NEW CONCERT NEWS
By Greg Haymes
Last year singer, songwriter and winner of “The Voice” Sawyer Fredericks took over Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs for a rare three-night stand during the Memorial Day weekend, and all three shows quickly sold out. So let that be a warning. The hometown-boy-made-good is doing it again, returning to the intimate Caffe for shows at 8pm on Friday & Saturday, May 25 & 26, as well as 7pm on Sunday, May 27. Tickets are $40, and they’re on sale now…
Electrifying New Orleans trombonist-vocalist Glen David Andrews and his band bring the Mardi Gras weekend party to Lost & Found in Albany at 10pm on Saturday, February 10. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Keeping in the Mardi Gras spirit after the fact, Putnam Place welcomes Richard James’ Krewe Orleans: A Mardi Gras Experience (featuring members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fish and more) at 9:30pm on Saturday, February 17 ($10 in advance; $15 at the door) and the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band at 8pm on Wednesday, March 7 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: On the road to retirement, pop keyboard kingpin Elton John is bringing his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to the Times Union Center in Albany. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 2), but you’ll have to wait more than a year for the concert.
Cutting across a dizzying array of musical genres, the instrumental quintet NEQ – Todd Nelson, Kyle Esposito, Manuel Quintana, Mike Kelley and Carlos Valdez – performs in concert at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center in Spencertown at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 10. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20; students $10.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Fresh from picking up three Grammy Awards on Sunday, Chris Stapleton announced that his upcoming All American Road Show Tour will be making a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart in tow. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, February 9.
Led by vocalist-guitarist-keyboardist Lynn Gunn, Boston-based rock trio PVRIS is headed into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, May 3. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (February 2), priced at $22.50 in advance; $25 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Neo-flamenco/world-fusion guitarist Jesse Cook is making a return to Greater Nippertown for a concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 2).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tanglewood in Lenox announced three new summer concerts – Roger Daltrey singing “Tommy” with the Boston Pops; Andy Grammer and the Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton. Tickets for all three shows are now on sale.
Colony in Woodstock has added a batch of new shows to its concert calendar, including “An Evening of the Man in Black: Robert Burke Warren’s Birthday Tribute to Johnny Cash” at 8pm on Saturday, February 24 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); “Dear John: Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman Perform the Songs of John Hartford” at 8pm on Tuesday, February 27 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Stephen Jay & Jim “Kimo” West (from Weird Al Yankovic’s band) at 8pm on Wednesday, Feb 28 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); Aztec Two-Step at 8pm on Saturday, March 3 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); Kool Keith at 8pm on Saturday, March 17 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); That 1 Guy with Bloodshot Bill at 8pm on Friday, March 23 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Tom Petty tribute band Damn the Torpedoes at 8pm on Friday, March 30 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); veteran hip-hop group Arrested Development at 8pm on Sunday, April 15 ($45 & $60; VIP $75); the masterful Ryley Walker at 8pm on Monday, April 30 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); and folk vets Jim Kweskin & Happy Traum at 8pm on Sunday, June 24 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In advance of her highly anticipated new album, Castles, slated for release in March, singer-songwriter Lissie heads into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany on Friday (February 2). Local fave Sydney Worthley opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $12.
In Hudson, Club Helsinki has bolstered its line-up of shows with the addition of alt-cabaret artist Joseph Keckler at 9pm on Saturday, February 24 ($25); the return of Shannon McNally at 9pm on Friday, March 2 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); and Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at 9pm on Friday, July 13 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two heavy-hitters – Primus and Mastodon – are teaming up for a co-headlining tour that will bring them to the Cool Insuring Arena (formerly the Glens Falls Civic Center) this summer with All Them Witches opening the show. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 2).
Bearsville Theater in Woodstock welcomes country rockers 90 Proof at 9pm Friday, March 16 ($10) and reunited prog-rock pioneers Brand X at 9pm Friday, May 11 ($20, $25 & $30 in advance; add $5 at the door).
Capital District Jazz’s Jazz at the Spring concert series continues at Saratoga Springs’ Spring Street Gallery at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 22 with the duo of guitarist Mike Musillami and bassist Rich Syracuse celebrating the release of their album, Bird Calls, a tribute to the music of Charles Mingus. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedy is coming to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer when Kevin Hart steps into the spotlight. Tickets are on sale now.
In support of their new album, The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea, the Low Anthem will be swinging into Greater for shows at the Iron Horse Music Hall (with Mega Bog) in Northampton at 7pm on Friday, March 2 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door) and BSP Kingston (with Haley Heynderickx) at 8pm on Saturday, April 7 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Def Leppard/Journey classic rock double-bill is rolling into Albany’s Times Union Center this summer, and tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (February 3).
OPENERS: Opening for the Insane Clown Posse/Attila double-bill at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 6:30pm on Sunday, March 4 will be Sylar, Cage, Lil Toenail, Lyte and Ouija… Also at UCH, the Valentine’s Day show (Wednesday, February 14) by Steve Aoki will also feature Desiigner, Grand Theft, Quix, Max Styler, Samahta and Bok Nero.