It’s the Weekend!

October 21st, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
I know I left a bone out here somewhere...

I know I left a bone out here somewhere...

The work week is over, and now it’s time for some fun.

But before we head out for the fully fall-flavored, leaf-peepin’ 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:

Rudy Lu
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Timothy Reidy
David Brickman
Larry Murray

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.

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 Holly & Evan Band

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:

City of Albany Office of Special Events, Albany
Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
The Egg, Albany
Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs
Albany Center Gallery, Albany
The Falcon, Marlboro

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: Darling Valley @ Tricentennial Park, 9/21/16

October 21st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Darling Valley (formerly Accents) entertained the lunchtime crowd last month in Albany’s Tricentennial Park as part of the weekly September in the City Art Fair series.

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Song o’ the Week: Rosary Beard’s “Carcosa”

October 21st, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Nathan Simms has filmed a music video that’s just as beautiful as the sparkling instrumental “Carcosa,” performed by Rosary Beard (the acoustic guitar duo of Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn) with special guest violinist Tucker Callander

Cultural Provocateur John Kelly Takes the Stage at MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

October 21st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara


John Kelly, a theater artist of rare emotional depth, presents “Time No Line,” a solo work-in-progress based on personal journal entries about the East Village of the 1980s, gender performance, the culture wars, queer history and more, incorporating movement, projections, song and spoken word. Kelly takes the stage at MASS MoCA’s Club B10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (October 22).

John Kelly originally trained as a dancer, studying with top ballet schools before transitioning to the fine arts with a focus on painting and drawing. His connection with the self-portrait progressed into his work with corporeal mime, trapeze, tight-wire and voice. Each interest produces a different perspective on the human body, which has become a central theme in much of Kelly’s work.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

October 21st, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Alt

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 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. Troy Music Hall Announces Eight New Concerts (by Staff)

2. The Alt: Kinda Like Metroland? (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. CLARIFICATION: Regarding the Demise of Metroland (by Staff)

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

6. This Time It’s No Joke: Kanye West Is Coming to Albany (by Staff)

7. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. Proctors Announces New Concert (by Staff)

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

10. Hump Day Unusual Moment (by Staff)

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

October 21st, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

From Nippertown photographer Rudy Lu was interviewed by Kim Laureen, whose Vancouver-based blog covers the North American music and indie film scene.

From Kathryn Tracey writes “Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum Wins American Alliance of Museums Publication Competition”

From The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich writes about the nearly forgotten East Texas gospel singer Washington Phillips and Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, the new CD and book package authored by former Greater Nippertown music scribe Michael Corcoran.

From On and Off the Shelves: Scott Jarzombek writes about the Albany Public Library Foundation’s third annual Literary Legends Gala on Saturday (October 22) at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, honoring Greater Nippertown authors Marion Roach-Smith and Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Amy Biancolli writes about Opera Saratoga’s free “Sings for Seniors” concert series, which kicks off on Saturday (October 22).

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy absolutely raves about Benjamin Clementine’s concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center last weekend…

From Pitchfork: Simon Reynolds’ intriguing round-up of “Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music”

FEST: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Shepard Park

October 21st, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg


The Lake George Harvest Festival takes over Wood Park Shepard Park in Lake George this weekend, featuring food and beverages, vendors, rides and games, a Saturday night fireworks display and, of course, plenty of live music.

Tickets are $20 for the whole weekend, and children under age 12 are admitted free of charge.

UPDATE: This fest has been relocated to Shepard Park, and admission is now FREE.

Here’s the complete Harvest Festival schedule of bands:

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10/21/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 21st, 2016, 7:27 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz is a modern-day one-man band armed with a vintage 1950s amp, a guitar he salvaged from a dumpster and a suitcase full of found-object percussion. With the Dupont Brothers. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz hosts the Local 518 faves performing “Suite Lee” dedicated to the late pianist Lee Shaw, as well as other original compositions. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Don Armstrong @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. It’s a homecoming concert for the former Saratogian, who will be singing songs of the southwest, accompanied by Tony Markellis, Ed Lowman, Teresina Huxtable and Liz Hood. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Check out the handiwork of 50 master guitar makers from all around the world and hear a dozen great guitarists – up close. 11am. $20. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info and the complete list of performers…

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ theREP, Albany. Paris Time by Steve Peterson. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are joined by special guests Jim Gaudet, Bob Ristau and Tim Wechgelaer. Benefit for the Veterans Miracle Center. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: And the Kids @ the Half Moon, Hudson. In support of their new album, Friends Share Lovers. With Palm and Battle Ave. 8pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Wood Park Shepard Park, Lake George. Day One of the three-day fest featuring Iudica and Funk Evolution. 4pm. $20 for the three-day fest. FREE. GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands… UPDATE: The fest has been re-located to Shepard Park, and admission is now FREE.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. CD release party for Here Comes the Wave. With Monogold and the Black Ships. 8:30pm. $10.

DANCE: The Koresh Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. Earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense and ostentatiously eccentric, the ensemble interprets the music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Ravel. 7:15pm pre-performance talk; 8pm dance. $28.

MUSIC: Average Bear @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Led by saxman Luke McNamee and guitarist Mike McMann. 8pm.

MUSIC: Rickie Lee Jones @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. An intimate evening with the two-time Grammy Award winner. 7pm. $55.

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