Five Firsts: Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall/Burning Human

October 6th, 2009, 12:53 pm by Greg


NAME: Jason Bittner
BAND AFFILIATION: Shadows Fall, Burning Human

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I already had quite a few albums that I’d received for Christmas or that my parents had bought for me, but the first one that I remember buying with my own money was Kiss’ “Love Gun.” I bought it years ago at Two Guys back when there was a Two Guys store on Nott Terrace (in Schenectady). I remember it like it was yesterday. It was after my aunt’s wedding, and the reception was down at the Grecian Hall across from the library. At the reception, some of my relatives had slipped me a buck or two. So I had about six bucks, and I knew that was enough to buy a record. I forced my parents to take me to Two Guys on the way home, and I bought “Love Gun.”

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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.

Holly & EvanCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Capital Repertory TheaterRamblin Jug Stompers