Well, it looks like the Fall concert series is upon us, because November is chock full of music, so, without further adieu, here are this week’s live music picks.
Thursday, November 3 – TWENTY THOUSAND ROADS, a Gram Parsons tribute band, will be performing at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Never heard these guys, but they’re certainly getting their inspiration from one of the right sources! You can’t see Gram anymore, so this may be one of the few bands playing his music live now. One of the best singers and songwriters carrying the torch for Gram’s “Cosmic American Music”, JIM LAUDERDALE, will be at Hill Country in Manhattan tonight as well, so it’s a Gram Parsons night, upstate and down.
Friday, November 4 – One of the best newgrass groups around, THE GREENCARDS, bring their brand of bluegrass music into Club Helsinki in Hudson tonight. Originally hailing from Australia, lead members Kym Warner and Carol Young put the band together in Austin, and now call Nashville home. She had had several #1 hits in Australia and he was the Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Champ four straight years. The twice Grammy nominated group counts Roseanne Cash, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Buddy Miller amongst their fans, so they’re in some pretty exalted company. If you’re a bluegrass fan, this one’s for you! More information at www.thegreencards.com and www.helsinkihudson.com.
Saturday, November 5 – I guess I might as well get a room in Hudson this weekend, because the fantastic music at Club Helsinki just won’t quit! Tonight, we’ve got the most exciting new old-school R n B group to surface in ages, SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS, at Helsinki. This band is almost single handedly igniting the Soul Music revival, and is the closest thing going today to the classic Stax and Muscle Shoals sounds of the 60’s. Get there early, because it will be crowded. These guys are the band that backed Amy Winehouse on her multi-million selling, groundbreaking album, “Back to Black”, and have appeared at every major festival and every TV show there is. More info at www.sharonjonesandthedapkings.com and www.helsinkihudson.com.
Closer to home, we have ABIGAIL WASHBURN at the Bearsville Theater with opening act, MIKE AND RUTHY. I don’t know that much about Abigail, but Mike and Ruthy are the best acoustic act in town! Abigail, a banjo player like her husband, Bela Fleck, is an eclectic, old timey musician. Interestingly, Bela is playing at The Egg in Albany on the next day, so to me, it’s pretty obvious that there is a better than good chance that Bela will be on hand for this show, and, if you don’t know who Bela Fleck is, I think it’s safe to say that he’s the Jimi Hendrix of banjo, and one of the greatest innovators on the instrument ever! The possibility that Bela may show up, combined with Mike and Ruthy as the opening act, make this show look pretty good. More information at www.mikeandruthy.com, www.bearsvilletheater.com, and Abigail’s videos are all over You Tube. Check ‘em out!
Sunday, November 6 – The aforementioned MISTER BELA FLECK stops in at The Egg in Albany. This lovely venue is a great setting to catch the world’s best banjo player. He will do things on the instrument that you never thought possible! Trust me!
Monday, November 7 – Back to Club Helsinki for SCOTT SHARRARD AND THE BRICKYARD BAND. Scott is best known as the guitar player in The Gregg Allman Band. This is the first night of Gary McKeever’s Monday Night Live series at Club Helsinki, having recently moved from The Bearsville Theater for reasons unknown at this time. Support the series and support Scott. He’s a great guitarist! www.scottsharrard.com.
Tuesday, November 8 – For all you hard rock fans, LA GUNS pull into The Chance in Poughkeepsie for a rare appearance. Frontman Tracii Guns was an early member of Guns n Roses, and LA Guns have deservedly sold millions of albums. At this concert, the band and Tracii are billed separately, so I don’t know if Tracii’s out of the band he started and is performing separately, or if he just got his own billing, but either way, if you’re a hard rock fan, don’t miss this! Info at www.thechancetheater.com.
Wednesday, November 9 – RAY MANZARAK and ROBBIE KRIEGER of THE DOORS make a rare Northeast appearance at The Egg in Albany. I saw the reformed Doors when they toured with Ian Astbury as their lead singer, and they were really good! Whatever form this takes, it’s gotta be worth the price of admission.
So that’s it! Some week, eh? There’s something really good going on every night, and it keeps right on going all month. Next week we’ve got John Hyatt, Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, The Supersuckers, Bill Maher, and Hank III, and the following week, John Fogerty, Guns n Roses, Kid Rock, Ray Davies, and the CKS Band.