Sammyfest: Benefit for Birthdays @ Putnam Den, 9/5/13

September 4th, 2013, 1:30 pm by Greg

Sammy Yager at Valentine’s Music Hall, 5/3/13

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Sammy Yager, the Saratoga musician behind the experimental music of Birthdays, was involved in a serious bicycle accident in July that left him hospital and in a coma.

He is slowly recovering at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center, showing signs of improvement daily, as he builds his strength. You can follow his progress online at the Babydude Blog.

Now a number of Local 518 bands and musicians are banding together to support Yager’s recovery and to raise money to alleviate the cost of his mounting medical bills. The benefit concert Sammyfest will be held at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday. Admission is a $10 minimum donation.

Here’s the line-up of bands who are graciously donating their time and talent for Sammyfest:

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Happy Birthday, Clint!

May 31st, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Yup, Clint Eastwood celebrates his 81st birthday today.

Dylan Through the Years: Through the Lens of Martin Benjamin

May 24th, 2011, 1:56 pm by Greg
Bob Dylan @ The Palace Theatre, Albany 4/28/1980

Martin Benjamin is not only an award-winning photographer, an art professor at Union College and a frequent contributor, but he’s also one of the biggest, most devoted Bob Dylan fans that we know.

And in honor of Dylan’s 70th birthday today, he put together this little photographic retrospective, “Dylan Through the Years: Through the Lens of Martin Benjamin”…

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

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Happy Birthday, Bob!

May 24th, 2011, 10:01 am by Greg

Today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. And in case you weren’t able to make it up to Skidmore College on Saturday night for the all-star Nippertown throwdown that Caffe Lena sponsored in his honor, here’s the all-star jam on “Like a Rolling Stone” at the end of the night…

Real Good For Free: Smash To Pieces

May 11th, 2011, 10:09 am by Sara

Smash To Pieces

Happy Birthday to Bryan Thomas, who, to celebrate, is offering a free download of Smash To Pieces, a smashing 5-song EP he released in January. Today only!

Happy Birthday, Tim Buckley

February 14th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

It seems all so appropriate that one of our very favorite romantic singer-songwriters was born on Valentine’s Day. Today marks the 64th anniversary of Buckley’s birth. Sadly, Buckley was only 28 years old when he died in 1975:

Happy Birthday, David Lynch

January 20th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg

Filmmaker, cartoonist, weatherman, musician and artist, the always off-centered David Lynch celebrates his 65th birthday today.

In celebration, we present “Rabbits,” from 2002:

Happy Birthday, Joan of Arc

January 6th, 2011, 10:00 am by Sara

599 years ago today, a peasant girl was born in Eastern France who would ultimately lead the French army to victory at Orleans during the Hundred Years War (we’re telling you now so you can start planning your sexcentennial party.) Later she was sold to the English and burned at the stake at the age of nineteen. In 1920 she was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

Here’s a song with kinda silly lyrics, a pretty melody and the requisite angular new wave dancing: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark performing “Maid of Orleans” at Drury Lane in 1981.

The Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!G.C. HaymesRamblin Jug Stompers