7/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

July 23rd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: El Septeto Santiaguero @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. Classic Cuban dance band. With Mexican band Radio Jarocho. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Benefit for Pete Pashoukos @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Jeff & Becky Walton, Rick & Sharon Bolton, Steve Candlen, Let’s Be Leonard, Tom McWatters, Angelina Valente. 7pm. $22.

FESTIVAL/READING: Read & Feed @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A poetry-and-food fest honoring Hudson’s great poet John Ashbery in celebration of his 90th birthday. Including a complete reading of Ashbery’s “Girls on the Run” by Daniel Nester, Ellen Thurston, Sara Wintz, Dara Wier, Rosanne Wasserman, Eugene Richie, Dave King, Danniel Schoonebeek, Rebecca Wolff and more. And lots of food, too. 12noon-5pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Florida Georgia Line @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The bro-country band brings their Smooth Tour to town. With Nelly, Chris Lane and Morgan Wallen. $71.25; $30.50 lawn.

MUSIC: NEQ @ Riverside Park, Coxsackie. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Hamell on Trial @ Colony, Woodstock. With Marc Delgado. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Mamma Mia!” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The smash hit jukebox musical is jam-packed with those sunny, irresistibly catchy songs of ABBA. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 2pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

MUSIC: The New York Flyers @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. If you saw the band at Allen’s, JB Scott’s, Hulla-Baloo, Dudley Do Right’s, etc. back in the ’80s, here’s your chance to see a rare Albany show. With Sugar Pill. 5pm.

THEATER: “Oklahoma!” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical revolutionized the genre with its closely integrated book and score, in which a diverse assortment of individuals struggle to create lives for themselves in the newly settled Oklahoma Territory. Hit tunes include “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” 1:30m. Through August 22.

FESTIVAL: Uncle Sam Celebration @ Russell Sage College Soccer Field, Troy. Food, beer, crafts, vendors and fun for all, with music from 2-4pm by Barb Wired. 12noon-5pm. FREE.

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7/22/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 22nd, 2017, 7:04 am by Greg

MUSIC: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Led by The Cure’s guitarist (and former David Bowie collaborator), the power trio – also featuring bassist Kevin Hornback and drummer Marc Pisapia – makes their greater Nippertown debut. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Marshall Crenshaw & Dan Bern @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. two A-list songwriters share the stage together, having co-written a number of songs in recent years. 8pm. $29.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Madison Avenue Fire Relief 2017 @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. A benefit for the occupants displaced by the recent fire on Madison Avenue, featuring performances by Hartley’s Encore, Mic Lanny, Selector David Normal and more. With raffles and silent auction. 8pm. $10 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Booker T. Jones @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Of course, we all know Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions,” but there’s so much more to the multi-instrumental bandleader Booker T. Jones. 8pm. $26 & $32; $16 students.

MUSIC: Conor Oberst @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. From Bright Eyes to Desaparecidos to the Mystic Valley Band and beyond. With Hop Along. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up,” “Do I Love You?,” “Walking in the Rain,” more. 8pm. $30-$85.

MUSIC: Rod Stewart @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Rod the Mod’s career has jumped the shark so many times that you’ve likely forgotten what a consummate vocalist he really is. With Cyndi Lauper. 7:30pm. $35, $75, $99.50, $149.50 & $199.50 for reserved amphitheater seats; $30 for lawn general admission.

MUSIC: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Stratton Mountain, Stratton. Carrying on the vintage jazz tradition of New Orleans. 6pm. $30; FREE for children age 10 & under.

MUSIC: Summer Super Soul Fest @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring Dru Hill & Friends, Sisqo, V.I.C., Chubb Rock and Positive K. 8pm. $46, $56 & $66.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Summer Undercover III @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. The two neighboring venues team up present Asa Morris & The Mess as L7; Bare Mattress as Grace Jones; Cannon the Brave as Britney Spears; Cloaca as Bikini Kill; County Mike as Julien Baker; Hill Haints as the Ronettes; Hospital Corners as Garbage, more. A benefit for Albany Equinox. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Simone Dinnerstein @ PS21, Chatham. Pianist Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2007. Now hear her play them live. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Kicking off the season at the track, a bunch of bands – Sirsy, Alan Darcy, the Erin Harkes Band and the Racing City Chorus – play at various locations around downtown Saratoga. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival line-up…

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It’s the Weekend!

July 21st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

Congratulations! You made it through another work-week, and now it’s time to get out there and soak up as much weekend as possible.

But before we head out for some big weekend fun we’d like to send out a 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
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Stan Johnson
Don Wilcock
Gary David Gold
Ed Conway
Tom Lindsay
Tim Reidy
Glenn Kaplowitz
Alan Goldberg
Roseann Cane
Barbara Waldinger
Gail M. Burns

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:

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs

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LIVE: I Draw Slow @ Riverlink Park, 7/8/17

July 21st, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Kicking off a fabulous weekend of Celtic music (which also included Sharon Shannon’s concert at Schenectady’s Music Haven the following evening), the Dublin quintet I Draw Slow made a tour stop at the Riverlink Park bandshell in Amsterdam earlier this month.

The roots band – featuring Dave Holden (guitars, vocals), Louise Holden (vocals), Konrad Liddy (bass), Colin Derham (banjo) and Adrian Hart (fiddle) – showcased selections from their new album, Turn Your Face to the Sun on Compass Records.

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THEATER REVIEW: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in The Dell at The Mount [Berkshire on Stage]

July 21st, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Review by Roseann Cane

During a talk-show interview some years back, Mel Brooks relayed an anecdote about a fight he had with his late wife, Anne Bancroft. The shouting escalated, and Brooks became so frustrated that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders. “How dare you put your hands on my instrument!” Bancroft exclaimed. Brooks paused, and then said, “Can ya play Melancholy Baby?”

Most actors are taught early on to regard their bodies as instruments, that an integral part of their skill set, in addition to the characterizations they create and the dialogue they speak, is the physiological component: breathing, voice, movement. One thing I always look forward to when I attend a Shakespeare & Company play is the troupe’s beautifully honed physicality, the seemingly bottomless well from which their actors of all ages draw their energy and stamina.

And so it was with the company’s outdoor production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, which just opened at The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox. Outdoor theater provides significant challenges to those who perform it. They are at the mercy of Mother Nature and modern technology alike, challenged by changes in weather, low-flying aircraft, unpredictable insects and an audience less inclined to stay seated and quietly attentive than they would in a more formal indoor theater.

I’m delighted to report that the cast and crew of A Midsummer’s Night Dream not only rose to the challenges, but, for the most part, embraced them.

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LIVE: MaryLeigh Roohan & Friends @ Caffe Lena, 6/25/17

July 21st, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Photographs and video by Tim Reidy

Recently, sublime singer-songwriter and Saratoga Springs native MaryLeigh Roohan played an all-too rare homecoming concert at Caffe Lena, where she first began to hone her musical talents at open mic nights not too many years ago.

She played a full-band recreation of her latest EP Living Alone. Her friend Jen Trani joined her from LA to play some songs that they’d co-written. Every guest in attendance received an exclusive preview of her next record, which isn’t due until 2018. And, heck, she even gave away her guitar. Now that’s what we call a very special homecoming…

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

July 21st, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
George Porter, Jr. and Art Neville

The Funky Meters’ George Porter, Jr. and Art Neville

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 Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it.

And we understand… 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 seven days, in case you’re still playing catch-up:

1. New Concert Announcements from The Egg (by Staff)

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

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

4. FREE: Monday Night Concert Series @ Albany Elks Lodge Lawn (by Staff, Alan Goldberg)

5. FREE: Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library (by Staff)

6. LIVE: The Funky Meters @ Alive at Five, 7/13/17 (by Ed Conway, Stan Johnson)

7. JULY 20: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History (by Greg Haymes, Jessica Ayotte)

8. The Howlin’ on the Hudson Concert Cruise Series Launches on Tuesday (by Staff)

9. FREE FEST: Hats Off Music Festival in Saratoga This Weekend (by Staff, Tim Reidy)

10. LIVE: Jon Batiste & Stay Human @ Zankel Music Center, 7/6/17 (by Rudy Lu)

World Premiere of “Happy If…Happy When” in Salem [Berkshire on Stage]

July 21st, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara
Kimerer LaMothe, Geoffrey Gee, and their five children: Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai, and Leif.

Kimerer LaMothe, Geoffrey Gee and their five children: Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai and Leif

This weekend Fort Salem Theater in Salem hosts the world premiere of the musical, Happy If…Happy When, written by Kimerer LaMothe, whose website defines her as a “dancer, philosopher and scholar of religion.” Add to that author of the book, music and lyrics of an original musical about a suburban family that learns to adjust to living life on a farm. Orchestrations and additional music will be provided by Geoffrey Gee.

LaMothe is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Nietzsche’s Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values (Palgrave), Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham), and her latest, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia). She earned a PhD from Harvard University; taught at Brown and Harvard Universities; and has received fellowships for her work in dance and religion from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of World Religions, both of Harvard University.

In 2005, she and her musician-husband Geoffrey Gee, moved from a comfortable home in the suburbs of Boston to a farm in the Washington County town of Hebron. Within several years, the family of five became a family of seven. For Happy If, Kimerer has condensed time and fictionalized the story of her family’s journey from Boston and period of adjustment to farm life. Along the way in 2011, among her other writings, the Psychology Today blogger penned a volume entitled Family Planting.

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