COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

By Greg Haymes

Roots-rock singer-songwriter Jackie Greene – perhaps best known for his work as guitarist for Black Crowes, Phil Lesh & Friends and Trigger Hippy – plays a pair of upcoming Greater Nippertown concerts in February. In support of Back to Birth, his first solo album in five years, Greene and his band will play The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany, before returning to Club Helsinki in Hudson, where Greene played a two-night stand earlier this month.

Jazz fans are going to want to mark their calendar now for the Phil Woods Tribute Concert, which is scheduled for Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield on Saturday, May 14. The alto saxophone great and Springfield, Mass. native died in September at the age of 83, and the upcoming tribute concert – sponsored by – will feature a gathering of his band – trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin – joined by Woods’ protégé Grace Kelly on alto saxophone. Ticket details are still TBA…

CANCELLED: Originally scheduled for Saturday (December 26) at The Egg in Albany, the concert by Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band Wizards of Winter has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

The concert by homegrown bluegrass heroes the Gibson Brothers Trio concert at 7pm on Tuesday (December 29) at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs is now officially sold out. But now you’ve got a second chance – a second show has been added for 4:30pm on the same date. Tickets are $35 in advance.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The new headbangin’ Rock ‘N Derby Festival is slated for the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke featuring three days of an all-star line-up that includes Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx:A.M., Lamb of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Sevendust, Scott Stapp, Wolfmother and lots more. And if that’s not enough, the fest will also feature pro wrestling and a demolition derby. Advance tickets are on sale now…

Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has announced a couple of new shows for the new year. Vermont-based jam band faves Twiddle take the stage on Friday, February 26 with Formula 5 opening at 8pm. Tickets are $17 in advance; $20 at the door. Meanwhile, the Word Alive roars into UCH on Thursday, March 10 with Fit for a King and Out Came the Wolves kicking things off at 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Red-headed super singer-songwriter Neko Case is headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Priced at $35; $15 for students, tickets are on sale now…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: It’s the Theater at the Theatre – prog-metal faves Dream Theater at the Palace Theatre, that is. Frontman James LaBrie will lead the band through a complete performance of their upcoming two-disc retro-futurist rock opera, The Astonishing, slated for release next month. Tickets are on sale now…

WAMC-FM’s The Linda has announced a handful of new concerts, including the Jimi Hendrix tribute band Dolly Dagger at 8pm on Saturday, February 20 ($12). Mandolin master Matt Flinner (formerly of Leftover Salmon) leads his eclectic Matt Flinner Trio at 8pm on Thursday, February 25 with Michael Eck opening ($17). And at 8pm on Friday, March 11, veteran Woodstock singer-songwriter Happy Traum takes the stage for “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village, Folk Revival and Woodstock Scene,” an evening of colorful anecdotes and incisive memories with the aid of vintage photos and music clips ($1).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield announces two new concerts by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters for the new year – Richard Marx and Marc Cohn.

In support of their stellar sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, Americana favorites the Lone Bellow are slated to return to Greater Nippertown next year, this time around at the Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, February 27. Tickets are $30 & $35 and are on sale now.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Ultimate Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll Spectacular – the annual spring oldies concert at Proctors in Schenectady – will feature Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Shirley Alston Reeves and the Coasters, as well as the Chiffons, the Legendary Voices of Doo-Wop, the Demensions and Kid Kyle. Priced at $35.75, $43.75 & $50.75, tickets are currently on sale.

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