Jeff Coffin is one seriously busy saxman. Not only does he work his musical magic with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, but since the death of LeRoi Moore in ’08, he’s also stepped up to tour with the Dave Matthews Band. So you might think that he wouldn’t have enough free time on his hands for another musical project, but, of course, you’d be wrong. Coffin also helms the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, who will be making their Nippertown debut at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Sunday, March 20. In addition to Coffin, the eclectic band features the all-star line-up of drummer Jeff “Apt. Q-258” Sipe, keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, trumpeter Bill Fanning and bassist Felix Pastorius (yes, the son of Jaco).
And the best news – admission to the concert is free. UPDATE: Admission to this concert is now $15.
In support of their latest album, “Nightmare,” Avenged Sevenfold brings their Welcome to the Family tour to the Times Union Center in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, April 30. Opening the show will be Three Days Grace and Sevendust. Priced at $22-$41.75, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday.
David Pack – the former lead singer with ’70s popsters Ambrosia – will headline a benefit bash for Fred Baye, a Schodack resident who lost his home in a fire the day after Christmas. Longtime local music fans will remember Baye as the assistant manager of the legendary ’60s rock mecca, the Aerodrome in Schenectady. Joining Pack at the benefit will be Calico Hotrod and the Schmooze. The Fred Baye Fire Relief Benefit will take place at Wolf’s 1-11 in Albany at 5pm on Friday, March 11. Admission is $15; $20 for two people; children under 12 free.
WCDB-FM is bringing Kevin Devine to campus for a spring concert at the UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom at 7pm on Wednesday, April 27. Rounding out the bill are Lights Resolve and Nippertown faves Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons take the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Thursday May 19, singing such hits as Sherry,” “Ragdoll,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “December, ’63 (Oh, What a Night),” “Grease” and more. Priced at $39, $59, $79 and $129, tix will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday.
Club Helsinki Hudson has added a couple of new shows to its slate of upcoming concerts – blues combo the Alexis P. Suter Band on Saturday, April 23 ($18) and the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama on Sunday, May 8.
Danzig roars into Northern Lights in Clifton Park at 8pm on Sunday, May 15. Rounding out the bill will be Devil Driver and 2 Cents. Priced at $25 in advance, tix are slated to go on sale at 10am on Saturday.
Genesis tribute band the Waiting Room will perform “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, March 19. Tix are $15. Also new on the Bearsville calendar are bluesman Lucky Peterson at 9pm on Friday, April 8 ($15) and the return of the Spampinato Brothers at 9pm on Saturday, June 18 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
The Egg in Albany has added a second show of comedian comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ the Fluffy Shop Tour at 10pm on Friday, March 11. Tix are $37.25.
Alt-pop-rockers the Downtown Fiction bring their Let’s Be Animals 2011 tour to Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 7pm on Wednesday, April 27. Rounding out the bill are He Is We, Cady Groves and Amely. Priced at $12, tix go on sale at 10am on Saturday.
SOLD OUT: Mac Miller’s show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Saturday is officially sold out. Support acts include Brendan Miller and DJ Playground … Also sold out on Saturday night is the concert by the Low Anthem at MASS MoCA in North Adams … And speaking of MASS MoCA, the Iron & Wine concert on Saturday, April 16, is also sold out.
POSTPONED: The concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason – which was scheduled for the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Saturday – has been postponed. No new date has been announced yet.
UPDATE: After being snowed out on Tuesday, February 1, the Neko Case concert at the Bearsville Theater has been re-scheduled for 8pm on Thursday, May 12. An opening act will be announced shortly. Doors open at 7pm, and tix are currently available, priced at $40.
UPDATE: As previously announced “A Conversation With Steve Martin” is scheduled to take place at the Palace Theater in Albany on Wednesday, March 30. Newly announced as the interviewer of Martin and moderator of the Q&A session with the audience is WAMC-FM’s Joe Donahue.
In case you missed it: Later this month, The Egg in Albany will be hosting a big benefit concert in honor of the tenth anniversary of their American Roots & Branches concert series.
In case you missed it, Part II: Wilco announced most of the line-up for their second annual Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams from Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.
In case you missed it, Part III: Four new shows are headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy this spring.
In case you missed it, Part IV: A reunion of the McKrells’ class Celtic-bluegrass line-up is slated to take place next month at The Egg.
In case you missed it, Part V: The triple bill of Poison, Motley Crue and the New York Dolls (?!?) is headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 23.