Whip It! Whip It Good!: Northern Lights in Clifton Park has the two most exciting concert announcements of the week. O me O my! Musical de-evolutionary pioneers Devo crack that whip in Clifton Park on Saturday, July 31. Tix are $45 – or if you purchase a pair of tix online for $48.50 each, you’ll also receive a copy of Devo’s latest album, “Something for Everyone.” Meanwhile, equally theatrical but with perhaps less fractured scientific theory, the censor-challenging “American Idol” bad boy runner-up Adam Lambert brings outrageous show to Northern Lights at 8pm on Monday, August 23. Tix are $32.50. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Saturday.
As the Crows fly: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has added Counting Crows to its summer calendar with a concert at 7:30pm on Monday, August 2. Augustana is scheduled to open the show. Reserved amphitheater tickets are priced at $37, $47 and $57. This is a pavilion-only show. Tix will go on sale at 10am on Saturday.
Flute Thing: Ian Anderson – singer, songwriter, flutist and bandleader for classic rockers Jethro Tull – makes a tour stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Thursday, November 18. He’ll be performing both acoustic and electric as he performs goodies from the Jethro Tull catalog as well as new material written especially for the tour. He’ll be accompanied by guitarist Florian Opahle, pianist/accordionist John O’Hara, bassist David Goodier and drummer Scott Hammond. Priced at $35, $45 and $55, tix go on sale on Friday.
In case you missed it: Earlier this week Second Wind Productions officially – and finally – announced the season of free summer concerts at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park.
Military music: You may have caught their PBS special “4TROOPS: Live at the Intrepid” on WMHT-TV last weekend, and now the pop/country vocal quartet are scheduled to make their Nippertown debut at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 27, in support of their self-titled debut album. Tix are available now for $29.50.
Still Ain’t Got No Band…: A cappella quartet the GrooveBarbers – featuring three of the founding members of Rockapella – return to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Saturday, July 24. Tix are $25.
More Mitchell: Sublime singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell – who delivered a knock-out show at Caffe Lena just last month (read our review) – returns to Nippertown for a concert at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, July 10. Opening the show will be Mike & Ruthy. Tix are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Also, new on the calendar at The Linda in the Harvest of Hope concert featuring Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie in a benefit for WhyHunger. Tix are $15.
MEN Come to Hudson: Just back from Brazil, the Brooklyn-based band and performance art collective MEN (featuring J.D. Samson from Le Tigre) launch a short American tour at the Cannonball Factory in Hudson at 7pm on Wednesday, June 23. Presented by Jean Deux Records, the concert will also feature special guests Frankie Martin and NRG People. All tix are $10 at the door.
Still Ain’t Officially Open: Also in Hudson, Club Helsinki Hudson apparently still isn’t ready to announce an official grand opening, but they are continuing to book shows for their pre-opening Sound Check Series, which now stretches into late July with the addition of Latin band Gruppo Fantasma at 9pm on Saturday, July 10 and country faves the Eilen Jewell Band at 9pm on Saturday, July 24.
Openers: Legendary reggae band Steel Pulse has been added to the bill as the opening act for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Thursday, July 8. Wow!
CANCELLED: It’s the domino effect. Interpol was slated to open for U2 on tour this summer, but then Bono’s back injury forced the postponement of the tour. So Interpol also cancelled their mid-tour spin-off headlining shows, including the one that was slated to take place at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Friday, July 23. Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.
The following shows are SOLD OUT:
Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger @ The Egg, Thursday
Jeff Beck @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Thursday, June 17
Phish @ SPAC, Saturday, June 19
James Taylor & Carole King @ Tanglewood, Saturday, July 3
James Taylor & Carole King @ Tanglewood, Sunday, July 4
James Taylor & Carole King @ Tanglewood, Monday, July 5
Audra McDonald @ Tanglewood, Sunday, July 18
There are LAWN TICKETS ONLY left for the following shows:
Phish @ SPAC, Sunday, June 20