One of the very finest Cajun bands to emerge from the Louisiana bayou, the Pine Leaf Boys will be squeezing out sparks when they play a special mid-summer concert at Old Songs in Voorheesville at 8pm on Saturday, July 20. With four Grammy nominations to their credit, the band has brought the sound of Louisiana all around the world from Saudi Arabia, to England to Slovenia. Priced at $20; $5 for ages 5 and under, tickets are slated to go on sale at 4pm today (June 19).
Now that’s what we call a prompt turn-around… Featuring such headliners as Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins and Lady Antebellum, the inaugural three-day Taste of Country Music Festival wrapped up last Saturday (June 15) at Hunter Mountain in Hunter. But before the final day of the fest had wrapped up, organizers had already announced one of the headliners for the fest’s sophomore go-round next summer. Brad Paisley – who played at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center earlier this month – will play the Taste of Country Music Festival, which is scheduled for June 13-15, 2014.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a batch of new shows to its concert calendar, including Enter the Haggis at 8pm on Thursday, July 18 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Simi Stone at 8pm on Thursday, August 1 ($12); Gangstagrass with Star & Micey at 9pm on Friday, August 16 ($15); Tru Mystic at 9pm on Friday, August 23 ($TBA); the Connor Kennedy Show at 9pm on Saturday, September 28 ($TBA); and Fred Eaglesmith’s Travelling Steam Show at 9pm on Friday, October 19 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
The July line-up of concerts at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs includes some big shows, including the jazz guitar duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo at 8pm on Saturday, July 6 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky with Milton at 8pm on Saturday, July 20 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); troubadour Bill Staines at 8pm on Friday, July 26 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and “Five Strings, Five Pickers: Banjo Masters In-the-Round” featuring Bob Altschuler, Hilary Kostanoski-Hawke, David Kiphuth, Lorraine Lee Hammond and Jerry Oland at 8pm on Saturday, July 27 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door).
The Upstate Concert Hall welcomes the return of Blood On the Dance Floor on Thursday, September 19. The show kicks off at 7:30pm with Heavy Grinder and Farewell My Love. Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door. Also, in support of their new self-titled album, Pepper lands in the Clifton Park spotlight at 8pm on Friday, September 27 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door). Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 21).
Down in Woodstock, Levon Helm Studios is branching out to host some concerts other than the fabled Midnight Rambles. For example, guitarist Connor Kennedy is throwing his CD release party at the studio at 8pm on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $20 & $50. And Levon’s daughter Amy Helm is hosting a pair of Friday Nights at Levon’s Barn concerts at 8pm on June 28 and July 5 featuring a house band of Woodstock musicians (Daniel Littleton, Byron Isaacs, Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, Justin Guip, Amy Helm, Elizabeth Mitchell) and special guests. Tickets are $35.
SOLD OUT: Friday’s concert by Hot Tuna – and the irresistible Jill Sobule – at The Egg in Albany is now officially sold out.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the massive Farm Aid festival this fall…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Although it’s still not official, it looks like Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty will be choodlin’ into the Times Union Center in Albany this fall…