Show Detective – Weekend Shows – 2/23 – 2/25

Written by on February 22, 2024

Show Detective.

Friday, February 23rd

Total Mass Retain YES Tribute Band, The Linda, Albany, 8pm-11pm

Bringing you one of the greatest YES music experiences on earth! We love when we play, and we’re here to awaken the first 50 years of Yes’ vast repertoire.


“Unbelievable!!! Sound Chaser hasn’t been played like that since YES in 1976. Bravo. Bravo. Bravissimo!”


““That was the first live performance of ‘Subway Walls’ by any band – ever – very well done! The band was fantastic and really puts on a great YES show.”


“TMR really brought me back; especially No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed. It was an amazing performance and they even influenced Steve Howe to add the song into our own setlist after all these years. The band was excellent, a major highlight of the day…and I’ll be posting videos”


“These guys are the real deal. You close your eyes and you think you’re actually hearing YES! Congratulations to Total Mass Retain band thanks for all the love and support. ”


The Egg Presents: Lúnasa with Daoirí Farrell, The Egg, Albany, 7:30pm

Part of the Rhythm International Series

Some of Ireland’s foremost instrumentalists formed Lúnasa in 1997 and the group’s complex arrangements and unique sound have since reshaped the boundaries of traditional music. Joined by vocalist and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell, one of the most prominent singers to come out of Ireland in  recent years, this dream team promises to deliver on the band’s reputation as “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”, as described by New York’s Irish Voice newspaper.

Fury Of Five, Empire Underground, Albany, 6:30pm

Dysentery, 1000 Yard Stare, Confinement, Deadweight

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

Crystal Ship: A Tribute to The Doors, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 7:30pm-10pm

Take a trip back to Sunset Strip in the 1960’s with CRYSTAL SHIP! This highly acclaimed touring tribute act pays tribute to Jim Morrison and the Doors by recreating the music, magic and intensity of a live Doors concert.

CRYSTAL SHIP ONLY utilizes vintage gear, instruments, and costumes to recreate a stunning Doors concert experience like no other FEATURING legendary Doors front man Eddie Racci. This is a MUST-SEE SHOW for not only fans of the Doors, but all fans of classic rock! The group focuses on all the authentic details that made The Doors one of the most iconic rock bands of the 20th century.

Arukah, Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 8pm-11pm

Arukah is an original New England based jam band super group.

Happy Hour at The Eleven with Jeff Becker (FREE SHOW), The Eleven, Albany, 8pm-10pm

Jeff loops his unique mix of grunge influence, psychedelic swirl and amazing hair into must-hear music.

Happy Hour at The Eleven with Jeff Becker (FREE SHOW)

Come join us for a fun evening at The Eleven with live music by the talented Jeff Becker! It’s time to unwind and enjoy some great tunes in a relaxed atmosphere. This event is completely free, so bring your friends and let’s have a good time together!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to kick back, grab a drink, and listen to some awesome music. See you there!

DJ TGIF x DJ D. Santiago x DJ King Bully, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 10:30pm-2am

Come on down to Putnam Place for Capo’s Birthday Bash featuring beats by DJ TGIF, DJ D. Santiago and DJ King Bully, plus a special performance by Xtra Money.

Momentum Series: Alexis P. Suter Band, Caffe Lena, 8pm-10pm

What do you do when your mother was a backup vocalist for Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Harry Belafonte, Mavis Staples and Dionne Warwick? You grow up to be an award-winning blues, gospel, and rock vocalist with an extraordinary bass/baritone voice. Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming gale-force voice that you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of North America and beyond. Her vocals range from pained passion to explosive and soul bearing, blending blues, soul, roots & rock. Her repertoire ranges from old-time Delta blues like “John the Revelator” to classic electric blues like “Got My Mojo Working” to vintage soul including “Take Me to the River.”

Alan Sparhawk (Of Low) / Maria BC, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

Alan Sparhawk

Thirty years into a career of music making, 2023 finds Alan Sparhawk entering uncharted territory. Sparhawk co-founded the band Low alongside vocalist and drummer Mimi Parker, who passed away in late 2022. Their music derived elemental power from its fearless exploration of quiet, gentle places. Low released thirteen albums and influenced a movement of spacious, graceful, intimate, and ever-evolving music.

Over time, Low’s anthemic songs heightened in urgency and tone, unearthing new layers of musical exploration and lyrical questioning. Their final album, Grammy nominated “Hey What,” was released in 2021 to universal acclaim and marked a high point in their musical evolution and trajectory.

Sparhawk has recently been playing with various collaborators and projects with friends and family members, including guest appearances with Yo La Tengo, Trampled by Turtles, Peder Mannerfelt, Damien, and funk band Derecho Rhythm Section. At the end of 2023 Alan did a short European tour in the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal and he will be releasing new music in 2024.

From “Bar People.”

Friday – 5:30PM at Wishing Well – Christine Spero

Friday – 6PM at Inn at Saratoga – Had the Radish

Friday – 6PM at Saratoga Winery – Margo Macero

Friday – 6PM at Thirsty Owl – Matt Cosgrove

Friday – 6PM at Panza’s – Totally Awesome 80s Show

Friday – 6:30PM at Tap & Barrel – 2096 Duo

Friday – 6:30PM at Artisanal Brew Works – Jo Henley

Friday – 6:30PM at Diamond Club – Chris Dollard

Friday – 6:30PM at Dock Browns – Don Hoffman

Friday – 7PM at Kraverie – Growling Hazers

Friday – 7PM at Principessa Elana – Jeff Walton

Friday – 8PM at 9 Maple – Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes

Friday – 9PM at Vapor – Ten Most Wanted

Friday – 10PM at Tap & Barrel – Nick Rossi Band

Friday – 5:30PM at Grappa 72 – Group Fresh with Jenna Sue

Friday – 6PM at 677 Prime – Franklin Micare

Friday – 8PM at September’s Too – Ill Funk Ensemble

Friday – 6PM at The Scarlet Knife – Jay Yager

Friday – 7:30PM at Eden Caffe – Sergio Sericolo & Company

Friday – 7PM at Muddy’s Tavern – North Allen Duo

Friday – 5:30PM at Bootleggers – Pat Decker

Friday – 8PM at Twisted Fiddler – Beau Sasser & Justin Hendricks

Friday – 8PM at 518 Craft – Jeremy Gold Quartet

Friday – 6PM at Henry’s Tavern – Jeff Brisbin

Friday – 6PM at Powers Pub – Tooty & The Motherpluckers

Friday – 6PM at 30 Park – Russ Kennedy

Friday – 6PM at Wheatfields – Dan Sherwin

Friday – 7PM at Peddlers Bar & Bistro – Ky & Matty D

Friday – 6PM at Carsons Woodside Tavern – Black Abbey

Friday – 6PM at Wolf Hollow Brewing – Sabrina Trueheart

Friday – 5PM at Frog Alley Brewing – POGO

Friday – 6PM at Frog Alley Brewing – Donna Marie Tritico Band

Friday – 6PM at The Bunker – Travis Rockenstire

Friday – 7PM at 151 Bar – Steve Candlen

Friday – 8PM at Katie O’Byrnes – Joe Severino

Friday – 8PM at Rookies – Harmonic Duo

Friday – 8PM at Frog Alley Brewing – Ultimate Doors Tribute

Friday – 9PM at Centre St Pub – Joe Adee & The Lug Nuts

Saturday, February 24th

Giselle by the Grand Kyiv Ballet, The Egg, Albany, 7pm

Part of the Guest Dance Presentations Series

Giselle is a classical ballet that tells the story of a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman disguised as a commoner. Tragically, the girl dies of a broken heart when she discovers the truth about her lover’s identity. The ballet is known for its stunning choreography and beautiful music, and is a true masterpiece of the ballet repertoire.

We are honored to have the prime dancers from the National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine bring this timeless classic to life on stage. Their talent and artistry are unmatched, and we know that audiences will be swept away by their breathtaking performances.

This performance of Giselle promises to be a night of unforgettable beauty and artistry. Don’t miss your chance to see these world-class dancers in action.

Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 7:30pm

Animaniacs in Concert, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 8pm

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show, Proctors Theater, Schenectady, 8pm

Eric Bellinger, Empire Underground, Albany, 8pm

Zae France

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

Experience the mesmerizing harmonies of the Harmonic Duo, with the sound of a full band!

Warning Shot, Skitchin’, Out of Office, Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, 8pm-11:45pm

Work Wife / Jules Olson / Adam Tinkle / Beached Bodies, No Fun, Troy, 7pm-11pm

From “Bar People.”

Saturday – 5PM at Artisanal Brew Works – Will Capuano Duo

Saturday – 5:30PM at The Wishing Well – Alex Hitrick

Saturday – 6PM at Thirsty Owl – Eric Kufs

Saturday – 6PM at Inn at Saratoga – Erin Powers

Saturday – 6:30PM at Tap & Barrel – Adam & Tim

Saturday – 6:30PM at Panza’s – Christine Spero

Saturday – 6:30PM at Diamond Club – Steve Candlen

Saturday – 6:30PM at Dock Browns – Upstate Vibe

Saturday – 7PM at Kraverie – Completely Different

Saturday – 7PM at Quarters – Bennett Brothers

Saturday – 8PM at 9 Maple – Out of the Box

Saturday – 8PM at City Tavern – The Dude Abides

Saturday – 9PM at Vapor – Big Sky Country

Saturday – 9PM at Caroline St Pub – Motion Blur

Saturday – 10PM at Tap & Barrel – Hit n Run

Saturday – 6PM at 677 Prime – Tyler Giroux

Saturday – 7PM at Bye I Brewing – Off the Record

Saturday – 6PM at The Scarlet Knife – Pat Decker

Saturday – 6PM at The Bunker – Lucid Street

Saturday – 12PM at Mojo’s Cafe – Carolyn Shapiro

Saturday – 8PM at Twisted Fiddler – The Tradition

Saturday – 8PM at Milton Tavern – Contagious

Saturday – 6PM at 30 Park – Jay Yager

Saturday – 6PM at Powers Pub – Matt Evans

Saturday – 6PM at The Bunker – Hot Vox Trio

Saturday – 6PM at Ravenswood – Dan Sherwin

Saturday – 6:30PM at Other One Brewery – Kyle Hommel

Saturday – 6PM at Carsons Woodside Tavern – Rob Fleming

Saturday – 9PM at Nanola – Tame the Rooster

Saturday – 6PM at The Bunker – Wreckless Duo

Saturday – 8:30PM at Frog Alley Brewing – Skeeter Creek

Saturday – 9PM at Van Slycks at Rivers Casino – Ninedeeeznite

Saturday – 9PM at Centre St Pub – IMI Band

Sunday, February 25th

Stephen Clair and Michael Eck, The Linda, Albany, 7:30pm-10pm

WAMC’s LIVE AT THE LINDA LIVE hosted by Peter Hughes broadcasts live on WAMC – Northeast Public Radio from our performing arts studio – “The Linda.” You can be in the live studio audience. Our guests this month …Stephen Clair and Michael Eck.

Stephen Clair is a touring songwriter, producer, presenter, and mentor known internationally for his evocative songwriting, genre-blind guitar style, his always-sold-out songwriting classes, and an indefinable and indefatigable spirit.

Sinelus, Invoke Thy Wrath, Tyranize, Intrusive, Beasteliaphiliac, Empire Underground, 5:30pm

Nordlys Global Voices: Emilio Solla and Antonio Lizana, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 7pm-9pm

Latin Grammy winner (2020) and twice Grammy nominated, Argentina born and New York based pianist and composer Emilio Solla teams up for his thirteenth album with flamenco-jazz rising star Antonio Lizana. Together they have created a highly original piece, El Siempre Mar, where old Argentine folk songs live together with original compositions from both artists. In this new take on the “cantes de ida y vuelta” (roundtrip songs), these two artists have managed to find a unique and contemporary meeting point between the music of Argentina, the south of Spain, and jazz. Here, traditional songs by foundational composers such as Atahualpa Yupanqui and Astor Piazzolla take new dimensions through the inclusion of modern harmonies and jazz improvisation. The beauty and uniqueness of Solla’s arrangements and piano playing is matched by the expressiveness of Lizana’s voice and saxophone.

Made possible by The Nordlys Foundation.

Stream this show live at Caffè Lena TV. Enjoy one week of access with your live stream ticket.

Brule County Bad Boys Record Release, Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, 8pm-11pm

It’s tha’ Bad Boys Hometown release show, with the Neon Moons, the AM’s, & Slik NIk! Wear yer hat.

From “Bar People.”

Sunday – 10:30AM at Prime – Joe Sorrentio Jazz Trio

Sunday – 3PM at Artisanal Brew Works – Triple Trouble

Sunday – 5:30PM at Panza’s – Sinatra & Friends

Sunday – 10:30AM at The Scarlet Knife – Jeff Brisbin

Sunday – 5PM at Twisted Fiddler – Jeff Brisbin

Sunday – 5PM at Charlton Tavern – Bobbie Van Detta

Sunday – 4PM at Carsons Woodside Tavern – Art & Shawna

Sunday – 3:30PM at Hank Hudson Brewing – Carla Metz Duo












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