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LIVE: River Street Festival @ Troy’s River Street, 6/14/15

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
The Grass Roots

The Grass Roots

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

This year, the River Street Festival in Troy put more of an emphasis on art, but make no mistake, there was still plenty of music going on through the Saturday afternoon fest.

Three stages of music, in fact…

And those stages proudly hosted a wide variety of bands and musicians, including the returning children’s music duo Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh and the homegrown talents of Funk Evolution, Kim Buckley, young Emma Torncello and many others.



LIVE: Oumar Konate @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/30/14

Friday, June 6th, 2014
Oumar Konate

Oumar Konate

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

A fast-rising star from Mali, guitarist-singer-songwriter Oumar Konate served up a marvelous evening of contemporary West African music last week when he made his Nippertown concert debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Touring in support of his first international album, Addoh, Konate and his bandmates – bassist Cheick Siriman Sissoko and drummer-percussionist Makan Camara – kept the rhythms percolating, the melodies soaring and the message loud and clear for peace and better days in Mali and all around the globe.

A versatile player who is equally talented on both acoustic and electric guitar, Konate’s fretsmanship was nothing short of astounding. As the kids say these days, he shreds.


LIVE: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars @ the Ale House, 5/19/14

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Kim Lenz

Kim Lenz

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Ed Conway

It may have been a Monday night in Troy, but it sure sounded like a Saturday night was brewing when Kim Lenz & the Jaguars played a raucously fun 80-minute set of rockabilly tunes at the Ale House.

Backed by four exceptional musicians, Lenz made quite an impression in her Nippertown debut. If Poison Ivy and Lux Interior of the Cramps had had a daughter, and raised her on Sun Records platters and bordertown honky tonk 45s, and perhaps named Janis Martin the girl’s godmother, she would have grown up to be Lenz. With her fiery red hair and vintage dress and high heels, the LA-based singer had everybody’s attention as she strolled out into the audience to say hello.

With a road-tested acoustic guitar in hand, Lenz opened with a “Saturday Jump” that featured guitarists Ramon Espinoza and Joel Morin trading some scorching solos over a swinging rhythm by Santos de Leon on drums and Shorty Poole on upright bass. Her vocal prowess was undeniable, as was her sense of humor. “Thanks for being part of that sound check!” cracked Lenz after taking a sip of red wine.


LIVE: Red Molly @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 5/16/14

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


Review and photographs by Tim Mack

There is no justice.

If you’re the sort of music fan who reads Nippertown, you know this already. Talent, charisma and hard work don’t guarantee success, and plenty of artists lacking in those departments make the big-time through blind luck and clever management (and possibly questionable consumer taste).

Which brings us to Red Molly.

If you caught the Americana/bluegrass trio in their return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last Friday night, you probably felt lucky to see such an outsized talent in a comparatively modest venue. Bassist Laurie MacAllister noted it was likely the biggest indoor audience the band had ever played for. And somehow that didn’t seem right. Not that anyone was complaining, because the Hall’s famous acoustics seemed perfectly suited to these three pure voices.

MacAllister, Abbie Gardner (dobro) and Molly Venter (guitar) play music with a good ol’ country feel and a bigger sound than you’d expect from an easy-going trio. (Concert note: It’s always a good sign when the ushers are raving about the sound check while they lead you to your seat.) The first set saw a sampling of material off their 2011 studio release, Light in the Sky, as well as songs from their various solo records and the soon-to-be-released The Red Album, arriving officially next week (though copies arrived in Troy just in time for the show). Every song was a crowd-pleaser, but two covers were stand-outs: Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” Richard Thompson’s classic motorcycle ballad starring a tragic heroine named… Red Molly.


Rest Fest Returns to CAC Woodside in Troy This Summer

Monday, April 28th, 2014

RestFest 2014

After three years at Albany’s St. Joseph Church, last year the annual Restoration Festival moved across the Hudson River to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. And apparently the venue was a hit because the Rest Fest folks have announced that the fest will be returning to the new venue again this year.

But rather than hosting the event in September, this year Rest Fest will held a few weeks earlier – on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 – which will hopefully avoid conflicts with other Local 518 fests which have landed on the same date as Rest Fest during the past couple of years.


LIVE: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric @ the River Street Beat Shop, 4/19/14

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Last Saturday (April 19) was Record Store Day, and Jimmy Barrett and the rest of the fine folks at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy did it up right, hosting a free, indoor/outdoor doubleheader concert, in addition to offering a big batch of Record Store Day exclusive merch – including the “Bubbles in the Think Tank” colored-vinyl EP and cool seven-inchers by Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix from the fine folks at Coxsackie’s Sundazed Music.

The live music was flowing, too, with Nippertown garage-rockers the Mysteios kicking off the afternoon’s festivities with a sneak peek at their upcoming new CD, Planet Action, during an outdoor performance on the sidewalk in front of the store. The celebration moved inside for a fine set by the fab couple Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric that included Rigby’s rockin’ “Dancing With Joey Ramone” and, of course, Eric’s vintage Stiff Records classic, “Whole Wide World.”


Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

Win FREE Tickets to Great Guitars @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

One big night…
Four great guitarists…
Twenty-four sparkling strings…

On Saturday night (April 19), the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is hosting a concert that lives up to its name – Great Guitars, featuring four of the leading acoustic guitarists of their generation.

Combining Martin Taylor’s award-winning finger style with Frank Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique, Vinny Raniolo’s energetic playing and Peppino D’Agostino’s classically-inspired artistry, this evening will feature solo, duet, trio, and quartet performances by four masters of the acoustic guitar. Together, they will present an evening of virtuosity, humor and musical fireworks. The show begins at 8pm on Saturday, and tickets are available, priced at $20, $22, $28 & $34.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, 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 deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (April 18), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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