Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson

The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park plays host to pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 27 with Storyman and Sugar opening the show. Slated to go on sale at 10am on Saturday (February 8), advance tickets are $25. Also, Seether takes over the UCH stage on Thursday, May 8. The show kicks off at 8pm with Black Stone Cherry and Skindred. Advance tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 7) priced at $25.75; ticktes will be $28 at the door.

Pioneering feminist singer-songwriter Cris Williamson returns to the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Friday, March 28. Williamson not only pioneered Olivia Records, the first women’s music label, but her 1973 album The Changer & the Changed remains the best-selling women’s music album of all time. Tickets are $26 in advance; $28 at the door; $35 Gold Circle.

Acclaimed Dublin group the Merry Ploughboys step into the spotlight for an evening of Irish music at the Hibernian Hall in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, February 22. Tickets are $30.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In addition to his previously announced concerts at Tanglewood in Lenox on July 3 & 4, James Taylor will also be stepping into the spotlight at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs this summer for the first time in more than a decade.

And making it a father-and-son kind of week for concert announcements, Ben Taylor – the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon – is headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, April 18 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). Other new shows just lined-up for Club Helsinki include the return of Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue (9pm Saturday, March 15; $12); the double-bill of the Double D’s and the Mini Vans (9pm Saturday, April 12; $12); the CD release party for Spottiswoode & His Enemies’ English Dream (9pm Saturday, April 19; $15 in advance; $18 at the door); and the Steel Wheels (8pm Sunday, May 18; $20 in advance; $25 at the door).

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Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker – who’s magnificent Say Grace was one of our very favorite albums of 2013 – rambles into the northeast for a couple of shows, including a tour stop at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesday, April 2. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

SOLD OUT: Chris Pureka’s concert at the Parlor Room in Northampton on Saturday night (February 8) is now officially sold out.

Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana makes her Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut with the Crash Trio – her ensemble featuring Chilean bassist Pablo Menares and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela – on the Gazebo stage as part of the 2014 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Day Two of the fest, Sunday, June 29.

UPDATE: As we announced last week, Goo Goo Dolls are bringing their acoustic tour – dubbed the Otis Midnight Sessions – to The Egg at 8pm on Wednesday, April 9, with Run River North opening the show. Further details have now been released – all tickets are priced at $59.50 and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, February 14. If you want to see this show, we advise you to purchase tickets early, as the concert will take place in the Swyer Theatre, the smaller of The Egg’s theaters with a seating capacity of only 450.

Jazz-pop singer-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day was featured at Tanglewood’s Jazz Festival back in 2008, but he’s headed to Hudson for an intimate concert at Stageworks/Hudson at 8:30pm on Saturday, February 15, performing both his original music, as well as heart-themed favorites. Followed by a reception with complimentary Prosecco and chocolates. Tickets are $20.

RE-SCHEDULED: Body/Head – featuring former Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon and free-noise guitarist Bill Nace – have re-scheduled their concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams. Originally slated for December 14, 2013, but postponed due to a major snow storm, the new date for the concert is now 8pm on Saturday, March 15.

UHADI – an all-star jazz quintet from Johannesburg, South Africa – kicks off their American tour with a stop at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, March 29, as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of all-race elections in South Africa and honor the life and work of the late President Mandela.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Straits – a Dire Straits tribute band featuring Alan Clark and Chris White, two former Dire Straits bandmembers – will be making their Nippertown concert debut at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will be making a tour stop at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 3pm on Sunday, March 23. Admission for the concert by the 19-piece big band are free, but advance reservations will be available beginning on Monday, February 24.

UPDATE: As we announced last month, romantic pop pianist Jim Brickman is headed into the Wood Theater in Glens Falls at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 15. Now the Wood Theater has made it official, and tickets – priced at $60.50 – are currently on sale.

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