Best of 2011: Greg Haymes’ Top 20 Concerts

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Swamp Baby @ Restoration Festival (photo by Bryan Thomas)

By Greg Haymes, Nippertown writer-editor

20. Flogging Molly @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park (February 20)

19. Signal @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy (March 12)

18. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs (May 22)

17. Elizabeth Cook @ The Linda, Albany (June 15)

16. Weird Al Yankovic @ the Palace Theatre, Albany (October 18)

15. Super 400 and the Charlie Watts Riots @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany (July 7)

14. James Farm @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (September 22)

13. Gogol Bordello @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park (April 1)

12. Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Tia Fuller Quartet, David Binney, more @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (June 26)

11. Rosanne Cash @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Theater, North Adams (May 28)

10. Exit Dome 4 featuring Phantogram, Charlie Watts Riots, Rodeo Barons, Bryan Thomas, more @ WMHT-TV Studios, North Greenbush (January 29)

9. The Either/Orchestra @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy (November 20)

8. Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany (December 10)

7. Iron & Wine @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams (April 16)

6. The Felice Brothers @ Club Helsinki, Hudson (March 26)

5. Solid Sound Festival featuring Wilco, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Thurston Moore, Liam Finn, more @ MASS MoCA, North Adams (June 25)

4. Lindsey Buckingham @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany (November 2)

3. Brad Mehldau @ Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Lenox (August 25)

2. Peter Gabriel & the New Blood Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (June 27)

1. Restoration Festival featuring Matthew Carefully’s Undone Ensemble, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, We Are Jeneric, Swamp Baby, Slender Shoulders, more @ St. Joseph’s Church, Albany (August 27-28)

June 25-28: Solid Sound Fest on Saturday; Freihofer Jazz Fest on Sunday; Peter Gabriel on Monday. And Tuesday? Sleep…

The Tia Fuller Quartet at Freihofer Jazz Festival (June 26)

Gretchen Parlato at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre (November 5)

David Wax Museum @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre (November 22)

(tie) The Brooks Tegler Orchestra’s tribute to Benny Goodman @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (November 10)
Start Making Sense’s tribute to Talking Heads @ Jillian’s (February 18)

The Radiators @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre (March 19)

Terry Adams’ new NRBQ @ The Linda (April 3)


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  1. Mr. Reidy says

    now you got we wishing for new blood.

  2. Fred says

    Masterful list, Mr. Haymes.

  3. Mike Hotter says

    Thanks Greg !

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