The inaugural Lake George Blues & Roots Music Festival takes place this weekend (Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2) at Wood Park in Lake George, featuring the best of the Local 518 blues bands in addition to national headliners Blind Pig recording artist Albert Cummings, British guitar great Albert Lee and Dobro/steel guitar queen Cindy Cashdollar. The festival promises a variety of blues interpretations, from rural acoustic to New Orleans street music to the very electric urban sounds of Chicago blues.
Along with the great music, the fest will host a number of food vendors and a beer and wine tent. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Gates open at 12noon on both days with music starting at 2pm on Saturday and at 1pm on Sunday. Tickets are available for $20 per day; $30 for a two-day, all-fest pass.
Here’s the daily line-up for the inaugural Lake George Blues & Roots Music Festival:
Led by principal songwriter-frontman-vocalist-guitarist-keyboardist Ed Roland, the Georgia-based rockers Collective Soul are slated to release their upcoming album, See What You Started by Continuing, on October 2, and in support of the album, the band will be hitting the road for a tour that includes a stop at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, October 17.
Priced at $44.50, $49.50 & $59.50, tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 11am on Friday (July 31).
MUSIC: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Led by the guitarslinging husband-and-wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the Grammy Award-winning, 11-piece blues-rock dynamo rumbles into the Spa City on their Wheels of Soul Tour. And they’ll be sharing the night with soul queen Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who will hit the stage in support of their latest Grammy nominated album, Give the People What They Want. Texas guitar master Doyle Bramhall II opens the evening’s festivities. 6:30pm. $25, $39.50, $49.50, $69.50 & $79.50; lawn $13.75. (Yes, lawn tickets are now available for this formerly “pavilion-only” concert.)
MUSIC: Natural Wonder @ Rockin’ On the River, Troy. The Stevie Wonder tribute band takes over the Green Island Bridge parking lot. With the Beat*Shot Allstars. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete Rockin’ On the River concert schedule…
MUSIC: Brass & Blues @ the Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. Singer-slide guitarist Mark Tolstrup teams up with Ernie Belanger on tuba and Woody Strobeck on trombone for a lunchtime concert of Dixieland jazz-meets-Delta-blues. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete Made in the Shade of The Egg concert schedule…
MUSIC: Interpol @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Vocalist Paul Banks takes on bass duties for the first time ever on the band’s widely acclaimed 2014 album, El Pintor. With Cosmicide. 8pm. $28.
Those fine purveyors of “northern rock,” Eastbound Jesus are hosting their first-ever music festival right in their hometown on Saturday (August 1). The bash is slated to take place on the grounds at the Greenwich Elks Lodge with the gates opening at 12noon for a 10-hour, six-band bash.
The Massry Center for the Arts at Albany’s College of Saint Rose has announced more than a dozen concerts for its 2015-2016 season, including virtuoso stringed instrumentalists Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Shimabukuro, Andy McKee and more. The roster of shows includes returning favorites (“It’s a Jazzy Christmas” and zydeco master Terrance Simien), as well as plenty of new faces, including Stewart Copeland (the drummer for superstar rock band the Police) leading a new post-modern chamber ensemble.
The schedule also spotlights the second annual Bridge Jazz Festival, co-presented with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and the 13th season of free chamber music concerts from the College of Saint Rose Camerata.
Tickets for the concerts are currently on sale.
Here’s the complete schedule for the Massry Center’s 2015-2016 season of concerts:
Although there’s been no official word yet from Albany’s big downtown arena just yet, former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned country music star Darius Rucker is bringing his Southern Style Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center on October 23, according to his website.
Up-and-coming country singer David Nail is slated to open the show.
More details and ticket info to come as soon as it’s announced…
The show features songs originally made famous by the Four Tops, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and many more…
Priced at $42, $48 & $58, tickets are available now to Palace members only and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 31).
MUSIC: Primus @ Mountain Park, Holyoke. Singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander are together again and rampaging through such gems as “Tommy the Cat,” “John the Fisherman,” “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” “My Name Is Mud,” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and more. With Dinosaur Jr. and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (featuring Sean Lennon). 7pm. $39.50.
MUSIC: Occidental Gypsy @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The Boston-based Gypsy swing-jazz-fusion band features Eli Bishop on violin, Jeff Feldman on bass, Jeremy Frantz on guitar and vocals, Erick Cifuentes on drums and Brett Feldman on lead guitar. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…
MUSIC: Cayucas @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The LA-based band rolls into town in support of their new album, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon. This is the sound of kids from the suburbs who fantasize in Technicolor. 9pm.
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When I was a kid working at the steel mills, when you stood in front of the furnace, the heat that came off was amazing. And I feel that in many ways New York was, for me, the furnace — the cultural furnace. Just standing in that heat warms you up.