The WGNA-FM Rising Star concert series is back at Proctors in Schenectady for a monthly string of three monthly shows by up-and-coming country musicians. The year’s series begins with Chris Young (on Thursday, January 14), continues with Easton Corbin (Thursday, February 4) and concludes with Gloriana (Thursday, March 25).
Meanwhile, another concert series at Proctors in Schenectady – the Eighth Step – has added several new shows to its 2010 season, including Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen (Friday, March 12), Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart with Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman (Friday, April 9), Anne Feeney, Roy Zimmerman & Evan Greer (Friday, April 30) and Christine Lavin & Don White (Saturday, May 5).
Up in Saratoga Springs, Skidmore College continues to present some of the very best college concerts around Nippertown. Two new shows coming up at the campus’ Zankel Music Center are klezmer greats the Klezmatics on Thursday, February 25 and the jazz reunion of saxman Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau on Friday, April 16.
And speaking of klezmer music, Isle of Klezbos – the all-female spin-off of the Metropolitan Klezmer Band – drops by The Linda in Albany for a matinee performance on Sunday, March 14.
New additions to the February calendar at Northern Lights in Clifton Park are shows by country singer Eric Church with Josh Thompson (on Friday, February 12) and the cartoonish hip-hopsters Twiztid (Tuesday, February, 23).
The Ale House in Troy is hosting a performance by roots musician Chris Scruggs at 8pm on Sunday, January 17. Tickets are $10.
Last year, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival was named the Bluegrass Event of the Year at the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s awards show in Nashville. Now the initial round of headline performers have been announced for this summer’s edition of the fest on July 15-18 at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill. Among the recently confirmed performers are Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Gibson Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Crooked Still, the Sarah Jarosz Band, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, the Andrew & Noah Van Nostrand Band and John Kirk & Trish Miller. As usual, the Dry Branch Fire Squad will serve as hosts of the fest.