Back in April at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Dennis DeYoung delivered his interpretations of the classic rock Styx catalog. Now it’s the rest of the band’s turn. On Saturday, October 30, Styx heads into the Palace Theatre in Albany with their Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Tour, which means, of course, that in addition to the classic hits, the band will perform both albums – 1977’s “The Grand Illusion” and 1978’s “Pieces of Eight” – in their entirety. The band’s current line-up features Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips and sometimes original bassist Chuck Panozzo. Priced at $39.50, $55.50 and $69.50, tix will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, August 19.
Country superstar Alan Jackson rolls into the Glens Falls Civic Center at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 11, in support of his latest smash hit album, “Freight Train.” The 9/11 concert date will certainly bring a deep resonance to Jackson’s hit, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Priced at $49 and $59, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am Saturday.
Rockin’ singer-songwriter Robert Francis – who made his area debut back in May with a free lunchtime performance at The Linda in Albany – brings his band into Northern Lights in Clifton Park at 7:30pm on Sunday, September 12. Priced at $8, advance tix will go on sale at 10am Saturday. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of NL’s new bookings. Country singer Clay Walker transforms the Clifton Park nightclub into Nashville North at 8:30pm on Saturday, August 28. Priced at $18, tix are slated to go on sale at 10am tomorrow (Thursday, August 5). Hellbent, crazed country rebel Hank Williams III rips it up at 8pm on Tuesday, September 7. Priced at $16 in advance; $18 at the door, tix go on sale at 10am Saturday. As I Lay Dying headlines at NL on Friday, September 24, with All That Remains and Unearth rounding out the bill. Priced at $20, advance tix go on sale at 12noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 5). And horn-fueled veteran west coast funk ‘n’ soul band Tower of Power blows into Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, October 21. Priced at $25 in advance; $0 at the door, tix go on sale at 10am Saturday.
Old Songs in Voorheesville has announced its line-up of concerts for the fall season, which kicks off at 6pm on Saturday, September 11, with a dinner and concert (“The Songs of Malvina Reynolds” featuring Annie & the Hedonists, Addie & Olin, George Ward, Bill Spence, Roger Mock and Debra Burger) for the benefit of Old Songs. Tix are $25; children 12 & under $15. Other concerts on the slate include Acoustic Eidolon on Friday, September 24; Jez Lowe on Friday, October 15; Lisa Gutkin on Saturday, October 23; and Finest Kind on Friday, November 12. Old Songs is also presenting the annual Nowell Sing We Clear – A Mid-Winter Pageant of Carols at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont at 3pm on Saturday, December 11. Tix are $20 for each concert.
Jake Holmes – one of the great, under-appreciated and almost forgotten singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s – returns to the Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs 8pm on Saturday, September 11. Tix are $20, and the show is a benefit concert for Saratoga Arts.
Down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater has added a handful of new shows, including the Barr Brothers (of the Slip) at 9pm on Saturday, September 11 ($10); percussionist extraordinaire Cyro Baptista & Friends at 8pm on Thursday, September 16 ($15); A.A. Bondy at 8pm on Tuesday, October 5 ($12 in advance); Virgil Cain at 9pm on Saturday, November 13 ($10 in advance).
Also down in Woodstock, Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles are the stuff of legend. Yes, the tickets are pricey ($150), but I have yet to meet anyone who’s said the show wasn’t worth every penny. And if you’re a fan of New Orleans music, you might want to snag a ticket for 8pm on Saturday, September 25, when Levon and his killer band will be joined by the funktastic Stanton Moore Trio and bluesman Anders Osborne.
New shows on the calendar at Club Helsinki Hudson include singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson at 9pm on Saturday, August 14 ($20), the Wiyos on Friday, September 10 and Chuck Prophet on Saturday, November 13.
POSTPONED: The performance by tribute band Celebrating Queen and the Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra – which was originally slated to take over The Egg in Albany on Saturday night – has been postponed. No new date has been announced yet.