COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

There’s still been no word yet on Troy’s annual Rockin’ On the River concert series for the upcoming season, but there’s a new concert series – Howlin’ On the Hudson – that will definitely keep the river rockin’ all summer long. Sponsored by Guthrie Bell Productions and WEQX-FM, the shows will actually be on the river, not just next to it. The concerts take place on Albany’s Dutch Apple Cruises on Tuesday nights, and each of the three-hour concert-cruises on the Hudson River will board at 6:30pm, depart the dock at 7pm and return at 10pm. Eastbound Jesus kicks off the cruise-concert series on June 9, followed by Conehead Buddha on June 23 and Gubbulidis (the Twiddle duo) on July 7. Priced at $22 in advance; $25 at the dock, tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (May 1). Stay tuned for more announcements for the remainder of the summer…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs is hosting a tribute band double-bill featuring the Australian Pink Floyd Show and Led Zeppelin 2.

Led by vocalist-guitarist Justin Pierre, pop-punksters Motion City Soundtrack are celebrating their tenth anniversary with their Commit This to Memory Tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Monday, July 27. They’ll be sharing the stage with the Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise. Showtime is 7:30pm, and tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 1). For that first day of sales only, tickets will be priced at $10. Thereafter, advance tickets will be $20; $22 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED: Another free show has been announced for Albany’s Empire State Plaza featuring ’70s pop-rockers Orleans and the guitar duo of Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett from Little Feat.

Country music star Mark Wills – who was named Best Male Vocalist at the 1998 Country Music Awards and has recorded eight Top 10 hits, including 2002’s “19 Somethin’” – has been announced as the headliner of this year’s Schoharie County Sunshine Fair. Wills will help kick off the 139th annual Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill with a performance at 7pm on opening day, Saturday, August 1. The fair runs through Saturday, August 8.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has announced a big batch of new concerts. Here are a few highlights:
*Jazz drummer Tani Tabbal will bring his trio (featuring bassist Michael Bisio and saxman Adam Siegel) to the theater at 7pm on Sunday, May 17, in celebration of the release of his new album, Mixed Motion. Tickets are $15.
*Back by popular demand, the Castaway Players Theatre Company returns at 8pm on Saturday, May 23 with an encore performance of the Who’s classic rock opera “Tommy,” directed by Sean Matthew Whiteford. And following the performance, Remember Jones presents “Back to Back to Black,” a live performance of the entire Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, accompanied by an orchestra featuring a horn section, string quartet, vibraphone, flute, a backing choir and other guests. Tickets for the double-header evening are $25.
*And the one and only Richard Thompson returns for a solo acoustic concert at 8pm on Friday, July 10. Priced from $35-$99, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (May 1).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: They sold out the Upstate Concert hall just last month, and now Fifth Harmony is headed back to town for a headlining concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre, with Common Kings, Natalie La Rose and Bea Miller. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (May 1).

OPENERS: Riding high on his current hit video “Gibberish,” 22-year-old pop singer Max has been added to the bill of the Boys of Zummer Tour with Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen, which makes a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, June 23… In support of his new album, Girls Need Attention, Richard Julian has been added to the bill as the opener for Bonnie Raitt at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown at 7pm on Saturday, August 1.

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