Royal de Luxe’s Berlin Reunion

October 13th, 2009, 10:03 am by Sara

As we mentioned before, the French contemporary street theater Royal de Luxe staged a citywide performance in Berlin over that unfolded over the course of three days. Over a million people came to watch. We are sad that we weren’t able to be there, but we are glad that The Big Picture at has a fantastic series of photographs of the event:

(photo by Philipp Guelland)

(photo by Philipp Guelland)


Real Good for Free: The LarkFest schedule

September 14th, 2009, 9:49 am by Greg

It’s time for LarkFest once again, the biggest free annual outdoor festival in all of Nippertown. The bash takes place on Saturday, September 19, and it stretches on Lark Street from Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue and then around the bend to Townsend Park at the corner of Washington and Henry Johnson Blvd.

Five stages.
More than two dozen acts.
AND it’s all free.

Here’s the schedule of performances:

MAIN STAGE @ MADISON (Lark & Madison)
12noon: Lark Idol: Victoria Lamas
12:20pm: The Burnham Brothers
1:15pm: Ten Year Vamp
2:30pm: Company of Thieves
4pm: Matt & Kim

MAIN STAGE @ WASHINGTON (Lark & Washington)
12:15pm: Queer for Astroboy
1:30pm: Lunic
2:45pm: Bell X1
4:15pm: Moby

TOWNSEND PARK STAGE (Washington & Henry Johnson)
11am: Barons in the Attic
11:45am: Matthew Loiacono
12:30pm: We Are Jeneric
1:15pm: Scientific Maps
2:15pm: Beware! the Other Head of Science
3:15pm: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

HOMETOWN STAGE (Lark & Chestnut)
12noon: Albany Poets
12:20pm: Discard Avant Garb
1:15pm: Joe Stories
1:45pm: Ashley Pond Band
2:30pm: MotherJudge w/ Jim Gaudet, Bob Buckley & Mitch Elrod
3:15pm: The Ameros
4pm: Rick Whispers
4:45pm: Marcus Ruggiero

FAMILY STAGE (Lark & Hudson)
12noon: Mike McCrea
12:30pm: eba Dance Theatre’s “Henry Hudson & His River”
1:30pm: Courtney Biondo
2pm: Merdwin the Mediocre
2:30pm: Mike McCrea
3pm: Courtney Biondo
3:30pm: Merdwin the Mediocre
4pm: Mike McCrea

Real Good For Free: Poughkeepsie Main Street Farmers Market

September 10th, 2009, 1:53 pm by Sara

Fresh food, great music and uplifting artworks of all kinds will be in abundance at the annual Harvest & Art Festival sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Main Street Farmers’ Market this Friday, September 11 from 11:30am-2pm at Mural Park on Main Street, just east of Market Street.

Featured performers include swing music by Suzie Deane & the Deane Machine and the Over The Pond to Poughkeepsie Ensemble reading selections from “1776,” You’ll also be able to watch a cooking demonstration using stevia recipes and visit lots of information booths for local arts organizations including Mill Street Loft, Barrett Clay Works, the Children’s Media Project.

Hello, Hello, I like your smile…

August 24th, 2009, 3:36 pm by Greg


Shortly before it started raining on Sunday night, Nippertown’s latest super fuzzy mascot made his (or her?) official debut at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park.

Round, bright orange and oh-so-shaggy, the Smile Monster danced out into the crowd for a few moments just prior to the children’s music concert by Ruth “Miss Music Mobile” Pelham and Ramblin Jug Stompers.

Monster then promptly left the park, leaving a non-fuzzy spokesperson to explain that a website would go live today to provide more smiles. Sure enough, somewhere around 2pm, the website appeared. And at least from what we can figure out, the Smile Monster is apparently the mascot for Charles Street Studio, which operates iSmile Studios at Colonie Center.

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Artists in need

August 19th, 2009, 3:29 pm by Greg

During the past couple of First Friday arts walks in Albany, we’ve ended up down at the Contompasis Gallery at 40 North Broadway. It’s off the beaten path, to say the least, but there’s a wonderful energy there. Artwork covers nearly every inch of wall space, spilling out into the hallway with canvases sometimes stacked up three or four deep.

So it was with a heavy heart that we learned of the fire there yesterday.

But it hasn’t taken long for fellow artists and musicians to come to their aid. Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany will be hosting a two-day marathon benefit bash on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5 in conjunction with next month’s First Friday. Lots of artwork on exhibit, lots of music on the stage, and lots of help for those in need.

Contact Tess’ Lark Tavern to make donations of artwork, time, talent or funds.

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Song of the Week: Street Drummer

August 19th, 2009, 11:19 am by Sara

Today is Ginger Baker’s birthday, but I recently saw a documentary on Cream and boy-oh-boy did he come off as a pompous ass.

I say we go with this amazing guy instead (no one seems to know who he is):

Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!!

August 12th, 2009, 9:00 am by Greg

Holy shit!

There have certainly been any number of great LarkFEST performances over the past 27 years, but we’re thinking that the musical line-up for LarkFEST 2009 is shaping up as the one of the all-time best.


So we say THANKS to the Lark Street Business Improvement District, who is co-sponsoring the street fest with the City of Albany.

On Lark Street in Albany at Washington and Madison avenues, the two main stages (presented by Willobee and the fine folks at WEQX-FM) will feature national headlining acts Moby, Bell X1, Matt & Kim and Company of Thieves, as well as Vermont’s Burnham Bros. Band, in addition to Capital Region faves Lunic, Ten Year Vamp and a reunion of Queer for AstroBoy.

For the second consecutive year, the Albany Barn is sponsoring the Townsend Park Stage on Washington Avenue between Henry Johnson Blvd. and Central Avenue. Performing in Townsend Park will be Barrons in the Attic, Matthew Loiacono, We Are Jeneric, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

Meanwhile on the Hometown Stage, singer-songwriter MotherJudge will be hosting an eclectic mix of music, poetry and visual art featuring the Albany Poets, Rick Whispers, the fashions of Discard Avant Garb, Marcus Ruggerio and the Ameros.

The 28th annual LarkFEST will be held between 10am-5:30pm on Saturday September 19.

See you there.

Real Good for Free: Castleton Library (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Sonny Landreth @ Mountain Park, 8/15
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
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: 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: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
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: 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: 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: The Summer of ’69 Rock Reunion @ the Rolling Stone Pub, 8/8/09

August 5th, 2009, 6:29 pm by Greg

The summer of 1969 was a magical time. For some of us, it was all about landing a man on the moon. For others, it was the granddaddy of all musical events, the Woodstock Festival. And, of course, all some of us know about the summer of ’69 is what we learned from that Bryan Adams song. (Really? Is that possible?)

On Saturday, August 8, a dozen of the Capital Region’s rockin’-est bands of that golden era will be teaming up for an all-day class reunion at the Rolling Stone Pub in Burnt Hills.

The festivities are slated to run from 12noon to 12midnight (or whenever the Rolling Stone runs out of beer).

The Bits ‘n Pieces are one of the featured bands performing at the reunion with all five original members – bassist Denny Connelly, keyboardist John Heidenstrom, guitarist Ed Partyka, drummer Vince Riggi and saxman Georgie Wonders. Of course, these days Wonders is more likely to be found playing the classic big band music of Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw these days as the bandleader of the Georgie Wonders Orchestra.

Ruff Francis – bassist, vocalist and bandleader for the Illusions – is scheduled to perform at the reunion, as well.

Other featured bands include the Misfits, the Rogues, Chicken Fingers, the Nieutones, Malta Ridge, Snake, Rockin’ Ridge, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, the West Front Street British Invasion and Sidetrack.

All of this – 12 hours of music and a dozen bands – for just $3 admission.

We here at Nippertown would love to do some in-depth stories about some of these bands. Can you help? We’d sure appreciate it.

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