COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements


By Greg Haymes

Looks like it’s gonna be a rip-snortin’ rollickin’ Christmas this year – Horton’s Holiday Hayride is slated to roll into Colony in Woodstock at 7pm on Friday, December 8 with a line-up that features the Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, the Blasters and Big Sandy. Now that’s what we call a serious Christmas party! Tickets are on sale now, priced at $50.

Sam Amidon – one of the few (if not the only) performers to have played both of MASS MoCA’s major festivals, FreshGrass and Solid Sound – plays an intimate show at the Half Moon in Hudson on Wednesday, October 11. Last Good Tooth opens the show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Neko Case – flame-haired singer-songwriter, sometime New Pornographer and recent collaborator with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs – is headed into The Egg. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (September 1).

Flashback! It’s a totally awesome ’80s party with Tiffany at Vapor in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday, November 9. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Veteran boho singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is stepping into the spotlight at the Cohoes Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

EDM faves Liquid Stranger and Manic Focus team up for the Hypercolor Tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Thursday, September 28. Luzoid opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now priced at $17 in advance; $20 at the door. Also new on the UCH concert schedule is the return of country singer Easton Corbin at 8pm on Friday, November 24. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $30 in advance; $33 at the door. And Hammerfall roars into UCH on Saturday, May 26 as part of their ReBuilt to Tour 2018. The show also features Flotsam and Jetsam and Within the Fire. Showtime is 8pm, and tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, September 8, priced at $29.50 in advance; $35 at the door; $70 VIP.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes Grammy Award-winning jazz-soul vocalist Gregory Porter. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday (August 31).

Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock is hosting Skylark: A Night of Songbirds at 8pm on Friday, November 3. The evening will feature a stellar line-up of female singer-songwriters, including Amy Helm, Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Carolyn Wonderland and Rachael Yamagata. Tickets are $75 & $100. Also on tap, the Weight Band guitarist Jim Weider leads Blue Chicken out of the coop and onto the stage for a Halloween dance party at 8pm on Saturday, October 24. Tickets are $25.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall plays host to two more newly announced concerts – So Percussion and Time for Three. Tickets are on sale now.

New shows coming up at Club Helsinki in Hudson include singer-songwriter (and former Club Helsinki Open Mic host) Stephen Bluhm with a night of dancey, melodic and lyric-driven synth-pop in celebration of the release of his debut album at 8pm on Sunday, September 17 ($10); a solo show by alt-country firecracker Lydia Loveless at 9pm on Friday, November 10 ($15); and the return of the multi-talented Tim O’Brien at 8pm on Saturday, November 18 ($25 & $30).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The music-and-literature variety show Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders comes to Club Helsinki Hudson with a line-up that includes novelist Charles Bock; singer-songwriters Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield and Suzzy Roche; comedian-writer Dave Hill; memoirist-critic Daniel Mendelsohn and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Crazytown comes to Greater Nippertown for a Labor Day show at Jupiter Hall in Guilderland on Monday (September 4) with Apache Chief, Hasty Page, Asa Morris & the Mess and Bad Mothers in support. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Latham rockers SaviorSongs serve up a “Tribute to Veterans” concert at The Linda in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, September 16 with special guests Freddy Ingleton, Jr. (formerly of the Delfonics) and Lynne Dinon. Tickets are $15.

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