Comin’ soon…

The Nippertown concert calendar is filling up mighty fast. Here are just a few of the new entries that have been added this week:

Oh yeah! Karen O and Yeah Yeah Yeahs make their long-overdue Nippertown debut when they make a tour stop at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Saturday, August 1. Tix are now on sale. Also headed into Northern Lights are Placebo, who land on Saturday, Oct. 10. Tix go on sale at 10am Saturday, July 18.

Didn’t get enough guitar juju from Pat Metheny last month when he played the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival with the Gary Burton Quartet Revisited? No problem. Metheny steps into the spotlight at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, leading an all-star jazz trio – also featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Larry Grenadier – in a trio of performances to benefit a pair of local non-profit organizations – the Queen’s Galley of Kingston and Family of Woodstock. The shows are at 8pm Friday-Sunday, August 21-23, and reserved seat tix are $55 and $40. Standing room only tix are also available for $25.

And that’s not the only red-hot show at Bearsville, either. Would you believe the Feelies? That’s right, the reunited Feelies are bringing their limited-edition tour to Woodstock on Saturday, September 12.

There’s a bit of bad news at Bearsville, too, however. Due to illness, Mick Taylor has cancelled his show, which was slated for Wednesday, July 22.

The self-proclaimed “little folksinger” Ani DiFranco will be rolling into The Egg in Albany on Tuesday, November 17. Tix go on sale at 10am Friday, July 17.

Also on November 17 … It’s been 15 years since Hootie and the Blowfish released their mega-selling multi-platinum album, “Cracked Rear View.” These days Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker – or was he Hootie? We were never certain – is a chart-topping country singer. Go figure. Rucker is likely to mix it all up when brings his fall tour to the Palace Theatre in Albany on the same evening that Ani’s at The Egg. Tix for the Rucker show aren’t slated to go on sale til August 31, however.

Meanwhile, Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up routine back to the Palace on Friday, October 2. Tix go on stage at 10am Monday, July 27.

Speaking of comics, Margaret Cho steps into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, September 26. Also new on The Egg’s concert calendar are Railroad Earth on Saturday, September 19.

Valentine’s in Albany has got a couple of hot new shows on tap. Catfish Haven and the Stranger Waves take the stage on Saturday, August 1, while the Minus 5 – an all-star combo featuring the Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey, Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn, Golden Smog’s Linda Pitman and Peter Buck (from a little band called R.E.M.) grace the stage on Monday, September 21.

The Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival is on the move this fall – relocating from the Altamont Fairgrounds to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. The two-day party kicks off on Friday, September 18 with Black 47, Street Dogs, the Elders, Flatfoot 56 and the Gobshites. Things really kick into high gear on Saturday, September 19, however, with a line-up of Celtic talent that includes Eileen Iver and Immigrant Soul, Gaelic Storm, Dervish, the Prodigals, McPeake, Brother, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones, the Screaming Orphans, Hair of the Dog, the McKrells, Flynn 529, Who’s Your Paddy, Bairbre McCarthy, the Schenectady Pipe Band, Seisun, Emerald Dawn, the Fighting 86’s and Frank Jaklitsch, as well as return appearances by Black 47, the Gobshites and the Elders.

Over at Revolution Hall in Troy, Perpetual Groove digs down deep on Thursday, October 15, while Soulive gets their groove on for a show on Friday, October 23.

Joshua Radin checks into The Linda in Albany on Friday, September 11.

Contemporary Christian alt-rockers Skillet are slated to bring their Awake and Alive Tour to the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Thursday, Oct. 1, although no info on ticket prices or on sale-dates have been announced yet.

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