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I Think I Love You: Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy returns to Waldorf Farm in North Chatham on Saturday (August 6) for his annual concert to benefit the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. The Summer Paw Picnic begins at 11am with wildlife demonstrations, barn tours of Waldorf Thoroughbred Farm, live art and antique auctions, children’s activities and more. Cassidy takes the stage at 4pm. Tix are $70 in advance; $80 at the door; $10 for children under 12.

The Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs continues to bolster its usual calendar of Celtic music with some choice blues shows, including guitarslinger Debbie Davies at 9pm on Friday, October 21 ($16 in advance; $20 at the door; $25 VIP) and the Bruce Katz Band at 8pm on Thursday, November 17 ($TBA). Go here for advance tix.

Speaking of the blues, the River Street Pub at 194 River Street in Troy has lined up a very promising night of the blues at 8pm on Thursday, August 25, when the Larry McCray Band takes over the bandstand. The veteran Chicago blues guitarist-vocalist will be joined by an all-star crew of Nippertown musicians, including brothers Frank and Joe Daley and Matt Mirabile. Advance tix are $15.

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A traveling mini-fest of up-and-comers sponsored by Daytrotter, Barnstormer 5 takes over the barn at Sunnyview Farm in Ghent (the site of the Big Up last weekend) at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 27. Featured musical acts include White Rabbits, We Are Augustines, Guards, Doug Paisley, the Loom and Christopher Paul Stelling. Tix are $20 in advance; $25 at the gate.

Club Helsinki in Hudson is getting a jump on its winter bookings with Martin Sexton, who is slated to take the stage at 9pm on Saturday, December 3. Ticket prices TBA. Also new at Helsinki, Kris Delmhorst has been added as co-headliner with Jeffrey Foucault at 9pm on Friday, September 30. Tix are $20.

The soul-funk hitmakers the S.O.S. Band headline one of this summer’s few concerts on the Empire State Plaza, McDonald’s African American Family Day on Saturday. The festival runs from 12noon til 7pm with such other musical performers as the Chronicles, MIMS, Rob Murat, Pastor David Wright & the DW Project and Zeph. More info here. Admission is free.

Northern Lights has been busily filling in its concert calendar with such new additions as Rise Against (with the Black Pacific) at 8pm on Wednesday, September 28. Priced at $35, tix go on sale on Saturday. Umphrey’s McGee takes over the Clifton Park stage at 8:30pm on Wednesday, November 2. Advance tix are $20; on sale at 10am on Friday. And Between the Buried and Me headline the Saints and Sinners Tour with Animals as Leaders and Tesseract, which lands at NL at 8pm on Friday, December 9. Priced at $20, advance tix go on sale on Friday.

And the annual Rat-A-Tat Tattoo & Music Expo rumbles into Northern Lights for two days – Saturday and Sunday, November 26 & 27 – with the music kicking in at 1pm both days. The Saturday marathon parade of bands includes Sick of It All, Brick By Brick, Maximum Penalty, the Last Stand, Concrete, All For Revenge, Dead Aces, Hands Up!, Crashing Funerals, Renewal of Faith, Sentries, Oh Boy, Deviant Loners, Black John Wayne, Exiled, Letchworth and the Harrowing. The Sunday line-up features Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Take Offense, Hundredth, Betrayal Born Low, Goat Fight, Nephalum, the Power and Breathless by Dawn. Saturday tix are $15 in advance; $20 at the door; Sunday tix are $5 cheaper.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock will welcome the Dark Star Orchestra at 8pm on Sunday, November 27. General admission tix are $40, and they will go on sale on Friday.

In case you missed it, Part I: The Egg added new shows to its fall concert calendar, including the wailin’ classic rock guitar shredding triple-header of Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth & Leslie West. Also newly announced were the J Geils Band’s Peter Wolf and Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, both in the intimate Swyer Theatre…

In case you missed it, Part II: Yes men Jon Anderson and caped keyboardist Rick Wakeman have teamed up for a tour that brings them to the Palace Theatre in Albany…

In case you missed it, Part III: Kings of Leon have cancelled their U.S. tour, including their show at SPAC, which was slated for Saturday, August 20.

In case you missed it, Part IV: WEXT-FM and the Lark Street BID announced the line-up of bands for the 30th anniversary edition of LarkFest, including Mike Doughty, Diego Garcia, Motopony, We Are Jeneric, Blotto, Motopony and more…

In case you missed it, Part V: The line-up was announced for the free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 10, including Kevin Eubanks, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet and more.

In case you missed it, Part VI: The Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose in Albany has a great line-up of concerts for its 2011-2012 season, including Maceo Parker, Soulive, Chick Corea, Paula Cole and lots more.

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