WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany is beefing up its fall concert offerings with the recent additions of Melissa Ferrick at 8pm on Friday, October 3 ($20); indie folk band the Hello Strangers, led by sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace, at 8pm on Friday, October 10 ($12); and first concert of the new season of the American Roots Series at The Linda, featuring the eclectic, multi-culti music of TriBeCaStan at 8pm on Saturday, October 11 ($15). Looking ahead to November, the Linda also welcomes the return of singer-songwriters Bobby Long (8pm Friday, November 7, $17) and Charlie Mars (8pm Saturday, November 8, $18).
The Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs is playing host to the inaugural 2014 LIVE Music Series. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will kick off the sries at 8pm on Friday, August 1 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door). London-based jazz pianist-composer (and Saratoga Springs native) Giacomo Smith and his six-piece ensemble will play a homecoming concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 6, featuring swing and New Orleans classics ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). And the concert series will conclude with Brooklyn-based indie band Cuddle Magic who will feature unique collaborations with toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen and author Rick Moody at 7pm on Sunday, October 26 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park welcomes all-star funkateers Lettuce with Exmag at 9pm on Tuesday, October 28. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 25), priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens team up for the World Tour, which is slated to make a stop at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory. Beartooth and This Wild Life round out the bill. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (July 26).
There’s been a change in the summer concert schedule at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers were originally slated to perform at 8pm on Saturday, August 23, but they have cancelled their appearance. In their stead, MASS MoCA will host a concert by Gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Stephane Wremble and his quartet. Advance tickets are $12 & $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rocker/actor Chris Isaak will fire up such favorites as “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” when he steps into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany.
FESTIVAL ADDITIONS: The Stony Creek Band has been added to the line-up for the American Music Festival for the Lake at Lake George’s Charles Wood Park on Sunday, September 21… Walking X-Ray, Rebel Darling, Careers, Maybird, the Parlor, Secret Release, Kimono Dragons and a reunion of the Orange are among the new additions to the line-up for Rest Fest at CAC Woodside in Troy on Friday & Saturday, August 15 & 16… The Hold Steady were previously announced as headliners for the Brooklyn @ Belleayre fest at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, August 30, and now some of the other bands have been announced as well, including Big Data, Lily & the Parlour Tricks and Joni Fatora. More are still to come…
Brooklyn-based indie rock duo Widowspeak invade Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Wednesday, August 27 with Albany’s own Hand Habits opening the show. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two more upcoming comedy shows were announced for The Egg in Albany, including Chris D’Elia (of the NBC-TV sitcom “Undateable”) and the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy, featuring Vic DiBitetto, Sam Fedele, Freddy Proia and Frank Santorelli.
OPENERS: Titus Andronicus is keeping it all in the family when they make their tour stop at the Low Beat on Friday, August 22. Opening the show will be Pelican Movement (led by Kevin McMahon, who produced Titus Andronicus’ The Monitor) and Liquor Store (led by Sarim Al-Rawi, formerly of Titus Andronicus). Tickets are $12 in advance; $14 at the door… Meanwhile at The Egg, Sly Fox & the Hustlers have snagged the opening slot for the Robin Trower concert on Tuesday, October 21.
The Berkshire Comedy Festival takes over the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 8pm on Saturday, August 2. The one-night-only comedy showcase will feature Paul Anthony, Tom Gilmore, Maria Walsh and Isaacs & Baker. Tickets are $25 in advance; $35 at the door. On the other end of the spectrum, the Mahaiwe has also announced a holiday concert featuring John Pizzarelli and Jane Monheit at 8pm on Saturday, December 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (July 25), priced at $25, $60 & $80; $100 VIP tickets include a post-show reception with the performers. And while it was previously announced that Tony Award-winning Broadway star Bernadette Peters would be performing at the Mahaiwe’s Gala at 8pm on Sunday, October 12, they’ve now released ticket info for the concert. Tickets are $80 & $150 and go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (July 25).
The fiery acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela land in Northampton at 8pm on Tuesday October 28 for a concert at the Calvin Theatre. Tickets are $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50. Also, the always outspoken comedian Kathy Griffin is slated to make her Northampton debut at 8pm on Thursday, March 12 at the Calvin. Tickets are $45, $55 & $65. Tickets for both Calvin shows go on sale on Friday (July 25).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Stand-up comedian Carly Aquilino (from MTV’s “Girl Code”) is slated to make her Nippertown debut at The Egg in Albany.
UPDATE: All seats are sold-out, but a limited number of standing room only tickets ($25 in advance; $30 at the door) may still be available for the Wood Brothers concert at Club Helsinki at 9pm on Friday, August 15.
SOLD OUT: At The Egg in Albany, Boz Scaggs’ concert on Tuesday, August 5 and both King Crimson concerts (Tuesday & Wednesday, September 9 & 10) are all now officially sold out.