3/29/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

March 29th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Susan Werner @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The folk/pop/rock singer-songwriter celebrates the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough album The Last of the Good Straight Girls. The first half of the show will be dedicated to the album; in the second, she’ll perform a collection of other Werner favorites. 7pm. $28 & $35.

MUSIC: The David Mayfield Parade @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Charismatic showman David Mayfield was raised in a family bluegrass band where he learned to both pick and entertain. Since breaking out as a frontman in 2011, he has toured with Mumford & Sons, appeared on “Letterman,” headlined at Bonaroo and recorded with the Avett Brothers. 7pm. $26.

MUSIC: Shakey Graves @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Austin Americana fave rolls into town in support of his latest album, And the War Came. With Nikki Lane. 9pm. $15.

FESTIVAL/FILM: People’s Pixel Project @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The Lake George Arts Project presents the sixth annual fest of short videos and films. Showcasing works by James Azzaretti, Christopher Brown, David Coveney, Dom Fretto, Alta Fox, Ben Gabelman, Owen Goldstoff, Kenneth A. Gruskin, Calvin O’Connor, Metin Ozisik, Mark Spitzer, Caitlin Stedman, Louise Wieck and Jacob Wick. A Q&A and awards ceremony will follow the screenings. 2:30pm.

CIRCUS: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Family Matinee @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus serves up a family-friendly matinee featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. 3pm. $15; FREE children under age five with paying adult.

MUSIC: Free Cake For Every Creature @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With Trace Mountains. 8pm. FREE.

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3/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

March 28th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Fab Faux @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The all-star Beatles tribute band – featuring Will Lee (of “Late Show with David Letterman”), Jimmy Vivino (bandleader of “Conan”), Rich Pagano, Jack Petruzzelli and Frank Agnello – teams up with the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings to perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. 7:30pm. $38 & $48.

MUSIC: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Arleigh Kincheloe’s soaring, soulful voice is matched by the fiery funk-rock rave-up of her band. With the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Last Conspirators @ the Low Beat, Albany. The hot-wired psych-punksters celebrate their eighth anniversary with the premier of some brand new songs; their 2010 EP When It All Comes Down played in its entirety; and a song from frontman Tim Livingston’s back catalog never played by the Cons before. With Skull Bandit and Blackcat Elliot. 8pm.

TALK/FILM: Ethan Russell’s Best Seat in the House @ Proctors, Schenectady. The famed rock photographer has taken photos for album covers by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and many more. See more than 300 photos and hear the stories behind them. 7:30pm. $30. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: “Two to Tango” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Pianists Christopher O’Riley and Pablo Ziegler team up for an adventurous new program. 8pm. $26 & $34. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Bruce Barth & Sean Smith @ the Beattie-Powers Place, Catskill. Planet Arts’ Jazz one2one spring concert series launches with a duo paino-and-bass performance. 5pm. $10.

THEATER: “Jekyll & Hyde” @ Proctors, Schenectady. One performance only. The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in this new production of the Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse musical based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop-rock songs. 8pm. $20, $40, $45, $55 & $75.

MUSIC/MORE: Carl Hancock Rux’s “Winter Song” @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. One of the most magnetic and engaging performers ever to grace a stage at MASS MoCA, Carl Hancock Rux returns for an intimate set of songs and poetry set to live piano music that ranges from the blues to German lieder to Lili Boulanger. 8pm. $18 & $25; $8 students.

MUSIC: In-Flight Safety @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Their melodic indie rock has made its way across North America and Europe, most recently with Conversationalist, featuring hit song “Animals.” With Party Boat. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Free Cake for Every Creature @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. All ages. With Trace Mountains, Birthdays and Guano. 8pm. Pay what you can.

MUSIC: Drakeville @ Parish Public House, Albany. Prog-rockin’. With Accents and Black Mountain Symphony, who will also debut their new music video for “Flowers From the Rain.” 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Catherine Russell @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Sublime jazz ‘n’ blues singer with guitarist Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane and bassist Tal Ronen. With Chrissi Poland. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

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It’s the Weekend!

March 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's The Weekend!

Kudos to you for making it through another work week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some fun. But before we head out for the 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:

Gene Sennes
Don Wilcock
Stanley A. Johnson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Martin Benjamin
David Brickman
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray
Albert Brooks

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 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 Egg, Albany
Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy
Adirondack Artists Guild, Saranac Lake
Peck’s Arcade, Troy

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: Ryder Cooley & Hazel @ the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade, 2/27/15

March 27th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

At last month’s Troy Night Out, Ryder Cooley (of the Dust Bowl Faeries) inaugurated the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade in Troy with a performance of her new multimedia work, “Revival,” which combined live music, film, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. Further enlivening the evening’s festivities was Richard Lovrich with his offbeat, short short stories.

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NYS Music March Madness: Sweet Sixteen Results; Elite Eight Voting Now Open

March 27th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Eastbound Jesus

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Hard Soul’s Cinderella story didn’t have a fairytale ending…

As the No. 16 seed in the Metal/Rock/Punk division of the inaugural NYS Music March Madness competition (which is determined by online fan voting), Johnny Salka and his band Hard Soul had vanquished No. 1 seed Every Time I Die in the opening round and No. 9 seed Perfect Pussy in round two.

But the dream is over for Hard Soul, who are now headed home after No. 12 seed, Saratoga’s Jesus Christ & the Hallucinogenic Allstars edged them out of the competition by the narrowest of margins in the voting for the Sweet Sixteen round, which wrapped up last night (Thursday, March 26).

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A True Original, Carl Hancock Rux Returns to MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

March 27th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara

One of the most magnetic and engaging performers ever to grace a stage at MASS MoCA, Carl Hancock Rux returns on Saturday night (March 28) for an intimate set of songs and poetry set to live piano music that ranges from the blues to German lieder to Lili Boulanger. The New York Times says, “Carl Hancock Rux is full of promise and virtuosity… a gifted poet who offers up vibrant imagery like a street corner preacher in the midst of a nervous breakdown.”

An American poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, essayist and Bessie Award and OBIE Award-winning artist, Rux’s poetry deals with issues of race, religion, politics, sexuality, isolation and personal relationships, while making use of satire, naturalism and rhetoric to convey the observations embedded within his poetry. Rux delivers his poetry with an unparalleled lyrical intimacy: his voice, both literally and in terms of his writing, is undeniably his own.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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

March 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb @ the Dustin Mele Memorial Concert, 3/21/15

Photographs by Gene Sennes

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 was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert announcements…

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:

1. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. SPAC Announces a Rockin’ New Double-Bill Concert (by Staff)

3. MASS MoCA Announces Summer Schedule of Concerts & More (by Staff)

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

5. LIVE: Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall, 3/21/15 (by Gene Sennes)

6. New Mystery Concert Announced for Proctors (by Staff)

7. MOVE Music Fest Announces Complete Line-Up of 99 Bands (by Staff, Timothy Reidy)

8. Six New Concerts Announced for the Colonial Theatre (by Staff)

9. Proctors Announces 2015-2016 Broadway Series (by Staff)

10. Before the Fire: Living On Jay Street (by Stanley A. Johnson)

New Bands Announced for FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA

March 27th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Hot on the heels of MASS MoCA’s big summer concert announcements, five more new bands have been added to the three-day bluegrass-and-roots music FreshGrass festival that takes over the 16-acre MASS MoCA campus in North Adams on Friday-Sunday, September 18-20.

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