AUGUST 2: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

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Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
Adam Duritz of Counting Crows at SPAC, August 2, 2010

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of August 2 concerts through the years…

2017: Incendio @ Empire State Plaza, Albany and Shepard Park, Lake George
2016: Motion City Soundtrack, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Rozwell Kid @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2015: Joey Alexander Trio, the Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo @ Music Haven, Schenectady
2014: Bang on a Can Marathon featuring Glenn Kotche @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2013: Bob Irwin & Friends @ Storm King, Coxsackie
2012: Alive at Five featuring Lee Brice, Wendy Owens & Renegade @ Riverfront Park, Albany
2011: Def Leppard, Heart @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2010: Counting Crows, Augustana @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2009: AC/DC @ the Times Union Center, Albany
2008: Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, Avril Lavigne @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2007: Alive at Five featuring Beginnings, Mingo Fishtrap @ Riverfront Park, Albany
2006: Blue Oyster Cult, Ten Years After @ Empire State Plaza, Albany
2005: Dope, Mushroomhead @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2004: Los Lobos, Maria Zemantauski @ Washington Park, Albany
2003: Barrence Whitfield @ Siro’s, Saratoga Springs
2002: Jonatha Brooke, Bari Koral @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
2001: Alive at Five featuring Big Rude Jake, Dem Brooklyn Bums @ Tricentennial Park, Albany
2000: Val Haynes @ Positively Fourth Street, Troy
1999: Moby, Moa @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1998: H.O.R.D.E. featuring Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Alana Davis, Gov’t Mule, Paula Cole, Marcy Playground, Decadent Royals @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

1997: Nicholas Payton @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1996: Greg Piccolo & Heavy Juice @ The Metro, Saratoga Springs
1995: Santana, Jeff Beck, Keb Mo @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1994: Lollapalooza featuring the Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars, The Breeders, A Tribe Called Quest, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, L7 @ Saratoga Raceway, Saratoga Springs
1993: Sharon, Lois & Bram @ Starlite Music Theatre, Latham
1992: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bonham @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1991: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, doubtingthomas @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1990: Tiny Lights, The Breathers @ QE2, Albany
1989: 24-7 Spyz @ QE2, Albany
1988: Bryan Ferry @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie
1987: Anita Baker @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1986: John Denver @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1985: Richard Thompson @ RPI’s McNeil Room, Troy
1984: Sheena Easton @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1980: Gordon Lightfoot @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1979: Billy Falcon’s Burning Rose @ JB Scott’s, Albany
1978: The Doobie Brothers @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1977: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
1971: The Who @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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1 Comment
  1. Stanley Johnson says

    During the Horde Festival at SPAC in 1998, I was lucky to run into Allen Woody of Gov’t Mule who was checking out the grounds. He told me to come to the tent on the lawn at a specific time, which I did. Inside were Gov’t Mule, the keyboard player for Barenaked Ladies and Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors, who blazed through a red-hot set of covers, including (if I remember correctly) “Silver Train” by the Stones and “Back In The USSR” by you know who. The audience might have been as big as ten people. Years later I asked Chris Barron (after a Lark Street performance) about the set. He said it was one of the highlights of his career. It’s doubtful, but does anyone have a recording?

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