COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements


Dorothy Hamill? Dorothy Parker? Dorothy from Oz? No, just Dorothy. The highly touted hard rockin’ LA outfit led by singer Dorothy Martin is headed for the Low Beat at 7:30pm on Monday, March 28 for their Greater Nippertown debut. It’s a free show, but we suggest that you register for your free ticket in advance. Also Detroit post-punks Protomartyr team up with Big Ups, Dirty Dishes, Washer and Jouska at 6pm on Friday, May 6. And Hamell On Trial returns for another month-long happy hour residency on Wednesdays in April.

The Low Beat is also hosting a big two-night WCDB-FM 38th anniversary bash. Friday, April 8 will feature a night of homegrown jazz with Michael Benedict & Bopitude, the Brian Patneaude Quartet and Wee B3, while the super Speedy Ortiz headlines the rockin’ line-up on Saturday, April 9, also featuring Daddy Issues, Candy Ambulance and Noods.

The boys are back in town! Yes, the Figgs are headed back to town, this time at Club Helsinki in Hudson, splitting the bill with Boston garage-rockin’ dandies the Upper Crust ($18 in advance; $22 at the door). Also new on the Helsinki calendar are the double-bill of Chops & Sauerkraut with Two Gun Man at 9pm on Saturday, April 2 ($10 in advance; $15 at the door): and looking waaay into the future, the Suitcase Junket at 9pm on Friday, October 21 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In support of their new album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant rolls into the Times Union Center with opening acts Portugal. The Man and Broncho. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 18).

Baio (aka, Chris Baio, the bassist for Vampire Weekend) takes the stage at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Thursday, April 7. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at $10.27.

At 8pm on Friday, April 22, WAMC-FM’s Performing Arts Studio, The Linda welcomes back dark chamber-popsters Winterpills in support of their new album Love Songs, which is slated for release on Friday. Tickets are $15. And, as promised, Miracle Legion – led by Mark Mulcahy – makes a stop at The Linda on their reunion tour at 8pm on Thursday, July 14. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Her stock has been sky-rocketing in recent years, and stand-up comedian-actress Amy Schumer has moved up through the venues from The Egg to the Palace and now the Times Union Center, where she’ll be doing her stand-up this springs. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (March 18).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Southern rock veterans Lynyrd Skynyrd will be kicking off their summer tour at the Times Union Center with Peter Frampton in support. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 18).

Up in Clifton Park, the Upstate Concert Hall has beefed up its concert calendar with the addition of Keys N Krates at 7pm on Wednesday, April 20 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door); Whitechapel with the Plot in You and Enterprise Earth at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 18 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at 7pm on Wednesday, June 15 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

Mary Chapin Carpenter plays Northampton’s Calvin Theatre at 8pm on Saturday, June 11, in support of her upcoming album The Things That We Are Made Of, due out May 6. Tickets go on sale on Friday (March 18), priced at $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50.

Also in Northampton, the Iron Horse Music Hall welcomes Midge Ure (of Ultravox, Visage and Band-Aid) and his full band to the stage on Thursday, October 6. Eddie Japan opens the show at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Lake George Arts Project announced the schedule of bands for the 2016 Jazz at the Lake Festival in Shepard Park. The two-day fest will feature performances by the Brubeck Brothers, Charenee Wade, the Lao Tizer Quintet with Karen Briggs, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, the Edmar Castenda World Ensemble, the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble with Sharel Cassity and the Amina Figarova Sextet. Admission is free.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock keeps that Crescent City beat pumpin’ with the recent addition of the New Orleans Suspects on a double-bill with Little Feat’s Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett at 7:15pm on Sunday, April 10. Tickets are $35 & $75.

Low on dough? The always upbeat and inspiring Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars land at Williams College’s Chapin Hall in Williamstown for a free concert at 8pm on Friday, April 8.

SOLD OUT: The Egg’s David Bromberg Big Band Belated Birthday Bash with special guests Jorma Kaukonen, Keb’ Mo’ and Larry Campbell on Sunday, April 3 is now officially sold out.

Uillean piper Paddy Keenan, known for his wild and free style, performs in a cabaret setting at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on Friday, April 1. Folk band Long Journey opens the show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.

CANCELLED: Due to illness, Wanda Jackson has been forced to cancel her performance at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Thursday, March 24. The date will still feature some hot-wired rockabilly, however, with the Lustre Kings and Lara Hope & the Arktones taking the stage.

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