COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
By Greg Haymes
Hudson’s Club Helsinki welcomes back television actress and Broadway star Linda Lavin for “My Second Farewell Concert” at 8pm on Saturday, July 29. She’ll be accompanied by pianist Billy Stritch and a five-piece band with special guest star, jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. And if you missed Serbian blues-rock guitarslinger Ana Popović at the Cohoes Music Hall recently, you’ll get another chance when she brings her band to Helsinki at 9pm on Friday, September 22 ($30 & $45). And a pair of A-list Americana singer-songwriters – Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin – team up at 8pm on Thursday, November 2 ($25 & $35).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg announced two new concerts – Shawn Colvin with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams and the Summer Super Soul Fest featuring Dru Hill, Sisqo, V.I.C., Chubb Rock and Positive K.
The Jack Grace Band – who The New York Times has described as “Cole Porter meets Gene Autry” – returns to Saratoga Springs for a show at One Caroline Street Bistro at 9pm on Friday, August 11.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: After cancelling his scheduled concert at The Egg earlier this year, Rodriguez – the legendary singer-songwriter who was the subject of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary feature film, “Searching for Sugar Man” – will make his Greater Nippertown debut at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 9).
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: At the Solid Sound festival at North Adams’ MASS MoCA, Aparna Nancherla and Michael Ian Black have dropped off the comedy line-up due to scheduling conflicts. They have been replaced by Phoebe Robinson (stand-up comedian, author of “You Can’t Touch My Hair” and podcast co-host of “2 Dope Queens”) and Hari Kondabolu (comedian and writer who The New York Times described as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today”).
Pete Townshend at Tanglewood? Yes, indeed. The Who guitarist heads into the Lenox concert shed with “Classic Quadrophenia,” a rock-meets-orchestral version of his 1973 rock opera. Townshend will be joined by Billy Idol, Alfie Boe and Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The final two headliners – southern rock veterans the Outlaws and up-and-coming country singer Lindsay Ell – have been announced for Albany’s Alive at Five concert series.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: There’s a new line-up of performers for the first Caffe Lena @ SPAC concert on Sunday (June 11). The Pines have dropped off the bill, and joining Birds of Chicago will be new additions Ramblers Home and Fuzz & Carrie. The concert takes place at 1pm on Sunday at SPAC’s Gazebo Stage, and admission is free.
The Linda in Albany is hosting a swing dance party with music by the Lucky 5 on Friday, June 30. Dance lesson by Jason Fenton starts at 7pm; the band swings in at 8pm. Tickets are $15. Also rockabilly faves Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones will be taking The Linda’s stage at 8pm on Friday, July 21. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park is playing host to a killer double-bill featuring the Psychedelic Furs and Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop. Priced at $25 in advance, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 9).
Dave Matthews tribute band Big Eyed Phish rolls into the Upper Room in Albany at 8pm on Friday, September 29. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 & $25. Also at Bearsville, Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction steps into the spotlight at 9pm on Saturday, July 22. Tickets are $15.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Three new concerts have been announced for The Egg – Loudon Wainwright III with Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche; Bang on a Can cellist Ashley Bathgate; and John McEuen & the String Wizards. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (June 9).
Jesse Royal – revered singer on the young conscious movement, otherwise known as the Reggae Revival – makes his Woodstock debut at the Bearsville Theater at 8pm on Friday, July 7. Tickets are $20, $30 & $35.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: The concert by Alligator Records bluesman Selwyn Birchwood and his band on Thursday, June 15, has been moved from the Upper Room to North Pearl Street at the Pearl Street Pub. The outdoor concert is now free.
UPDATE: Tickets for the NRBQ concert at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy on Friday, June 23 are now on sale, priced at $25.