Comin’ Soon…

The first concerts of the 2011 summer season have been announced for Mountain Park in Holyoke – back-to-back shows by roots music queens. Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee team up for a double-bill at 7pm on Saturday, July 23, with both artists playing complete sets. Tix are $30, $45 and $55. Then on the next night (7pm on Sunday, July 24), Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas roll into Mountain Park. Tix are $55 and $75 for reserved seating; $35 for lawn admission. Tix for both shows go on sale to the general public on Friday.

Over in Northampton, the Calvin Theatre welcomes Return To Forever IV’s Hymn of the 7th Galaxy tour – featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale – at 8pm on Friday, June 24. Priced at $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50, tix go on sale to the general public on Friday.

Yes, this one doesn’t roll around ’til the fall, and it hasn’t even been officially announced yet, but you should mark your calendars NOW. Sublime soul singer Bettye LaVette teams up with Les McCann & the Javon Jackson Quartet at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, November 19. Details TBA…

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New bookings at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson include Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at 9pm on Saturday ($15); the Erin McKeown Trio at 8pm on Sunday, April 24 ($18); Thirsty Burlington and Musty Chiffon at 9pm on Friday, May 6 ($25); Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas at 9pm on Friday, June 10 ($18); Eric Bibb on Friday, July 22 ($TBA); and Steve Forbert on Sunday, August 14 ($TBA).

Jillian’s in Albany will be the site of the official Tulip Fest After Party on Saturday, May 7. Doors open at 5:30pm and featured bands include AWOLNATION (the solo project of Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants), the Features and A Silent Film. Admission is free.

Recent additions to the fall calendar at Proctors in Schenectady include Ted Winn’s tribute to Garth Brooks with Joey Pucci’s Country Classics at 7:30pm on Friday, September 16 ($39, $59); the Golden Oldies Spectacular featuring Bobby Rydell, Jay & the Americans, Shirley Alston Reeves, the Legendary Teenagers and the Fleetwoods at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 22 ($34.75, $42.75, $49.75).

Leftover Crack steps into the spotlight at Northern Lights in Clifton Park at 7pm on Saturday, June 25. Toxic Holocaust opens the show. Also new at NL, In Fear and Faith headline the Artery Summer Tour at 5:30pm on Friday, August 5, with support acts including Vanna, A Loss for Words, Close to Home, Ten After Two, Adrestria and our new favorite band name Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Tix for both shows go on sale at 10am on Saturday – $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

SOLD OUT: If you don’t already have your ticket to Bassnectar at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Saturday, April 23, you might be out of luck. That show is now officially sold out.

In case you missed it: Three new concerts have been announced for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Furthur (featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir); the Goo Goo Dolls with Michelle Branch and Parachute (amphitheater seats $35, $45 and $55; no lawn sales); and the FLY92 SummerJam.

In case you missed it, Part II: The City of Albany announced the line-up of bands for next month’s Tulip Festival in Washington Park – including Cold War Kids, Blotto, Bryan Thomas and lots more…

In case you missed it, Part III: Originally scheduled for Tuesday night, Bret Michaels’ show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park has been postponed.

In case you missed it, Part IV: The line-up of bands for the 25th annual Green River Festival at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass. has been announced and it’s a doozie, featuring Emmylou Harris, Toots & the Maytals, Wanda Jackson, NRBQ and lots more…

In case you missed it, Part V: Dead Prez and Dan Deacon are headed into Skidmore College for a double-bill concert later this month.

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