Aaron Lewis – lead singer with metalhead faves Staind – is gearing up for next month’s release of The Road, his debut, full-length, country music, solo album. And then on Saturday, December 15, he’ll be rolling into town to do a show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. Showtime is 8pm. Priced at $25, advance tix are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (October 26). Also new on the UCH calendar is the co-headlining bill of Set It Off and Sparks the Rescue on Tuesday, November 27. The show kicks off at 7pm with opening acts Handguns, Heart Foundation, Louder Now and St3p Back Eleven. Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
Tift Merritt – who was in town just last month opening for Mary Chapin Carpenter at The Egg – is returning to Nippertown for a headlining concert at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Friday, February 1. Tix are $18.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson lead their long-running band Heart into Schenectady for a rare rock concert at Proctors.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has landed another major coup for its Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series – which already includes upcoming perofrmances by Liz Calloway, Charles Busch and Alan Cumming – with the addition of John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey at 7pm on Sunday, December 7. Priced at $20 & $35, tix are slated to go on sale at 8am on Thursday, November 1 by phone only (518.828.4800).
NRBQ alum Big Al Anderson and the Spaminato Brothers will team up for two big nights at the end of the year at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton. The shows – at 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday, December 26 & 27 – will each feature a full set by both the Spampinato Brothers and Al Anderson and his band, followed by an all-star set of NRBQ classics. Last year’s shows sold out fast, so if ya want in, don’t dawdle. Tix are $35 in advance; $40 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Taking a night off from their east coast tour opening for the Dave Matthews Band, fab folk-rockers the Lumineers will headline a free concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. Joining them at UCH will be Swear & Shake and the Parlor.
Asili & Vaccaro (of Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde) will perform an evening of Latin American folk and flamenco music at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, November 10. The duo will be joined by special guest flamenco dancers April Goltz and Ebony Shaw, as well as tabla player Devesh Chandra. Tix are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.
At 9pm on Friday, November 16, keyboardist John Medeski will join Club d’Elf for an evening of Moroccan-dosed dub-trance-jazz at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Tix are $18.
Singer-songwriter and honky-tonk twangmaster Billy Eli is returning once again to the Ale House in Troy, on Sunday, November 4. Local legends Kevin Maul and Tony Markellis will be backing him up on some great new songs as well as all of the crowd favorites. The Coveralls will be opening the evening’s festivities at 6pm…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre in Albany is hosting a Thanksgiving Soul Jam concert featuring Philly soul veterans Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Evelyn “Champagne” King and the Delfonics.
New on the schedule at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock are the a cappella group the Phantoms at 9pm on Friday, November 9 ($15) and a winter solstice/benefit concert for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild by Happy Traum & Friends (John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs and others) at 8pm on Friday, December 14 ($25, $40 & $60).