Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Veteran power-popster Ken Stringfellow – yes, he of the Posies, as well as latter day line-ups of Big Star and R.E.M. – pops into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, February 23. Advance tickets are available now for $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany has added five new shows to its 2013 winter/spring concert calendar, including the Albert Lee Band with Kate Taylor, the Wiyos with Mike + Ruthy, Shawn Mullins, Enter the Haggis and Maura O’Connell. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday (December 18).

Sometymes Why – the all-star folk trio that features Kristine Andreassen (of Uncle Earl), Ruth Ungar Merenda (Mike + Ruthy) and Aoife O’Donovan (of Crooked Still) – is scheduled to play a FREE concert at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls at 7pm on Thursday, January 3, as part of the Folklife concert series. And that sounds like a pretty fabulous way to kick off the new year, eh?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “American Idol” Scotty McCreery is scheduled to make his Capital Region headlining debut at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

New shows on tap at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park include rapper Chris Webby with Jae Mitch at 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 26 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Trapt at 8pm on Sunday, February 10 ($13 in advance; $15 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); the Dirty Heads with Shiny Toy Guns, Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco! at 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 26 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); In Flames with Demon Hunter, All Shall Parish and Battlecross at 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 5 ($23 in advance; $25 at the door; on sale 10am Friday); and the return of Pierce the Veil with Memphis May Fire, Letlive and Issues at 7pm on Sunday, March 24 ($17.50 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has announced a big bunch of upcoming shows for the 2013 concert season – everything from David Wax Museum to Audra McDonald, from Jimmy Sturr to Joan Rivers to the Official Blues Brothers Revue. And more…

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POSTPONED: The concerts by Blue Sunday – the Doors tribute band led by Michael de Avila – originally scheduled for the Wood Theater in Glens Falls at 3 & 8pm on Saturday (December 15) have been postponed due to illness. No new date has been set yet.

There has been any official word yet from the venue, but according to the band’s website, the Hot Club of Detroit will be swinging into the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Friday, February 1. Stay tuned for updates…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian-actor Mike Epps brings his stand-up comedy show to the Palace Theatre in Albany in March. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 14).

The Calvin Theatre in Northampton has added a dynamite double-bill to its calendar – Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band with the Felice Brothers at 8pm on Thursday, May 9. Priced at $28.50 & $38.50, tickets are slated to go on sale on Friday (December 14).

UPDATE: Originally $20 in advance and $25 at the door, the ticket price for WCBD-FM’s 35th Anniversary Bash at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday, March 1, has been lowered to $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are on sale now…

It looks like Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean will be making a tour stop at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady on Tuesday, May 14 to wrap up the Step’s spring concert season. Details TBA…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Up-and-coming country music singer Tyler Farr will be kicking off WGNA-FM’s Rising Star Country Series at Proctors in Schenectady next month.

New shows at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton include a tribute to R.E.M. featuring Mark Mulcahy, the Lonesome Brothers, Rusty Belle, Heather Maloney and lots more at 7pm on Thursday, January 17 ($10 in advance; $13 at the door); the Grateful Dread at 10pm on Friday, January 18 ($10 in advance; $13 at the door); the reunited Big Dipper CD release party with Fountains of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood at 7pm on Thursday, January 31 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); the 40th anniversary tour of the Residents (!?!) at 7pm on Friday, February 8 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); the Ryan Montbleau Band at 7 & 10pm ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).

During the holiday season, Proctors in Schenectady will be hosting a couple of shows featuring homegrown talent. The Albany Christmas Comedy Spectacular – featuring stand-up comics Moody McCarthy and Dan Frigolette – takes over Proctors Underground at 8pm on Wednesday, December 26 ($15), while Proctors GE Theatre will host the Funk-n-Country New Year’s Eve Bash – featuring Funk Evolution and Skeeter Creek – at 9:30pm on Monday, December 31 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).

CANCELLED: The holiday show by Stephen Kellogg with the Alternate Routes that was originally slated for Sunday, December 23 at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

Among the new shows on January’s calendar at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs are bluesman Guy Davis with Moonshine Holler at 8pm on Friday, January 4 ($18); Brother Sun at 8pm on Friday, January 18 ($18); Pierce & Grace Pettis at 7pm on Sunday, January 20 ($18); and Bill Staines at 8pm on Friday, January 25 ($18).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country music superstar Kenny Chesney is bringing his No Shoes Nation tour to the Times Union Center in Albany with the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves in the support slots. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 14).

It’s a faux flashback battle between the West Coast and East Coast harmony groups of the ’60s when Beach Boys tribute band Beach Party Boys and Four Seasons tribute band the Jersey Kid team up at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 16. Tickets are $30.

SOLD OUT: Tickets for the Grace Potter & the Nocturnals concert at The Egg in Albany on Wednesday, February 6 sold out in a flash when they went on sale to the general public last Friday. Now, the question is whether they’ll be able to add a second show…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories are headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy in support of their upcoming album, No Fairy Tale. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (December 17).

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