COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements


Oklahoma’s emerging Americana star Parker Millsap – who turned in a dynamite set opening for Patty Griffin at The Egg last year – is slated to make his Troy concert debut at the Ale House at 8pm on Tuesday, July 14. Tickets are now available for $10 in advance; $12 at the door. And that’s not all that the Ale House has on tap. The dynamic honky-tonk duo of Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert will be tearin’ up the place at 7pm on Sunday, July 19 ($20).

And just across the street from the Ale House, The Hangar will be hosting the rollickin’ return of J.D. McPherson at 8pm on Monday, August 31 ($20); those twisted neo-hillbillies Frog Holler at 7pm on Friday, August 28 ($TBA); honky-tonker Wayne “The Train” Hancock on Wednesday, September 30 ($TBA); and veteran Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard on Saturday, October 24 ($TBA).

CANCELLED: A worldwide computer system breakdown within the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has left U.S. Consulates unable to issue visas, which means that African artist King Sunny Ade has been forced to cancel his U.S. tour, including his performance that was originally scheduled at Solid Sound at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Sunday (June 28).

Ian Hunter & the Rant Band – yes, the same Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople and the Hunter/Ronson Band fame – make their Hudson debut at Club Helsinki at 9pm on Saturday, August 29. Tickets are $45 & $65. Also new on Helsinki’s calendar are the double-bill of Royal Jelly Jive and David Jacobs-Strain at 9pm on Friday, July 3 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); JP Harris & the Tough Choices at 9pm on Friday, July 31 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); and the Bruce Katz Band at 9pm on Saturday, August 1 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

CANCELLED: Lead vocalist Chad Kroeger has been diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box, forcing his multi-platinum rock band Nickelback to cancel all remaining dates on their 2015 No Fixed Address North American Tour, including the band’s concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 11. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tired of waiting for a Kinks reunion? Guitar hero and founding member of the Kinks, Dave Davies will be rockin’ The Egg in Albany with his own band this fall. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (June 26).

The Left Banke – led by original member George Cameron – brings their classic baroque-pop sound to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Sunday, July 26. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announced three new concerts – Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky; the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tour with Liz Story, Barbara Higbie and Sean Harkness; and the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 26).

Shadows Fall are set to invade at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park with Brick by Brick, From Within and Djentleman and a Scholar at 7pm on Friday, August 21 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door). Other new concerts on the UCH calendar include Purity Ring’s Another Eternity Tour at 8pm on Wednesday, September 23 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Toronto-based live electronic trio theNEWDEAL at 9pm on Thursday, October 29 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door); and the co-headlining double bill of New Politics and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with the Griswolds and Lolo at 7pm on Saturday, November 21 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door). Tickets for all of the new shows will go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 26).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Those crazed Canadian cut-ups the Trailer Park Boys are bringing their Dear Santa Claus holiday show to the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 26).

Nippertown’s merry pranksters of pop Blotto will be slipping into the Low Beat in Albany at 7pm on Wednesday, August 5, warming up for their Alive at Five concert with Blue Oyster Cult the following day. You have been warned…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany has announced upcoming concerts by Iris Dement and the Irish Rovers. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (June 26).

OPENERS: In support of their upcoming album, Mind Your Head, Chicago-based soul-rock-funksters the Main Squeeze have been tapped to open for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall at 8pm on Wednesday, July 16.

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