THE DOZEN: November’s Must-See Concerts



By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Martin Benjamin

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 November:

TODAY (THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2): Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Dave Alvin @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A brilliant pairing of roots-music greats swappin’ songs and stories together onstage. 8pm. $25 & $35.

TODAY (THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2): Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band @ the Cock ‘N Bull, Galway. The former lead guitarist and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band brings the blues-rockin’ with his own mighty crew. 7:30pm. $35.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3: The Don Byron Quartet @ A Place for Jazz at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The acclaimed jazz clarinetist-saxman (and former UAlbany music professor) has some big ears, and his music has ranged from klezmer and German lieder to Raymond Scott’s “cartoon-jazz” to Junior Walker’s soul/R&B and beyond. 7:30pm. $20; students $10; children under 12 FREE.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4: Flogging Molly @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Dave King leads the rousing, rockin’ Celtic punksters on their Life Is Good Tour. With Anti-Flag and Jon Snodgrass. 8pm. $33.75 in advance; $36 at the door.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4: Eighth Step 50th Anniversary Concert @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The Step celebrates five decades of presenting fab folk with a special concert featuring Holly Near and Brother Sun with Annie & the Hedonists. 7pm. $30 in advance; $35 at the door; VIP $75.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4: The Frank Wakefield Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The bluegrass icon and maverick mandolin master has still got it goin’ on at age 83. 8pm. $15.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8: JD McPherson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Revvin’ in up old-school rockabilly and R&B, JD and his crew return in support of their new album, Undivided Heart & Soul. 8pm. $20.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 & 9: King Crimson @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Robert Fripp and company return to The Egg for a rare two-night stand of head-spinning music. 8pm. $49.50, $59.50 & $89.50.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10: Pere Ubu @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. When was the last time that David Thomas and company were in town? With the Young Skulls. 8pm. $25.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11: The Security Project @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. In the mood for more prog rock after King Crimson? KC touch guitarist Trey Gunn teams up with Happy Rhodes, Jerry Marotta and more to explore the music of Peter Gabriel in support of their new album, Contact. 6:30 & 8:30pm. $18 in advance; $22 at the door. ALSO: Tonight (Thursday, November 2) at BSP Kingston in Kingston and the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Tuesday, November 7.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Hal Ketchum @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Greenwich native and country music hitmaker plays a pair of homecoming shows back where it all started at open mic nights. His first shows at Caffe Lena in about 50 years. 3 & 7pm. $55 in advance; $57 at the door. ALSO: The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Saturday, November 11.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The magnificent husband-and-wife banjo duo rolls into town in support of their brand new sophomore album, Echo in the Valley. 7pm. $30, $50 & $80.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Brandi Carlile @ The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. A solo acoustic benefit concert for the Radio Woodstock Cares Foundation to aid local breast cancer care, research facilities and hospitals in the Hudson Valley. With Sweet Marie, Simi Stone, Sean Rowe and Ian Felice. 7pm. $84, $130 & $170.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Rosanne Cash @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The second generation American music great plays a duo show with her husband-guitarist John Leventhal. 7:30pm. $25, $32, $37 & $44.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17: Bob Dylan & His Band @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Bob. Dylan. With Mavis Staples, who will be celebrating the release of her new album, If All I Was Was Black. 7:30pm. $52.50, $82.50 & $119.50.

1 Comment
  1. Rudy says

    MAVIS!!!!!!!!! I wish she got the top billing–she’s made a string of superlative solo albums in the past fifteen years.

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