Down in Hudson, Club Helsinki has added a batch of very tasty new shows to its calendar, including blues/gospel veterans the Holmes Brothers at 9pm on Friday, May 2 ($26 in advance; $28 at the door); cello-rockers Rasputina at 8pm on Thursday, May 22 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); the Autumn Defense featuring Wilco’s Pat Sansone and John Stirratt at 8pm on Thursday, June 5 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Turkuaz at 8pm on Thursday, June 12 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); North Carolina indie-popsters Delta Rae at 8pm on Thursday, June 19 ($35 & $45); and singer-songwriter Marc Cohn at 8pm on Sunday, July 27 ($35 & $45).
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton park has also announced a handful of new shows. Framing Hanley takes the stage on Wednesday, May 7 with Devour the Day, Starset and 3 Days Hollow opening the show at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale at 12noon on Saturday (April 5) priced at $1.03 for the first 103 tickets, then $10.35 in advance; $12 at the door. Led by singer-guitarist Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel), Florida punk rockers Against Me! roar into Clifton Park on Friday, May 9 in support of their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Tony Molina and Big Eyes open the show at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now for $17.50 in advance; $20 at the door. Atmosphere takes over on Saturday, June 7, with Prof and Dem Atlas opening at 8pm. On sale at 10am on Friday (April 4), tickets $20 in advance; $22 at the door. Say Anything grabs the spotlight on Wednesday, July 2 with the Front Bottoms, the So So Glos and You Blew It opening at 7:30pm. On sale at 12noon on Thursday (April 3), tickets are $17.50 in advance; $21 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A batch of headliners – including the Flaming Lips, Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar and Modest Mouse – were announced for the inaugural three-day Hudson Project festival at Winston Farm in Saugerties in July. Also announced were a whole bunch of other acts, from Moby to Lettuce, from Capital Cities to ZZ Ward, from Dr. Dog to Paper Diamond.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium are just of the 19 bands that have been confirmed to play the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which is making a tour-stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs this summer.
Jazz vocalist/looper Kendra Shank and guitarist John Stowell are making a tour stop at Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary in Albany at 7:30pm on Friday, May 9, in support of their new album, New York Conversations. Tickets are $8 in advance; $12 at the door. The duo will also make a tour stop at the Falcon in Marlboro at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 8 with a suggested donation of $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tony Bennett is slated to step into the spotlight at Tanglewood in Lenox this summer.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The MOVE Music Festival – slated to take over 10 downtown Albany venues on the last weekend of April – announced the complete line-up of nearly 100 bands.
Seems like Dweezil Zappa just can’t stay away. He led Zappa Plays Zappa at The Egg in February, then he was back in town last weekend playing in the Experience Hendrix extravaganza at the Palace. And now he’ll be leading Zappa Plays Zappa into the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 7pm on Sunday, July 6, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his dad’s Roxy and Elsewhere album. Tickets are $30, $45 & $65.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Tracy Morgan is bringing his stand-up show to The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale on Friday (April 4).
In addition to her previously announced concert at The Egg in Albany on Wednesday, June 11, Patty Griffin will also be making a tour stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Tuesday, June 17 in support of her new album American Kid. Oklahoma-native Parker Millsap opens the show. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25, $35 & $45.
OPENERS: Alt-rocker Jesse Clegg has been added as the opening act for his father South African pop-rock star Johnny Clegg at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday (April 5).
SOLD OUT NOT SOLD OUT: Yes, back in February we announced that the acoustic Goo Goo Dolls concert at The Egg on Wednesday, April 9 was officially sold out. And it was, too, at least until production issues arose that required the band to switch theaters from the 450-seat Swyer Theatre to the 982-seat Hart Theatre. Which means that additional tickets are now available for the show…
“Push It.” “Whatta Man.” “None of Your Business.” Female hip-hop pioneers Salt-n-Pepa shake it up at the Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday, June 5. Tickets are $30.
POSTPONED CANCELLED RE-SCHEDULED: The Action Bronson concert scheduled for last Saturday (March 29) at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park was originally postponed due to illness, then it was cancelled outight, then it was finally re-scheduled for 8pm on Friday, May 2, with Party Supplies, Mic Lanny, Mista Pigz and Galaxy opening the show. Tickets are $20 in advance; $22 at the door.