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By Greg Haymes

Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock will host a solo concert by Hiss Golden Messenger at 8pm on Friday, March 1, with Erin Rae opening the show. Priced at $30, $40 & $45, tickets are on sale now. And there are still more newly announced shows coming up at Levin Helm Studios – singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata at 8pm on Saturday, February 9 ($30, $40 & $45; on Sale at 10am Friday) and Marco Benevento with opening act Mikaela Davis at 8pm on Saturday, March 9 ($30, $40 & $45; on sale at 11am Friday).

Also down in Woodstock, new shows on tap at Colony include the double-bill of Bobtown and Low Lily on Thursday, February 10 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); The Pleasers on Friday, January 11 ($10); Soul Purpose on Thursday, January 17 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); and the mighty Fleshtones on Thursday, January 24 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The full winter/spring season of performances has been announced for MASS MoCA in North Adams, including concerts by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Blind Boy Paxton, Kaki King, Aeon Ritual, Kavita Shah, Les Nubians, Spanglish Fly, Soul Science, Lab, Sammus, more…

What do you get when you mix hip-hop with bluegrass? Gangstagrass, of course, and the band is slated to roll into Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at 7:30pm on Wednesday, February 20. Admission to the concert is free, but registration is required. GO HERE to register…

Led by the indefatigable Eugene Hutz, the hyper-kinetic Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello return to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Thursday, March 14. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 in advance; $28 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs to share the stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony” this summer.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The magnificent voice of Raul Malo leads The Mavericks into The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are now on sale.

Veteran Louisiana band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet bring their high-flying Cajun sound to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, February 16. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 & $35. Additional new shows on Club Helsinki’s calendar include the Community Music Space Young Performers Showcase at 7pm on Sunday, January 20 ($10 in advance; $15 at the door) and the double-bill of Stephen Bluhm and Sabrina Chap at 9pm on Friday, January 25 ($10).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Billy Gardell (of “Mike and Molly” and “Young Sheldon”) will be stepping into the spotlight at The Egg for an evening of stand-up comedy. Tickets go on sale on Friday (December 21).

“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” is only one of his six No. 1 country hits. Hitmaker Joe Nichols is headed into Vapor in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday, March 14. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tickets are now on sale for seven new concerts at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, including the Choir of Man, Max Creek, Lez Zeppelin, Moondance, Who Are You, Changes in Latitude and “I’m Going to Graceland.”

Blues for Two – featuring veteran Detroit bluesman the Reverend Robert Jones and Boston-based Carolyn Waters – will step into the spotlight at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Friday, March 29. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $8; seniors $5; students & children FREE.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lookin’ for more laughs? Tickets are now on sale for an evening of no-holds-barred stand-up comedy by Nick Di Paolo at the Cohoes Music Hall.

Spencertown Academy presents “An Evening of Jazz Classics” featuring pianist Lincoln Mayorga and trumpeter Rob Fisch playing favorites by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and more at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 9. General admission tickets ($20; $10 students) may be purchased in advance or at the door.

SOLD OUT: Tickets for several Levon Helm Studios concerts coming up later this month – The Sounding Joy on Friday, December 21; Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds with the National Reserve on Saturday, December 29; and the New Year’s Eve show by the Midnight Ramble Band on Monday, December 31 – are now officially sold out.

OPENERS: Lucy Wainwright Roche will open the show for her brother Rufus Wainwright at The Egg on Friday, January 18.

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