The Feelies were slated to land at Club Helsinki in Hudson last year, but they were forced to postpone. They did, however, play at MASS MoCA, and the concert ended up on lots of Best of the Year lists. And now, fortunately, the band is making good on their promise of a return date to Hudson. The Feelies are slated to grace the Club Helsinki stage at 9pm on Saturday, April 28. Tix are $20 in advance; $22 at the door. Also, explosive New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews and his band will be strutting into Helsinki for a Mardi Gras jazz brunch session at 12:30pm on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4. This is gonna be one seriously wild party. If only Drew Brees had been able to carry the Saints to the Big Game… Tix are $12; children under 13 free. And Chris Smither is headed into Helsinki, too – 9pm on Saturday, July 14 (tix price TBA).
The fine folks at UAlbany’s radio station WCDB-FM are throwing themselves a party to celebrate their 34th anniversary, and you’re invited. The big bash is slated to take place on Saturday, March 3 at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, so you might want to mark your calendars now. Only one band has been announced so far, but it’s a good one – the Neighborhoods! Additional bands and tix details TBA.
Their anniversary party isn’t the only event that WCDB-FM has brewing, either. Partnering with Albany Sonic Arts Collective, they’re also presenting a co-headline show featuring Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo and Disappears (featuring Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley) at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Wednesday, April 18. Lotus Plaza (the solo side-project of Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt) opens the show at 8:30pm. Priced at $15, advance tix will go on sale here at 12noon on Friday (January 20).
And if that’s not enough for ya, Valentine’s has also beefed up their calendar with still more hot new shows, including Heartless Bastards on Wednesday, February 22 and the back-to-back bookings of Langhorne Slim on Wednesday, February 29 with the return of Dash Rip Rock on Thursday, March 1.
Regulars on “Prairie Home Companion,” Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will be rolling into the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 25, in support of their new album, “Stonewall Country,” a collection of songs from their folk/bluegrass musical about the life and times of legendary Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Tix are $26.
Shadows Fall will be roaring into Clifton Park, but maybe not where you think. They’ll be ripping it up at Trick Shot Billiards on Saturday, February 18. The show kicks off at 7:30pm with Purifier, Acaro and Nineveh. Tix are $15 in advance.
Jazz bassist-vocalist-composer Esperanza Spalding has announced that her upcoming tour – in support of her new album “Radio Music Society,” slated for release on March 20 – will include a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs as part of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 30.
Company of Thieves return to Jillian’s in Albany on Friday, February 24. Tix are $10.
Two new singer-songwriter shows are on tap at the Calvin Theater in Northampton: Don McLean at 8pm on Saturday, April 14 ($20, $35, $45), and Martin Sexton at 8pm on Saturday, April 21 ($25, $35). Tix for both shows will go on sale on Friday (January 20).
The female Celtic-pop quartet Screaming Orphans return to the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, February 24. Tix are $10.
The Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park has announced its 2012 spring concert schedule which includes Kim & Reggie Harris on March 10; “Mean” Mary James on April 14; and Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette on May 5. All shows are at 8pm on Saturdays. Tix are $16; under 18 $10. The Center for the Arts is also hosting a special fundraising concert at 8pm on Saturday, February 11, featuring Christopher Shaw & Bridget Ball. Tix are $25.
“Valli Sings Valli: Bobby Valli’s Tribute to ‘The Jersey Boys'” takes the stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7pm on Saturday, February 11. Yes, it’s Frankie Valli’s younger brother singing the hits of the Four Seasons and others. $29.50, $39.50.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: As a benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Pete and Peggy Seeger are teaming up for a concert at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART II: Wilco announced that they will be returning to MASS MoCA in North Adams to play a benefit concert this summer. They also announced that their Solid Sound Festival would be going on hiatus this year, but will be returning to MASS MoCA in June, 2013.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART III: New Orleans trumpeter Mario Abney & the Abney Effect have been added to the line-up of the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. And Steve Ross celebrates the music of Irving Berlin as part of the Live From the Algonquin cabaret series at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART IV: MASS MoCA in North Adams announced that Los Lobos – who played at the museum’s grand opening weekend back in 1999 – will be returning for a concert at the Hunter Center in April.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART V: EMPAC at RPI in Troy announced its performance schedule for the winter/spring season, and naturally it features some interesting and adventurous concerts, including John Zorn, the Talea Ensemble, Colin Stetson & Tyshawn Sorey, musikFabrik and Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART VI: The Egg in Albany announced two more upcoming concerts – Martin Sexton and Joan Osborne – for the spring season.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART VII: Daughtry rumbles into the Palace Theatre in Albany in April with SafetySuit and Mike Sanchez opening the show.