THE DOZEN: June’s Must-See Concerts

We’re back with another round of The Dozen. You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.

Here’s The Dozen for June:

Wednesday, June 4: Living Colour with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and Mirk @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (FREE)

Friday, June 6: Roosevelt Dime @ The Garage, Pittsfield

Saturday, June 7: Mountain Jam featuring Jeff Tweedy, Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, more @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter

Wednesday, June 11: Patty Griffin with Parker Millsap @ The Egg, Albany

Thursday, June 12: Fitz & the Tantrums with the Features @ Jennings Landing, Albany (FREE)

Thursday, June 19: The Gaslight Anthem with White Denim @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park

Friday, June 20: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell @ the Palace Theatre, Albany

Saturday, June 21: Rory Block @ the Clifton Park-Half Moon Library, Clifton Park (FREE)

Saturday, June 21: Fishbone with Banooba and Eli Hargrave @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs

Sunday, June 22: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival featuring Bettye LaVette, Houndmouth, Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, more @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson

Tuesday, June 24: Beck with the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ MASS MoCA, North Adams

Saturday, June 28: Swamp Baby with Dust Bowl Faeries and Two Cats in Suits @ Club Helsinki, Hudson

Sunday, June 29: Freihofer’s Jazz Festival featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dave Holland Prism, more @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

  1. Richard Brody says

    I’m adding James McMurtry w/The Bottle Rockets.

  2. Bill says

    That’s a good looking list, except I’m not sure about Steve Martin. Is he actually trying to do serious music or is this a comedy show (King Tut from SNL comes to mind)? I’d substitute Max Creek/Black Mountain Symphony/High Peaks Trio at the Putnam Den on 6/12.

  3. Stanley Johnson says

    Ringo at the Palace and Lucinda Williams at the Egg.

  4. Scott C. says

    @Bill, I saw Steve & Edie’s (Ha!) show with the Steep Canyon Rangers from last year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. It is a very good bluegrass concert, not a comedy show by any means. Steve Martin is very funny in his stage patter which makes the show more enjoyable, but he’s not doing stand up with music. The band is first rate and Steve can really play, but I don’t know of any bluegrass performer ever (except Alison Krauss when she toured with Robert Plant) that commanded a $100+ ticket price. When they charge that much for that concert, you’re paying to see a movie star/famous comedian play bluegrass music.

  5. Scott C. says

    Correction on my previous post, the top ticket price for the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell at the Palace is $95 with Ticketmaster fees included.

  6. capgirl says

    Love this month’s list – so many great shows happening, and the Clearwater Festival hadn’t been on my radar at all – Great lineup and the tickets are super cheap by festival standards. Houndmouth was one of my favorite bands to see last year – so glad they’re getting back up our way…(well, they’re not too close, are they??)

    I’ll add Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers to the list. They’re at The Parlor Room in Northampton on Thursday, and at Helsinki Hudson on Sunday. They have a new record out, ‘World of Strangers’ that you can stream on the signature sounds website–the-lost-high-rollers.html
    She’s called ‘Seattle’s Emmylou’, (I hate those kind of nicknames). I liken her to Eilen Jewell, or Nora Jane Struthers – a smart literate songwriter who is doing her thing and making her own name known.

    Also add Leland Sundries to the list. They’re at the Traghaven Whiskey Pub in Tivoli on Friday night 6/6. Harmonica Boy (Nick Loss-Eaton) and his band don’t play out very often, so you have to catch them while you can – it’s great that they’re so close to us this time!

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