Top Tips for Live Music (for the week beginning January 4th)

Happy New Year, everybody.  2020 was a long year of doing without.  Hopefully we are in the last stages of that, and can start to look more optimistically toward the future.  In no particular order, ten things I’m looking forward to seeing, hopefully sooner rather than later:

  • Upstate Concert Hall’s new home
  • Pearlpalooza
  • The annual Wheels of Soul tour at SPAC
  • Super Dark Mondays and Thursdays
  • The Eddies (finally)
  • The Music Haven Concert Series
  • A Midnight Ramble
  • Universal Preservation Hall with a full schedule of shows
  • Alive at Five
  • The revamped Pauly’s Hotel

Best bet: Troy Music Hall presents The Jayhawks (livestreamed from Minnesota), in what looks to be a very fun matinee this Sunday.  While the previous two shows in this series showcased their new album “XOXO” and their classic “The Sound of Lies”, this one will focus on the band’s favorite cover songs.  That usually makes for a great time.

Live this week:

Monday, January 4

Friday, January 8

Saturday, January 9

Sunday, January 10

Just announced:

Caffe Lena Live Stream {online} 

  • {January 11} Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: Phil Henry Gail Sparlin / Kate McDonald (7:00)
  • {January 17} Golfstrom (7:00)
  • {January 18} Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: Anthony Prezio / Bob Egielski (4:00)
  • {January 18} Reggie Harris (7:00)
  • {January 22} Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (8:00)
  • {January 23} Stephane Wrembel (8:00)
  • {January 28} Curious Comet (7:00)
  • {January 29} Curley Lamb Nu-Soul-Jaz Trio (7:00)


  • {January 23} Honey Suckle Vine

The Linda Open for Take-Out {online}

  • {February 1} Dust Bowl Faeries (8:00)
  • {February 8} Dark Honey (8:00)

Did you miss last week’s concert announcements? Find them here.

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