The annual Irish 2000 Music Festival doesn’t roll around on the Nippertown calendar until September 16 & 17, but you can get a jump on the hot-wired Celtic-rock sounds a week earlier when Irish-punk stalwarts Dropkick Murphys lead their Shamrock-N-Roll Festival into the Altamont Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 11. The bash kicks off at 3:30pm and features two stages with music by Street Dogs, Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan, the Mahones, the Parkington Sisters and more. A boxing demonstration and signing by boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (the subject of the award-winning film, “The Fighter”) will also be featured. Tix are $30.50 in advance; $36 at the gate. $1 from each ticket sold will benefit a 9/11 memorial fund.
Les Claypool leads Primus into Albany’s Palace Theatre for two sets at 8pm on Tuesday, September 27, in support of their upcoming CD “Green Naugahyde,” the band’s first studio album in 11 years, which is slated for release on Tuesday, September 13. Tix go on sale to the general public at 10am Saturday, priced at $29.50, $34.50 and $40. Also upcoming at the Palace is rapper Gucci Mane and the Brick Squad Family at 8pm on Saturday, August 13. Tix are $35, $47 and $85. And for the kids, “Yo Gabba Gabba” brings its “It’s Time to Dance” tour to the Palace for two shows (3 & 6pm) on Wednesday, October 5, with special guests Leslie Hall and Biz Markie. Tix are $29.50 and $39.50.
OK, we admit it. We didn’t know who the hell PINKtank was. Never heard of ’em. But we poked around a bit, and immediately circled Saturday, July 30 on our social calendar. That’s when PINKtank – featuring guitar explorer David Torn, drummer Dean Sharp and trumpeter Russ Johnson – blows into Justin’s in Albany for a pair of forward-thinking, improvisational sets beginning at 9:30pm.
Jazz guitar great John Abercrombie takes over the Colony Cafe in Woodstock at 8pm on Friday, August 12, with a band that also features pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist John Menegon and drummer Bob Meyer. Also on the jazz front at the Colony, the duo of vocalist Sheila Jordan and bassist Cameron Brown steps into the spotlight at 7pm on Sunday, September 11. Tix are $15 for each show.
The Linda at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio in Albany has added a couple of shows to its September calendar. The annual Roots Music Festival returns at 7pm on Saturday, September 17 with performances by Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers, Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen, M.R. Poulopoulos and more. Tix are $15 with proceeds to benefit the JC Club. And acclaimed Austin-based alt-country band the Gourds ramble into The Linda at 8pm on Wednesday September 28 to celebrate the release of their new album, “Old Mad Joy,” produced by Larry Campbell. Tix are $20.
Northern Lights in Clifton Park has announced a handful of new shows, including the Sam Roberts Band with Zeus and Pillowhead at 8pm on Friday, September 30 (on sale 10am Friday for $10); Mat Kearney at 8pm on Sunday, October 30 (on sale Friday for $15); and Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park Tour at 8pm on Sunday, December 7 (on sale at 10am Saturday for $20).
In conjunction with the day-long Pathways to Peaceful Living Conference, jazz/new age soprano saxophonist Paul Winter will perform a special concert program, “A Celebration of the Earth,” at Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 17. Admission is $25 for conference attendees; $45 for general admission; $65 for VIP seating.
NYC rocker Patti Rothberg – one of the headliners at Albany’s Tulip Festival back in May – returns to Nippertown for a show at 11pm on Friday, August 5 at the Sunset Cafe in Ballston Spa. The show is being held in conjunction with the Ballston Spa Film Festival, held from Thursday, August 4 thru Saturday, August 6.
New shows on the concert calendar at Club Helsinki in Hudson include singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault at 9pm on Friday, September 30 ($20) and roots music combo the Greencards at 9pm on Friday, November 4 ($20).
Country singers Phil Vassar and James Wesley are the headline acts performing at the Taste of Country BBQ Championship at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday, July 30. The event takes place from 11am-1pm at the Polo Field near the main entrance. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the gate.
Also at the Casino/Raceway, Vapor is hosting two shows (6 & 8pm) by Neil Diamond tribute act Simply Diamond on Wednesday, August 3. Tix are $20.
Sold out: If you don’t already have tix for Joan Rivers at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Friday, July 29, it looks like you’re out of luck. The show is officially sold out.
Postponed: Mandolin master Chris Thile and his band the Punch Brothers were slated to roll into Club Helsinki in Hudson on Thursday, August 25, but that show has been postponed. However, the band’s concert at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, August 27 will go on as scheduled. No new date for Club Helsinki has been scheduled at this time.
Openers: Nicole Atkins has been added as the opening act for Cracker at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Friday (July 22). Tix are $25.
Ch-ch-ch-changes: Ska-rockers Mother Fletcher were originally slated to play Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday night, but that won’t be happening. The show, which starts at 9pm, will now feature the double bill of Liv Carrow and Old Friend. Admission is $8.
Ch-ch-ch-changes, Part II: Over at the Central Park Music Haven in Schenectady, Taina Asili and Gaetano Vacarro will not be opening for the nine-piece Cuban music pioneers Sierra Maestra, as originally scheduled. Instead, flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski will take over the opening slot at 7pm on Sunday. Admission is free.