COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

April 20th, 2016, 12:11 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

This summer Caffe Lena is about to undergo major renovation (in fact, you might call it a transformation), but before then the revered Saratoga Springs coffeehouse is throwing its annual Caffe Lena Anniversary Concert – an event so big, in fact, that it will be held not at Caffe Lena, but at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center. On Saturday, May 21, the concert will feature Michigan’s Motown-bluegrass outfit Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Troy troubadour Sean Rowe, the duo of Anne & Elizabeth and one-man band the Suitcase Junket. Advance tickets are on sale now for $30 & $50; $15 students.

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It used to be known simply as The Hangar, but now the funky but chic Troy music venue is calling itself the Hangar On the Hudson. Whatever name you call it, they’ve lined up a batch of great upcoming concerts, including Robbie Fulks and his band at 8pm on Saturday, May 7 ($20); Upstate Rubdown with Olivia Quillio on Friday, May 13; the return of Lonesome Val on Friday, May 20; the Commander Cody Band with the Lustre Kings on Saturday, May 21 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); the Chandler Travis Philharmonic on Friday, June 10; Frog Holler on Saturday, June 11; and twangmaster Bill Kirchen on Sunday, June 26.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Blake Shelton – country music superstar and the winningest coach on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” – is scheduled to bring his tour to the Times Union Center in support of his new album, If I’m Honest.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany has added new shows by Gratefully Yours with Floodwood at 9:30pm on Friday, April 29 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Joywave at 9pm on Sunday, May 22 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Vinnie Caruana (of I Am the Avalanche and the Movielife) and his band featuring Steve Choi, Brandon Romnes and Brandon Reilly at 9pm on Saturday, June 11 in support of his upcoming album Survivor’s Guilt ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); and the Big Mean Sound Machine at 9:30pm on Friday, June 17 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

SOLD OUT: If you didn’t get your tickets to the Lumineers concert at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, well, don’t blame us. We announced the show back on April 4 (during a snow storm), but now it’s too late. The July 30 concert (with support acts Rayland Baxter and Langhorne Slim & the Law) is now officially sold out.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Arlo Guthrie hasn’t wrapped up his Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour yet, but he’s already announced his next one – the Running Down the Road Tour, which is slated to back a stop at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington in the fall. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (April 22).

The Academy of Music in Northampton welcomes Colin Hay at 8pm on Friday, April 22 ($27.50 & $37.50); comedian Tig Nataro at 8pm on Sunday, May 1 ($30-$35); an acoustic show by John Hiatt at 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 3 ($35-$45); and the Indigo Girls with Mount Moriah at 8pm on Friday, May 27 ($39.50-$49.50).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Atlanta-based hip-hopster Future is headlining the annual UAlbany ParkFest this weekend. The festival will be held at the State Quad Field on campus, and tickets are $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Violinist, electronica artist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling is bringing her summer tour to the Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (April 23).

Sons and daughters: At the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, it’s Allman, Neville, Pitchell, Charles & King – that’s Michael Allman (eldest son of Gregg Allman), saxman Charles Neville (of the Grammy Award-winning Neville Brothers), blues-rock guitarslinger Jeff Pitchell, Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) and Claudette King (daughter of B.B. King). They’re playing at 7 & 9:30pm on Sunday, May 29, and tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling returns to the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of St. Rose for an evening of solo interpretations from the songbook of Phish culled from her 2-CD debut album, Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at $20; $10 for students.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Nerdist honcho, TV host and stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick is bringing his ID10T Tour to The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday.

Aoife O’Donovan – of the groups Crooked Still and I’m With Her – is slated for a return concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 7pm on Sunday, July 17. Tickets are available now priced at $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Also at Helsinki, the concert by African music master Vieux Farka Toure that was postponed from earlier this month has been re-scheduled for 9pm on Friday, September 16. Tickets are $22 & $28.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs has announced the line-up for its annual Earth Day Festival this weekend, and the bands include the Sun Ra Orchestra, Empress Of, Campo, Palm, the Ladles, EMEFE and Joy Again. Admission is free.

“I’m into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” and more. Second verse, same as the first… Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone (aka Herman) are scheduled to play the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Friday, November 18. Priced at $35, $45, $55 & $75, tickets go on sale on Friday (April 22).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox returns to Greater Nippertown for an eveything-new-is-old-again concert at the Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 22).

Led by the guitarist and co-founder of the Black Crowes, the Rich Robinson Band slips into the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Thursday, August 18. Tickets are on sale now for $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: George Thorogood & the Destroyers are teaming up with the Edgar Winter Band at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Tickets are on sale now…