Yes, the track season is over, but Saratoga is still rockin’, and Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs is gearing up for the big Farm Aid festival at SPAC later this month. The Den is hosting a Farm Aid Eve concert at 10pm on Friday, September 20 featuring Juston Stens, who played drums in Dr. Dog for six years before leaving to write and perform his own music. He’ll be performing with his new band the Get Real Gang, showcasing selections from his upcoming album, Share the Road. Tickets are $7; $12 if under 21. The following night the Infamous Stringdusters roll into the Den, serving up their unique brand of bluegrass-and-beyond for the official Farm Aid after-party. Doors open at 10pm; showtime is 11pm on Saturday, September 21. Tickets are $20 in advance, to benefit Farm Aid.
Also headed into Putnam Den, Conspirator with Jeff Bujak at 9pm on Thursday, October 17. ($15 in advance; $17 at the door). And Enter the Haggis at 9pm on Friday, November 22 ($15). And Ghosts of Jupiter with Peter Prince & Trauma Unit at 9:30pm on Saturday, November 23 ($10).
Club Helsinki in Hudson is as eclectic as ever with a handful of new concert announcements that include the return of Bobby Previte’s Voodoo Orchestra North at 8pm on Monday, September 23 ($5 in advance; $7 at the door); Tony nominee Emily Skinner at 7pm on Sunday, September 29 ($40); pop music veteran Melissa Manchester at 7pm on Sunday, October 6 ($50); and Holly Williams – yes, the granddaughter of the legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams and daughter of country star Hank Williams Jr. – at 9pm on Friday, November 9 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).
British EDM group Above & Beyond will be pumping up the volume at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 9pm on Thursday, October 3. Tickets are currently on sale for $30. Also new on the UCH concert calendar is the return of 3OH3! with the Summer Set, Wallpaper and the New Beat Fund at 7pm on Wednesday, October 16 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); and Sleigh Bells with Doldrums at 8pm on Sunday, November 17 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door) – both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (September 6).
Nippertown’s own Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys serve up their wry and witty brand of bluegrass in concert at Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 14. Tickets are $15.
The Ale House in Troy has a fine, fine fall schedule comin’ up. In addition to the previously announced NRBQ show on Thursday, September 12 ($30), other new new on tap include Pete Anderson on Saturday, September 14 ($TBA) and the return of the one and only Billy Joe Shaver on Tuesday, October 1 ($TBA).
Just in case there’s not enough jazz for you around Nippertown this month, the Sanctuary for Independent Media has upped the ante with their third annual StoryHarvest celebration, headlined by the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet and Comorian singer Nawal. StoryHarvest will take place from 1-5pm on Saturday, September 28 at Freedom Square in Troy. Admission is free.
Burnell Pines (aka Jeremy Bernstein) celebrates the release of his eponymous debut CD with a party and performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, September 14. Opening the show will be Ben Perowsky’s Alter Cocker. Tickets are $10.
The Three Irish Voices perform at the Hibernian Hall in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 28. The concert is a benefit for the Irish American Heritage Museum, and tickets are $15. Also coming up at the AOH are the Makem & Spain Brothers at 7pm on Saturday, October 26. Tickets are $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Jonas Brothers are not only headed for a comeback, but they’re also headed for the Palace Theatre in Albany next month. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday.
Veteran ska masters the Toasters are slated to skank their way into Chameleons in Pittsfield on Monday, September 30. Details TBA.
Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts will be headlining the annual Utica Music & Arts Fest on Saturday, September 14 at Utica’s Hanna Park. The former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman was tapped to replace Puddle of Mudd, who were originally scheduled to headline, but P.O.D. was been forced to cancel as a result of frontman Wes Scantlin’s ever-growing list of legal troubles. Nineball opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. More than 100 bands are slated to perform during the two-day fest, Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14. GO HERE for the complete schedule…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Thomas Dolby is bringing his multi-media performance “The Invisible Lighthouse Live” to The Egg in Albany this fall. Tickets go on sale on Friday (September 6).