2017: Looking Forward

January 5th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

We’ve done an awful lot of looking back during the past couple of weeks, but now that we’ve flipped the calendar over to 2017, it’s time to start looking forward.

So here’s a round-up of a few of the events that we’re most jazzed about during the first half of the new year:

FRIDAY (JANUARY 6)
CONCERT: Alejandro Escovedo & the Burn Something Beautiful Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The all-star band features Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, Kurt Block of Fastbacks and Linda Pitmon of the Baseball Project. With the Minus 5. 9pm. $25 & $30.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY (JANUARY 6 & 7)
COMEDY: Mike Birbiglia @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30 & 10pm on Friday; 7 & 9:45pm on Saturday. $25.

JANUARY 12
MUSIC: The CD release celebration for Suite Lee: An Original Music Tribute To Pianist Lee Shaw, the new album by Joe Barna & the Sketches of Influence @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

JANUARY 18
ART/GRAND OPENING: The grand opening/opening reception for the Albany Center Gallery’s new home and the annual Members’ Show featuring the art of more than 175 regional artists. 5-9pm. FREE.

JANUARY 19
FILM/TALK/COMEDY: Conversation and Q&A with John Cleese @ Proctors, Schenectady, following a screening of “Monty Python & the Holy Grail.” 7:30pm. $50-$200.

JANUARY 24
MUSIC: Kris Kristofferson @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. 7:30pm. $39.50, $49.50 & $62.50.

JANUARY 31
FILM: “The Outlaw Josey Wales” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. 7pm. $3.

FEBRUARY 2
CONCERT: The Last Waltz 40 @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Warren Haynes and Don Was lead an all-star tribute to the music of The Band. 8pm. $49.50, $59.50, $69.50, $79.50, $89.50 & $125.50.

FEBRUARY 8
GRAND OPENING: Rivers Casino opens in Schenectady.

FEBRUARY 14
BOOK PUBLICATION: “I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014” by Bill Knott.

FEBRUARY 24
CD RELEASE: Rhiannon Giddens’ new album, Freedom Highway.
CONCERT: Dirty Dozen Brass Band headline Night One of the Bridge Jazz Festival at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. With Eldar. 7:30pm. $28, $36 & $42.

FEBRUARY 28
MARDI GRAS!

MARCH 2
GRAND OPENING: Albany Capital Center opens.

MARCH 30
CONCERT: Bryan Ferry @ Proctors, Schenectady. 8pm. $30-$90.

APRIL 26
CONCERT: Brian Wilson @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour. 8pm. $39.75, $49.75, $59.75, $69.75 & $89.75.

MAY 13 & 14
MUSIC FEST: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany.

MAY 16 & 17
THEATER: “Hedwig & the Angry Inch” @ Proctors, Schenectady. 7:30pm. $20-$75.

JUNE 2
CONCERT: The Avett Brothers @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. 7pm. $50; children age five and under free.

JUNE 23-25
MUSIC FEST: Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Wilco and more… $159 three-day all-fest.

JUNE 24 & 25
MUSIC FEST: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs.