New venue: Broadway Brew is a new eatin’ ‘n’ drinkin’ spot located at 254 Broadway in Troy, the former site of the very short-lived Judge’s Inn. And, yes, they’ll be featuring live music, as well. Their grand opening is this weekend featuring the reunion of the Simple Theory duo at 9pm on Friday, followed by the Graham Tichy Trio on Saturday, immediately after the River Street Festivities wind down. But the big Broadway Brew bash of the weekend is the return of garage rock kingpins the Fleshtones, who rumble into the new venue for a matinee performance on Sunday. That’s right, a Father’s Day Sunday matinee. Local faves Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers kick off the afternoon at 3pm. Admission is just $5.
Veteran Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard – the author of that all-time alt-country classic, “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” – makes rare foray north with a tour stop at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Sunday, July 31. Tix are $25.
Here’s a dynamic double-bill: Ani DiFranco returns to Nippertown for a concert at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Wednesday, November 11. Opening the show at 7:30pm is Melissa Ferrick. Tix are on sale now, priced at $20, $35, $55 and $60.
Northern Lights welcomes headbangers Shadows Fall – fueled by the powerhouse drumming of Niskayuna’s own Jason Bittner – to Clifton Park on Friday, July 1. The show is doubling as a CD release party for Armor Column, who will also be crankin’ it out on stage and handing out free copies of their new CD to the first 50 paid customers. Rounding out the bill for the 7pm show are Hand of Reckoning, Through the Flood and Changing Tides. Tix are $12 in advance; $14 at the door. Meanwhile, in support of their latest album “The Family Sign,” Atmosphere headlines the Family Vacation Tour, which lands at Northern Lights at 8pm on Saturday, August 13. Evidence, Blueprint and Prof will be sharing the bill. Priced at $20 in advance, tix go on sale at 10am on Saturday.
Update: We announced the Incubus concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center two weeks ago, but Live Nation just make it official earlier this week. Tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday. And Young the Giant has been added to the bill as the opener.
In case you missed it: Live Nation announced on Monday that Fleetwood Mac’s witchy woman Stevie Nicks is headed into SPAC for a concert on Tuesday, August 30. Tix go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday.
In case you missed it, Part II: M. Ward has been added to the summer concert calendar at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Friday, August 12. (NOTE: Some of MASS MoCA’s web pages mistakenly list the show for Saturday, August 13.) Tix are now on sale.