It’s Contest Time! Win Free Tickets to SOLOS^2 @ EMPAC on Friday!

March 1st, 2010, 1:01 pm by Sara

SOLOS^2 is a series of events designed to explore the acoustics of the concert hall. To kick off the series, EMPAC is presenting Sopranos + Piano featuring Gaudeamus Prize winning soprano Tony Arnold, soprano Haleh Abghari and pianist Jacob Greenberg from the New York City and Chicago-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

But it’s a concert with a twist: the EMPAC director Johannes Goebel and music curator Micah Silver will be leading and/or encouraging folks to move around the space while the performance is happening in order to draw attention to the acoustics of the concert hall and its part in this (and any) performance. It’s a fantastic opportunity for any music lover to gain a deeper appreciation of musical timbre and directionality and to get a closer peek at the acoustical considerations that went into the design of EMPAC’s main hall.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky Nippertown reader – simply send an email to We’ll draw a name at random and announce the winner on Thursday afternoon. Good luck!


It’s Contest Time! Win Tickets for Melissa Ferrick @ The Linda

February 16th, 2010, 11:01 am by Sara

Melissa Ferrick

(photo by Mike Worthington)

Melissa Ferrick will be performing at @ The Linda in Albany on this Sunday, February 21. Opening the show is New York based songwriter Mal Blum.

And we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. Send an email to to be entered into the drawing. We’ll announce the winner on Friday. Good luck!

It’s Contest Time! Win tickets to Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall!

January 28th, 2010, 10:38 am by Sara

We have two pairs of tickets to see Marc Cohn & Suzanne Vega at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall next Wednesday, February 3, and we’re going to give them away to two lucky Nippertown readers. To enter to win a pair of tickets to this amazing evening of music in the acoustic wonderfulness of the Music Hall, all you have to do is send us an email at

Marc Cohn, best known for his soulful Grammy-winning hit “Walking in Memphis”, has progressed into new material that contains complex, private emotions set to music of remarkable depth and complexity. Grammy nominated Suzanne Vega, whose hits include “Luka,” “Tom’s Diner” and “Left of Center,” conveys deep emotion in songs that focus on ordinary people and real world subjects.

The Small Print: one entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen at random next week. Good luck!

It’s Contest Time! Win tickets to Jeremy Wade’s “there is no end to more” @ EMPAC

January 22nd, 2010, 10:21 am by Sara

We have two pairs of tickets to Jeremy Wade’s “there is no end to more” next week at EMPAC at RPI in Troy that we will give away to lucky Nippertown readers!

To win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is send us an email at Please include your phone number and specify which night you want to enter for: Thursday, January 28 or Friday, January 29. Both shows start at 8pm.

Jeremy Wade’s “there is no end to more” delves into Japanese kawaii (cute) culture – from the infantile fluff of Hello Kitty to the doe-eyed teenage love stories of anime – and its ubiquitous global influence. Through dance, stories, animation and video, Wade peeks under the slick, silly surface of kawaii to reveal its more insidious subtext, in which societal norm becomes aberration and consumption gives way to delusion. The result is a funny yet disembodied spectacle in the style of a children’s television show that exposes our relationship to the “endless more” that exists just beyond our grasp.

The Small Print: you can enter for both dates but only one entry per date, please. Winners will be chosen at random next week.

Meet the Meat Puppets – And Win!

November 16th, 2009, 9:31 am by Greg

In honor of the Meat Puppets’ upcoming concert on Friday (November 20), Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany is hosting a contest, and you could be the big winner of special Meat Puppet prizes.

Prizes? What prizes?

Well, two lucky winners will receive an amazingly cool, autographed poster featuring the cover art of the band’s classic 1984 album, “Meat Puppets II.”

In addition, two more winners will be awarded an autographed copy of the Meat Puppets’ new comeback album, “Sewn Together”.

How do you enter?

Simply e-mail your name and e-mail address to:
and in the subject line write: “Valentine’s – Meat Puppets Contest.” Each e-mail received will be automatically entered into the contest. No contestant can win more than one prize.

The winners and their prizes will be announced on the Meat Puppets MySpace site, as well as on the Valentine’s Music Hall website.

Winners with a valid concert ticket will meet and greet the band backstage at the Meat Puppets show at Valentine’s on Friday evening, and collect their prize.

The deadline for all e-mail entries is 2pm Wednesday (November 19).

Win a Trip to See US Bonds in the UK

October 7th, 2009, 2:10 pm by Greg

(photo: Brian Blauser)

(photo: Brian Blauser)

That’s Gary “US” Bonds, of course, the veteran rock and R&B shouter who racked up five Top 10 hits between 1960-1962 – including the chart-topping party-hearty anthem “Quarter to Three.”

Now 70 years old, Bonds can still party down with the best of them, although he probably won’t still be going at “Quarter to Three.” After all, when he makes a tour stop at Revolution Hall in Troy on Friday, October 9, he’ll be playing an early show. The doors open at 6pm.

In addition to seeing a rollicking, old- school rock ‘n’ roll show, there’s another reason to catch Bonds at Rev Hall.

Here’s the press release from Revolution Hall:

“The October 9 show at Revolution Hall marks his last U.S. show before heading on a European tour. Persons attending this Friday’s show will be entered for a chance to win round trip tickets to London to see Gary US Bonds while on tour with Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Gary US Bonds himself will announce the VIP ticket winner at the end of the show.”

Considering that tickets for the show are just $18 in advance or $22 at the door, that could be a pretty damn good deal.

We Have a Winner!

October 5th, 2009, 10:34 am by Greg in conjunction with Ramblin Jug Stompers are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of our “Hobo Nickel” contest:

Lisa Byrne, congratulations!! You are our winner!

Keep an eye on your mailbox, Lisa. Soon we’ll be sending you a personally autographed copy of Ramblin Jug Stompers brand new CD, “Hobo Nickel.” The guys have said that they’ll be throwing in a little something extra, as well, so you might get a bonus!

Thanks to everyone who entered the “Hobo Nickel” contest, and stayed tuned to for lots of other music contests and giveaways.

And remember – you can get your own copy of “Hobo Nickel” on Friday, October 9 at 8pm when Ramblin Jug Stompers host their CD release party at the Kirkland Arts Center in Clinton.

See you there!

Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Revolution Hall, 10/8/09

October 5th, 2009, 10:03 am by Greg

CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.

CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.


At the beginning of last week’s round of the Capital Region’s Got Talent singing competition there were 20 contestants, and at the end of the night, only 10 of them were scheduled to remain in the competition. But -surprise – 11 semi-finalists were still standing, thanks to audience voting, which selected Collette McComb as the wild card entry.

The ten semi-finalists are: Courtney Biondo, Katrina Marie Burg, James Dowen, Danielle Goudin, Sharon MacPherson, J.T. Maple, Eric Margan, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Mozeleski and Benjamin Uytiepo.

All 11 remaining contestants will perform on Thursday, October 8 at Revolution Hall in Troy. The theme for Thursday’s competition is the Bealtes, and each semi-finalist will perform two songs from the catalog of the Fab Four.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s competition, the judges will select five finalists, and the audience will once again select a wild card entry to move onto the final night of Capital’s Region’s Got Talent at Revolution Hall on Friday, October 16.

Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

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