Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

The Gibson Brothers – the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year for the second consecutive year – are slipping into Lillian’s in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday (November 17). Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at Saratoga Guitar, as well as at the door.

After nearly a half-century on the road, the Irish Rovers are hanging up their travelin’ shoes. Led by founding member George Millar, the band that immortalized “The Unicorn Song” will bring their Farewell to Rovin’ Tour to America early next year, and the Calvin Theatre in Northampton has snagged one of the band’s final U.S. tour dates – 8pm on Saturday, March 22. Priced at $25 & $35, tickets will go on sale on Friday (November 15). Also new at the Calvin, the Gipsy Kings bring their flamenco magic to Northampton at 8pm on Wednesday, January 22 as part of the band’s 25th anniversary tour. Priced at $39.50, $49.50 & $79.50, tickets go on sale on Friday (November 15).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The new Pat Metheny Unity Group will make their Nippertown debut at Proctors in Schenectady this spring.

Saratoga ArtsFest is presenting a concert by Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on December 14. This will be the third SAF performance by the trio, which features multi-instrumentalist Peter Mudcat Ruth and Skidmore’s own guitar master Joel Brown, as well as trombonist-bassist-pianist Chris Brubeck. All tickets are $25 general admission and are on sale now. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Saratoga ArtsFest and its community programming.

Proctors in Schenectady will present the third annual Gospel Jubilee at 7pm on Friday, April 11. Hosted by Marc Thompson, the evening’s festivities will feature the return of the Jubilee Mass Choir comprised of members of local church choirs including the Union College Gospel Choir; Heavenly Voices under the direction of Pastor Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr. of Albany’s Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church; the Jubilee Praise Dancers of the Capital Region; and special musical guest artist Crystal Aikin in support of her self-titled debut album on the Zomba Gospel label. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first big summer concert of 2014 has been announced – Justin Timberlake is bringing his 20/20 Experience World Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center, and tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (November 18).

New shows lined-up for Pearl Street in Northampton include hip-hop duo Blackalicious (featuring rapper Gift of Gab and DJ Chief Xcel) at 8:30pm on Saturday, December 14 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door), as well as Vermont-based improv-rooted jam band Twiddle at 9pm on Monday, December 30 ($10 in advance; $13 at the door).

OPENERS: At WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Local 518 singer-songwriter Ashley Sofia has snagged the slot opening for Diego Garcia at 8pm on Friday (November 15), while C.C. Vagabonds – a Troy-based Gypsy jazz quartet led by guitarist Zack Cohen – will kick off the evening for Poor Old Shine at 8pm on Friday, November 22… Sly Fox & the Hustlers will open for Blues Traveler at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, November 21.

If you missed the Joshua Redman Quartet at The Egg in Albany last week, you’ll have another chance to catch them in action when they take over the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton. They’ll be playing two shows – 7 & 9:30pm on Thursday, February 6. Tix are $30 in advance per show; $35 at the door.

All That Remains rumbles into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Sunday, December 15, in support of their latest album, A War You Cannot Win. Soil is slated to open the show at 7:30pm. The first 100 tickets will be sold at $10.35. After that, advance tickets are $15; $18 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Led Zeppelin tribute band Hammer of the Gods will be returning for their annual tour stop at the Hart Theatre at The Egg in Albany. Tickets are on sale now…

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