Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

September 5-6: Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra @ The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

It’s shaping up to be quite a hot autumn at the Ale House in Troy. A two-night stand by Los Straitjackets has already been announced for Tuesday & Wednesday, October 2 & 3, and new additions to the music calendar there include Pete Anderson on Saturday, September 15, and Big Sandy & the Fly Rite Boys on Tuesday, October 9.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The initial announcement of 10 bands for LarkFest in Albany on Saturday, September 15 has been made, and it includes Jukebox the Ghost, Graham Alexander, the City Never Sleeps, Erin Harkes, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Headband Jack, Sevendys, MaryLeigh & the Fauves, Dirty Paris and Northern Faces. Go here for more info… NOTE: Two more bands – the headliners – are slated to be announced later this week. Stay tuned…

Soulful singer-songwriter Sean Rowe celebrates his upcoming sophomore album for Anti- Records, “The Salesman & the Shark,” with a hometown CD release party at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday, September 8. Railbird kicks off the evening’s festivities at 8pm. Advance tix are $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The full line-up of bands for the Restoration Festival at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany on September 7-9 has been announced, including headliners Sharon Van Etten and Willy Mason.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra takes over the stage at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 5. Tix are $29.50.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy will host Dave Pal’s tribute performance of “The Lennon Legacy: A Tribute to the Man and His Music” at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 3. Tix are $20, $25, $32 & $35.

The ever-growing fascination with rock ‘n’ roll tribute bands has apparently crossed over to the symphonic world. As part of its upcoming 2012-2013 season, the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present Classical Mystery Tour – a Beatles tribute band that plays Fab Four tunes backed by a symphony orchestra – at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 27. Priced at $20, $40 & $60, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 31.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: As part of the “Live from the Algonquin” cabaret series at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs, veteran jazz/cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield was slated to perform “Fever: The Peggy Lee Songbook” over Travers Weekend (August 24-26), but she has been forced to cancel her performances due to illness. Not to fear, though. The musical tribute to Peggy Lee will carry on as planned with Connie James taking over Whitfield’s spot at the microphone.

Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-On-Hudson is serving up a dizzyingly eclectic fall concert season, which includes numerous classical music performances as well as Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra at 7:30pm on Wednesday & Thursday, September 5 & 6 ($35); the Carolina Chocolate Drops at 8pm on Saturday, September 15 ($15, $20, $30 & $40; students $10); and Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble at 8pm on Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10 ($15, $25, $35 & $45).

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Originally announced as the opening act at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs for Tuesday’s concert (August 14), Rachel Crow has dropped off the bill. But the show will go on with teen-pop headliners Big Time Rush and opening act Cody Simpson.

Earlier this summer hip-hopster Waka Flocka Flame was strutting his stuff on the big stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of Drake’s Club Paradise tour, and now he’s headed back to Nippertown for a headlining show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, October 13. Tix are $22.50 in advance; $25 at the door. Other new concerts added at UCH are My Darkest Days with Otherwise and Surrender the Fall at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 16 ($1.03 for first 103 tix sold on Friday; $10.35 for the next 100 tickets; $12.50 in advance thereafter; $15 at the door); Pierce the Veil with Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive and Hands Like Houses at 7:15pm on Wednesday, October 31 ($16 in advance; $18 at the door); and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at 8pm on Friday, November 16 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door). Tix for all the new shows will go on sale at 10am on Friday (August 10).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: We announced it a week ago, but the Palace Theatre in Albany made it official on Monday when they announced the upcoming Melissa Etheridge concert.

Yes, it’s better known as a theater venue, but on the all too rare occasions when it has hosted concerts, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany makes a fine, intimate music venue as well. Next up on the concert front, Cap Rep will host Brooklyn electro-folk duo of Dan & Rachel – featuring Dan Costello and his wife Rachel Devlin – at 7pm on Saturday, August 25. Tix are general admission, priced at $15.

Recently announced concerts at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton include Brandi Carlile with Blitzen Trapper at 8pm on Thursday, October 25 ($26, $36 & $46); and Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra at 8pm on Sunday, November 18 ($27).

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: We announced the Premiere Performances concert schedule for the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany three weeks ago. But there has been a change since then. For the Thursday, April 18 concert by Latin jazz group Stefon Harris & 90 Miles, trumpeter Nicholas Payton will replace Christian Scott.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has added a couple of new concerts to its calendar, including the Kane Brothers at 9pm on Saturday, September 15 ($15); Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams (of the Levon Helm Band) with Mike + Ruthy at 9pm on Friday, September 28 ($35); and Jackie Greene at 9pm on Friday, November 2 ($20 & $35).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Twins of Evil Tour – featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson with J Devil – is headed into the Glens Falls Civic Center in October.

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