THE DOZEN: November’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 November:

TONIGHT (NOVEMBER 6): The Mavericks @ The Egg, Albany. Raul Malo is simply one of the finest singers on the planet, and the Mavericks are one of the most delightfully musically unpredictable bands around. The top pick for the month… 8pm. $38-$48.

FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 7): The Cocktail Slippers @ the Half Moon, Hudson. All-female garage-popsters from Oslo, Norway. With the Connection. 9pm. $6.

SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 8): Bonerama @ Parish Public House, Albany. The New Orleans trombone-fueled band puts a wild new funk-rock spin on the brass band tradition of the Crescent City. With Vicious Jimmy. 9pm. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 9): Ray LaMontagne @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It all started with “Trouble,” but now LaMontagne and his super band returns in support of their fifth album, Supernova. With the Belle Brigade. 7:30pm. $35, $49.50 & $59.50.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13: Jim Kweskin & Happy Traum @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the return of the King of the ’60s Jug Band Revival, and this time he’s bringing along Woodstock’s musical ambassador to the world. 7pm. $22 in advance; $24 at the door.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14: The Weight @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. A firey musical tribute to the Band, featuring several latter-day alum of the Band, including guitarslinger Jim Weider. With Sean Rowe opening the show, which ups the ante even more. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. The longtime Nippertonian musical scene maker returns with his band (drummer Todd Giudice and bassist Christopher Peifer), and a fab new album, Love Makes Us Weird. With the amazing soul-folkster Bryan Thomas. 8pm. $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16: Dialogue @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Pianist Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg serve up a duo concert of new music – melodic, exploratory, lyrical, swinging, virtuosic. This is chamber music for the 21st century where composition meets improvisation, where the precision of classical music meets the creative spirit and soul of jazz. 7pm. $15.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18: Johnny Marr @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Maybe you’ve heard of a little band called the Smiths? So what else do you need to know? With Meredith Sheldon. 8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22: Josh Ritter @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The sublime singer-songwriter slips into town to test-drive some brand new material. Come and get in on the ground floor… 8pm. $29 in advance; $35 at the door.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. From roots-rock to glam and prog, Prophet’s musical talents aren’t hemmed in by any genre. Expect a wild, exciting ride… 9pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Lake Street Dive @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Led by singer Rachael Price, whose emotion-drenched vocals recall Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, the Boston band rocks Woodstock. With the Sun Parade. 8pm. $25-$45. NOTE: This show is officially sold-out.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25: Slayer @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. It’s Slayer, man! Slayer! With Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus. 7:30pm. $37.50 in advance; $40 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26: Dave Davies @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Yes, the Kinks’ acclaimed guitarmaster and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer cranks it up in support of his new album, Rippin’ Up Time. 7:30pm. $30, $50 & $70.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Grainbelt @ the Low Beat, Albany. Why? Because it’s a Black Friday Happy Hour tradition. That’s why! 6pm.

  1. Richard Brody says

    Let’s start with the one last night – another great show by Lyle and his Acoustic Band – I know you are starting with the 6th. Additions for me include Hiromi – The Trio Project on the 14th and Nels Cline and Julian Lage on the 20th. See ya tonight.

  2. Greg says

    Yes, Richard,

    I know that Lyle, Cline/Lage and especially Hiromi would make the list on almost any given month, but with the admittedly arbitrary rule of only one concert selection per venue, I had to give the nod to the Mavericks. As I said, your results may vary…


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