THE DOZEN: August’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 month of August, dog days and all:

WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 3): Caroline Rose @ Rockin’ on the River in Riverfront Park, Troy. It’s the last Rockin’ on the River concert of the summer. The singer-songwriter draws on roots in rockabilly, vintage country and blues, playing music that is both fresh and fun. With Rabbit in the Rye. 5pm. FREE.

FRIDAY (AUGUST 5): Slaid Cleaves @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter born in Maine with the heart and soul of a Texan spins earthy ballads with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. 7pm. $22 in advance; $24 at the door.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5: The Midnight Ramble Band @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. A celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Band’s “The Last Waltz” featuring special guests Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

SATURDAY (AUGUST 6): Ed Palermo Big Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The world’s zaniest big band serves up an exhilarating melange of the Beach Boys, ’60s British rock and especially Frank Zappa. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

SUNDAY (AUGUST 7): DahkaBrakha @ Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady. The ethereal and entrancing vocal roots music of Eastern Europe is brilliantly airlifted into the 21st century by this adventurous Ukrainian ‘folkdrone Björkpunk’ quartet. With Tavche Gravche. 7pm. FREE.

SUNDAY (AUGUST 7): Speed of Sound Festival @ the Dutchess County Airport, Wappinger Falls. The Lumineers headline the day-long fest that also features Simone Felice, Rayland Baxter, Swear & Shake, Nicole Altkins and Fiction of the Future. 1:30pm. $45 in advance; $55 at the gate.

MONDAY (AUGUST 8): Eli Paperboy Reed @ Shire City Sessions at the First Street Common, Pittsfield.The soulful singer shifts his focus from R&B to hot-wired gospel on his new album, My Way Home. With the Easy Ridin’ Papas. 6pm. FREE.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Igor Stravinsky’s classic “The Firebird” with puppets by Janni Younge Puppets. 3pm. $45, $50 & $55; $25 lawn. Also at 8pm on Friday, August 12.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C, North Adams. Old-school soul revivalist and Daptone recording artist howls his way into town in support of his new album, Changes. 8pm. $26 & $45 in advance; $33 & b$45 at the door. ALSO at BSP Lounge’s Back Room Theater in Kingston at 8pm on Friday, August 12. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15: Dougie MacLean @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. He’s not just another singer-songwriter; he’s Scotland’s musical ambassador. 7pm. $28 in advance; $30 at the door.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: Howard Fishman @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Critically-acclaimed composer, guitarist, songwriter, singer and bandleader Howard Fishman leads his eclectic ensemble versed in pop, New Orleans jazz, country, bluegrass, classical, punk, gospel and experimental music, but tied to no particular genre. 7:30pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20: Dawes @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The California-based, harmony-laden indie-rockers make their Egg debut in support of their latest album, All Your Favorite Bands. With Basia Bulat. 8pm. $34.50 & $39.50.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24: Dresden Dolls @ BSP Lounge’s Back Room Theater, Kingston. Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione reunite for their first full-length concert in nearly a decade. With PWR BTM. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out…

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24: Michael Eck @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. As part of the library’s Reading Music series, Albany’s maximum solo acoustic singer-songwriter premiers original songs inspired by the writings of Raymond Carver, interspersed with readings of Carver by The Times Union’s primo journalist, Paul Grondahl. 7pm. FREE.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25: Davell Crawford @ the Cock ‘N Bull, Galway. One of the great New Orleans pianists carrying on the traditions of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Fats Domino and other Crescent City keyboard kings. 8pm.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26: BeauSoleil @ href=””>Club Helsinki, Hudson. For more than four decades, the fab fiddler Michael Doucet has led one of Louisiana’s premier Cajun bands. 9pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

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