COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

December 3rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Van Dyck in Schenectady has announced a number of upcoming concerts, including the Local 518’s Joey Thomas Big Band, who will be joined by vocalist Bob Father for a special “Christmas, Sinatra Style” concert at 8pm on Saturday, December 27. Tickets are $12. Blues-rockin’ behemoth Popa Chubby returns to the Van Dyck for a two-night stand on Friday & Saturday, January 2 & 3, celebrating the music of the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, as well as the release of his new album, I’m Feelin’ Lucky. He’ll be playing two shows each night (7 & 9:30pm), and tickets are priced at $18 in advance; $22 at the door. Meanwhile, jazz-blues guitarslinger Duke Robillard leads his band into the VD for shows at 7 & 9:30pm on Saturday, January 31 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door); Robbie Dupree’s Woodstock Allstars – featuring guitarist David Spinoza, keyboardist Clifford Carter and drummer Manuel Quintana – take over the stage at 7:30pm on Friday, February 20 ($16 in advance; $19 at the door); and while we’re in a Woodstock frame of mind, the Levin Brothers – that’s bassist Tony Levin and keyboardist Pete Levin – roll into town in support of their recently released (and long overdue) self-titled debut album on Friday, March 20. The Levins’ band – also featuring saxman Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff Siegel – will play two shows (7 & 9:30pm). Tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night – a 40-minute, ethereal, electronic soundscape played by the audience on boomboxes as they parade through the city streets – makes its North Adams debut on Thursday (December 4). The magnificent 21st century caroling experience will start at the MASS MoCA parking lot at 5:15pm and parade through the downtown streets before concluding at MCLA Gallery 51 for the opening of Art to Go, the annual, affordable art exhibit. Bring boomboxes, if ya got ’em. Participation (or just listening) is free.

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The Hangar in Troy will be hosting one seriously rollickin’ honky-tonk party with Dale Watson & His Lonestars with special guest Rosie Flores at 8pm on Wednesday, January 28. Oh my! Priced at $25, advance tickets are available online and at the Ale House in Troy.

Garage-rockin’ superheroes the Fleshtones will be invading the River Street Pub in Troy for a 3pm matinee blow-out on Sunday, February 8. With the Lawn Sausages and the Mysteios. $10 advance tickets are available at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy. Tix will be $12 at the door.

Led by the Black Crowes’ frontman, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood lands at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Tuesday, February 10. Tickets are $30, $49 & $59. Also new on the Bearsville calendar is a Stevie Wonder tribute concert at 8pm on Saturday, January 3. A benefit for the Woodstock Day School, the concert will feature such Woodstock luminaries as Lee Falco, Lisa Green, Aaron Freeman, Connor Kennedy, Dr. Know, Elijah & The Moon, Jerry Marotta, Adrien Reju, Lindsey Webster, Simi Stone, Elizabeth, Dan & Storey Littleton, Joey Eppard, Paul Green Rock Academy, Arc Iris and more…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: First Night Saratoga, the annual low-dough New Year’s Eve celebration, has announced the line-up and schedule of more than 70 regional and touring bands, musicians and other performance groups at more than 30 venues throughout the Spa City. Among the performers are Bryan Thomas, Lee Shaw, the Lustre Kings, the Tartan Terrors, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Olivia Quillio, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, Beaked Whale, Holly & Evan and lots more. Admission for the entire sprawling smorgasbord of music and more is just $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli is slated to step into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany for a stand-up comedy show. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 5).

Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy roars into the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Saturday, June 6. Priced at $38.50, $48.50 & $58.50, tickets go on sale on Friday (December 5).

POSTPONED & REPLACED: The Sam Kininger Band was slated to play Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (December 6), but the show has been due to an injury suffered by one of the bandmembers. A new date is TBA. Filling in on Saturday at the Den will be the London Souls with Suitable Groove opening at 9:30pm. Tickets are $8.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Toby Keith has been added as a headliner for the A Taste of Country Music Fest at Hunter Mountain in Hunter from Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, joining previously announced performers Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine will be firing up their lasers at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, December 27. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday (December 5), priced at $10.60 for the first 106 tickets sold; $20 in advance thereafter. Tickets at the door will be $22. Also new on UCH’s schedule is a headlining show by Emmy-nominated popster Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at 8pm on Thursday, January 22. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, priced at $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The mesmerizing jazz-pop vocalist Kat Edmonson is headed into MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams in support of her excellent new album, The Big Picture.

RE-SCHEDULED: Rapper Chris Webby’s concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park was postponed due to last week’s snowstorm, and it has been re-scheduled for 8pm on Saturday, December 13.

NOT YET RE-SCHEDULED: Dave Davies’ concert at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield was also postponed by last week’s pre-Thanksgiving Day snowstorm, but no new date has yet been announced. Stay tuned…

OPENERS: The rip-snortin’ Barrence Whitfield & the Savages have been tapped as the opening act for George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Tuesday, March 3.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: We announced it a month ago, but now the Palace Theatre in Albany has confirmed that blue-collar comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will take the stage for a stand-up comedy show. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 5).