Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Club Helsinki in Hudson is heating up the cold February concert calendar with some sizzling soul sounds. The fabulous Holmes Brothers – making their first concert appearance since last week’s death of their drummer Popsy Dixon – return to Hudson for a special matinee concert at 12noon on Sunday, February 8. Joining them will be soul, R&B and gospel vocalist Ada Dyer. Tickets are $28, which includes an all-you-can-eat lunch of Appalachian, Creole and Delta cuisine. Want more soul music? At 8pm on Sunday, February 22, the one and only Mavis Staples will take over the stage. Tickets are $85 & $55.

The Godfather of Funk George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic bring their “Shake the Gate” tour to Northampton at 8:30pm on Saturday, February 21 when the Mothership lands at the Pearl Street Ballroom. The 73-year-old Clinton has just published his memoir, “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?,” as well as having recently released the first Funkadelic album in 33 years, the 3-CD First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate. The Eric Olsson Band opens. Tickets for the Northampton concert are now on sale, priced at $30 in advance; $33 at the door. Also newly announced for Pearl Street are Deerhoof with Perfect Pussy and Zula at 8:30pm on Friday, March 27 ($14 in advance; $16 at the door); and sci-fi middle eastern fusion band Consider the Source at 8:30pm on Friday, April 3 ($10 in advance; $13 at the door).

Mike Doughty – the ever-popular former frontman for Soul Coughing – grabs the spotlight at Saratoga Springs’ newest nightspot the Newberry Music Hall at 8pm on Friday, February 6, in support of his latest album, Stellar Motel. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country musician? Southern rocker? Really, what’s the difference these days? Which ever way you want to classify him, Eric Church will be rumblin’ into the Times Union Center in support of his smash hit album, The Outsiders.

As Mardi Gras season reaches fever pitch, New Orleans acclaimed singer-trombonist Glen David Andrews and his band return to Nippertown for a roof-raising performance at the Parish Public House in Albany at 9pm on Sunday, February 15. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain has announced another big batch of performers for this summer’s four-day fest, including headliners Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters and Alabama Shakes, as well as Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Michael Franti & Spearhead,Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many more.

“The X Factor” alum Fifth Harmony bring their Reflection Tour to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Saturday, March 21. Support acts for the show include Jacob Whitesides, Jasmine V and Mahogany Lox. Priced at $29.50 in advance, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (January 16). Also coming up at UCH is the double-bill of Kung Fu and Twiddle at 9pm on Saturday, April 4. Priced at $15 in advance, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (January 16).

RE-SCHEDULED: Due to an injury, the Sam Kininger Band was forced to postpone their Putnam Den show that was originally slated for last month. But now that everyone’s recovered, the band has re-scheduled their Putnam Den show for Saturday, January 24 with Suitable Groove opening the show at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10; $15 if under age 21.

OPENERS: Singer-songwriter Anders Parkers (of Varnaline and Space Needle) has been tapped to open for Jay Farrar at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany on February 7.

Back in 2002 tween pop star Aaron Carter was headlining at Albany’s Pepsi Arena (now the Times Union Center.) Now 27 years old, Carter is returning to town for a show at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, February 12. Poughkeepsie duo Lineup Atlantic is slated to open the show at 9pm. Tickets are $15; VIP tickets are $50.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Carnival of Madness Tour – featuring a pair of female-fronted hard rock bands, Halestorm and the Pretty Reckless – is headed into Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory.

Los Angeles-based psych-pop band White Arrows heads into Nanola in Malta at 7pm on Monday, February 9, in support of their sophomore alum, In Bardo. Admission is free.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Steven Wilson – guitarist-vocalist-songwriter for prog-rockers Porcupine tree – steps into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany in support of his upcoming fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. Tickets go on sale on Friday (January 16).

SOLD OUT: The concert by Ani DiFranco and Anais Mitchell at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Friday, January 23 is now officially sold out.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country music star Kenny Chesney is bringing his Big Revival Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center this spring with support acts Jake Owen, Chase Rice and Cole Swindell.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: After launching at The Egg several years ago, the Capital Area Indie Fest takes over The Linda in Albany with eight Local 518 bands – Carl Daniels & the Black Box, Ashley Sofia, Accents, Stockade Kids, the Chris Dukes Band, the Legendary Losers, Holly & Evan and Sandy McKnight & the Idea – for a fundraising fest for WEXT-FM and Columbia Arts Team. Tickets are $10.

Anjelah Johnson – comedian, actress, former NFL cheerleader and “MADtv” cast member – brings her character-driven stand-up comedy to Northampton’s Calvin Theatre at 8pm on Saturday, September 19. Priced at $28.50 & $39.50, tickets go on sale on Friday (January 16).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The biggest non-surprise of the upcoming summer concert season – the Dave Matthews Band is returning to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for their annual two-night stand. Fan club tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday (January 15); general public tickets won’t be available ’til Friday, February 13.

Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock hosts the Fab Faux in concert at 8pm on Friday, March 27, as they recreate Beatles’ records live onstage note-for-note. Tickets are $70.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Speaking of tribute bands, Brit Floyd brings their Space & Time World Tour – described as their “most ambitious show to date” – to Albany’s Palace Theatre, celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd from their 1965 creation through to their brand new album, The Endless River. Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday (January 16), priced at $25, $35 & $45.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Old-school soul man Sonny Knight & the Lakers is headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as a featured performer at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Gender Defenders stand-up comedy show – featuring John Mulrooney, Judy Gold, Kevin Downey, Jr. and Michele Balan – takes the stage at Proctors in Schenectady and the Palace Theatre in Albany… on the same night.

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