Our Wish List for Nippertown in 2011


Last week, I wrote a short item for The Times Union’s Preview cover story that featured wishes and resolutions for 2011 by various members of the Nippertown arts community.

Since then, Times Union arts editor Michael Janairo kept the ball rolling with his Sunday editorial, and staff writer Tom Keyser reiterated it again today.

Here’s what I originally wrote:

For 2011, we wish that the Capital Region would rise up in a groundswell of support for the multitude of marvelous local arts organizations that are struggling or have lost their governmental funding – from Music Mobile to Capital Repertory Theatre to The Egg and waaaaay beyond.

And here’s my dream-plan on how to make it all happen… I wish that everyone in the Capital Region would attend an event at just one arts venue that they’ve never visited before. It’s always amazed me when people who have lived in the Capital Region for 10 or 15 years admit that they’ve never been to Caffe Lena, MASS MoCA, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Glimmerglass Opera, Albany Center Gallery or Jacob’s Pillow.

So please try it. Just go to one arts venue that’s new to you. Just see one event there. Maybe it will open a door…

And if we haven’t used up all of wishes yet, here are a few more. In 2011, we wish that we would see:

…more live music venues opening than closing.

…a local concert by Veda Hille, Stan Ridgeway, Antony & the Johnsons, Sheila Chandra, Prince, Ry Cooder, Hem, Leonard Cohen or Jackie Leven. Just one of ’em. Are we asking too much?

…the re-release of Sean Rowe’s album “Magic” on Anti- Records be met with much success.

…more performances from Lonesome Val, who made a stunning and long overdue return to the spotlight last month at The Linda.

Keith Jarrett at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC. (We can dream, can’t we?)

…more co-operation and co-ordinated planning between arts groups (Why were the two biggest pop a cappella concerts of 2010 on the same night – Straight No Chaser at the Palace Theatre and Sonos at The Linda?)

What’s on your wish list for 2011?

  1. LP says

    I would love to see a really good local Blues Festival…..something that could be every year…well sponsored…outside near the water….with some great bar b que and high quality libations.

  2. Scott C. says

    I don’t know if you consider Hunter Mountain “local”, but it looks like organizers have something big planned for late August: http://www.bluestock.com No artists names have been officially announced, but Pollstar is listing both Curtis Salgado and Buddy Guy as scheduled to play at Hunter Mtn. that weekend.

  3. LP says

    That sounds very promising…..and local enough…thanks Scott …will be keeping an eye on this site.

  4. J Hunter says

    Hmmmmm… My wish list? Well…

    1) That the organizers of Solid Sound Festival don’t increase the number of tickets available for the weekend. One of the best things about Solid Sound was that it WASN’T wall-to-wall people!

    2) That one of the plans for an early-season jazz festival in Schenectady comes to fruition

    3) That Freihofer’s Jazz Festival resists the urge to book totally non-jazz acts in order to bump up the gate (Yes, I know, but a guy can dream, can’t he?)

    4) That EMPAC takes the opportunity to book more musical acts during the Egg/Troy Savings Bank’s summer layoff, so everyone can drink in that amazing concert hall

    I also join in the wishes for another local blues festival — closer than Hunter Mountain, and anywhere but Empire State Plaza — and that we lose no more venues. Apart from that, I’m a happy guy!

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