COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
By Greg Haymes
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a handful of choice new shows, including Suzanne Vega at 9pm on Friday, August 11 ($45 & $60); Matthew Sweet at 8pm on Wednesday, September 20 ($30 & $45); and jazz trio Triage at 8pm on Sunday, June 4 ($10).
The return of the Q! Yes, NRBQ is returning to Greater Nippertown for a show at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy at 8pm on Friday, June 23. Ticket details TBA. The Hangar is also hosting “Remembering Bobby Sands: An Evening of Rebel Songs” at 8pm on Friday, May 5 featuring Kevin McKrell, Good Things, Mikki Bakken, Battenkill, Brian McCann and The 317. Tickets are $10, a portion of which will benefit the Bobby Sands Trust and Amnesty International.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Paul McCartney is making a tour stop at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome. Tickets go on sale at 10am Monday (May 1).
Led by the former Black Crowes frontman, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood wings its way into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Friday, August 25. Tickets are $35 & $45.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Alabama Shakes are about to shake up Albany’s Palace Theatre with Emily King opening the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 28).
Alto sax master Jon Gordon teams up with Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 29). Tickets are $15; students $10. Also on the horizon at the Van Dyck are the return of the Duke Robillard Band at 6:30 & 8:30pm on Saturday, June 3 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door); and the duo of Peter Asher (half of the ’60s British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon, and a sought-after producer) & guitar wizard Albert Lee at 6:30 & 8:30pm on Saturday, June 17 ($28 in advance; $32 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Skidmore College’s Tang Museum has announced the UpBeat on the Roof schedule of free concerts, including performances by Alex Torres & His Latin Kings, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Heard, Pony in the Pancake, Decoda, Great Mutations and Cannon the Brave.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: It looks like former Police frontman Sting’s summer tour will be the only one to make stops at both Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs and Tanglewood in Lenox. Joe Sumner and the Last Bandoleros open the shows. SPAC tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 28), while Tanglewood tix go on sale at 10am on Monday (May 1).
Pink Talking Fish and Consider the Source team up for a double bill at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday May 5. Tickets are $20. Also coming up at the Den are Twiztid’s Psychomania Tour with G-Mo Skee, Young Wicked and Gorilla Voltage at 7pm on Saturday, May 13 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door) and Ben Silver (of Orchard Lounge) with Solaris at 9:30pm on Saturday, May 20 ($15).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Blues-rockin’ guitarslinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band are scheduled for a return to The Egg. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (April 28).
Only in Dreams: A Tribute to Weezer, featuring members of Jimkata, Aqueous and John Brown’s Body, grab the spotlight at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Friday, June 2. Also happening at the Hollow are Circa Waves with Blaenavon at 8pm on Friday June 9, and Missio with IRONTOM at 8pm on Wednesday, June 21 ($15.15). Tickets for all three new shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 28).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center will play host to Jon Batiste & Stay Human, the Terell Stafford Quintet and the collaboration of Simon Dinnerstein and the young, virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra led by José Antonio Méndez Padrón. Tickets are on sale now for all three new concerts…
Caffe Lena’s May schedule of shows is highlighted by Harpeth Rising at 7pm on Thursday, May 24 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); the sublime Mary Gauthier at 8pm on Friday, May 5 ($22 in advance; $24 at the door); Tom Chapin at 8pm on Friday, May 12 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); Old Songs’ NY Women Singing for Suffrage at 7pm on Sunday, May 14 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); Cris Williamson at 7pm on Thursday, May 18 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); Shannon McNally at 8pm on Friday, May 19 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and Sisters of Slide: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar at 8pm on Saturday, May 20 ($40 in advance; $42 at the door).
Acclaimed singer-pianist Steve Ross presents a special cabaret concert celebrating the music of the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes and classic standards at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown at 3pm on Sunday, May 7. Tickets are $40.
RE-SCHEDULED: Originally scheduled for March 31 at Northampton’s Calvin Theatre but postponed due to illness, the reunion concert by the Zombies performing their classic 1968 album The Odessey & Oracle has been re-scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday, May 10.
The Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton welcomes Franz Ferdinand at 8pm on Thursday, June 8 ($28.50 in advance; $32 at the door) and Blind Pilot at 8:30pm on Saturday, July 29 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Bad Boys Records Reunion Tour – featuring Mase, 112, Carl Thomas, Total and Black Rob – is headed into downtown Albany for a concert at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
Singer-songwriter-activist Billy Bragg makes a tour stop at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Saturday, October 14. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $35 & $45.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is launching Shaker Barn Music, a new summer concert series featuring upcoming performances by Dom Flemons, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Western Centuries, Anna & Elizabeth, Tony Trischka and Milton.
Fabrizio & the Fever will be rockin’ the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7pm on Friday, May 19 for a concert to raise funds for kids scholarships to theater camp. Tickets are $25; VIP $50, which includes pre-show festivities at 6pm. Also new on the calendar at the Colonial are Billy Joel tribute band Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot at 8pm on Saturday, May 27 ($26, $37 & $45); Rolling Stones tribute band the U.S. Stones at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 10 ($28.50, $38.50 & $48.50); and the second annual Woody’s Roadhouse Reunion concert featuring Fat, the Spampinato Brothers, the Zarvis Allen Band and Burnt Bacon & the Home Fries at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 28 ($35 & $45).
Among the new shows coming to the BSP Lounge in Kingston are Real Estate with Penguin Movement at 8pm on Saturday, May 20 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Big Thief with Twain and the Brother Brothers at 8pm on Thursday, June 22 ($10 in advance; $15 at the door); the music of Frank Zappa by Ike Willis with the Paul Green Rock Academy at 7:30pm on Friday, July 7 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door);
Something funny is happening at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, and that’s a good thing. The third annual Berkshire Comedy Festival takes over the theater at 8pm on Saturday, August 5, featuring Paul Anthony, Andy Pitz, Rich Walker, Carie Karavas and more ($35 & $40); and the Boomer Stand-Up Comedy Show lands at the Mahaiwe at 8pm on Friday, June 30, featuring Lenny Clarke, Jake Johannsen, Ken Rogerson and Carol Siskind. Tickets are priced at $43 until May 1 when the prices rises to $50.
OPENERS: Tennis – the husband-and-wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley – has snagged the opening slot for the Shins’ concert at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown on Saturday, June 17.