Win FREE TIX to Frank Jaklitsch & Friends @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Saturday

May 1st, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg
Frank Jaklitsch

Frank Jaklitsch

He’s a natural-born entertainer and a gifted songsmith. He’s also one of Nippertown’s most prolific recording artists – with 15 albums to his credit. In addition, he’s one of the most big-hearted musicians around town, and all proceeds from his albums are donated to local charities.

Whether writing his own classic songs or interpreting those of others, Frank Jaklitsch always manages to find the true heart of a song.

Frank Jaklitsch & Friends take the stage at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 7pm on Saturday (May 5). The intimate theater concert is a benefit to help raise equipment funds for St. Vincent’s Pre-School in Albany, and the show will focus on songs concerning the themes of children and family. Tix are currently on sale for $13 in advance; tix will be $15 at the door.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away A PAIR OF FREE TIX to the show to one lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Enter today! Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.


Eclectic Performances Announced for Steamer No. 10 Theatre

February 2nd, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Hamell On Trial

Hamell on Trial (photo by Al Goldberg)

Over the course of the past two decades, the Steamer No. 10 Theatre has become one of Albany’s prime destinations for children’s entertainment. But every once in a while the intimate little theater plays host to some fine grown-up entertainment, too.

In celebration of the theater’s 20th anniversary, guest producer Michael Eck is presenting a new Electic Performance Series at the theater, a slate of six exciting evening concerts aimed at adult audiences and featuring some of the area’s finest musicians both past and present. Among the upcoming performers are Hamell on Trial, Sean Rowe, the Star Spangled Washboard Band, Val Haynes & Todd Nelson, Rosanne Raneri, Bryan Thomas, Rosary Beard, Winterpills and Frank Jaklitsch.

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CD: Frank Jaklitsch’s “One Small Child”

December 14th, 2011, 3:56 pm by Greg

Frank Jaklitsch: OneSmallChild

Singer-songwriter Frank Jaklitsch admits that he’s long asked himself, “Does the world really need another Christmas CD… let alone a Frank Jaklitsch Christmas CD?”

But now that he’s finally recorded one, the answer is quite simply, “Yes. Yes, indeed.”

One of Nippertown’s most prolific recording artists (with 14 previous albums to his credit) as well as one of the most big-hearted (as he’s done with his previous albums, all proceeds from “One Small Child” are being donated to local charities), Jaklitsch has put together an eclectic, very generous 14-song collection of songs that celebrate the spirit of the season without relying on the tried-and-true (and some might say, tiresome) over-recorded classics.

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Be Here Now: Frank Jaklitsch @ Cafe NOLA, 7/22/10

July 20th, 2010, 11:25 am by Greg

Tireless singer, songwriter and all-around generous guy Frank Jaklitsch has been raising funds to help hurricane-devastated New Orleans since Katrina first rolled across the Crescent City. So it actually seems quite natural for a guy who is best known for singing Irish songs to be entertaining at the grand opening of a new New Orleans-style restaurant right here in Nippertown.

Cafe NOLA in Schenectady has been serving food for a couple of weeks now, but the restaurant will celebrate its official grand opening on Thursday, and Jaklitsch will be entertaining from 4-6pm while folks are digging into their crawfish etouffee, alligator po’ boy and red beans ‘n’ rice.

“We have eaten there twice,” Jaklitsch says, “and I find the food very good. Chef Kevin seems to be a very nice guy. It’s a small family-run business.

“To quote the Jimmy Buffett song, ‘I will be working for gumbo,’ ” Jaklitsch says with a chuckle.” I sure hope he makes it…a little bit of Nawlins heaven locally.”

Cafe NOLA and Chef Kevin

Cafe NOLA and Chef Kevin

CD: The Fighting 86’s’ “Blood Brothers”

March 24th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

The Celtic trio of Nippertown music scene veterans actually made their recording debut back in January – backing up tireless troubadour Frank Jaklitsch for a handful of tunes on his latest album, “Some Hearts.”

But “Blood Brothers” is the official full-length debut from the Fighting 86’s, and it’s a fitting representation of the band, a perfect blend of old and new, urgent vocals and instrumental prowess.

The album takes off like a shot with the traditional fiddle ‘n’ drum-driven instrumental “Bodhran.” It kicks the album into high gear and then steamrolls to its rousing conclusion, all in under two minutes.

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CD: Frank Jaklitsch’s “Some Hearts”

January 27th, 2010, 2:20 pm by Greg

(, 2010):

Frank Jaklitsch is quite simply one of the most tireless and generous musicians on the Nippertown music scene. He’s back with his 13th album – that’s right, 13 – in 15 years, and it’s his best yet.

He cuts a wide swath with his song selection, from the pure pop of the Marshall Crenshaw title track to Tommy Sands’ Irish anthem “Your Daughters and Your Sons,” from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s poignant “This Shirt” to the inspiring Poco tune “Follow Your Dreams.”

Jaklitsch is backed up by local Celtic band the Fighting 86’s on a handful of these 16 tunes – Jaklitsch originals “Hope Lives” and “Penny Girl,” as well as the rousing traditional gospel blues “John the Revelator” and Luka Bloom’s “Hudson Lady” – and the 86’s fiddler Mark Frederick makes outstanding contributions throughout the disc.

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Five Firsts: Frank Jaklitsch

January 12th, 2010, 2:16 pm by Greg

NAME: Frank Jaklitsch
INSTRUMENT: guitar and vocal

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think “Hey Jude” as a 45 was my first record, with the green Apple label. I think “Revolution” was the B-side. Bought at Byhoff’s Records on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens. (I think I kept that store alive for YEARS!!!!)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … Procol Harum at Queens College auditorium. Sat right in front of the left speakers…couldn’t hear for days. Fell in love with the tune “Salty Dog.”

3. THE FIRST INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a Konrad guitar. My mom gave me $50 for Christmas when I was 16 or 17. It must have felt like $500, as we had NO money at the time. Went down with my brother (who also got $55…not sure why he got $5 more…we laugh about that to this day) to Manhattan…Sam Ash. Looked in Manny’s first, way too expensive. That guitar, which was not a very good instrument, really, was everything to me. Practiced 3 hours EVERY day. Never dated, just played. That gift from my mom totally changed my life, and I can never, EVER, repay her. I left the guitar in Eileen’s house basement for too long, and it warped. I threw it out. I should have kept it as a memory, but I have those in my head.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … My brother taught me 4 or 5 chords, then I went to work. Wanted to play like Jim Croce, but his stuff was too hard at the time. So it had to be a John Denver 3-chord special, maybe “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Not sure where the first gig was.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Was never in a formal band. The closest I get is Frank and Friends, but that’s just gig by gig…no formal line-up. I love the freedom of being a solo, and could never do the band thing…too confining, too many interpersonal issues. But it does teach you to get along. I have mostly been a lone wolf.

Singer-songwriter Frank Jaklitsch criss-crosses Nippertown on his “Frank Turns 55 Birthday Tour.” Not only is he celebrating his 55th birthday, but he’s also throwing a party for his 13th album – the brand new “Some Hearts.” You can catch Jaklitsch in the spotlight at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes (at 7pm Thursday, January 14), McIntyre’s in Watervliet (6:30pm Friday, January 15), Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs (8pm Saturday, January 16) and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall in Albany (5pm Sunday, January 17). Happy birthday, Frank!

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