Extra-cool jazz-pop combo Lake Street Dive caps a hot, four-show run at Albany’s Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave.) on Sunday — after country singer Lee Brice tonight (8 p.m. $69.75-$29.75); metal monsters Incubus and Wild Belle on Friday (8 p.m. $149.50-$39.50); and James Franco’s film “The Pretenders” (some of it was filmed at the Palace!) on Saturday (7 p.m., $10).
New England Conservatory kids who first formed to play country, Lake Street Dive soon adopted a jaunty, jazz-pop hybrid style. Playing virtuoso chops behind she-can-sing-anything star Rachael Price, they’re Mike “McDuck” Olson, trumpet, guitar and keys; Bridget Kearney, bass and keys; Mike Calabrese, drums and keys; and new kid Akie Bermiss, keys. They all sing. Last year they released both “Free Yourself Up” and “Freak Yourself Out” — good advice. Price sang with sometime song partner Vilray at Caffe Lena last year, introducing ’30s and ’40s-type tunes; their self-named album hits Friday.
Prodigious young opener Madison Cunningham, 22, sings in an agile, evocative style, not unlike Price, and plays slash-and-burn guitar. Her debut album “Who Are You Now” hit in August. 8 p.m. $49.50-$29.50. 800-745-3000 www.palacealbany.org
CAFFE X SEVEN
Darrell Scott plays his debut here Saturday at Caffe Lena. The Grammy-winning hit writer (for Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks and others) and guitarist (with Steve Earle, Guy Clark and more) penned such instant hits as “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” and “Hank Williams’ Ghost.” Matthew Fowler opens. 8 p.m. $32 advance, $35 door, $17.50 students and children. 518-583-0022 www.caffelena.org
Like the Palace string, Scott plays in a hot string at the Caffe: Canadian women’s music star Lucie Blue Tremblay tonight with full band (7 p.m. $18, $20, $10); Swedish family world-music band Kolonien on Friday (8 p.m. $16, $18, $9); Irish-music duo Drank the Gold Sunday afternoon (2 p.m. $10, $12, $6); jazz singer Jeanne O’Connor and her killer band Sunday evening (7 p.m. $18, $20, $10); Chuck Lamb’s jazz trio Tuesday with guest sax-man Jim Snidero (8 p.m. $18, $40, $10); and Seth Warden on Wednesday with his own killer band (7 p.m. $7, $10, $5)
The Benny Green Trio plays Friday at A Place for Jazz (Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave.). Green’s sax-playing father told him, “ … You should understand that it’s a black people’s music. Other people can play it and enjoy it; I do, as you can see, but you need to know where it’s coming from.” Green says, “Betty Carter is … effectively my musical mother.” The pianist has also played with Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson and Freddie Hubbard. His 2018 “Then and Now” album features David Wong, bass; and Kenny Washington, drums; Wong and however drummer Aaron Kimmel play A Place for Jazz on Friday. Veronica Swift also sang on the album; she’s at A Place for Jazz Oct. 18. 7:30 p.m. 518-393-4011 www.aplaceforjazz.org
Kurt Elling sings at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) Saturday. So suave he never unbuttons his suit, the elegant baritone sang with Branford Marsalis’s band in May 2017 in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s 37th gala. They swaggered together through a jaunty “There’s a Boat Dat’s Leaving Soon for New York,” the genteel romance “Blue Gardenia,” Sting’s post-modern ambivalent “Practical Arrangement,” the Brazilian bounce of Jobim’s “So Tinha de Ser Com Voce” in Portuguese, and “Momma Said” all comic and wild. In “St. James Infirmary,” Elling sang into a drinking glass as a plunger mute. Elling also crooned cool at the Van Dyck in 2013. 7:30 p.m. $36. 518-473-1845 www.theegg.org
NITTY GRITTY = SIX
The newly expanded Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays Cohoes Music Hall (58 Remsen St.) Wednesday. Founder Jeff Hanna (guitars) likens the lineup (which includes guitarist son Jaime) to new and old dogs. “ … When you throw a couple of puppies into a pen with a bunch of old dogs, all of a sudden, the old dogs start playing.” It’s founders Hanna and Jimmy Fadden (drums) with Bob Carpenter (keyboards); Jim Photoglo (bass, guitar); Ross Holmes (fiddle, mandolin); and the younger Hanna. The NGDB’s 30 albums include the great three-disc, star-studded “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Another point in their favor: They brought comic Steve Martin to open at the UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom in the early ’70s. 7:30 p.m. $171-$39. 518-953-0630 www.thecohoesmusichall.org
Bonerama blasts the Parish Public House (338 Broadway, Albany) Wednesday. The New Orleans band aims three trombones, Sousaphone, drums and guitar at leader Mark Mullins’ goal, to “expand what a New Orleans brass band could do.” Bull’s-eye! Recent releases include “Bonerama Plays Zeppelin” — yeah, Zep tunes, all horn-y — and “Shake it Baby” with a dazzling cover of “Manic Depression.” Mullins played the hottest solo in the 2017 Last Waltz all-star tribute at the Palace, and Bonerama’s gig that Halloween at the Parish featured cool costumes. 8 p.m. $18 advance, $22 door. 518-465-0444 www.parishpublichouse.com
Old Songs, young band: A hot young Irish crew, the Jeremiahs, play Old Songs (37 S. Main, Voorheesville) tonight. Urban, urbane and unmistakably Celtic but vigorously up to date, the Jeremiahs are Joe Gibney, vocals, whistle; James Ryan, guitar, bouzouki; Jean Christophe Morel, fiddle, mandola; and Julien Bruneteau, flute. 7:30 p.m. $25 adults, $12 for ages 13-18, $5 12 and under. 518-765-2815 www.oldsongs.org
Singer-bassist Laura Love teams up with guitarist Terry Hunt on Saturday at the Eighth Step (The Addy at Proctors. 432 State St., Schenectady). Love accompanied Holly Near in a previous Eighth Step show (held at Capital Rep), but her own exuberant music burst wide through the festival scene in 2017. She’s released 11 albums and published a memoir, “You Ain’t Got No Easter Clothes,” plus an account of touring with the Occupy movement. She’s a politically engaged and compelling troubadour. 7:30 p.m. $27 advance, $29 door, $50 front and center. 518-434-1703 www.8thstep.org
Not all international musical collaborations work as intended; not even all trans-Caribbean projects, though they have the advantage of proximity in soulfulness and rhythm.
Here’s one that charms, delights and makes you dance: “HaitiaNola” — a delicious album by the great Haitian group Lakou Mizik with New Orleanians. At first, in “Renmen,” it’s “just” Lakou Mizik as they sounded at Music Haven; that is to say fantastic, funky fun. But then the venerable clarinetist Charlie Gabriel slides into the groove, then the rest of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band clatters aboard and the thing just explodes. The record is stacked with genius-caliber Crescent City stars: Trombone Shorty, Jon Cleary, Cyril Neville, Tank (of the Bangas), Anders Osborne, Leyla McCalla (here recently with Our Native Daughters), the Soul Rebels, King James — even adopted New Orleanians Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire.
Purists might argue that Lakou Mizik doesn’t need any help, and I’d agree. But this is so fun, I suggest you get it for your next party. It IS a party.
I’ve watched Ken Burns’ PBS series “Country Music” like a good book: slowly. I don’t want it to end. Of course we can quibble about emphasis, influences and relative screen time. But why bother? It’s more fun to bourbon-sip it: straight, sweet and strong, as is.
Interviews with contemporary artists remind us that every musician starts as a fan and stays one, while offering insider knowledge and appreciation. Marty Stuart, in particular, conveys a matchless deep-but-exalted perspective; he plays The Egg Nov. 16 with his Fabulous Superlatives, who are all that. Family brag bonus: My brother Jim Hoke is in it, shown in a group photo with Vince Gill in the early ’70s Oklahoma City bluegrass band Mountain Smoke.