THE DOZEN: June’s Must-See Concerts
By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Rudy Lu
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 month of June, which, yes indeed, is bustin’ out all over:
THURSDAY (JUNE 9): Dr. John & the Nite Trippers @ Alive at Five in Tricentennial Park, Albany. The launch of Albany’s big summer concert series kicks off in a new (actually old) location with a distinctly New Orleans flavor. With Jocamo. 5pm. FREE.
FRIDAY (JUNE 10): Richard Thompson @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The iconic British folk-rock legend – one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters and admired guitarists – performs a unique concert accompanied by the Next Festival of Emerging Artists led by Peter Askim. 8pm. $39.50.
SATURDAY (JUNE 11): The National @ MASS MoCA’s Joe’s Field, North Adams. It’s a benefit concert for Hawthorne Valley Association and MASS MoCA, as well as a silent auction (11am-4:30pm) and a pre-concert cocktail party with the band (5pm). With Yassou. 7pm. $55 in advance; $59 at the gate; Free kids age five and under.
SATURDAY (JUNE 11): Typewriter Arts Festival @ Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. A typewriter-themed art exhibit, a type-in, a live performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra and a double feature screening of “The Typewriter (in the 21st Century)” and “Populaire.” 6:30pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…
FRIDAY, JUNE 17: Dolly Parton @ Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox. Kicking off the 2016 season at Tanglewood, it’s one of the all-time great and truly legendary country singers and songwriters, whose talent transcends the boundaries of country music. 7pm. $32-$149.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. If Dr. John’s Alive at Five concert put you in a Big East state of mind, you’re gonna want to catch the high-energy, Crescent City dance party by trombonist-trumpeter-singer Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his wailing band. With Monophonics. 8pm. $26.50 & $36.50.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21: Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With Bitchin’ Bajas and Highlife. Doors at 8pm. $15.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22: Lucius @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike twosome of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius has come a long way since stealing the show at the 2013 Solid Sound. With Margaret Glaspy, who opened for the Milk Carton Kids in Troy just last month. 8pm. $10.27 in advance; $15 at the door.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. The hands-on family-friendly, interactive folk fest kicks off with a Friday night concert featuring Moonshine Holler, Nanne & Ankie, Ustad Shafaat Khan, Anne Hills, Annie & the Hedonists, Matthew Byrne, Kim & Reggie Harris and Cassie & Maggie MacDonald. 6pm. $40; $35 seniors; $25 students & youth. GO HERE for more info…
SUNDAY, JUNE 26: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Smokey Robinson, Chick Corea Trilogy, Pat Martino Organ Trio, Lizz Wright, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Bria Skonberg Quintet, Jarrod Lawson, Lafayette Suite, Alicia Olatuja and Aaron Diehl Trio… With a line-up like this, it ain’t about the Hang; it’s about the music. 12noon. $65-$105. GO HERE for more info and a complete festival schedule…
SUNDAY, JUNE 26: The Joshua Redman Quartet @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. SPAC isn’t the only place to soak up the jazz this weekend. After a couple of Greater Nippertown shows last year with the Bad Plus, super saxman Joshua Redman returns to wails with his own band featuring Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson. 7pm. $30, $50 & $80.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28: Ron Carter Trio @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. And the jazz continues in the Spa City, as one of the all-time greatest bassists leads pianist Donald Vega and guitarist Russell Malone in a drummerless, low-dough concert. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30: Fear of Strangers @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Val Haynes, Todd Nelson, Al Kash and Steve Cohen – one of Greater Nippertown’s most beloved bands reunites for the first time in four years. One night only. Joined by keyboardist-about-town Mike Kelley. 9pm. $10.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30: Tom Russell @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. The sublime singer-songwriter rambles into town in support of his masterwork, The Rose of Roscrae: A Ballad of the West. 7pm. $28 in advance; $30 at the door; $40 Gold Circle.