THE DOZEN: March’s Must-See Concerts
By Greg Haymes
You could call it Best Bets, Prime Picks, Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Greater Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. Only one entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to comment below and let us know what you think we missed or overlooked.
Here’s The Dozen for the merry month of March:
TONIGHT (THURSDAY, MARCH 3): Hot Club of Cowtown @ The Linda, Albany. Gypsy jazz meets western swing in the hands of this Austin trio led by fab fiddler Elana James. With Dylan Perrillo. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…
SATURDAY (MARCH 5): Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose, Albany. The husband-and-wife duo pushes the envelope of what a pair of five-string banjos can do. 7:30pm. $40; $25 students.
SATURDAY (MARCH 5): Neko Case @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The indie-rock stalwart takes over the Music Hall in support of her solo career-spanning, eight-album, vinyl box set, Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule. With Jennifer O’Connor. 8pm. $35; $15 students. GO HERE to win FREE tickets to the show…
SUNDAY (MARCH 6): Dust Bowl Faeries @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Playing musical saw, accordion and ukulele, singer-songwriter Ryder Cooley leads her mesmerizing gothic-folk quartet in celebration of the release of their haunting self-titled debut album. With Wally Hughes. 8pm. $10.
SUNDAY, (MARCH 6): Marc Ribot @ Quinn’s, Beacon. There are guitarists. And then there are guitarists like Ribot. Well, no, that’s not true. There are no guitarists like Ribot. And he’s playing solo… With Mark Pride. 8pm. $15.
WEDNESDAY (MARCH 9): Use Your Voice 2016: Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins & Anais Mitchell @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Three magnificent Americana/roots voices onstage together. 7:30pm. $35 & $40.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10: “The Inn Takeover” @ Union Gables Inn, Saratoga Springs. It’s a folk fest in a Victorian mansion with folk faves – including Gathering Time, Hot Club of Saratoga, Greg Klyma, Ariana Gillis, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Dubl Handi, Kevin McKrell, the Whippersnappers, the Bluebillies, MaryLeigh Roohan, Maria Zemantauski, Huxtable, Christensen & Hood, Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues, Bob Warren & Joy Mackenzie, Phil Drum & Friends, Fennig’s All-Star String Band, more – perform in various rooms of the inn as a fundraiser for Caffe Lena’s renovations. 6pm. $75 in advance; $80 at the door; discounts for members and those under 35 years old.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12: Bonnie Raitt @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The flame-haired blues veteran turned in the strongest performance at the Grammy Awards show last month, and now she’s back in support of her brand new album, Dig in Deep. With the California Honeydrops. 8pm. $43.50, $79 & $99.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12: The Antoine Roney Quartet @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The tenor saxman brings his band, featuring guitarist William “Spaceman” Patterson, bassist Rashaan Carter and 11-year-old jazz prodigy Kojo “Odu” Roney on drums. 7pm. $20.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12: Fiesta Mexico-Americana @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. A celebration of the Mexican-American experience through song, dance, music and film featuring live performances by Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. 8pm. $29, $34, $49 & $64.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23: Titus Andronicus @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. New Jersey indie rock kingpins are back in Greater Nippertown in support of their sprawling album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. With Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. 9pm. $15 in advance; $18 at the door.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24: Bonerama @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Local 518 funkateers Oobleck. Expanding the New Orleans brass band tradition and taking it into funky unexplored territory. 9pm. $17 in advance.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31: The Claire Lynch Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The former International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year is accompanied by Mark Schatz (banjo, percussion), Matt Wingate (mandolin, guitar) and string wizard Bryan McDowell. 7pm. $25 in advance; $27 at the door.