Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi

The Sanctuary of Independent Media in Troy has been quietly rolling out its new season of concerts, and it’s looking mighty impressive, even at this early date. The great Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi brings his band the Black Spirits to the former church at 7pm on Wednesday, April 3. And Cajun fiddler/accordionist/vocalist Cedric Watson and his band Bijou Creole take over the Sanctuary for some authentic Louisiana swamp-soaked two-stepping at 7pm on Friday, April 19. Admission is $10 to each show.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The reunited Fleetwood Mac – featuring Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – is scheduled to step into the spotlight at the Times Union Center in Albany this summer.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock welcomes the return of Stick Men at 8pm on Wednesday, March 20. The powerhouse band features King Crimson’s Tony Levin (Chapman Stick) and Pat Mastelotto (acoustic drums and electronic percussion), along with guitarist Markus Reuter. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The inaugural Taste of Country Music Festival is slated to take place in June at Hunter Mountain in Hunter with Willie Nelson & Family, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and a big batch of other Nashville stars. Earlybird tickets go on sale on Friday (February 1)…

Tegan and Sara – who just released their new album Heartthrob yesterday – are headed into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Friday, February 22. Diana opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $22.50 in advance; $25 at the door. Also new at UCH are Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls who leap into the spotlight on Sunday, March 3. Opening the show at 7:30pm will be Steve Layman. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 1).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Prog-rock veteran Eddie Jobson – probably best known for his tenures with Roxy Music and UK – is bringing his band to The Egg in Albany for a rare career retrospective concert.

Down in Beacon, Local 845 is presenting its Beacon Winterfest fundraiser at 7pm on Saturday, March 2. It will be the first concert ever held in the stunning Waterfall Room at the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. Featured performers include Americana combo Yarn (led by Schenectady native Blake Christiana), the Big Bright (featuring Glenn Patscha and Fiona McBain both of Ollabelle, in addition to singer-songwriter Liz Tormes) and acclaimed Boston singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot. Tickets are $45; VIP tix $90, and all proceeds will benefit the fourth annual free Beacon Riverfest, scheduled for Saturday, June 29.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Not to be outdone, Live Nation announced the first four concerts of the 2013 Saratoga Performing Arts Center season featuring Brad Paisley with Chris Young and Lee Brice; Rascal Flatts with the Band Perry; Jason Aldean with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett; and Luke Bryan with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. Country Megatickets – tix good for all four shows – go on sale on Saturday (February 2). The initial announcement of four country shows doesn’t get us all that excited about SPAC’s 2013 season, but it’s certainly better than last year when they came roaring out of the concert announcement gate with… Yanni.

Whoa! Deerhoof is headed into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Sunday, April 14. People Get Ready open the show at 7pm. Tickets are $13.

SOLD OUT: Saturday’s 7pm Lisa Lampanelli show at The Egg is officially sold out. There are, however, still tickets available for the 10pm show on Saturday (February 2).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Stephen Lynch – stand-up comedian with a guitar – returns to The Egg in Albany.

The next free show in the WEQX Miller Lite Concert Series has been announced. It’s up-and-coming New Zealand-born, London-based singer Willy Moon, who will take over the stage at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy at 10pm on Friday, February 15. And, yes, as we previously noted, admission is free.

SOLD OUT: Well, not exactly, since it is free, but all seats for Laurie Anderson’s talk, “Designing + Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording,” at 7pm on Thursday, February 14 at EMPAC Theater at RPI in Troy, have now officially been reserved. Of course, some seats may be available at 6:45pm on the night of the talk, if all reservations aren’t picked up. The good news, however, is that the talk will also be streamed live into the EMPAC Concert Hall. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rapper MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) makes his Local 518 concert debut at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany.

The Calvin Theatre in Northampton has announced three new concerts: the reunited Mavericks at 8pm on Thursday, April 11 ($29.50 & $39.50); Bruce Hornsby at 8pm on Saturday, April 20 ($38.50 & $48.50); and Ani DiFranco at 8pm on Sunday, November 10 – yes, November – ($32.50 & $42.50). Tix for all three shows go on sale on Friday (February 1).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian John Hodgman announced the line-up of stand-up comedians who will be joining him at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams this summer.

POSTPONED: The performance of Jim Henson’s Pajanimals Live, which was originally scheduled for The Egg in Albany on Friday, April 19, has been postponed. New performance date TBA.

Saxman and Schenectady native Matt Steckler brings his horn-fueled funk-jazz combo Dead Cat Bounce back to Proctors for the third consecutive year at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 9. Also announced as part of Proctors’ Party Horns NYC concert series is Afroskull, New York/New Orleans funkateers who strut into the spotlight at 7:30pm on Friday, April 12. Tickets are $15 for each show.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Acclaimed classical crossover vocalist Andrea Bocelli returns to the Times Union Center in Albany this summer with the most most expensive top ticket in the history of the arena – $353.

As we mentioned last week, the double-bill of solo acoustic guitarists Alexander Turnquist and Eric Carbonara was cancelled at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Now the show has changed dates… and venues. The show will now take place at the Spotty Dog in Hudson at 8pm on Saturday, February 9. Admission is $5.

SAVE THE DATES: The Disco Biscuits’ annual fest Camp Bisco returns to Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville on Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13. Earlybird tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (February 2) … No bands have been announced yet, but the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will be returning to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs this summer… After taking a hiatus last year, the Big Up will return on Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10. Just where the fest will take place has yet to be announced other than the rather nebulous “Hudson Valley.”

Harold Ford & the Cash Band bring their “Spirit of Johnny Cash” tribute show to Michael’s Banquet House in Latham for a special Valentine’s Day show on Thursday, February 14. Dinner and show is $45 (at 6pm); show only $25 (8pm).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “The Gender Defenders” – featuring a stand-up comedy tag-team battle of the sexes between Carol Siskind and Helen Hong vs. Rodney Laney and Nick Griffin – makes a tour stop at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

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