The Upstate Beat: Doctor Baker celebrates album; Tom Petty guitarist Campbell bringing new group

Doctor Baker performs at 8 Saturday night at The Linda in Albany.
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Doctor Baker performs at 8 Saturday night at The Linda in Albany.

ALBANY Driving back to Albany one night after a show by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, members of the Albany rock band Doctor Baker got turned around and found themselves in a desolate spot surrounded by menacing “no trespassing” signs. They were just lost, but the experience inspired the name of “Trespassers,” the band’s new album. Doctor Baker celebrates the album’s release with a show at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, on Saturday.

Doctor Baker features two University at Albany professors. Guitarist and vocalist Ed Schwarzschild is a short story writer, novelist, director of creative writing at SUNY Albany, and a fellow of the New York State Writers Institute. Drummer Danny Goodwin is a visual artist, art professor and the director of the studio art program. Rounding out the quartet are guitarist Iggy Calabria, a trained jazz musician, and singer-songwriter and bassist Chris Gockley.

Schwarzschild describes the new album as “like a story collection, but they’re stories that fit in with what’s going on in the world at the moment… In these dark times, it’s easy to feel divided and separate from so many people. Part of ‘Trespassers’ says, ‘Hey we’re all trespassers now, let’s try to do things together, see each other clearly, see ourselves clearly.’”

Legendary producer Don Fury recorded, mixed, mastered and engineered “Trespassers.” Known for his work with seminal New York City punk acts like Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, Madball, Helmet, GG Allin and many more, Fury relocated his recording studio upstate to Troy in 2008.

The Doctor Baker release show takes place at the Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio (339 Central Avenue, Albany), this Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m.

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The Week Ahead

  • Stone Temple Pilots’ longtime lead singer Scott Weiland died from a drug and alcohol overdose in 2015, after having been fired from the grunge band, one of the most successful groups of the 1990s for songs like “Plush” and “Interstate Love Song.” The rekindled group—which includes three longtime members (Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz) as well as vocalist Jeff Gutt, who has been with the band since 2017—play at Frog Alley Brewing Company (108 State St, Schenectady) with opener Robot Monster on Saturday, Sept. 10. Expect plenty of their past hits. 7 p.m.
  • On Saturday, the city of Albany presents the 20th Annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, a free all-day concert at Jennings Landing (1 Quay St., Albany) that ends with a fireworks display. The lineup features five acts, with the eight-piece New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels headlining. The Soul Rebels, who have collaborated with everyone from Katy Perry and Metallica to the Wu Tang Clan, bring a pop sensibility to the New Orleans brass tradition, resulting in a powerful live show with a party-like atmosphere. Also on the bill for this always-enjoyable festival are jazz singer Samara Joy, jazz-funk band Black Tie Brass, the genre-blending Latin jazz outfit Charged Particles and local swing-jazz group Teresa Broadwell Quintet. 12 to 8 p.m.
  • The tragic death of Tom Petty hit music fans hard, but Petty’s longtime Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell experienced the grief of losing not only a bandmate and friend but also a close musical collaborator for nearly 50 years. For the first time since Petty’s death three years ago, Campbell has a new band, the Dirty Knobs, and a new album. The sound is rawer and dirtier than the Heartbreakers but retains the catchiness, and Campbell’s voice can sound surprisingly like Petty’s at times. Check out Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs with opener Alvin Youngblood Hart at Empire Live (93 North Pearl Street, Albany) on Sunday, Sept. 11. 8 p.m.
  • St. Vincent, led by frontwoman Annie Clark, put on one of the best local shows of the decade at Clifton Park’s now-defunct Upstate Concert Hall. Clark returns to the area on Wednesday to bring her ‘Daddy’s Home” tour to Empire Live (93 North Pearl Street, Albany). The genius performer has only gotten bigger since her area debut, so we’re excited to see her in the fairly intimate Empire Live space. 8 p.m.
  • The summer went by so fast, and now autumn is almost here. Fortunately, for now, that still means outdoor live music and sunny weather. Celebrate both (hopefully) at the Hops and Harvest Festival at Empire State Plaza (100 S Mall Arterial, Albany) on Wednesday, Sept. 14. This year’s festival includes a headlining performance by bluegrass vocalist and mandolinist Sam Bush, an American Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner. With The North & South Dakotas and Gangstagrass. 5 p.m.

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