COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
By Greg Haymes
The Van Dyck in Schenectady has a batch of new concerts on tap, include the ever winsome Nellie McKay at 6:30 & 8:30pm on Friday, April 29 ($22 in advance; $26 at the door); Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown at 7 & 9pm on Friday, May 6 ($21 in advance; $25 at the door); a solo bass performance by Stu Hamm at 7:30pm on Friday, June 3 ($15 in advance; $19 at the door); the Carl Verheyen Band (led by longtime Supertramp guitarist with bassist Dave Marotta and drummer John Maderat) at 7 & 9pm on Friday, June 17 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); and the Alex Skolnick Trio at 7:30pm on Friday, September 16 ($15 in advance; $19 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Mountain Jam added Train to its line-up and also revealed the day-by-day schedule of bands.
At 7pm on Wednesday, April 20, the Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock plays host to a new all-star combo, the Woodstock Lonestars featuring Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, Amy Helm, Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland. Tickets are priced at $25 & $35.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The three-day bluegrass-roots music FreshGrass festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams announced the first round of bands, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Glen Hansard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Devil Makes Three, Rosanne Cash, a late-night hoedown by the Infamous Stringdusters, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Aoife O’Donovan, festival favorite Alison Brown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Stephane Wrembel, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Mr. Sun and 2015 FreshGrass Award winners Old Salt Union, Zoe & Cloyd and Mile Twelve.
The BSP Lounge in Kingston has bolstered it concert calendar with Rising Appalachia at 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 29 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); Xylouris White with the Fleming Degrazia Duo at 7pm on Sunday, April 3 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); Ringo Deathstarr with the Stargazer Lilies and the Black Ships at 7pm on Sunday, April 4 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); Marco Benevento’s album release party for The Story of Fred Short with Mikaela Davis at 9pm on Friday, April 15 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); Parquet Courts with Soda at 9pm on Saturday, April 16 ($15); Waxahatchee with Circuit des Yeux at 7:30pm on Monday, May 9 ($15); and Yeasayer at 7pm on Wednesday, May 11 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg added two new concerts to its calendar – the dazzling guitar duo of Rodrigo y Gabriela and the deadpan stand-up comedian Steven Wright. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (March 25).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Sun Ra Arkestra will be headlining the second annual Beacon Jazz Festival at the Pete & Toshi Riverfront Park in Beacon, along with the New Standard Trio, Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet, Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Quintet and the Joe McPhee Quartet. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 1.
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has added a pair of new concerts for next month. Cardi B headlines a night of dance music with DJ TGIF, DJ Show, DJ Rookie and host DJ Self at 8pm on Saturday, April 9 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door), while Chris Webby returns to take the spotlight at 8pm on Wednesday, April 27 ( $15 in advance; $18 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WGNA-FM announced two new additions to the line-up for CountryFest 2016 at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds – Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and the duo Thompson Square.
For 43 years, Martin Barre was the renowned guitarist of Jethro Tull, and his playing has provided much of the energy that allowed the band to soar on record and in concert. Now he teams up with drummer George Lindsay, bassist Alan Thomson and vocalist Dan Crisp for an evening of Tull music at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Saturday, October 15. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Thomas Mapfumo (also known as the Lion of Zimbabwe) and his band the Blacks Unlimited kick off the spring season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Chaka Khan and Jarrod Lawson have been added to the line-up for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Second generation country music veteran Lorrie Morgan has been tapped as the headliner at the schoharie County Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill on August 6 (the fair’s closing night), in support of her new album, A Picture of Me: Greatest Hits & More. Also performing at the 2016 fair will be Sawyer Fredericks on opening night, Saturday, July 30. In addition, the fair will host Moonshine Junkies, Skeeter Creek, Dennis Lee, Kolby Oakley and more.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg added two more new concerts to its calendar – the Tallest Man On Earth and Butch Trucks & the Freight Train Band. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 11am on Friday (March 25).
Jaime Woods and her brother, Daniel, will play an intimate duo concert at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday, April 2. Raised on traditional gospel and drenched in Chicago soul, Brooklyn-based Woods has performed as a member of Grammy-nominated Emily King’s band and collaborated with the formidable Tedeschi Trucks Band, and her recently released debut EP Troy is steeped in influences from Sam Cooke to Erykah Badu. Tickets are $16 in advance; $22 at the door; $28 preferred; $10 students.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley is slated to step into the spotlight at Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 25).
Mountain Park in Holyoke has revealed the first two shows of its summer outdoor concert series – Get the Led Out at 5pm on Saturday, August 6 ($25 & $35) and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with Turkuaz at 3pm on Saturday, August 20 ($30).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: As they announced on St. Patrick’s Day, the Palace Theatre in Albany will host Celtic Thunder. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 4.
Proctors in Schenectady welcomes young piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick to the GE Theatre at 7:30pm on Friday, April 1 ($19-39). Also at the GE Theatre, the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region presents its fundraising concert Artistes for Autism at 7pm on Thursday, April 7, featuring Cassandra Kubinski with the Drastic Measures and Talia Denis. Tickets are $20 & $25.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy announced its tenth anniversary season of concerts and other events, including upcoming appearance by Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara, the Yes Men and Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!”
SOLD OUT: At The Egg, upcoming shows by Joan Baez (Friday, March 25), Jewel (Friday, April 8) and David Sedaris (Saturday, April 9) are all now officially sold out.
OPENERS: At the Cohoes Music Hall, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel open for Amy Helm on Friday, April 22, while Lucette opens for Alejandro Escovedo on Wednesday, May 11.