Real Good for FREE: Rensselaer’s Music in the Park Concert Series

June 19th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
June 20: Winchester and Young

June 20: Winchester and Young

The Rensselaer Music in the Park concert series is taking place at the North End Firehouse at 2 St. Frances Lane in Rensselaer. The free concerts take place at 6pm on Wednesdays throughout the summer.

In addition to the music, there’s also free water and popcorn. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening.

Here’s the 2012 line-up of performances:

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Real Good for Free: Music in the Park, Rensselaer

June 29th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Tom Healey Band

The Tom Healey Band performing at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in May (Photo by Rudy Lu)

The Music in the Park concerts series returns to Riverfront Park in Rensselaer at 6pm every Tuesday evening during the months of July and August. The schedule kicks off on Tuesday with the Tom Healey Band.

Here’s the line-up of performances for the 2011 summer season:

July 5: The Tom Healey Band
July 12: Meyers and Yonkers
July 19: Winchester and Young
July 26: Donny Elvis
August 2: The True Tones
August 9: Kenny Pratt
August 16: Irish Tenors
August 23: Courtney Van Dyke’s tribute to Patsy Cline
August 30: Tommy Dick, All American Juke Box

Bring a lawn chair.


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Lookin’ back: Remembering Duck Soup

September 16th, 2009, 10:07 am by Greg

It seems that all the longtime Nippertown music scene-makers get all misty-eyed whenever someone mentions 288 Lark or QE2 – a pair of adventurous music clubs which were both helmed by the fabulous, charming, black-clad Charlene Shortsleeve.

But Shortsleeve also managed another club in between her long stints at those two Albany nightlife landmarks, and nobody seems to remember much about it.

The problem? Duck Soup – as the short-lived club was known – was across the river in Rensselaer, and for the downtown Albany punks, well, I guess that seemed like a world away.

But in doing a bit of de-pack-ratting recently, we came across a Duck Soup flier featuring the schedule for September 1985 – 24 years ago – and it still looks pretty interesting to us:

9/18: Beat Rodeo with Woofing Cookies
9/19: Who Likes What with the Distractions
9/20: The Broadcasters with Diversion Factor
9/21: The Reducers with Joypop
9/22: Agitpop with Due Process
9/25: 10,000 Maniacs with the Mole
9/26: The World Famous Blue Jays with the Last Roundup
9/27: Antic Hay with Diversion Factor
9/28: Bovine with Due Process

October’s slate of shows wasn’t too shabby either with bands like the Chesterfield Kings, the Bandables, Game Theory, Brian Brain, Dumptruck, Jeannie Smith & the Hurricanes, Lifeboat and Miracle Legion filling out the calendar.

Anybody else got any good old Duck Soup memories?

Real Good for Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park

July 15th, 2009, 8:16 am by Greg

Yes, Albany’s Riverfront Park hosts the Alive @ 5 free concert series, while Troy’s Riverfront Park hosts a free series of afternoon kids’ shows.

But Rensselaer’s Riverfront Park is getting in on the free-music-in-the-park-by-the-river concept, too.

The concerts take place at 6pm on Wednesdays under the bridge by the gazebo, and in case of rain, they will move indoors to the Rensselaer Train Station.

Here’s who’s on tap:

July 15: Joy Adler and the Souls of Evolution

July 22: The Charlie Smith Blues Band

July 29: April Marie & Friends

August 5: The Bill Dexter Quartet

August 12: The Doc Scanlon Trio

August 19: The Rizzos

August 26: The Georgie Wonders Big Band

Real Good For Free: Schenenectady County SummerNight (7/17)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Sand Lake Summer Fest (Fri-Sun, July 10-12)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good For Free: AHMF @ Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Skidmore Jazz (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Schodack (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

Be Here Now: Coughing Fit release party

June 26th, 2009, 11:36 am by Greg

Need to get a little punk adrenaline pumping through your veins this weekend? Make a stop over at the Rensselaer Odd Fellows Hall (1067 Broadway, Rensselaer) for full day of fun and moshing on Saturday.

Local straight edge hardcore heroes Coughing Fit celebrate the release of their new record with a crank-it-to-11 bash that begins at 7pm. In addition to Coughing Fit, the line-up also features Nomos, Aerosols, Brain Killer and Robert Hood.

The party actually begins at 5pm with a barbecue, and following the final notes of the evening’s sonic assault you can also join in “the annual naked punk swim” at Burden Lake.

Holly & EvanCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesAlbany Poets