Show Detective – Weekend Shows – Friday 9/15 – Sunday 9/17

Written by on September 14, 2023

Show Detective

We have a packed weekend, with our show detective covering the beat.

Friday, September 15th

Studebaker John & The Hawks, The Linda, Albany, 8pm-10pm

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

Joining Studebaker is Rick Kreher, an original part of Studebaker John & The Hawks. He was also a guitarist for Muddy Waters and is the guitarist for Mud Morganfield.

Maria Muldaur, The Egg, Albany, 7:30pm

Part of the American Roots & Branches Series

While recording her self-titled debut album in 1973, vocalist Maria Muldaur added the breezy, desert romance song “Midnight at the Oasis” as an afterthought to an impeccable mix of American roots tunes. Released as a single, it became a Grammy-nominated top ten hit and her signature song. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the infamous recording, Maria will perform the song along with a selection of the blues, country, folk, swing and pop tunes that made her first album a classic, accompanied by her Red Hot Bluesiana Band. Plus, Maria will go “Beyond Midnight” with a multi-media performance that reflects on her six decade career – from the early years with the Even Dozen and Jim Kweskin Jug Bands, to collaborations with the Grateful Dead and Bonnie Raitt to her recent recordings with Tuba Skinny and Taj Mahal.

Outlaw Music Festival, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 4:40pm

Agnostic Front, Empire Underground, Albany, 6:30pm

wsg Murphy’s Law, Grade 2

After The Burial, Empire Live, Albany, 8pm

wsg Alpha Wolf and Oakheart

RESIST: September 2023 with DJs Xero + Glyfyx, Fuze Box, Albany, 9pm-2am

It’s back to school season with Resist The Club! Strap in for an evening of throwing down in the dark to a diverse selection of dark dance music brewed from the finest industrial, ebm, darkwave, hyperpop, electro, hip hop, rhythmic/tribal/power noise and modern goth ⚙️

Special substitute teacher DJ Glyfyx joins your principal DJ Xero and hall monitor Boss Salvage for a tie-wearing, chalk-throwing, food fight of a classic throwdown 🏫FREE Parking : Albany County Lot from 5pm-5am : 206 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210

Forever Seger, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 8pm-10:30pm

With driving guitars, soaring harmonies and an energy that will lift fans out of their seats, FOREVER SEGER delivers a rock and roll show that brings Bob Seger fans back to days gone by. A dynamic concert experience with a world-class, ten-piece band, Forever Seger invites audiences to dance and sing along once again to the soundtrack of their lives.   Experience the music. Experience the show. Experience Forever Seger.

Harmonic Duo, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 7pm-10pm

The Duo with the sound of a full band!

An Evening with Julian Lage with special guest Elijah Wolf, Lark Hall, Albany, 7pm

Lark Hall presents An Evening with Julian Lage on Friday September 15th. Doors 7pm; Show 8pm. This is a seated event.

22 & Good 4 U ~ Taylor Swift & Olivia Rodrigo Night, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 9pm-1am

22 & good 4 u is a dance party for lovers of Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo! Playing hits from ALL Taylor eras and Olivia’s “SOUR” and singles from upcoming album “GUTS”. Join us for a night of dancing and screaming along to our favorite pop queens with the besties! Hosted by DJ ERIC C.


Taylor Ashton Album Release, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-10pm

Taylor Ashton is a folk-pop guitar & banjo-playing singer/songwriter, whose music is satisfyingly clever, yet confessional, lush & intimate

Growing up in Vancouver, BC with his father, Taylor Ashton was always playing with words. “My dad and his friends loved making up little jokes and verses, and they always encouraged me to write. I think my dad was surprised that he had made this little person who was now making things of his own, and his encouragement made me believe I was some kind of poetic genius,” laughs Ashton. He spent the first half of his twenties on the road across Canada as frontman of the band Fish & Bird before moving to New York to work on a new set of songs and a new chapter of life. His music takes influence from the cosmic emotionality of Joni Mitchell, the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers, the humor and heartbreak of Randy Newman, and old-time and Celtic folk music. Alternately accompanying himself on clawhammer banjo and electric guitar, Taylor croons poignantly clever lyrical insights while effortlessly gliding between a Bill Callahan-esque baritone to a Thom Yorke-like falsetto.

Protex / Flavour/ Mystery Girl, The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, 8pm-11:59pm

Hey, Greasy! Presents

Formed in Belfast in 1978, Protex were one of the pioneers of the Belfast Punk Movement. They were soon signed to the famous Good Vibrations label; their debut release receiving great reviews and enjoying widespread airplay on the UK’s national Radio 1 station. They quickly came to the attention of Rough Trade Records who released Don’t Ring Me Up to wide acclaim.


Flavour and Mystery Girl. DJ Colin Social spinning records too.

Pinky Lemon / Barbie Barker / Allie Young / Toriendofstory, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

Pinky Lemon –

Barbie Barker –

Allie Young –

The Snorts, The 3 Skins, MTBA, Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, 8pm

Saturday, September 16th

Rakish, The Linda, Albany, 8pm-10pm

Violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn unite to form “Rakish.” The pair gets their namesake from the traditional Irish tune Rakish Paddy, an origin that aptly suits the duo and their shared background in traditional Irish and Scottish music. Yet “rakish” itself also suggests something strikingly unconventional in its appearance, and Maura and Conor knowingly embrace this wealth of connotation in their music, drawing on the music they grew up with and performing it with their own slant. In a performance that is something more akin to concert music, Rakish explores tunes and songs from Irish and American folk traditions in a way that reflects their shared interest in and love for chamber and improvised music. Maura Shawn, a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition, wields the technical range of an accomplished classical violinist and the deep sensitivity of a traditional musician. Conor, a native to the Irish music communities of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, makes his home in Boston playing guitar for a number of traditional music acts and bands.

Killer Queen, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 7:30pm

Ray LaMontagne, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 7:30pm

Grammy Award-winning artist Ray LaMontagne has announced his 2023 North America tour – Just Passing Through – with his trio this fall. The special edition run will include a fan-requested set list from his catalog voted through Ray’s vast catalog spans eight full-length records, multiple Grammy nominations, and chart-topping radio singles. ABOUT RAY LAMONTAGNE Ray LaMontagne has released 8 studio albums, 6 of which have reached Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and Billboard’s Digital Albums chart.  Additionally, his 2010 album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise won the Grammy for Best Folk Album and was nominated in the coveted Song of The Year category for “Beg Steal or Borrow.” Each release from his catalog over the last 16 years carries its own character and feel. Having worked with producers Ethan Johns, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ray’s vast sonic catalog has been called everything from “a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format,” from Entertainment Weekly to “epic and magical,” from Rolling Stone and “gorgeous and ambitious,” from EsquireNPR’s All Things Considered said that Ray throughout the course of his career “has continued to push himself in different directions,” while People called Ray a “marvel of nature.”

Niko Moon, Empire Live, Albany, 8pm

with David J

F*CK THE B0LLOCKS, Fuze Box, Albany, 7pm-12am

Punk rock cover night featuring: Seize Atlantis, Sad Dads, Nikki Brown & The Well Diggers, The Mopar Cams & Nick Rossi!

After party DJ set with DJ 3rd Degree to follow!

Tito Puente Jr. & His Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 8pm-10pm

“A dazzling show filled with charisma, flair and all the right dance moves. His skill at playing, singing, and dancing was undeniable…Tito Puente Jr. shined with a talent that was all his own.” —The Examiner

Tito Puente, Jr. and his Ensemble bring exhilarating Latin rhythms that will get your feet moving. Son of the legendary American salsa and Latin jazz musician Tito Puente, Tito Puente, Jr. has big shoes to fill. And boy does he!

Always honoring his father’s legacy, Tito Puente, Jr. has also made a name for himself as one of the most exciting Latin musicians touring today.  Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, and his music. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission, determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father.

He has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son — and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.

Curt and The Whistle Pigs, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Country Music

Drag Queen Game Night, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-12am

Join us for Drag Queen Game Night at Putnam Place!

Get ready for a night filled with laughter, excitement, and fabulous entertainment. Our in-person event will take place at Putnam Place, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Hosted by the incredible Zarria Davenport and Special Guest – Starling Silver, this event promises to be a riot of fun and games. From trivia challenges to interactive competitions, you’ll have the chance to showcase your knowledge and skills while being entertained by the most glamorous performers.

Whether you’re a seasoned drag enthusiast or just looking for a night of laughter and entertainment, Drag Queen Game Night is the perfect event for you. Come and witness the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of our fabulous queens as they bring the house down with their wit and charm.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event! Grab your friends, put on your most fabulous outfit, and join us at Putnam Place for a night that’s sure to be unforgettable.

Michael Jerling, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-10pm

Michael Jerling’s bluesy country/roots songscapes cover romance, whimsy, drama, death & celebration of the mundane, through keen observation

Born and raised in Illinois, songwriter Michael Jerling became involved with music while helping to run the campus coffeehouse at the University of Wisconsin. Now settled in Saratoga Springs, Jerling has been a noted artist on the club, college and festival circuits of North America – as well as a beloved mainstay at Caffè Lena. His butterscotch baritone voice is backed up with first-rate lyrical sense, impressive musicianship – borrowing from blues, rock, country and R&B – with consummate skill on six & twelve string guitars, harmonica and mandolin, all buoyed by his dry sense of humor.

House Of Harm / Architrave / Hellseeker DJs, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

House of Harm –

Architrave –

Hellseeker DJs

Sunday, September 17th

Joe Fiedler’s Open Sesame, The Linda, Albany, 3pm-5pm

Open Sesame merges the two worlds of Joseph Fielder, those being music director for Sesame Street—for the past twelve seasons and an internationally recognized jazz trombonist, by presenting his unique and slightly edgy arrangements of Sesame Street classics. In support of their new release, Fuzzy and Blue, the band showcases a working quartet of seasoned New York improvisers, (Jeff Lederer/Saxophones, Steven Bernstein/Trumpets, Michael Sarin/Drums and Sean Conly/Bass).

Also, Fielder will present an inside multi-media look with Q&A of just how the musical direction for the beloved children’s educational program comes together. Open Sesame’s debut recording was released in February 2019 to great acclaim. Popmatters said, “(Fiedler is) a great jazz musician who blends the sober and the spectacular working with music from one of the most important cultural launching pads this country has created. Jazz and Sesame Street? Yes. Open wide” and the New York City Jazz Record recently named Open Sesame to their “Best of 2019” list.

Grace Potter – VIP, The Egg, Albany, 7pm

Part of the Guest Music Presentations Series

of Montreal with special guest Locate S,1 & Samuel Boat, Lark Hall, Albany, 8pm

Lark Hall Presents Of Montreal, an American indie pop band from Athens, Georgia on Sunday, September 17th. Doors 7pm; Show 8pm. All ages.

If you’re Kevin Barnes, the creative visionary behind of Montreal, Freewave Lucifer fck happens. Isolation and uncertainty loomed throughout the genesis of the band’s latest studio album. “The experience of just trying to keep my head above water and navigate through the last couple years played ahuge role in this record,” says Barnes.

These expansive selections contrast markedly with the focused pop of 2020’s UR FUN, which was crafted for visceral thrills and the concert stage. As it was for countless musicians around the world, the inability to tour eliminated one of the linchpins of Barnes’ creative process. “I didn’t know if we’d ever tour again, so I didn’t consider that side of things.” Denied social interaction and diverse experiences, Barnes delved inward.

Capital Region Blues Network Solo-Duo Competition, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Solo/duo acts will be competing for the honor of representing the Capital Region at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN

Sunday, September 17 · 12:30 – 2:30pm EDT. Doors at 12pm

The three acts have been announced! They will be competing for the honor of representing the Capital Region at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January, 2024 and include: LeFever, The Zarvis Brothers and Trevor Collins.

Sponsored by the Capital Region Blues Network (an affiliate of the Blues Foundation), the competition takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Djunah / Dogpisser / Dblgoer (John Olanders Birthday Show!), No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

Djunah –

Chicago-based Djunah spotlights the talents of Donna Diane, who pulls triple duty, simultaneously playing guitar, singing, and pulverizing a Moog bass organ with her foot — a feat some have described as “mind-blowing.” Drawing a broad range of comparisons from Diamanda Galás to Melvins, Djunah (pronounced “JUNE-uh”) pairs her powerful, unrestrained vocals and abrasive guitar with punishing drums courtesy of drummer Jared Karns (Their/They’re/There, Hidden Hospitals)

Dblgoer –

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