Whoa! This is gonna be killer. JD McPherson at the Ale House in Troy at 8pm on Wednesday, July 24. Tickets are $15. ‘Nuff said…
If you’re as bummed out as we were about the cancellation of Vieux Farka Toure’s concert (due to dangerous weather conditions) at the Central Park Music Haven in Schenectady last Sunday evening, well, we’ve got a bit of good news for you. Toure will return to Nippertown for a benefit concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Thursday, October 24. Tickets are $20 and are currently available.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Tonight’s (Wednesday, July 10) free Summer At the Plaza Concert with Kansas, Arc & Stones and Crossfire has been moved indoors to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center due to the threat of bad weather.
The traveling edition of Mali’s award-winning Festival in the Desert will stop in Troy for a free, all-ages show in Freedom Square at 5:30pm on Friday, July 26. Artists and musicians from Mali continue to practice their art despite upheaval and violence in their homeland. In support of and to highlight their tenacity, the Festival au Desert: Caravan for Peace, brings legendary Malian artists to the U.S. The Caravan will shine a light on two of Mali’s greatest contributions to the world’s music: the Tuareg sounds and Malian blues, both revealing the deep and gritty roots, and the striking skill and musicianship of Mali’s beleaguered artists. Featured performers in Troy will include Tartit/Imharhan (who transform from a very traditional mixed female/male ensemble to a band that reflects the often experimental, fascinating Tuareg adaptation of Saharan nomad music to contemporary sounds) and Mamadou Kelly (a virtuoso acoustic guitarist and soulful singer who made a name for himself by playing with greats like the late Malian blues legend Ali Farka Toure).
Pete Donnelly (of the Figgs) is headed back to Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday, July 27 to preview his upcoming sophomore solo album Face the Bird for part two of WEXT-FM’s anniversary party. Also on the bill are Bear Grass and Olivia Quillio.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has a couple of new shows on its concert calendar. Comedian-singer Sandra Bernhard returns to the Helsinki spotlight at 9pm on Saturday, August 31 ($55), while Crystal Bowersox – the runner-up on the ninth season of “American Idol” – makes her Hudson debut at 9pm on Friday, September 6 ($TBA) in support of her new album, All That for This.
New shows just booked for the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park include Gramatik’s Age of Reason tour with special guests Exmag at 8pm on Sunday, October 6 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door; on sale at 12noon on Friday, July 19); and Watsky and Wax’s co-headlining Hug a Hater tour at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 12 ($13 in advance; $15 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday).
Comic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham returns to Nippertown for a show at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 3pm on Sunday, October 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 12).
Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock will welcome Little Feat keyboardist-vocalist Bill Payne and the Midnight Ramble Band at 8pm on Saturday, July 20. Tickets are $35 & $65. Also former Band guitarist Jim Weider heads up an evening of instrumental songs by the Band, Bob Dylan and more at 8pm on Saturday, July 27. He’ll be joined by the Big String Orchestra, drummer Rodney Holmes, guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Steve Lucas, keyboardist Clifford Carter and cellist Akua Dixion. Tickets are $30 & $50.
Also down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater will host newly announced performances by the Lindsey Webster Band at 9pm on Saturday, July 27 ($10); the return of British vocalist Laura Marling at 9pm on Friday, September 6 ($25 & $35); Grateful Dead tribute band Dead On Live at 9pm on Saturday, September 7 ($25); and folk duo Aztec Two-Step at 8pm on Friday, September 20 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Five new concerts have been announced for the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany, including the John Scofield Uberjam Band, the New Gary Burton Quartet with Bopitude featuring Gary Smulyan, Toad the Wet Sprocket and solo piano concerts by John Medeski and Chick Corea.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson is headed into The Egg in Albany this fall.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Felice County Fair takes over the marvelous Opus 40 environmental sculpture in Saugerties next month with performances by the Felice Brothers, Amy Helm, Narco Benevento, Connor Kennedy and the Paul Green Rock Academy Allstars.