Il Sogno Del Marinaio – a trio featuring Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi with Minutemen/fIREHOSE/the Stooges bassist Mike Watt – will be releasing their sophomore album, Canto Secondo, in August, and they’ll follow up with a North American tour which is slated to make a stop at the Low Beat in Albany on Thursday, October 9. The Schoemer Formation will open the show at 8pm. Advance tickets are now on sale for $15.
IN CASE YOU MISSED: The Egg in Albany announced two more new concerts – the eclectic duo johnnyswim and the reigning dobro master Jerry Douglas.
Attention, Guitar Geeks! Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock is hosting a concert dubbed “Masters of the Telecaster” featuring six-string slingers Jim Weider, G.E. Smith and Danny Kortchmar backed up by drummer Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Brian Mitchell and bassist Byron Isaacs. The concert takes place at 8:30pm on Saturday, June 14, and tickets are $60 for seats; $40 for standing room. The guitarists will also conduct a master class at 3:30pm prior to the concert. Also coming up at the Barn, Moonalice will be the special guests performing in concert with the Midnight Ramble Band at 8pm on Friday, July 25. Tickets are $35 & $55.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announced the first two new concerts of its 2014-2015 season – 1964: The Tribute and Judy Collins.
The Baltimore-based R&B group Dru Hill – who have racked up seven Top 40 hits, including “In My Bed,” “Never Make a Promise” and “How Deep Is Your Love” – is headed into Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday, July 10. Tickets are $20.
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound returns to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Thursday, July 3 ($15). Also new on the Helsinki concert calendar is veteran dobro master Jerry Douglas at 8pm on Wednesday, August 6 ($30 in advance; $35 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre announced that contemporary a cappella group Straight No Chaser is returning with their Happy Hour Tour.
British blues-rock guitar phenom Matt Schofield returns to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Thursday, August 14. Tickets are $20.
Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory welcomes the Take Back Tour featuring hip-hopster Immortal Technique, rockers Saving Abel, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Jordan Page, Mirk, the Ameros, Stellar Young, the Siren, Shyste, Carl Daniels and more. The show takes place at 4pm on Saturday, June 7 (the same day as the Art On Lark fest right around the corner), and advance tickets are $35. Also on tap at the Armory, teen boy band Mindless Behavior is scheduled for a concert at 6pm on Saturday, June 14 following the afternoon Young and Happy Festival. Early-bird tickets are $22; $75 for VIP tickets (including meet-and-greet).
OPENERS: In support of their new album, Put Your Needle Down, the Secret Sisters have been tapped as the opening act for Iron & Wine at MASS MoCA in North Adams at 6pm on Sunday, June 22… Also at MASS MoCA, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (featuring Sean Lennon) is slated to open for Beck at 8:30pm on Tuesday, June 24… Ramblin Jug Stompers have been added as the openers for the free concert by Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys at the Central Park Music Haven in Schenectady at 7pm on Sunday, August 3.
John Valby (aka Doctor Dirty) returns to Clifton Park with his ribald and raunchy songbag. Gleefully stretching the limits of free speech and accepted good taste, the piano-pounding Doctor will dish up his dirty ditties at the Upstate Concert Hall at 9pm on Saturday, October 18. Priced at $13 in advance ($15 at the door), tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 30).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced the schedule of bands for its second annual outdoor Made in the Shade of The Egg free lunchtime concert series, including shows by Birds of Chicago, Old Man Markley, Annie & the Hedonists, the World Percussion Ensemble, the Hot Club of Saratoga, Quickstep, the Ray Spiegel Quartet and more.