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 month of March:
FRIDAY (MARCH 3): Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The frontwoman for the Carolina Chocolate Drops steps out on her own in support of her sublime new sophomore album, Freedom Highway. 9pm. $45 & $55.
SATURDAY (MARCH 4): Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall, Troy. A Local 518 all-star line-up of bands – including Scotty Mac & Bill Harrison with Luke McNamee; Ernie Williams Tribute Band with Jeremy Walz; Emerald City; Tony Perrino’s Killer B; the Kyle Bourgault Band; the Matt Mirable Band and more – play a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 6pm. $10 donation.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11: Marc Maron @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A legend in the stand-up community! Creator and star of IFC’s acclaimed show Maron and host of the insanely popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron brings his Too Real Tour to town. With Marina Franklin. 8pm. $29 & $34.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16: Cornmeal @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Roots music, Americana and bluegrass rolled into one. With Yarn, led by Schenectady native Blake Christiana. 8pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18: Jimmy Webb @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The great pop songwriter focuses on the classics he penned for Glen Campbell, including “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and so many more. 8pm. $25, $35 & $45.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The two guitar greats masterfully meld jazz, bluegrass and more in support of their new album, Mount Royal. With Aoife O’Donovan. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25: Mavis Staples @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Soul, gospel, blues and more from one of the greatest soul singers of all time. 8pm. $35 in advance; $45 at the door; $55 preferred; $35 students.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26: The Steep Canyon Rangers @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass boys may be best known as Steve Martin’s back-up band, but they can get the job done on their own, too. With banjo great Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. 7pm. $25, $45 & $60.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30: Bryan Ferry @ Proctors, Schenectady. The former Roxy Music frontman is the top pick of the month… maybe of the year. With Judith Owen and her band, featuring bassist Leland Sklar. 8pm. $30-$90.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30: Eric Harland @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The masterful jazz drummer-composer leads his band – featuring pianist Taylor Eigsti and bassist Larry Grenadier – into the Spa City. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; free for students & children.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31: The Zombies @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The four original surviving members of the British Invasion band perform their classic album The Odessey & Oracle, plus a selection of hits and favorites from throughout their career. 8pm. $35, $49.50 & $65.