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SPAC Announces New Concerts

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward leads the Moody Blues back to SPAC

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Concerts of Future Passed?

The Moody Blues are headed back to SPAC, and this time around, Justin Hayward & Co. will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their classic game-changing album, Days of Future Passed.

The pavilion-only concert – meaning that no lawn tickets will be sold – at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center takes place at 8pm on Sunday, July 16. Reserved amphitheater tickets are priced at $40.50, $50.50, $70.50, $90.50 & $126.



LIVE: Caroline Doctorow @ Guilderland Public Library, 1/8/17

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Photographs by Tim Reidy

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow – yes, the daughter of acclaimed novelist E.L. Doctorow – has made a number of tour stops throughout Greater Nippertown in recent weeks, including a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library last month.

In support of her latest album Dreaming in Vinyl, Doctorow was joined in concert by multi-talented Gary Oleyar, who accompanied her on guitar and fiddle.


Tanglewood Announces Two New Concerts

Friday, February 17th, 2017
John Mellencamp (photo by Martin Benjamin)

John Mellencamp

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

The folks at Tanglewood have added a pair of new concerts to the summer schedule for the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox.

Tickets for both of the new concerts are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, February 24. Here’s the details regarding the new shows:


FEST: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Announces First Round of Bands

Friday, February 17th, 2017


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s without a doubt one of the northeast’s most prestigious bluegrass fests, and the annual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has announced another stellar line-up of great music for 2017.

The four-day fest runs from Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16 at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, just about 30 miles southwest of Albany. The fest features more than 40 bands on five stages, as well as workshops, an Emerging Artist Showcase, dancing, children’s performers, the Bluegrass Academy for Kids, camping, jamming, food, crafts and a guaranteed all-around good time.

Among the featured performers at this summer’s fest are Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band the SteelDrivers, dobro master Jerry Douglas and his band, the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, fab fiddler Mark O’Connor leading the O’Connor Band, Greater Nippertown’s own award-winning Gibson Brothers and a whole lot more.

Four-day, full-festival tickets (including camping) are currently available for $205; and single day tickets for Thursday-Saturday are currently priced at $75 per day. Kids 12 and under are free.

Here’s the daily line-up of bands for the 2017 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival that have been announced so far. More to come:


Upstate Concert Hall to Host Benefit Concert

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Contemporary country singer Granger Smith (aka Earl Dibbles Jr.) and the winner of the 15th and final season of “American Idol,” Trent Harmon, are teaming up for a very special acoustic concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Wednesday, March 8.

But the only way that you can get tickets is by making a donation through WGNA-FM’s Heartstrings for Hope Radiothon today (Friday, February 17), where donations will go to help fight childhood cancer via St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville.

And if you make a donation and become a Partner in Hope, you’ll receive a pair of tickets to the concert.

LIVE: Scotty Mac’s Rock Show @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 2/3/17

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Review by Fred Rudofsky

He can give an extended toast to an audience in fluent Polish, impersonate Peter Falk, Jerry Lewis and Jimmy Stewart with uncanny accuracy, and play blues guitar toe to toe with the best that this great nation has to offer. He’s also an unabashed fan of British rock music circa 1960-1980. Welcome to the genius and versatility of Greater Nippertown native son, Scotty Mac.

A decent-sized crowd at Troy’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que got to hear over three dozen songs on a recent Friday night billed as Scotty Mac’s Rock Show. Backed by fellow Rockin’ Bonneville Johnny Ellis (bass/vocals), Donnie Moore (drums/vocals) and George Doody (guitar/vocals) – the latter from the All Paul Show, a Beatles cover band that Mac has also played in – Mac’s two sets covered indelible classics as well as deep cuts that appealed to connoisseurs of the British Invasion. “If you liked it in high school, the song’s in!” quipped Scotty Mac.

Opening with a gritty take on “I Hear You Knockin’,” a 1971 hit by Dave Edmunds, the band, which began last April, showed they meant business. The first of five Yardbirds songs for the evening, “I’m Putty in Your Hands,” featured a sinister push-pull rhythm and some stinging lead guitar work.


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
(photo by Michael Hochanadel)

James McMurtry

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Michael Hochanadel

Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a few new shows to its concert calendar, highlighted by Texas troubadour James McMurtry at 9pm on Saturday, April 8. Tickets are $25. Also new at Helsinki are the return of Sarah Kilborne’s “The Lavender Blues” at 9pm on Friday, April 7 and a fundraiser for GayHudson featuring Varla Jean Merman at 7pm on Sunday, April 9.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Solid SoundWilco’s biennial festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams – returns this summer with a line-up that includes Television, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Alloy Orchestra, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, Kacy & Clayton, Daniel Bachman, the Jeff Parker Trio, The Shaggs, Max Hatt/Edda Glass, Tweedy, the Autumn Defense, On Fillmore, the Nels Cline Four, Quindar, Bread & Puppet Theater, the Story Pirates and more. WOW!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg announced four new concerts – David Lindley with Chris Smither, Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Sara Watkins with Mike + Ruthy and Bruce Cockburn. Tickets for all four shows go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (February 17).

The Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs has announced several new concerts for the spring semester, including five-time Grammy Award-winning South African favorites Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 9 $39, $44 & $49) and the stellar jazz trio of drummer Eric Harland, pianist Taylor Eigsti and bassist Larry Grenadier at 8pm on Thursday, March 30 ($8; $5 seniors; free for students & children).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The multi-talented Americana pioneer David Bromberg is leading his quintet into the Cohoes Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 17).

Darlingside returns to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs for two shows – 4 & 7pm – on Saturday, April 1. It’s no April Fools Day joke. Tickets are $35 in advance; $37 at the door. Get ’em while you can…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Alt-rockers Cake are rollin’ into Greater Nippertown for a pair of outdoor concerts this summer – at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and at MASS MoCA’s Joe’s Field in North Adams. Tickets for MASS MoCA are on sale now. Tickets for Brewery Ommegang go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 17).

Yes, it’s true that Mardi Gras officially ends at 12midnight on Tuesday, February 28, but if C.J. Chenier – the son of zydeco godfather Clifton Chenier – is comin’ to town, well, we think it’s OK to bend the deadline a bit. A benefit for the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation and the Riverlink Park concert series will be held at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam on Saturday March 4. The big bash features music by C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Zydeco Band and a Cajun buffet catered by Russo’s Grill, as well as Mardi Gras masks and beads. 5:30pm doors; 6pm cocktails; 7pm dinner; 8pm music & dancing. Tickets are $60 in advance; $70 at the door, including dinner.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Following the release of his new album New Lore in April, Sean Rowe will be making a tour stop at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy, as well as teaming up with Girl Blue at Club Helsinki in Hudson.


FEST: Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival Announces Bands

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Signs of the City

Photograph by Greg Haymes

The musical lineup for the 2017 Solid Sound Festival, which takes place Friday-Sunday, June 23-25 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, has been revealed.

Joining festival hosts Wilco, who will headline shows on Friday and Saturday, are Television, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Alloy Orchestra, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, Kacy & Clayton, Daniel Bachman, the Jeff Parker Trio, The Shaggs and Max Hatt / Edda Glass.


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