Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

They were the breakout band at the Solid Sound festival last year, and now the delicious Lucius – led by look-alike vocalist-keyboardists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig – are slated to make their Albany debut at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 8pm on Friday, December 5, in support of their album Wildewoman. Opening the show will be Bahamas, whose previous Nippertown gig was a splendid performance at SPAC last fall as part of the Farm Aid festival. Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door. Pop trio of brothers AJR – who played SPAC this summer as part of the FLY Summer Jam package in June – are headed back to town for a gig at the Hollow at 8pm on Wednesday, November 5, in support of their new EP, Infinity ($15 in advance; $18 at the door). Also upcoming are Jimkata with Digital Dharma at 8pm on Friday, October 24 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Colony House with Knox Hamilton at 8pm on Monday, October 27 ($10.27 in advance; $15 at the door); and Kvelertak at 8pm on Monday, November 3 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

Rory Block – five-time Blues Music Award-winner and Chatham’s own queen of the acoustic blues – performs at the intimate Valatie Community Theater in Valatie at 8pm on Saturday. If we’re lucky, she’ll give us a sneak preview of her upcoming Skip James tribute album, Hard Luck Child, slated for release next month on Stony Plain Records. Tickets to her Valatie concert at $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

In support of their latest album, Favorite Waitress, the Felice Brothers will be firing up a Halloween show at 8pm on Thursday, October 30 at Pearl Street in Northampton. Tickets are $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

Did you catch Robert Randolph & the Family Band at the American Festival for the Lake last Saturday in Lake George? If not, it looks like you’ll have another chance. The high-energy steel guitar master and his band are headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, December 12. Tickets are on sale now for $35 & $55.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Warren Haynes leads Gov’t Mule into the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (September 26).

Steamer No. 10 Theatre’s Eclectic Performance series has added a pair of new concerts. Local 518 faves Bear Grass with Rosary Beard and the Firs takes the stage at 8pm on Friday, October 3. And the double-bill of Bryan Thomas and Stephen Clair & the Millionaires takes over the theater at 8pm on Saturday, November 15. Tickets for each show are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

The Colony Cafe runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous with a pair of newly announced shows. At 8pm on Thursday, October 2 the Woodstock performance venue welcomes the adventurous jazz duo of pianist Marilyn Crispell with saxman Raymond MacDonald ($15), while comedian Pauly Shore takes the stage with opening act Sharon Breslau at 10pm on Saturday, October 18 ($20).

There’s been no official word yet from the venue yet, but the website of bluesman Chris Thomas King indicates that he’ll be returning to The Linda in Albany with his band on Friday, December 12. Stay tuned for details…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Alternative-rock pioneer Black Francis, frontman for the oh-so-influential Pixies, performs a rare, intimate gig at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

In support of her new album, The Voyager, singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis makes a tour stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Friday, November 7. Tickets are $25.

Upstate Concert Hall ‏in Clifton Park welcomes Thousand Foot Krutch to the stage at 7pm on Wednesday, October 22. Tickets are on sale now for $17 in advance; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announced new concerts by “American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox, Broadway vocalist Linda Eder and comedian Paula Poundstone. Tickets go on sale on Friday (September 26).

David Bromberg and Larry Campbell team up at the Woodstock Playhouse at 8pm on Saturday, October 25, in conjunction with the two-day Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase. Tickets are $45 & $55.

Hamell On Trial returns to the Low Beat for an early show at 8pm on Wednesday, November 26. Also new at the Low Beat is Lip Talk (is it really their Nippertown debut since changing their name from Railbird?) on Friday, October 24 with Better Pills and Alexander Turnquist.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Super singer-songwriter Josh Ritter plays an intimate solo concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

Zach Deputy returns to Nippertown – this time to the Parish Public House in Albany at 9pm on Tuesday, December 2. Tickets are $14 in advance; $17 at the door. Other Red Square faves now returning to the re-named venue include harpist-singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis with Bear Grass and Olivia Quillio at 9pm on Thursday, October 9 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door) and Dead Winter Carpenters at 9pm on Saturday, October 11 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door)

Albany’s Palace Theatre welcomes the 19-piece U.S. Navy big band, the Commodores Jazz Ensemble, at 7pm on Thursday, November 6. Admission is free, but tickets are required. You can pick up tickets in person at the Palace box office or call (518) 465-4663.

OPENERS: Young Canadian singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul has been added to the bill as the opening act for John Hiatt at The Egg in Albany on Thursday, October 9.

Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory has added a couple of new shows to it fall calendar. Bobby Shmurda and the Twerk Twins take over the armory on Friday, October 10 with DJ TGIF, DJ Ketchup and DJ Tek at 8:30pm. Meanwhile, Carnage headlines the Parental Advisory Tour on Thursday, November 6, with Dzeko & Torres, Paris Blohm and Junkie Kid kicking things off at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20-$35.

POSTPONED… AGAIN: The Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo concert at The Egg has been postponed for the second time. The new date is now Sunday, December 14. Tickets purchased for the previously announced dates – October 7 and October 14 –

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