NEW CONCERTS: This Week’s Round-Up

By Greg Haymes

The Hangar on the Hudson bolsters its well-deserved reputation as Greater Nippertown’s roots-rockin’ hotspot with the addition of two new shows – West Coast twangmaster Deke Dickerson at 8pm on Wednesday November 22 ($10) and the annual tour-stop of Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday at 8pm on Saturday, December 9 ($20).

The Eighth Step has been located at Proctors in Schenectady since 2007, but the veteran coffeehouse first began hosting fab folk music 50 years ago at the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Washington Park in Albany. So it seems only fitting that the Step’s golden anniversary celebration should include a return to its original home for a special reunion concert at 7pm on Saturday, November 18. Performers include John Kirk & Trish Miller, Glenn Weiser & Greg Schaaf, Annie & the Hedonists (original line-up), Laurie Siegel, Cathy Winter, Ruth Pelham, Wanda Fischer (of WAMC-FM’s “Hudson River Sampler”) and Clearwater performers Betty Boomer & Steve Stanne, Dan Einbender and Rick Nestler. Tickets are $25 & $50.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady is presenting the inaugural Capital Records Live concert featuring six Greater Nippertown bands – Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic, Girl Blue, Let’s Be Leonard, the Bryan Brundige Collective and Clear Mind – playing the music of The Beatles. Tickets are on sale now.

High-energy New Orleans trombonist-vocalist (and Trombone Shorty’s cousin) Glen David Andrews brings his Big Easy band back to Greater Nippertown for a two-night stand at the recently opened Lost & Found in Albany. Showtime is 10pm on Friday & Saturday (November 10 & 11) and tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Albany’s Palace Theatre is hosting FLY 92.3’s Not So Silent Night featuring performances by Baltimore rockers All Time Low, British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and winner of the 11th season of NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” Grace VanderWaal. Tickets are now on sale.

Rachael Price returns to Club Helsinki in Hudson not with her usual band Lake Street Dive, but rather with the duo Rachael & Vilray at 8pm on Friday, January 19 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). And Lee Rocker – former bassist with the struttin’ rockabilly combo, the Stray Cats – revs things up at 9pm on Saturday, February 10 ($25 & $35).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall added three new concerts to the calendar – a holiday concert by pop pianist Jim Brickman, 14-year-old jazz piano wunderkind Joey Alexander and the classical-meets-hip-hop combo Black Violin. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (November 10).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mega-talented Tim O’Brien leads his award-winning bluegrass band Hot Rize into The Egg on the band’s 40th anniversary tour. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (November 10).

Texas country singer and 2013 winner of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” Danielle Bradbery headlines 107.7 WGNA’s Shop With a Cop Benefit Show at 7pm on Friday, November 17 at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. She’ll be joined by Nashville singer-songwriter Craig Wayne Boyd, the Season 7 winner of “The Voice.” Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Also upcoming at the Upstate Concert Hall, country music hitmaker Granger Smith steps up to the mic at 8pm on Friday, January 26. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (November 10), priced at $25 in advance; $28 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, the Gibson Brothers bring their down home Christmas concert to Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady. Tickets are on sale now.

Montreal-based old-school rock ‘n’ roller Bloodshot Bill rolls into town for a pair of shows on Sunday – 5pm at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy and 9:30pm at the Savoy Taproom in Albany. With Slik Nik & the Tex’s Playboys. Donations accepted.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The captivating percussion extravaganza “Stomp” is returning to to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (November 13).

Down in Woodstock at Levon Helm Studios, enchanting, look-a-like vocalists-keyboardists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig lead Lucius in an intimate, acoustic concert on Sunday, March 18 with Ethan Gruska opening the show at 6pm. Priced at $45 & $65, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (November 10). Also, Elizabeth Mitchell leads her annual Christmas benefit concert, “The Sounding Joy,” at 8pm on Friday, December 22. Tickets are $40 & $65 with proceeds to benefit the Washbourne House.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Post-rock pioneers Godspeed You! Black Emperor will play the first concert announced for the spring season at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (November 10).

Dorothy Norwood has been announced as the headliner for the seventh annual Gospel Jubilee at Proctors in Schenectady at 7pm on Friday, April 20. The celebration will also feature the Jubilee Mass Choir and a special salute to pioneering Local 518 disc jockey Pee Wee Harris. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25.

UPDATE: For the Celebrating David Bowie concert tour that’s slated to make a stop at The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Adrian Belew is out, and Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler are in.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Colin Quinn is headed into The Egg’s Swyer Theatre with his new show, “There’s One in Every Crowd.” Tickets are on sale now.

CANCELLED: Damien Escobar’s concert, originally scheduled for The Egg on Wednesday, December 13, has been cancelled.

SOLD OUT: Tonight’s concert (Wednesday, November 8) by J.D. McPherson at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy is officially sold out… And returning to Caffe Lena for the first time in about 50 years, Hal Ketchum’s two shows on Sunday (3 & 7pm) are both sold out.

OPENERS: Company of Thieves have snagged the opening slot with Walk the Moon at Upstate Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 17… Dead Rider has been announced as the opening act for the Mountain Goats at the Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday, April 21.

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