There have been some new additions to the already fabulous line-up of performers for Tuesday night’s (May 15) anti-fracking benefit concert at The Egg in Albany. Since the initial line-up was announced, Tamar-Kali, Carl Hancock-Rux, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marc Anthony Thompson and John Sebastian have signed on to add their musical talents to the cause. Tix are still available at $40 and $150.
In addition to the concert, co-host Mark Ruffalo (of the smash hit movie, “The Avengers”) will also host a pre-concert reception at 6pm on Tuesday at The Egg. Tix are $250, and all proceeds from the event will go directly to water deliveries for families affected by fracking.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs bolstered its summer concert season with the addition of a new show featuring Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has been ratcheting up its schedule of eclectic summer offerings with the new additions of German prepared piano virtuoso Hauschka at 9pm on Friday, June 22 ($TBA); Malian songwriter-guitarist Sidi Touré at 9pm on Saturday, June 30 ($22 in advance; $25 at the door); the Baltimore-based indie duo Wye Oak at 8pm on Sunday, July 8 ($15); and Louisiana swamp-soaked blues guitarslinger Sonny Landreth at 9pm on Friday, August 3 ($TBA).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Florence + the Machine are headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs to wrap up the Spa City amphitheater’s 2012 summer season. The Maccabees will open the show. Tix go on sale to the general public on Friday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Earlier this morning The Egg in Albany added four more new shows to their fall performance calendar – Margaret Cho, Keb Mo, the Golden Dragon Acrobats and the double bill of the Victor Wooten Band with the Jimmy Herring Band.
At 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 30, the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield is hosting “The Last Waltz: A Tribute to Levon Helm & the Band” featuring the Rev Tor Band and an all-star batch of Berkshire musicians, including David Grover, Gina Coleman, Steve Ide, Bobby Sweet, Bernice Lewis, Tony Thomas, Jim Benson, Divinitress, Terry Hall, Ben Kohn, Todd Mack, Jeff Martell, Beth Maturevich, Rebecca Mattson, Sarah McNair, Chris Merenda, Danial Osmon and Jason Webster. All tix are general admission – $22 in advance; $25 at the door; children 12 & under are $11 in advance; $12.50 at the door. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Moments House, a community center for Berkshire County residents impacted with a cancer diagnosis.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up for the City of Albany’s free Alive at Five concerts has been announced. Among the free Thursday shows slated for Albany’s Riverfront Park are Bootsy Collins, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Dave Mason, Buckwheat Zydeco, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Smash Mouth, Lee Brice, the Bacon Brothers and more. And the winners of the Downtown Albany Blues Music Competition were announced on Monday – the George Boone Blues Band, Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band and Blackboard Blues – so now it looks as though the Alive at Five line-up is complete.
Northern Lights in Clifton Park is pumping up its summer line-up with such new shows as Against Me! with Icarus Line at 8pm on Wednesday, June 6 ($13 in advance; $15 at the door); Donavan Frankenreiter with Rayland Baxter at 9pm on Friday, July 13 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday); and Matisyahu with the Dirty Heads at 8pm on Thursday, July 19 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Toby Keith will be riding back into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center again this summer. Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett will open the show. Tix go on sale at 10am on Friday.
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock continues to beef up its concert calendar with such new additions as the Willy Amrod Band’s CD release party at 8pm on Monday ($15); Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa at 8:30pm on Thursday, July 5 ($40; on sale Friday); the Mickey Hart Band at 8pm on Wednesday, September 5 ($40, $50 & $60); and Jonathan Edwards at 9pm on Friday, September 21 ($30).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands for the free, annual Art on Lark street fest in Albany was announced featuring Babe City, the College Farm, Matthew Carefully, Mike Grutka, the Ashton Williams Band and Betsi Krisniski.
The Waterworks Pub in Albany plays host to Janice Robinson on Saturday, June 2 and “American Idol” alum Kimberley Locke on Saturday, June 9.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre in Albany announced the return of contemporary a cappella group Straight No Chaser for its fall concert season.
At Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, LA indie psych-rockers Races roar in for a 6pm happy hour show on Wednesday, May 16, in support of their new album, “Year of the Witch.” Meanwhile, Boston-based pop-punksters A Loss for Words take over Valentine’s at 7pm on Sunday, June 10. Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Other new shows on the horizon include SF post-punksters Grass Widow for a 6pm happy hour show on Wednesday, June 13 with Better Pills; the McLovins with the Greys at 8pm on Thursday, June 14; These United States at 8pm on Thursday, June 21; and the double bill of Spreaderz and Man Forever (led by Oneida drummer Kid Millions) at 8pm on Thursday, June 28.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Shockwave Festival will be making a tour stop at Northern Lights in Clifton Park featuring co-headliners Fear Factory and Voivod, as well as Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Havok, the Browning, Huntress, Dirge Within, Forged in Flame, Last Chance to Reason and Vildhjarta.