The Waterboys? At WAMC-FM’s The Linda? On Tuesday? Wow! I didn’t see this one coming. Led by frontman Mike Scott, the fab Celtic rockers will be rolling into Albany at 8pm on Tuesday (March 26) in support of their new album, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats. Local 518 fave Molly Durnin has snagged the opening act slot. Tickets are $15. Also at The Linda, folk-pop singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg – who has put his band the Sixers on indefinite hiatus – offers a preview of his upcoming solo album Blunderstone Rookery on Saturday, June 15. Seth Glier opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $18.
In the wake of last weekend’s rousing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Boston’s favorite Celtic punks the Dropkick Murphys will be storming into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, June 13. Advance tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (March 23), priced at $29.50. Also new on the UCH calendar are 10 Years with Owl, Saturate and Step Back Eleven at 7:30pm on Friday, May 17. On sale at 10am on Friday (March 22), advance tickets are $10.35. Tickets will be $12 at the door.
Valentine’s Music Hall has added a heaping helping of hot new shows to its calendar, including Peter Case at 9pm on Friday, May 10 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); the Spampinato Brothers at 9pm on Friday, May 17 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Richard Barone with Blue Factory at 9pm on Saturday, May 18 ($9 in advance; $12 at the door); the Figgs’ Pete Donnelly at 9pm on Friday, May 24 ($7); and Sea Wolf at 8pm on Thursday, June 6 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door).
Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes the sultry Shannon McNally at 9pm on Friday, May 10 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); and David Jacob-Strain at 9pm on Saturday, May 18 ($15).
Old school honky-tonker Wayne “the Train” Hancock rambles into the spotlight at the Ale House in Troy on Sunday evening (March 24).
Is the fabulous soul singer Bettye Lavette headed into MASS MoCA? Well, there’s no word yet from the museum, but according to her website she is. So mark Saturday, July 6 on your calendar, and stay tuned for further details.
Kris Kristofferson – veteran troubadour and so much more – makes a tour stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Sunday, May 12. Priced at $35, $45 & $55, tickets for the concert are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 22).
Led by original band members Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone) and Walt Parazaider (woodwinds), the horn-fueled Chicago blows into Mountain Park in Holyoke at 8pm on Friday, June 21. Priced at $46, $56 & $76, tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 22).
Fab folkster husband-and-wife duo Mike + Ruthy bring their musical arsenal of fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and their hallmark harmony singing to the 1848 Shaker Meeting House in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $20; ages 18 and under FREE.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Some big changes with the Eddie Jobson concert originally scheduled for The Egg on Tuesday, April 16. First of all, the concert date has been changed to 8pm on Thursday, April 25. And secondly, the concert has turned into a reunion of the veteran prog-rock band UK with Jobson to be joined by vocalist-bassist John Wetton, guitarist Alex Machacek and drummer Virgil Donati.
OPENERS: New Orleans funkateers Galactic have been announced as the opening act for the Dave Matthews Band’s two-night stand at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: It may not look like it, but, yes, it’s the first day of spring. Which means that the summer outdoor concert season is inching ever closer, and we’ve got the first announcement for Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series… funkmaster George Clinton.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands – including Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Children of Bodom and many more – has been announced for the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Dirty Projectors were been tapped to play the spring concert at Skidmore College’s Sports Center in Saratoga Springs…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The double-bill of Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be rolling into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tanglewood in Lenox added three more pop/rock concerts to it summer calendar, including Joan Baez with the Indigo Girls; the second annual Last Summer on Earth Tour featuring Barenaked Lades, Ben Folds Five, Guster and Boothby Graffoe; and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals with Josh Ritter (two acts that both recently sold out The Egg individually).