Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Wisconsin power-popsters Locksley returned to Nippertown last month for a free concert sponsored by WEQX-FM at Vapor in Saratoga Springs. Local 518 favorites the Lucky Jukebox Brigade kicked off the festivities with an impressive opening set. That’s what we call “real good for FREE”…
Photographs Timothy Reidy
Led by frontman Jesse Rutherford, California alt-rockers the Neighbourhood made their Nippertown debut at the Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs earlier this month in front of a huge crowd. Sponsored by radio station WEQX-FM, the free Monday night showcase concert also featured fave Local 518 funkateers Mirk.
Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
“I’m the original big nose rapper,” said Digital Underground frontman Humpty Hump — aka Shock G — after sauntering onstage at Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s Vapor Night Club in a red-and-black velvet smoking jacket, skunk-striped fro and his signature Groucho glasses.
The Digital Underground frontman, one of the most distinctive figures in ‘90s hip-hop, kept up the nerdy, debauched professor look and nasally Humpty voice for half the show—oozing sleazy charm and thrilling the crowd with a handful of old-school songs, from “The Return of the Crazy One” to the group’s biggest (and by far most ridiculous) hit, the Parliament-sampling, ego-tripping “The Humpty Dance.”
Lots of amusingly ribald stuff from the frontman who famously boasted on the latter about getting “busy in a Burger King bathroom.”
SPAC meets the Rat Pack on Thursday night (October 11)!
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is presenting Vintage Vegas Night, a retro-cool, fun-filled fundraiser at Vapor Night Club at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs on Thursday evening.
To get you in the mood, the flashback bash kicks off with complimentary (that means “free”) classic Vegas cocktails like Manhattans and vodka gimlets from 7-8pm. And of course a Vegas Night just wouldn’t be a real Vegas Night without some go-for-broke gambling, so the swingin’ shindig will offer you the opportunity to try your luck at eight black jack tables and a pair of Vegas wheels (cash betting – minimum $1, max $5) throughout the evening, too.
Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
“For those that don’t know, I’m one of the originators of the human beatbox – me and Doug E. Fresh,” said rapper Biz Markie when he came out onstage for a quick but charged set at Club Vapor, the swanky two-level nightclub next to the Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s flashing, slot machine-filled gaming floor.
The opening DJ – club regular DVDJ Dread – had warmed up the crowd with video-enhanced snippets of R&B and hip-hop classics, everything from Positive K’s “I Got a Man” to Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop.” Then Biz Markie’s longtime DJ (and tour manager/cousin) Cool V came out, first paying tribute to Run-D.M.C.’s slain DJ Jam Master Jay before mixing a “little history lesson” of old school hip-hop, including Doug E. Fresh’s prototype “The Show” and LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells.”
So the night was primed for nostalgia even before the Biz arrived onstage in old school Adidas sneakers to start off the show with a demonstration of his unparalleled beatboxing credentials. On “Biz Is Goin’ Off” and “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz” – both songs from his 1988 debut “Goin’ Off” – he added some creative tongue-popping, mouth-blowing percussion, even holding the microphone up against his throat or head to enhance the effects.
NAME: Biz Markie
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “ABC” by the Jackson 5
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Crash Crew and the Masterdon Committee
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Harmonica
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Def Fresh Crew” w/Roxanne Shante
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Midnight Express Crew
Biz Markie makes a special celebrity appearance at Vapor in Saratoga Springs for the weekly Sights & Sounds session at 9pm on Saturday (January 21). He’ll be joined by DVDJ Dread and host J. Will. Tix are $10.