The Split Squad – a nifty little all-star combo featuring guitarists Eddie Munoz (of the Plimsouls) and Keith Streng (the Fleshtones), bassist-vocalist Michael Giblin (Parallax Project), keyboardist Josh Kantor (the Baseball Project) and uber drummer Clem Burke (Blondie) – lands at the River Street Pub in Troy at 2pm on Sunday. And the Knyghts of Fuzz open the show. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. You’re definitely not gonna want to miss this one… POP QUIZ: When was the last time that Clem Burke played in Troy?
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The classic line-up of Primus is reuniting for a tour that’s slated to make a stop at Albany’s Palace Theatre in support of their upcoming Willy Wonka-inspired album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 1).
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park is bolstering its fall calendar with a handful of new concert additions including the Grammy Award-winning instrumental collective Snarky Puppy led by bassist-guitarist-composer-arranger Michael League at 8pm on Thursday, September 11 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Less Than Jake with the Interrupters at 7:30pm on Friday, October 24 ($16 in advance; $18 at the door); and Killswitch Engage with All That Remains, Death Ray Vision and City of Homes at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 1 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door). Tickets for all three new shows will go on sale at 10am Friday (August 1).
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Originally, the Steely Dan concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 31 was a pavilion-only show. In SPAC-speak, that meant that no lawn tickets would be sold, only reserved amphitheater seats. But now they’ve decided to put lawn tickets on sale – priced at $30.
Although we initially announced the fest and headliners three weeks ago, the organizers of the American Music Festival for the Lake at the Festival Space in Charles R. Wood Park (formerly the site of Wood’s Gaslight Village amusement park) in Lake George held a press conference yesterday to announce ticket prices and a few more bands. The line-up for Saturday, September 20 currently features Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ, Wild Adriatic and the Paranoid Social Club. Tickets are $15; $25 VIP. The line-up for Sunday, September 21 includes New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Claire Lynch Band, Girls Guns & Glory, the Stony Creek Band and Roscoe Bandana. Tickets are $10; $20 VIP. Tickets are now on sale. More bands are yet to be announced for both days.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced a batch of concerts this week, including Richard Thompson, the Mavericks, the Touré-Israeli Collective and Solas. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday.
CANCELLED: The show by veteran stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong that was originally scheduled for The Egg on Friday (August 1) has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase…
New concerts rolling onto the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson include Robert Ellis with Dawn Landes at 8pm on Sunday, August 17 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at 9pm on Friday, September 5 ($35 reserved; $25 advance general admission; $30 day of show general admission); and the return of the double-bill of Girls Guns & Glory with Sarah Borges at 9pm on Friday, January 2 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The bass-erific Safe in Sound Festival will be blowing into the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany with a line-up of performers that include Destroid, Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead, UZ and Terravita.
Over at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra return to the stage at 8pm on Friday, December 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 1), priced at $27.50.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, “the Beach Boys” are headed into Tanglewood in Lenox.
Upcoming new shows at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany include Colony House at 8pm on Thursday, August 14 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door); the British alt-pop duo Thumpers at 8pm on Saturday, August 30 (FREE); and the double-bill of Sir Sly and Wolf Gang at 8pm on Thursday, September 11 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door).
Keller Williams loops his way into Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Friday, October 10 with Floodwood kicking of the evening’s festivities at 9pm. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at the door; $5 surcharge if under 21.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Child prodigy singer-pianist Ethan Bortnick is slated to make his Nippertown concert debut at The Egg in Albany. He’ll be joined by Damian McGinty of “Glee.”