Get ready for this one at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany… It’s “Mike Doughty’s World-Renowned, Award-Winning Question Jar Show,” in which the former Soul Coughing frontman picks audience questions and requests out of a jar – and as we know, his audience is wickedly good at coming up with extremely weird things to ask. It all takes place at 8pm on Saturday, February 22, and tickets are $22.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This year’s Super Bowl Halftime performer Bruno Mars will be landing at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany this summer. And he’ll be bringing along Aloe Blacc as his opening act.
They’re currently in the UK for a month-long European tour, but when they get back stateside, Deer Tick will be headed to the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Friday, March 7. Toy Soldiers open the show. On sale now, tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The don’t-miss, cross-genre acoustic guitar duo of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge pump out the fretboard fireworks at the Saratoga Arts Center.
In Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater has announced a batch of new concerts, including the Gabe Butterfield Band at 9pm on Saturday, January 25 ($TBA); the Security Project (an all-star band of former Peter Gabriel band and King Crimson members) at 8pm on Wednesday, February 26 ($15); Melissa Ferrick at 9pm on Friday, March 21 ($TBA); Jeremy Spencer at 9pm on Saturday, March 22 ($TBA); Shawn Mullins with Max Gomez at 9pm on Saturday, April 5 ($20, $25, $35 & $50); and Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys with Amy Cook at 8pm on Thursday, April 10 ($25, $30 & $40).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Old Songs in Voorheesville announced the line-up of their 2014 winter/spring concerts season, which begins on Saturday with the April Verch Band. (GO HERE to enter to win FREE tickets to that April Verch Band concert…)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The initial line-up of performers was announced for the tenth annual Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain, including Gov’t Mule, Bob Weir & Ratdog, the Avett Brothers, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jeff Tweedy, Pretty Lights, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sean Rowe and lots more…
In support of their album Pythons, Florida-based alt-rockers Surfer Blood roar into NaNola in Malta for a free concert at 8pm on Saturday, February 22. Saratoga’s Party Boat kicks off the festivities.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Jason Aldean has announced that he’ll be bringing his Burn It Down 2014 Tour to Saratoga Springs this summer. Special guests Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr will open the show.
At 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 18, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall plays host to the upstate premiere of Neil Rolnick’s new large-scale work for piano and computer, “Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand,” performed by the Bang On a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow. Also on the program will be two other piano & computer compositions by Rolnick – Kathleen Supove playing “Digits” (2005) and Bob Gluck performing “Faith” (2009). Rolnick will perform the computer parts for all three pieces. Tickets are currently available on a pay-what-you-will basis.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Yes, to absolutely no one’s surprise, the Dave Matthews Band is headed back to SPAC for another two-night stand this summer. But there’s something of a twist this time around…
OPENERS: NYC duo the Murphy Beds have been named as the support act for Beth Orton at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, February 7… Nicole Atkins will open for the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, February 15… Local 518 fave Frank Palangi has been tapped as the opening act for the acoustic 3 Doors Down concert at The Egg at 8pm on Monday, February 17.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This summer’s co-headlining tour with Paramore and Fall Out Boy will be making a stop at SPAC in Saratoga Springs. New Politics open the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (January 17).
Lunasa, one of the hottest acoustic Irish bands on the planet, will be making a concert tour stop at Celtic Hall in Albany at 7pm on Thursday, March 13. Tickets are $20 until Tuesday, March 11 and $25 thereafter.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Ed Kowalczyk – the former lead singer for Live – plays a solo acoustic concert at The Egg in Albany.
The Upstate Concert Hall announced a few new additions to its concert calendar, including the Sword with Big Business and O Brother at 8pm on Tuesday, February 25 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door); The Devil Wears Prada with the Ghost Inside, I Killed the Prom Queen and Dangerkids at 7pm on Sunday, March 30 ($20 in advance; on sale at 10am on Friday); and Bastille (who will be playing “Saturday Night Live” on January 25) with Wolfgang at 8pm on Monday, June 2 ($20; on sale at 10am on Saturday).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country music star Luke Bryan returns to SPAC again this summer, following his sold-out SPAC concert last year. And he’ll be bringing along Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.
Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry makes a stop at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon at 8:30pm on Saturday, February 8. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
SOLD OUT: You knew this one was going to go clean… The 40th anniversary Roxy & Elsewhere concert by Zappa Plays Zappa at The Egg on Monday, February 25 is now officially sold out. Ya snooze, ya lose…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The co-headlining tour of REO Speedwagon and Chicago is headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs this summer.