COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements
By Greg Haymes
Saratoga Springs’ hallowed Caffe Lena shifts into back-to-school mode with a fab line-up of September concerts, including the dynamic duo of Shun Ng & Magic Dick at 8pm on Friday, September 8 ($24 in advance); Colorado folk-rock trio Edison at 7pm on Sunday, September 10 ($18 in advance); David Wax Museum at 7pm on Sunday, September 17 ($22 in advance); the return of former Saratogians Don Armstrong & Tom Mitchell at 8pm on Friday, September 22 ($18 in advance); the mega-talented one-man folk fest Blind Boy Paxton at 7pm Sunday, August 24 ($22 in advance); Robbie Fulks at 7pm Thursday, September 28 ($22 in advance); and Bobby Long with Brian Dunne at 8pm Saturday, September 30 ($16 in advance).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: He’s the seven-foot-tall sad clown with the golden voice. Puddles Pity Party makes a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday (August 24).
Jenni Lyn – mandolinist with the acclaimed bluegrass band Della Mae – makes a stop at the Cock ‘n Bull in Galway at 7:30pm on Thursday, August 31.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Tab Benoit Trio brings the bayou-soaked Louisiana blues to the Cohoes Music Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (August 25).
Peter Rowan – whose decades-spanning musical career stretches from Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys to Earth Opera, Sea Train, Old & In the Way to his solid solo efforts – returns to Troy on Wednesday, October 25, stepping onto the stage at the Hangar on the Hudson at 8pm. Tickets are $25.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg announced two new concerts for the fall season at the Swyer Theatre – the Sam Bush Band and a solo show by Keller Williams. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (August 25).
Blues guitarslinger Mike Zito brings his Make Blues Not War Tour to the Upper Room in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, October 28. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 & $35.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival announced its schedule of bands, including Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Somi, Michael Benedict & Bopitude, the Piggly Wigglies and the Jecco Trio.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MASS MoCA in North Adams revealed its performance schedule for the fall season, and it features concerts by Sameer Gupta, Todd Reynolds, Ani Cordero, the Jota Sete Duo, Gabriel Kahane, the Weepies, Lonnie Holley, the Kronos Quartet and more.
Led by fierce vocalist Ellen Kempner, Boston’s Palehound is scheduled for a concert at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday, September 15 in support of their recently released sophomore album, A Place I’ll Always Go.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra celebrates their 20th anniversary in concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am Thursday (August 24).
Down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater plays host to Turkuaz with special guests The Suffers at 9pm on Friday, November 10. Tickets are $20-$40.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: EMPAC at RPI in Troy has unveiled its fall season of performances, including concerts by Hieroglyphic Being, Yarn/Wire, Actress, Toxe, Laura Luna and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi.
At Jupiter Hall in Guilderland, saxman Alan Darcy teams up with soul singer Donald Hyman on Friday, September 8 ($12), while Wax Future, Krooked Drivers and The Business join forces for “A Funkadelic Gathering” at 8pm on Saturday, September 23 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Award-winning DJ-producer-saxman GRiZ is headed into Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday (August 25).
The Ballroom Thieves steal the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Friday, December 8. The Harmaleighs open the show at 8pm. Tickets are priced at $18 and go on sale at 12noon on Friday (August 25).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Up in Lake George, the American Music Festival for the Lake has been cancelled, but southern-rock veterans the Marshall Tucker Band will instead take over Wood Park in Lake George with Skeeter Creek and Country Fresh opening.
OPENERS: Front Country has been tapped as the opening act for Darlingside at The Egg at 8pm on Friday, December 8.