Photograph by Ed Conway
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a handful of new shows to it concert calendar, including Ryan Montbleau at 9pm Saturday, August 23 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at 9pm on Friday, September 26 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); and Heavy Trash (featuring Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray) with Bloodshot Bill at 8pm on Thursday, October 9 ($19 in advance; $23 at the door).
There’s no official word yet from the City of Albany’s Office of Special Events, but according to her website, the sublime jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell has been tapped to play the free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Jennings Landing on Saturday, September 6. She’ll be accompanied by guitarist Mark Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen and drummer Mark McLean.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake will be held this fall in Lake George’s Charles R. Wood Park. Only a partial list of performers has been announced so far, but they include Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ, Wild Adriatic, the Claire Lynch Band and Rosco Bandana. Ticket prices TBA.
Staind frontman-gone-country Aaron Lewis roars into the spotlight at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, August 23. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door and will go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 11).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany has added three new concerts to its fall schedule of shows, including Drive-By Truckers, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Extended and the Brad Mehldau Trio. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (July 11).
Shake What Ya Momma Gave Ya! The Washington Avenue Armory in Albany is hosting the Super Soul Fest: Summer Party Edition at 8pm on Saturday, August 16. The line-up of performers includes Kurtis Blow, the Lost Boys featuring Mr. Cheeks, Cupid, Fonda Rae, MC Stik-E and Peter Gunz. Advance tickets are $30-$50; $10 more at the door.
The Low Beat in Albany has beefed up its concert slate with the new additions of Richard Barone with Bell’s Roar at 8pm on Saturday, September 13; Session Americana at 7pm on Thursday, October 13; and the return of the mighty mighty Figgs at 8pm on Friday, December 19 with special guests Blockhouses (featuring former Figg Guy Lyons).
Meanwhile, the Low Beat’s next-door neighbor Pauly’s Hotel welcomes blues guitarslinger Murali Coryell on Sunday, August 3, and the return of blues mama Candye Kane on Saturday, August 18. Tickets for both shows are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. UPDATE: Sorry, these shows are not scheduled. Bad intel from Pauly’s Hotel website…
More new concerts added to the schedule for Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen include Consider the Source with Ampvene at 8pm on Friday, July 25 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Rubblebucket with 2001 at 8pm on Sunday, September 14 ($15 in advance; $17 at the door) and St. Lucia with the Knocks at 8pm on Saturday, November 15 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door).
In support of their new album, Friends for Life, Irish folk group the High Kings are headed into Celtic Hall in Albany on Wednesday, July 23. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
In support of their latest EP, New Dirt, Brooklyn indie-garage-noise-pop foursome No Kill have been added to the line-up of bands for Rest Fest at CAC Woodside in Troy on Friday & Saturday, August 15-16.
Derrick Horton & the Jay Street Band bring their “Motown and More” show to WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 20. Tickets are $12; $6 students.
OPENERS: In support of their new self-titled debut album, the Raskins have been added as the bill as the opening act for the Motley Crue/Alice Cooper concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, August 26.