There’s a double CD release party on tap at the Whitehall Athletic Club in Whitehall tonight (Friday, August 2). Brown Dirt Mafia – featuring band members Bill Frandino, Mike Plude and Alex Hyatt – will be celebrating the release of their debut EP, Chicago Typewriter, while the Frandino Ruggers – also led by Bill Frandino – party down in honor of Return their 19-song debut album. Brown Dirt Mafia is a primarily acoustic band, showcasing Americana and electric blues influences in their compositions. Meanwhile, the Frandino Ruggers’ primarily pop songs were all penned by Frandino, and more than 20 guest musicians made contributions to the album. Special guest acoustic singer-songwriter Brittany Fiorino opens the show at 8pm. The show is open to ages 16+, and admission is $5.
Also tonight (Friday, August 2), Drug Church invades Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany to celebrate the release of their new album Paul Walker on No Sleep Records. Joining in the festivities will be Daylight (who have just released their new LP, Jar, on Run For Cover Records) and Vessel. Showtime is 8pm, and admission is $8.
On Sunday evening (August 4), Texas-born singer-songwriter Danny Whitecotton celebrates the release of his new album, Love, War, and Other Mistakes with a CD release party at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. The follow-up to his 2012 debut, Go On and Rain, Whitecotton’s new album features 11 original songs that were recorded at SoundMIND Audio in Bennington, with James Kinne and M.R. Poulopoulos co-producing with Whitecotton. The performance at Caffe Lena begins at 7pm on Sunday, and tickets are $14 in advance; $16 at the door.