Weekend Roundup

September 16th, 2009, 3:29 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:

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

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)
Los Lobos 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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Fall Festival Fever

September 9th, 2009, 3:15 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s sad but true.

Summertime has come … and gone … for another year.

But now ain’t the time for your tears. Outdoor music in Nippertown doesn’t just shut down after Labor Day. In fact, there’s still quite a cornucopia of festivals coming our way for the autumn season.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks on the fall festival circuit:

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Comin’ soon…

August 12th, 2009, 1:55 pm by Greg

Rory Block

Rory Block

Grateful Dead concert re-creationists the Dark Star Orchestra step into the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Friday, November 6. (Which means that Nov. 6 is shaping up as a battle of the tribute bands – with Beatles homage combo 1964 The Tribute at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall going head-to-head with DSO.)

While Dark Star Orchestra have climbed up the ladder from clubs to concert halls, second generation reggae star Ziggy Marley is headed in the other direction – at least for a fall tour that includes a stop at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Tuesday, September 15. Just earlier this summer Marley was co-headlining SPAC with 311.

Also at Northern Lights, a thoroughly smashing show with Five Finger Death Punch, 2 Cents, OTEP, Shadows Fall and Burning Human (meaning double duty for drummer Jason Bittner) on Tuesday, October 6. Tix go on sale at 10am Saturday, August 15.

New shows on the upcoming calendar at The Egg in Albany include the new acoustic music of Peter Rowan and Tony Rice (Sunday, October 4), the reunion of Nippertown Celtic trio Donnybrook Fair (Thursday, March 11) and blues greats Johnny Winter and James Cotton (Friday, April 16).

A place where music-meets-dogs!: Blues queen Rory Block is playing a benefit concert for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society at St. James Church in Chatham on Friday, September 18.

Saxman Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe explodes at Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday, October 29.

Be Here Now: Saratoga County Fair, 7/14-19

July 13th, 2009, 10:03 am by Greg

Can it really be county fair season already? It doesn’t even seem that summer has arrived yet.

The Saratoga County Fair gets a jump on the surrounding counties, kicking off its six-day extravaganza on Tuesday, July 14.

Of course, you’ll find the usual array of carnival rides and fried-dough stands, but there’s something more going on here. The county fair harkens back to the days when we were all more self-sufficient. When we would grow our own food. Make our own clothes. Entertain ourselves without a Playstation III.

Yes, it’s nostalgic, and for a lot of us, it’s a nostalgia for a time that we never actually knew. But we kinda wish we had. A time when we knew our neighbors and gave them a helping hand. When we made music all together in the parlor or on the porch.

The county fair is a throwback. Old-school fun. It’s a time of quilting bees and racing pigs. Country music and clog dancing. Chainsaw sculptures and blacksmith demonstrations. 4-H fashion shows and pie-eating contests. Bingo and rodeo.

And you can find ’em all at the Saratoga County Fair.
C’mon up and have yourself some good old-fashioned fun.


July 31-August 8: Schoharie County Sunshine Fair

August 11-16: Altamont Fair

August 24-30: Washington County Fair

August 26-September 1: Fonda Fair

September 2-7: Columbia County Fair

September 2-7: Schaghticoke Fair

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