By Greg Haymes

Ada Vox, the first drag queen to break into the Top 10 of “American Idol,” stirred up plenty of online controversy when she was eliminated from the televised singing competition last month. But she’s carrying on with her career, which now includes a stop at the Waterworks Pub in Albany at 10pm on Saturday, June 9. Admission is $10.

Wilco’s guitar explorer brings the Nels Cline 4 to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, July 7 in support of their new Blue Note album Currents, Constellations. Tickets go on sale at 12noon on Friday (May 18), priced at $25 & $30. Also new on Club Helsinki’s calendar is the return of Chatham County Line at 9pm on Friday, July 27 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rockin’ on the River is rolling out its summer 2018 concert announcements one at a time – here, here and here, so far…

Amanda Palmer brings her Party in the Cemetery: Celebrating Woodstock’s Gothic History to Colony in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, June 23 ($13 in advance; $15 at the door). Colony will also host the John Hall Band reunion show at 8pm on Saturday, July 7 ($40 & $60), as well as Bermuda Triangle featuring Alabama Shakes singer-guitarist Brittany Howard at 8pm on Wednesday, July 25 ($35 & $40; on sale at 10am on Friday).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Modest Mouse is headed into Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (May 18).

Singer-songwriter Dan Bern is headed into the Ndakinna Education Center in Greenfield Center at 6pm on Saturday, June 2 to play a benefit concert for the center. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the show. Ticket prices are $15; kids $7.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg announced three new concerts – Jazz Is Phsh, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix with John Simon and Squirrel Nut Zippers. Tickets are on sale now…

The Cock ‘n Bull in Galway is rounding up some great acoustic music, including Joe K. Walsh at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 23; the Page Turners at 7pm on Sunday, June 10; Anthony da Costa at 7pm on Sunday, June 24; Brother Roy at 8pm on Friday, July 13; Michae Fambro at 8pm on Friday, July 17; Alice Howe at 7:30pm on Wednesday, August 1; Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys at 8pm on Friday, August 10; and Evan Murphy at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 6.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady has unveiled the line-up of bands for the inaugural summer of Harbor Jam, the free concert series at the Mohawk Hudson Amphitheater featuring Orleans, Pure Prairie League and a big bunch of tribute bands.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Cohoes Music Hall announced that tickets for two more newly announced concerts – John Waite and Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (May 18).

With summer just around the corner, Lake George is on the concert map again. King Neptune’s Pub is hosting the Jack Russell Great White Acoustic Duo at 7pm on Thursday ($5) and Langhorne Slim & the Lost at Last Band with the Adam Ezra Band at 7pm on June 16 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center continues to roll out new concert announcements for the summer including the Dazed & Blazed hip-hop bash featuring Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd with Lil Skies and O.T. Genasis. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (May 18).

Spencertown Academy Arts Center welcomes singer-songwriter-accordionist Rachelle Garniez in concert, accompanied by bassist Derek Nievergelt, at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 2. She performs story songs that slip between pop, polka, country, ska, jazz, yodeling and more. Tickets are $20; students $10).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bayou bluesman Tab Benoit is slated for a return to the Cohoes Music Hall.

The jazz duo Tuck & Patti returns to the Van Dyck in Schenectady for two shows (6:30 & 8:30pm) on Saturday, June 30. Tickets are $22 in advance; $26 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The folks at radio station FLY 92.3 have revealed the line-up of performers for their their annual SummerJam, which is being held this year at the Saratoga Casino Hotel, featuring Liam Payne, Why Don’t We, Lauv, In Real Life and new additions Rita Ora, Kim Petras and Moriah Formica. But it looks like Taylor Grey has dropped off the bill.

Tracy Morgan brings his stand-up comedy show to Rivers Casino & Resort’s Event Center in Schenectady at 8pm on Friday, November 9. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, June 15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Phish has revealed that they’ll be kicking off their fall tour with a two-night stand at Albany’s Times Union Center. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, June 1.

Beattie Powers Place in Catskill is scheduled to play host to a pair of upcoming jazz concerts – the Claire Daly/Roberta Piket Duo at 5pm on Saturday (May 19) and the Michael Benedict New Quartet at 2pm on Sunday, June 3. Tickets for the concerts are $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg revealed two more new shows – comedian Randy Rainbow and Music of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour featuring the sons of Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce with the nephew of Eric Clapton. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (May 18).

The Beach Boy Tour featuring Little Rock indie popsters Knox Hamilton with Brother Sundance lands at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Sunday, July 22. Tickets are available now, priced at $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of performers for the free Black & Latin Gay Pride Celebration was announced with ’80s hitmaker Brenda K. Starr as the headliner. Also slated to perform at the Washing Park festival are Ada Vox, Sampson and Brick City Entertainment.

In Albany, The Linda has bolstered its calendar with a pair of new shows – award-winning rockabilly combo Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at 7pm on Friday, June 1 ($15) and spoken word pioneer Andrea Gibson with Megan Falley at 8pm on Thursday, August 9 ($20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre has announced a new show by stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (May 18).

OPENERS: Brother Hawk has snagged the opening act slot for the Blackberry Smoke concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday (May 19).

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  1. Matt says

    Yo La Tengo at BSP Kingston Wednesday, September 12!

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