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 Sound – Wilco’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.