NEW CONCERT NEWS
By Greg Haymes
Master drummer Stanton Moore and Galactic are teaming up with soulful vocalist Erica Falls to bring those funky Big Easy sounds to Jupiter Hall in Guilderland. The Already Ready Already Tour will land at 7pm on Monday February 11. Tickets are $20 & $25. Other new shows slated for Jupiter Hall include Robert DeLong at 8pm on Thursday, February 14 ($20) and Tom Petty tribute band Damn the Torpedoes at 8pm on Saturday, December 29 ($20 & $30).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Proctors in Schenectady has added a handful of new shows, including a Mardi Gras party featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Cha Wa; instrumental tribute band Jazz Is PHSH; mini tribute band fest Icons of Vinyl Tour featuring Eaglemania, Journeyman and The Pettybreakers; and veteran comedian Bobby Collins.
Up in Saratoga Springs, Caffe Lena’s schedule of December concerts is highlighted by David Mallet at 8pm on Friday, December 7 ($25 in advance); Tony Award winning singer-songwriter Josh White Jr.’s Christmas concert at 7pm Sunday, December 9 ($24 in advance); Griffin House at 7pm on Thursday, December 13 ($25), the Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio at 8pm on Saturday, December 22 ($30); the long-running Roomful of Blues at 7pm Sunday, December 23 ($37) and Amy Helm at 8pm on Sunday, December 30 ($50).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Indigo Girls and jazz-pop trumpeter Chris Botti are headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am Friday (November 16).
21st century one-man band and multi-talented singer-songwriter the Suitcase Junket returns to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, April 13. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $18 in advance.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Yeah, there may be snow outside your window, but the folks at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are already looking forward to next summer with the announcement of the first concert of the 2019 season – Train, Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone. Tickets go on sale at 12noon on Friday (November 16).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg has bolstered its concert calendar with newly announced shows by Railroad Earth, the reunion of Greater Nippertown Celtic music favorites Donnybrook Fair, prop comedian Tape Face, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny’s new project Side Eye and ’90s rockers Candlebox. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (November 16).
One of the original Pink Floyd tribute bands, The Machine is headed back to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. The band will perform three full albums – Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals – at 8pm on Friday, December 7. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door. And prog rock faves Coheed and Cambria roll into UCH on Thursday, February 28 with Maps and Atlases opening the show at 8pm. Priced at $30 in advance and $33 at the door, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am Friday (November 16).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MASS MoCA welcomes back the dizzyingly talented acoustic progressive bluegras-and-more band Punch Brothers for their first North Adams performance since headlining the 2015 FreshGrass festival. Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane will open the show. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am Friday (November 16).
Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs welcomes Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis on Friday, December 7 with Local 518 fave Rich Ortiz opening the show at 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. And Matt Butler leads the all-star Everyone Orchestra – featuring members of moe., Kung Fu, Tauk, Turkuaz and others – at 9pm Saturday, December 15 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Albany’s Palace Theatre has bolstered its calendar with two new, rather diverse concerts – The Monkees (on sale at 10am Friday) and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (on sale at 12noon Friday).
Vancouver-based indie rock fivesome Mother Mother bring their Dance and Cry Tour to Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 9pm on Sunday, March 10 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door), while British rockers Idles take the stage in support of their latest album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, on Wednesday, May 8. Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. open the show at 8pm ($15).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country hitmaker and coach on NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” Blake Shelton brings his Friends & Heroes Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center. And who are those Friends and Heroes? Lauren Alaina, the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins, that’s who. Tickets are on sale now.
Ho! Ho! Ho! The Peanut Gallery Jazz Band – featuring Mia Sirocco (vocals), Chris Pasin (trumpet), Ben O’Shea (trombone), Dave Gleason (piano), Mike Lawrence (bass) and Pete Sweeney (drums) – bring their holiday dinner show, “Jazzy Christmas,” to Rivers Casino & Resort Event Center in Schenectady at 7pm Thursday, December 13. Tickets are $30, which includes a three-course dinner.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: “A Sensational Seasonal Show” featuring former Radio City Rockette Abigail Gatlin was originally scheduled for 6pm at the Cohoes Music Hall, but it has now been relocated to The Venue in Cohoes.