Last week former Dr. Dog drummer Juston Stens made two appearances on the Nippertown music scene, playing at Valentine’s Music Hall and Putnam Den over the weekend. Now his former band is headed into town. Philadelphia-based rockers Dr. Dog head into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm Wednesday, November 13, in support of their upcoming album, B-Room, slated for release next month. Priced at $17 in advance ($20 at the door), tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 27).
Guitarist Charlie Hunter, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Bobby Previte… Put them all together and you’ve got a new jazz supergroup of musical mavericks known as Omaha Diner. These guys have only one rule that they refuse to break: If the song didn’t hit No. 1 on the pop charts, it doesn’t make it into the band’s repertoire. Check ‘em out in concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday, November 7. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Also new on Club Helsinki’s schedule are Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe at 9pm on Saturday, November 16 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door), and singer-songwriter Martin Sexton at 9pm on Friday, January 10 ($46).
The Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs hosts a night of comedy with Rain Pryor (yes, Richard Pryor’s daughter) on Saturday, October 19, with Michael Raive opening the show at 7pm. Tickets are $25. Also upcoming at Vapor are the R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo – formerly of Jodeci – at 9pm on Thursday, October 24 ($20); hip-hop pioneers the Sugarhill Gang on Saturday, November 16 ($10); and old-school rapper Tone-Loc on Saturday, December 14 ($10). Funky Cold Medina!
CANCELLED: At the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, Chief Keef won’t be taking the stage on Tuesday, October 1, as previously announced. The show has been cancelled.
The Van Dyck in Schenectady has added a handful of new shows to its upcoming concert calendar. The Hot Club of Detroit brings their Gypsy jazz-and-beyond sound to VD for shows at 7 & 9:30pm on Saturday, November 9 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door). Also newly announced are the return of blues-rocker Popa Chubby with his band on Friday, December 6 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door) and Virginia-based Celtic combo the Fighting Jamesons on Friday, December 13 ($TBA).
Lisa Marie Presley is slated to step into the spotlight at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Sunday, November 17, in support of her recent T Bone Burnett-produced album Storm and Grace. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. And a pair of Texas greats will be rolling into the Iron Horse, too – Joe Ely at 7pm on Saturday, November 16 ($22.50 in advance; $25 at the door) and Junior Brown at 7pm on Sunday, January 19 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).
SOLD OUT: The Troycore marathon bash featuring Stigmata with Section 8, Skinless, War-Time Manner, the Final Sleep and Born Low rumbling into the Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday, January 18 is now officially sold out.
Following acclaimed appearances this summer at Club Helsinki, the Green River Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Connecticut-based Americana band Poor Old Shine will be heading into WAMC-FM’s The Linda at 8pm on Friday, November 22. Tickets are $15.
A Place for Folk returns to the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome for another season of concerts this fall, kicking off with Claudia Schmidt at 8pm on Friday, October 25. Tickets are $18; students $14. Ticket prices are TBA for the rest of the upcoming concerts, which include RPR: Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie (formerly of Tanglefoot) on Friday, January 10; John Roberts & Debra Cohen on Friday, February 21; Jay Ungar & Molly Mason on Friday, March 21; and Dan Berggren on Friday, April 25.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The original members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band the Rascals – Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard & vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar) and Dino Danelli (drums) – bring their songs and stories to the Palace Theatre in Albany with their show “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals,” written and co-directed by Steve Van Zandt. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (September 28).