3/26/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

March 26th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

THEATER/MUSIC/FILM: “Find Your Way Home” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A screening of the first act of the world premiere of the Irish musical theater production written by Jeff Strange and Jimmy Kelly and filmed at the Civic Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. With live performances by Ronan Tynan (the Irish Tenors), Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman), Andy Cooney and the New McKrells. Followed by a Q&A with Strange and Kelly. 4pm. $25; $65 VIP. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Steep Canyon Rangers @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Grammy Award-winning North Carolina-based quintet is best known as the backing band for Steve Martin, but they’ve also established themselves as a bluegrass force to be reckoned with. With banjoman Noam Pikelny (of the Punch Brothers). 7pm. $25-$60.

MUSIC: Canal Street String Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating “Folk Roots of the Grateful Dead,” from their jug band days as Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions to today. 7pm. $20.

READING: Community of Writers Reading @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The Hudson Valley Writers Guild hosts a reading by three Greater Nippertown writers – journalist Steve Barnes, poet/activist Nancy Klepsch and novelist Tom Swyers. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sheer Terror @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With Murderer’s Row, Aggresive Response and One Through Ten. 5pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Temptations and the Four Tops @ Proctors, Schenectady. A double-bill of classic Motown music. 8pm. $25–$70.50.

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3/25/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

March 25th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Capital Trash Invasion 2 @ the Fuze Box, Albany. Featuring Daddy Long Legs, Tex Railer’s Doomtown, the Televisionaries, Harmonica Lewinski, the Jagaloons, more. Doors at 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Mavis Staples @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. She’s been one of the all-time great soul singers since her days with the Staple Singers, and she’s still going strong. 8pm. $45 & $55; $35 students.

MUSIC: Reelin’ in the Years @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Steely Dan tribute concert featuring a Hudson Valley all-star group of rock & roll talent – Jerry Marotta, Jonny Rosch, Scott Petito, Peter Primamore, Jesse Gress, Matt Finck, Chris Pasin, Jay Collins, Chris Eminzer, Anni Krueger, Lindsey Morano and Joey Eppard. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Driftwood @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Binghamton-based Americana quartet. 8pm. $24.

THEATER/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: 90th Anniversary Gala @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Broadway star Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda, Fun Home) and more than 30 top Greater Nippertown performers offer a musical performance of a locally written show highlighting the history of both SLOC and the City of Schenectady. Reception catered by Birch Hill Catering. 6:30pm. $60 for show and gala reception; $25 show only.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. Adrienne Iapalucci – semifinalist on season seven of NBC-TV’s “Last Comic Standing” – returns to headline in the Electric City. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Johnny Rabb’s Big Band @ the Troy Italian Community Center, Troy. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Ryan Leddick Trio @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Roots of Creation @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With the Elovaters. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Sigma Sound Project @ Parish Public House, Albany. Prog-rock night. With Machete and Seaspan. 9pm. $10.

COMEDY: Nick Di Paolo @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. 8pm. $25.

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It’s the Weekend!

March 24th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
You are so fascinating.

You're so fascinating I could look at you all day.

Goodbye, work-week. Hello, weekend!

But before we head out for some first-weekend-of-spring 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:

Amy Modesti
Rudy Lu
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Don Wilcock
Martin Benjamin
Joseph Deuel
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:

The Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
WEXT-FM, North Greenbush

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:

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
The Egg, Albany
The Times Union Center, Albany
Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield
Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

LIVE: K.T. Tunstall @ The Egg, 2/24/17

March 24th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
K.T. Tunstall

K.T. Tunstall

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

For her recent solo performance at The Egg, the Scottish K.T. Tunstall brought along her own back-up band, “mostly Japanese,” she stated, referring to her electronics and the electric instruments surrounding her.

She delivered a splendid show to a large audience. Her repertoire ran the gamut from her early hit songs (notably her 2005 break-through “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”) to choice selections from her upcoming album. Folk-like melodies segued into soft rockers with punchy rhythmic beats (provided by the “Japanese” ensemble), and everything in between conveyed her past hits and new material since she settled in as a state-side resident in Los Angeles.

She created a wide sonic signature within the Swyer Theater delivering great warmth and intimacy. Refreshing, she didn’t use a lap-top to generate her accompanying music, but rather augmented her guitar and voice with impressive looping skills. She even coaxed the audience to lend their voices to the musical mix, imitating kick-drums and cymbals for a song or two.

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

March 24th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg
Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 @ Times Union Center, 3/7/17

Photograph by Amy Modesti

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. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

3. Another New Show Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

4. Tanglewood Announces Two New Concerts (by Staff)

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

6. Bob Dylan Heads to Kingston (by Staff, Martin Benjamin)

7. FEST: The Roots Music Festival @ The Linda (by Staff)

8. FEST: FreshGrass Announces First Round of Bands (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Maroon 5 @ Times Union Center, 3/7/17 (by Amy Modesti)

10. Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Spring Schedule (by Staff)

Steep Canyon Rangers Fire Up Award-Winning Bluegrass @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

March 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington is hosting a concert by the Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest banjo master Noam Pikelny at 7pm on Sunday, March 26.

A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorites and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony. It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the band the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013, and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to hire them on as his backing band.

Virtuoso banjo player Noam Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers and a three-time Grammy nominee. In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. His album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was named Album of the Year at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. And his new album, the purely solo endeavor Universal Favorite on Rounder Records, was released just this month.

GO HERE to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage…

Friday Flashback Flier: Tiger’s Pub

March 24th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Ah, yes, remember ye olde pre-digital days? Those way-back-when days when bands and clubs actually printed up their schedules on paper to staple to telephone poles around town and actually mail out to fans via the U.S. Postal Service?

Well, we’ve dug deep into the vast Nippertown Research Department Deep Storage Facility to retrieve some vintage Local 518 music scene ephemera before it completely disintegrates. (The ephemera, not the scene…)

Here’s the first in our new weekly series of Friday Flashback Fliers – the March, 1990 calendar of shows for the Clifton Park nightspot Tiger’s Pub, which later became Park West, which later became Northern Lights, which is currently the Upstate Concert Hall

3/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

March 24th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. On the Release the Hounds Tour, the dazzling virtuoso guitar duo fuses elements from jazz to bluegrass to experimental pop on their recently released sophomore album, Mount Royal. With sublime singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students.

MUSIC: Kate Campbell @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s award-winning music is inspired by the contemporary characters and culture of her native South. She’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalist John Kirk. 7:30pm. $27 & $40.

MUSIC: Guy Davis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of the great acoustic blues and all-around players. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Copley Street with Owen Marshall @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Traditional Celtic music. 7:30pm. $10.

COMEDY: Sebastian Maniscalco @ Proctors, Schenectady. The 2016 Just for Laughs Stand Up Comedian of the Year brings his Why Would You Do That? Tour to the Electric City. 7pm. $43.75-$250.

MUSIC: The Slaughterhouse Chorus @ the Low Beat, Albany. Back in the saddle for the first time since July. With Bridge Under Fire and the Spirit of Violence. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Holly Bowling @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The classically trained pianist performs her unique solo interpretations of songs from the vast catalogs of Phish and the Grateful Dead. 7:30pm. $20.

THEATER/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: 90th Anniversary Gala @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Broadway star Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda, Fun Home) and more than 30 top Greater Nippertown performers offer a musical performance of a locally written show highlighting the history of both SLOC and the City of Schenectady. Reception catered by Birch Hill Catering. 6:30pm. $60 for show and gala reception; $25 show only. Also on Saturday.

MUSIC: Dryer @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Pony in the Pancake and Nick Nigro. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. World music/jazz/classical fusion. 6pm & 8pm. $5

THEATER: “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The true story of one of the worst opera “singers” of all time. Directed by Flo Hayle and starring Alison Davy. 7:30pm. $22 in advance; $25 at the door; $10 students. Through Sunday, March 26. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Buried Treasure & Friends @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The benefit concert for the American Civil Liberties Union features special guests Tracy Bonham, Scott Sharrard, Jay Collins and Kevin Salem. With Chogyi Lama & Casey Michael. 8pm. $20; $15 students.

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