THE DOZEN: November’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 November:
FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6): Jake Shimabukuro @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The genius of the ukulele returns to Greater Nippertown to dazzle us all. Tiny instrument, big talent. 7:30pm. $35; $25 students.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Delbert McClinton @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The race track’s nightclub will be jumpin’ to the sounds of the veteran roadhouse rocker and his smokin’ band, who still know how to raise the roof. 9pm. $25.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13: The Joe Krown Trio @ the Parish Public House, Albany. New Orleans keyboard great brings his killer band back to town, featuring guitarslinger Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the mighty drummer Russell Batiste, Jr. 9pm. $15 in advance.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Two years ago, Lukas Nelson – yes, the sone of Willie Nelson – all but stole the show from Farm Aid’s the big-time headliners at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Now he returns to play a considerably smaller venue with the same rockin’ intensity. With Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band and Rich Ortiz. 9pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15: Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White & Friends @ The Egg, Albany. Fab guitarslinger Ry Cooder makes a rare Greater Nippertown concert appearance with an all-star line-up of friends for an evening of blues, gospel, bluegrass and more. 7:30pm. $45, $55 & $65.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19: Mr. Sun @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by fab fiddler Darol Anger, the progressive bluegrass quartet was one of the highlights of July’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and this time around, they’re upping the ante by adding guest banjo master Tony Trischka to the musical mix. 8pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Sandra Bernhard is #blessed @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. In a benefit performance for the Pride Center of the Capital Region, Sandra Bernhard brings her outrageous hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll, a raucous mix of political satire and pop culture commentary. 8pm. $28, $34, $42 & $48.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Stephin Merritt @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. In a stripped-down duo performance with his Magnetic Fields bandmate/cellist Sam Davol, the acclaimed songwriter showcases some of the wittiest and most melodic songs in the indie music canon. 8pm. $29 in advance; $35 at the door; $44 preferred.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27: The Lawn Sausages @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Rude, raucous and raunchy, Artie Fredette leads the decidedly not politically correct band, the Collar City’s answer to the late, great Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band. Not for the faint of heart… 9pm. FREE.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Parliament/Funkadelic @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Mothership is about to land, and they just don’t come any funkier than the mighty Rock & Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton & Company. 8pm. $25 in advance; $28 at the door.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29: Analog Fog 1967 @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. In a month full of musical reunions – including Badge at the Parting Glass (Sunday, November 8) and the Lumpen Proles at the Low Beat (Saturday, November 14) – this is the biggest of ’em all. It’s a 50-year flashback featuring members of such fave Local 518 rockers of the ’60s as the Bougalieu, the Gray Things, Cathedral, Whitney Sunday, the Sundowners and more. Emceed by Al Quaglieri. 5pm. $7 in advance; $9 at the door.