After rockin’ the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at SPAC back in July, As I Lay Dying returns to Nippertown for a more intimate concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Thursday, December 6. Suicide Silence and Memphis May Fire kick off the evening at 7:30pm. Tix are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Also new at UCH is Ra Ra Riot, who roll in on Tuesday, December 11, with Guard opening the show at 8pm. Advance tix go on sale for $14 at 10am on Friday (October 12).
The Van Dyck in Schenectady has been pretty much off the radar lately, music-wise, but they’ve got a few new shows of note coming up on next month’s calendar, including Celtic rockers the Fighting Jamesons at 7 & 9:30pm on Friday, November 9 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Doc Scanlon’s Pan Atlantic Swingsters featuring French vocalist-washboardist Stephane Seva, clarinetist Dan Levinson, guitarist Graham Tichy and bassist Doc Scanlon at 8pm on Friday November 16 ($9 in advance; $12 at the door); and veteran jazz guitar pioneer Stanley Jordan at 7 & 9:30pm on Saturday November 17 ($22 in advance; $26 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany has added a pair of hot new concerts to its American Roots and Branch concert series – the Robert Cray Band and the timeless Little Feat.
Veteran blues guitarslinger Joe Louis Walker returns to Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Friday, October 26. Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band opens the show at 9pm. Tix are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
The Felice Brothers take the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, November 24 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door), followed by former Felice Brother Simone Felice – well, actually he’s still a Felice brother; he’s just no longer a member of the Felice Brothers band – who rambles into Helsinki on his own at 9pm on Friday, December 7 ($18).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and a bunch of dummies head into the Times Union Center in Albany in January. Tix go on sale at 10am on Friday (October 12).
Vocalist Greg Anderson and pianist Dan Galliher team up for “Songs of Peace and Justice,” a program featuring a century’s worth of protest songs, at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, November 10. The concert is a fundraiser for the Pride Center of the Capital Region’s Rainbow Cafe. Tix are $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Beatles tribute band Rain returns to the Palace Theatre in Albany in March. Tix go on sale on Friday (October 12).
At the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, soul-blues singer Alexis P. Suter and her band will play their second annual holiday benefit concert on Saturday, December 1. A percentage of proceeds from ticket sales plus 100% from the raffle will be donated to the Washbourne House Domestic Violence Shelter, a program of Family of Woodstock Inc. Also, please consider bringing a new toy or gift for someone staying at the shelter. The Lindsey Webster Band opens the show at 9pm. Tix are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Also new at Bearsville, powerhouse blues-soul-rock organ trio, the CKS Band (featuring Randy Ciarlante, Bruce Katz and Scott Sharrard) take the Woodstock stage at 9pm on Saturday, December 8. Tix are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
OPENERS: Singer-songwriter Charlie Mars has been added as the opening act for the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Sunday, December 2.
With the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, Killswitch Engage will perform their landmark 2002 album “Alive or Just Breathing” in its entirety at the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton on Wednesday, December 19. Shadows Fall will also be kicking out the jams, and Acaro will open the show at 7pm. Tix are $20.02.
In support of his latest single, “I See Love,” pop-rocker Ryan Cabrera makes a tour stop at Chameleons in Pittsfield on Wednesday, October 24. The show kicks off at 7pm with opening acts Rookie of the Year, Lakeview Drive, Autographed Apologies and Sarah Elizabeth Rayner. Tix are $20.
As we announced back in July, Judy Collins will return to the stage of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, December 6 with the great Jimmy Webb opening the show. But Sweet Judy Blue Eyes will also be performing at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls at 7:30pm on Monday, December 10 with singer-songwriter Rachel Sage opening the show. Tix for the Glens Falls concert are $68.50.
“Play it Forward” – a benefit concert for the Rock On! Scholarship Fund – will take place at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Friday, October 19. Headlining the benefit bash are guitarist Barry Goudreau & drummer Sib Hashian, former members of multi-platinum rockers Boston. Also on the bill are Steve Adelson & Frank Bellucci, 18-year old violinist Sarah Hubbard, Tony Lee Thomas, Michael Fabrizio, Art Decade and ROO! Tix are $17.50 & $22.50; $50 VIP tix include a meet-and-greet session with the performers.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian and correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” John Oliver will be stepping into the spotlight for some stand-up comedy at The Egg in Albany.