It’s a Juggalo Jamboree! A Faygo a Go Go! An Insane Clown Posse Insane Party! And it’s all rolled into one loud and very messy night. Yes, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope return to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, May 9. Priced at $25, advance tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday. Also new on the UCH slate is Bro Safari on Saturday, April 13 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door). And Device (featuring David Draiman of Disturbed) rolls in with Nonpoint and Gemini Syndrome at 8pm on Thursday, May 16. Priced at $20, advance tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday.
At 8pm on Saturday, July 27, Mountain Park in Holyoke welcomes Yes – or at least the current group of musicians calling themselves Yes, which in this case is Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Alan White and Chris Squire. The band is scheduled to perform three classic Yes albums in their entirety – The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One. Tickets go on sale on Friday, priced at $35, $55 & 75.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has bolstered its concert calendar with Spencer Day at 9pm on Friday, April 26 ($15); Josephine Foster at 8pm on Wednesday, May 1 ($10); Broadway superstar Faith Prince at 6pm on Sunday, June 6 ($TBA); and super singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega at 9pm on Saturday, June 22 ($55 in advance; $60 at the door).
After being postponed due to a February snowstorm, the New Orleans traditional jazz torchbearers the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are making good on their promise to return, re-scheduling their performance at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown for 8pm on Friday, June 28. Advance tickets are $42; $45 at the door; students $38.
The New Orleans-meets-New York band Afro Skull was slated to play the second concert of Proctors’ Party Bands NYC series on Friday, April 12, but the band has cancelled their appearance. Fortunately, the Outer Borough Brass Band – a like-minded Big Easy-meets-Big Apple ensemble based in Brooklyn – will be stepping up to take over the gig. And apparently, Proctors didn’t have to look too far for a replacement since guitarist-composer-Sousaphonist-occasional trombonist Joe Scatassa is the bandleader for both bands. OBBB hits the stage at 7:30pm on Friday, April 12. Tickets are $15.
Red Square in Albany has bolstered its spring calendar with a batch of new shows, highlighted by Space Jesus with BioDiesel and Greenhouse Lounge at 9:30pm on Thursday, April 18 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); the Alan Evans Trio with the Chronicles at 9:30pm on Friday, April 19 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Mister F with Fikus and the Jauntee at 9:30pm on Saturday, May 4 ($10); Schleigho with Way Down at 9:30pm on Saturday, May 11 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); and Club d’Elf with Marco Benevento at 9:30pm on Saturday, June 1 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by listening to Afro Latin renditions of Jewish liturgical songs by Ben Lapidus & Herencia Judía in concert at 8pm on Sunday, May 5 at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall in Albany. Tickets are $15; students & seniors $10.
the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield will play host to some of the Berkshires’ finest guitarslingers all together on the same stage at 8pm on Saturday, May 18. Sponsored by The Berkshire Eagle, “Guitar Jam V: The Anniversary Special” will feature performances by Steve Ide, singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet, solo blues guitarist Robin O’Herin and the Arthur Holmes Blues Band. Lenox-based folk band Mountain Breeze will perform in the lobby prior to the concert, and the concert will conclude with the traditional all-star jam. Tickets are $17 & $27.
Percussion virtuoso Wilson “Chembo” Corniel – whose latest album Afro Blue Monk pays tribute to music greats Thelonious Monk and Mongo Santamaria – will be featured in concert with his band at 8pm on Saturday, May 25 at Union College’s Emerson Auditorium in Schenectady. Tickets are $15; students and seniors $10.
At 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 8, veteran singer-songwriter Rod MacDonald will take the stage at Stageworks/Hudson for a special performance to benefit the theater’s 2013 season. A reception with MacDonald will follow the performance. Tickets are $25.
In support of their upcoming third album, Northern Rock, Eastbound Jesus is throwing a CD release party at Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy at 8pm on Friday, April 19. The Mallet Brothers will open the show. Advance tickets are $12. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
OPENERS: Popster Eric Hutchinson has been named the opening act for Melissa Etheridge at Tanglewood in Lenox at 7pm on Friday, June 21… Delicate Steve will open the show for Dirty Projectors at Skidmore College’s Sports Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday, April 13. Tickets are $20… Nashville chanteuse Courtney Jaye joins singer-songwriter-comedian Stephen Lynch at The Egg on Thursday, May 2.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson team up for a night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, with Tony Lucca opening the show. Tickets go on sale on Saturday (April 6).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Big Time Rush returns to SPAC for the second consecutive summer, this time bringing along Victoria Justice and Olivia Somerlyn. Tickets go on sale on Saturday (April 6).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington announced a big batch of new concerts for its 2013 season, including shows by Pink Martini, Bela Fleck & the NY Banjo Summit, Manhattan Transfer, the Fab Faux, Bill Cosby, Natalie Merchant, Arlo Guthrie, Rita Rudner, Taj Mahal and lots more…