COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
By Greg Haymes
Two very intense and passionate singers have been added to the concert calendar at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Trixie Whitley (formerly of Black Dub and the daughter of the late, great Chris Whitley) takes the stage at 8pm on Sunday, September 25 ($25 & $35), while Joan Osborne steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Friday, December 9 ($35 & $48).
Up in Clifton Park, the Upstate Concert Hall has thrown a fistfull of new dates onto the calendar, including A-Boogie with DJ Rookie, DJ Static, DJ King Bully and DJ Show at 9pm on Friday, July 29 ($25 in advance; $35 at the door); Blackberry Smoke at 8pm on Saturday, September 10 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Life of Agony with Local 518 heroes Stigmata and Brick by Brick at 8pm on Friday, September 30 ($22.50 in advance; $25 at the door); Columbus-based hardcore band Beartooth at 7pm on Friday, November 4 ($19.50 in advance; $23 at the door); and Finnish horror/cartoon metalheads Lordi at 8pm on Friday, February 17 ($22 in advance; $25 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg has announced two new concerts for the fall – a solo show by piano man Ben Folds and guitarslinger Dweezil Zappa playing the music of his father under whatever name he can legally call his band these days… Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday(July 15).
Ben Folds will also be making a tour stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Friday, September 23. Tickets go on sale Friday (July 15) for $35.50 & $45.50. Also just added to the Calvin calendar, Home Free. the season four champions of NBC-TV’s “The Sing-Off” bring their a cappella country sound to town at 8pm on Saturday, November 19. Priced at $25 & $35; $135 VIP, tickets go on sale on Friday (July 15).
CANCELLED: Yes, we are majorly bummed out. The concert by Texas troubadour Joe Ely and the Cactus Blossoms – originally slated for the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy on Friday, July 22 – has been cancelled.
CANCELLED: And we’re bummed out again. The California Honeydrops – who recently opened for Bonnie Raitt at Albany’s Palace Theatre – have cancelled their scheduled performance, which was originally slated for Wednesday, July 20 at Shepard Park in Lake George. The good news is that the open slot of the Lake George Arts Project’s Wednesday night concert series has been filled by the High Rollers featuring Matt Mirabile and Jill Hughes. Showtime is 7pm, and admission is free.
Here’s to the Heroes, a country music benefit concert for Operation Adopt a Soldier, will take place at Vapor in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, August 25, featuring the return of Craig Campbell and national recording artists Drew Baldridge and Mickey Gutyon. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are available now priced at $15.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Here’s an intriguing match-up tap dance master Savion Glover and his troupe of dancers are collaborating with sizzling saxman James Carter and his band on “New Soundz,” premiering at The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (July 15).
Before they head into the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Thursday, October 20, LA-based buzz band the Record Company will be making a tour stop at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Monday, October 17. Priced at $17.50, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 15).
Speaking of the Hollow, the downtown Albany nightspot welcomes Mariachi El Bronx with Dead Heavens and Pounded by the Surf at 9pm on Sunday, September 25. Tickets go on sale on Friday (July 15), priced at $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
The Laszlo Gardony Quartet is headed into Berkshire Music School’s Taft Recital Hall in Pittsfield at 8pm on Saturday, July 16, featuring saxman Don Braden, bassist Yoron Israel and drummer John Lockwood in addition to the pianist-bandleader. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
UPDATE: Tickets for the Joey Alexander Trio’s concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Friday, December 2 are now on sale priced at $45 & $75.
Samirah Evans & Her Handsome Devils rumble into Zucchini’s Restaurant in Pittsfield at 8pm on Saturday, August 6. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.