THE DOZEN: October’s Must-See Concerts
By Greg Haymes
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 please feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.
Here’s The Dozen for October:
OCTOBER 9: Carlene Carter @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of the legendary “Mother” Maybelle Carter lands in the Spa City in support of her new album, Carter Girl. Two shows – 7 & 9pm. $40; $20 students & children.
OCTOBER 10: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Mandolin master meets bassist extraordinaire. Two MacArthur Foundation “genius award” recipients team up in support of their sophomore duo album, Bass & Mandolin. Expect an evening of cross-genre boundary-busting magic… 8pm. $27, $32, $37 & $42.
OCTOBER 11: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, Albany. The iconic British folk-rock legend – one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters and admired guitarists – performs solo in support of his new album Acoustic Classics. With the Mastersons. 8pm. $39.50.
OCTOBER 12: Steel Panther @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Heavy and hilarious hair metal. Crankin’ it up to 11 in the tradition of Spinal Tap and Blotto’s “Metal Head.” With Within the Fire. 8pm. $20 in advance; $23 at the door.
OCTOBER 15: Black Francis @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Once the Pixies wrap up their tour, Black Francis heads to Easthampton to do some recording, but he’ll take an evening off for this show. We suggest you do the same… 8pm. $25.
OCTOBER 16: David Lang & So Percussion @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with the current exhibit, “I was a double,” co-curator, composer and Bang On a Can co-founder David Lang teams up with choreographer Debra Fernandez and So Percussion for the world premiere of new dance with choreography by Fernandez and music by So Percussion; “the so-called laws of nature – part 3” by Lang; and “Music for Wood and Strings” by Bryce Dessner. 6pm. FREE, but tickets are required. ALSO at 5pm on Saturday, October 18.
OCTOBER 16: Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The mighty banjo master from the Punch Brothers teams up with the fab fiddler of the Goat Rodeo Sessions for an evening of nothing but fiddle ‘n’ banjo. 8pm. $15, $25 & $35.
OCTOBER 23: Allen Toussaint & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The show of the month. Two true legends of the rich New Orleans music scene team up for an evening of glorious jazz, funk and second line struttin’. 8pm. $28, $34 & $70 in advance; $36 & $42 at the door.
OCTOBER 24: Primus @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Singer-bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer
Tim Alexander Danny Carey (on loan from Tool while Tim Alexander recovers from open heart surgery) team up with the Fungi Ensemble to explore the music of the original “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” film… and more. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 & $54.50.
OCTOBER 26: Cuddle Magic @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Featuring former Railbirder Ben Davis, Cuddle Magic earns a spot on this list all by themselves, but for this very special show they’ll be collaborating with avant garde toy pianist Phyllis Chen and acclaimed author Rick Moody. 7pm. $20 in advance; $2 at the door.
OCTOBER 29: Los Straitjackets @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Led by the twangified guitar of Nippertown native Eddie Angel, the Nashville-based masked musical merauders team up with Deke Dickerson in support of their new album, Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings the Instrumental Hits. Oh yeah. With the Connection. 7pm. $17.50 in advance; $20 at the door.