THE DOZEN: March’s Must-See Concerts
By Greg Haymes
You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.
Here’s The Dozen for the month of March to kick off your case of cabin fever:
WEDNESDAY (MARCH 4): Justin Townes Earle @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The second generation Americana star returns to Nippertown in support of his two new albums, Single Mothers and Absent Fathers. With Old Crow Medicine Show’s Gill Landry in support of his brand-spankin’ new self-titled album. 7:30pm. $28. GO HERE for more info…
SATURDAY (MARCH 7): St. Vincent @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. She’s making her Nippertown debut in support of her self-titled album, which won her the Grammy last month for Best Alternative Music Album. With the bold Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval. 8pm. $28. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
SUNDAY (MARCH 8): Charlie Parr @ The Linda, Albany. The self-taught roots music veteran rolls into town in advance of his upcoming new album, Stumpjumper. With the Legendary Shack Shakers’ J.D. Wilkes and Local 518 Man-About-Town Michael Eck.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14: Kat Edmonson @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Yes, she was on “American Idol,” but don’t hold that against her. Formerly of Austin and now of NYC, the jazz-pop singer wowed the crowd as a last minute replacement at Tanglewood Jazz Weekend back in ’09. 8pm. $16 in advance; $22 & $26 at the door; $10 students.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The soulful, multi-Grammy winning singer-accordionist brings the Zydeco Experience to town for a foot-stompin’, two-steppin’ evening of homegrown Louisiana sounds. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19: Freedy Johnston @ the Low Beat, Albany. On the strength of such now-classic albums as Can You Fly and This Perfect World, he was named Songwriter of the Year by Rolling Stone in 1994. And he hasn’t looked back since. With Ray Mason. 8pm. $10 in advance.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20: The Levin Brothers @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The band of brothers (keyboardist Pete and bassist/Chapman stickman Tony) join forces in support of their first ever collaborative album, cleverly titled The Levin Brothers. 7 & 9:30pm. $18 in advance; $22 at the door.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20: Lower Dens @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Led by Jana Hunter, the Baltimore synth-pop/indie rockers roll into town in advance of their third album, Escape from Evil. With Sunatirene and Hudson’s own Palm. 8pm. $7.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22: Phil & Dave Alvin with the Guilty Ones @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The band of brothers is back together again with a big batch of roots ‘n’ blues ‘n’ more. With the Far West. 7pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27: The Gibson Brothers @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The band of bluegrass brothers celebrates the release of their Rounder Records’ debut, Brotherhood, paying tribute to the great brother duets from the Louvin Brothers to the Everly Brothers. 8pm. $25 & $30.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29: Shakey Graves @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Texas singer-songwriter turned in an impressive appearance opening for the Old Crow Medicine Show at MASS MoCA in 2013, and now he’s back in town in support of his new album, And the War Came. With Nikki Lane. 9pm. $15.
MONDAY, MARCH 30: The Steel Wheels @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia roll into the Caffe – where they’ve sold out their previous appearances – to preview their upcoming album, Leave Some Things Behind. 7pm.