As this year’s artist-in-residence at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, Laurie Anderson is popping up on a couple of different presentations. She’ll offer a talk titled “Designing + Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording” at 7pm on Thursday, February 12 (FREE). And at 5 & 8pm on Thursday, May 2, she’ll host two programs titled “The Films of Laurie Anderson,” which will conclude with a live score to one of her films performed by Anderson and Pauline Oliveros. Ticket prices TBA; tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, March 12.
The King of the Blues – B.B. King, that is – is headed into the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Sunday, April 14 for a Gala performance to help celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Massry Center. Additional details TBA…
POSTPONED: The double-bill of solo guitarists Alexander Turnquist and Eric Carbonara that was originally slated for Friday, February 8 at Club Helsinki in Hudson has been postponed to a new date TBA. Why, you ask? Read on…
So Club Helsinki could host Black Francis that night instead, that’s why. Reid Paley will open the show at 9pm. Tickets are $25. But that’s not the only new heavyweight show on Helsinki’s calendar. Caravan of Thieves takes the stage at 9pm on Friday, February 22 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door), while Minnesota singer-songwriter Mason Jennings takes the stage at 9pm on Friday, March 29 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door), followed by Americana master Todd Snider at 9pm on Saturday, March 30 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: There hasn’t been any official word yet from the folks at Live Nation, but according to his website, country star Luke Bryan will be bringing his Dirt Road Diaries tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs this summer…
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has beefed up its schedule with a new batch of diverse shows, including country music up-and-comers the Henningsens at 8pm on Thursday, February 14 ($10); blues guitarslinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd at 8pm on Friday, March 22 ($23.50 in advance; $25 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday, January 25); A Day to Remember with Of Mice and Men and Chunk! No Captain Chunk! at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 23 ($32 in advance; $37 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday, January 25); Polar Bear Club with This Renaissance, Louder Now and Bring Home Ohio at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27 ($12 in advance; $14 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday, January 25); the Joy Formidable with Teen Spirit and Ribs at 7:30pm on Sunday, April 14 ($13 in advance; $15 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday, January 25); and Badfish at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 18 (just $5 at the door only).
Acclaimed trumpeter Claudio Roditi will join the Empire Jazz Orchestra in concert at Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium in Schenectady at 8pm on Tuesday, April 16. Tickets are $20; students $6.
Hmmmm… Back in November, Tanglewood in Lenox announced that it would host a concert on June 23 with comedian-turned-banjo master Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell teaming up with the Boston Pops. Less than a week later, the concert was cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Now it’s been announced that Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Brickell will step into the spotlight at the Broadway Theater at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston at 7pm on that same night – Sunday, June 23. Priced at $75 & $85, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, February 1.
A new show has been added to Old Songs’ spring concert series. Led by fiddler-vocalist Aidan Burke, the Celtic quartet Comas will step up to the microphones at Old Sings in Voorheesville at 8pm on Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Stand-up comedian Demetri Martin is slated for a return show at The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (January 25).
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has bolstered its concert calendar with a few new additions, including NYC rock & boogie band Low Cut Connie at 9pm on Friday, February 8 ($15); Foster McGinty with Young Citizens at 9pm on Friday, March 1 ($10); the Kane Brothers Blues Band at 9pm on Saturday, March 23 ($15); and last but certainly not least, the return of Todd Rundgren at 9pm on Sunday, May 5 ($40).
Drive-By Truckers drive into the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Thursday, March 14, in support of their latest album, Go-Go Boots. The Whigs open the show. Tickets are $25.
Benin-born jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke will be the special guest with the Williams Jazz Ensemble at 8pm on Friday, April 26 at Williams College’s Chapin Hall in Williamstown.
POSTPONED: The Washington Avenue Armory performance by DJ Pauly D (of “Jersey Shore” fame) has been postponed from Friday, February 8. The new date is Friday, April 5.
The Linda in Albany has added several new shows to its concert calendar, including folk fave Ellis Paul at 8pm on Sunday, March 3 ($15); the Tribute to Joni Mitchell’s Blue by Chicks With Dip at 8pm on Saturday, March 9 ($20); and popster Graham Alexander at 8pm on Friday, March 29 ($15).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two new concerts – Melissa Etheridge and a Tribute to Jerry Garcia featuring Warren Haynes and the Boston Pops – were announced for June at the shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.
Grammy nominated jazz pianist, vocalist and radio host Judy Carmichael is the first act announced for SPAC’s cabaret concert series in the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs. She’ll bring her show, “Swing Time: Swinging Music, Sultry Vocals, Sassy Humor,” to Saratoga for performances at 8pm on Friday, July 26 and at 2:15pm on Saturday, July 27.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain in Hunter announced its initial line-up of bands, including Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Primus, the Avett Brothers, Dispatch, Gary Clark, Jr., Soulive, Deer Tick, Jackie Greene, Rubblebucket, ALO and lots more…
New shows on tap at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton include Cowboy Junkies at 7pm on Friday, March 1 ($45); the Old 97′s at 7pm on Tuesday, March 12 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); Todd Snider at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27 ($22.50 in advance; $25 at the door); and the California Guitar Trio at 7pm on Friday, May 17 ($17.50 in advance; $20 at the door).
OPENERS: The Nields will open for Loudon Wainwright III at The Egg on Friday (January 25)… Molly Durnin will open for the Rooftrees at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday (January 26)… The Chronicles open for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Saturday, February 9… Mod Fiction opens for Ken Stringfellow at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday, February 23… Skeeter Creek will open for Montgomery Gentry at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Monday, February 25… Singer/songwriter Sarah Darling will open for Scotty McCreery when he plays the Palace Theatre on Thursday, April 18.
29-year-old Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman and his trio joins the line-up for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 29 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.
CANCELLED: The performance by Robin Fox – which was originally scheduled for EMPAC at RPI in Troy on Friday, April 12 – has officially been cancelled.