SPAC Announces Another New Concert

February 8th, 2016, 7:59 am by Greg

Live Nation revealed one new SPAC concert earlier this morning, and now they’re already back with a second announcement.

Having launched their maiden tour at Albany’s Times Union Center less than four months ago, they’re ready for a return trip to Greater Nippertown. Yes, Dead & Company will be rolling into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Tuesday, June 21.

The band is led by Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.

Reserved amphitheater seats are $50, $75.50, $99.50 and $149.50; lawn general admission is $40. Tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 12).

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SPAC Announces New Concert

February 8th, 2016, 7:19 am by Greg

Speaking of Super Bowls, Janet Jackson is headed to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Jackson – Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty – is slated to bring her Unbreakable World Tour to Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday, August 26.

Reserved amphitheater seats are $39.95, $59.95, $89.95 & $125; lawn general admission in $29.95. Tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (February 13).

2/8/16: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

February 8th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg
Bruce Springsteen

The Boss is back at the TUC

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

MUSIC: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The River runs through downtown Albany tonight. 7:30pm. $58, $108 & $153.

MUSIC: Caroline MotherJudge and Ragliacci @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

2/7/16: Today’s Top Tips: Puppy Bowl Sunday

February 7th, 2016, 7:09 am by Greg

MUSIC: Penetration @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Outnumber the Living, Strike Against All, More Than Human and I Glow in the Dark. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Crick Diefendorf Band @ Reel Seafood, Colonie. New Orleans jazz for a special Mardi Gras brunch. 11:30am-2pm.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Quintet @ the First Reformed Church, Schenectady. New Orleans jazz. 5pm.

THEATER: “Freedom Train” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Park Playhouse presents the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in a series of theatrical scenes using the period’s rich musical tradition. 2pm. $20; FREE children age 12 & under.

MUSIC: The River Trio @ the Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. A Little Sunday Music concert series continues with Pamela Sklar, flutist; Linda Finegan Lott, violinist; and Jay Shulman, cellist. 2pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Dance, Dance, Dance @ the Center for Nia and Yoga, Albany. Rachelle Smith-Stallman leads a workshop in exploration, discovery, creative movement, funk, partnering, group improv and delicious stretching for all levels. 4pm.

FILM: “Toy Story” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The adventures of Woody & Buzz. 2pm. $5.

2/6/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

February 6th, 2016, 8:18 am by Greg

MUSIC: Umphrey’s McGee @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. After 17-plus years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing eight studio albums and selling more than 3.5 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee is still going strong as they bring the Couch Tour to town. With Tauk. 7:15pm. $30.

FILM/TALK: “Molly Ringwald Revisits the Club” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a screening of the classic coming-of-age dramady, “The Breakfast Club,” followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A with the actress Molly Ringwald herself. 7:30pm. $20-$150.

MUSIC: Poor Dead Molly @ River Street Pub, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: J Krak’s 38th Birthday Punk Breakfast @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Gay Moyor, Throat Culture, Neutron Rats and Hill Haints. Breakfast served from 9am-12noon. Music at 10am.

THEATER: “Facing Our Truth” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. A reading of six 10-minute plays – by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat – inspired by the Trayvon Martin and reflecting on race relations. 7:30pm. $15; $5 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/ART/FUNDRAISER: “Darkness/Light” @ the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Nearly 100 artists – including painters, photographers, musicians, poets, dancers – explore the theme to raise funds and awareness for Code Blue Saratoga. 6-8pm. Pay what you can.

FILMING: Shift the Paradigm @ the Low Beat, Albany. Be part of the music video for the song “Glamorous Rabbit.” 3pm.

MUSIC: “Basically Beatles” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Addie & Olin-Unleashed!, Don Young’s Silver Beats and Maria Zemantauski with Brian Melick and Monica Roach play the music of the Fab Four. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Mister F @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s the Umphrey’s McGee after-party. With Ampevene. 11pm. $15.

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It’s the Weekend!

February 5th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Scorcher doesn't begin to describe it.

Is it time for the Puppy Bowl yet?

Congrats! You made it through the first week of February. But before we head out for the big Super Bowl/Mardi Gras 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
Ed Conway
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Kirsten Ferguson
Stanley Johnson
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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy

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 Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
Jazzstock, Woodstock
Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
Proctors, Schenectady
Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

Phish Slated for Return to SPAC

February 5th, 2016, 3:05 pm by Greg
Phish @ SPAC, 7/7/12

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Phish is headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center again this summer, rolling in for a three-night stand over the Independence Day weekend, at 7:30pm on Friday-Sunday, July 1-3.

Tickets are priced at $65 for reserved amphitheater seating and $45 for lawn general admission. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, February 26.

The Theater Barn Announces 2016 Season of Shows [Berkshire on Stage]

February 5th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.



By Larry Murray

The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York has revealed its choices for its 33rd season, featuring both traditional favorites – an Agatha Christie mystery and a couple of musical chestnuts – and some unexpected fare. One of the most affordable theater experiences in the region, Theater Barn is known for casting local actors along with seasoned professionals from New York, and has blown us away with its high standards more than once. The company continues to offer reasonable ticket prices so that seniors as well as young families can afford to attend their shows.

Here’s what is coming up in 2016. We love all their choices.

Don’t Talk to the Actors

June 24–July 3
This farce has been called “A love song to the theater — laugh out-loud funny, witty and delightful!” A young playwright from Buffalo, NY is suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when his play is optioned for Broadway. He soon finds himself hilariously in over his head dealing with egocentric actors. Don’t talk to the actors, just give them a script and let nature take its course…

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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