We’re still waiting for an official announcement, but according to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s 2012-2013 season program, virtuoso ukulele sensation Jake Skimabukuro is headed into the Hall on April 27. He’s quite a performer and an amazing musician, too, as you can hear on his new Alan Parsons-produced album, “Grand Ukulele,” which landed in stores on Tuesday (October 2).
RE-SCHEDULED: Back in August, hip-hop pioneers De La Soul were announced for a concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Friday, September 28, but the announcement was quickly rescinded as the show was postponed. Now finally, there’s a new date for the concert – 8:30pm on Friday, November 9. Priced at $22.50 in advance ($25 at the door), tix go on sale at 10am on Friday (October 5).
The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band – which also features the fine second-generation duo of Mike + Ruthy – rosins up the bow for some fab fiddling and exquisite acoustic folk-country-blues roots music at Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre in Troy at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 18. Tix are $10.
RE-SCHEDULED: Headlined by Mike Doughty, the Local Legends Live festival was rained out back on Saturday, September 8, when it was slated to take place on the Empire State Plaza. Well, now it appears that the fest has been re-scheduled for Friday, October 19 indoors at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. It’s still FREE, and Doughty will still be the headliner, but the line-up of other bands has changed. Here’s the brand new schedule of bands…
POSTPONED: Tiesto’s performance at the Washington Avenue Armory – originally slated for Thursday (October 4) – has been postponed til next year…
Jakob Dylan leads the Wallflowers into the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Friday, November 9, in support of the band’s new album, Glad All Over, slated for release on Tuesday (October 9). It’s the band’s first album of new material since 2005′s Rebel, Sweetheart. My Jerusalem will open the show. Priced at $28.50 & $38.50, tix go on sale on Friday (October 5).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: They’ve played several sold-out shows at The Egg, but now it’s time for the Tedeschi Trucks Band to move on up to a larger venue, so they’ll be making their Palace Theatre debut December. Tix go on sale at 10am on Friday.
Unity Church in Albany is hosting a concert by acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Buddy Mondlock at 7:30pm on Friday, October 19. Mondlock has co-authored songs with the likes of Guy Clark, Garth Brooks, Janis Ian and Art Garfunkel, and performed with Garfunkel at The Egg in Albany in 2002, in support of their album, “Everything Waits to Be Noticed.” The duo of Mark Shepard & Roger Mock will open the concert, which is a benefit for the church. Tix are $10, and reservations can be made by phoning 518-453-3603.
CANCELLED: Due to illness, comedian Ralphie May has cancelled his performance that was originally slated for The Egg in Albany on Friday, October 12.
The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has a few new concert announcements. Williamstown blues guitarslinger Albert Cummings steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Saturday, October 27 ($25 & $15) in support of his new album No Regrets. Keeping in blues mood, “The Blues Show” rolls in at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 26, featuring Popa Chubby, the James Montgomery Blues Band and Berkshire faves the Arthur Holmes Blues Band ($34.50 & $44.50); and comedian Joan Rivers takes the stage at 8pm on Friday, May 10 ($50, $75, $100 & $125).
The marvelously eclectic roots-rockin’ Eilen Jewell and her band are slated to return to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday, November 15. Tix are $18.
SOLD OUT: If you don’t already have your tix for the Warren Haynes Band concert at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, October 15, well, it might be too late. The show is now officially sold out.
Fresh from his performance at PearlPalooza, Robert DeLong returns to Nippertown for a show at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Wednesday, October 24 ($8 in advance; $10 at the door). Other newly announced Putnam Den shows include Rustic Overtones at 9pm on Friday, November 16 ($10); the Ryan Montbleau Band with Jonah Smith at 9pm on Saturday, November 17 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door); and Enter the Haggis at 9pm on Saturday, December 1 ($15).
The Melodious Thunk Ensemble – featuring vocalist Teri Roiger, bassist John Menegon, pianist Francesca Tanksley, drummer Tani Tabbal and saxman Dan Faulk – will be paying tribute to the late, great jazz composer-pianist Thelonious Monk on his birthday – Wednesday, October 10 – at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. MTE is slated to perform from 7-10pm, followed by a jam session – and in Woodstock, you never know who might show up. Tix are $15; students $5. Also new on the Bearsville calendar is Steve Kimock, who will be joined by an all-star band featuring Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess and Wally Ingram at 9pm on Friday, December 7. Tix are $25, $35 & $40.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule has been announced for the 10-day Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which takes place at various venues throughout Pittsfield beginning on Thursday (October 5), including performances by Michael Bellar & the AS-IS Ensemble, the Jazz Arts Trio and the New England Jazz Ensemble with guest vocalist Giacomo Gates and flutist Ali Ryerson.
A couple of new Local 518 concerts are on tap for back-to-back shows this month at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany. Lost Radio Rounders will be celebrating the release of their new CD, “Heaven’s Radio: Gospel Songs of the Carter Family,” at the Steamer on Friday, October 19. And the all-star Babe City – who opened for Sean Rowe’s sold-out show in the spring – are returning as headliners on Saturday, October 20. Tix are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.
Vapor in Saratoga Springs welcomes Digital Underground (“Humpty Dance”) on Saturday, November 10 ($10), as well as the Marshall Tucker Band at 9pm on Wednesday, November 28 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).
Singer-songwriter Mark Donato rolls into the Kleinert James Arts Center in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, November 3, backed by cohorts Mark Lerner (bass) and Eric Parker (drums), in support of his new album, A History of the Boys and Girls. Acclaimed NYC alt-country singer-songwriter Amy Allison opens the show in support of her latest solo album, Sheffield Streets, which features contributions from Elvis Costello, Dave Alvin and Amy’s dad, Mose Allison. Tix are $15.
POSTPONED: Due to a back injury to vocalist Annie Haslam, pro-rockers Renaissance have postponed their concert at The Egg in Albany – which was originally slated for Sunday, October 14 – to an as-yet-to-be-determined date…
Originally scheduled to open the show for Thursday’s Teisto show at the Washington Avenue Armory until the show was postponed til next year, Swedish electro house duo Dada Life shifted the date and the venue and will now pump up the volume as headliners at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Friday (October 5). 12th Planet and Alex English open the show at 8pm. Tix are $27.50 in advance; $32 at the door. Also at UCH, Skarhead headlines the seventh annual Rat-A-Tat Tattoo & Music Expo on Saturday, November 24. The music starts cranking at 12:30pm, featuring Slaine, Dolabra, Breathless by Dawn, Ill Roc Soldiers, Obituary and lots more. Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
Outspoken hip-hopsters Heavy Metal Kings – led by Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz (aka, Ikon the Verbal Hologram, Odrama Vin Laden, Pazmanian Damien, Pazmanian the Verbal Hologram, Pazmanian the Emperor, Louie Doggs, Vinnie P, The Pazmanian Devil, Pazienza, Frank Vinatra, Vin Jong Ill, Rumplestiltsvin, Mahmoud AhmaVinejad, Vin Laden, Box Cutta Pazzie…) – invade Bogie’s in Albany at 7pm on Tuesday, November 6. Yup, that’s Election Night. With Hard Luck, Morbid Overtures, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing, Final Word, Shyste, DJ Stress and Deejay Tone. Tix are $14 in advance; $18 at the door.