COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements
The Eighth Step’s line-up of spring concerts at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady features four true fab folk icons. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) takes the stage at 7:30pm on Saturday (May 9) with Bethany & Rufus opening the show. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $50 Gold Cirle (includes 6:30pm reception). Tom Rush takes over at 7:30pm on Friday, May 15 ($30 in advance; $35 at the door; $50 for Gold Circle with meet-and-greet session). Buffy Sainte-Marie celebrates the release of her new CD, Power in the Blood, in concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 23, with Samantha Crain opening the show ($25, $40 & $60). And the veteran legendary singer, activist, radio host Tommy Sands returns with his one-man autobiographical show, “Ballad of a Songman,” at 7:30pm on Friday, May 29 ($27-$50).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first two concerts for this summer’s upcoming Rockin’ On the River concert series in Troy have been announced – the Michael Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad? and the Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso.
NOTE: If you purchase at least two tickets to any Live Nation amphitheatre show between now and Saturday (May 9), you will receive $30 in Live Nation Concert Cash to use towards future shows of your choice. GO HERE for more info…
The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has announced a handful of new concerts. Under the direction of Harvey Boyer, the Reginald R. Bennett Intermediate School Jazz Ensemble plays a fundraising concert at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 28, with proceeds going to jazz workshop and concert opportunities for the band. Tickets are $20; free for students. Bearsville is also hosting “Reelin in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan” performed by an all-star line-up of musicians, including Jules Shear, Gail Anne Dorsey, Jerry Marotts, Leslie Ritter, Scott Petito, Jesse Gress, Erik Lawrence, Chris Pasin and more. The Steely Dan tribute takes place at 8:30pm on Friday, June 5, and tickets are $20-$35. In addition, instrumental rock/fusion power trio the Aristocrats land at Bearsville at 8pm on Wednesday, August 5. Featuring guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani), the band lands in Woodstock in support of their third studio album, Tres Caballeros. The Travis Larson Band opens the show, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Fultonville singer-songwriter and Top 5 contestant on NBC-TV’s hit singing show “The Voice,” Sawyer Fredericks will play a free homecoming show at Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm tonight (Wednesday, May 6). Eastbound Jesus will also perform.
The Comedy Works has a couple of big shows on their schedule. Josh Blue – the winner of NBC-TV’s “Last Comic Standing” takes over the Saratoga Comedy Works at 7pm on Thursday, August 13. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. And Pauly Shore takes the stage at the Albany Comedy Works at 7pm on Thursday, September 24. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door.
UPDATE: The Dave Matthews Band announced that banjo-man extraordinaire Bela Fleck will be joining them at both of their upcoming Saratoga Performing Arts Center concerts.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Art Garfunkel is headed into town for an intimate concert at The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (May 8).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Wanda Sykes is scheduled to bring the laughs to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, May 14.