Kudos to the fine folks at Northern Lights in Clifton Park for having big ears. Or at least broad musical tastes. I mean, it’s not everyone whose new concert bookings for the week would include both Wu-Tang Clan and Hank Williams III. Hip-hop pioneers the Clan return at 8pm on Saturday, December 17, and the show is being billed as “featuring all original members,” which would presumably include Method Man, who just happens to be headlining the Smokers Club Tour at NL tonight. Priced at $40, tix go on sale at 10am on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Williams – who will henceforth be known as Hank3 – roars into Northern Lights at 8pm on Sunday, November 20, and fans are sure to get their money’s worth. Hank will tear through his country set to open the show, then switch to the louder, rowdier sounds of Hellbilly, then the doom-metal roar of Attention Deficit Disorder and the cattlecore of 3 Bar Ranch. And, oh yeah, the evening also features a screening of the Hank3 film, “Kuntry Hellbilly Doom.” Tix are on sale now – $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
Dub-steppin’: Northern Lights is also jumpin’ on the dub-step bandwagon with a pair of upcoming shows. Figure and the Killabits team up at 9pm on Friday, November 11 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door), while the Toronto duo Zeds Dead rolls in at 8pm on Tuesday, November 29 ($16 in advance; $18 at the door).
No Wood: At Club Helsinki in Hudson, the duo of keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin performs together as Mago on a double-bill with another of Martin’s spin-off projects, Wicked Knee, at 9pm on Friday, December 2. Ticket price is TBA. Also new at Club Helsinki are the soulful blues of the Alexis P. Suter Band at 9pm on Saturday, November 12 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); singer-songwriter-Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik at 9pm on Saturday, December 17 ($18); the Wiyos’ Gamville at 9pm on Saturday, January 28.
Get down with Motown: In conjunction with the Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual gala, the Four Tops will be spinning into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Friday, November 11. Priced at $20, $35 and $50, tix are currently on sale.
Laugh it up: Comedian Brian Regan returns to Albany for another round of stand-up at the Palace Theatre at 8pm on Friday, January 13. Tix are priced at $37.50 and go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (October 21).
Get yer ha-has out: Speaking of laughmakers, comedian John Pinette will be bringing his Still Hungry tour to The Egg in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, February 11. Priced at $35.75, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 4.
Goin’ up the country: Country singer-songwriter Collin Raye – who has racked up 15 No. 1 country music hits during his career – plays an acoustic concert at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls at 8pm on Saturday, January 28. Tix are $46.50.
Openers: Nippertown funk/soul combo Mirk has grabbed the opening slot for J. Cole at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Friday.
Sold out: The concert by country music star Chris Young at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Friday, November 4, is now officially sold out.
In case you missed it, Part I: Evan Dando leads the current incarnation of the Lemonheads into Northern Lights in Clifton Park, performing “It’s a Shame About Ray” in its entirety.
In case you missed it, Part II: Aaron Lewis leads Staind into the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany to headline Q103’s Thanksgiving Hangover bash.