IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Red hot comedian Kevin Hart is slated to bring his stand-up tour to the Times Union Center in Albany in September.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a batch of excellent new shows to its concert calendar, including the Alexis P. Suter Band at 9pm on Saturday, July 7 ($TBA); Toronto folk-rockers Great Lake Swimmers at 8pm on Wednesday, August 1 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); the infectious Red Baraat at 9pm on Saturday, August 25 ($15); adventurous folkateers Vetiver at 8pm on Wednesday, September 12 ($15); and the long-awaited reunion of Human Sexual Response at 8pm on Wednesday, November 7 ($20).
In addition to its usual classical music season, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will also present the sublime jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and her band in concert at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown at 7:30pm on Sunday, August 12. Tix are $25; students $15.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg added three new shows to its upcoming concert calendar, including comedians Paula Poundstone and John Caparulo, as well as guitar hero Steve Vai.
Hamell On Trial returns for his third Albany show of the year, this time at Valentine’s Music Hall, where he’ll take the stage on Saturday, June 30. Blue Factory is slated to open the show at 8pm.
In conjunction with their run of “Fiddler On the Roof” (which opens this weekend), Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield is presenting “Fiddler Off the Roof,” a one-night-only concert by Golem, a NYC band that melds old-time klezmer and Yiddish theater music with 21st century rock & roll energy. The concert will take place on BSC’s Main Stage at 7pm on Monday, July 9. Berkshire music writer, blogger and author of “The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music” Seth Rogovoy will open the evening with a multimedia presentation on the history of klezmer music. Tix are $25 & $30.
WEQX-FM is sponsoring a couple free upcoming club shows: Morning Parade with Darlingside at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Tuesday (June 19); and Electric Guest at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Sunday, July 15.
CHANGE OF VENUE: The Fiona Apple concert that was originally scheduled for Mountain Park in Holyoke at 7pm on Saturday, June 23 has been moved to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. The venue change was necessitated by production issues. Blake Mills opens the show. Tix are $35, $45 & $55. NOTE: Ticketholders for the Mountain Park show should exchange their tix for Calvin Theatre tix.
Also heading into the Calvin Theater is ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Saturday, December 1, in support of his upcoming album, “More Ukulele,” which is being produced by Alan Parsons. Priced at $25 & $35, tix for the concert will go on sale on Friday (June 15).
The Capital Region Blues Network is sponsoring the Blues Band Showdown at The Linda in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, July 14. The four bands battling for top honors and the $500 prize are Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band, Holly & Evan, Ed Wool & the BeBaBlues Band and Collette & the Mudcats. Tix are $12.
Ben Taylor – yes, the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon – previews his upcoming album, “Listening,” at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Friday, July 6. Tix are $15 & $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The initial announcement for the third annual Restoration Festival (aka, Rest Fest) came late last week. Once again the fest will be held at the former St. Joseph’s Church in downtown Albany, although the fest has now moved into September. And headlining the opening night of the fest will be a reunion of the Kamikaze Hearts…
Blue Sunday, a Doors tribute band, lands at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls for a pair of shows on Saturday, December 15. Showtimes are 3 & 8pm, and tix are $25.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Empire State Plaza announced its line-up of free concerts and festivals for the 2012 summer season, including performances by Tonic, Michael Doughty, the Ohio Players, Tommy James & the Shondells, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Rare Earth, Blue Machine and lots more.