All’s Fair: From Altamont to Schaghticoke, from Fonda to Chatham

September 1st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
A young man relaxes with his cow in the afternoon.

A young man relaxes with his cow in the afternoon.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

It’s September, and that means that the Local 518 county fair season is kicking into high gear with plenty of animal judging, fried dough, racing pigs, karaoke, cotton candy, amusement rides on the midway and all-around last-gasp-of-summer fun…

Nippertown contributor Michael Seinberg captured the fab fair fun at last month’s Altamont Fair, which has closed for another year, but there are still quite a few other nearby fairs that you won’t want to miss:

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LIVE: The Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, 8/14/14

August 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Altamont Fair 2014 - photo by Michael Seinberg

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

Fun at the fair? Oh yeah, you bet…

And while the Altamont Fair has come and gone for a another year, but we’re still in the midst of county fair season, and there’s still plenty of fair fun to be had around Nippertown.

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New Release Rack: Harvest o’ Hip-Hop

October 17th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Three new homegrown hip-hop albums are dropping around Nippertown this weekend, and here’s the info on where the parties are:

JPLUS: TripolarJPLUS
Friday (October 18), 9pm
Red Square, Albany
$10 in advance; $13 at the door; first 50 will get the new albums by JPlus & Sin-City FREE
with Sin-City (see below), MIRK, the Ameros, Knowle’ge, Jaja Gibore, Ghostryder, Nerezza, Appocalypz
JPlus’ sixth solo album, Tripolar, explores the three personas J has created to survive his childhood in the post-industrial urban ghetto. Jessie is a hopeful, intelligent young man who wants to have the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of color, creed or culture. JPlus is entrepreneurial and confident — the Urban King — whose street-smarts allow him to escape the toils of the ghetto. Muzzle Off is the third, the darkest,and most ruthless, the metabolite of societal churning: he is a hateful monster who stews in blame — blame towards a world that stole his humanity and forced a personal choice between poverty or violent crime.

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Desolation Road Studios Slated to Shutter Its Doors This Fall

September 24th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

Desolation Road Studios

Another one bites the dust…

I’ve written dozens live music venue obituaries over the years. It’s always sad, and it never gets any easier. So here’s the lowdown on the demise of Desolation Road Studios in Altamont from owner Jim Miller himself:

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LIVE: Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 9/14/13

September 18th, 2013, 12:30 pm by Greg
That's a lot of apples.

That’s a lot of apples.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg
Additional photograph by Meg Seinberg-Hughes

A bountiful harvest was evident at the annual Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival, held last weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds. But there was a whole lot more to the fest than just apples and wine…

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LIVE: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 8/31/13

September 3rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Caber toss

The object of the caber toss is to get the caber to flip over completely and land directly in front of the thrower at exactly 12 o’clock (straight on from the thrower’s position). That’s considered a perfect throw.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg
Additional photograph by Meg Seinberg-Hughes

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Festival Fever: New York Freedompalooza @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 8/24/13

August 21st, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

Now that the Altamont Fair has come and gone for another year, the folks at the Altamont Fairgrounds are gearing up for their next event – the inaugural New York Freedompalooza, which takes over the grounds on Saturday (August 24).

Gates open at 11am, and the fest is scheduled to run from 11:30am til 7pm on Saturday. The entertainment focus is on country music. Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate; children age 12 and under free.

Here’s the line-up of musical performers for the New York Freedompalooza:

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LIVE: The Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds (Part II)

August 19th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Night on the midway

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

The big Altamont Fair wrapped up its week-long run on Sunday (August 18), and as far as we know, Ryan Gosling didn’t make a return appearance this year. But there was still plenty of fun to be had – from the midway to the animal exhibits, from the entertainment to the games of chance…

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