COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements

Royal Blood – the British rock duo of bassist-singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, whose musical influences range from Queens of the Stone Age to classic Led Zeppelin – rumble into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park 8pm on Friday, July 17. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

This one really snuck up on us – jazz trumpet master Wallace Roney blows into Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Williamstown at 8pm on Friday (April 17). He’s bringing along an A-list band featuring bassist Buster Williams, drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Ben Solomon and pianist Victor Gould. And guess what? Admission is FREE.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has announced two big new shows – the electrifying New Orleans funk-rock-jazz band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and California indie rockers Cold War Kids with In the Valley Below and Civil Twilight. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 17).

Club Helsinki in Hudson has bolstered its concert calendar with the addition of a pair of shows by top-notch singer-songwriters. Steve Forbert steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Thursday, May 28 ($25), while Martin Sexton is slated to take the stage at 9pm on Friday, June 5 ($45 & $55).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of musical acts for the annual Capital Pride Festival in Albany’s Washington Park has been announced, and headlining the free fest will be Andy Bell (of the British synth-pop band Erasure). Also on the bill are Katy Tiz, the Accents, Calpernia Addams and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Counting Crows are headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center again this summer, and this time around they’re bringing along Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown as support acts. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (April 18).

Down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater has added some new shows, including Conehead Buddha with Black Mountain Symphony at 9pm on Saturday, April 25 ($15); the Simi Stone Band with Twin Danger at 9pm on Friday, May 1 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); and YouTube sensation Ewan Dobson’s Acoustic Metal Tour at 9pm on Thursday, May 7 ($TBA). But the big one is “Soundout: The Music of Neil Young,” a benefit for the Woodstock Day School at 8pm on Friday, May 8, featuring Happy Traum, A.C. Newman, Marco Benevento, Nicole Atkins, Larry Campbell, Adrien Reju, Simi Stone, Zach Djanikian, Burnell Pines, Steve Koester, Andy Borger, Peter Dougan, Tim Sutton, Aaron Leiberman, Dave Dreiwitz, Jason Bowman, the Woodstock Day School Ensemble… Ticket prices range from $20-$99.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington announced seven new concerts, including Graham Nash, Don McLean, Art Garfunkel, Pink Martini, John Pizzarelli, Kenny Aronoff and the classic bluegrass duo of Del McCoury & David Grisman. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Wednesday, April 22.

Yes, 2015 baseball season is underway, and the Mets haven’t been eliminated from the playoffs yet, so we’re mighty happy. Although perhaps not quite as happy as we are about the opportunity to catch all-star rock band the Baseball Project in concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 16. Tickets are $20; $15 seniors & college students; $8 students & children.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country singer Craig Wayne Boyd – the winner of Season Seven of NBC-TV’s singing competition, “The Voice” – is slated to play a free concert at Albany’s Empire State Plaza.

The official EQX Tulip Fest After-Party shakes up the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in downtown Albany at 8pm on Saturday, May 9 with Kopecky and Best Good Frends (featuring Mihali and Zdenek of Twiddle; Kenny Brooks of Ratdog; and Ryan Clausen and Josh Dobbs from Dead Set Tuesday). Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Ticket details have been announced for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center concert by country music star Brantley Gilbert with Lee Brice and Cam. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 17).

SOLD OUT: Ed Kowalczyk’s concert at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, April 25 is now officially sold out.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The husband-and-wife jazz team of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molasky are returning to Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in Lenox for a live taping of their “Radio Deluxe” radio show.

OPENERS: The Mississippi Hot Dogs (led by bassist Tony Markellis and steel guitarist Kevin Maul) will open the show for Floodwood at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 9pm on Thursday, April 23… Lucy Wainwright Roche has been tapped as the opening act for Dar Williams at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany on Friday, May 15.

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