In Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater has just announced a handful of new shows, including the CD release party for Mister Roper at 8pm Thursday, September 4 ($10); the Christine Spero Group paying tribute to the music of Laura Nyro with “Spero Plays Nyro” at 9pm Friday, September 26 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Lake Street Dive at 8pm Sunday, November 23 ($25-$45); and Michael Doughty on Saturday, December 6 in support of his upcoming hip-hop album Stellar Motel due for release on September 16 ($TBA).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands has been announced for the free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Jennings Landing, including the Jack DeJohnette Trio, Catherine Russell, Professor Cunningham & His Old School, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes and Maria Zemantauski.
CANCELLED: The Kings of Leon concert at SPAC – originally slated for last Sunday – was listed as “postponed” on Sunday afternoon, but its status has now been officially changed to “cancelled.” Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.
The list of new shows for the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park is stacked pretty high with concerts this week, including Cassadee Pope (of “The Voice”) at 8pm Sunday, September 14 ($17.50 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); Mayday Parade with Tonight Alive, Major League and PVRIS at 6:30pm Sunday, October 19 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door; on sale now); Kina Grannis at 8pm Wednesday, October 29 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); Dirty Heads in support of their new album Sound of Change with Rome at 8pm Thursday, October 30 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); Love and Theft with Joel Crouse and DJ Silver at 8pm Sunday, November 2 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday, August 22); and Kill the Noise with Botnek, Two Fresh and Alex English at 9pm Sunday, November 9 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door; on sale now).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced three new upcoming concerts – John Hiatt, Peter Rowan and Cyrille Aimee.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The neo-retro band Postmodern Jukebox bring their clever throwback arrangements of contemporary hits to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added several new concerts to its upcoming schedule including a reunion of Crooked Still at 8pm on Wednesday, September 24 ($25) and the return of Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at 9pm Saturday November 22 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door). The Hudson restaurant/nightspot has also added a couple of new shows to its Helsinki On Broadway cabaret series, including 86-year-old American Songbook singer Marilyn Maye at 7pm Sunday, September 21 ($50) and Broadway singer-actor Brent Barrett at 7pm Sunday, November 9 ($40).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Hip-hop pioneer Nas celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of his classic Illmatic album with a combination concert (in which he performs the entire album) and a screening of the documentary film “Nas: Time Is Illmatic” at Albany’s Palace Theatre.
The Calvin Theatre in Northampton has bolstered its fall concert calendar with a couple of hot shows. Jazz bassist-vocalist-bandleader Esperanza Spalding takes the stage at 8pm on Saturday, October 4; while sublime songsmith John Hiatt returns to the Calvin spotlight for a solo show at 8pm Friday, October 10. Tickets for each show are priced at $25, $35 & $45 and will go on sale on Friday (August 15).
OPENERS: The Grant Gordy Trio – led by David Grisman Quintet guitarist Grant Gordy – will warm up the crowd for the Del McCoury Band at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Thursday, August 28… 7Horses – led by guitarist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt, both former members of the band dada, best known for their turntable hit “Dizz Knee Land” – open for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band at The Egg on Wednesday, September 3… Rebel Darling has been tapped as the opener for the Hello Strangers at The Linda in Albany on Friday, October 10.
IN CASE YOU MISSED: International heartthrobs and Australian teen hitmakers 5 Seconds of Summer are coming to SPAC, and tickets are on sale now… although they won’t step into the SPAC spotlight until next summer.
Storyman – the Irish singer-songwriter duo of Kevin May and Mick Lynch, who were formerly known as Guggenheim Grotto – returns to WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm Friday, September 19. Tickets are currently available for $17.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian John Oliver brings the smart laughs to the Palace Theatre in Albany.
FESTIVAL UPDATES: The North and South Dakotas and Rich Ortiz have been added to the first day line-up of the American Music Festival for the Lake at Lake George’s Wood Park on Saturday, September 20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Old Songs in Voorheesville has announced its fall/winer season of concerts including David Munnelly & Mick Conneely, Jim Malcolm, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Claudia Schmidt, Kim & Reggie Harris, Ken Whiteley, Brother Sun, “Down with the Rent!” and Nowell Sing We Clear: A Pageant of Mid-Winter Carols.