Top Tips for Live Music (for the week beginning February 15th)


New York State has greenlit stadiums and arenas to open up at (for now) 10% capacity.  The Times Union Center has about 15,000 capacity, which means they could hold a concert with about 1500 in attendance, which would be a little more than the Troy Music Hall normally hosts.  And if it’s eventually upped to 25%, you’re back to the biggest indoor capacity in Nippertown.  So what do you say, can we get some theatre-level shows in there?

Best bet: Matt McCabe, longtime owner of Saratoga Guitar, was a big presence on the local music scene.  Sadly, he fell victim to Covid-19 on January 12.  On Saturday, Caffe Lena is hosting an online memorial with tributes, photos, and performances in celebration of “Matt McCabe Day” in Saratoga.  If you had occasion to know Matt, this is where you’ll be. 

Live this week:

Monday, February 15

Thursday, February 18

Friday, February 19

Saturday, February 20

Sunday, February 21

Just announced:

Caffe Lena Live Stream {online}

  • {February 27} Joy Bennett & Chris Koldewey (8:00)
  • {March 5} Curley Lamb Nu-Soul-Jaz Trio (8:00)

The 8th Step presents {online} 

  • {March 4} John McCutcheon (7:30)

Iron Horse Music Hall: The Nields (was 2/6) postponed to February 5, 2022.  Cash is King (was 3/6) postponed to October 2.  The Linda Ronstadt Experience (was 3/22) postponed to October 17.

The Palace Theatre: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (was 3/20) postponed to November 20.

The Egg: Todd Snider (was 3/26) postponed to September 15.  Chris Hillman (was 4/21) postponed to April 13, 2022.

Calvin Theatre:  Hollywood NIghts (was 4/3) postponed to April 30, 2022.

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

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