COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements


Led by the wailing vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds wing their way back into Club Helsinki in Hudson, whipping up their old-school, horn-inflected soul and R&B at 9pm on Friday, January 16. Tickets are $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two new hip-hop concerts have been announced for Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory – the double-bill of Fabolous and Konshens, as well as Young Thug.

Amsterdam’s Latin music kingpins Alex Torres y Su Orquesta will celebrate the release of their new CD, Mojo, with a concert/dance party at The Linda in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 29. Admission is $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tanglewood in Lenox announced a number of pop, rock and jazz concerts for the 2015 summer season, including announcements including Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Huey Lewis & the News, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Audra McDonald. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, January 25.

Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has bolstered its December concert calendar with a couple of special events. At 9pm on Saturday, December 27, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix and their guests pay tribute to the music of the Band’s Rick Danko ($15), and at 8pm on Sunday, NRBQ brings their happy holiday show to town ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

POSTPONED: Stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress was scheduled to perform at The Egg in Albany on Thursday night (November 20), but his performance has been postponed to Thursday, February 5.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Ed Kowalczyk – the former lead vocalist and songwriter for the ’80s rock band Live – celebrates the 20th anniversary of Live’s classic album Throwing Copper with a concert at The Egg in Albany.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Michael Franti will be spreading his musical sunshine in an acoustic concert at The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am Friday (November 21).

The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton has announced a batch of new shows, highlighted by guitarslinger and Boston Music Hall of Famer Johnny A at 7pm on Sunday, December 28 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); former Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Willie Watson at 7pm on Sunday, January 11 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); and Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones at 7pm on Sunday, March 22 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door; on sale Friday).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jim Breuer is slated to return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday (November 24).

Eclectic, adventurous keyboardist Marco Benevento and his band return to the Parish Public House in Albany at 9pm on Saturday, December 20. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

UPDATE: Pedal steel guitar virtuoso Cindy Cashdollar will be joining the Lustre Kings at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday (November 22). Admission is $10.

Chicago rockers the Orwells – led by vocalist Mario Cuomo – make their Nippertown debut at a free concert at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Friday, December 5. The McLovins open the show at 8pm.

SOLD OUT: Arlo Guthrie’s concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Saturday night (November 22) is now officially sold out.

Although there’s no word yet from the venues, veteran singer-songwriter Willie Nile is scheduled to make two area concert appearances in May, according to his website. He’ll step into the spotlight at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Friday, May 15 and at The Linda in Albany on Saturday, May 16, in support of his new piano ballad album If I Was a River.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two more new concerts were announced for The EggJJ Grey & Mofro with the London Souls, as well as a solo concert by Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (November 21).

The Electri-Con Tour will be making a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 7:30pm on Friday, January 16. Hosted by Taylor Caniff, the show will include performances by Rae Sremmurd and T. Mills, as well as special guests DJ Prime and Radio Smash. Tickets are $29.99 in advance; $40 at the door, and are currently on sale.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Guitarslinger Dweezil Zappa leads his band Zappa Plays Zappa in concert at The Egg in Albany to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention’s album One Size Fits All.

UPDATE: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard have been added to the bill for the opening night of the Bridge Jazz Fest at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy on Friday, February 27. They’ll be joining the previously announced Anat Cohen Quartet and the Marcus Roberts Trio.

OPENERS: Walter Martin (founding member of the Walkmen) has been tapped as the opening act for Josh Ritter at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams on Saturday (November 22).

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