COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements


By Greg Haymes

The Cult have weathered numerous personnel changes over the years since emerging in 1984. But the band has always been anchored by frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, and they’re still in charge as the band roars into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, April 2. Tickets are slated to go on sale at 12noon on Friday (February 19) priced at $38.50 in advance; $40 at the door. Also new on the calendar for UCH are the Wombats, who wing their way in at 8pm on Tuesday, June 14. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 19), priced at $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Hollywood Vampires – featuring the all-star front line of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Duff McKagan – will kick of their 2016 tour at the Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday (February 23).

A Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain has previously announced quite an impressive line-up of performers fro the three-day fest from June 10-12. but now organizers have announced that Kid Rock has been added as the fest’s third headliner in support of his latest album First Kiss. Also at the fest, the Bud Light Stage has announced the line-up of up-and-coming country music talent, including Logan Brill, Adley Stump, Amanda Watkins, Keith Walker, Jake Worthington, McKenna Faith and Dylan Jakobsen. GO HERE to see the previous announcement regarding this year’s A Taste of Country Music Festival line-up…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lake Street Dive and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings team up for a knock-out double-bill to kick off Brewery Ommegang’s outdoor concert season in Cooperstown. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 19).

The 38th annual Old Songs Festival – taking place at the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 24-26 – has added a big batch of new performers, including Robin & Linda Williams, Phil Wiggins’ Tidewater Trio, Jeremy Kittel Band, Kim & Reggie Harris, Claudia Schmidt, Sally Rogers & Howard Bursen, Andy Cohen, Brian Conway & John Walsh, the Canal Street String Band, Moonshine Holler, Annie & the Hedonists, Ustad Shafaat Khan, Mitzie Collins & the Striking Strings, Pete’s Posse, Old World Charm School, John Dickson, Jay Mankita, Children at the Well, Roger the Jester and, of course, the Great Groove Band. Advance all-festival passes as well as single-day tickets are currently on sale. GO HERE to see the previous announcement regarding this year’s Old Songs Festival line-up…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ’70s hitmakers America are slated for a return to The Egg’s Hart Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (February 19).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: There’s been no official word yet from SPAC or Live Nation, but it looks like Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed are headed to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on a double-bill…

The folks at Jazzstock scored quite a coup with their recent concert by Joey Alexander (read review here), but they’ve a lot more coming up on the calendar for jazz fans. At 7:30pm on Saturday, March 19 the Woodstock Community Center will welcome Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle featuring pianist Aaron Parks, saxman Mark Shim and bassist Zach Brown. And if that’s not enough to get your juices flowin’, Jack DeJohnette will open the night with a solo set on piano. Tickets are $35 & $45. Other upcoming Jazzstock shows include jazz vocal quartet the Royal Bopsters (featuring Amy London, Holli Ross, Darmon Meader and Dylan Pramuk) with special guest Bob Dorough at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 30; and the Warren Bernhardt Trio celebrating the music of Bill Evans at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 21.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill has announced the star-studded line-up of bands for the 2016 fest, including the SteelDrivers (Monday’s winners of the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award), the head-spinning duo of Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, the Earls of Leicester (led by dobro master Jerry Douglas), the Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, fab fiddler Mark O’Connor leading the O’Connor Family Band, the Wood Brothers, Greater Nippertown’s own award-winning Gibson Brothers and a whole lot more. All-fest and single-day tickets are currently on sale.

SOLD OUT: Speaking of bluegrass, “An Evening with Del & Dawg” featuring Del McCoury & David Grisman in concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Saturday, February 27 is now officially sold out.

Irish folk group the High Kings will roll into Celtic Hall in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 10. Tickets are $30 in advance.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country music star Justin Moore is scheduled to take over the Glens Falls Civic Center this spring. Tickets are on sale now…

UPDATE: At Club Helsinki in Hudson, reserved seating is sold out for both Aaron Neville on Thursday, March 17 and Yo La Tengo on Saturday, March 26. However, general admission standing room tickets are still available for both shows.

CANCELLED: Originally scheduled for the Ale House in Troy on Saturday (February 20), the Cactus Blossoms’ show has been cancelled due to the fact that they picked up a date opening for country star Kasey Musgraves in New Jersey that night.

OPENERS: Connor Kennedy & Minstrel open the show for Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers at the Cohoes Music Hall on Friday, April 22…

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