Photograph by Bryan Lasky
Frontman-harmonicat John Popper led Blues Traveler in a free concert at the Empire State Plaza in Albany just two months ago, but the jam-band pioneers are already slated for a return trip to Nippertown, this time landing at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, November 21. Priced at $20 in advance; $22 at the door, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (November 1).
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a whole slew of fab new shows to its concert calendar including the return of the folk-roots quintet Poor Old Shine at 9pm on November 23 ($15); cabaret-popster Nellie McKay at 9pm on Saturday, November 30 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); the holiday funk-a-thon Holidelic at 8pm on Sunday, December 8 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); the should-have-been-winner of last season’s “The Voice” Judith Hill at 9pm on Friday, December 13 ($28 in advance; $35 at the door); the honky-tonkin’ Sweetback Sisters at 8pm on Sunday, December 15 ($18); sublime British singer-songwriter Beth Orton at 9pm on Friday, February 7 ($35 in advance; $40 at the door); and roots-Americana singer Aoife O’Donovan on 9pm on Saturday, February 22 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
Just announced: Sevendust roars into Pearl Street in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesday, November 6, in support of their latest album, Black Out the Sun. Tickets are $19.93 in advance; $25 at the door.
Twangmaster of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen is returning to the Ale House in Troy on Sunday, December 15 with his annual Honky Tonk Holiday Show.
The inimitable Hamell On Trial returns to Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany for a Thanksgiving Eve happy hour show at 6pm on Wednesday, November 27.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg has added a pair of new concerts – New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro – to its American Roots & Branches concert series for the winter season. Tickets go on sale on Thursday (October 31).
The West Point Jazz Knights will serve up a blast of big band music at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 7pm on Friday, December 20. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing Graeme McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org. And while there’s been no official word yet from the fine folks at The Linda, according to Nora Jane Struthers’ website, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter – who wowed ’em at Caffe Lena a week and a half ago – will be bringing her band, the Party Line, there at 8pm on Thursday, April 10, in support of their latest album, Carnival. Stay tuned for additional details…
The fabulous Geoff Muldaur was in town recently for the 50th anniversary reunion of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band at The Egg, but he’s headed into the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesday, November 6 for a solo show. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Also at the Iron Horse, dobro master and 13-time Grammy Award-winner Jerry Douglas takes the stage for a solo show at 7pm on Friday, November 15 ($35 in advance; $40 at the door). Other noteworthy shows coming up in November include Sonny Landreth at 7pm on Thursday, November 21 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters at 7pm on Friday, November 29 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door) and Roomful of Blues celebrating their 45th anniversary at 7pm on Saturday, November 30 ($22.50 in advance; $25 at the door).
POSTPONED, NOT CANCELLED: Tim Eriksen & the Trio de Pumpkintown was originally slated to play WAMC-FM’s The Linda on Friday, December 6. Then the show was cancelled due a scheduling conflict. Now it appears that the show is back on the schedule for The Linda, but it won’t happen til 8pm on Saturday, March 29. Host, singer-songwriter and concert series curator Michael Eck opens the show. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at $18.
At 7:30pm on Sunday, November 10, the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock will host a benefit concert for Kwasi Leslie, who is underging treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at Albany Medical Center. Performers include Alexis P. Suter & Friends (with special guest Amy Helm), the Joey Eppard & Gartdrumm Duo, Ras T. Asheber & FrenZ and high ON 6th. Suggested donation is $20. Also new on the Bearsville schedule are bluesmen Murali Coryell & Mojo Myles Mancuso at 9pm on Saturday, December 14 ($10) and a Celebration of the Music of Rick Danko by Professor Louie & the Crowmatix with special guests at 9pm on Saturday, December 28 ($15).
POSTPONED: Here’s something you don’t see every day. Tonight’s concert by Brooks Williams at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton has been postponed due to the World Series. New date TBA…
If you missed comedian Paula Poundstone at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall earlier this month (or if you just want to see her again), she’ll be stepping into the spotlight at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Friday, February 28. Tickets go on sale on Friday (November 1), priced at $26 & $36.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Dublin-born popera singer and former member of Celtic Thunder Paul Byrom is scheduled to make his Nippertown solo concert debut at The Egg in Albany. Tickets are on sale now.