Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels

Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs has a full slate of top-notch shows rolling in during the month of June, including such highlights as the fabulous Steel Wheels at 7pm on Tuesday, June 4 ($16 in advance; $18 at the door); Fred Eaglesmith & the Traveling Steam Show at 7pm on Wednesday, June 12 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); the Great American Songbook-meets-the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt sounds of George Cole & Eurocana at 8pm on Friday, June 14 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the freewheeling hootenanny of Session Americana at 8pm on Saturday, June 22 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door; $26 with reception at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum); the old-school country of Spurs USA at 8pm on Friday, June 28 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and veteran singer-songwriter-bluesman Chris Smither at 7pm on Sunday, June 30 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door).

The Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park hasn’t officially announced its summer season of free concerts yet, but according to her website, blues singer Maria Muldaur will make a stop there on Sunday, July 28, teaming up with the sacred steel sounds of the Campbell Brothers for an evening of “Spirit and the Blues.” Mark your calendars now…

In support of their album Run, Engine, Run, Milwaukee-based heartland rockers Trapper Schoepp & the Shades – who have recently been touring with the Wallflowers and the Old 97’s – will be making a tour stop at the Half Moon in Hudson on Friday, June 28. The night kicks off at 8pm with psychedelic punk lords the Last Conspirators and Kingston punk rockers Nightmares for a Week.

It’s Texas in July in July! That’s right, Texas in July will be roaring into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Wednesday, July 10. In the support act slots are Artisan, Know Your Strength and Voices. Showtime is 7:30pm, and tickets are priced at $12 in advance; $14 at the door. Also at UCH, P.O.D. and Flyleaf co-headline on Friday, July 26 with Stars in Stereo and Manafest opening the show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs plays host to R&B group Jagged Edge at 10pm on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Also upcoming at Vapor, southern rock veterans 38 Special take over the stage at 9pm on Thursday, August 29. Tickets are $30.

Yes, it’s not even June yet, but the Christmas tour announcements are already starting to roll out. There’s no official confirmation yet from the folks at the Glens Falls Civic Center, but Mannheim Steamroller is scheduled to chug into GFCC on Thursday, November 14, according to their website. Stay tuned for further details…

Dax Riggs (ex-Acid Bath, ex-Deadboy and the Elephantmen) roars into Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, June 30. Skeletons in the Piano opens the show at 9pm, and admission is $10. Also new on the Den’s calendar is dancehall reggae star Luciano at 9:30pm on Friday, July 19 ($25) and New Orleans rockers the Revivalists at 9:30pm on Thursday, July 25 ($8 in advance; $10 at the door).

Club Helsinki in Hudson will celebrate Independence Day with a pan-ethnic party/concert by Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans at 8pm on Thursday, July 4. Ticket prices TBA…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Although it hasn’t returned to its former glory days just yet, the Empire State Plaza’s Summer at the Plaza slate of concerts has expanded beyond the summer triage schedules of the past couple of years. On the calendar of free concerts this summer are the Zombies, Bret Michaels, Blues Traveler, Mayer Hawthorne, Kansas, Heatwave, Johnny Rivers and more…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Troy’s annual Rockin’ On the River free summer concert series announced the line-up for its 2013 season, and like last year, it’s chock-full of tribute bands, including Start Making Sense, Almost Queen, Separate Ways, Exiles On River Street and, well, you get the idea… NOTE: This year, the concerts will take place in two different locations; details here

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Horn-fueled veterans of the Jersey shore, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes headline this year’s annual River Street Festival on River Street in Troy next month with support from a host of Local 518 faves. Admission is free…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two very cool new concerts – Todd Rundgren and the reunited Jim Kweskin Jug Band have been announced for The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, May 30).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tween-pop star-in-the-making Bridgit Mendler rolls into the Palace Theatre in Albany this summer in support of her recent debut album, Hello, My Name Is… Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 7.

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  1. PK Miller says

    I hope the Ramblin Jug Stompers & the Immortal Music Mobile Lady, Ruth Pelham will be doing their annual gig at the Music Haven. It seems to most improbable of pairings yet they have obvious great love & respect for each other’s otherwise very different artistry. Has Nippertown heard anything yet about whether or not there will be a summer concert series in Albany’s Dana Park?

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