COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

By Greg Haymes

Albany’s Upper Room continues to up its status as Greater Nippertown’s home of the blues. New additions to their concert calendar include Tommy Castro & the Painkillers’ record release party for Stompin’ Ground at 7pm on Wednesday, October 11 ($25 & $35); John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band at 7pm on Saturday, November 4 ($15 & $25); Studebaker John & the Hawks at 7pm on Wednesday, November 22 ($15 & $25); and Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown’s record release party for Witchy Feeling at 7pm on Friday, December 8 ($20 & $35).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and vocalist Somi have been announced as the headliners for the free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing in Albany.

Legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb – who’s played with Miles Davis (Kind of Blue), Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Larry Coryell, to name just a few – brings his band to the mindboggling Opus 40 Sculpture Park in Saugerties on Saturday, August 19. Blues guitarslinger Murali Coryell (Larry Coryell’s son) opens the show at 5pm. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the gate.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: David Crosby returns to The Egg’s Hart Theatre, this time with a five-piece backing band. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (August 11).

Masked metalheads Mushroomhead headline a Halloween bash at Chrome in Waterford on Wednesday, October 25. Doors open at 6pm for the show, which also features Unsaid Fate, Ventana, The Power and Innervision. Tickets are $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Kip Moore makes his Palace Theatre debut in support of his upcoming new album, Slowheart. Cale Dodds opens the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (August 11).

Colony in Woodstock welcomes Rick Derringer at 8pm on Friday, September 1 ($30-$50); Wreckless Eric with Be Cool Cowboy at 8pm on Friday, September 15 ($12-$15); and Maria Muldaur with Niall Connolly at 8pm on Saturday, October 7 ($25-$30).

Also down in Woodstock, Robyn Hitchcock takes the stage at the Woodstock Playhouse at 8pm on Saturday, September 2 in support of his self-titled album that was released in April. It’s his 21st album. All tickets are general admission, priced at $28.

Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence will be joined by trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and saxman Stacy Dillard for an exciting night of jazz at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Thursday, August 24. Tickets are now on sale priced at $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg also announced three more new shows – Richard Thompson, the Victor Wooten Trio and the Martial Artists & Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. Tickets for all three new shows go on sale at 11am on Friday (August 11).

Contemporary county hitmakers the Eli Young Band have played such Greater Nippertown venues as the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Albany’s Times Union Center, but on Monday (August 14), you’ll have the opportunity to see them in concert for free when they play Troy’s Riverfront Park as part of the New York-Penn League All-Star Fan Fest. Local 518 faves Skeeter Creek kick off the free outdoor show at 5:30pm.

In honor of the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, the Heartland Passage Tour will be making a stop at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 9. The evening will feature live music from Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and George Ward, as well as the screening of the documentary film “Boom & Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal,” by Academy Award-winning director Paul Wagner. Tickets are $15. Also upcoming at The Linda are Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney’s multimedia, interactive live concert experience Projectour at 8pm on Saturday, September 23 ($18); the return of Joan Shelley with James Elkington at 8pm on Wednesday, October 11 ($15); Carly Bliss with Noods and Yucky Duster at 8pm on Thursday, October 12 ($10).

Gojira roars into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Thursday, October 5 with Code Orange Kids and Torche opening the show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Also new at UCH are Dirty Heads with the Unlikely Candidates and Tyrone’s Jacket at 8pm on Saturday, November 11 ($27 in advance; $30 at the door); and Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso at 8pm on Saturday, November 25 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). Tickets for all three new concerts go on sale at 10am on Friday (August 11).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre announced a half-dozen new shows, including Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock, The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, Ain’t Wastin’ Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman, Legends of Country Music, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The Supper Club Cabaret at the Mansion Inn in Saratoga Springs has two upcoming shows on its calendar. Kyle Dean Massey (of TV’s “Nashville” and Broadway’s Wicked, Pippin and Xanadu) steps into the spotlight on Thursday, August 17, while Christine Pedi takes the stage on Thursday, September 14. Tickets are $60 each, which includes dinner (6pm) and the show (8pm).

The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton will play host to jazz-fusion pioneers Brand X at 7pm on Wednesday, October 11 ($32.50 in advance; $35 at the door); The Bobs’ Farewell Tour at 7pm on Monday, October 16 ($22.50 in advance; $25 at the door); the sublime Iris DeMent at 7pm on Saturday, October 21 ($30 in advance; $35 at the door); and comedian Rory Scovel at 7pm Wednesday, November 29.

OPENERS: It’s the last Rockin’ on the River concert of the summer – opening for Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours at Troy’s Riverfront Park at 5pm today (Wednesday, August 9) is BAERD, a progressive folk band from Boston inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, the Punch Brothers and Radiohead. Admission is free

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