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Christiana returns home for a good cause

Christiana returns home for a good cause

The Yarnapalooza Charity Concert on Sunday at Centre Street (308 Union St. at Broadway, Schenectady) brings singer-songwriter-guitarist Blake Christiana back to his home town — with his band Yarn.

Alex Slomka, Heavenly Echoes to play today


Some summer free-show series have wrapped up: Alive at Five, Music Haven and a few others; yet some few free shows remain.

Toby Keith imposing musically, charitably

Toby Keith imposing musically, charitably

As Toby Keith returns to SPAC on Sunday, I’m reminded that he is both an imposing sight and more than meets the eye.

Music Haven showcases music of the world

Music Haven showcases music of the world

Music Haven (Central Park, Schenectady) delivers extra-large on its promise to travel the world one concert at a time on Sunday, zipping to Eastern Europe as proudly eclectic self-proclaimed “ethno chaos” practitioners DakhaBrakha from Ukraine headline.

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

In last week’s music overload, I first hied myself (thanks, Carl Strock) to the Green River Festival near Northampton on July 8, mainly to see NRBQ, who headlined its first (1986) edition.

Douglas’ dobro echoes sounds of Flatt, Scruggs

Douglas’ dobro echoes sounds of Flatt, Scruggs

Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas will be on the Music Haven stage on Sunday.

5 major bands slated for week of big shows

5 major bands slated for week of big shows

Phish, one of our BIGGEST bands, played three giant shows last week; this week, five of our BEST bands play seven shows.

Weather, mellow crowds a winning recipe

Weather, mellow crowds a winning recipe

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival put 21 acts on two stages Saturday and Sunday, both perfect weather days, with free cookies. Crowds seemed smaller than usual, but typically mellow and friendly: a happy human rainbow that works every time.

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.

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