COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Eugene Hutz
Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No April Fool’s Day joke here. On Friday, April 1, the irrepressible Eugene Hutz leads his band Gogol Bordello in a return to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, pretty much guaranteeing that the crowd – like the band – will be whipped into a sweat-soaked frenzy. Doors open at 7pm; the music kicks off at 8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Also heading into UCH are Atlanta-based headbangers Issues, who will be joined by Crown the Empire, One OK Rock and Night Versus at 7pm on Wednesday, April 13. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Tedeschi Trucks Band is headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for their third Greater Nippertown appearance in less than a year. (Hey, we’re not complaining.) Besides, they’re bringing along a pair of killer support acts – Los Lobos and the North Mississippi Allstars. Yeow!!! Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (February 6).

New Orleans’ Bonerama – who continue to stretch the Crescent City’s brass band music far beyond the traditional – return to Greater Nippertown for a show at the Parish Public House in Albany at 9pm on Thursday, March 24. Advance tickets are available now priced at $17.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Guitarslinger Warren Haynes bring his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration to Tanglewood in Lenox, sharing the stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

At The Linda in Albany, the Down Hill Strugglers, the Four O’Clock Flowers, Meredith Axelrod and host Michael Eck perform “Songs from the Alan Lomax Library of Congress Music Collection” at 8pm on Wednesday March 30. Tickets are $18. The Linda also welcomes back singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick, who takes the stage in support of her self-titled twelfth album at 8pm on Friday, April 1. Tickets are $20.

CANCELLED: Due to scheduling conflicts, the tour kick-off concert by Nashville-based indie electro duo Cherub that was originally scheduled for the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park tonight (Wednesday, February 3) was been officially cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

Eclectic jazz guitarist Marc Ribot – who has played with a dizzying array of music masters including Tom Waits, Joel Zorn, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Joe Henry, Robert Plant, Allen Ginsberg, McCoy Tyner, Marianne Faithfull, to name just a few – makes a stop at Quinn’s in Beacon for a rare solo performance at 8pm on Sunday, March 6. Tickets are $15 in advance.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany welcomes back the Moth & the Flame at 9pm on Wednesday, March 9. Tickets are $10.27 in advance; $15 at the door. Also at the Hollow, Eastbound Jesus plays the Deer Tick after-party at 10pm on Friday, March 18 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); the Heavy Pets team up with the Magic Beans at 9:30pm on Saturday, April 16 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); and Wild Belle takes the stage at 9pm on Tuesday, April 26 ($10.27 in advance; $15 at the door).

SOLD OUT: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s concert season is still more than four months away, but the folks at Live Nation have already announced SPAC’s first sold-out show of 2016. If you haven’t already snagged your tickets for Mumford & Sons on Wednesday, June 15, it looks like you’re out of luck. The concert is now officially sold out, and the latest press release from Live Nation declares, “No tickets will be released. Non-ticket holders are asked not to come to venue on day of show.”

The multi-talented Tim O’Brien – who has played around Greater Nippertown as a solo artist, as well as the leader of bluegrass greats Hot Rize, the country comedy parodyists Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers and a member of Mark Knopfler’s band – takes the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, June 11. Tickets are $25 in advance; $29 at the door. Also new on Club Helsinki’s calendar are Lady Moon & the Eclipse, who play a hometown show at 9pm on Friday, March 18. Tickets are $10.

Lake George: It’s not just for summer vacations… Pittsburgh-based world-beatsters Rusted Root return to King Neptune’s Pub at 9pm on Friday, February 19. Advance tickets are $15.

OPENERS: The Hunts – the Virginia-base folk-pop band of seven brothers and sisters – have snagged the slot as the opening act for O.A.R. at the Palace Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, February 11… In support of their upcoming debut album, Portrait, LA dance-pop duo Cardiknox – featuring Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton – will be touring as the opening act for Carly Rae Jepsen when she makes a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Tuesday, March 22… And blues-rockers JD & the Straight Shot – led by James Dolan (who also happens to be President and CEO of Cablevision and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden) – will roll into The Egg as the opening act for Jewel at 8pm on Friday, April 8.

FolkPop? RockGrass? AltCountry? The Strumbellas, the six-piece Juno Award-winning band from Toronto, do it all on their latest album, Hope. And they’ll be making a tour stop at NaNola in Malta at 9pm on Tuesday, March 8. Admission is free!

Boz Scaggs rolls into Northampton at 8pm on Thursday, April 28 for a concert at the Calvin Theatre in support of his latest album, A Fool to Care. Priced at $46.50, $56.50 & $79.50, tickets go sale on Friday (February 5).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A tribute band doubleheader is slated for The Egg in Albany, as Mad Co (Bad Company tribute) and Who’s Next (Who trib) share the Swyer Theatre stage. Tickets are on sale now…

The New Riders of the Purple Sage and Professor Louie & the Crowmatix team up for a double-bill at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, March 26. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

POSTPONED: Joseph – the folk-rock trio of sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner – were slated to make their Greater Nippertown debut at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Monday, April 25, but now that show has been postponed. No new date has been announced yet.

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