LORD, HE WAS BORN A RAMBLIN’ MAN: Fresh off of closing out the final leg of the year-long Allman Brothers Band’s 40th anniversary tour, Gregg Allman is heading right back out on the road, and the singer-songwriter-keyboardist will be making a tour stop at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, January 3. Allman’s band will feature Bruce Katz (keyboard), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Steve Potts (drums), Scott Sharrard (guitar), Jay Collins (sax) and Floyd Miles (percussion). Tickets are on sale now to members and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (October 30).
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has bolstered its winter concert calendar with newly added shows by 3 with Weerd Science on Friday, December 4. Led by Joey Eppard, 3 just released their latest prog/alt-metal album “Revisions” on Tuesday.
Other new shows on the Bearsville slate include the fourth annual “Mulled Measure of Merry Mishegas” featuring Peter Schickele, Gilles Malkine and Mikhail Horowitz on Saturday, December 5; and the New Riders of the Purple Sage on Saturday, December 26.
But the best new show on tap at the Bearsville Theater is the annual solstice concert led by Happy Traum, which will also be the first since the death of his brother Artie Traum, making this a decidedly bittersweet affair. Joining Happy on Friday, December 18 will be a who’s-who of Woodstock musicians including – but certainly not limited to – John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Amy Helm.
Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany welcomes Chuck Prophet, singer-songwriter, sideways rocker and former leader of the psychedelic-roots pioneers Green On Red. Prophet leads his band, the Mission Express, into town on Saturday, November 28, in support of his brand new album, “Let Freedon Ring,” which was released yesterday on Yep Roc Records.
South Carolina quartet Needtobreathe rolls into Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday, November 19 in support of their new album, “The Outsiders.” Sharing the stage will be Railbird and Sean Rowe.
Also new at Rev Hall is the Rock for Love concert, a benefit to help defray the considerable medical bills of local rock singer Tommy Love. Held on Wednesday, November 25, the Thanksgiving eve bash will feature Blue Hand Luke, Blue Machine, Super 400, Saville Row and Johnny Mystery & the Mysteios.
And looking ahead to the new year, Rev Hall will welcome the return of Frank Zappa tribute band Project/Object at Saturday, January 9. Special guests will include Zappa alum Ray White and Ike Willis.
And although there’s no official word yet from the folks at the Times Union Center, it looks like redneck comedian and host of “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” Jeff Foxworthy will be bringing his stand-up routines to the downtown Albany hockey rink on Friday, April 23. Stay tuned for official confirmation…