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By Greg Haymes

This year marks the tricentennial of one of America’s greatest music cities, New Orleans. And the folks at Albany’s Parish Public House are paying tribute to the Big Easy’s 300th with a batch of shows featuring the classic NOLA second-line funk. The John Gros Band co-headlines with Swatkins & the Positive Agenda for Funk Night at 8pm on Thursday, August 16 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door), while Calvin Johnson Jr. – who has toured the world with everyone from Harry Connick Jr. and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Mystikal and Jason Derulo – leads his band Chapter:Soul in an evening of self-described “NOLA Future Funk” on Saturday, August 18 ($TBA). And those mighty, mighty funkateers Big Sam’s Funky Nation will raise the roof at 9pm on Wednesday, August 22 ($18 in advance; $23 at the door).

POSTPONED: Originally scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, July 25), the concert by Blue Oyster Cult at Albany’s Empire State Plaza has been postponed to Thursday, August 25 due the weather forecast. Also postponed from tonight’s concert calendar is the Rockin’ on the River concert in Troy’s Riverfront Park featuring Almost Queen and the Troy Music Academy All-Stars. New date TBA…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In Lenox, Tanglewood has announced a new concert for its closing weekend, when it hosts an all-in-the-family jazz show featuring the Wynton Marsalis Quintet with the Ellis Marsalis Quintet. Tickets are on sale now.

Rochester rebel rousers The Hi-Risers are headed into the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy on Saturday, August 4, led by guitarslinger Greg Townson of Los Straitjackets. Greater Nippertown surf faves Kimono Dragons open the show at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $12.

Up in Clifton Park, the Upstate Concert Hall is slammin’ it into high gear with a batch of new concert announcements. Britain’s The Struts have opened for the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe and the Foo Fighters, but they’ll be headlining on Sunday, September 30 with White Reaper and Spirit Animal kicking off the show at 7:30pm ($19 in advance; $24 at the door). Also on tap at UCH are Swedish deathmetalheads At the Gates with Wolves in the Throne Room and the Final Sleep at 8pm on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31). Priced at $25 in advance; $27 at the door, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 27). Also on sale at 10am on Friday is Beartooth with Knocked Loose and Sylar at 8pm on Wednesday, September 19 ($20.50 in advance; $23 at the door); New Politics with The Score and Bikini Thrill at 8pm on Saturday, November 10 ($20 in advance; $23 at the door); and former Black Crowes’ frontman’s Chris Robinson Brotherhood at 8pm on Sunday, November 11 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: After a five-year hiatus, radio station WEXT-FM is bringing back its fundraising Exit Dome concert with a line-up of Locla 518 faves that includes Sean Rowe, Super 400, Darling Valley, Sorrow Estate, Motorbike, Steve Candlen and Taylor Wing. Tickets are on sale now.

Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock will play host to Aaron Lee Tasjan at 8pm on Saturday, September 1 ($30 & $50); Donna the Buffalo on Friday, September 7 on sale at 11am on Friday; $30 & $40); and Darlingside at 8pm on Friday, September 14 (on sale at 10am Friday; $30 & $50).

Averill Park’s Sand Lake Center for the Arts is bringing back Florida-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Bing Futch back to their stage by popular demand at 8pm on Saturday, August 11. Tickets are $18; under age 18 $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg is serving up a double-dose of the blues with the T’n’T Tour featuring Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. Tickets are on sale now.

Jonathan Richman will be taking over the stage at The Beverly in Kingston at 8pm on Sunday, October 14. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Line-up changes have been announced for the free PearlPalooza street festival. White Reaper has been scratched from the schedule, replaced by Caroline Rose.

Jupiter Hall in Guilderland welcomes Slothrust at 8pm Sunday, November 11 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door). Also, The Floozies are teaming up with the Terminus Horns for the Crown of Horns Tour, which is slated to make a Jupiter Hall stop on Wednesday, December 5, with SoDown in support.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg has announced three more new concerts: the Damien Sneed Band’s “We Shall Overcome,” the Fab Faux’s “From the Cavern to the Rooftop” and Black Violin. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Thursday (July 26).

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