Basilica Hudson hasn’t had a lot of music on its schedule so far this summer, but that’s about to change when the Washington, DC-based duo the Evens rock the former glue factory in Hudson at 8pm on Wednesday, August 7. And if you’re not familiar with the Evens, you should be – the duo features guitarist-vocalist Ian MacKaye (of Fugazi and Minor Threat) and drummer-vocalist Amy Farina (formerly of the Warmers). And tickets are just $6 for the all-ages show. A little further on down the line at the Basillica, Angel Olsen takes over the stage on Sunday, September 29. Doors open at 7pm and Chicago-based trio Pillars & Tongues open the show in support of their new album, End-dances. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.
Fitz & the Tantrums and Capital Cities are teaming up for the Bright Lights Tour, and they’ll be making a tour stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 29. Priced at $23.50 in advance; $25 at the door, tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10am on Saturday (August 3). Also coming up at UCH are the double bill of Escape the Fate and Miss May I with Gemini Syndrome and Restless Streets at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 10 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door; on sale now); Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash’s Hounds of Hell tour at 9pm on Friday, October 18 ($35; on sale at 10am on Friday); Langhorne Slim & the Law at 8pm on Thursday, October 31 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); and Gwar with White Chapel, Iron Reagan and A Band of Orcs at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 14 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday).
Four new concerts have been announced for the Calvin Theater in Northampton – a solo show by Richard Thompson with Teddy Thompson opening at 8pm on Sunday, September 29 ($25, $35 & $45); Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Will Oldham) at 8pm on Saturday, October 12 ($25 & $30); Grateful Dead tribute band the Dark Star Orchestra at 8pm Saturday, November 23 ($27.50); and Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux at 8pm on Friday, April 25 ($25, $35 & $45; VIP with meet & greet $80. Tickets for these four shows will go on sale on Friday.
The Calvin Theater has also added a new concert by Hugh Laurie (yes, the star of “House”) and the Copper Bottom Band, who will step into the spotlight at 8pm on Sunday, October 27, in support of his upcoming sophomore album, Didn’t It Rain, produced by Joe Henry. Priced at $35, $45 & $55, tickets are currently on sale.
Organized and co-ordinated by the folks at The Egg, “Banjo Summit” is back for another tour this fall, including a stop at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Sunday, October 6. Banjo pioneer Béla Fleck will be joined by fellow five-string pickers Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg and Noam Pikelny – as well as tour newcomer Abigail Washburn – in a concert that will find the banjo being performed in both conventional and unexpected ways. In performances ranging from solos and duets to full-tilt banjo blowouts with all the players and an acoustic band (featuring guitarist Russ Barenberg, fiddler Casey Driessen, mandolinist Jesse Cobb and bassist Corey DiMario). Tickets are $30, $60 & $70.
Guitarist Gary Lucas – who has played with such musical mavericks as Captain Beefheart, Leonard Bernstein and Jeff Buckley – will step into the spotlight at the BSP Lounge in Kingston on Friday, August 9. He will be performing live following the Kingston Film Festival’s special screening of the new film “Greeting from Tim Buckley,” which focuses on Jeff Buckley’s preparations for his pivotal performance in tribute to the father he didn’t know. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door for the combination film and concert.
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is serving up concerts by Hudson Valley blues master Rhett Tyler at 9pm on Friday, September 13 ($15); roots-rockin’ trio the Howlin’ Brothers at 8pm on Wednesday, September 25 ($10); the double-bill of sublime singer-songwriters Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky at 9pm on Saturday, October 19 ($30 in advance; $35 at the door). And former Wings/Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine serves up “The Beatles’ Abbey Road Complete” at 9pm on Saturday, November 9, featuring a performance of the Beatles’ classic album in its entirety, as well as other Beatles classics and other songs recorded at Abbey Road Studios from the likes of the Zombies, Manfred Mann, Pink Floyd, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Hollies and more ($TBA).
In one of the most thoroughly intriguing evenings of entertainment on Nippertown’s fall schedule, Bearsville Theater will also host “A Conversation with Bobcat Goldthwait, Hosted by Dick Cavett” at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 21 ($30, $50 & $75), as the cornerstone event of the weekend-long Woodstock Comedy Festival.
Also down in Woodstock, the Midnight Rambles continue in Levon Helm’s Studio. Coming up at 8pm on Saturday, August 31, the Midnight Ramble Band will be joined by Stax soul legend William Bell. In addition, Steve Forbert also offers an opening set. Tickets are $35 & $65.
The first couple of performers have been announced for FreedomPalooza at the Altamont Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 24 – country singers Keith Anderson and Chuck Wicks.
UPDATE: As we announced last week, the Voodoo Orchestra North is headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson on Mondays August 19 & 26 to explore the music of Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew, but now we know that the band will be led by drummer Bobby Previte and feature an all-star line-up that includes keyboardist Marco Benevento, violinist Tracy Bonham, electric bassist Dave Dreiwitz, string bassist Terence Murren, drummer Otto Hauser, as well as Previte and special guests. Tickets are $5 in advance; $7 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Robert Randolph & the Family Band have been added to the bill for the free New Music Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced its line-up of concerts for February, including Dar Williams, the Fab Faux, Jane Monheit, Frank Vignola, Ruthie Foster, Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and more…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Proctors in Schenectady welcomes Chicago – the band, not the Broadway musical – in concert this fall. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 9.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands for the annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Jennings Landing has been announced, including headliners Oleta Adams and Charlie Hunter.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands has been announced for next month’s free Albany Latin Festival in Washington Park…