THE DOZEN: October’s Must-See Concerts


By Greg Haymes
Photograph of Primus’ Les Claypool by Andrzej Pilarczyk

You could call it Best Bets, Prime Picks, Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Greater Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. Only one entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to comment below and let us know what you think we missed or overlooked.

Here’s The Dozen for the month of October:

WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 4): Hudson @ The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. The bonafide jazz supergroup features Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Gernadier. 8pm. $49, $59 & $79.

FRIDAY (OCTOBER 6): Sasha Masakowski @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The eclectic, award-winning New Orleans vocalist-songwriter – named Best Emerging Artist by the Big Easy Association in 2009 – brings the jazz ‘n’ more. 8pm. $10.

FRIDAY (OCTOBER 6): Walter Salas-Humara @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s the return of the former Silos bandleader for a mostly solo acoustic show. With the return of the Coal Palace Kings. 8pm. $10.

SATURDAY (OCTOBER 7): O+ Festival @ various locations, Kingston. A great mix of headliners Steve Gunn and Spirit Family Reunion with Greater Nippertown faves Candy Ambulance and Jouska – all for a good cause. $50 donation for the whole three-day fest, which runs from Friday-Sunday.

SUNDAY (OCTOBER 8): Psychedelic Furs @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Yes, Richard Butler still has that compelling, hauntingly distinctive voice. With Hudson resident Tommy Stinson and his band Bash & Pop. 8pm. $25 in advance; $28 at the door. ALSO at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Friday, October 13 ($35 & $45).

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11: Sam Amidon @ the Half Moon, Hudson. A member of the famed Amidon folk family has taken a slightly different path with his deceptively simple but haunting albums, including his latest Following Mountain on Nonesuch Records. With Last Good Tooth. 7:30pm. $12. ALSO at the Parlor Room in Northampton at 7pm on Thursday, October 12 with Avi Jacob ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11: Joan Shelley @ The Linda, Albany. The return of the acclaimed Kentucky singer-songwriter-guitarist. With James Elkington in a special live broadcast concert on WAMC-FM. 8pm. $15.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The guitarist extraordinaire played in David Bowie’s band as well as The Cure. Now he brings his power trio to the Collar City in support of his new album, Imaginary Friends Live. 8pm. $20.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15: Ray LaMontagne @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The husky voiced singer-songwriter steps into the spotlight for a stripped-down acoustic concert accompanied only by Wilco’s John Stirratt on acoustic bass. With Ethan Gruska. 7pm. $55 & $75.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15: The Bobs @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Say it ain’t so! After 35 years and 16 albums, the pioneering a cappella group is saying that this is their farewell tour… 7pm. $25 in advance; $27 at the door. Also at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Monday, October 16 ($22.50 in advance; $25 at the door).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The Passport Series: Music Haven at Proctors launches with Venezuela’s rising star of Afro-Soul. 7:30pm. $25.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21: Paula Cole @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. From her 1998 Best New Artist Grammy Award to her hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait” to Ballads, her latest double-album of classics, the sublime singer makes it all her own. 8pm. $29.50.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25: Rickie Lee Jones @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Her self-titled 1979 debut album – featuring the hit “Chuck E’s in Love” – earned her the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1980, and she’s been traveling her own idiosyncratic but always intriguing path ever since. 8pm. $47, $57 & $67.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26: The Zorn-Muscatello-Melick Trio @ the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Vocalist Shiri Zorn teams up with guitar explorer George Muscatello and beyond-the-realm percussionist Brian Melick for the second Capital District Jazz concert of the season. 7:30pm. $15.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27: Primus @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Les Claypool and his merry band of musical mavericks return to town with a brand new album, The Desaturating Seven. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30: Shana Falana @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. The always-adventurous Shana Falana rolls into the Spa City for the Super Dark Halloween Prom in support of her psych-pop gem Here Comes the Waves. With Tokyo band An Atomic Whirl. 8pm; live music at 10pm. FREE. ALSO at Colony in Woodstock at 8pm on Tuesday, October 31 with Kyle & the Pity Party and The Tins ($8 in advance; $10 at the door).

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: Bonerama @ Parish Public House, Albany. The funky, high-powered New Orleans horn band will be blowing up a hot ‘n’ heavy Halloween show. 8pm. $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

  1. Matt says

    THURSDAY (OCTOBER 5): Wye Oak @ Club Helsinki

  2. Bill says

    Primus sucks!

  3. Bill says

    Echotest at the Parish Publuc House 10/8. Featuring Julie Slick from Adrian Belews Power Trio

  4. Stan Johnson says

    Sunday, October 29: Renaissance with chamber orchestra @ The Egg.

  5. Rudy says

    Jeff “Siege” Siegel @ A Place For Jazz with s/g South African trumpeter Feya Faku at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Schenectady on 10/20.

  6. Rudy says

    So much music. So little time.

  7. Greg says

    I know what you mean, Rudy. I thought I’d try to get back to doing this monthly feature, and suddenly the Dozen swelled up to 17 concerts – and I’m still leaving out really good ones. Maybe I’m gonna have to start calling it the TWO Dozen…

  8. Rudy says

    AMY HELM at Massry Hall, too.

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