THE DOZEN: February’s Must-See Concerts
By Greg Haymes
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 February:
TODAY (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2): Lissie @ The Linda, Albany. The acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her Albany debut in advance of her fourth studio album, Castles, slated for release next month. With Sydney Worthley. 8pm. $12.
TODAY (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2): Lera Lynn @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist brings her spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir to town. You may know her from her role as the barroom singer on the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.” 8pm. $25.
SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 3): The Figgs @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. It’s not just a Saratoga Chowderfest after-party; it’s another homecoming show for the veteran power-popsters.9pm. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 7): Valerie June @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. A unique, thoroughly captivating Americana talent rolls into town in support of her fascinating album, The Order of Time. With Sunny War. 7:30pm. $25 & $35.
WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 7): Accordion Virtuosi of Russia @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Is there such a thing as too many accordions? I doubt it. But we’ll find out when the Russian accordion army invades the Collar City. 7:30pm. $29 & $34.
WEDNESDAY (FEBRUARY 7): Joe K. Walsh & Friends @ Cock n’ Bull, Galway. The mandolin master returns with an impressive handful of musical compatriots, including Celia Woodsmith, Bobby Britt and Zoe Guigueno. 7:30pm. $10.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Ranky Tanky @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Music Haven at Proctors’ Passport series presents celebrated musicians from the South Carolina low country, who trace their roots directly back to a unique African American culture called Gullah. Their jazzy, bluesy funk pays tribute to the rich history of this distinct community by updating timeless game songs, work songs and spirituals collected from early field recordings taken along the Carolina Coast. 7:30pm. $25.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Glen David Andrews @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The electrifying New Orleans trombonist-vocalist and his band kick off Mardi Gras weekend with a party-hearty return to Club Helsinki. 9pm. $25. ALSO at Lost & Found, Albany at 10pm on Saturday, February 10. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13: Jocamo @ Parish Public House, Albany. Yes, it’s Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras! And there’s no better soundtrack for the celebration in Greater Nippertown than with Dave Macks and his funky bunch. Laissez les bons temps rouler! 7pm. FREE.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15: Stargaze @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The Berlin-based band of new music mavericks teams up with brooding popsters Poliça to create a new, adventurous, evening-length work “Music for the Long Emergency.”8pm. $18 in advance; $25 at the door; $35 preferred; $10 students.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16: Loudon Wainwright III @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Once a regular on the Caffè Lena stage when he lived in Saratoga, the sublime singer-songwriter has a unique talent for writing humorous and brutally honest autobiographical songs. And he snagged a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Traditional Folk Album with High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. 8pm. $55.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16-18: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Three days of dances, workshops, singing, concerts, family events, storytelling and more. 15 venues and more than 300 performers including CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Vanaver Caravan, Garland Nelson, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Reggie Harris, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde and lots more. starting at 7pm Friday, February 16. $33-$110.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 & 24: moe. @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Bassist Rob Derhak’s cancer diagnosis put the band on hold back in July, but now the hiatus is over. Derhak is back in the saddle, and moe. is ready to rock once again. With Aqueous on Friday, February 23 only. 7:30pm Friday; 8pm Saturday. $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $65 for a two-day pass.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25: Dropkick Murphys @ Albany Capital Center, Albany. It’s been open for a year, and now the Capital Center is finally hosting its first rock concert. With Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim. 6:30pm. $35.