The Five Best Concerts of the Summer

OK, here are the rules for Five Best Concerts of the Summer. There are no rules for Five Best Concerts of the Summer.

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Here’s our list:

Sunday, June 28: Bettye LaVette @ Freihoffer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC, Saratoga Springs
Friday, July 17: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women with Grainbelt @ Revolution Hall, Troy
Tuesday, July 21: Maxwell with Chrisette Michele @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
Wednesday, July 22: Mark Eitzel @ The Linda, Albany
Wednesday, August 12: Brave Combo @ Shepard Park, Lake George
Saturday, August 15: Josh Ritter @ MASS MoCA Music Festival, North Adams, Mass.

Yeah, I know. I listed six concerts. I told you that there were no rules.

Here are a few other categories that I felt like throwing in, too:

Most fun I had playing a show:
Sunday, August 23: Ramblin Jug Stompers with Ruth Pelham at the Central Park Music Haven in Schenectady

Most disappointing cancellation:
Saturday, July 25: Mike Seeger at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock. Less than three weeks later, he died of cancer.

Best opening act:
Saturday, May 30: Justin Townes Earle opening for Steve Earle at The Egg in Albany

Five shows that I really wanted to see but couldn’t get to for some stupid reason:
Friday, June 19: Alejandro Escovedo @ the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass.
Wednesday, July 8: Back Door Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany
Friday, July 10: The Felice Brothers @ Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass.
Sunday, July 19: The Pine Leaf Boys @ the Central Park Music Haven in Schenectady
Aunday, August 2: AC/DC @ the Times Union Center in Albany

There you have it. Your mileage may vary.

  1. AndyG says

    Hmm. Ponder, ponder. Technically, summer doesn’t end until Sept 22 (after a GREAT LarkFest lineup). For now, I would say:
    Any CRUMBS Nite Out @ the Linda;
    and I missed The Church, but heard it was awesome…

  2. Greg says

    OK, Andy, I know I said that there were no rules, but really… You’re gonna vote for a concert that you didn’t even see?!? I think you’ve gone too far.

  3. Matt Mac Haffie says

    Savoy Brown, Rock the River Troy “Savory Brown if you are WEXT”
    Ashely Pond, Live at Five
    The Church, The Egg
    Wilco, Dutchess Stadium
    The Neighborhoods, Green Fest, Boston

    The order is chronological.

    special Mention Maggie Mayday at Tulip Fest

  4. Greg says

    Technically not WEXT’s fault since “Savory Brown” was the name that was printed on ALL of the posters (which also misspelled Danielia Cotton’s name, too). But you would think that anyone with a bit of musical sense would have caught the mistake. Let’s hope that all involved do a better job when Savoy Brown returns to Rev Hall in Nov.

  5. HojoHiFive says

    I don’t really see a lot of live music…..

    Mark Eitzel- 7/22 The Linda
    The Neighborhoods- 7/25 Vixen/Provincetown, MA
    Incredible Casuals- 7/26 The Beachcomber/Wellfleet, MA yeah, it was a pretty blurry weekend
    Billy Bragg- 8/2 The Egg
    Springsteen- 8/25 SPAC

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