COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements


By Greg Haymes

New Orleans clarinet great Evan Christopher teams up with pianist Eli Yamin for an evening of hot jazz at the Cock ‘n Bull in Galway at 7:30pm on Thursday, June 22. Also at CnB, Anthony da Costa & Adam Levy team up for a concert at 5pm on Sunday, July 9 in support of their new collaborative album, Neighbors.

Japanese rockers One OK Rock roll into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park for their Greater Nippertown debut on Friday, August 4. Set It Off and Palisades open the show at 8pm. Meanwhile, Zomboy is also headed into UCH with Valentino Khan and Dr. Ozi at 8pm on Thursday, August 24. Tickets for the new shows are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two more concerts have been announced for Albany’s Alive at Five free summer concert series – the Average White Band with the Victory Soul Orchestra; and New Orleans’ kings of funk, the Funky Meters, with Wurliday.

Mothers of Invention alum Ike Willis and Asbury Park band We Used to Cut the Grass team up to play the music of Frank Zappa at the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga Springs on Friday (June 2). The Ithaca Bottom Boys and Drew VanderHorn open the show at 8pm. Tickets are $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule of bands for the Summer at the Plaza free summer concert and festival sereies at the Empire State Plaza has been announced, and it features Freddie McGregor, the Sam Roberts Band, Soul Asylum, Cracker, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Jody Whatley & Shalimar Reloaded, the Charlie Daniels Band, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, the Hot Club of Saratoga, Rechorduroys and more.

Greater Nippertown funkateers Powerhouse will headline DadFest, a free Father’s Day festival in Albany’s Washington Park on Sunday, June 18. The musical festivities get underway 1:30pm with the previously announced Ramblin Jug Stompers and the Lustre Kings.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park announced its schedule of of sic free concerts for the summer, including headliners Sharon Shannon, Amadou & Miriam, El Septeto Santiaguero, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Amir Elsaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble and Yemen Blues featuring Ravid Kahalani.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule for the tenth annual WILDWOODstock benefit fest at the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga Springs has been released, and it includes a number of Greater Nippertown faves including Sirsy, Erin Harkes, Legendary Losers, the 317 and others.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock will host a free concert by Dead Winter Carpenters at 8pm on Thursday, June 22. Other new additions to the Bearsville calendar include the Doors tribute band Feast of Friends at 9pm on Saturday, July 1 ($10) and Gratefully Yours at 9pm on Friday, August 4 ($12.50).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The second concert of Albany’s Alive at Five summer concert season has been revealed – reggae great King Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band with Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets opening the show.

Blues guitarist Chris Thomas King, who portrayed Tommy Johnson in the classic Coen Brothers’ film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” will take the stage at the Valatie Community Theatre starting at 8pm on Saturday (June 3), performing with his bandmates Jeff Mills (drums) and Danny Insante (bass). Tickets are $25.

The recently opened Colony in Woodstock has already lined up an impressive calendar of upcoming music, including Jay Collins & the Northern Resistance at 9pm on Friday, June 9 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Daddy Long Legs with Amanda Jo Williams at 9pm on Saturday, June 10 ($12); Eric Redd’s CD release show at 9pm on Friday, June $16 ($20); Stephen Clair & the Pushbacks with the Flurries at 9pm on Thursday, June 22 ($8); Luis Mojica with Rebecca Moore at 9pm on Friday, June 23 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); Joel Harrison’s CD release show for The Other River at 8pm on Thursday, June 29 ($12); Daniel Bachman with Billy Rogan at 8pm on Saturday, July 1 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); and Langhorne Slim & the Law at 9pm on Friday, July 7 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The third concert of Albany’s Alive at Five free summer concert series has been announced – the singer-songwriter duo Marian Hill.

The recently renovated and re-opened Hudson Hall (formerly the Hudson Opera House) in Hudson welcomes the duo of Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz at 7pm on Friday (June 2). The piano and cello concert with showcase selections from the duo’s upcoming all-Russian album, Troika, featuring sonatas by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. Tickets are on sale, priced at $25 & $40.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Albany’s free Art on Lark street festival has announced the line-up of bands, including Restless Streets, Another Michael, Apostrophe S, DJ Tall Ass Matt, A Deer A Horse, Hospital Corners, TOP nachos and County Mike.

If you missed Sara Watkins’ concert at The Egg last week, you’ll have another chance to catch her in action at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday, December 1. Tickets are $25 & $35. Also new on Club Helsinki’s calendar is the return of drag artiste Hedda Lettuce accompanied by pianist Paul Leschen at 8pm on Saturday, June 17 in a benefit performance for the OutHudson Parade. Tickets are $25 through June 5; $30 thereafter.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule for the free lunchtime Jazz on Jay concert series has been announced, kicking off on Thursday (June 1) with the Mia Scirocco Trio + One.

Americana popster Chris Maxwell (formerly of Skeleton Key and the Gunbunnies) takes the stage at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, June 10, joined by special guests Ambrosia Parsley and Justin Tracy. Tickets are $15.

OPENERS: Matthew Sweet’s concert at Club Helsinki on Wednesday, September 20 got even sweeter when it was announced that veteran popmeister Tommy Keene will open the show at 8pm.

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