Down in Hudson, a few new noteworthy shows have popped up on Club Helsinki’s concert calendar, including second generation Americana Award winner Justin Townes Earle at 8pm on Thursday, March 20 ($25 & $35); Two Gun Man at 9pm on Friday, March 28 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); blues queen Shemekia Copeland at 8pm on Thursday, April 3 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); and Daptone Records’ retro-funksters the Budos Band at 9pm on Friday, April 11 ($25 & $35). The Helsinki On Broadway cabaret series has also added a performance by Tony Award winner Jim Dale at 7pm on Sunday, April 6 ($50).
UPDATE: New info and ticket prices were announced for James Taylor’s upcoming concert at SPAC. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday (March 10).
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has added a couple of new shows, including Dirty Heads at 8pm on Wednesday, April 9 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and the Gaslight Anthem with White Denim at 8pm on Thursday, June 19 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door).
UPDATE: In support of their upcoming album 9 Dead Alive, the nouveau-flamenco duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are slated to make their Nippertown debut at The Egg in Albany, with British singer-songwriter Bobby Long opening the show. Now ticket prices has been announced – $44.50–$54.50 – and tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (March 7).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The summer concert series at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown will kick off with Modest Mouse, while Brand New opens the show.
Although there’s been no official word yet from the venue yet, the Howlin’ Brothers have announced that they’ll be making a tour stop at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany, on Friday, May 23, in support of their upcoming sophomore album Trouble (due out next month).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced its spring schedule of events, including upcoming concerts by the Matthew Shipp Trio, Luísa Maita and Oumar Konate, as well as the Troy Freedom Festival featuring the PitchBlak Brass Band and Oobleck in nearby Freedom Square.
Award-winning bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers will perform at the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association’s 20th anniversary concert at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 26. Early-bird tickets are $25, $50, $75 & $100.
POSTPONED: The performance by stand-up comic Amy Schumer that was scheduled for Albany’s Palace Theatre on Thursday, March 13 has been postponed to the fall due to her television commitments.
The bitter and endless winter of 2013-2014 still ain’t over yet, but the folks at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton are already booking next winter’s holiday shows – including “A John Waters Christmas” at 8pm on Friday, December 12. Tickets are $25, $35 & $45; $100 for VIP meet & greet. Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Dar Williams celebrates the 20th anniversary of her dazzling debut album, The Honesty Room, in concert at the Calvin at 8pm on Saturday, December 13. Tickets are $25 & $35. Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday (March 7).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In support of her upcoming album, Shine On, singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is scheduled to make a return to SPAC this summer for a pavilion-only concert.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Johnny Rivers has bowed out of his headlining gig at Proctors’ upcoming Sixties Spectacular, but Bill Medley (of the Righteous Brothers) will be stepping in to take his place at the concert that also features Gary Puckett, the Vogues and the 1910 Fruitgum Company.
The Van Dyck in Schenectady has added a handful of new shows to its spring performance calendar. Johnny Rabb leads a Local 518 all-star band – featuring Graham Tichy, Steven Clyde, Dave Maswick and Pete Vumbaco – in an evening of Beatles music at 8:30pm on Friday, March 14. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Jazz guitarist Howard Alden leads his All-Star Trio – featuring trumpeter Warren Vache and bassist Jon Burr – through shows at 7 & 9:30pm on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are $20 in advance; $24 at the door. And Tom Wopat – yes, the “Dukes of Hazard” guy and Tony-nominated Broadway star – grabs the spotlight at 7 & 9:30pm on Friday, May 2. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Allman Brothers Band have been announced as headliners at Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain in June.
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has announced a batch of new shows including the Uncle Funk All Star Band at 9pm on Friday, March 14 ($10); Jeffrey Gaines with Adrien Reju at 9pm on Saturday, March 22 ($20); Frank Gadler (of NRBQ) and the Amrod Band at 9pm on Friday April 4 ($15); Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at 9pm on Saturday, April 12 ($15); “Laughingstock” featuring Caroline Rhea with Phoebe Johnson, Verna Gillis and Audrey Rapoport at 9pm on Saturday, April 26 ($25); and the absurdly named Band tribute band The The Band Band at 9pm on Saturday, July 5 ($20).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The classic rock double-bill of Rod Stewart and Santana is scheduled to rolls into Albany’s Times Union Center. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (March 7).
The Schoemer Foundation makes their Hudson debut at the Spotty Dog at 8pm on Saturday (March 8), sharing the stage with Two Guys. Admission is $5.
OPENERS: Local 518 horn-fueled party band the Refrigerators have snagged the opening act slot for the Straits at Albany’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, March 15… And Simi Stone will head into Club Helsinki in Hudson as the special guest with Ben Taylor on Friday, April 18.