Northern Lights in Clifton Park has added a couple of high-profile blockbuster concerts to its spring schedule – electro-synth popsters Passion Pit fire up the dance-floor at 7:30pm on Monday, April 23 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); torchbearing punk veterans Rancid slam into town on Friday, May 28, with Brick by Brick, Murderers Row and Chosen Ones kicking off the festivities at 7:30pm ($20 in advance; $22 at the door). Tix for both shows go on sale to the general public on Friday.
The Christian McBride Trio will perform in concert at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in Lenox at 8pm on Sunday, August 19. Joining great jazz bassist McBride in his band will be pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. Tix range from $18-$53.
The Royal Southern Brotherhood – featuring Cyril Neville and Devon Allman – brings the funk to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, March 10. Tix are $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Also, Seun Kuti leads the famous Egypt 80 Band, carrying on the musical message and legacy of his father (the late great Fela Kuti) with his new, Brian Eno-produced album “Africa With Fury: Rise” and his debut Nippertown concert at 9pm on Saturday, April 7. Ticket price TBA.
Legendary blues guitarist Danny Kalb – co-founder of the influential ’60’s New York outfit the Blues Project – slips into the Colony Cafe in Woodstock on Saturday, February 11 in support of his upcoming album, “Danny Kalb and Friends: Moving in Blue” on the indie label Sojourn Records.
At 8pm on Thursday, February 16, Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany welcomes Pete Donnelly – of the Figgs and NRBQ – in support of his new debut solo album “When You Come Home.” Meg Duffy opens. Also new on Valentine’s schedule are Lower Dens at 7pm on Sunday, March 4. Nate Danker opens the show.
Human Nature – the Australian four-man vocal pop group that you may have seen of PBS-TV – is slated to make their Nippertown debut with their Motown concert tribute at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Tuesday, May 1. Tix are $29 and $57.50.
Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show swings into the Palace Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Friday, March 23, starring Sandy Hackett as Joey Bishop, with David DeCosta (Frank Sinatra), Dezmond Meeks (Sammy Davis, Jr.) and Tony Basile (Dean Martin). Priced at $24.50, $29.50, $39.50, $44.50 and $49.50, tix will go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (February 3).
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Based on several press releases from the band’s publicist, a couple of weeks ago we announced that the Heartless Bastards were headed into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Wednesday, February 22. As it turns out, that tour date was never confirmed, and the band doesn’t have an Albany date on their current tour schedule. Instead of Valentine’s, the band will be playing on “Late Night With David Letterman” on January 22.
SOLD OUT: If you don’t already have your tix for Peter Wolf’s return concert at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, February 11, you just might be out of luck. The concert is now officially sold out.
SOLD OUT, PART II: The concert by the YellowJackets – the collegiate a cappella singing group, not the jazz-fusion band – slated for Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, March 17, is now officially sold out.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES, PART II: The showtime for Daughtry’s concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Sunday, April 29 has been changed from the originally announced 7:30pm. The concert, which also features opening acts SafteySuit and Mike Sanchez, is now slated to begin at 8pm.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: It’ll be headbanging time at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer when Slipknot, Slayer and Anthrax headline the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Also featured at the two-stage fest will be the Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel and High on Fire.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART II: The folk-rockin’ Avett Brothers take the stage at the Palace Theatre in Albany in support of their upcoming new Rick Rubin-produced album due for release this spring.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PART III: The folks at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs have announced that the Pedrito Martinez Group will be returning to SPAC for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 1. The band made its SPAC debut with two performances at last year’s fest, and were named one of the Top Ten Performances of the Year by Nippertown’s J Hunter.