Story by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Stanley Johnson
We recently launched The Dozen, and now we’re back with another edition. You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.
Here’s The Dozen for July:
JULY 12: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield: Day One of the two-day fest featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grant-Lee Phillips, the James Hunter Six, Puss ‘n Boots (with Norah Jones), Lucius, the Shinolas Revue (with Syd Straw, Freedy Johnston & Chris Collingwood), more…
JULY 17: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill: Simply the best bluegrass festival in the northeast (and maybe elsewhere, too), the fab four-day fest kicks off with a stellar line-up headlined by the reunion of Nickel Creek and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
JULY 18: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Club Helsinki, Hudson: Yes, he’s the son of Willie Nelson, but if you caught him in Hudson in 2012 or at Farm Aid at SPAC last September, then you already know that he’s a star in his own right. With Tommy & Ruby Stinson and Rhett Miller.
JULY 22: Gogol Bordello @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park: They played some truly legendary shows back at the much-missed Revolution Hall and fired up UCH in 2011. Now Eugene Hutz and his band of gypsys at back for more.
JULY 24: Wussy @ the Low Beat, Albany: Yes, after a hot-wired show back March, Chuck Cleaver and his Ohio band of righteous rockers are back at the Low Beat for a return engagement in support of their latest album, Attica!
JULY 26: Bang On a Can Plays Art @ MASS MoCA, North Adams: A wailin’ triple bill of concerts including Terry Riley’s classic “In C”; Bang on Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting “death speaks” with the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guest vocalist Shara Worden; and a late-night solo concert by Worden’s alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.
JULY 26: the subdudes @ The Egg, Albany: The original line-up – the original lineup of John Magnie (accordion), Tommy Malone (guitar), Steve Amedee (percussion) and Johnny Ray Allen (bass) – is back together again.
JULY 27: James Cotton @ Music Haven, Schenectady (FREE): He’s earned the nickname “Superharp,” and the legendary master of the blues harp – celebrating his 79th birthday today- still blows some mighty mean blues on his latest album Cotton Mouth Man, which garnered him a Grammy nomination.