NEW CONCERTS: New Concert Announcements

December 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Wyclef Jean has racked up quite an impressive catalog of music both as a founding member of the Fugees and as a solo artist, most recently with his 2017 album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee. And he’ll work his way through his faves in concert at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, March 2. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $40 in advance; $45 at the door.

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Anders Parker (of Varnaline) is headed into the Low Beat in Albany at 8pm on Thursday, January 4 with Cloud Badge. Opening the show will be Andy Sink & the Pool Boys. Also new at the Low Beat is the return of jazz keyboardist Khalif Neville & Co. at 8pm on Friday, January 19. Advance tickets are on sale now for both shows, priced at $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Stand-up comedian-actor-author Eddie Izzard brings his Believe Me Tour to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Revved up 16-year-old rocker McKinley James returns to the Ale House in Troy at 8pm on Sunday, January 14 with members of JD McPherson’s band – drummer Jason Smay and keyboardist Ray Jacildo. Tickets are $10.

The Linda in Albany will hosting upcoming concerts by Hudson Valley reggae/ska band the Big Takeover at 8pm on Friday, February 9 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Americana favorite Robbie Fulks at 8pm on Thursday, March 1 ($18); and veteran singer-songwriter Kim Richey at 8pm on Thursday, April 19 ($20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Pop singer Charlie Puth will be headlining at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs with Hailee Steinfeld opening the show. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 22).

Hard-swingin’ blues-rock favorite Popa Chubby returns to the Van Dyck in Schenectady for two shows – 7 & 9pm – on Friday, January 19. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

Speaking of the blues, the Duke Robillard Band is slated to swing into the Upper Room in Albany at 8pm on Friday, March 2. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 & $35.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sara Evans leads the CMT Next Women of Country Tour into Albany’s Palace Theatre with RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr in the support slots. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 22).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall also announced that Australian ’70s soft-rock hitmakers Air Supply would be comin’ to town this spring. Tickets are on sale now.

Want more blues? Following her performance at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany last weekend, Shemekia Copeland has punched her ticket for a return trip to Greater Nippertown. She’ll be struttin’ her stuff at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, February 23. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 & $30. And as part of the Rogovoy Salon series, curated and hosted by music journalist Seth Rogovoy, the Merlin & Polina Shepherd Klezmer Duo will take the Helsinki stage at 7pm on Sunday, April 8. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: EMPAC at RPI announced its 2018 winter/spring schedule of concerts, theater, dance, films and more, including concerts by Ellen Arkbro, The Crossing, Ensemble Signal and more.

Colony in Woodstock is wrapping up the year with a big batch of new concert announcements for 2018, including the triple bill of Sweet Marie, Talia Denis and Julie Raleigh at 8pm on Friday, January 5 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); a reunion of Big Sister with Jennifer Maidman at 8pm on Saturday, January 6 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); the Levin Brothers at 8pm on Sunday, January 7 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); the Paul Green Rock Academy playing the music on Hall & Oates at 7:30pm on Friday & Saturday, January 19 & 20 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Lindsey Webster at 8pm on Friday, January 26 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); 420 Funk Mob at 9:30pm on Saturday, January 27 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Kevin Devine with Laura Stevenson and Guilt Mountain at 8pm on Friday, February 16 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Marty Willson-Piper & Edward Rogers at 8pm on Friday, February 23 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); Aztec Two-Step at 8pm on Saturday, March 3 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); an intimate evening with Langhorne Slim at 8pm on Thursday, March 22 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); and That 1 Guy at 8pm on Friday, March 23 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Melvin Seals & JGB are headed back to the Cohoes Music Hall for another evening in tribute to the music of the Jerry Garcia Band.

Chicago pop-punksters Knuckle Puck roll into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Friday, March 16 with support from Boston Manor, Free Throw, Hot Mulligan and Jetty Bones. The show starts at 6:30pm, and tickets are on sale now priced at $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NY Kings of Comedy – featuring Mark Viera, Capone, Talent Harris, Rob Stapleton and Drew Fraser – are headed into The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany.

Groovin’: The ’60s & ’70s Musical Journey presents its show “The Summers of Love” at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, February 17. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20, $25, $30 & $35.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rock City Falls’ Mansion Inn of Saratoga announced the line-up for next summer’s series of a half-dozen cabaret shows featuring Broadway stars, including Lillias White, Andrea McArdle, Josh Young, Will & Anthony Nunziata, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Bobby Conte Thornton.

With Shania Twin (aka Donna Huber) as Shania Twain and Adam D. Tucker (as Tim McGraw), a double-barreled country music tribute concert is slated to take over Rivers Casino’s Event Center in Schenectady at 8pm on Friday, January 12. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10.

CANCELLED: In the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, television host/author Tavis Smiley’s “Death of a King” stage production (with live music by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts) has been cancelled by the Saratoga Springs-based producers Mills Entertainment, including the performance originally slated for Proctors in Schenectady on Thursday, January 18.

CANCELLED: The North American leg of the Brain Candy Live tour – originally slated to make a stop at Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Saturday, March 17 – has been cancelled due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.” Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

OPENERS: Smithfield has been added as the opening act for Granger Smith at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, January 26… And opening for Blues Traveler at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 8pm on Saturday, March 3 will be Los Colognes.