The Split Squad
The Split Squad

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

The Split Squad – the gloriously garage-rockin’ supergroup featuring members of The Fleshtones, The Plimsouls, the Baseball Project and Blondie – returns to Troy for a show at O’Brien’s Public House at 7pm on Friday, June 8. Blackcat Elliot opens the show. Tickets are available now, priced at $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

Whoa! This one nearly slipped right by us… Up in Cambridge, Buffalo born, Texas bred singer-songwriter Gurf Morlix is headed into the Argyle Brewing Company’s Cambridge Depot at 7:30pm on Friday (May 11), kicking off their new Road Rambler concert series. Tickets are $20 & $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “American Idol” Live! 2018 Tour will be making a stop at Albany’s Palace Theatre, featuring the Top 10 finalists of this season, plus Season Eight winner Kris Allen.

Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs has announced quite an impressive calendar of upcoming shows, highlighted by Slaid Cleaves at 7pm on Thursday, May 17; Sean McCann at 7pm on Thursday, May 31; the Suitcase Junket at 7pm on Sunday, June 3; Valerie June at 7pm on Thursday, June 14; Frank Wakefield on Saturday, June 23; Sean Rowe at 7pm on Sunday, June 24; and Susan Werner at 7pm on Thursday, June 28.

Peter Gabriel tribute band the Security Project has added a Tuesday, May 29 stop at Jupiter Hall in Guilderland to their tour schedule. In addition the amazing former Nippertonian vocalist Happy Rhodes, the band features members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Gabriel’s original band, including Jerry Marotta and Trey Gunn. Showtime is 8pm, and tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Also coming up at Jupiter Hall, Fort Worth indie rockers the Unlikely Candidates co-headline with the new Jersey rock duo Brick + Mortar at 9pm on Friday, June 1 ($15); and Smile Empty Soul, Flaw and Eve to Adam take the stage at 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 6 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Eastbound Jesus’ two-day festival the Eastbound Throwdown is returning to the Irwin Farm in Salem with performances by the Mallett Brothers Band, the Blind Owl Band, Girl Blue, the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Elijah Ocean, the Eastern Highs, Dan Johnson, Saints & Liars and more yet to be announced.

NYC comedians Mark Normand and Doug Smith team up to kick off the Hangar on the Hudson’s new Stand-Up Series at 8pm on Saturday, June 9. Early-bird tickets are on sale now, priced at $15. Also at The Hangar, Upstate Rubdown and Billy Wylder share the bill on Thursday, June 21 with Blind Crow opening at 7pm ($12).

The Dead Daisies take over the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Saturday, September 1 with Dizzy Reed’s Hookers & Blow opening the show at 8pm. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 11), priced at $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

Colony in Woodstock has bolstered its upcoming concert calendar with the additions of Willa & Company at 8pm on Thursday, May 31 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); “Fragile Explosion: A Celebration of the Life and Genius of Nina Simone” at 6pm on Sunday, June 17 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); and veteran reggae stars The Meditations at 8pm on Saturday, July 21 ($30 & $45).

Veteran jazz trumpeter Warren Vache teams up with the John Di Martino Trio at the Senate Garage in Kingston at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 24. Sponsored by Jazzstock, the concert is in support of the Vache/Di Martino duo album, Impromptu. Tickets are $25.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The free street festival Schenectady SummerNight has announced that the Spin Doctors will headline on the main stage with former Schenectady Battle of the Bands winners Lucy and Bendt in support.

Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a handful of new shows to its concert calendar, including a Bob Dylan Birthday Bash featuring Pat O’Shea and special guests at 8pm on Wednesday, May 23 ($15); the Funky Knuckles at 9pm on Friday, June 15 ($15); Royal Jelly Jive at 9pm on Friday, July 6 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door) and the return of the ever-popular Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys at 9pm on Saturday, November 10 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).

In Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater plays host to Thompson Square at 9pm Sunday, July 22 ($35 & $40); the Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers at 8pm on Friday, August 24 ($25-$45); and the legendary British bluesman John Mayall at 8pm on Wednesday, September 12 ($45-$65).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Cohoes Music Hall has added concerts by Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction and INXS tribute band Kick to its summer schedule.

Arrowood Farms in Accord is hosting a concert by the Lone Bellow at 5pm on Sunday, July 15. All tickets are $40 general admission and are on sale now.

The Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill welcomes the 11-piece Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 9 ($20; students $10) and the Hearts Content Ensemble at 2pm on Sunday, June 10 ($15; students $10).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Crossings of Colonie announced its slate of free summer concerts, including The Audiostars, Skeeter Creek, the Lustre Kings, Hair of the Dog, The PipeKings, Rich Ortiz, Sorrow Estate and more.

OPENERS: Seattle rock four-piece Thunderpussy is slated to open for Black Pistol Fire at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Friday, June 8.

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