Despite facing some serious health problems in recent months, Poison frontman and ordained Celebrity Apprentice Bret Michaels is heading back out on the road with his solo tour. He was originally slated to play Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Friday, May 21, but that show was cancelled due to a life-threatening brain hemorrhage. Now Michaels has re-scheduled his Northern Lights performance for 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 22. Tix are $32.50. Also new on Northern Lights’ calendar is the return of veteran prog-rockers Queensryche, who are schedule to be back in the Clifton Park spotlight at 8pm on Sunday, August 22. Tix are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Tickets to both Northern Lights concerts will go on sale at 10am Saturday.
This sounds so good we can hardly stand it – Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. The date is Thursday, August 12, and showtime is 7pm. Tix are $55 in advance; $60 at the gate. But wait – there’s even more going on this summer out at Brewery Ommegang. The brewery is celebrating Belgian Independence Day with a big, blow-out bash headlined by the Felice Brothers on Saturday, July 24. The party is slated to begin at 3pm, featuring live music by such local faves as Animal Pants, Gracious Sakes Alive, Same Blood Folk Band and the Salt City Ramblers. Tix are $25; $35 includes overnight camping.
The music certainly does seem to heat up down in Woodstock once the summer season kicks in. And to prove it, a batch of fine new shows has popped up on the calendar at the Bearsville Theater. Neo-retro-New Orleans jazz-blues band Tuba Skinny blows into town at 8pm Monday, June 21 ($10), followed by the return of one of Woodstock’s favorite sons, Todd Rundgren, who leads his band (Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton and Jesse Gress) into the theater at 8pm on Tuesday July 13 ($40 general admission; $50 reserved balcony seats). Alt-country queen Kathleen Edwards rambles in at 9pm on Wednesday, July 21 ($15), while legendary New Orleans funk bassmaster George Porter Jr. (who manned the bass for Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers last month at Revolution Hall) leads his own band, the Runnin’ Pardners, at 9pm on Friday, August 20 ($20).
The father-and-son jazz guitar duo of Bucky & John Pizzarelli are headed into The Linda in Albany for a very special benefit concert for radio station WAMC-FM at 6pm on Sunday, September 19. And you never know who they might bring along as special guests. Tickets are $100.
With J.J. Midnight stepping up to the microphone in the Freddie Mercury role, Celebrating Queen featuring the Bohemian Rhapsody Qrchestra rolls into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, August 7. Tix are $20, $28, $38.
Ch-Ch-Changes: The concert by Adam Lambert – which was originally announced for Monday, August 23 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park – has been moved to the Palace Theatre in Albany due to the size of the touring production. Priced at $32.50, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am Friday.
In case you missed it: Earlier this week, we announced that Kiss is headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.