5/1/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

May 1st, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Parker Millsap @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The charismatic Oklahoma singer-songwriter and his Americana band – Michael Rose on bass and Daniel Foulks on fiddle – blend blues, country, alt-country, rockabilly, gospel and more. He was named one of 2014’s Emerging Artists of the Year by the Americana Music Association. They return to Hudson in support of their brand new album, The Very Last Day. Roots-rocking singer-songwriter Caroline Rose opens. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Caffe Lena’s Folkathon @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The 42-hour musical marathon concludes with Lost Radio Rounders, Rick & Sharon Bolton, Don White, Sara Milonovich & Greg Andersen, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Jean Rohe, Mike Poulopoulos & Jeremy Aaron, Michael Jerling Trio, Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard and so much more. 9am. $35 per session (day and evening); or $10 per show. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Three-O @ the Dream Away Lodge, Becket. Chandler is back in Greater Nippertown with the Three-O. What more do you need to know? 8pm.

COMEDY: Tig Notaro @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. Stand-up that’s funny and fearless – a mighty potent combination. 8pm. $30 & $35.

MUSIC: Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: “An Evening with Aunt Nona” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Written and performed by Anna Carol; directed by Joshua Chase Gold, it’s a solo theater performance combining stand-up comedy, improv and storytelling.2pm. $15; $10 students. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “A Trip to Bountiful” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Join the inspiring pilgrimage to the small town of Bountiful, Texas with Carrie Watts, the charming, aging widow who escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time. 2pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, May 15.

MUSIC: Hanover @ the Low Beat, Albany. An artist management hip-rock showcase for the College of St. Rose, also featuring the Studio, M!les and Callout Culture. 7pm. $5; $7 if under age 21.

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4/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 30th, 2016, 7:44 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Hackensaw Boys @ the Hangar On the Hudson, Troy. The Virginia string band rumbles into The Hangar ready to make old-timey music sound new again with their new album, Charismo. With Hawbuckees. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Caffe Lena’s Folkathon @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The 42-hour musical marathon continues with Frank Jaklitsch & Friends, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Bovine Social Club, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Grainbelt, Martha Gallagher, Tracy Grammer with Cliff Eberhardt & Louise Mosrie, the Jeremy Wallace Trio, Pete Donnelly & Mike Gent and so much more. 9am. $35 per session (day and evening); or $10 per show. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Bob Mould Band @ Pearl Street, Northampton. He led Hüsker Dü in the ’80s, Sugar in the ’90s and, yes, he wrote the theme song for “The Daily Show.” Now he’s teamed up with drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy. With Ted Leo opening the evening with a solo performance. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Community Sing-Along @ 42 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs. Come join in the crowd that gathers in the street in front of Caffe Lena, and raise your voice in song for the filming of a star-studded music video. 10:30am. FREE.

MUSIC: The Royal Bopsters @ Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. Carrying on the jazz vocal tradition of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, Amy London, Holli Ross, Dylan Pramuk and Darmon Meader will be joined by the great Sheila Jordan in a concert presented by Jazzstock. 7:30pm. $35 & $45. NOTE: Bob Dorough, who was originally advertised, is recovering from surgery and will not be performing…

MUSIC: Paul Green & Two Worlds @ the Lee Meeting House, Lee. The versatile virtuoso clarinetist and his band – Bruce Krasin, alto & tenor saxophones; Michael Musillami, guitar; Joe Rose, piano; Rich Syracuse, bass; and Bill Chapman, drums – meld jazz and Jewish music in inventive arrangements to celebrate the release of Green’s new CD, Music Coming Together. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Fab Faux @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Unlike Beatles tribute bands who sport wigs and period costumes to recreate a Beatles concert, the Fab Faux instead features some of New York’s top studio musicians playing songs rarely or never performed live by the Beatles, performing Revolver in its entirety along with other fan favorites. Accompanied by the Crème Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns. 7:30pm. $39, $49 & $66. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

EVENT: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science @ Proctors, Schenectady. The television personality, author and Food Network star brings his new tour to the Electric City. 8pm. $20-$120.

MUSIC: Pierre Bensusan @ St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Woodstock. The French-Algerian guitar virtuoso – last seen in the area at the Bridge Jazz Festival in February – returns to Greater Nippertown for more fretboard dazzlement. 7:30pm. $21. GO HERE to read a concert review…

MUSIC: Carrie Rodriguez & the Sacred Hearts @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Texas singer-songwriter, who studied violin with renowned fiddler Matt Glaser, is well-known for her collaborations with Chip Taylor. More recently she has dug into her Chicana heritage with Lola, an album of original Tex-Mex music. 9pm. $22.

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It’s the Weekend!

April 29th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's The Weekend!

Kiss the work week goodbye, and say hello to the weekend!

Congrats! You made it through the week. But before we head out for the big May Day 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 Nippertown.com.

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:

Rudy Lu
J Hunter
Jeff Nania
Thomas Lindsay
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Albert Brooks
Timothy Reidy
Daniel J. Hotter
Larry Murray

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:

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Centre Street Pub, 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:

The Hangar On the Hudson, Troy
The Egg, Albany
The Linda, Albany
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Beacon
The Madison Theater, Albany
Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy
The Palace Theatre, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: The Clearwater Tribute to the Memory of Pete Seeger @ The Linda, 3/20/16

April 29th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
The grand finale - This Land Is Your Land

The grand finale of “This Land Is Your Land”

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Musicians of many diverse musical genres came out to pay tribute to the late Pete Seeger at a benefit concert for the much-needed renovation of the Sloop Clearwater last month. The Linda in Albany hosted the Sunday afternoon fundraiser that featured the folksinging that Pete was known for, in addition to his music interpreted in a smorgasbord of musical styles, including blues, reggae and jazz. And there was some Indian music that had been adopted by Pete, too.

Each band played short two-or-three-song sets, and, of course, in typical Seeger fashion, there were many sing-alongs. Of particular note to this listener were:

Big Creek’s rendition of “Goodnight Irene”
“Lonesome Valley” by Acoustic Bare Bones
“Early Morning” by the family band Sonder Strings
The Bounce Back Band’s reggae-fied treatment of “Garbage”
Pianist Lecco Morris and saxman Jeff Nania’s jazzy interpretation of “Which Side Are You On?”
“Raghupati raghava raja Ram” by Noe Dinnerstein
and the rousing grand finale of “This Land is Your Land”

Over $8,000 was raised by the event for the renovations and upkeep of the Sloop Clearwater.

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LIVE: Sirsy @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 4/2/16

April 29th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Sirsy was back in town for a show at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy earlier this month, but they’re off to New Hampshire this weekend before heading off on a southern tour next week.

The pop-rock duo’s next Local 518 gig? A free show at Gaffney’s in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, May 19…

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TONIGHT: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary @ The Egg [Berkshire on Stage]

April 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (photo: Gary Gold)

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (photo: Gary Gold)

In celebration of its 25th performance season, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs at The Egg’s Hart Theatre at 8pm tonight (Friday, April 29) in a program that will feature the premiere of Tumble, set to the music of Terry Riley, written for four hands on one piano. The evening will begin with a 7:15pm prelude talk given by Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli.

The remainder of the program will feature a retrospective of ESDC’s most popular works from the last 25 years:

Sandungera – This dance revels in the groove, sensuality and rhythm of Latin jazz and Cuban music.

Rising Low – With blues and country music, this dance tells a poignant tale of loss and loneliness.

Becoming – Based on a Rainer Maria Rilke poem, this dance for a solo female pulsates with longing, questioning and beauty to Zoe B. Zak’s music for voice and accordion that brings a captivating combination of tonalities that are tied to her Jewish-American roots.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

April 29th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
The Empire Jazz Orchestra with leader Bill Meckley

The Empire Jazz Orchestra with leader Bill Meckley

Photograph by Rudy Lu

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. And, yes, there sure was a whole lot of A&E 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 during the past week, in case you’re playing catch-up:

1. Ommegang Brewery Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. New Concert Announced for the Palace Theatre (by Staff)

4. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Greg Haymes)

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

6. FREE: Bands Announced for Lake George Arts Project’s Summer Concert Series (by Staff)

7. Proctors Announces Season Full of Concerts, Theater, Other Events (by Staff)

8. APRIL 28: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Staff, Daniel J. Hotter)

9. Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

10. LIVE: Empire Jazz Orchestra @ SCCC Taylor Auditorium, 4/12/16 (by Jeff Nania)

Jon Wurster, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

April 29th, 2016, 11:03 am by Greg
(from left) Jon Wurster, Bob Mould and Jason Narducy

(from left) Jon Wurster, Bob Mould and Jason Narducy

“I can never remember the first album I ever bought. I’m sure it was something that was on AM radio in 1974 or ‘75, but I really don’t know what it would have been.

“Like every kid, after that I got into Aerosmith and that kind of thing. And then in 1979 or ‘80, I got into the Ramones and the Clash. I liked all those records. Still do.”

Jon Wurster is one-half of the radio comedy team of Scharpling & Wurster and the drummer for such indie rock faves as Superchunk and the Mountain Goats. On Saturday night (April 30), he slips behind the drum kit to fuel the Bob Mould Band in concert at Pearl Street in Northampton. Ted Leo opens the show at 8pm with a solo set. Tickets are $22.50 in advance; $25 at the door.

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