COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
After a long absence, Bermuda-born alt-singer-songwriter Heather Nova is returning to Greater Nippertown for a concert at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Friday, April 8. She’ll be making the Albany tour-stop in support of her ninth studio album, The Way It Feels, released earlier this year. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at $17.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen have been announced as headliners for the A Taste of Country Festival at Hunter Mountain.
Yo La Tengo kicked off their first-ever acoustic tour earlier this year with a knock-out show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Now the Hoboken alt-rockers are slated for a return concert, this time at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, March 26. But the show promises to be different than their Troy concert: They’ll be playing two sets – one acoustic and one “modified acoustic/electric,” and original bandmember Dave Schramm (who reunited with Yo La Tengo at the Music Hall) is no longer part of the band’s line-up. Tickets for the Hudson show are on sale now, priced at $35 & $48. Also newly added to the Helsinki concert calendar is a New Year’s Eve show with New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary & the Monster Gentlemen at 9pm on Thursday, December 31 ($TBA); singer-songwriter Adrien Reju with special guest Elijah Wolf at 8pm on Thursday, January 21 ($TBA); and a CD release party with Sarah Borges and her full band at 9pm on Friday, February 26 ($TBA).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Dixie Chicks are headed back out on the road for the first time in a decade, and one of their tour stops will be the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. Tickets for the SPAC show go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (November 20).
With Jesse Leach back at the microphone, Killswitch Engage roars into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Sunday, December 27. Support acts ’68, Act of Defiance and Unearth open the show at 7pm. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Also new at the UCH, Primal Fear and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody team up for a headbanging double-bill at 8pm on Wednesday, May 25. Priced at $25 in advance, tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday, November 30.
Highlights of the upcoming concerts at The Falcon in Marlboro include the John Medeski Trio (Sunday, December 6); Peter Asher & Albert Lee (Monday, December 7); David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg’s “Breath and Hammer” (Wednesday, December 9); Billy Martin’s Festival of Percussion (Thursday, December 10); Jim Weider’s PRoJECT PERCoLATOR (Friday, December 11); Ed Palermo Big Band’s “British Invasion Christmas” (Saturday, December 19); bassist Cameron Brown’s Birthday Bash featuring Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano (Sunday, December 20); Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile (Tuesday, December 29); New Year’s Eve party with the Big Takeover (Thursday, December 31); and bluesman Lucky Peterson (Friday, January 1).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sublime jazz band the Brad Mehldau Trio are making a return to The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is headed back to the Palace Theatre in Albany for a return engagement. Tickets go on sale at 10am in Friday (November 20).
The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton has bolstered its concert calendar considerably for the new year with the addition of Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets at 7pm on Sunday, January 31 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Rayland Baxter (who recently opened for Grace Potter at the Palace) at 7pm on Tuesday, February 2 ($12 in advance; $14 at the door); soulman Lee Fields & the Expressions at 7pm on Thursday, February 11 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown’s 50th Anniversary Tour at 7pm on Saturday, February 20 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Gulf Coast piano pounder Marcia Ball at 7pm on Saturday, April 23 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); and Loudon Wainwright III at 7pm on Saturday, April 23 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced four new comedy shows, including the First Night of Funny: Uncensored with Jaye McBride, Ray Harrington, Patty Rosborough and Probing Digit; Sebastian Maniscalco; the Three Tenors (Who Can’t Sing) featuring Vic DiBitetto, Richie Minervini and Fred Rubino; and humorist David Sedaris.
Montreal-based indie rockers Half Moon Run take the stage for a free concert at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, January 30.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Proctors in Schenectady announced three more new concerts, including the annual CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas concerts, the New Year’s Eve Country Countdown featuring Skeeter Creek and the return of Celtic Woman.
The Robert Cray Band is headed into the Calvin Theatre in Northampton with 40 years, 20 albums, thousands of shows, five Grammys, a suitcase full of W.C. Handy Blues Awards and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame to his credit. The concert is at 8pm on Thursday, February 25, and tickets are $28.50 & $38.50.
Vapor in Saratoga Springs is hosting The Cat Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 10, featuring Cassadee Pope, the Brothers Osborne, Mo Pitney and Chase Bryant. It’s an invite-only show, so check in with radio station 100.9 The Cat for details regarding tickets. Also new at Vapor is a free show by USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) on Thursday, December 17, with Titanics and DJ Kip Chapman.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ’90s Seattle rockers Candlebox pare down to a duo for an acoustic concert at The Egg in Albany.