Tanglewood in Lenox has done away with their annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend, but the venue continues to book some good jazz concerts throughout the summer. The latest addition to the jazz concert calendar at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall is the Wynton Marsalis Quartet at 8pm on Monday, August 20. Opening the show will be the Christian McBride Trio. Reserved theater tix are $65, $79 & $99; lawn tix are $21.
Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs – which is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this weekend – has a mighty impressive summer line-up of acts, including Tish Hinojosa at 8pm on Saturday, June 2 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); bluesman Danny Kalb at 7pm on Saturday, June 9 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); mandolin master Tim O’Brien at 6:30 & 9pm on Friday, June 15 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door); Dan Bern at 8pm on Friday, June 29 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); guitarist Pierre Bensusan at 7pm on Sunday, July 1 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); the Burns Sisters at 8pm on Friday, July 6 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Nippertown’s own acoustic soulman Sean Rowe at 8pm on Saturday, July 7 ($14 in advance; $16 at the door); Steve Forbert at 8pm on Friday, July 13 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); Michael Eck’s 100th Birthday Tribute to Woody Guthrie at 8pm on Saturday, July 14 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door); David Wilcox at 7pm on Sunday, July 15 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door) and Holly Near at 7pm on Wednesday, July 25 ($30 in advance; $32 at the door).
CHANGE OF VENUE: Speaking of Caffe Lena, the Caffe’s 52nd Anniversary/Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert – which was originally slated to take place at Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall on Saturday (May 19) – has been moved back to Caffe Lena. Showtime is 7pm, and the line-up of performers remains the same – Butch Hancock, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Michael Eck, the Bluebillies, Kate McDonnell, Rich Bala (of the Barefoot Boys), George Wilson (of the Whippersnappers) and Kim & Clyde (featuring Kim Kilby of Tern Rounders and Steven “Cousin Clyde” Davies of Ramblin Jug Stompers). Tix purchased for Skidmore will be honored at the Caffe. Priced at $25, tix are still available for the show. ALSO: Nippertown is pleased to be giving away two pairs of tix to the show. Just go here to enter to win…
CANCELLED: Craig Owens’ concert at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Tuesday (May 22) has been cancelled due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre in Albany will be hosting one of the best double-bills of the summer season when John Prine and Lucinda Williams share the stage.
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has added a couple of new concerts to it summer slate of shows. Sublime singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Sunday, June 24 ($30, $45 & $55), while the Smithereens rock the house at 9pm on Saturday, August 25 ($30 & $40).
NEW ADDITIONS: As we’ve previously announced, country music superstar Brad Paisley will be rolling into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday, June 29 with the Band Perry and American Idol Scotty McCreery. If that doesn’t sound like enough entertainment for you, it’s just been announced that Paisley’s Spa City tour stop will also feature the Escape Plaza – a fun-filled outdoor plaza area with games, contests, photo ops, food vendors and performance stage. Performing on the stage beginning at 5pm will be up-and-coming country artists Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Proctors in Schenectady announced its 2012-2013 schedule of concerts and other performances, including Kodo, Arturo Sandoval, Celtic Thunder, Mannheim Steamroller, Jim Brickman, Tom Chapin and more. Also coming are the Broadway musicals “American Idiot,” “Fela!” and “Peter Pan.”
In support of his fifth album, “All Day” (clocking in with 372 samples over the course of 71 minutes), the sample-happy pop collagist and mega-mash-up master Girl Talk takes over Mountain Park in Holyoke at 7pm on Saturday, August 18. Priced at $25, tix are slated to go on sale on Friday.
SOLD OUT: The Conor Oberst concert at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, July 25, is now officially sold out.
Pauly’s Hotel in Albany has been beefing up its calendar with a few national acts lately, and they’ve recently added two more upcoming shows worthy of special mention. Blues-rock behemoth Popa Chubby returns to town to tear up Pauly’s at 9pm on Saturday, May 26, while guitarslinger Debbie Davies and her band will be taking the stage at 9pm on Friday, July 13. Tix for both shows are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced that Brandi Carlile is headed into town this summer in support of her upcoming album, “Bear Creek.”
SOLD OUT: The Wilco benefit concert for MASS MoCA, which is being held at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Tuesday, July 31, is now officially sold out.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ’60s psychedelic pop-rockers Tommy James & the Shondells will be headlining the Fabulous Fourth Festivities at the Empire State Plaza in Albany this summer.
Zammuto – the new four-piece musical project of Nick Zammuto of the Books – will be making a tour stop at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, June 29. Ticket price is TBA.
POSTPONED: Country music legend George Jones has postponed his concert at the Calvin Theater in Northampton. The show was originally slated for Tuesday, July 17, but it has been postponed to 8pm on Friday, August 31. The Salvation Alley String Band opens the show. Tix for the original date will be honored for the August performance. Tix are $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Northern Lights in Clifton Park will host the second date of the headbangin’ Scream It Like You Mean It Fest in July. Attack Attack! and We Came As Romans co-headline the shebang.