The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has lined up a handful of impressive new shows including red-hot hip-hopsters Odd Future at 8pm on Thursday, July 18 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door; on sale now); the return of Sick Puppies with 10 Years at 8pm on Sunday, August 11 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday); and fresh from Mountain Jam, Michael Franti & Spearhead bring their positive vibrations at 8pm on Monday, September 16 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday).
In support of his upcoming album All People (slated for release next month), Michael Franti & Spearhead are also slated to make a tour-stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Tuesday, September 17. Priced at $39.50, tickets go on sale on Friday (June 14).
Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany is revving things up with a batch of new announcements, too. Headed into the “No Pepper” Zone are cut-throat Louisiana rockers Dash Rip Rock at 8pm on Tuesday, July 16 ($10); the indie-rock double-bill of Austin’s OBN III’s and Memphis punksters Ex-Cult at 8pm on Monday, July 22 ($8 in advance; $10 at the door); Dispatch singer-guitarist Pete Francis at 8pm on Saturday, September 21 ($10 in advance; $15 at the door); most excellent Austin guitarslinger Jon Dee Graham with Mike June at 6pm on Wednesday, September 25; and the return of Richard Barone (ex-Bongos, author, producer, professor and genuine nice guy) at 8pm on Saturday September 28 ($9 in advance; $12 at the door).
CH-CH-CHANGES: Tomorrow’s (Thursday, June 13) Alive at Five concert with J.T. Taylor and the Ill Funk Ensemble has been moved from Albany’s Riverfront Park to the rain site – the Palace Theatre. Showtime is 5pm, and, of course, admission is still FREE.
Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes famed New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels at 9pm on Friday, July 12, in addition to Afro-pop legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band the Black Spirits at 9pm on Friday, July 19 and NYC powerhouse blues trio Michael Powers Frequency at 8pm on Saturday, July 27.
Pittsburgh worldbeatsters Rusted Root are headed back to Nippertown once again, this time landing at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9:30pm on Wednesday, July 10. Tix are $20; $25 for those under 21.
As we previously announced, Cheap Time will be roaring into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Friday, June 21, opening for Social Distortion. But if you want a full dose of the Tennessee garage-punk trio, they’ll have the night all to themselves at new cozy Hudson hotspot the Half Moon at 8:30pm on Tuesday (June 18). Admission is $5.
Led by frontman Mark Hall, contemporary Christian rockers Casting Crowns are headed into the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls at 7pm on Thursday, September 12. The Atlanta-based three-time Grammy Award-winners are currently touring in support of their latest album, The Acoustic Sessions: Volume One, released earlier this year. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at $22, $35 and $50.
The musical guests have been announced for the live “Prairie Home Companion” show at Tanglewood in Lenox at 5:45pm on Saturday, June 29. Host Garrison Keillor and his cast will be joined by jazz/pop/folk vocalist Heather Masse (of the Wailin’ Jennys), harmonica master Howard Levy (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), chamber folk-pop band Joy Kills Sorrow and PHC regulars the DiGiallonardo Sisters.
Moonalice – a crew of seasoned music veterans who have played with Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Kingfish, Phil Lesh & Friends and others – return to WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Friday, September 27. Tickets are $15.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mike Scott and the Waterboys – with a full-band line-up – are not only playing the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, as we announced last week, but they’ll also be making a fall tour-stop at The Egg in Albany. And we are totally jazzed about it…
OPENERS: Brooklyn indie-rock trio Tuff Sunshine and sultry psych-soul-popster Blueberry have been added as opening acts for Os Mutantes at Woodstock’s Bearsville Theater at 8pm on Wednesday, June 26.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up has been announced for the new American Roots Series at WAMC-FM’s The Linda, including performances by Steve Katz (the Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears), Syd Straw, Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Tim Eriksen & the Trio de Pumpkintown and Walt Wilkins.