Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

There’s no official word yet from UAlbany’s Student Association, but rapper 2 Chainz has Tweeted that he’s been signed to perform at the college’s ParkFest on Thursday, April 11. And Wale has signed on as a support act. Stay tuned for further details… UPDATE (9pm, 3/6/13): The concert will take place at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena at 8pm on Thursday, April 11. Also, Wale will NOT be performing as originally noted.

The folks at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center have announced several more additions to the line-up for the Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival. Bassist Ben Williams & Sound Effect will be playing the Gazebo Stage of the fest on Saturday, June 29. And led by Ben Jaffe, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play on the Main Stage on Sunday, June 30.

The Upstate Concert Hall continues to bolster its upcoming concert calendar with such additions as Exodus with Brick By Brick, Armor Column, Hollow Is Thy Heart, Dolabra and Protocol Seven at 7:30pm on Monday, April 22 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door); the Darkness at 8pm on Saturday, May 18 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday); Canadian indie rockers Metric at 8pm on Thursday, June 6 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door; on sale at 10am on Saturday); and Streetlight Manifesto at 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 19 ($17.50 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale now).

Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes super singer-songwriter Aimee Mann at 8pm at Thursday, April 18 ($55 in advance; $60 at the door); Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck at 9pm on Friday, May 24 ($TBA); Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at 9pm on Friday, May 31 ($TBA); J.P. Harris and Joe Fletcher at 9pm on Saturday, June 8 ($12); and veteran blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither on Friday, July 13. Milton opens the show at 9pm. Tickets are $25.

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Tragedy – the heavy metal Bee Gees tribute band – churns out their megawatt disco/metal meld at the Holiday Inn in Latham on Friday, April 5. Stone Temple Co-Pilots open the show at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

In upcoming concert calendar for the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock now includes newly announced concerts by Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at 9pm on Friday, May 10 ($15) and veteran popster Robbie Dupree & Friends at 9pm on Saturday, May 11 ($20).

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced its 2013 winter/spring calendar, and in addition to previously announced concerts by Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Craig Harris, Seth Tobocman and Sara Littlecrow-Russell join forces for an evening of music, poetry and visual art at 8 PM Saturday, March 23 ($10); and a free Juneteenth celebration in Troy’s Freedom Square on Saturday, June 15 featuring M.A.K.U. Sound System, Taina Asili y la Bande Rebelde and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer…

As part of SaratogaArtFest, veteran song-and-dance man and Tony Award-winning actor Ben Vereen serves up his one-man show “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen” at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday, June 7. Tickets are $60; $10 with a SaratogaArtsFest pass. Tickets are slated to go on sale on Friday, March 15.

In support of their EP Love’s Not Dead, eight-piece southern California band the Mowgli’s ease on into Vapor in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, April 2. The Lucky Jukebox Brigade opens the show at 7:30pm. Admission is FREE.

SOLD OUT: The A$AP Rocky concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Saturday night (March 9), is now officially sold out… Also at UCH, the Pierce the Veil concert on Sunday, March 22 is now sold out, too.

Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes back veteran blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither on Friday, July 13. Milton opens the show at 9pm. Tickets are $25. Also J.P. Harris and Joe Fletcher take the stage at 9pm on Saturday, June 8. Tickets are $12.

Red Square plays host to American Babies with Stellar Young at 9pm on Saturday, April 6 and the Alan Evans Trio with the Chronicles at 9pm on Friday, April 19 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

OPENERS: Sarah Borges has been tagged as the opening act for the Paul Thorn Band at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, March 16… And in the wake of his national television debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday, Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe has snagged the opening act slot for the Handsome Family at Club Helsinki at 8pm on Sunday, June 23.

NYC singer-songwriter Patti Rothberg heads into Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Saturday, April 6. Woodstock band Big Sister opens the show at 9pm.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show – a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and the rest – has had its performance at the Palace Theatre postponed twice already, but now the Thursday, May 9 show has been turned into a fundraiser to benefit the Palace. Showtime is 7:30pm, and tickets are $20, $39.50 & $49.50; VIP tickets $100.

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