LIVE: Fear of Strangers @ J.B. Scott’s Reunion, 5/5/12

May 7th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

Video by Real George

LIVE: Fear of Stangers @ J.B. Scott’s Reunion, 5/5/12 (Bonus Track!) at Nippertown
Were-You-Seen-At photographs by Anne-Marie Sheehan at The Times Union
Chuck Miller’s review and photographs at Chuck Miller


Flashback to 1985: “The Meeting of the Musical Minds”

January 26th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg

Metroland Local Music Issue 1985

OK, so now we all know the State of the Union, according to President Obama.

But what about the State of the Nippertown Music Scene? Circa 1985, that is.

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ArtBeat: “Art-Hypnosis Hypnosis-Art” @ Upstate Artists Guild

November 5th, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg

As part of tonight’s First Friday arts walk from 5-9pm, Upstate Artists Guild will host “Art-Hypnosis Hypnosis-Art,” a new way of conditioning yourself in an art gallery setting.

“My goal is to allow viewers to gain confidence and personal insights using artwork to focus attention,” explains certified hypnotist George Guarino, who has installed three Art-Hypnosis works at UAG, “and to explore the relationship between the viewer, the gallery space and the use of a piece of art as a focal point for self-confidence and insight. My canvas is the space between the viewer and the piece of art.

“I intend to produce works that suggest and condition the viewer to go inside themselves through art and find their own ability to use this experience for future discovery and growth.”

Guarino – who longtime Nippertown music fans will remember as the producer of the cable television shows “Real George’s Backroom” and “Sarge Blotto’s Hotseat,” as well as the editor and publisher of “Buzzz” magazine – runs Hypnosis Works Well with offices in Clifton Park and Delmar. He will be on hand from 5-9pm tonight for the opening reception of the exhibit. Admission is free.

The exhibit will remain on view through Friday, November 26.

Flashback: The Penny Knight Band, 1984

November 2nd, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

This week we’re digging deep into the vaults of “Real George’s Backroom,” Albany’s fabulous ’80s vintage cable television music show, for another blast from the past – the Penny Knight Band.

Led by singer-drummer Penny Knight, here the band kicks out a pair of tunes – “He’s a Faker” and “Jump Start My Heart” – that Real George captured live in 1984 at Easter Seals’ Parties in the Park. The free concerts were held in Albany’s West Capitol Park every Wednesday throughout the summer months:

But WAIT, here’s the best news…

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Flashback: “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat” With Gary Windo, Part II

October 15th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

As promised, here’s the second half of the ’84/’85 video interview with the late, great saxman Gary Windo:

“Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat” was produced and directed for public access television by Real George. Thanks, George.

Gary Windo, Part I
Bert Sommer, Part I
Bert Sommer, Part II

Flashback: “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat” With Gary Windo, Part I

October 14th, 2010, 3:16 pm by Sara

Lo and behold, we’ve uncovered yet another episode of the lost, mid-’80s vintage, public access television show, “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat.”

This time around, Sarge sits down with British sax-blaster Gary Windo, who has blown his horn with folks like NRBQ, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, the Psychedelic Furs and, yes, even Tiny Tim, as well as various Nippertown music scene vets including Johnny Rabb. He led various bands of his own, as well, including Pam Windo & the Shades and the Gary Windo Orchestra (whose stunning 1985, Hal Willner-produced album, “Deep Water,” found him exploring the depths of Albert Ayler’s classic “Ghosts,” as well as such original tunes as “Don’t Bite Too Hard (Your Teeth Are Too Sharp).”

Sadly, Windo passed away in 1992.

We’re not sure of the exact date for this episode, but it’s likely 1984 or 1985, and it was – as always – produced and directed by the tireless Real George.

We’ll post the second half of the interview tomorrow, but here’s Part I:

Coincidentally, the Psychedelic Furs play the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock at 9pm on Friday. Tickets are $45.

Bert Sommer, Part I
Bert Sommer, Part II

Flashback: The Bert Sommer Interview, Part II

October 8th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Yesterday, we gave you Part I of the 1985 vintage “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat” video interview with the late, great singer-songwriter Bert Sommer.

As promised, here’s Part II:

“Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat” was produced and directed by Real George.

Stay tuned here at for more vintage video from the vaults of “Sarge Blotto’s Hot Seat” and “Real George’s Backroom” coming soon.

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