In the process of continually reinventing himself, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoopzilla; formerly Snoop Dogg; formerly Snoop Doggy Dogg; formerly Calvin Broadus Jr.) is slated to roar into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 9pm on Friday, July 11. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 6), priced at $39.50 in advance; $42 at the door. Meanwhile, Atilla headlines on Monday, July 7 with Born of Osiris and Get Scared kicking things off at 7pm. On sale at 10am on Friday priced at $15 in advance; $18 at the door. And Clutch returns to UCH on Saturday, September 6 with Lionize and American Sharks opening. On sale at 10am on Friday, tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Also: New UCH shows that are already on sale include the Oh Hellos at 8pm on Friday, July 18 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); and Amon Amarth with Sabaton and Skeletonwitch at 8pm on Friday, October 17 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door.)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced a new concert by guitar hero Robin Trower, as well as a rare two-night stand with Robert Fripp and his reconstituted King Crimson.
Saratoga is the summer place to be… for more reasons than just the racetrack. Take Caffe Lena, for example, whose June and July calendar is crammed with good shows from the likes of Heather Maloney with Darlingside at 7pm on Friday, June 6 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Eric Andersen with Steve Addabbo at 7pm on Saturday, June 14: the Spurs USA at 8pm on Saturday, June 21 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Jon Pousette-Dart with Marc Douglas Berardo at 8pm on Friday, June 27 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at 7pm on Sunday, June 29 ($18 in advance; $20 st the door); J.P. Jofre with the New York City Ballet Ensemble at 11pm on Friday, July 11 ($25); Marshall Crenshaw at 7pm on Sunday, July 13 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door); Aztec Two-Step at 7pm on Friday, July 25 ($27 in advance; $29 at the door); Slaid Cleaves at 7pm on Sunday, July 27 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); and lots more…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A batch of new support acts have been announced for the Empire State Plaza’s free Capital Concert Series (which starts tonight), including reggae star Shaggy and the rockin’ Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, to name a few.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg added four more concerts to its calendar, including Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Renaissance, George Winston and Hot Tuna with Donna the Buffalo.
A couple of new concerts have been announced for WAMC-FM’s Performing Arts Studio The Linda in Albany. In support of her recently released EP, Life Happens, Israeli-born singer Ester Rada brings her cross-cultural blend of Ethiopian, jazz, funk, soul and R&B sound to town for her Nippertown concert debut at 8pm on Thursday, June 26 ($15); and the Who tribute band Who Are You plays the music of Tommy at 8pm on Saturday, September 27 ($15).
CANCELLED: Tracy Morgan’s show originally slated for The Egg in Albany on Sunday, June 22 has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.
Lukas Nelson – Willie Nelson’s son and one of the stand-out stars of Farm Aid at SPAC last September – brings his band Promise of the Real back to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 6pm on Friday, July 18 for the FarmOn! Hoedown Benefit Concert with Ruby Stinson and Liana Gabel joining in the festivities. Tickets are $50 & $75. Also new on Helsinki’s schedule is the bi-lingual Latin band Locos Por Juana at 9pm on Saturday, July 5. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first round of band announcements for the upcoming Basilica Soundscape fest in Hudson includes Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter and Gamelan Dharma Swara, who will all perform at the Basilica Hudson.
Tuba Skinny brings their loose ‘n’ funky traditional New Orleans sound to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Monday, September 1. Tickets are $10.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Demi Lovato is headed into Albany’s Times Union Center with MKTO and Christina Perri as support acts.
After Nashville rockers the Features finish their set opening for Fitz & the Tantrums at the first Alive at Five concert of the summer at Jennings Landing on Thursday, July 12, they won’t have far to travel to their next gig. Apparently, they’re playing at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen that same night – just a couple of blocks away.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Breakthrough country singer Kip Moore headlines the CMT on Tour 2014: Up In Smoke, when it makes a stop at Albany’s Palace Theatre. Up-and-comers Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt open the show. Tickets go on sale on Friday (June 6).