COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
See ’em now, or regret it later… The Terminals Band – an all-star quartet led by drummer-composer Bobby Previte and performing music from his recently released Terminals album – make their debut (and perhaps only performance) at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, December 20. In addition to Previte, the band features Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, jam-band keyboard icon John Medeski and jazz sax master Greg Osby, all of who perform on the album. “I had the idea to put the soloists together as a band, and so this is the first time we have all played together,” says Previte. “This could be a one-time only event … it probably will be.” Also, Helsinki has announced that old-school soul man Lee Fields & the Expressions will be stirrin’ it up at 9pm on Wednesday, December 31. Tickets for the big New Year’s Eve show are $45 & $55.
POSTPONED: Tonight’s (Wednesday, November 26) concert by Dave Davies at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has been postponed. Also, Chris Webby’s concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, originally scheduled for tonight, has also been postponed.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston welcomes guitar great and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Tuesday, December 9.
This one really snuck up on us – David Johansen returns to the Falcon in Marlboro on Saturday (November 29). The New York Dolls frontman will be performing as a duo accompanied by guitarist-drummer Brian Koonin. Singer-songwriter Adrien Reju opens the show at 7pm. Donations are encouraged.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Calvin Theatre in Northampton announced a batch of new concerts, including the New Pornographers, Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention tribute band Zappa Plays Zappa and comedian Charlie Murphy (who is also Eddie Murphy’s brother). Tickets are on sale now.
The twangmaster of the Telecaster returns to the Ale House in Troy. Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun bring their annual Honky-Tonk Holiday tour to town at 7pm on Wednesday, December 19, uncorking such cracklin’ carols as “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas,” “Silent Surfin’ Night” and “Truckin’ Trees for Christmas.” Local 518 rockabilly heroes the Lustre Kings will share the stage.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MASS MoCA in North Adams will play host to the fab Kat Edmonson for an intimate concert at Club B-10 in support of her new album, The Big Picture. Tickets are on sale now.
Brick + Mortar – the Nersey-based indie pop duo of frontman Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals) – take over the stage at Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs for a free concert on Monday, December 22. Local 518 faves Hard Soul open the show at 7pm.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Idina Menzel – the Tony Award-winning singer of the ubiquitous hit song “Let It Go” from the Disney animated film “Frozen” – is returning to Tanglewood in Lenox as part of the shed’s pop music concert series. Tickets are slated to go on sale on Friday, December 5.
Two more new concerts have been announced for the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Ani DiFranco steps into the spotlight at 8pm on Friday, June 18 in support of her new album, Allergic to Water. Tickets are $32.50 & $42.50. And bluesman Keb Mo hits the Calvin stage at 8pm on Sunday, June 2. Tickets are $25, $35 & $45, Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (November 28).
CANCELLED: After twice postponing her Albany concert (September 11 and October 6) due to a persistent viral infection, Cher finally cancelled her re-re-scheduled Times Union Center show which was most recently slated for Thursday, December 4.
The annual holiday extravaganza Melodies of Christmas is back at Proctors in Schenectady next month, featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with Grand Central Station, the McKrells, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. The concerts take place at 7pm on December 18-20 and at 3pm on December 21. Tickets are $15 & $25, and proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center.
In addition to their appearances at “Melodies of Christmas,” the McKrells have a batch of their own holiday concerts lined up next month. The band – featuring Kevin McKrell, Katie McKrell, Brian Melick, Seth Warden and Doug Moody – are slated for shows at the Madison Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday & Friday, December 11 & 12 ($20); SPAC’s Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Saturday, December 13 ($15); and the Parting Glass in Saratoga at 6 & 9pm on Tuesday, December 23 ($TBA).
And while we’re in the spirit, the Mendelssohn Club will perform their annual holiday concert, “Seasonal Joy Around the World,” at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Friday, December 12. The chorus will be joined by guest artists Vedrana Kalas and the Queensbury Madrigal Singers. Tickets are $20.