The hot-wired soul-rockers Vintage Trouble are finally slated to make their long-overdue Nippertown debut at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Sunday, September 28. Also new at the Hollow are the Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense at 9:30pm Friday, October 10; Kung Fu at 9:30pm Saturday, October 18; Cabinet at 9pm Thursday, October 23; and Twiddle at 9:30pm Thursday, October 30. Tickets for each of the above-mentioned shows are priced at $12 in advance; $15 at the door. California garage-rockin’ duo the Bots are also slated to invade the Hollow at 7pm on Wednesday, September 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 22) for $1.02.
Albany native and jazz vibraphone master Stefon Harris is headed back to the Local 518 to play a benefit concert in support of the youth programs of the Schenectady Ring of Hope Boxing Club. Harris and his band will play their homecoming concert at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 25. Tickets are $40 & $50 (including a pre-show reception at 6:30pm).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group are returning to The Egg. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 22).
Rapper Troy Ave headlines at Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm Saturday, October 4, with Stringer Soprano & LV, DJ Rookie, DJ Reel, DJ King, Bully and more. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Other newly announced concerts for the Upstate Concert Hall include Steel Panther – the best (and funniest) heavy metal band since Spinal Tap – at 8pm on Sunday, October 12 ($20 in advance; $23 at the door; on sale 10am Friday); the Eternal Enemies Tour headlined by Emmure with special guests Acacia Strain, Stray From the Path, Fit for a King and Kublai Khan at 6:30pm Monday, November 24 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale now); Gwar with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks at 8pm Thursday, December 11 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door; on sale at 10am Friday); and the return of Sublime tribute band Badfish at 8pm on Tuesday, December 30 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday).
FESTIVAL UPDATE: The dynamic guitar and banjo duo of Michael Daves & Tony Trischka has been added to the line-up of the FreshGrass festival at MASS MoCA on Friday, September 19. Single-day tickets for the three-day fest are now on sale as well…
Sorry, I missed this one when it was first announced, but if you’re a jazz fan, you’re definitely going to want to check out Ragamala Dance when the Minneapolis-based dance company makes a stop at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, March 14. They’ll be performing “Song of the Jasmine” with live music by acclaimed jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa leading a new ensemble that features Rez Abbasi (guitar), V.K. Raman (South Indian flute), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) and Anjna Swaminathan (violin). Tickets are on sale now, priced at $28.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bruce Hornsby returns to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for an intimate solo concert. Tickets go on sale Monday (August 25).
Multiple Grammy nominee and always adventurous jazz drummer Eric Harland has been something of a regular on Nippertown concert stage in recent years, playing with the Joshua Redman Quartet, SF JAZZ Collective, James Farm and most recently with Dave Holland’s PRISM at this summer’s Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. Now, Harland is headed back to Saratoga Springs, but this time he’ll be leading his own band Voyager. And they’ll be playing at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 8pm on Friday, September 26. Tickets are $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.
UPDATE: Tickets for Michael Doughty’s concert at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, December 6 are priced at $25-$45. Tickets go on sale on Friday (August 22).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield announced its fall season of concerts – and a quick peek at the spring season – including performances by 10,000 Maniacs, the banjo-and-fiddle duo of Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, the Empire Jazz Orchestra, comedian Joy Behar, the Kinks’ Dave Davies, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, country-rockers the Pure Prairie League, BlackHawk, the Outlaws and more.
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik brings the laughs to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm Saturday, October 18. Tickets go on sale on Friday (August 22), priced at $28.50.