Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s Kaani, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade criss-crossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners. The band was slated to make their U.S debut two years ago at the Half Moon in Hudson, but the concert was postponed at the last minute due to visa problems. Now they’ll finally get a chance for a do-over at 8pm on Saturday, April 4 in support of their upcoming album, Zoy Zoy. Tickets are $10.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has announcements a few new shows including reggae faves the Big Takeover at 9pm on Saturday, March 21. Gene Ween and his seven-piece band serves up a tribute concert to Billy Joel at 9pm on Friday, April 10 with the Paul Green Rock Academy ($20-$45). And sublime singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega steps onto the stage at 9pm on Sunday, April 19 ($45-$70).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Brandi Carlile and her band will be making a tour stop at Albany’s Palace Theatre in support of her new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which is slated for release on Tuesday (March 3). Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 27).

The Low Beat in Albany welcomes singer-guitarist Davy Knowles (formerly of the blues-rock band Back Door Slam) on Monday, May 18. Doors open at 7pm.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown announced a killer outdoor indie-rock bash featuring the Pixies, TV On the Radio and John Grant. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 27).

The super-charged Robert Randolph & the Family Band is headed back to Nippertown for a show at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, April 3. Tickets are $25 ($30 for those under 21) and are on sale now.

Detroit-based hip-hopster Big Sean rolls into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Sunday, April 12, in support of his brand new album, Dark Sky Paradise. Advance tickets are on sale now priced at $35.75. And California pop-punksters the Story So Far take the stage on Wednesday, May 20 with Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs kicking off the festivities at 7:30pm. Priced at $20 in advance ($22 at the door), tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 27).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill announced the line-up of performers for the 2015 fest, including the Del McCoury Band, the Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Hot Rize, the Infamous Stringdusters, the SteelDrivers, Greensky Bluegrass, Balsam Range, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Michael Daves & Friends and more…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Three new bands have been announced for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts CenterKellyLee Evans, the Yosvany Terry Quartet and the return of the Pedrito Martinez Group.

Vapor is hosting another free show sponsored by WEQX-FM. On Saturday, March 28, Canadian indie-rockers In-Flight Safety will take over the Saratoga Springs nightspot. Doors open at 8pm.

The Tallest Man On Earth grabs the spotlight at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Wednesday, May 13, the day after the release of his fourth album, Dark Bird Is Home. Priced at $29.50 & $39.50, tickets go on sale on Friday (February 27).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre has added a second show for stand-up comedian Daniel Tosh.

It’s headbangin’ time! Bogie’s in Albany welcomes Biohazard with Sworn Enemy on Saturday, March 28. Opening the show at 7pm are Boar Tusk, From Within, Trife Life, Borrowed Time and Born Low. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

POSTPONED INDEFINITELY: Originally scheduled for Friday, April 24, Bill Cosby’s show at the Palace Theatre has been “postponed indefinitely.” Don’t expect it to be re-scheduled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

Broadway star (original cast member of “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal”), Tony nominee and a founding member of the Midtown Men, J. Robert Spencer heads into the Wood Theater in Glens Falls for a two-night stand with his acoustic cabaret show at 7:30pm on Sunday & Monday, July 12 & 13. And singer-songwriter Jeremy Schonfeld – the composer and lyricist for the rock musical “Spun,” which Adirondack Theatre Festival is presenting at the Wood Theater – serves up his cabaret show at 7:30pm on Sunday & Monday, July 26 & 27.

OPENERS: Love Jones Girlz will serve as the opening act for Migos on Friday, March 6 at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory… Offering a sneak preview of their upcoming debut album 1st Bath, Avid Dancer will open the show for Delta Spirit at Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen on Monday, March 30.

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