Gogol Bordello! Yeah! The irrepressible, mustachioed Eugene Hutz and his merry band of go-for-the-throat rock ‘n’ roll gypsies roar into Northern Lights in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, April 1. This has got Best-Show-of-the Spring-Season written all over it. Don’t miss. Priced at $23 in advance, tix go on sale at 10am on Saturday. But wait, there’s more… Northern Lights is also playing host to goth legend Peter Murphy, who stalks the Clifton Park stage at 8pm on Thursday, April 7. Priced at $18, advance tix will go on sale at 10am on Friday. And the Dirty Heads team up with New Politics for a bash at 8pm on Friday, April 8. Priced at $15 in advance, tix go on sale at 10am Saturday.
MASS MoCA in North Adams has added another concert to its expanded spring season offerings – Rosanne Cash at 8pm on Saturday, May 28. Tix are $35 and $39; youth under 16 $20.
Natalie Merchant will be teaming up with the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, conducted by James Bagwell, for a very special benefit concert. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson hosts the concert at 8pm on Saturday, March 5. Proceeds from the concert will benefit students at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, as well as students enrolled in the Conservatory Preparatory Division, which offers young people between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to study music. Tix are $60 and $100; VIP tix are $200, which includes priority seating and a post-concert reception with the artists.
There’s no official word yet from the folks at the Times Union Center, but Michael Buble’s website indicates that the Canadian retro-crooner will be making stop at the TUC on his Crazy Love tour on Saturday, June 18.
Planet Arts has announced the line-up of performances for its spring jazz one2one concert series, which kicks of at Flights of Fantasy in Colonie on Saturday, Saturday, April 2 with the duo of harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens and guitarist Bob DeVos. The concert series continues at the Athens Cultural Center with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and guitarist Peter Bernstein (Saturday, May 21) and an evening with trombonist Roswell Rudd with special guest guitarist David Oquendo (June 11).
Award-winning Canadian banjo player Jayme Stone – whose new album, “Room of Wonders,” was nominated for two JUNO Awards earlier this month (including Instrumental Album of the Year) – makes his Nippertown debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 8pm on Saturday, March 19. Admission is $10. Also coming up at the Sanctuary is the avant garde duo of visionary saxophonists Fred Ho and Salim Washington, who take over the stage at 7pm on Wednesday, March 30, for a concert that was postponed from last fall. And the Sanctuary’s season will be rounded out with the latest of the Live at Lock One series at 8pm on Saturday, June 4 featuring Todd Nelson’s TN3.
Country music hitmaker Jack Ingram played at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last May and the Glens Falls Civic Center in October. Now he’s bringing his Acoustic Motel tour to a considerably more intimate venue – the Wood Theater in Glens Falls. The concert takes place at 7:30pm on Friday, April 1, and tix are $46.50.
Rhode Island noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt – featuring drummer-vocalist Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson – strikes at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 7pm on Thursday, March 31. Sharing the stage will be BEWARE! The Other Head of Science and Girls of Porn. Tix are $10.
Also at Valentine’s, Brooklyn’s eclectic roots band the Woes have been added to Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen’s Americana Tuesdays concert series at 8pm on Tuesday, April 12. Admission is $5.
And up-and-coming British singer-songwriter Lee MacDougall is slated to bring his inaugural American tour to Valentine’s on Thursday, April 21.
Singer-songwriter Dan Bern and his band Common Rotation take the stage at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson at 8pm on Monday, instead of the usual free Monday Showcase Series performance. Opening the show will be Falu. Tix are $15.
New shows on the slate at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock include Rubblebucket at 9pm on Friday, April 15 ($15); and the Wiyos at 9pm on Friday, May 6 with Mike & Ruthy sharing the stage ($15).
UPDATE: The Radiators’ farewell tourstop that we told you about last week has finally been made official. As we noted, New Orleans’ veteran funk-rockin’ purveyors of fish head music are landing at the Swyer Theatre at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, March 19. Tix will be priced at $29.50 and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday.
In case you missed it: The line-up of musicians for the Freihofer Jazz Festival – at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 – has been announced, and it looks pretty damn fine to us. The line-up for the Old Songs Festival of Music & Dance at the Altamont Fairgrounds was also announced late last week for the same weekend.
In case you missed it, Part II: The Guitar Godz of the ’70s – featuring Pat Travers, Derek St. Holmes, Ronnie Montrose and Mark Farner – will be headlining the Harley Rendezvous Classic at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville on Saturday, June 25.