Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs welcomes singer-guitarist-composer Howard Fishman as he performs “No Further Instructions,” a multimedia song cycle centered around the musician’s adventures in rural Romania with his childhood friend (and New York Times travel journalist/photographer) Michael Benanav. The performance – combining original music, historical memoir, storytelling and compelling photography – will take place at Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center at 8pm on Friday, March 1. Tickets are $8; seniors $5; students & children FREE.
New Jazz Fest Announcement: Alto sax sensation Rudresh Mahanthappa will be leading his band on stage at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, June 29.
A bunch of fine new concert announcements from Club Helsinki in Hudson – Moonryder – a collaboration between two of Hudson’s finest and most unique talents, Lady Moon and Ryder Cooley – will take the stage at 9pm on Friday, March 15. Acoustic farm-gal trio Pocatello opens the show. Tickets are $10. The hot-wired klezmer band Golem lands there at 8pm on Sunday, May 5. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. And it looks like John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molasky are returning for another cabaret performance at 7pm on
Saturday Sunday, March 17. Details TBA. And the biggest announcement? The Flatlanders – the Texas tunesmith triumvirate of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock – ride into town for an acoustic show at 8pm on Sunday, April 14, with Joe Pug opening the show. Priced at $38, tickets go on sale on Thursday (February 7).
Here’s one that we certainly didn’t see coming… In a 50-year career, Michael Nesmith has made his mark; as one quarter of the Monkees, as a songwriter (Linda Rondstadt’s “Different Drum,” for one) as a film producer/collaborator (“Repo Man,” “Tapeheads”), and as one of the men behind the launch of MTV. But it is his prolific body of solo work as a country-rock pioneer that brings him to the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton for a rare concert at 7pm on Thursday, April 11. Tickets go on sale on Friday (February 8) priced at $50 in advance; $55 at the door.
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has announced a performance by DJ BL3ND at 8pm on Friday, March 29 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door). Other newly announced shows – all of which go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 8) – include A$AP Rocky with A$AP Ferg and Bodega Bamz at 8pm on Saturday, March 9 ($26 in advance; $28 at the door); John “Dr. Dirty” Valby at 9pm on Friday, April 5 ($12.50 in advance; $15 at the door); Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine at 8pm on Saturday, April 20 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); R5 at 7pm on Tuesday, April 30 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door).
UPDATE: As we announced last week, the reunited Fleetwood Mac are scheduled to make a tour stop at the Times Union Center in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, June 19. Now we have more details: Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (February 9), priced at $37.50, $65, $95 & $125.
Following their performance in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week, Holly & Evan will play a fundraising concert at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, February 23. Tickets are $15, and all proceeds will benefit the theater.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Steve Miller Band is back in the saddle, and they’ll be riding into Tanglewood in Lenox this summer.
Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius will be making a tour stop at the Bayou Cafe in Albany at 8pm on Friday, June 14. Led by vocalist-guitarist Keith Jeffrey, the band is embarking on its first U.S. headlining tour in support of their upcoming Warner Brothers album When It Was Now. Tickets for the Albany show are $12 in advance; $14 at the door.
CANCELLED: The concert by Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche – which was originally slated for The Egg in Albany on Friday, February 15 – has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.
Aaron Carter was just nine years old when his self-titled debut album was released. It went gold in five countries around the world. Now, more than a decade and a half later, Carter – the younger brother of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter – will be stepping into the spotlight at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, April 26. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sara Watkins will be sharing the bill with Jackson Browne at Tanglewood this summer, but you don’t have to wait til then to hear her in concert. She’ll be at The Egg in Albany next month…
Old Songs in Voorheesville has another addition to its spring 2013 concert season. Just in time to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon lands at Old Songs at 8pm on Friday, March 15. Tickets are $25.
UPDATE: As previously announced, the Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm Studio in Woodstock on Saturday (February 7) features an all-star rockabilly band featuring guitarslinger Jimmy Vivino, Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker, drummer Anton Fig and vocalist Robert Gordon. More recently a couple of other new names have signed on for the show – vocalist Marshall Crenshaw and guitarist Earl Slick. At press time there were still standing-room-only tickets available for $50.
Veteran Celtic singer Susan McKeown is slated to return to the Eighth Step at Proctors at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 2. On new latest album Belong, McKeown tells her story in a musical landscape with American roots, echoing her path from Dublin to settle in New York City’s East Village. Tickets are $23 in advance; $25 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Double Grammy nominees the Lumineers have been added to the line-up for the annual Mountain Jam, the four-day fest that slated to kick off at Hunter Mountain in Hunter on Thursday, June 6.
The Parlor Room – a fairly new, intimate, 50-seat performance venue in Northampton – has a batch of intriguing shows lined up, perhaps none more so than the double bill of Eleanor Friedberger (of Fiery Furnances) and singer-songwriter-novelist John Wesley Harding at 7pm on Friday, April 12. Tickets are $20.
British indie synth-rock band the 1975 are about to embark on the their first American tour next month, and they’ll be making a stop in Albany on Monday, March 25 as part of the WEQX/Miller Lite Concert Series. Further details TBA.
The Midnight Ramble Band will be joined by keyboard master Marco Benevento for a special edition of the Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock on Saturday, March 2. Gates open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $45, $55 & $65.
’90s R&B trio SWV (aka Sisters With Voices) takes over Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, March 9. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.