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Cleary among varied performers at jazz fest

Cleary among varied performers at jazz fest

Grammy winning pianist-singer Jon Cleary brings his funky Absolute Monster Gentlemen to Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Sunday.

Dolly Parton, EWF kick off Tanglewood pop season

Dolly Parton, EWF kick off Tanglewood pop season

Dolly Parton sings at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, on Friday — her first major U.S. swing in nearly 20 years.

Chandler to celebrate bocce, bourbon in Troy

Chandler to celebrate bocce, bourbon in Troy

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic will play The Hangar on Friday, featuring songs from “Bocce & Bourbon: Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis and David Greenberger.”

Fleck, Original Flecktones returning to Egg

Fleck, Original Flecktones returning to Egg

Banjoist Bela Fleck brings hhis original band, the Flecktones, back to The Egg on Wednesday.

GottaGetGon, outdoor shows get summer started

GottaGetGon, outdoor shows get summer started

Outdoor shows and festivals are revving up, with GottaGetGon this weekend at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa; Lake Street Dive opening the season at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown on Saturday; the reunited Luna playing MASS MoCA’s first 2016 outdoor show in North Adams, Massachusetts, also Saturday; and the Defibrulators opening the season on Wednesday at Made in the Shade of the Egg on Albany’s Empire State Plaza.

Caffe Lena anniversary show moves to Zankel

Caffe Lena anniversary show moves to Zankel

Caffe Lena’s anniversary show moves on Saturday to Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center (815 Broadway, Saratoga Springs); its heritage has outgrown its soon to expand home-since-1961 at 47 Phila St. Troy-born troubadour Sean Rowe headlines.

Back on drums, Brucker scores on first album

Back on drums, Brucker scores on first album

Cliff Brucker plays two shows this weekend. He drums with the Joey Thomas Big Band on Friday at the Van Dyck in its annual Sinatra Centennial Salute with singer Bob Father. On Saturday, he plays solo piano at One Caroline Street where his new CD (coming soon to cdbaby.com) will be available.

Escovedo, new trio to rock Cohoes Music Hall

Escovedo, new trio to rock Cohoes Music Hall

Alejandro Escovedo, one of our greatest rockers, plays the Cohoes Music Hall on Wednesday after making his first new album in four years, playing birthday gigs in Austin, New York City and Chicago, and forming a new trio — Brian Standefer, cello, and Sean Giddings, keyboards — for this short tour before the album hits.

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

On Friday, pop’s try-anything quicksilver girl Nellie McKay brings her “Follow the Money: An Election-Themed Show” to the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady) where she played a brilliant show last April.

Jazz Fest in New Orleans a rite of passage for many

No Jazz Fest in New Orleans for me this year, thanks for asking. But when son Zak’s friend Mary said she was going it, I realized how much I love Jazz Fest even without going, this time...

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

When John Mellencamp’s “Plain Spoken Tour” hits Albany’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, Carlene Carter opens: a surprising, perfect match. “We do two songs together,” said Carter, adding that she joins Mellencamp halfway through his show before he shifts to full-on rock mode with his band.

Crawford, Simien bringing Louisiana to town

Crawford, Simien bringing Louisiana to town

Louisiana visits with pianist Davell Crawford tonight at the Cock ’n Bull in Galway and Terrance Simien and his Zydeco Experience on Friday at the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose.

Sam Bush, 'newgrass' pioneer, headed to The Egg

Sam Bush, 'newgrass' pioneer, headed to The Egg

Sam Bush, mandolinist/singer and “newgrass” pioneer, said he’s glad that traveling by bus to The Egg on Sunday means he and his band can bring all their own instruments for the full range of music they’ll play.

Palace deal should benefit Cohoes Music Hall

Palace deal should benefit Cohoes Music Hall

Albany’s Palace Theatre taking over operations at the Cohoes Music Hall seems good news for the venerable hall. Key contributions of other players unfortunately went unmentioned in last week’s announcement: the Eighth Step Coffeehouse operated the hall before C-R Production’s tenure, Cohoes resident and Massry Center at the College of St. Rose Programming Manager Sal Prizio revived the hall with quality shows after C-R departed, and promoter Greg Bell of Guthrie-Bell Productions has teamed up with Prizio on additional shows this spring.

Bonerama sure to surprise at tonight’s show

Bonerama sure to surprise at tonight’s show

“If you’re holding a trombone, you’re supposed play certain kids of music,” said Mark Mullins, one of three trombonists in Bonerama. “But we’re not gonna!” Expect anything when Bonerama plays tonight at the Parish Public House (338 Broadway, Albany).

Willie Nile had way more than a good night

Willie Nile had way more than a good night

Willie Nile rocked WAMC’s The Linda last Saturday; an extra-cool show I’d have loved even if he hadn’t honored me with a great shout-out.

Celebrating anniversary with Willie Nile show

Celebrating anniversary with Willie Nile show

I plan to celebrate Ticket’s one-year anniversary — and my own 35-year connection — by hitting Willie Nile’s show on Saturday night at WAMC’s Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany).

McMurtry puts on powerful live show

McMurtry puts on powerful live show

James McMurtry's packed show at The Hangar made us miss the late, great cartoonist John Caldwell

Freelon, Marsalises set for Bridge Jazz Fest

Freelon, Marsalises set for Bridge Jazz Fest

“There are things you do because you choose them and things you do because they choose you,” said singer Nnenna Freelon. Chosen by jazz, she sings at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday, first night of the second annual Bridge Jazz Festival, co-presented by the Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose.

Thompson a high point of yearly Mountain Music Club

Thompson a high point of yearly Mountain Music Club

The Mountain Music Club moved our annual meet-up from the Adirondacks to Northampton not just to swap 40 below for 15 below but also to take in a (typically) great Richard Thompson show at the Academy of Music.

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