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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Massachusetts folk-rockers Parsonsfield slip into Newberry Music Hall in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 13 with openers Animal Years kicking off the evening at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has rolled out announcements about some new concerts including Fates Warning with the Final Sleep and Winter’s Burden at 7pm on Tuesday, June 13 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door) and Thou with Cloud Rat, False and Moloch at 8pm on Saturday, July 1 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands for the Lake George Arts Project’s free, two-day Jazz at the Lake festival in Shepard Park have been announced, including Cynthia Hilts, Ola Onabule, the Cookers, Camille Thurman, Orrin Evans, Emilio Solla and Dave Liebman’s tribute to John Coltrane.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany welcomes Knox Hamilton with Fenech Soler at 8pm on Tuesday, May 2 ($10.27 in advance; $15 at the door); Mona with Flagship at 9pm on Wednesday, May 10 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door); and for your post-Tulip Fest pleasure, Hollis Brown with Lost Leaders at 9pm on Saturday, May 13 ($9.77 in advance; $12 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Just like they did last year, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows are teaming up for a joint summer tour, and just like they did last year, they’ll be making a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center again this summer. Rivers & Rust will open the upcoming show.. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 31).

In support of his latest album, Wheelhouse, guitar hero Greg Howe invades the Van Dyck in Schenectady for two shows – 7 & 9pm – on Friday, August 4. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $22 in advance; $26 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Swedish metalheads Ghost are bringing their satanic sounds to Albany’s Palace Theatre, and tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 31).

The annual spring concert by the Empire Jazz Orchestra at Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium in Schenectady will feature special guest trombonist-composer John Fedchock in program of selections by Gerry Mulligan, Tadd Dameron/Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Phil Allen and others. The concert will be held at 8pm on Tuesday, April 18, and tickets are available now, priced at $20; 46 for students.

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Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Swedish metalheads Ghost are headed out on tour with Iron Maiden this summer, but now Papa Emeritus and his ghoulish band of masked minions have also announced that they’ll be squeezing in a bakers’ dozen of their own headlining shows in between those Iron Maiden dates.

And the first of Ghost’s headlining shows is slated for the Palace Theatre in downtown Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, June 6.

Priced at $35 & $75, tickets for are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, March 31.

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The Egg Announces New Concert

The Egg Announces New Concert

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Stephen Kellogg & the South, West, North, East are slated to grab the spotlight at The Egg on Thursday, June 15.

With more than two decades of touring under his belt, Kellogg and his band serve up Americana-tinged hybrid of folk, rock and pop with heart and self-deprecating humor.

The country-pop duo Native Run – featuring Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley – will open the show at 7:30pm.

All tickets to the concert are $28. Tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (March 31).

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LIVE: Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers @ Cohoes Music Hall, 1/21/17

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Amy Helm

Amy Helm

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Tim Reidy

Amy Helm has got a whole lot more going for her than just the good music genes that were passed on to her by her parents, Levon Helm and Libby Titus.

She made her Cohoes Music Hall debut a year ago, when the renovated hall had just recently re-opened, and she rocked the hall once again recently with a knock-out Americana show backed her band, the Handsome Strangers.

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Phlashback Phish @ SPAC: June 26, 1995

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Phish @ SPAC, 7/7/12 (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Recently Phish announced a new batch of tour dates, including a three-night stand in Chicago, and one-off shows in Dayton, Ohio and Pittsburgh, as well as three nights in Commerce City, Colorado over Labor Day weekend.

Suspiciously (and sadly) absent on their summer tour schedule is their annual stop at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which means that Greater Nippertown fans just might have to head to NYC for the band’s 13-show run at Madison Square Garden (July 21-August 6) or content themselves with the band’s latest archival release – the vintage live recording from their June 26, 1995 concert at the SPAC, only their second headlining show at the Spa City amphitheater.

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Greg Bell Celebrates 25 Years of Promoting Concerts

Monday, March 27th, 2017

By Greg Haymes

DISCLAIMER: I couldn’t possibly even pretend to be objective about what Greg Bell and Guthrie/Bell Productions have done for the Nippertown music scene. He’s been a good friend for decades now – he was even my roommate for a while in the late ’70s – but it’s no exaggeration to say that the Capital Region jam band scene certainly wouldn’t it be what it is today if it weren’t for his hard work and dedication. Heck, it might not even exist…

Albany concert promoter Greg Bell of Guthrie/Bell Productions is celebrating 25 years of making music happen in clubs and concert venues throughout Greater Nippertown.

Back on April 1, 1992, Two Fools Present – Greg Bell and Dale Metzger were the pair of fools – produced the first of their concerts at Albany’s Masonic Lodge on lower Madison Avenue. That April Fool’s Day bash featured the Sharks, Kevin McKrell’s Hard Times, MotherJudge and Brian Kenny & Friends. They presented two or three more club shows and a festival before parting ways.

In 1993, Bell partnered with Jeff Guthrie to form Guthrie/Bell Productions, and although Guthrie left the business a few years later, Bell has continued to work under that name, promoting literally hundreds of shows all around the Local 518 during the past quarter-century.

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LIVE: K.T. Tunstall @ The Egg, 2/24/17

Friday, March 24th, 2017
K.T. Tunstall

K.T. Tunstall

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

For her recent solo performance at The Egg, the Scottish K.T. Tunstall brought along her own back-up band, “mostly Japanese,” she stated, referring to her electronics and the electric instruments surrounding her.

She delivered a splendid show to a large audience. Her repertoire ran the gamut from her early hit songs (notably her 2005 break-through “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”) to choice selections from her upcoming album. Folk-like melodies segued into soft rockers with punchy rhythmic beats (provided by the “Japanese” ensemble), and everything in between conveyed her past hits and new material since she settled in as a state-side resident in Los Angeles.

She created a wide sonic signature within the Swyer Theater delivering great warmth and intimacy. Refreshing, she didn’t use a lap-top to generate her accompanying music, but rather augmented her guitar and voice with impressive looping skills. She even coaxed the audience to lend their voices to the musical mix, imitating kick-drums and cymbals for a song or two.

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Steep Canyon Rangers Fire Up Award-Winning Bluegrass @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington is hosting a concert by the Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest banjo master Noam Pikelny at 7pm on Sunday, March 26.

A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorites and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony. It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the band the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013, and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to hire them on as his backing band.

Virtuoso banjo player Noam Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers and a three-time Grammy nominee. In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. His album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was named Album of the Year at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. And his new album, the purely solo endeavor Universal Favorite on Rounder Records, was released just this month.

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