Show Detective – Weekend Shows – 11/17 – 11/19

Written by on November 16, 2023

Show Detective.

Friday, November 17th

The Bacon Brothers – NEW DATE! The Egg, Albany, 8pm

Part of the Guest Music Presentations Series

This concert was originally scheduled for June 22 and postponed to November 17.  Tickets for June 22 will be honored on November 17.  For additional information, call The Egg Box Office – 518-473-1845.

An Evening with The Bacon Brothers

Bound by blood and a mutual love of American roots music, Michael and Kevin Bacon have spent the past quarter-century in a creative whirl, funneling their shared DNA into a genre-bending sound. They call that sound “Forosoco” — a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences, delivered by two songwriters who were born to collaborate — and it’s taken the siblings across the world, from shows in Japan to performances at American landmarks like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

The Emo Night Tour 18+ ONLY with ID, Empire Live, Albany, 8pm

K-pop Dance Night! Fuze Box, Albany, 8pm-2am

K-pop Dance Night!

Come join us for a night of K-pop madness at Fuze Box!

Get ready to dance your heart out to the catchy beats of your favorite K-pop hits. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just love to groove, this event is perfect for you.

Bring your friends, unleash your inner K-pop star, and let’s create some unforgettable memories together!

The Sound Inside, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 7:30pm

When an isolated creative writing professor at Yale begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student, the two form an unexpectedly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, one makes a surprising request of the other. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.

Hammerhead Horns, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 7pm-10pm

The Hammerhead Horns are a quartet of old friends who convene to perform old-timey blues, ragtime and honkytonk with Piano, Drums, Trumpet and Trombone.

WailOn – Tribute to REAL Country, Lark Hall, Albany, 8pm

WailOn recreates a full 70’s era Waylon Jennings and the Waylors stage show and performs the music of Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr – and the Outlaws of Country, old and new. This electrifying stage show features top-notch musicians who have played with members of Lynard Skynard, Government Mule, Levon Helm and The Band, The Spirit of Johnny Cash and Billy Eli; appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”; and shared the stage with Tim O’Brien, voodoo blues king John Mooney, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins, dobro master Jerry Douglas, the Everly Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Sonny Rollins, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Eggy w/ Funky Dawgz, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 9am-12:30am

Eggy is… the fresh but familiar sound you crave. Eggy’s rich harmonies carry introspective lyrics across winding instrumentation, taking the listener on a deep sonic journey. Like a good dish, Eggy is more than the sum of its parts- Jake Brownstein (guitar/vocals), Dani Battat (keys/vocals), Mike Goodman (bass/vocals), & Alex Bailey (drum/vocals).


Folk Heritage Series: Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt, Caffe Lena, 8pm-10pm

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt have been weaving their voices, dulcimers, and guitars together for decades, creating an atmosphere of joy and musical lushness that audiences find so irresistible, they frequently join right in. Their soaring harmonies, fascinating double dulcimer work, and the mix of 6 and 12-string guitars, blend with a wide choice of songs combining originals and traditional songs

Schmidt and Rogers have been perfecting their craft for almost four decades, both as solo artists and as a duo. Schmidt’s is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter, drama, and celebrating the moment with clarity, humor, and wonder. The San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote: “Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.” Garrison Keillor reflects: “When Claudia sings a song, it stays sung.”

Bastian Void / Trash Panda QC / Wavy Cunningham / DJ Jonesy, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

The Dive, Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, 8pm

Saturday, November 18th

VIR DAS: Mind Fool Tour, The Egg, Albany, 7pm

Part of the Guest Comedy Presentations Series

Kat Timpf LIVE – You Can’t Joke About That, The Egg, Albany, 8pm

Part of the Guest Presentation Series

Kat Timpf LIVE “You Can’t Joke About That” is a hilarious 90-minute show that takes a deep dive into every aspect of her best-selling book. From her worse-than-humble beginnings starting  out as an adult, to crazy exes, deaths, and the infamous “Chapter 5”, Kat takes the audience on a hysterical step-by-step ride on her path to the present- and why comedy through the dark times is what helped her survive. With the charm, wit, and ridiculous commentary we’ve all come to love, Kat is guaranteed to have you laughing, thinking, and leaving with a deeper sense of community than ever before.

NYSSMA Zone 7 Area All-State Festival 2023, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 2pm

The NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Area All-State is an honors festival that consists of rehearsals and a performance for the highest performing high school students in NYSSMA’s Zone 7 (Capital Region). We expect approximately 350 students from 40 local school districts to participate.

NYSSMA exists to advocate for and promote music education in New York through conferences and PD for its teacher members, and present many programs for students in its member schools.

The Thanksgiving Metal Throwdown Food Drive: Hosted by THAT FUZZING ROCK SHOW, Empire Underground, Albany, 7pm

Wrathchild (performing Iron Maiden)
British Steel (performing Judas Priest)
LiveWire (performing Motley Crue)
Uncle SAMM (performing the Big 4 Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth)

Thad Jones w/ Gary Smulyan and Joe Magnarelli, Alias Coffee Roasters, Troy, 7:30pm; 9pm

Four Sticks, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Led Zeppelin Tribute Band

Sean Feeney Music, Patrick’s Pub, Watervliet

An Evening with Mike Doughty and Ghost of Vroom, Lark Hall, Albany, 8pm

Mike Doughty, is taking his new band Ghost of Vroom on the road for the first time this fall. The group, consisting of Doughty, Andrew “Scrap” Livingston and drummer Madden Klass are releasing their latest album “Ghost of Vroom 3” September 2023. The aptly titled full length is their third release from acclaimed producer Mario Caldato Jr (Beastie Boys, Beck) and showcases hard hitting drums, hooks, flows and Doughty’s signature brand of art pop.

These special shows will feature songs from Mike Doughty’s entire catalog, spanning Soul Coughing, his solo work, and selections from all three Ghost of Vroom albums.

Hotwalker Presents: Skidmore Night, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 10:30pm-1:45am*Skidmore ID required

Hey Skidmore, we’ve got one more party for you before Thanksgiving break.

Join us on Saturday as Hotwalker presents: Leather & Lace.  DJ Eric C will be back again throwing down the beats all night (and he does take requests), so come on down and let’s get after it one more time before the break!

Skidmore Songwriters, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 3pm-5pm

A free community concert by students in Skidmore Senior-Artist-in-Residence Joel Brown’s semester-long songwriting workshop.

What better way to celebrate Skidmore College’s Songwriting Workshop than to showcase these talented students’ work at Caffè Lena? Join Joel Brown and his class for a concert of sometimes nostalgic, sometimes fun, but always thoughtful songwriting! This community concert gives Saratogians a chance to experience the hard work going on in Skidmore’s celebrated music department. Free admission – donations welcome. Caffe Lena’s full menu will be available.

String Machine / Raavi / Rover / Dan LaFave & Shannon Straney, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

The Dive, Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, 8pm

Sunday, November 19th

Rocky Mountain High Experience: A John Denver Christmas, Troy Music Hall, Troy, 3pm

Rocky Mountain High Experience®, A John Denver Christmas starring Rick Schuler, is an intimate experience that will take you back to the ’70s when John Denver’s music permeated the radio airways. Rick’s enchanting holiday show features all your favorite Denver hits including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” and “Take Me Home Country Roads,” just to name a few.  Schuler weaves in John’s heartwarming inspirational carols and holiday classics from his memorable TV specials and Christmas albums including “Aspenglow,” “Away In A Manger,” “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire and many more festive standards.

Rocky Mountain High Experience®, A John Denver Christmas captivates audiences young and old alike. Don’t miss the incomparable event of the season… you will swear you are back in the ’70s with John Denver on stage!

The Pat McGee Band, The Linda, Albany, 7pm-9pm

The Pat McGee Band is what is commonly referred to as a band of journeyman musicians. In the 25 years since their formation, they’ve acquired a fanatical popular following, one that was so determined that it produced sales of over 100,000 copies of their first three albums and eventually caused Warner Bros. Records to take notice and sign the group to an exclusive contract at the end of the ‘90s. The band’s dedication to working the road was so steadfast that at one point in their ten year touring stint, they played a remarkable 98 concerts in 103 days. They shared stages with the Who, the Allman Brothers, James Taylor, and many more, and also achieved the ultimate honors — performing for President Bill Clinton and touring with the USO

The gatherings McGee continues to preside over — “Down the Hatch” and “Ocean State of Mind” — continue to attract the faithful on an annual basis while reconnecting friends and fans through that common bond that McGee and company have successfully nurtured over the past 25 years.

With a new album recently released to spectacular reviews, their first quarter century is only the beginning of their continuing career.

Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Egg, Albany, 8pm

Part of the Guest Music Presentations Series

Join #1 Billboard Blues Artist Joanne Shaw Taylor and her amazing band as they perform songs from her critically acclaimed new studio album, Nobody’s Fool which cited as “The most versatile album in Joanne Shaw Taylor’s career”. Joanne will also dig deep into her rich back catalogue where she will hand-pick songs from her albums Reckless Heart, Wild, The Dirty Truth, Almost Always Never, Diamonds in the Dirt, and White Sugar. Taylor has become one of the hottest live acts on the modern Blues scene, and soon you’ll see why. You don’t want to miss Blues Rock Phenom, Joanne Shaw Taylor in this unforgettable night of soul and blues music!
Watch Joanne’s music video, “Won’t Be Fooled Again” from her latest studio album Nobody’s Fool here:

Late Nite Catechism, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, 2:30pm

Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play that takes the audience back to their youth. The irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of “students.” Throughout the course of the class the funny and feisty instructor rewards the “students” for correct answers and naughty students may well find themselves sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. The New York Times calls it interactive theater at its best and full of laughs! You won’t want to miss this holy rollercoaster of fun.

The Beach Boys, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 3pm

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half-century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequaled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys–who have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and an American icon, are bringing their “America’s Band” tour to fans around the world. Since the band’s co-founder, lead-singer and chief lyricist Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin’” (1961), dozens of the band’s chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.”

House Party Presents: Homeless Awareness Benefit, Empire Underground, Albany, 5:30pm

Nailed Shut
Senior Living

Thad Jones w/ Gary Smulyan and Joe Magnarelli, Alias Coffee Roasters, 6pm; 7:30pm

Community Concert, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 2pm

Enjoy an afternoon of diverse jazz styles and inspiring talent as the jazz music students of Skidmore College take the stage with their guitars, brass, reeds, keyboards, drums and vocals. They never fail to put on a truly engaging show of jazz standards and contemporary compositions. This free community concert gives Saratogians a chance to experience the hard work going on in Skidmore’s celebrated music department.

May Erlewine with Matt Sucich, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 7pm-9pm

One of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters, May Erlewine shares her gift for writing songs of substance that feel both new and soulfully familiar. Her lyrics offer a window into her heartbreak, her empowerment, and her emboldened spirit. These lyrics are beautifully-crafted, honest stories, through which Erlewine’s unique experiences are rooted in wisdom, joy, sorrow, simplicity, and love. Musically, she carries the songwriter’s torch through gorgeous, delicate, soulful arrangements and multiple sonic landscapes.

Erlewine considers her career in the music industry as a service-oriented one and uses her platform for positive change. She stresses the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment, and community-building as necessary work in our world. Her body of work has become an anthem and an example of why we need to listen to women, empower women, and why we need to hear their stories.

Beesides Film Score: Apollo 13 With Armbruster & Blue Ranger, No Fun, Troy, 8pm-11pm

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