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By Greg Haymes

Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock has announced a pair of new June concerts – the vocal trio Mountain Man at 8pm on Saturday, June 1 ($35 & $55; on sale now) and two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby & Friends at 8pm on Saturday, June 8 ($100 & $190; on sale 10am Friday).

Minneapolis indie rock trio Porcupine -featuring Grant Norton of Husker Du – lands at the Low Beat at 6pm on Wednesday, March 13 in support of their new six-song EP, What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: McGeary’s Pub in Albany is hosting a benefit concert for Greater Nippertown music scene mainstay Caroline MotherJudge featuring These Are the Hits, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Ramblin Jug Stompers and the North & South Dakotas.

The post-genre improvisational groovesters Bagetta/Watt/Hodges– featuring guitarist Mike Baggetta, bassist Mike Watt ( Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett, David Lynch) – are headed into the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon at 8pm March Friday, 29 in support of their new recording Wall of Flowers. 100 & Zero and 16 Hundred Pound Pig open the show. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

In Hudson, Club Helsinki has added a pair of new concerts to its calendar – Lula Wiles at 9pm on Friday, May 17 ($15) and acoustic grungester Otan Vargas at 9pm on Friday, July 12 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has scrapped its plans for a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival in favor of upcoming concerts by Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band, Arlo Guthrie, the Edgar Winter Band, Santana and the Doobie Brothers.

Jamaican reggae and ska legends The Skatalites take over the BSP Kingston’s Back Room Theater in Kingston at 8pm on Friday, April 5 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). Also in the Back Room, the Felice Brothers celebrate the release of their new album, Undress, at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 11 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Arlo Guthrie headlines the all-star Pete Seeger Centennial Concert at The Egg, where he’ll be joined by Amythyst Kiah, Cary Morin, Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza, Dar Williams, David Gonzalez, Guy Davis, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, Taina Asili, Tony Trischka, Toshi Reagon and Bill & Livia Vanaver. Tickets are on sale now.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tanglewood has announced a handful of new summer concerts, including Brian Wilson, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, Squeeze, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Driftwood takes the stage at Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 9pm on Saturday, May 18 ($15). And Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense rolls in for a two-night stand on Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27. Tickets are $20 per night or $35 for both nights.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: The Cohoes Music Hall was originally slated to host stand-up comedian Nick Di Paolo at 8pm on Saturday, March 9, but the date has been moved up to 8pm on Saturday (February 23) due to unexpected scheduling changes.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Hutton Brickyards in Kingston will play host to the Steve Miller Band with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives this summer. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am Friday (February 22).

The Planet Arts Music Series returns to the Beattie Powers Place in Catskill for spring concerts featuring Scott Petito (bass), Rachel Z (piano) and Mino Cinelu (percussion) at 2pm Sunday, April 14; Matthew Shipp (piano) and Michael Bisio (bass) at 2pm Sunday, May 19; and the duo of Ivan Renta (saxophone) and Edsel Gomez (piano) at 2pm Sunday, June 16.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Breaking Benjamin will rock the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with support from Diamante, Dorothy, Three Days Grace and Chevelle. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am Friday. Also Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas headlines at SPAC with Abby Anderson opening the concert. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, March 1.

OPENERS: Empire of Light, a new project from Peter Hutchison and Brian Wilkins of Subduing Mara fame, will open for the Ryan Montbleau Band at the Cohoes Music Hall on Friday, April 19.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bianca Del Rio – The season six winner of Logo TV’s hit series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – is scheduled to make her Greater Nippertown debut at The Egg. Tickets are on sale now.

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