Banjo master Noam Pikelny and fab fiddler Stuart Duncan team up for a duo concert at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield on Thursday, October 16. Pikelny is the recipient of the first Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, as well as a founding member of the Punch Brothers. Duncan may be best known for his recent work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, but he’s also a four-time Grammy Award winner, a six-time Academy of Country Music award winner for Fiddle Player of the Year and a seven-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Player of the Year award. Ticket info for the concert is TBA.
Blues-rock guitarslinger “Smokin’ Joe” Bonamassa returns to the Palace Theatre in Albany with his band – bassist Carmine Rojas, drummer Tal Bergman and keyboardist Derek Sherinian – at 8pm on Monday, January 19. Tickets are priced at $82, $99 & $128. (Remember when you could see him at Bogie’s and Pauly’s Hotel for $5?) Tickets won’t be going on sale until Saturday, September 6.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Soul singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald – formerly of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers – will be bringing his tour “This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits” to The Egg in Albany this holiday season.
Haas Kowert Tice, a super-group of acoustic roots-music talent featuring members of the Punch Brothers and Crooked Still, brings its unique blend of bluegrass, folk, chamber-grass and classical to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Monday, July 28. Featuring fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) and guitarist Jordan Tice, the trio plays original compositions and improvisations, drawing upon their extensive experience with their own musical projects as well as accompanying the likes newgrass and new acoustic music pioneers. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Also new on Club Helsinki’s calendar is the sublime jazz singer Lizz Wright, who steps into the spotlight at 9pm on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $35 & $45.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany also announced four more upcoming concerts for the fall schedule, including Marc Broussard, Hugh Masakela & Vusi Mahlasela, Hiromi: The Trio Project and Chris Shaw & Bridget Ball’s annual holiday concerts, “Mountain Snow & Mistletoe.”
Trio da Paz – featuring Romero Lubambo (guitar), Nilson Matta (bass) and Duduka da Fonseca (drums) – bring their virtuosic jazz and driving Brazilian rhythms to the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown at 7:30pm on Sunday, August 17. The concert is part of the Cooperstown Music Fest, and tickets are priced at $25; $15 students.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Folk/Americana trio the Wailin’ Jennys are headed into The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (July 18).
Malian guitarist Oumar Konaté and his band – who played the Sanctuary for Independent Media just a few weeks ago – are headed into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at b 8:30pm on Sunday, October 12, sharing the stage with Woodstock’s own Professor Louie & the Cromatix. Tickets are $20.
OPENERS: The Dead Daisies – featuring members of Guns ‘N Roses, Whitewnake and more – have been added as the opening act for the Kiss/Def Leppard concert at SPAC on Tuesday, August 5.