Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Anchored by Sonic Youth members Lee Ranaldo (guitar) and Steve Shelley (drums), Lee Ranaldo & the Dust are slated to launch their upcoming fall tour at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Tuesday, October 8, in support of their new album, which is being released on Matador Records that same day. The band – formerly known simply as the Lee Renaldo Band – also includes guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Luntzel. Ticket prices TBA. Other newly announced shows at Helsinki include the Voodoo Orchestra North playing the music of Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew at 8pm on Mondays August 18 & 26; and a benefit brunch with humorist-author Roy Blount, Jr. at 11:30am on Sunday, August 4 ($40 to benefit Columbia County Habitat).

WAMC-FM’s The Linda is lining up a solid fall season, including three newly concerts. David Wax Museum bring their Mexo-American fusion to town at 8pm on Friday, September 6 ($18). Los Angeles band Goldspot melds rock-and-pop with traditional Indian music at 8pm on Thursday, September 12 ($15). And Dublin alt-folk duo the Guggenheim Grotto returns to the Linda’s spotlight at 8pm on Friday, September 13 ($17).

Striking while the iron is hot, veteran vocalist Darlene Love – one of the stars of the wonderful documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom” – brings her “Love for the Holidays” concert to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 8pm on Friday, November 29. Tickets are $30, $45 & $80.

Saratoga is the August place to be, and one of the places to be in Saratoga is Caffe Lena. And the venerable coffeehouse has an excellent line-up of music for next month, too. A few of the Caffe Lena highlights for August include Mary Fahl (of October Project) with P.J. Pacifico at 8pm on Saturday, August 3 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); the Christine Spero Group playing the music of Laura Nyro at 8pm on Saturday, August 10 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); veteran folk-pop duo Aztec Two-Step with Ernest Troost at 8pm on Friday, August 16 ($27 in advance; $29 at the door); and bluesman Paul Geremia with Low ‘n Lonesome at 7pm on Sunday, August 18 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door).

Keller Williams makes a tour-stop at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, October 10, with moe. spin-off band Floodwood opening the show at 9pm. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the door.

A handful of new shows have been announced for the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, including Capture the Crown with Secrets, Ice Nine Kills, My Ticket Home and City in the Sea at 7pm on Thursday, August 29 ($12 in advance; $14 at the door); Robert DeLong at 9pm on Wednesday, September 11 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); and the double-bill of Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack with Whats Eating Gilbert and State Champs at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 5 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door).

Lucius – break-out stars of last month’s Solid Sound Festival – are returning to MASS MoCA in North Adams on Friday, August 2, to play a pair of pop-up concerts (3 & 6pm) in the galleries.

Bogie’s in Albany has a big August concert schedule on tap, including such shows as Sheer Terror with All For Revenge, Driven by Rage, Abject, Living Laser and No Dice at 7pm on Saturday, August 17 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); the 20th anniversary tour of veteran hip-hopsters Mobb Deep with Shyste, Deejay Tone, Reef the Lost Cause and DJ Stress at 8pm on Sunday, August 25 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door); cartoon metalheads Green Jelly with Deadlift, Protocol 7 and Satan Place at 7pm on Friday, August 30 ($12); and American Head Charge with Psychostick, the Power, Here To Stay, Purifier, Faced and Infinity Remains at 7pm on Saturday, August 31 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

Comedian John Pinette brings his Still Hungry tour to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Saturday, September 28. Priced at $25 & $35, tickets go on sale on Friday (July 26).

Country singer Joe Nichols ambles into the Columbia County Fair in Chatham for a pair of shows (3 & 8pm) on Sunday, September 1.

Freedompalooza is scheduled for the Altamont Fairgrounds at 11am on Saturday, August 24. And tickets are currently on sale for $35; children ages 12 and under free. Only one thing missing… no performers have been announced yet.

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