THE DOZEN: May’s Must-See Concerts

May 3rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets, Prime Picks, Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Greater Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. Only one entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to comment below and let us know what you think we missed or overlooked.

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Here’s The Dozen for the month of May:

THURSDAY (MAY 4): The Wailin’ Jennys @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Americana trio of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse boasts three distinct voices in lovely harmony. 7:30pm. $29, $32 & $39. READ: 2015 concert review

FRIDAY (MAY 5): Young@Heart Chorus @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. The chorus of seniors celebrates its 35th singing music by Leonard Cohen, the Psychedelic Furs, Los Lobos, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and more. 7:30pm. $20 & $35.

SATURDAY (MAY 6): Garland Jeffreys @ The Linda, Albany. The veteran NYC singer-songwriter-rocker and his band kicks off this U.S. tour in support of the brand new album, 14 Steps to Harlem. 8pm. $18. READ: Five Firsts: Garland Jeffreys

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (MAY 6 & 7): Lou Barlow @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. The lo-fi, alt-rock pioneer is a founding member of such pivotal bands as Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion. Now he’s playing not one, but two free shows on Caroline Street. 9pm on Saturday with the William Hale Duo; 4pm on Sunday with Mike O’Donnell. UPDATE: Both shows are now officially sold out…

TUESDAY, MAY 9: Garry Tallent @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The E Street Band bassist has been with Springsteen since the start, but now he’s finally stepping out into the spotlight to be his own Boss. Greater Nippertown’s own guitarslinger supreme Eddie Angel leads the band behind Tallent. 8pm. $25. READ: Troy Hosts Tallent: E Street Band Bassist Brings His Solo Tour to The Hangar With Eddie Angel

TUESDAY, MAY 9: Lucinda Williams @ The Egg, Albany. Sexy and heartbreaking at once, Lucinda Williams’ voice is always something to behold. And her latest album, The Ghosts of Highway 20, is one of her best. Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards opens with a solo acoustic set. 8pm. $37.50, $47.50 & $55. READ: 2014 concert review

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10: The Zombies @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The four original surviving members of the British Invasion band perform their classic album The Odessey & Oracle, plus a selection of hits and favorites from throughout their career. 8pm. $35, $49.50 & $65. READ: 2013 concert review

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 13 & 14: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany. It’s the Rite of Spring! Two days of tulips, music and people-watching. Featuring Minus the Bear, the Delfonics, Wild Adriatic, the Palms, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Erin Harkes, Dryer, Holly & Evan and lots more… 11am-6pm. FREE.

THURSDAY, MAY 18: Sean Rowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Bittersweet melodies and his rumbling baritone in support of his new album, New Lore. With Girl Blue. 8pm. $20. ALSO: Rowe plays the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy at 8pm on Friday, May 19 ($20).

SATURDAY, MAY 20: Michael Bisio Accortet @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The free-thinking jazz bassist (and Troy native) leads his band, featuring Art Bailey on accordion, Kirk Knuffke on cornet and Michael Wimberly on drums. 7pm. $15.

SATURDAY, MAY 20: Sisters of Slide: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Queen of Acoustic Blues meets the Texas Music Hall of Famer, and you can bet that sparks will fly. 8pm. $40 in advance; $42 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24: Sylvan Esso @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. The indie-pop duo of Amelia Randall Meath and Nicholas Sanborn make their Greater Nippertown debut in support of their new album, What Now. With Lucy Dacus. 8pm. $24 in advance; $26 at the door. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

FRIDAY, MAY 26: Cake @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. The eclectic Cali alt-rockers play the first of their two Greater Nippertown gigs. 8pm. $45 in advance. ALSO at MASS MoCA’s Joe’s Field in North Adams at 8pm Sunday, May 28 ($35 & $45).

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MAY 26 & 27: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany. Their homecoming shows are always a big treat, so a two-night stand adds up to more than just double your pleasure, double your fun… 8pm. $10.

2 thoughts on “THE DOZEN: May’s Must-See Concerts”

  1. Fred says:

    Shannon McNally is playing at Club Helsinki AND Caffe Lena this month, so don’t miss her!!

  2. Matt says:

    Real Estate at BSP Kingston May 20th!

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