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

November 17th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg
JD McPherson

JD McPherson played another sold out show at the Hangar… and he’s comin’ back for SKI-QX, too

Photograph by Ed Conway

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.

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. Times Union Center Announces Two New Concerts (by Staff)

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

3. New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

4. LIVE: King Crimson @ The Egg, 11/8 & 9/17 (by Steven Stock, Glenn Kaplowitz)

5. New Concert Announced for MASS MoCA (by Staff)

6. Proctors Announces New Show (by Staff)

7. Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

8. NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s Round-Up (by Greg Haymes)

9. LIVE: The Security Project @ the Van Dyck, 11/11/17 (by Mark Alexander Hudson, Rudy Lu, Stan Johnson)

10. FEST: SKI-QX Fest @ Stratton Mountain (by Staff, Joe Putrock)

11. NOVEMBER 16: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

12. (tie) LIVE: JD McPherson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 11/8/17 (by Ed Conway)

12. (tie) LIVE: Don Byron Quartet @ A Place for Jazz, 11/3/17 (by Prof. Teddy Clements, Ret., Albert Brooks)


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

November 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Bob Dylan outside the Wellington Hotel, Albany, NY, 3am, 4/29/1980

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

From The Daily Gazette: Michael Hochanadel’s story, “The night a Union professor secretly photographed Bob Dylan”

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andrew Gregory bids a fond farewell to Local 518 musician and CRUMBS cohort Billy Bucher, who passed away earlier this week at age 55.

From The Spot 518: Kaitlin Lembo chats with 17-year-old rocker Moriah Formica after she was eliminated form NBC-TV’s “The Voice” earlier this week.

From All Over Albany: A look at the painting process of Sylvie Kantorovitz’s new mural in Albany’s Green-Hudson parking garage, one of three new murals downtown that are part of the Capital Walls project.

From NYS Music: Yes, there are traditionally 12 Days of Christmas, but as Pete Mason points out, there are 13 Nights of Jam for Tots Shows this holiday season, beginning on Saturday (November 18) with Positive Mental trip at Albany’s Lost & Found.

From The Alt: Kate Cusack’s in-depth interview with musician, radio DJ, producer and all-around Local 518 music scenemaker Dan Maddalone.

From The New York Times: Neil Irwin examines the cost of concert tickets, and perhaps why they should cost more…

From Forward: Seth Rogovoy asks, “Was Bob Dylan At His Best When He Was Christian?”

Song o’ the Week: Jeff Sohn’s “Make It Right”

November 17th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Performed and written by Jeff Sohn
Produced and engineered by Dominick Campana
Recorded at Soundcheck Republic Recording Studio, East Greenbush, October, 2017
Jeff Sohn: Lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass
Mike Kelley: Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, background vocals
Dominick Campana: Lead guitar, drums, percussion

Rivers Casino Announces New Year’s Eve Entertainment

November 17th, 2017, 9:45 am by Greg
The Commodores

The Commodores will ring in 2018 at Rivers Casino

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Let’s face it, Rivers Casino in Schenectady hasn’t made much of a dent on Greater Nippertown’s entertainment scene since it opened back in February. In fact, the first national act with any name recognition is coming in to take over the casino stage for New Year’s Eve.

The Commodores will step into the spotlight at 11pm on Sunday, December 31, playing their many hits, including “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Nightshift” and “Three Times a Lady.” Led by founding members William King (guitar) and Walter Orange (drums, vocals), the group played a free show at Albany’s Empire State Plaza as the headliners at the 2016 New York State Food Festival. Tickets for their show at Rivers Casino are on sale now, priced at $60, $100 & $120.

11/17/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

November 17th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. With Mavis Staples. 7:30pm. $52.50, $82.50 & $119.50.

MUSIC: Lori Lieberman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. She wrote “Killing Me Softly With His Song” after seeing Don McLean perform on a little stage in LA. Now she makes her Caffe debut where McLean has played so many times over the years. 8pm. $27.

MUSIC: Jonathan Richman @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The former Modern Lovers frontman is joined by drummer Tommy Larkins. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: David Crosby & Friends @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is joined by James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. 8pm. $49.75, $59.75 & $84.75.

MUSIC: Funsgiving @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Two venues and a whole bunch of bands, including The Parlor, Beware! The Other Head of Science, Bear Grass, Scientific Maps, Swamp Baby, Oceanator, the Black Kennedys, the Adventures of the Silver Spaceman, Burly and the reunion of our faves Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. 7pm. $7.

MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $10; seniors $7; students & children $5. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out… Also at 2 & 8pm Saturday.

MUSIC: Gobsmacked! @ Proctors, Schenectady. A British a cappella extravaganza with an international cast of singers. 8pm. $20-$70.

MUSIC: The Accidentals @ The Linda, Albany. The Michigan-based Sony Masterworks recording trio lands in Albany in support of their debut album, Odyssey. With Sydney Worthley in support of her new debut album Strong. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo wraps up their Third Friday Charity Concert Series with a gospel music concert featuring special guests Evan Conway (the Holly & Evan Band) and Paul “Bowtie” Jossman (Ramblin Jug Stompers). 7pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC: Laura Luna @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Mexican artist and composer performs a new multimedia work designed for the immersive 360-degree panoramic screen. 7:30pm. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: John McCutcheon @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Folk music’s renaissance man is a master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Joni Mitchell: A Tribute @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Scott Petito has assembled an all-star ensemble – including Gail Ann Dorsey, Veronica Nunn, Leslie Ritter, Jay Collins, Danny Blume, Roberto Rodriguez, Travis Shook and Rachel Z – to perform the songs of one of our greatest songwriters. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

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LIVE: JD McPherson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 11/8/17

November 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

JD McPherson made a trip to Greater Nippertown soon after another of the band’s frequent appearances on “Conan” in support his latest album Undivided Heart & Soul. It’s hard to categorize McPherson’s music as it touches on several styles. I guess it would be easiest to say he plays guitar-based alt-rock with tinges of blues and rockabilly, but even that doesn’t capture the full picture.

Helping McPherson achieve his sound is a fantastic band, made up of upright bassist/electric bassist Jimmy Sutton, former Los Straitjackets drummer Jason Smay, keyboardist Ray Jacildo (who also made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with Dan Auerbach the following night) and guitarist/saxophone Doug Corcoran.

After wading through the sold out-crowd to stage at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy, McPherson grabbed his custom TK Smith guitar and hit the opening strains to “Bossy” from his previous release, Let the Good Times Roll. In fact, they hit two more songs from the previous two albums, “Fire Bug” (Signs & Signifiers) and “It Shook Me Up,” before playing three in a row off the new album: “Desperate Love,” “Crying’s Just the Thing That You Do” and “Under the Spell of City Lights.” It was pretty much back and forth between the last two albums for the rest of the set, ending with the title track “Let The Good Times Roll.”

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Ustad Shafaat Khan Bridges the East & West

November 16th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara
Ustad Shafaat Khan

Ustad Shafaat Khan

World renowned virtuoso Ustad Shafaat Khan brings his “East Meets West” concert to Greater Nippertown this weekend for a pair of performances.

Khan and his band will play The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (November 18) before moving on to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill for another concert at 2pm on Sunday.

Ustad Shafaat Khan – son of Ustad Imrat Kan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Kahn – has performed at concert halls and festivals all over the world, and several of his CDs have been produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra. He is a multi-talented musician who performs on the sitar, surbahar and tabla.

The first half of “East Meets West” is devoted to classical Indian music (solo tabla, sitar and vocals) from the 16th century to the present. In the second half, maestro Khan will be joined by Ruby Ostrow (keyboards, vocals) and Coco Bastien (tabla) to perform a fusion of Eastern and Western music.

Saturday (November 18), 8pm at The Linda, Albany. $20.
Sunday (November 19), 2pm at the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. $20; age 21 & under $10

The Bob Dylan-Martin Benjamin Connection

November 16th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

It’s been a long time since Bob Dylan played Albany’s Palace Theatre. Oh, he’s played plenty of bigger Greater Nippertown venues in recent years – Tanglewood, SPAC, the Times Union Center and others – but on Friday evening (November 17) he’s returning to the considerably more intimate Palace Theatre.

Nippertown contributing photographer, Union College professor of visual arts and BIG Dylan fan Martin Benjamin was at the Palace back in April of 1980 when Dylan rolled into town for a two-night stand during his born-again Christian tour. Benjamin managed to smuggle in a camera and take a few surreptitious shots, including the one at the top of this story.

And that photo is now included in Dylan’s latest release, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-1981, which was released earlier this month in a variety of configurations, including a sprawling eight-CD set.

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