Comin’ Soon…

Radio station 104.9 The Edge throws down its Festivus Show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Thursday, December 17. Tantric headlines the holiday bash with Aranda, Janus and Karmas Army rounding out the bill.

Looking to 2010, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. presents “Laurie Anderson in Conversation” at 4pm on Saturday, January 16. That same evening Danish fractured popster Mikkel Hess and Hess is More bring their “freestyle disco jazz” to MASS MoCA. Australian musical comedy trio Tripod offers its work-in-progress production about Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday, January 30. Pedrito Martinez and his band fire up an Afro-Cuban dance party on Saturday, February 13, while Vermont rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals arrive on Thursday, March 11. And bluegrass meets punk when Jones Street Station steps into the spotlight on Saturday, March 27.

The Van Dyck in Schenectady has also announced some hot new shows for early 2010. Chatham’s own blues queen Rory Block makes an all-too-rare Nippertown appearance, playing two shows on Saturday, January 16. Dana Fuchs – from Julie Taymor’s psychedelic Beatles tribute film “Across the Universe” – brings in her band on Friday, February 5. Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker blows in on Saturday, February 6, followed by former Journey drummer Steve Smith and Jazz Legacy on Sunday, February 21.

The Linda in Albany is kicking off 2010 with a batch of new shows. Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings will be joined by Johnny Rabb and other special guests for the annual Elvis Birthday Bash on Saturday, January 9. Vintage vaudevillian Americana combo the Wiyos serve up tasty American vernacular music on Saturday, January 16. Albany blues legend Ernie Williams celebrates his 85th birthday on Saturday, January 30. And Doc Scanlon (with guest vocalist Colleen Pratt) fuel up a winter swing soiree on Friday, February 26.

There’s been a change of date for the concert by pianist and “From the Top” radio show host Christopher O’Riley at The Egg in Albany. Originally slated for Saturday night, March 6, the performance has been moved to 3pm on Sunday, March 7.

And as we announced in last week’s “Comin Soon” column, comedian Lewis Black is headed into the Palace Theatre in Albany on Thursday, February 4. Here are some new details: Priced at $32.50, $39.50 and $49.50, tickets for his “Let Them Eat Cake” tourstop go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday.

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