In support of his new album Origin, the fabulous Gypsy jazz guitar great Stephane Wrembel and his band are hitting the northeast on their winter tour, and they’re scheduled to make stops at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Saturday, March 9, as well as the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Sunday, March 10. There’s been no official word from the folks at the Van Dyck yet, but tix are $15 and currently available for the Woodstock show.
The Bearsville Theater has a batch also has a batch of other new shows on its concert calendar, including reggae greats the Wailers at 8pm on Thursday, January 17 ($25 & $40); Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones (in a solo show without the MGs) at 9pm on Saturday, March 9 ($25, $35 & $45); and fab blues-soul singer Joan Osborne at 9pm on Friday, March 29 ($30, $40 & $50). Also the Connor Kennedy Band for the New Year’s Eve Soul-Down beginning at 10pm on Monday, December 31 (Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door); the Willy Amrod Band at 9pm on Friday, January 11 ($15); and 3 at 9pm on Saturday, February 2 ($15).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Grammy Award-winning West African singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo is headed into the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 2pm on Wednesday, December 26.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has bolstered its 2013 concert calendar with a batch of new shows, including a knock-out “Home Bass” benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity at 7pm on Sunday, January 27. The show features four local residents with international reputations – host Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins) with Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson (the Replacements/Guns ‘N Roses) and Melora Creager (Rasputina). Tickets are $20, $30 & $50.
Other new shows on tap at Club Helsinki include New England country-rockers Girls Guns & Glory at 9pm on Friday, December 28 ($8 in advance; $10 at the door); swing band Emily Asher’s Garden Party at 9pm on Friday, January 11 ($15); Cajun music greats BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet at 9pm on Saturday, January 12 ($25); and James McCartney (yes, Paul’s son) at 8pm on Sunday, May 19 ($15). And although there’s been no word yet from the folks at Club Helsinki, Iris DeMent is slated to make a tour stop there on Saturday, April 20, according to her website.
UPDATE: Both shows scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, December 26 & 27 by Big Al Anderson and the Spampinato Brothers – all formerly of NRBQ – at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton are now officially sold out. But the good news is that a third show has been added for 7pm on Friday, December 28, which will feature Anderson and his band with Joey Spampinato and the Kami Lyle Trio. (Johnny Spampinato will not be performing, as he has a previously booked gig with the Incredible Casuals that night). Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MASS MoCA in North Adams has announced a big batch of concerts for its 2013 winter/spring season including Dan Deacon, the Lisps, Chicha Libre, Balkan Beat Box, Mamie Minch, Darlingside and more…
Black Veil Brides return to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Sunday, January 20. William Control is slated to open the show at 7pm. Priced at $18 in advance ($20 at the door), tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Saturday (December 22).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The folks at Old Songs have announced their schedule of 2013 winter/spring concerts, which includes performances by Long Time Courting, Dave Gunning, Lissa Schneckenburger, the all-star folk trio Brother Sun, Patrick Ball and the annual Old Songs Sampler Concert featuring: Annie & Jonny Rosen, Jeff Gonzales, Addie & Olin-Unleashed!, the Wheelbarrow Boys, Greg Schaaf and the Delmar Desperados.
The Celtic band Gaelic Storm will take over the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Saturday, March 23. Priced at $26, tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday (December 21).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Once again the folks at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will be slowly rolling out their upcoming summer season announcements just a little bit at a time. The first act announced for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is Cape Verde vocalist Carmen Souza.