Monster bassist George Porter, Jr. (of the mighty, mighty Meters) is headed into Red Square in Albany on Friday June 21 with his band Runnin’ Pardners. The McLovins will open. Meanwhile, the absolutely charming Canadian vocal group Chic Gamine – who described their sound as “the ‘60s girl-group vibe all grown up and living in a new century” – make their Nippertown debut on Friday, June 28, in support of their debut album Closer. Olivia Quillio opens the show.
Up-and-coming Jamaican dancehall artists Konshens and Serani will be teaming up for a double-bill at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Friday, May 31. Tickets are $40. Also at the Armory on Saturday, May 25, is the Mario Party Mini Tour featuring headliners Tantrum Desire and S3RL. Tickets are $19.99 and $24.99 in advance; $30 at the door.
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has pumped out a batch of good new shows recently, including the CD release party for Lindsey Webster & the Gigantic Ass Band at 9pm on Friday, May 31 ($10); British rockers Et Tu Brucé at 9pm on Friday, June 19 ($15); Katrin Roush at 9pm on Thursday June 20 ($10); the Gabe Butterfield Band with Kal David at 9pm on Thursday, June 27 ($20); Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason at 9pm on Friday, July 12 ($35, $50 & $60); CKS at 9pm on Friday, July 19 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); the marvelous, genre-bending singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee at 9pm on Saturday, July 20 ($20); and guitar master Albert Lee at 9pm on Friday, August 30 ($30).
Also down in Woodstock, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band will be the special guests with the Midnight Ramble Band at Levon Helm Studios’ Midnight Ramble on Saturday, June 8. And for the Midnight Ramble on Saturday, 22, Tracey Bonham and the Dirt Farmer Band will perform.
Tom Keifer roars into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, June 8, showcasing Cinderella classics and songs from his solo debut The Way Life Goes. Tickets are $17 in advance; $20 at the door; and will go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 17).
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington has added a couple of new concerts to its calendar. Singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Marc Cohn will team up for a double-bill at 8pm on Thursday, July 25 ($48, $63 & $83), while the husband-and-wife team of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey will bring along guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli as their special guest for their concert at 8pm on Saturday, December 28 ($25, $60 & $80; VIP tickets including post-show reception $100).
The adventurous improvisational duo of legenary free-jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee and drum explorer Chris Corsano will team up for an adventurous, improvisational duo performance at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Wednesday, May 29. Tickets for the Joe McPhee-Chris Corsano Duo are available on a sliding scale from $6-10.
There’s no official word yet form the folk at Vapor in Saratoga Springs, but according to Eddie Money’s website, he’ll be rolling back into town for another Nippertown performance on Wednesday, July 24. Anybody surprised? That’s what we thought… Stay tuned for details.
New to the schedule for the Wood Theater in Glens Falls are the improv sketch comedy of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company at 8pm on Saturday, August 23 ($23) and the Glenn Miller Orchestra at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 3 ($49.50).
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Falling in Reverse has dropped off Tuesday night’s (May 21) bill at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park for family reasons. The will go on with Hollywood Undead and American Fangs.
OPENERS: Local 518 singer-songwriter Erin Harkes will be opening for Eric Burdon at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Sunday (May 19). Tickets are $34.50, $44.50 & $54.50 … Kim Richey will be joining Nick Lowe as his opening act, when he lands at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Wednesday, August 21. Tickets are $45.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A cappella vocal group and winners of season three of NBC-TV’s “The Sing-Off,” Pentatonix are bringing their instrument-free music to The Egg in Albany this summer. Tickets went on sale to the general public this morning priced at $27 in advance.