It’s Caffè Lena’s special Homecoming Concert, and it’s so big that the show is being held at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, rather than at the Caffe. It’s the generation-crossing bluesmen G. Love and John Hammond, sharing the stage at 7pm on Sunday, September 7. Hammond’s first show on Caffè Lena’s stage was 1963, at the start of a career in acoustic blues that has been marked by a Grammy Award, eight Blues Music Awards and induction into the national Blues Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, G. Love exploded onto the airwaves in the mid-’90s with his blues-infused, old-school pop music, but just months before that he was playing Caffè Lena’s open mic and citing Hammond as one of his key inspirations. Tickets are $35 & $47; $75 VIP (includes pre-concert reception).
Titus Andronicus comes storming back into Nippertown this summer for the fifth time (!) since touring in support of 2010’s The Monitor four years ago. They’ll take the stage at the Low Beat in Albany on Friday August 22. Let’s all cross our fingers for no power outages this time around. Tickets are $12 in advance; $14 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A number of new bands have been added to the rosters of the upcoming festivals – the Hudson Music Project in Saugerties, Rest Fest in Troy and Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, including White Lung, Juston Stens & the Get Ready Gang, Conehead Buddha and lots more. GO HERE for the updates…
If A.) Saratoga is the August place to be and B.) Caffe Lena is in Saratoga then C.) Caffe Lena must be to place to be in August… Or something like that… Anyway, the fabled coffeehouse does indeed have a first-rate clendar of concerts for the month of August, including guitar greats Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo on Friday, August 1 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); the all-star banjo get-together “Five Strings, Five Pickers” on Saturday, August 9 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); improv comedy troupe Mop & Bucket Company on Sunday, August 10 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); jazz vocal trio String of Pearls on Tuesday, August 12 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Liz Longley on Wednesday, August 13 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons on Friday, August 15 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); Bill Staines on Friday, August 22 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Spuyten Duyvil on Saturday, August 23 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); ragtimers Blair Crimmins & the Hookers on Sunday, August 24 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and David Wax Museum on Sunday, August 31 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door).
The BSP Lounge in Kingston has a knock-out double-bill slated for Saturday, July 5, when Justin Townes Earle steps into the spotlight with Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe opening the show at 7pm. $20 at $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Slayer headlines a serious headbanging party with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory.
The Lone Bellow – the Brooklyn-based group of transplanted southerners Brian Elmquist, Kanene Dohehey Pipkin and Zach Williams – is headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday, July 13. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
WAMC-FM’s The Linda will host the CD release party for Albany’s own Afro-Latin-reggae-rock ensemble Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde’s sophomore album, Fruit of Hope, at 9pm on Friday, August 1. Tickets are $10.
Nothing More takes over the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Friday, August 15 with Sleepwave opening the show at 8pm. The first 103 tickets sold are priced at $1.03; then $10.35 in advance; $12 at the door. Also new on UCH’s concert calendar is Lil Durk, who grabs the spotlight at 8pm on Friday, July 26. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets for both new shows will go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 27).