COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
New concerts on the calendar at Club Helsinki in Hudson include “Song for the EARTH” featuring the Blue Ribbon Trio and the Patchwork Symphony at 7pm on Sunday, May 31 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door); Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) at 9pm on Saturday, June 13 ($15); the Rachel Grimes Ensemble with Alexander Turnquist at 8pm on Thursday, June 18 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); the Wiyos at 8pm on Thursday, July 2 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); the return of Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys at 9pm on Friday, July 10 ($25 & $30); the sublime soul singer Bettye LaVette at 9pm on Friday, July 24 ($37 & $55); Iris DeMent at 8pm on Sunday, August 9 ($35 in advance; $45 at the door) and cello-rockers Rasputina at 8pm on Thursday, October 15 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The complete schedule for Troy’s 11-week Rockin’ On the River free concert series has been announced featuring performances by the Bstreetband, Who’s Bad?, Skeeter Creek, Eastbound Jesus, Almost Queen, Super 400, Big Eyed Phish, the Rustic Overtones, Natural Wonder, Blues for Breakfast, Zoso and more.
In support of his new album Eatin’ at Me, acclaimed singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist-producer Gurf Morlix takes the stage at The Hangar in Troy at 7pm on Sunday (May 17). Tickets are $20. Also at The Hangar, a fab showcase of some of the Local 518’s finest female singer-songwriters – “Lonesome Val” Haynes, Caroline MotherJudge & the Urban Holiness Society, Olivia Quillio and Ashley Sofia – at 8pm on Friday, June 12. Advance tickets are $12. And bluegrass band (and Grey Fox favorites) the HillBenders take over at 7pm on Tuesday, June 16. Tickets are $15.
CANCELLED: The concert by the Heart tribute band Vainglorious, which was originally scheduled for The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (May 16), has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country-pop superstar Shania Twain will play one of the final concerts of her farewell tour at Albany’s Times Union Center. Gavin DeGraw opens the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 15).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has announced the return of Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt for an intimate acoustic concert to kick off their upcoming fall season. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 15).
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany has added a number of new concerts to its calendar, including Arkells at 8pm on Wednesday, June 10 ($1.02 for the first 102 tickets; then $10.27 thereafter); K. Flay at 8pm on Thursday, June 11 ($10.27; $15 at the door); and Cayucas at 8pm on Tuesday, July 28 ($10.27; $15 at the door). And although there’s been no official word yet from the folks at the Hollow, veteran ska-punks Fishbone will be landing there on Wednesday, September 16, according to the band’s website.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany is slated to play host to bluesman Shuggie Otis and his band. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 15).
The concert season is heating up at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, too. Among the new announcements are Jay Collins & the Kings County Band featuring guitarist Aaron Lieberman (of God Street Wine) at 9pm on Thursday, May 21 ($10); the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Concert to benefit the Woodstock Crisis Hotline and the John Herald Fund at 8pm on Sunday, May 24 (performers TBA) ($45, $65 & $100); the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at 9pm on Friday, May 29 ($20); the Kal David Homecoming Concert with the Gabe Butterfield Blues Band at 8:30 on Sunday, May 31 ($15); Slam Allen’s CD release party at 9pm on Saturday, June 6 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); Reptar at 9pm on Thursday, July 16 ($15); Strand of Oaks at 9pm on Thursday, July 23 ($15); Blake Mills at 9pm on Friday, July 24 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Anders Osborne at 9pm on Friday, August 21 ($25); and Mac DeMarco on Sunday, October 11 ($TBA).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Orchard Project Presents hosts cabaret performances by Alan Cumming and Bridget Everett, as well as an number of exciting new theater productions at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs.
The Van Dyck in Schenectady is slated to host a pair of concerts by the Stu Hamm Trio at 7 & 9:30pm on Saturday, July 11. The virtuoso bassist Hamm – whose impressive resume includes stints with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, among others – will be featured with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and drummer Joel Taylor (Al DiMeola, Allan Holdsworth). Tickets are $18 advance; $22 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Proctors in Schenectady has announced a big batch of shows for its upcoming concert season, including Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Village People, Gary Lucas, TriBeCaStan, Recycled Percussion, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience and lots more…
Guthrie Bell Productions has announced the second round of cruise concerts in the Howling on the Hudson music series on Albany’s Dutch Apple Cruiseline, and the schedule includes Wild Adriatic on July 28, Mister F on August 11 and Mirk on August 25. The three-hour cruise-concerts depart the dock at 7pm on Tuesdays, and tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the dock.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Williamstown Theatre Festival has added a number of one-night-only special events for their summer season, including comedians Lewis Black and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Darrell Hammond and a concert performance of Benjamin Scheuer’s “The Lion.” Also new to the schedule is a two-night stand by the skimpily clad musical comedy duo the Skivvies, as well as a three-night run of the musical improv ensemble Baby Wants Candy.
Music Meets Movies @ the Madison: The Andrew Alden Ensemble – featuring drummer-keyboardist Andrew Alden, violinist Ben Kronk and cellists Nathaniel Ortega and Phillip Lee – will perform a live original score during the screening Charlie Chaplin’s classic “The Gold Rush” at Albany’s Madison Theater at 8pm on Sunday, May 24. Then at 8pm on Monday, May 25, they’ll be back on stage performing their score for the screening of “House.” Tickets are $10 each night.
OPENERS: Arc Iris has been tapped as the opening act for the Lone Bellow at MASS MoCA in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday, May 23.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Performers at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield kick off on Sunday and Monday (May 17 & 18) with Boston’s fab Session Americana. The rest of the season has been announced as well, including Wanda Houston, Niko Tsakalakos, Alysha Umphress, Sally Wilfert, Elizabeth Stanley, Randy Graff, David Lutken, Joe Iconis, Mr. William Finn himself, and lots more…