Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys roar into Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson at 8pm on Wednesday, June 8. Tix are $25. Also new on Helsinki’s concert calendar, the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet takes the stage at 9pm on Saturday, July 2 ($TBA), while mandolin master Chris Thile leads his band the Punch Brothers into the spotlight at 9pm on Friday, August 26. Tix are $25.
Keep on truckin’: As we announced previously Bob Weir will be at the helm – along with his fellow Grateful Dead alum Phil Lesh – when Furthur rolls into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, July 19. But if you’d like to see him in a more intimate setting, Weir is headed into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield for a solo acoustic show at 8pm on Friday, August 5. Priced at $45 and $65, Tix go on sale to the general public on Friday.
There’s no official word from the folks at Live Nation yet, but O.A.R. is slated for a return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 7, according to the band’s website. Tix are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, May 14.
We got the Beat: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough “Beauty and the Beat” album, the Go-Go’s will be taking to the road with their Ladies Gone Wild tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Calvin Theater in Northampton at 8pm on Tuesday, May 31. Priced at $25, $35 and $45.00, tix go on sale on Friday.
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has added a batch of new shows to its calendar, including Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ “Positive Revolution Tour!” at 9pm on Friday, May 20 ($20); the Nenad Bach Band at 9pm on Saturday, May 28 ($15); Tuba Skinny at 9pm on Saturday, June 25 ($10); the California Guitar Trio at 7pm on Tuesday, July 5 ($40); and the Head and the Heart at 9pm on Saturday, July 30 ($15).
A little pitchy: And of course, the annual “American Idol Live” tour will be making a stop in Nippertown, touching down as usual at the Times Union Center in Albany on Sunday, August 28. The top 11 finalists of the current tenth season – that’s Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia for those of you at home who aren’t keeping score – will share the stage. Priced at $45 and $65, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, May 13.
Black is black: Last week we revealed that comedian Lewis Black would unleash some of his apoplectic rants at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Friday, October 21. But if you can’t wait til then, Black will also bring his stand-up rants ‘n’ routines into the spotlight at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown at 7:30pm on Monday, July 18. Tix are $40, $60 and $100, and proceeds will go to WTF’s education and professional development programs. (PS – Black will also be wearing his playwright hat at WTF this summer. His contemporary farce, “One Slight Hitch,” will be performed on the Nikos Stage from Wednesday-Sunday, July 6-17.)
Update/Addition: Over at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, the performance by blue collar comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White at 7:30pm on Thursday, June 9 is sold out, but the theater has added a second show at 9:30pm on the same night.
Openers: The fabulous Scrapomatic has been added as the opening act for Shemekia Copeland at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, May 13.
Update: We announced the concert by Train, Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw more than a week ago, but now Live Nation has made it official. Here’s the skinny – 7pm on Tuesday, August 9, they head into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Tickets – which are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday – are priced at $35, $45.50, $55.50, $65.50 & $95.50 for reserved amphitheater seats; $20 for lawn admission.
In case you missed it: Andrew Bird is winging his way into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy this fall, and the fabulous acoustics of the hall should be a perfect match for his sublime music. Tix go on sale at 11am on Friday.