Bits & Pieces: Jerry Seinfeld, Sawyer Fredericks, Cohoes Music Hall, Allen Toussaint, Fritz’s Polka Band

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, is returning to Albany’s Palace Theatre with his signature stand-up routines at 7pm on Thursday, March 3.

Priced at $48, $63, $80 & $150, tickets will be available to Palace members on Wednesday (November 18) and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, November 20.


Sawyer Fredericks – the 16-year-old farmboy from Fultonville, has released his first recordings since winning last season’s edition of “The Voice,” NBC-TV’s singing competition. On Wednesday (November 11), Fredericks returned to “The Voice” to debut his new song, “Take It All,” from his brand spankin’ new self-titled, four-song EP, which also includes a duet with his “Voice” co-star Mia Z. Look for his upcoming full album in the spring on Republic Records.


Since 2002, the Cohoes Music Hall has been the home of C-R Productions’ musical theater performances. But the theater company left the Hall last year, and now concerts are returning to the historic Remsen Street venue. The Cohoes Music Hall will host the Bopitude Drum Battle at 7:30pm on Saturday (November 14) featuring drummers Michael Benedict, Pete Sweeney, Bob Halek and Brian Melick backed by saxman Brian Patneaude, trumpeter Chris Pasin, pianist Dave Gleason and bassist Mike Lawrence. Tickets are $15; $10 students.

Also coming up at the Cohoes Music Hall is a concert by legendary rockabilly veteran and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson with the Lustre Kings at 8pm on Saturday, December 5. Tickets are $20.

We lost one of our great national treasures this week. RIP: Allen Toussaint, 1938-2015…


Congratulations to Fritz Scherz and Gabe Vaccaro, founding members of Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona, who have been nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid, Ohio. Scherz (accordionist/vocalist) and Vaccaro (bassist/vocalist) have both been nominated in the Musician of the Year category, while Scherz has also been nominated for Vocalist of the Year. The winners will be announced during the CSPHOF Awards Show on Saturday, November 28.

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