Five Must-See Shows for the Month of September

As August comes to a close and summer winds down, there is still much to look forward to in the coming month(s).  There are music festivals literally every weekend in September, stretching from downtown Albany (Pearlpalooza) to the Catskills (Flyday Music Festival), the Adirondacks (Adirondack Independence Music Festival), and on out to the Berkshires (FreshGrass).  In addition, the parade of shows at our Nippertown-area venues remains ridiculously strong. 

Here are five must-see shows for the month of September:

St. Vincent

September 14: St. Vincent @ Empire Live

St. Vincent is currently touring with the likes of Roxy Music and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and playing venues like the Wells Fargo Center, Madison Square Garden, and Fenway Park.  In the middle of all this, you can see her headline her own show right here on Pearl Street.  Her latest album, Daddy’s Home, was on everyone’s list of the best of 2021.

Billy Strings, playing at the Outlaw Music Festival

September 18: The Outlaw Music Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

First of all, it’s Willie Nelson.  That alone is worth the price of admission.  But this year’s lineup also features the Avett Brothers, Billy Strings, Larkin Poe, and Brittney Spencer.  The Avetts and Larkin Poe’s reputations speak for themselves, but by all means, don’t ignore rising stars Billy Strings and Brittney Spencer.  Great way to close out the SPAC season.

Michael Eck

September 25: Michael Eck’s 40th Anniversary Concert @ Caffe Lena

40 years ago, Eck made his live music debut with a hardcore punk band at a Bethlehem High Battle of the Bands.  All these decades later, his styles may have changed, but few have accomplished more on the local music scene.  Celebrate four decades at Caffe Lena with a performance looking back at his career, as well as the release of his fifth solo album. 

Yo La Tengo

September 26: Yo La Tengo @ Lark Hall

The three members of Yo La Tengo have been together for the past 30 years, and two of them since 1984.  The quintessential “critic’s band”, few bands have achieved as much on their own terms as they have.  True music legends gracing Lark Street.

Medicine Singers

September 28: Medicine Singers with Yonatan Gat and members of Swans @ No Fun

Their live show is the stuff of legend: the Medicine Singers set up in-the-round with the audience encircling the band, and go into a trance-inducing set where the borders between performer and audience, as well as between psychedelic punk rock and shamanic chants, are blurred.  Joined this night by genre-bending Yonatan Gat, as well as two members of the legendary experimental rock band Swans, this promises to be an insane show.

Keep up with all the shows by bookmarking our Calendar.

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