Top Tips for Live Music (for the week beginning November 9th)


Got Live If You Want It!

Covid, the onset of colder weather, and regulations preventing advertising have made catching live shows a little more difficult.  However, it’s still doable – you just have to work a little harder.  Here are several different ways you can still consume live music:

  • Incidental Music:  Places that usually host live music still are (especially Thursday through Saturdays), they just can’t advertise that fact.  So stop by, or give them a call.  Putnam Place, Nanola, Frog Alley, and many others fit this bill.
  • Dinner and live music:  Some places offer a “dinner and a show” format, all socially distanced.  The Hollow, The Cock ‘n Bull, and others do this well.  I expect to see this type of offering grow over the winter.  You generally need reservations for these, so plan in advance
  • Outdoor shows:  There are still a few of these around, though nothing like the summer.  Enjoy them (and the fresh air) while you can.  Pint Sized is particularly good at this.
  • Artist-hosted livestreams:  Some artists are hosting livestreams themselves, from their homes, basements, and studios.  These are a lot of fun – Sirsy, Erin Harkes, Rick Bedrosian, and many others are doing this.  You need to stay connected with the artists’ social media directly to know when they’re happening
  • Venue-hosted livestreams:  Some of our venues are still hosting shows, but streaming them into your home with very high audio and video quality.  Caffe Lena livestreams almost every day, The Linda once a week.  The Palace records a “Palace Sessions” about once a month.  Others are getting into the game as well.
  • Venue-presented shows:  These are national acts performing elsewhere, but presented by one of our local venues.  The important thing to remember here is that the local venue gets a portion of ticket sales.  Troy Music Hall, The Egg, Old Songs, and others are leading the way here.
Jeff Brisbin

Best bet: Monday’s “Rick’s Picks” at Caffe Lena showcases Jeff Brisbin, one of the hardest working musicians in Saratoga County.  It’s also a release party for his brand new album “Blame It on Love”.  If you like what you hear on Monday, you can catch him again on Friday at Henry’s Tavern in Ballston Spa.

Live this week:

Monday, November 9

Wednesday, November 11

Thursday, November 12

Friday, November 13

Saturday, November 14

Sunday, November 15

Just announced:

Caffe Lena Live Stream {online}

  • {November 20} The Swingin’ Palms (8:00)
  • {November 22} Sara Milonovich & Greg Anderson (7:00)

Old Songs Live Stream {online} 

  • {December 4} Bruce Molsky (7:30)

Universal Preservation Hall: Max Weinberg’s Jukebox (was 11/12) postponed (no new date yet).

Did you miss last week’s concert announcements? Find them here.

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