COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
By Greg Haymes
Mark your calendar… Rockabilly firecracker J.D. McPherson is returning to the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy on Wednesday, November 8, and this time around he’s bringing along Nikki Lane. Ticket info TBA.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is slated to make a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on his first acoustic tour in five years. He’ll be joined by Wilco’s John Stirratt on stand-up bass. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4).
Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall has announced an impressive pair of new shows. Our Lady Peace takes over the stage on Friday, October 20 with Matthew Good opening at 8pm ($30 in advance; $32 at the door), while the hot-wired Celtic rockers Flogging Molly bring their Life Is Good Tour to Clifton Park with Anti-Flag and Jon Snodgrass in support at 8pm on Saturday, November 4 ($30.75 in advance; $33 at the door). Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (August 4).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bassist extraordinaire and all-around wacky free-thinker Les Claypool leads Primus into the Palace Theatre in support of the band’s upcoming album, The Desaturated Seven. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4).
After headlining at Alive at Five last summer, Atlas Genius returns to Greater Nippertown for a concert at Jupiter Hall in Guilderland at 7pm on Wednesday, October 11 with Half the Animal and Magic Giant opening the show. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4). Also new on Jupiter Hall’s calendar is Miss May I with Ice Nine Kills, Capsize, Lorna Shore and Concrete in support at 6pm on Monday, September 11 ($20) and Ohio-based Christian metalcore headbangers Convictions with Earth Groans on September 14 ($TBA).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Just last month they were playing SPAC as part of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour, but now Hot Tuna has announced that they’ll be returning to Greater Nippertown in acoustic mode at the Cohoes Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Prog-rockers Dream Theater are bringing their Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4).
Hot on the heels of his recent standing-room-only engagement at New York City’s legendary Birdland nightclub, Steve Ross, who The New York Times has dubbed “The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret,” hits the stage of Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre at 8pm on Saturday (August 5) for “I Won’t Dance,” a one-night-only tribute to Fred Astaire. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the door.
UPDATE: Priced at $29.50, lawn tickets are now available for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center concert by Sting, the Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner on Wednesday, August 30, which had previously been announced as a pavilion-only show.
Who’s up for trip down to Kingston? BSP Kingston has added a batch of don’t-miss shows including Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab) with Nicholas Krgovich at 8pm on Sunday, September 3 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Teddy Thompson with Leslie Mendelson at 8pm on Saturday, September 30 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); and Pere Ubu (yes, Pere Ubu!) with the Young Skulls at 8pm on Friday, November 10 ($25).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg has just announced a pair of upcoming concerts. Australian crooner Alfio returns with a tribute concert to Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli, while hip-hop-meets-classical violinist Damien Escobar brings his Heart & Soul Tour to town.
Saxophonist-composer-bandleader Kamasi Washington is perhaps the most acclaimed 21st century jazz musician, as you can discover for yourself when he lands at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Saturday, November 18. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4), priced at $25 & $35.
Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock has announced a batch of new shows, including the co-bill of Hayes Carll and Midnight North at 8pm on Friday, September 22 ($40 & $65); rollickin’ New Orleans piano man Jon Cleary and his trio at 8pm on Saturday, September 23 ($35 & $50); Elephant Revival at 8pm on Saturday, November 11 ($35 & $50); and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real with Nikki Lane at 8pm on Saturday, November 18 ($45 & $65).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Celtic rock favorites the Young Dubliners are headed into the Cohoes Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 4).
In support of her new benefit single for Standing Rock (a cover of Cris Williamson’s “Midnight Oil”), Holly Miranda and her full band will step into the spotlight at the Or Gallery & Tavern in Hudson on Saturday, August 26. Nico Turner will share the bill.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Cohoes Music Hall is hosting “A Phoenix Rising,” a benefit concert for the new Albany Damien Center, which is slated to open in November to provide services for local people living with HIV/AIDS. The evening will feature music director Maria Riccio Bryce, as well as Benita Zahn, Nancy Timpanaro-Hogan, Ward Dales, Bill Harrison, the Albany Gay Mens Chorus, Carrie Weiss, Mary Pohl and many others. Tickets are on sale now.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: New concerts announced for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington include the contemporary country duo Thompson Square, the Blind Boys of Alabama with the Preservation Hall Legacy Horns, and the John Pizzarelli Quartet with Catherine Russell. Tickets for the new shows go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday, August 11.
Noteworthy upcoming concerts at Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall in Northampton include the Pixies at 8pm on Wednesday, September 20 ($49.50); Modest Mouse with Mass Gothic at at 8pm on Saturday, October 7 ($49.50); comedian Paula Poundstone at 8pm on Saturday, October 28 ($28.50-$42.50) and Regina Spektor at 8pm on Tuesday, November 14 ($29.50-$49.50).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre is also hosting “Groovin’… Ghostly Legends & Friends,” a rock & roll tribute concert to benefit Albany’s Veterans Miracle Center. Tickets are on sale now.
OPENERS: Hospital Corners will warm up the crowd for the Dream Eaters at The Linda in Albany on Wednesday, August 23.