October 27th, 2009, 1:33 pm by Greg
September 30th, 2009, 2:26 pm by Greg
“we had to call the police again on the mexican bachelors next door. it’s kind of a thrill to call the police on somebody, and my husband and i agreed that we weren’t being reckless because we had asked them twice already to turn the music down and it was 2 a.m. and the last time this happened the baby woke up. we live in an apartment complex and although each unit has a front door, most of the residents use their garages to enter their apartments. we knew, therefore, that the mexicans drove a mercedes and a lexus, a detail that made an impression on my husband, who appreciates fine automobiles. we could also see that the inside of their garage was plastered with absolut vodka ads and pinups of naked women. so we knew the mexican bachelors were young, upscale, and liked to party, and that was fine, but enough was enough.”
(Shawn Colvin’s “Bonefields” from “Songs Without Rhyme: Prose By Celebrated Songwriters,” 2001)
At the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday, November 1, Shawn Colvin plays a benefit concert for Sky Lake Lodge, a Shambhala Buddhist meditation center in Rosendale. Dean Batstone opens the show.
September 16th, 2009, 3:29 pm by Greg
Here are some of the upcoming Nippertown shows that have been announced this week:
Here’s a bit of an unlikely collaboration: Dobro master Jerry Douglas and his band with John Oates. Yes, that John Oates of Hall & Oates. It’s all happening at The Egg in Albany on Friday, December 11: the Jerry Douglas Band, John Oates and just for good measure, let’s throw in the sublime Maura O’Connell as well. Wow!
They’ve been making annual December appearances at The Egg for quite a few years, but it looks like Hot Tuna won’t be scrambling up the holiday concert season at The Egg this year. But if you’re jonesin’ for a fix, you don’t have too far to go. Acoustic Hot Tuna
will be pullin’ into the Bearsville Theater
in Woodstock on Sunday, December 13. Other new shows on the Bearsville Theater schedule include Jerry Joseph
and Danny Louis
(Saturday, October 10), the Greencards
(Saturday, October 17), Railroad Earth
(Friday and Saturday, November 13-14) and Donna the Buffalo
(Saturday, December 12).
Skid Row (photo by Evan Barlteson)
And just in time for Halloween, Skid Row
skids into Northern Lights
in Clifton Park on Friday, October 30. Pretty scary, eh? Other new shows headed into Northern Lights include John “Dr. Dirty” Valby
(Friday, November 13), Metric
(Saturday, November 21) and Thursday
with Dillinger Escape Plan
(Friday, December 18).
September 16th, 2009, 12:39 pm by Greg
This just might be the single busiest weekend of the year, so we really don’t want to hear a single peep out of anyone complaining that there’s nothing to do in Nippertown. Seriously.
Here are just a few suggestions:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Lecture and opening reception for Jennifer Dalton
‘s “Is It Just Me?” @ the Teaching Gallery
@ Hudson Valley Community College, Troy (FREE)
“Capital Region’s Got Talent” @ Revolution Hall
, Troy (FREE)
Colleen Pratt & Friends
@ the Van Dyck
, Schenectady (FREE)
3rd Thursday arts walk
@ various locations in Pittsfield, Mass. (FREE)
with Jonah Smith
@ the Calvin Theater
, Northampton, Mass.
Discussion with Annea Lockwood
, Margaret Cogswell
and Ian Berry
@ the Tang Museum
, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (FREE)
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September 10th, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg
Thomas, of Hammer Of The Gods, doing his very best Robert Plant
Heads up! Country music legend George Jones
is headed into the Glens Falls Civic Center
on Tuesday, November 17. Meanwhile, comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham
has added a second show at GFCC on Saturday, October 24. In addition to his previously announced 8pm show, he will also serve up a 3pm performance that same day.
Some newly announced concerts at The Egg in Albany include Renaissance with Jann Klose (Tuesday, October 13), the Robert Cray Band (Friday, November 6), Al Di Meola’s World Sinfonia (Saturday, January 30). Tickets go on sale to the general public of Friday, September 18. Also recently added, Hammer of the Gods will be whipping out their best Led Zeppelin impersonation at The Egg on Saturday, March 13. And the Infamous Stringdusters have been added as the opening act for the Del McCoury Band on Sunday, November 15.
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September 9th, 2009, 11:45 am by Greg
“That’s a good question.
“The first record that I actually listened to was ‘Abbey Road’ because my parents had it. And the second was probably ‘American Pie,’ the Don McLean album.
“But when I first got my own stereo, my grandmother Nanny took me to a record store, and I think I bought Steve Miller’s ‘Book of Dreams.’ And since it the disco era, I think my second album would have been a Commodores album – the one with ‘Brick House.’ But definitely that Steve Miller album because that was junior high time.
“But it wasn’t long after that I got my first albums by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. And then a few years later, I started buying Dead albums and going to Dead shows.”
Mike Gordon and Phish played the Saratoga Performing Arts Center just last month, but Gordon will bringing his other band with him when he lands at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Friday, September 11.
David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience
The Man in Black is back? Well, not quite. But recently added to the concert calendar at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
is tribute act, “David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience,”
on Sunday, October 11. How good are they? Well, I don’t really know, but they had the cojones to go to San Quentin Prison and do their thing earlier this year on the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary concert (and subsequent live album).
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock welcomes Steve Kimock on Friday, November 6 and Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Friday, November 27.
The fall concert series at Old Songs in Voorheesville will include performances by Brian McNeill (Thursday, September 24), Beppe Gambetta (Friday, October 2), Patrick Ball‘s “The Flame of Love” (Friday, October 30), “The Visitors” featuring Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Joe Bruchac, John Kirk, more (Saturday, November 7) and the Jeremy Kittel World Band (Saturday, November 21).
The return of interplanetary metalheads GWAR is always cause for much excitement – and lots of consternation, too – so we’re happy to report that the ever-popular scumdogs of the universe will be stepping back into the spotlight at Northern Lights in Clifton Park in support of their 25th anniversary album, “Lust in Space,” on Friday, December 11. GWAR at Christmastime?!? More fun than a dozen Andy Williams holiday specials.