Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Railbird's Sarah Pedinotti
Railbird's Sarah Pedinotti (photo by Timothy Reidy)

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady has added a couple of new shows to its concert calendar. Emma’s Revolution – the duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O – will grace the Eighth Step stage at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 5, to celebrate the release of their new CD “Revolutions Per Minute.” Fab folk veteran Tom Paxton returns to the Eighth Step at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 13. And the wry folk duo of Lou & Peter Berryman will perform at the Eighth Step at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 6 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door) to make up for their Hurricane Sandy-postponed show of earlier this month.

UAlbany has announced that this year’s FallFest will feature indie pop/hip-hop band the Cataracs and mash-up specialists the White Panda. Sponsored by the UAlbany Student Association, the concert is slated to take place on campus at the SEFCU Arena at 8pm on Friday, November 30. Additional details to be announced shortly. Stay tuned…

Local 518 faves Railbird will celebrate the release of their upcoming EP, Lucky, with a bash at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday, November 30. Doors open at 8pm, and Sun Burdens and Hand Habits are slated to open the show at 8:30pm. Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door.

POSTPONED: “Poets and Prayers” – the concert program featuring the Turtle Island Quartet with special guest jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton – was originally slated for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy on Sunday (November 18), but the concert has been postponed.

New music pioneer Pauline Oliveros leads the nine-piece Tintinnabulate Harmonica Band into the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany on Tuesday, November 27. Kicking off the evening’s sonic adventures at 8pm will be Zovi and the improvisational quartet Mensheviks. Suggested donation is $5 at the door.

Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a number of new shows to its ever-expanding concert calendar, including environmental singer-songwriter Tom Judson at 9pm on Saturday, December 1 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the swingin’ Doc Scanlon’s Hot 4 at 9pm on Friday, December 14 ($TBA); singer-songwriter Martin Sexton at 9pm on Friday, February 1 ($45; tix go on sale on Friday, November 16); and droll Texas tunesmith James McMurtry at 8pm on Sunday, March 3 ($25).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Neutral Milk Hotel’s singer and primary songwriter Jeff Mangum has scheduled a major U.S. tour, and the road trip is currently slated to conclude with a concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams in February. Opening the show will be the Music Tapes and Tall Firs. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 12noon on Thursday (November 15).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Wallflowers concert that was originally slated to land at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Friday, November 9, was postponed due to touring complications from Hurricane Sandy.

After playing at The Egg in Albany earlier this month, it somehow seems only fitting that the Woodstock Era Experience show should make a stop in Woodstock itself. More specifically at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, where the classic rock tribute show will take the stage at 9pm on Saturday, December 8. Tickets are $20 (general admission standing room), $30 (reserved) and $40 (Gold Circle seating).

OPENERS: Capital Region native and current Nashville-based country singer Randy Montana opens for Aaron Lewis at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Saturday, December 15 … Matthew Carefully will open the show for Sean Rowe at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, November 23… David Wax Museum will open for Tift Merritt at The Linda in Albany on Friday, February 1.

A handful of new concerts have been announced for the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. You can celebrate New Year’s Eve with “The Queer Queens of Qomedy” starring Poppy Champlin with Karen Williams and Ian Harvie. at 8pm on Monday, December 31 ($25 & $35). The Saw Doctors have churned out three Number One hits and 18 Top 30 singles in Ireland since they first came together more than a quarter century ago, and original members Leo Moran and Davy Carton will still be at the helm when they make a tour stop at 8pm on Saturday, March 2 ($28.50; on sale Friday, November 16); and Dom Flemmons and Rhiannon Giddens lead the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops into town for a night of funky string-band music at 8pm on Saturday, April 13 ($25 & $35; on sale Friday, November 16).

CANCELLED: It hasn’t been a good couple of months for local fans of Delfeayo Marsalis. The trombonist’s performance was washed out by a torrential storm in September at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. And now it’s been announced that his concert scheduled for the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Monday, November 26 has also been cancelled. Also cancelled at the Iron Horse is the concert by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, originally slated for Thursday, December 27.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice have announced an upcoming tour stop at the Times Union Center in Albany for next year.

Seattle-based Americana singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone steps into the spotlight at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Thursday, December 6. Chris Pureka opens the show. Tickets are $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Black is back! Author, playwright and Grammy Award-winner Lewis Black brings his upcoming stand-up comedy show, “The Rant Is Due,” to the Palace Theatre in Albany…

Veteran ska-punks Big D & the Kids Table roar into Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, January 5. They’ll be sharing the stage with Brunt of It and Sugar Eater, who open the show at 9pm. Doors open at 8pm; showtime 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The status of the Meat Loaf concert – postponed from its original November 3 date at the Palace Theatre in Albany by Hurricane Sandy – has been officially switched over from “postponed” to “cancelled.”

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