24. Also at 7pm on Monday.

MUSIC: Kyle & the Pity Party @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. With Self and Other and Jockimo Brown. 10pm.

FILM: “Trouble No More” @ Proctors’ The Addy, Schenectady. A showcase of Bob Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, from Slow Train Coming to Saved to Shot of Love. 7pm. $9; childern, students & seniors $6. ALSO at Time + Space Ltd., Hudson at 6:15pm. $9; students $7. GO HERE for more info and the complete screening schedule…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

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1/14/18: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

January 14th, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: McKinley James @ the Ale House, Troy. The 16-year-old rock & roller is joined by members of JD McPherson’s band. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: “Deeper Than the Skin” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris team up for a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. concert. 7pm. $24. Also at 7pm on Monday.

MUSIC: Murphy’s Law @ Chrome, Waterford. With Totally Gnarly, Built for Battle, Scene Crime and Capitle. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: High School Choral Festival @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Following individual showcase performances, composer-in-residence Ola Gjeilo, Musicians of Ma’alwyck and a variety of and local high school choirs will share the stage with Albany Pro Musica under the baton of José Daniel Flores-Caraballo. 5pm. $15; students $5.

MUSIC: Golfstrom @ National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Performing an ecletic mix of 1930-’60s folk and pop songs with origins ranging from Russia to France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, Mexico, Argentina and beyond. 3:30pm. $10.

MUSIC/FILM: The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra @ Proctors, Schenectady. Featuring “The Adventures of Boof Margarine,” an homage to silent film and vaudeville film written and produced by Niskayuna native Dave Keen. Also a reworked Symphony No. 1 by Ed Green and Bizet’s Symphony No. 1. 3pm. $12 & $20; ages 18 & younger FREE.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes @ Renaissance Hall, Schenectady. 4pm concert; 6pm jam session.

MUSIC: The Ryan Leddick Trio @ Chatham Brewing, Chatham. 2pm.

MUSIC: Hopeless Otis @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With My Last Mile and the Backseat Bullets. 7:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: The Ray Alexander Trio @ the Strand Theater, Hudson Falls. 3pm. $12.

MUSIC: Lucas Kadish’s Tundra @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: I/O Festival @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. “All Ears” is a free one-hour concert at which kids and their families can discover new sounds and create live music with students and faculty from Williams College. 1pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC: I/O Festival @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. A one-hour program of works that explore space, form, and the physical materials of sound through music for instruments ranging from woodwinds, brass, and strings to drums and everyday objects. 3pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

FILM: “Trouble No More” @ Proctors’ The Addy, Schenectady. A showcase of Bob Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, from Slow Train Coming to Saved to Shot of Love. 11am. $6. ALSO at Time + Space Ltd., Hudson at 3:45pm. $9; students $7. GO HERE for more info and the complete screening schedule…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

1/13/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

January 13th, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Carolyn Wonderland @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. 8pm. $25; students $10.

MUSIC: War @ The Egg, Albany. Lonnie Jordan, the original lead singer, keyboardist and musical director, brings the legendary band War and its signature mix of funk, jazz, R&B and rock & roll for an evening of “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “Gypsy Man,” Low Rider,” “Summer” and others. 8pm. $34.50, $39.50 & $44.50.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Capital Region Blues Network’s Send ‘Em Off to Memphis Concert @ the Upper Room, Albany. Featuring the winners of CRBN’s Blues Competition – Misty Blue, Wyld Blue and Born 4 Blues. Funds raised will go to cover the bands’ expenses as they travel to Memphis to represent Greater Nippertown. 12noon. $10.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Hattie’s Mardi Gras Soiree @ the Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs. Delicious Big Easy food and drink with dance music by Garland Nelson & Soul Session. To benefit AIM Services. 6pm. $100.

MUSIC: Chris Smither @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran acoustic bluesman takes over the Caffe stage for the second evening of his two-night stand. 8pm. $32.

MUSIC: Common Ground Music Festival on the Mountain @ the Orpheum Theater, Tannersville. Featuring Professor Louie & the Crowmatix with Guy Davis, Lea Gilmore, Greg Dayton Band featuring Towera Smith and the Greene Room Players Choir. 6pm. $35.

MUSIC: The Sea The Sea @ River Street Pub, Troy. With Bear Grass. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Felice Brothers @ Gateway City Arts, Holyoke. With Sun Parade. Doors open at 8pm. $20.

READING: Volume @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The second-Saturday-of-the-month reading series continues with Joe Hagan reading from his new, much buzzed-about book, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.” Also reading are Taylor Larsen and Michele Filgate. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: I/O Festival @ ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterStage, Williamstown. The Iota Ensemble performs works by young composers, Williams alums and some of today’s foremost composers. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

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It’s the Weekend!

January 12th, 2018, 4:00 pm by Greg
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Congratulations! You made it through the week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much fun as possible during the big Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

But before you head out for your weekend fun we’d like to send out a 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 world 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:

Andrzej Pilarczyk
Tim Reidy
Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Don Wilcock
Amy Modesti
Bryan Lasky
Timothy Raab
Matt Mac Haffie
Ed Conway
Stanley A. Johnson
Gail M. Burns

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, video, 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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Egg, Albany
Club Helsinki, Hudson
Rustic Barn Pub, Troy
Vapor, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Acoustic Trauma @ Rustic Barn Pub, 12/2/17

January 12th, 2018, 3:00 pm by Greg
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Acoustic Trauma

Photographs by Tim Reidy

WHO: Acoustic Trauma
WITH: Bleak Little World
WHERE: The Rustic Barn Pub, Troy
WHEN: Saturday, December 2
WHY: Birthday party for Acoustic Trauma founder/violinist Paul Nunzio Maceli

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Barrington Stage Co. Announces 2018 Season With Three World Premieres [Berkshire on Stage]

January 12th, 2018, 2:00 pm by Sara

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning Pittsfield theater, has announced its 2018 season, which will feature three world premieres, including a major new musical from Tony Award winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, a new play from Off Broadway Alliance Award winner Lloyd Suh and the first major production of a work from an exciting young playwright, Rachel Lynett.

“This is the year of women’s stories at BSC,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “Whether it’s three generations of women whose entire lives are defined by that fabulous invalid, the theater (The Royal Family of Broadway)​; or a woman who walked out on her family 15 years earlier and makes an unexpected visit home (A Doll’s House, Part 2); or a baker who struggles to find her voice in a changing world (The Cake); or the first female Chinese immigrant to enter the United States (The Chinese Lady); or an African-American woman who is called upon to be the face of her race by her well-meaning friends​ (Well-Intentioned White People) – these are stories we want to share with our audiences now.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 12 Stories of the Week

January 12th, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg
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Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to SPAC

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it.

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 12 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. Another New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff, Bryan Lasky)

2. Another New Concert Announced for SPAC (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. The Egg Announces Yet Another New Concert (by Staff)

6. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

7. Rivers Casino Announces First Anniversary Concert (by Staff)

8. NEW CONCERTS: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

9. LIVE: The Back 40 Band @ Vapor, 1/5/18 (by Amy Modesti)

10. LIVE: “The Music of Traffic” @ Club Helsinki, 12/16/17 (by J Hunter, Rudy Lu)

11. JANUARY 11: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Matt Mac Haffie)

12. Martin Luther King Tribute Concert @ the Strand Theater (by Don Wilcock)

The Egg Adds Two More New Concerts

January 12th, 2018, 10:00 am by Greg
Shelby Lynne @ The Egg, 3/30/12

Shelby Lynne returns to The Egg

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After announcing two new concerts on Tuesday and another one on Wednesday, the folks at The Egg wrap up the week by adding two more new concerts to its upcoming calendar.

Tickets for two new shows go on sale at 11am today (Friday, January 12).

Here are the details for The Egg’s two latest concert announcements:

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