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Music News for 032919:

---Nate Calzetoni, lead singer of Raibred, is now a member of Honker, in fact 75% of Raibred is now part of the band!  Calzetoni, singer/ songwriter/ guitarist for Raibred put fans on notice in recent weeks that there was trouble with the band, when he posted that Raibred had stopped booking shows and was going on haitus   As it turns out, the trouble was bass player, John Fitzgerald, who was departing the band, but didn’t want them to continue as Raibred.  Instead Honker, which already included double-timing Raibred drummer Jeff Howard, extended an invitation to Calzetoni and keyboard player Mike Paffie as well, so at least for now, Raibred is no more.  Honker welcomed Calzetoni and Paffie with the following facebook post: “If you are a fan of Honker and the local music scene then you know our drummer Jeff Howard is in another band called Raibred. If you are a fan of Raibred, Honker or both, you will notice some changes starting this weekend. The band Raibred is currently defunct. Honker loves Raibred and we hope that someday they may funk again. In the mean time, for the present time and as much time as we can - Honker welcomes Nate and Mike from Raibred into our group. Jim and Tim are learning the Raibred material, Nate and Mike are learning the Honker material and, well... Jeff already knows all of it! We hope and believe you will enjoy this new musical mash-up as much as we do. Any Raibred shows already booked will be with this new lineup. Future shows for this lineup will be Honker shows. We will keep the good vibrations rolling as long as we can. Be sure to like the Honker Facebook page and check out our web site at https://honker.rocks Thanks from everyone in Honker and Raibred.” Rock on, guys!

---Joe Stento’s Tuesday Night Music Club at the Old Union Hotel in Binghamton NY has resumed, as of 3/19!  The group is an ad hoc league of Stento’s friends who gather for a Tuesday evening jam session at the Clinton Street bar, so expect to find music, not just beer and wings at the Old Union Hotel every Tuesday @ 8pm, once again!

---Don McLean is bringing the Pure Prairie League to the Anderson Center @ Binghamton University in Vestal NY on 8/9!  So far in 2019, McLean has booked regional shows for his current US tour at…the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich RI on 5/10…Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill NY on 5/11…South Orange Center in South Orange NJ on 6/7…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 9/20…and Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 9/21!

---Two of our local Ithaca-area musicians, Richie & Rosie, otherwise known as Richie Stearns, formerly of Donna The Buffalo and Rosie Newton from the Evil City String Band are playing a national tour date, even if it’s only regional for us… The Parlor Room @ Signature Sounds in Northampton MA on 5/16!

---If you missed the Allman Betts Band when they played the Center For the Arts in Homer, then don’t make the same mistake when they come to the Stanley Center in Utica NY on 6/15!  The sons of Allman Brothers veterans, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley, who are quickly making names for themselves are also adding zonal dates at…Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth MA on 4/14…Boarding House Park in Lowell MA on 6/14…Mountain Jam in Bethel Woods on 6/16…State Theatre in State College PA on 6/27…and Rochester International Jazz Festival Big Tent in Rochester NY on 6/28!  Word is that they’re taking their dads music with the Allman Brothers Band as a template and using it to not only revisit the music they made famous, but create new music in the same vein.

---Original Scorpions guitarist, Uli Jon Roth has added a date that falls into our generous local region…at Sharkey’s Sports Bar in Liverpool (Syracuse) NY on 4/26…plus some noteworthy area stops…in Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 4/30…Spire Center in Plymouth MA on 5/1…and Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 5/3!

---Ace Frehley is continuing his comeback tour by getting into our local zone by playing the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 6/29 and adding regional shows at…The Vault Music Hall in New Bedford MA on 7/6!

---Cannibal Corpse is currently supporting Slayer on their North American tour, but have booked a few regional headlining shows on the tours “off-nights”…at Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 5/15…and Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 5/23!

---Disturbed have announced the second leg of the “Evolution” tour and that brings them back into our region two more times, with In This Moment warming-up …Giant Center in Hershey PA on 10/4…and in Wilkes-Barre PA at The Arena @ Casey Plaza on 10/5!

LOCAL-ISH:

---The full line-up for Woodstock 50 at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen NY has been set!  Here’s the breakdown:

Night #1 (8/16):  The Killers/ Miley Cyrus/ Santana/ The Lumineers/ The Raconteurs/ Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters/ Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats/ John Fogerty/ Run The Jewels/ The Head & the Heart http://www.radio2point0.com/images/spacers/1x1-trans.gif/ Maggie Rogers/ Michael Franti & Spearhead/ Bishop Briggs/ Anderson East/ Akon/ Princess Nokia/ John Sebastian/ Melanie/ Grandson/ Fever 333/ Dorothy/ flora cash/ Larkin Poe/ Brian Cadd/ Ninet Tayeb http://www.radio2point0.com/images/spacers/1x1-trans.gif

Night #2 (8/17): Dead & Company/ Chance The Rapper/ The Black Keys/ Sturgill Simpson/ Greta Van Fleet/ Portugal. The Man/ Leon Bridges/ Gary Clark Jr./ Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes/ David Crosby & Friends/ Dawes http://www.radio2point0.com/images/spacers/1x1-trans.gif/ Margo Price/ Nahko& Medicine for the People/ India.Aire/ Jade Bird/ Country Joe McDonald/ Rival Sons/ Emily King/ Soccer Mommy/ Sir Taylor Bennett/ Amy Helm/ Courtney Hadwin/ Pearl/ John-Robert/ IAMDDB http://www.radio2point0.com/images/spacers/1x1-trans.gif

Night #3 (8/18): Jay-Z/ Imagine Dragons/ Halsey/ Cage The Elephant/ Brandi Carlile/ Janelle Monae/ Young The Giant/ Courtney Barnett/ Common/ Vince Staples/ Judah & the Lion/ Earl Sweatshirt/ BoyGenius/ Reignwolf/ The Zombies http://www.radio2point0.com/images/spacers/1x1-trans.gif/ Canned Heat/ Hot Tuna/ Pussy Riot/ Cherry Glazerr/ Leven Kali/ Marcus King Band/ Victory/ Hollis Brown/ John Craigie/ Amigo The Devil/ Liz Brasher http://www.radio2point0.com/images/spacers/1x1-trans.gif

---Night #4 of Mountain Jam at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY (instead of Hunter Mountain as usual) has been announced at it’s almost identical to night #3!  The show will include…Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dispatch, Alison Krauss, Twiddle, Toots & The Maytalls, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Mandolin Orange, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Amy Helm, The Allman Betts Band, Marco Benevento, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Dustbowl Revival, The Nude Party, Tyler Ramsey, Particle Kid, Mo Lowda & The Humble, The National Reserve, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Consider The Source, Mikaela Davis, Hollis Brown, Wild Adriatic, Balkun Brothers, The Big Takeover Band, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band Of One, Bella’s Bartok, Los Coast, Laura Stevenson and Ratboy Jr.  Two more nights to go!  Hopefully nights #1 & #2 will be just as good!

---Ronnie Milsap will play one local-ish date before jumping on a Royal Caribbean Cruise in November…the date?  It’s at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 7/19!

---The Charlie Daniels Band is set to play our region a ton this year, starting next month with a local date at…Mohegan Sun Arena @ Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre PA on 4/12…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/14…DD Center in Providence RI on 4/26…Bryce Jordan Center in University Park PA on 4/27…Weinberg Center in Frederick MD on 4/28…Dover International Speedway in Dover DE on 5/5…Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/31…Theatre at Westbury in Westbury NY on 6/21…Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport NY on 6/22…Yarmouth Country Festival in West Yarmouth MA on 7/21…Mount Airy Casino Lodge, Mount Pocono PA on 7/26…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/31…Grandstand at York Fair in York PA on 9/12…and Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 9/15!

---Ted Nugent will be loaded for bear, deer, rhino, whatever…when he plays at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 8/14…and Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall PA on 8/6!

---America has also booked Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 8/17!

---This summer’s Lionel Richie will get local-ish as he promotes his new live album, “Live From Las Vegas” due 8/23!  Expect to see Mr. Richie at…Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 6/27…Etess Arena in Atlantic City NJ on 7/12 & 7/13…Filene Center @ the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 7/15…Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 7/17 & 7/18…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 7/20…and CMAC, the former Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua NY on 7/23!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Phil Collins has announced his “Not Dead Yet Tour” and it’s set to impact our region at…PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 10/2…KB Center in Buffalo NY on 10/4…and MSG in NYC on 10/6!

---Here come the holograms!  The Frank Zappa hologram tour is set to play a modest schedule and is only booked for our region once as promoters gauge the reception of American markets!  So far, just one appearance is booked…at  Shubert Theatre @ Boch Center in Boston MA on 4/26!

---In addition to the NYS Fair in Syracuse on opening night 8/21, Bad Company is starting to fill out their touring schedule by announcing some additional stops… Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 8/23…and Lynn Memorial Auditorium in Lynn MA on 8/24!

---Hinder and Saving Abel have fashioned their own tour following Saving Abel’s stint on the Puddle Of Mudd “Muddfest” tour, with regional dates beginning at… One Centre Square in Easton PA on 6/2…The Rockpile in Toronto ON on 6/5…Wallys in Hampton Beach NH on 6/7…and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/11, followed by a Saving Abel solo headliner at Cowboy Coast in Ocean City MD on 8/29!

---Sarah McLachlan has announced a small seven-city tour but while three dates are in Vegas, three other shows fall into our larger zone…at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 7/29…ArtPark Amphitheatre in Lewiston NY on 7/31…and Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NYC on 8/2!

---Brian Auger will play a third of his six-date tour in our greater region…Hart Theatre near Albany NY on 5/5…and The Cutting Room in NYC on 5/9!

---Arlo Guthrie is bringing folk music to the masses once again in 2019 and bringing a changing cast of character, ie warm-up acts, along including with him at… Hart Theatre near Albany NY on 5/23 w/Richie & Rosie and Dar Williams …by himself at the Garde Arts Centre in New London CT on 6/7…and with Sarah Lee Guthrie at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 9/28…and Prudential Hall in Newark NJ on 9/29!

---Herb Alpert is still alive and still blowin’ at the ripe old age of 84!  Come see the master of the trumpet at…City Winery in Washington DC on 5/1…City Winery in Boston MA on 5/2…City Winery in NYC on 5/10 & 5/11…Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 8/1…Westhampton Beach Center in Westhampton Beach NY on 8/2…World Café Live in Philadelphia PA on 8/3…Hart Theatre @ The Egg in Albany NY on 8/4

---The Maine has booked a Summertime package tour that will bring along Mayday Parade, Just Friends, Stand Atlantic, Mom Jeans and The Wonder Years…coming to…Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 7/12…Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 7/17…and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 7/19!

---Collective Soul and the Gin Blossoms have combined forces for a mid-sized national tour, that includes a few regional dates…Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 5/31…Event Center @ The Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA on 6/7…Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 6/8…and Bald Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 6/9!

---Indie-rockers, Rooney have booked a dozen national dates, but only two in our larger zone…at Johnny Brendas in Philadelphia PA on 6/9…and Murmrr Ballroom in NYC on 6/11!

---Diana Ross is continuing to build a tour a few dates at a time…at Freeman Stage in Selbyville DE on 7/2…and at the Event Center @ The Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA on 7/3

---The Wallflowers will play a modest run of national dates this summer and, lucky for us, they are largely zonal…Beacon Theatre in NYC on 4/10… Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth MA on 7/18…Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield MA on 7/19…Boarding House Park in Lowell MA on 7/20…Rams Head Live! in Baltimore MD on 8/23…The Vineyard @ Hershey in Middletown PA on 8/24…and  Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 8/25!

---Adam Ant is bringing his brand of new wave to the US this summer with zonal stops at…Shubert Theatre @ Boch Center in Boston MA on 9/17…Beacon Theatre in NYC on 9/19…Merriam Theatre in Philly on 9/20…Fox Theatre @ Foxwood Casino in Mashantucket CT on 9/21…and Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC on 9/23!

---It may only be Spring, but Christmas With The Celts is already booking dates for Winter…Infinity Hall Norfolk in Norfolk CT on 11/30…Eichelberger Center in Hanover PA on 12/1…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 12/2…Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth NH on 12/19…Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 12/20…Strand Center in Plattsburgh NY on 12/21!

---Julian Marley brings world and reggae to…the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 5/16…Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 5/17…and  Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 5/19!

---After taking a month off, REO Speedwagon is back for a second leg of their 2019 US tour with new regional dates…Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 9/20…Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 9/24…and Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 10/4!

---If you’re in the mood for jazz, Ravi Coltrane will be on tour thru the Fall of 2019…at Jazz House in Montclair NJ on 4/17…Kennedy Center in Washington DC on 5/10…Birdland in NYC on 6/4-6/8…Newport Jazz Festival in Newport RI on 8/3…Charlie Parker Jazz Fest in NYC on 8/24…The Village Vanguard in NYC on 9/17-22…and New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 10/5!

---Prog rockers, Styx are booking more shows for 2019, but over an unfocused, spread-out time period…Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City NJ on 5/18…Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 5/20…Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 5/21…Jellyfish Fest @ Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City MD on 6/21… Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NYC on 11/7!

---The P.O.D./ Nonpoint tour is set to pass thru our area in May, but so far will only make two stops…The Chance in Poughkeepsie on 5/19…and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on 5/21!

---Tommy James & The Shondells are adding more shows for 2019…Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA on 5/4…Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/14…and  Topsfield Fair, Topsfield MA on 10/9!

---Monica is only playing a few zonal dates in 2019…with K. Michelle at Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 4/20…and at The Mothers Day Good Music Festival at The B.C. in Brooklyn NY w/ Joe, Ashanti, Avant, Donell Jones and Jaheim on 5/10!

---The Head & The Heart won’t just be playing Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen…that’s only an extra stop on their already planned tour which will bring them to…Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NYC on 6/23 w/ Young The Giant and Chris CarrabbaOakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 10/11…and Agganis Arena in Boston MA on 10/12

---Paul Gilbert, former Mr. Big guitarist, will tour in support of his forthcoming solo album, “Behold Electric Guitar” due on 5/17, with regional dates on…CraftHouse Stage & Grill in Pittsburgh PA on 6/5…The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore PA on 6/6…Union Jacks in Gaithersburg MD on 6/7…The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 6/8…and a three-night at The Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 6/11 thru 6/13!

---Creed lead singer, Scott Stapp has booked a handful of solo tour dates…two of which fall into our larger, Bingo-centric “day-trip” zone…the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 7/25…and The Wilbur in Boston MA on 8/2!

---Papa Roach adds…The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/7…the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 8/9…and the Events Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 8/13!  Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves will open these shows!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Jon Secada books a one-off at Seneca Niagara Resort Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 6/15!

---Steely Dan is venturing outside of their Las Vegas residency this fall, but only for one regional date…Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 11/5!

---The Old School Hip Hop Showdown is bringing together some epic forces of the genre from it’s early days, including, Eric B & Rahim, Kool Moe Dee, DJ Kool, Whodini and Dana Dane!  It goes down at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC on 6/15!

---Fee Waybill, of The Tubes, has booked a one-shot solo show at The Wilbur in Boston MA on 5/15!

---Legendary keyboard player, Chuck Leavell, of the Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones has booked a solo show with his band at The Gramercy in NYC on 6/15!

---Eric Martin of Mr. Big has booked a one-shot show at Mechanics Hall in Worcester MA on 5/1!

---Except for the Summer Jam fest at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford NJ on 6/2, Meek Mill has just one show in our larger “day trip” area…a PPL Center in Allentown PA on 6/2!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---BoDeans add Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 4/4…and Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 4/5!

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials add Chans in Providence RI on 6/14…North River Blues Festival in Marshfield MA on 8/25…

---The Beastie Boys Story adds a third night at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY on 4/10!

---The Outlaw Music Fest ft. Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Phil Lesh and The Revivalists...adds Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 6/16!

---Ambrosia adds Seneca Niagara Resort Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 6/7…and River Casino in Schenectady NY on 7/6!

---Brian Wilson adds the Burlington Jazz Festival in Burlington VT on 6/9!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 6/21!

---Joan Osborne adds…the Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 6/22…and warms up for Richard Thompson at Ocean City Music Hall in Ocean City NJ on 6/25!

---Willie Nile adds Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 7/27!

---Graham Nash is expanding fall tour and it will tack on some additional zonal dates…Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 9/20…Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie NY on 9/22…and Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 9/28!

---Walter Trout Band adds Moondog’s in Pittsburgh PA on 4/23!

---The Spill Canvas adds Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 6/20!

---L7 adds Elsewhere in Brooklyn NY on 5/31!

---The Lemonheads with Tommy Stinson add 930 Club in Washington DC on 6/13!

---Oleta Adams adds The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 11/3!

---Peter Wolf adds Infinity Hall Hartford CT on 6/21!

---Death Cab For Cutie add Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/10!

---Blondie adds Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 6/22!

---Black Flag adds Brooklyn Bazaar in Brooklyn NY on 8/12!

---Vince Neil adds the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 10/3!

---David Gray adds Wang Theatre @ Boch Center in Boston MA on 6/1!

---King Crimson adds Wang Theatre @ Boch Center in Boston MA on 9/19!

---The Intruders and The Delfonics, who will also play the Saturday Night Summer Fever festival in July at Coney Island, add Murmrr Ballroom in NYC on 5/11!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Ace Frehley (2)

---Adam Ant (5)

---Allman Betts Band (5)

---Ambrosia (2)

---America (1)

---Arlo Guthrie (4)

---Bad Company (2)

---Black Flag (1)

---Blondie (1)

---BoDeans (2)

---Brian Auger (2)

---Brian Wilson (1)

---Cannibal Corpse (2)

---Charlie Daniels Band (14)

---Christmas With The Celts (6)

---Chuck Leavell & his Big Band (1)

---Collective Soul/ Gin Blossoms (4)

---David Gray (1)

---Death Cab For Cutie (1)

---Diana Ross (2)

---Don McLean (4)

---Don McLean/ Pure Prairie League (1)

---Eric Martin (1)

---Fee Waybill (1)

---Frank Zappa Hologram (1)

---Graham Nash (3)

---Herb Alpert (8)

---Hinder/ Saving Abel (4)

---Joan Osborne (1)

---Jon Secada (1)

---Julian Marley (3)

---King Crimson (1)

---L7 (1)

---Lionel Richie (8)

---Meek Mill (1)

---Monica/ K. Michelle (1)

---Mothers Day Good Music Festival (1)

---Old School Hip Hop Showdown (1)

---Oleta Adams (1)

---Outlaw Music Festival (1)

---Papa Roach/ Asking Alexandria/ Bad Wolves (3)

---Paul Gilbert (7)

---Peter Wolf (1)

---Phil Collins (3)

---P.O.D./ Nonpoint (2)

---Ravi Coltrane (16)

---REO Speedwagon (3)

---Richie & Rosie (1)

---Richard Thompson/ Joan Osborne (1)

---Ronnie Milsap (1)

---Rooney (2)

---Sarah McLachlan (3)

---Saving Abel (1)

---Scott Stapp (2)

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (1)

---Steely Dan (1)

---Styx (5)

---Ted Nugent (2)

---The Beastie Boys Story (1)

---The Delfonics/ The Intruders (1)

---The Head And The Heart (2)

---The Head And The Heart/ Young The Giant/ Chris Carrabba (1)

---The Lemonheads/ Tommy Stinson (1)

---The Maine/ Mayday Parade/ Just Friends/ Stand Atlantic/ The Wonder Years (3)

---The Spill Canvas (1)

---The Wallflowers (7)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (3)

---Vince Neil (1)

---Uli Jon Roth (4)

---Walter Trout Band (1)

---Willie Nile (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 032219:

---Guitarist, singer, songwriter, Jamie Willard has died at the age of 39.  Willard was best known as a solo musician but, was also a former member of The Network, High Noon, Hip Pocket, Pillow Talk, Rubber Band, RBT, The Switch, No Alibi and two Jeff Khan bands Thing Two and Innermission.  Tributes from other local musicians like Michael Wu, Jackie Colombo, Ryan Cirbus, Devinne Meyers, Mo Reese Taylor and others immediately poured in.

Mallory Evans of Next To Kin called Willard, “...an incredibly talented man.”

Victor Lay of “The Dude & The Damned” said, “...he did a rambunctious finger style thing that was captivating...”

Already a tribute show has been planned for April 14th at noon, at Atomic Tom’s in Binghamton NY.  Dozens of local musicians have already offered to play, but a proper line-up and schedule has not yet been announced; and in fact may not be.  The entire celebration may just be an ad hoc jam session of Willards friends and bandmates who rotate in and out of the session.  That should make it interesting.

---Hip hop star, Jadakiss coming to The Ice House in Binghamton NY on 4/27!  The member of the hip hop trio, The Lox will be playing a late night show at the venue with doors opening at 10pm and tickets set for $30 in advance and $40 at the door. 

---Jeff Howell’s Boogie du Jour have released a new song from their debut album, “Bon Appetit.”  Click below for the link to “Dreaming Of You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1-HTiDVqmU&list=PLT8oyFS8cqGHjLy0xeLcU15Jzj0TgLl6Z&fbclid=IwAR3qFxzHbiZOKCjRki_dypPrVYfBIM__gxaXSrM8Uqb4vLKSh9PQzk3q6Ks

---Marv Williams band, L’ectric Brew has welcomed a new bass player and singer, Cookie Baker!

---Paul Tauteroff has joined Hi-Way Fruit Market.  His first show with the band will be at The Pub @ North & Main in Endwell NY on 3/29!

---What are Jimmi Jones & the Family Jewels teasing on their facebook page when they say that they are “...planning something that we believe has never been done before in our local music scene.”???  Can’t wait for the details!   Btw, the band recently celebrated 500 likes on their facebook page!  Geez, we barely have 100 on ours.  Nice work, guys!

---The NYS Fair in Syracuse has announced that Rick Springfield will play a FREE show on “The Court” on 8/31 at 7pm as the 2019 line-up continues to grow.  Previously, the Fair has announced that Bad Company and the Dropkick Murphy’s will also becoming this summer.

---Built To Spill is returning to Ithaca to play The Haunt on 9/16!  The band is also announcing Spring 2019 zonal dates, including…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 9/12…Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 9/13 & 9/14…Gateway Arts Center in Holyoke MA on 9/24…a previously announced three-night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 9/25, 9/26 & 9/27…and College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 9/28!

---Ithaca’s pride and joy, X-Ambassadors will finish Firefly Festival weekend with a one-off at the Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard winery in LaFayette NY, just outside of Syracuse on Sunday 6/23! Not sure what ticket prices are yet!

---Ace Frehley, the former Kiss guitarist, is coming to our region and will be as close as Wilkes-Barre when he plays the Kirby Center on 6/29…as well as…the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 6/28…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/30…The Paramount in Huntington NY on 7/2…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 7/5…and at The Vault Music Hall in New Bedford MA on 7/6!

---Woodstock 50 has finally announced the top tier of their line-ups for all three days!  The 50th Anniversary of the original Woodstock, set for Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen NY has confirmed…

Friday 8/16: The Killers/ Miley Cyrus/ Santana

Saturday 8/17: Dead & Company/ Chance The Rapper/ The Black Keys

Sunday 8/18: Imagine Dragons/ Jay-Z/ Halsey

…more details coming soon for sure!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Dark Star Orchestra will play the Saranac Brewery in Utica NY on 7/30!  DSO will also play regional dates like…two nights at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 7/26 & 7/27…Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 7/28…Frontier Field in Rochester NY on 8/2…Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis MA on 8/3…Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City NJ on 8/9…Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 8/10…and Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach DE on 8/12!

---Sha Na Na will play Bethel Woods on 6/1 as part of their 50th Anniversary of Woodstock celebration!  Sha Na Na were, of course at the original Woodstock.

---Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band as well, will also be at Bethel Woods, as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration on 8/16, with the Edgar Winter Group and Arlo Guthrie, two Woodstock originals opening up!  None of The Beatles played the original Woodstock, so Ringo’s just there because he’s on tour…the other two are pure nostalgia.

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---The Dirty Heads and 311 will team-up for a tour that will stop at Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 7/20!  The tour will also play Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/13…Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 7/14…Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 7/18…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/23…Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/24…Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/26…and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 7/27!

---The line-up for Rochester’s annual nine day and night Lilac Festival at Highland Park has been announced! Here’s the breakdown:

Night #1 on 5/10:

Yonder Mountain String Band/ Junkyardfieldtrip/ The Tragedy Brothers

Night #2 on 5/11:

The New Mastersounds/ Willie Nile/ The Klick/ Nobody’s Marigold/ Camp Roc Star/ Ruddy Well Right

Night #3 on 5/12:

Big Something/ Mosaic Foundation/ Kat Wright/ Soul Passenger/ Significant Other/ Camp Roc Star

Night #4 on 5/13:

The BB King Blues Band ft. Michael Lee/ Danielle Ponder & the Tomorrow People/ The Buddahood

Night #5 on 5/14:

Julian Marley/ The Medicinals/ Sam Nitsch

Night #6 on 5/15:

Lee Rocker (stray cats)/ Eli Paperboy Reed/ Jon Lewis Band

Night #7 on 5/16:

Maceo Parker/ Cory Wong (vulfpeck)/ Vanishing Sun

Night #8 on 5/17:

Classic Albums Live/ The Blind Spots/ Jack West & Curvature

Night #9 on 5/18:

Zac Brown Tribute Band/ Aaron Lipp & the Slack Tones/ Mikaela Davis/ JUMBOshrimp

Night #10 on 5/19:

The Lizards (phish tribute) Big Eyed Phish (dave matthews tribute band)/ The Blind Owl Band/ Alyssa Trahan/ Bella’s Bartok/ Camp Roc Star

---Livingston Taylor will play solo dates in Asbury Hall @ Babeville in Buffalo NY on 5/31…and Bryn Mawr Gazebo in Bryn Mawr PA on 6/15…before joining the Janis Ian tour!

---Rosanne Cash will play Club Helsinki in Hudson NY on 5/4 to play a benefit for the Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society. 

---Rockin’ blues singer/ songwriter, Gary Hoey is back on the road and coming to our zone…Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ & Blues in Hartford CT on 3/30…StageOne in Fairfield CT on 5/25…Spire Center in Plymouth MA on 8/9…and Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 12/8!

---Aztec Two-Step will also play StageOne in Fairfield CT on 5/31…as well as, World Café Live (upstairs) in Philadelphia PA on 6/20!

---Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish and Nerf Herder will bring their 90’s alt/rock sound to our region…at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 6/25…The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 6/27…The Palladium in Worcester MA on 6/2!

---Break out rapper, Yungblud has announced Spring 2019 tour dates including some regional dates…U Street Music Hall in Washington DC on 5/13…Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 5/15…The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 5/16…and House Of Independents in Asbury Park NJ on 5/17!

---Still no Kinks tour dates…even though Ray and Dave are allegedly on good terms…but Dave Davies the enigmatic guitarist for The Kinks has announced solo dates for Spring 2019 including…Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 4/9…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/10…the Society For Ethical Culture in NYC on 4/12…Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 4/13…and The Space in Westbury NY on 4/14!

---Beastie Boys are back! …sort of. No details have been given, other than “The Beastie Boys Story” will include Mike Diamond & Adam Horovitz, the surviving members of the band and be directed by Spike Jonze. There will be only three dates on the tour…Tower Theatre in Philadelphia PA on 4/5…and two nights in Brooklyn at Kings Theatre on 4/8 & 4/9!

---Squeeze has announced a 14-date tour for the Summer of 2019!  The “Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019” will be playing nearly half of it’s scheduled shows in our region...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 8/14...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 8/20...Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 8/22...Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 8/23...Pier 17 in NYC on 8/24...and the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall PA on 8/30!

---Simple Creatures, the hybrid child of blink-182 and All Time Low, have announced a trifling of tour dates, less than a handful…with just two in our region…Warehouse On Watts in Philadelphia PA on 3/31…and Public Arts in NYC on 4/1!

---Insane Clown Posse will begin their 16-date Spring tour in our larger zone and bring Mushroomhead along as the major tour opener!  The tour begins at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 5/3…and continues at Reverb in Reading PA on 5/4…before continuing to the Midwest and the rest of the country, but in fairness, ICP played here a lot over the Winter.

---Lee DeWyze, another former American Idol winner from way back in Season 9, has booked a few dates, most of which will play in our greater area this Spring…Toronto ON on 5/5 at the Legendary Horseshoe TavernNewburyport Brewing in Newburyport MA on 5/8…Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in NYC on 5/10…Jammin’ Java in Vienna VA on 5/12…StageOne in Fairfield CT on 7/12…and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 7/17!

---Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango have teamed-up for yet another tour and it brings them into our region several times…at Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 7/25…Fish Head Cantina in Baltimore MD on 7/26…at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 8/1…and at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 8/3!

---Mary Wilson, formerly of The Supremes, has booked a two-date tour…first at St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 5/11…then with Martha Reeves at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia PA on 5/17!

---The line-up for The Roots Picnic, PA Edition and as you might expect, it’s a pretty good one, including, of course the band that it’s named after, The Roots, as well as, H.E.R.; 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Joe Budden, Davido, Raphael Saadiq, Queen Naija, City Girls, Blueface, Tank & The Bangas, Ari Lennox, Tobe Nwigwe, Moonchild and Black Thought, all at the Mann Center in Philly on 6/1!

---It looks like Carl Palmers ELP Legacy is considering a Fall 2019 tour in the US, but so far, we can only base that theory on one leaked concert date…at Musikfest Café @ ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem PA on 11/13!

---Musiq Soulchild has booked two nights at Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 5/10 & 5/11!

---August Burns Red is celebrating with their ten years of “Constellations” with an anniversary tour this Spring and they’re taking Silverstein and Silent Planet on the road with them as they criss-cross the country and make at least seven area performances…at Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA on 6/20…House Of Blues in Boston MA on 6/21…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/22…Rebel in Toronto ON on 6/25…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 8/8…The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 8/9…and the Theatre at Times Square in NYC on 8/11!

---Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are going “New Orleans” by taking Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on tour this summer for a tasty musical gumbo!  The tour stops at…Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 8/20…Filene Center in Vienna VA on 8/22…Parx Casino in Bensalem PA on 8/25…The Rooftop @ Pier 17 in Manhattan NYC on 8/26 & 8/27… Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 8/29…and at Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox MA on 8/31!

---GZA, former member of Wu-Tang Clan is taking a teeny, tiny tour, this Spring…See him at Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 5/2…Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 5/3…Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia PA on 5/4…and Sonia at Cambridge MA on 5/5!

---Sum 41 will play some solo dates ahead of this Summer’s “Disrupt Festival” including two regional shows…at The Gramercy in NYC on 5/21…and at Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 5/22!

---Pat Metheny adds two nights in Infinity Hall Norfolk in Norfolk CT on 5/17 & 5/18…and Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 5/24!

---The Jayhawks have booked a few more dates for the end of their Spring tour…Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 6/13…and White Eagle Hall in Jersey City NJ on 6/14!

---Aaron Neville will bring jazz and R&B to the northeast this Spring…at Foxwood Casino in Mashantucket CT on 4/13…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 6/20…Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 6/21…and at Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 6/22!

---Boz Scaggs will bring his bluesy soul to our larger zonal area in early Summer, including…State Theatre in Easton PA on 6/21…Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 6/22…Calvin Theatre in Northampton MA on 6/23…Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 6/25...Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 6/26Event Center at Live! Casino in Hanover MD on 6/28…Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City NJ on 7/1…Twin River Events Center in Lincoln RI on 7/3…and Camden County Freedom Festival in downtown Camden NJ on 7/4!

---Peter Wolf, formerly of the J. Geils Band has booked a few solo shows for late Spring and early Summer, including…at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 5/17…two nights at the Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 5/31 & 6/1…Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 6/21…and at the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 6/28 & 6/29!

---George Thorogood is scheduling a Summer run, but relatively few dates in our zone…just, at Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 7/21…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 7/23…and Anne Arundel County Fairground in Crownsville MD on 7/28!

---Toad The Wet Sprocket has booked a rather spaced-out run of shows the Summer 2019!  For our greater region…The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 6/30…with Big Head Todd & The Monsters @ Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 8/23…and the Lowell Summer Concert Series in Lowell MA on 8/24!

---Cowboy Junkies, who started their Winter 2019 tour here…will come back around this fall at…Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 10/10…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 10/12…and The Egg in Albany NY on 11/10!

---Finally our long national nightmare is over!  The Black Keys have returned and they’ll be bringing Modest Mouse and Jessy Wilson along as warm-up artists!  Tour stops include…PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 10/7…Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 10/9…Boston (TD) Garden in Boston MA on 10/11…Anthem in Washington DC on 10/12…Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 10/14…and The BC in Brooklyn NYC on 10/15!

---Trey Anastasio, of Phish, has added, what seem to be some solo dates following his experiment with “Ghosts Of The Forest,” set for…Beacon Theatre in NYC on 4/26…and College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/27!

---Earth Wind & Fire are getting away from Vegas this Summer with some fresh dates in our humble zone…Filene Center at the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 7/2…Hard Rock Café @ Etess Arena in Atlantic City NJ on 7/6…Beacon Theatre in NYC on 7/9…ArtPark Amphitheatre in Lewiston NY on 7/16…and Musikfest in Bethlehem PA on 8/1!

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox is taking the E-Street Band member way beyond Thunder Road, but not much beyond our larger regional area…Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead NY on 4/5…South Orange Center in South Orange NJ on 4/6…Hopewell Theatre in Hopewell NJ on 4/25…Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/26…Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica NY on 4/27…4/28 in Skyloft in Albany NY…The Warehouse in Fairfield CT on 5/15…Greenwich Odeum in Greenwich RI on 5/16…The Double E in Essex Junction VT on 5/18…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 5/19…Merrill Park Middlesex Turnpike in Colonia NJ on 6/1…Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 6/27…Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 7/11…and Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 7/13!

---Thelma Houston will headline one big festival style show at the Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn NYC on Saturday 7/20.  Called the “Saturday Night Summer Fever” show it will also include, The New York Bee Gees, The Delfonics, The Tramps ft. Earl Young, Musique, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright! 

---Lacuna Coil’s US tour is really short of stops this year…only four in total and two of those are in NYC…at The Gramercy in NYC on 7/22 & 7/23!

---The Lettermen seen to have found their “Summer Place”…and apparently it’s on the road!  In fact, they’ll be traveling thru our region well beyond the end of Summer, starting this Spring at...Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 5/19…Mishler Theatre in Altoona PA on 5/21…Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol PA on 6/1…HersheyPark in Hershey PA on 9/14…Roslyn High School in NYC on 10/5… Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 10/6…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 12/8!

---Alt/pop band, Sebadoh (of course you remember their minor 1996 modern rock hit, “Ocean.”) has booked a tour for the Summer of 2019, including stops at…Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 6/21…The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 6/22…The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto ON on 7/12…The Black Cat in Washington DC on 7/23…Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 7/24…The Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 7/26…and Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 7/27!

---Umphrey’s McGee will be coming back to our zonal area near the end of Summer, so don’t forget to grab your tickets now…Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 8/29…Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 8/30…and The Paramount in Huntington NY on 8/31!

---Punk rockers, Black Flag will be bringing the SoCal scene to our larger regional area this summer…at Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 8/11…Fish Head Cantina in MD on 8/14…The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 8/15…Reverb in Reading PA on 8/16…and The Tralf in Buffalo NY on 8/18!

---Modern rockers, L7 return, after last year’s long awaited “I Came Back To Bitch” tour with several zonal stops, including…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 5/28…Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 5/29…a stop with Rancid, Pennywise and Suicidal Tendencies at Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ on 6/2!

---Julian Marley has some solo headlining dates booked following his appearance at the Lilac Festival in Rochester NY on 5/14…Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 5/16…Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 5/17…and Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 5/19!

---Brandon Taz Niederauer is making the rounds now that the weather has improved getting away from his upstate base for…two nights at My Father’s Place in Roslyn NY on 3/29 & 3/30…and at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on 5/29!

---Tommy Tutone is still looking for Jenny Jenny…at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 6/2…and The Cutting Room in NYC on 6/4!

---Massive Attack have announced a small US Summer tour…only about ten dates so far and just three for our larger “day trip” zone…at the Wang Theatre at Boch Center in Boston MA on 9/21…and at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 9/26 & 9/27!

---Marshall Tucker Band has added…Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 6/29…Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 8/23…and Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 11/7!

---Disco queen, Gloria Gaynor has confirmed two shows for 2019…Diamond Horseshoe at Times Square in Manhattan NYC on 4/25…and City Winery in Washington DC on 8/18!

---AJR has booked in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 4/29…Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 10/10…Agganis Arena in Boston MA on 11/16…and The Tralf in Buffalo NY on 11/19…Anthem in Washington DC on 11/21…at UMPC Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 11/22!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---The O’Jays on something of a farewell tour have booked a regional one-shot at the Apollo Theatre in NYC on 4/26!

---Keith Sweat has effectively booked a regional one-timer, inside a larger tour…Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 5/18!

---Johnny Lang is booking a few solo shows once he gets done with the “Experience Hendrix” tour, but for our region, just one show so far…at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 7/14!

---Rapper, Lloyd Banks books a one-off at Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 5/9!

---The Masters Of Ceremony fest is set to bring together the finest performers from the R&B/ HipHop community…50 Cent, Cam’ron, Das EFX, DMX, Ludacris, Fabolous, Snoop Dogg, Junior Reid, The Lox and M.O.P.—The show will be held in Brooklyn NY at the BC on 6/28!

---Men Without Hats will apparently play a one-shot solo headlining show before joining the Howard Jones tour as the warm-up act…at Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 6/7!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Tokyo Police Club adds Metro Gallery in Baltimore MD on 3/14…just a day before the show…sorry, if you missed it, but I couldn’t control that one.

---The Interrupters changed the venue for their 3/15 show at the last minute, moving it from the Stone Pony to the Convention Hall…they also added The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 3/16…again, just days before the show…sigh.

---Gary Hoey also added Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 3/16…just days ahead of the show.  This practice is to protect locals who often get shut out by corporate bots that scoop up all the tickets for a show and then resell them at a higher price, but y’know…the rest of us would like a bit more of a warning, please.

---Graham Nash of CSNY adds Town Hall in NYC on 9/27…and Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 9/29!

---Los Lonely Boys add City Winery in Manhattan NYC on 4/15!

---Vanilla Ice is skipping around the country this summer playing festivals and private parties and a few “I Love The 90’s” and “90’s House Party” tour dates, but one regional club date has been bestowed upon us…at Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 6/8!

---Hawthorne Heights has booked about a dozen-or-so tour dates for Spring 2019, but do you think they remembered the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic states? …well, they did, but just once…Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 6/9!

---The Allman Betts Band adds Plymouth Memorial Hall in Boston MA???? on 4/14!

---Savoy Brown add Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 5/23!

---Kix adds Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 6/15!

---Freddie Jackson adds the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 5/12!

---The Alarm, Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebal (jay aston) add State Theatre in Falls Church VA on 8/25!

---Enuff Z’Nuff adds two nights at Jewel Music Venue in Manchester NH on 4/24 & 4/25!

---Saliva adds solo shows at…the Cowboy Coast Country Saloon in Ocean City MD on 7/11…and Moonshiners Bar on 7/13 in Haverhill MA…on “off-nights” in the Puddle Of Mudd tour!

---BoDeans are adding more solo headlining dates…the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 4/1…Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA on 4/3…and The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 4/6!

---Joe Jackson adds Academy Of Music Theatre in Northampton MA on 5/16!

---Citizen Cope adds Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 4/15…Academy Of Music Theatre in Northampton MA on 5/16…and Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 7/12!

---Taj Mahal go on a brief solo tour after the Experience Hendrix tour wraps up and there will be at least two regional stops…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 7/18…and Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 7/21!

---Don Felder is adding a few tour dates here and there as he gears up for his new album, “American Rock ‘N’ Roll”…new dates include…Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City NJ on 4/6…The Cutting Room in NYC on 4/8…The Summer Music Festival in Ellicottville NY on 7/6!

---Uprooted ft. Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root adds the Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth NH on 4/27!

---Gary US Bonds adds The Cutting Room in NYC on 6/7!

---Marshall Tucker Band has added…Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 6/29…Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 8/23…and Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 11/7!

---The Revivalists before the get sucked up into their Summer Festival schedule they add one more headlining show at Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/19!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---311/ The Dirty Heads (8)

---Aaron Neville (4)

---Ace Frehley (6)

---AJR (6)

---Allman Betts Band (1)

---August Burns Red/ Silverstein/ Silent Planet (7)

---Aztec Two-Step (2)

---Beastie Boys Story (3)

---Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (7)

---Black Flag (5)

---BoDeans (3)

---Bowling For Soup/ Reel Big Fish/ Nerf Herder (3)

---Boz Scaggs (9)

---Brandon (Taz) Niederauer (3)

---Built To Spill (6)

---Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (1)

---Citizen Cope (3)

---Cowboy Junkies (3)

---Dark Star Orchestra (9)

---Don Felder (3)

---Earth Wind & Fire (5)

---Enuff Z’nuff (2)

---Faster Pussycat/ Bang Tango (4)

---Freddie Jackson (1)

---Gary Hoey (4)

---Gary US Bonds (1)

---George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3)

---Gloria Gaynor (2)

---Graham Nash (2)

---GZA (4)

---Hawthorne Heights (1)

---Insane Clown Posse (2)

---Jadakiss (1)

---Joe Jackson (1)

---Jonny Lang (1)

---Julian Marley (3)

---Keith Sweat (1)

---Kix (1)

---L7 (3)

---Lacuna Coil (2)

---Lee DeWyze (6)

---Livingston Taylor (2)

---Lilac Festival (10)

---Lloyd Banks (1)

---Los Lonely Boys (1)

---Marshall Tucker Band (3)

---Mary Wilson (2)

---Massive Attack (13)

---Masters Of Ceremony (1)

---Men Without Hats (1)

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox (14)

---Musiq Soulchild (2)

---Pat Metheny (3)

---Peter Wolf (6)

---Ringo Starr/ Edgar Winter/ Arlo Guthrie (1)

---Rosanne Cash (1)

---Saliva (1)

---Saturday Night Summer Fever (1)

---Savoy Brown (1)

---Sebadoh (7)

---Sha Na Na (1)

---Simple Creatures (2)

---Squeeze (6)

---Sum 41 (2)

---Taj Mahal (2)

---The Alarm/ Modern English/ Gene Loves Jezebel (1)

---The Black Keys/ Modest Mouse/ Jessy Wilson (6)

---The Jayhawks (2)

---The Lettermen (7)

---The O’Jay’s (1)

---The Revivalists (1)

---The Roots (1)

---Toad The Wet Sprocket (3)

---Tokyo Police Club (1)

---Tommy Tutone (2)

---Trey Anastasio (2)

---Umphrey’s McGee (3)

---Uprooted (1)

---Vanilla Ice (1)

---X-Ambassadors (1)

---Yungblud (4)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 030819:

---The John Barleycorn is closing! The iconic Owego riverfront bar announced their impending closing with a facebook post…

“OFFICIAL NOTICE TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS: It is with great sadness we announce The John Barleycorn Tavern will be closing its doors, effective March 30th. We will be running all new closing specials the remainder of this month. Please come see us in our final days, and join us for our March 30th closing BASH. We love you all.”

---Driftwood will finally release their latest album, “Tree Of Shade” on April 5th.  The album has been done since the start of their latest tour last year, but the band has been shopping it to record companies for more than six months, but haven’t had any luck, so finally they will release it themselves and it will be in the hands of fans next month!

---Local guitar god, Randy McStine has posted new music on his facebook page, with this post: I’m incredibly excited to unveil a new song for you today! https://randymcstine.bandcamp.com/album/before
My mate,
Craig Blundell, joins me on drums, and Mario J McNulty (David Bowie, Laurie Anderson) crafted the sonic experience. If you get it by Saturday, you’re invited to a private FB Live Q&A, which I’ll email you details for. I’d love to hear your feelings on the song!”  ...upon the release of “Before,” on his facebook page, McStine received one-thousand likes in under 48 hours!   Sounds like the song is a winner to us!

---Former Motley Crue lead singer, Vince Neil, 80’s hair metal band, Skid Row and former Runaways member, Lita Ford are set to play Tags, in Big Flats NY, just west of Elmira, on 7/5 @ 730p!  It’s the “Metal, Music & Mayhem” tour!  Tickets go on sale next week for $29.75!

---Congrats to new Ithaca band, Hollow Choir on the release of their debut EP, “Keep The Lights On,” which was delivered on 3/2!

---Cannibal Corpse is coming to the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 5/23, after their last stop on the Slayer tour! 

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out are adding more shows in our region, starting in April at the Eichelberger Center in Hanover PA on 4/11...The Wilbur in Boston MA on 4/18...Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH on 4/19...Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 4/20..Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 4/27...a local-ish stop at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/10...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 5/16...Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 6/21 & 6/22...Pat Garrett Amphitheatre in Strausstown PA on 7/13...Bonnie Castle Rec Center in Alexandria Bay NY on 7/25...Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 7/27...Frontier Field in Rochester NY on 8/3...and September at Papermill Island in Baldwinsville (near syracuse) NY on 9/6!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Woodstock 50 set for Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen NY, on August 16th thru the 18th, will include classic rockers, Santana, Robert Plant and Dead and Company; but will be headlined by alt-pop bands Imagine Dragons and The Killers and hip hop artist, Chance The Rapper!  Meanwhile, the festival has had to solve a myriad of security and legal challenges.  Rumor is that promoters contemplated holding the festival on three consecutive Saturdays ala Coachella in order to help solve questions local officials had over security and other matters.  Stay tuned.  The full festival line-up will be announced in about two weeks!

---Death Cab For Cutie is posting on their website that they will be playing the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown NY on 6/21!  They are also announcing additional tour dates at Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 6/19...Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 6/20...and a festival stop at the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 6/2!

---The Rolling Stones tribute band, Classic Stones Live are coming as close as the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta NY on 3/23...as well as Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PA on 10/12! 

---.38 Special will play the 6th Ward Booster Club Field in Oneonta NY this year, just like ZZ Top did last Summer!  The show is set for Thursday 5/30!

---The Alarm is coming to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 8/24, and they’re bringing along Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebel!   The tour, which has also confirmed dates in NYC, and Huntington NY...has also announced  additional dates in...Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 8/21...State Theatre in Falls Church VA on 8/25...Asbury Park NJ at Asbury Lanes on 8/29...St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 8/30...Glenside PA on 8/31 at the Keswick Theatre!

---Finally, Mountain Jam is announcing it’s schedule and the first band announced is Gov’t Mule, who will play the first night of the festival at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/13.  Warren Haynes from Gov’t Mule is, not coincidentally, one of the curators of this years festival!

---The UFO Farewell tour is coming into our larger local-ish area with a stop set for Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 11/1!  Other regional dates include...the Diamond Horseshoe at Times Square in NYC on 10/30...St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 10/31...and the Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 11/2!

---It’s not even Spring yet, but The Wizards Of Winter are busy plotting their Fall and Winter tour dates...a few zonal stops have leaked...11/30 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 12/1...and a local-ish date at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 12/21!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Bring Me The Horizon will take their new album, “amo” on the road in May for a brief tour (only eleven dates) with four area stops…at Stage AE in Pittsburgh on 5/7…The Met in Philadelphia PA on 5/10…Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 5/11…and at Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 5/17!

---Aerosmith’sDeuces Are Wild” residency in Las Vegas will venture outside of Sin City (...who says what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?)!  Look for the bean-town rockers to play three nights at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill MD, just outside of Washington DC on 8/8, 8/10 and 8/13...and then two nights at The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ on 8/16 & 8/18!

---Taking Back Sunday have announced a second leg to their 20th Anniversary tour…which, with just a few exceptions seem to be a series of two-night stands...Great South Bay Festival in Patchogue NY on 7/18...Power Plant Live in Baltimore MD on 9/20...two nights in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall on 10/26 & 10/27...two nights in Buffalo RiverWorks in Buffalo NY on 10/31 & 11/1...Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 11/2 & 11/3...Webster Theatre in Hartford CT on 11/5 & 11/6...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 11/8 & 11/9...Fillmore Silver Spring in Washington DC on 11/10 & 11/11...Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia PA on 11/13 & 11/14...and Terminal 5 in NYC on 11/15 & 11/16!

---MGMT tour dates are being announced for 2019!  Zonal stops so far, include Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/16...and College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 5/17...and finally a three-night stand at Webster Hall in NYC on 5/22, 5/23 & 5/24!

---E-Street band guitarist, Nils Lofgren has been laying low while Bruce Springsteen played Broadway...now, he’s set to go back on the road as a solo act, with four zonal dates, so far…City Winery in Boston MA on 5/18...two nights at the City Winery in NYC on 5/19 & 5/20...and The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 5/21!

---Slightly Stoopid is adding a Summer leg to their 2019..Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore w/ Matisyahu on 6/13...Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh PA on 6/27...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston on 6/28...and Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 6/29!

---Massive Attack has booked a rather massive regional outbreak that is coming up as soon as next week, so check to see if these dates are sold out…or, in the case of the Boston MA date on 3/14, one source indicates it’s been cancelled…with that said, the itinerary for the tour is…Place des Arts in Montreal QC on 3/11…Sony Centre in Toronto ON on 3/12…Wang Theatre @ Boch Center in Boston on 3/14…adding a second night at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 3/15 & 3/16…The Met in Philadelphia PA on 3/19…and Anthem in Washington DC on 3/20!

---Trey Anastasio, of Phish confirms some solo dates in our larger zone…at The Met in Philadelphia PA on 4/5…Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 4/10…and finally a two-nighter at United Palace Theatre in NYC on 4/12 & 4/13!

---Anna Nalick is finally announcing the rest of her regional dates, including...two nights at The Iridium in NYC on 4/4 and 4/5...New Hope Winery in New Hope PA on 4/7...and My Father’s Place in Roslyn NY on 6/15!

---Patti Smith has announced a tiny, two-date tour, but both dates are in our larger area...the first at The Orpheum in Boston MA on 4/26...and the second at The Met in Philadelphia PA on 4/29!

---The Outlaw Music Festival rides again!  It’s first entry our region is set for Saturday 6/22 at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA and will feature Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and Dawes!

---The Avett Brothers have booked a three night stand at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna VA, set for 5/23, 5/24 & 5/25!

---Dan Baird (of course you remember him from The Georgia Satelliites!) apparently has a new band, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin and they’ll be playing at the Wine Garden at City Winery in Wash DC on 6/28!

---Regional jam band, moe. is going on tour and taking G. Love and Blues Traveler with them!  The tour is set to play...Amphitheatre at Bald Hill in Farmingville NY on 7/11...Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 7/12...Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 7/13...Pines Theatre in Northampton MA on 7/17...at Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/19...Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 7/20...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/21...and Rebel in Toronto ON on 7/24!

---Jim Messina finally announces his 2019 Spring dates...nearly all in the northeast...Rochester Opera House in Rochester NY on 3/14...Powers Hall in Needham MA on 3/16...Hepburn Center in Old Saybrook CT on 3/17...Palace Theatre in Boston MA on 3/27...Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 3/28...Patchogue Theatre Center in Patchogue NY on 3/29...Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 3/30...and Tarrytown MusicHall in Tarrytown NY on 3/31!

---Karla Bonoff adds Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 4/11...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/11...and City Winery in NYC on 5/12!

---Adrian Belew announces a Summer leg to his 2019 tour with fresh dates at...Strand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh NY on 8/9...and Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 8/10!

---Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars has recorded a new album with the Birds of Chicago and Amy Helm and will be touring with them to support it this month...at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock NY on 3/15...Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 3/16...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 3/17...City Winery in Boston MA on 3/18...City Winery in NYC on 3/19...City Winery in Washington DC on 3/20!

---Modern rockers, A Day To Remember are unleashing tour dates for Summer starting at...Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie NY on 6/23…Strand Theatre in Providence RI on 6/26...and the Warped Tour @ Atlantic City Beach in Atlantic City NJ on 6/29!

---Pure Prairie League are filling out their 2019 schedule with new dates in ...North Tonawanda NY at the Riviera Theatre on 3/30...at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett NY on 7/2...with Orleans at Cape May Convention Hall in Cape May NJ on 7/3...at the Hepburn Center (The Kate) in Old Saybrook CT on 9/11!

---John Waite has finally annouced the rest of his American tour (not just the previous date at the City Winery in Washington DC on 5/12) including five new regional stops...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/10...New Hope Winery in New Hope PA on 5/11...Musikfest Cafe in ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem PA on 10/10...Strand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh NY on 10/17...and Riviera Theatre Center in North Tonawanda NY on 10/19!

---I Prevail is headlining a tour coming thru our region at...Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls NY on 7/12...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 7/15...Upstate Concert Theatre in Clifton Park NY on 7/22...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 7/23...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 7/24...the Events Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem  PA on 7/26...Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 7/27...the Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 7/28...and the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 7/30!

---Grunge era alt-pop band, Sebadoh is outlining a Summer 2019 tour and coming to plenty of zonal venues...Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 6/21...The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 6/22...The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto ON on 7/12...Black Cat in Washington DC on 7/23...Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 7/24...and Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 7/27!

---Alt/ EDM band, Empire Of The Sun are making plans for a Spring 2019 tour...two nights at The Royale in Boston MA on 6/3 & 6/4...then three nights at Webster Hall in NYC on 6/6, 6/7 & 6/8!

---Jam band faves, Twiddle add two nights at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland VT on 3/28 & 3/29...Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 4/20...at Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI with The Wailers on 6/15...and at the third night of Mountain Jam at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/15!

---The National has announced a muted tour of six dates (half of which are festival performances...and two of those are overseas...) but two of the three headlining dates are inside our greater zone...at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 4/22...and Thompson Hall in Toronto on 4/24!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---The Dead Milkmen have announced an apparent one-off in Philadelphia PA at Underground Arts on 4/13!

---Raheem DeVaughn books a one-off at City Winery in Washington DC on 10/19!

---OneRepublic who are only playing a couple festivals in 2019 have booked a one-shot headlining show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 7/18!

---Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan and lead singer of The Wallflowers, has booked a solo one-timer at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 4/25!

---Lauren Daigle plays a regional one-shot (except for her festival appearance at Fire Fly) at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 6/20!

---Darlene Love has booked, what is so far, a one-shot concert at the @ Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 12/13, but I’m sure there will be more as that’s about the time she books her holiday shows!

---Method Man & Redman have confirmed a one-timer at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 4/18!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---The Music of Cream ft. Malcolm Bruce, Will Johns and Kofi Baker adds the JCC Hart Theatre in Rochester NY on 4/3!

---Loudon Wainwright III adds...Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs NY on 3/30... the Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage in Huntington NY on 7/27!

---Citizen Cope adds Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 5/17!

---Sponge adds The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 5/11!

---Ginuwine add One Centre Square in Easton MD on 5/17!

---Quiet Riot adds Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 4/6!

---Lynyrd Skynyrd dates are updated with freshley announced warm-up acts!  Most of the dates in our region will see Hank Williams Jr added to the bill...except for CMAC which adds Gov’t Mule and Buddy Guy!

---Ryan Adams latest tour has been cancelled due to sexual assault allegations against the singer.

---Bob Weir & Wolf Bros add The Met in Philadelphia PA on 3/8!

---James Bay adds The Met in Philadelphia PA on 3/9!

---Meek Mill adds a two-night stand at The Met in Philadelphia PA on 3/15 & 3/16!

---Bon Iver adds a two-night stand at The Met in Philadelphia PA on 3/27 & 3/28!

---Gary Clark Jr. finally books a show in our region…at The Met in Philadelphia PA on 3/29!

---Mariah Carey adds The Met in Philadelphia PA on 4/3!

---Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets adds more zonal stops...Place des Arts in Montreal QC on 4/15...Sony Centre in Toronto ON on 4/16...a second night at The Beacon in NYC on 4/19...and The Met in Philadelphia PA on 4/20!

---David Gray adds The Met in Philadelphia PA on 5/31!

---Weird Al Yankovic adds The Met in Philadelphia PA on 7/12!

---Frankie Valli adds The Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 8/1!

---Papa Roach add The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/7!

---King Crimson adds The Met in Philadelphia PA on 9/23!

---NRBQ add Avalon Theatre in Easton MD on 5/16...and The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 5/17!

---Bad Company adds the Event Center @ Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln RI on 8/23!

---Zac Brown Band adds a second night at Fenway Park in Boston MA on 9/1!

---X add Gateway City Arts Center in Holyoke MA on 5/25 onto a tiny national tour half-dozen date tour!

---Denny Laine adds Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park NJ on 4/5!

---Melissa Etheridge adds Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 4/11!

---The touring version of Mike Love’s Beach Boys adds The Paramount in Huntington NY on 5/30!

---Geoff Tate formerly with Queensryche and current leader of Operation: Mindcrime adds what appears to be a solo show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/26!

---Iron Maiden adds a second night at The B.C. in Brooklyn NY on 7/27!

---Tyler Hilton will play an off night on the Pop 2000 Tour at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in Manhattan NYC on 7/19!

---Los Lobos adds The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 4/16...and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 6/6!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---.38 Special (1)

---A Day To Remember (2)

---Adrian Belew (2)

---Aerosmith (5)

---Avett Brothers (3)

---Bad Company (1)

---Beach Boys (1)

---Bob Weir & Wolf Bros (1)

---Bon Iver (2)

---Bring Me The Horizon (4)

---Cannibal Corpse (1)

---Citizen Cope (1)

---Darlene Love (1)

---David Gray (1)

---Death Cab For Cutie (3)

---Dead Milkmen (1)

---Denny Laine (1)

---Empire Of The Sun (5)

---Frankie Valli (1)

---Gary Clark Jr. (1)

---Geoff Tate (1)

---Get The Led Out (13)

---I Prevail (9)

---Iron Maiden (1)

---Jacob Dylan (1)

---James Bay (1)

---Jim Messina (8)

---John Waite (5)

---Karla Bonoff (3)

---King Crimson (1)

---Lauren Daigle (1)

---Loudon Wainwright III (2)

---Luther Dickinson/ Birds Of Chicago/ Amy Helm (6)

---Mariah Carey (1)

---Massive Attack (7)

---Meek Mill (2)

---Melissa Etheridge (1)

---moe./ Blues Traveler/ G. Love (8)

---NRBQ (2)

---Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets (4)

---OneRepublic (1)

---Outlaw Music Fest (1)

---Papa Roach (1)

---Quiet Riot (1)

---Sebadoh (6)

---Slightly Stoopid (4)

---Sponge (1)

---Taking Back Sunday (18)

---The Alarm/ Modern English/ Gene Loves Jezebel (5)

---The Dead Milkmen (1)

---The Music Of Cream (1)

---The National (2)

---The Wizards Of Winter (3)

---Trey Anastasio (4)

---Twiddle (4)

---Vince Neil/ Skid Row/ Lita Ford (1)

---Weird Al Yankovic (1)

---X (1)

---Zac Brown Band (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 030119:

---Five Finger Death Punch  will play the Broome County Arena in Binghamton NY on 7/24 @ 730p!  Tickets have went on sale last week for $49.50!  There will also be other regional stops for the tour including...London ON on 7/11 (tour opener)...Rochester NY on 7/23 (In This Moment)...and Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/26!  Tour opener for the Binghamton stop (and it does vary a bit from show-to-show) is Fire From The Gods and In This Moment.

---Local musicians, Brittany Rose  and Vee Da Bee will play the Showroom in NYC (at 158 Ludlow Street) on 3/26, as part of a larger show headlined by Elise Noelle and also including a fourth musician Mia Grace.  Tickets are $8.00 and the show starts at 7pm.  Brittany Rose will start the night at 7pm...and Vee Da Bee is scheduled for 9pm!  Tickets are available thru Ticketfly.  Nice to see our great local musicians gettin’ out into the big cities and representin’!  

---Dallas PA (wilkes-barre area) band, Breaking Benjamin has planned a massive North American tour with a rotating cast, of Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Diamante and Dorothy and it will come into our local area at least twice...at Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on 8/10...and Syracuse NY at Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/24 (which will also be day # 4 of the NYS Fair, so parking will be fun)...and also, in our local-ish area at the Darien Lake Amphitheatre on 8/4!  Regional stops?  There will be plenty of those too...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/26...HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey PA on 7/27...SPAC in Saratoga Springs PA on 7/30...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/31...Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford CT on 8/2...the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/9...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 8/22...Great Woods in Mansfield (boston) MA on 8/25...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/30...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/31...and Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 9/2!  Like I said, massive.  Make sure you check the bill before you buy tickets however, as Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Diamante and Dorothy will rotate in and out of the tour on a random basis.  

---Geoff Tate (formerly of Queensryche) is bringing his Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime to the Center For The Arts in Homer at Homer NY on 6/27 @ 7pm!  Tickets will be $40.00!  There are two other known regional dates at this time...Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 6/19...and Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 6/20!

LOCAL-ISH:     

---Mansfield PA modern metal band, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life has posted tour dates so if you’re a fan, here’s where you can find them in our greater region...Montage Music Hall in Rochester NY on 3/2...Sonia Live in Cambridge MA on 3/3...Revolution Music Hall in Amityville NY on 03/4...the Lizard Lounge in Lancaster PA on 3/5 (previously released)...and the Championship Bar in Trenton NJ on 3/10!

---Jazz legend, Macao Parker has announced that he will play the Center For The Arts in Homer NY on 5/14, as he readjusts his tour schedule, shortening his residency at the Blue Note in NYC by two days. 

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---The Steve Miller Band is taking Marty Stuart along on tour this summer…that will own our larger zonal area...the International Jazz Festival in Rochester NY on 6/28...Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 7/18...Xcite Center @ Parx Casino in Bensalem PA on 7/21...Pier 17 in NYC on 7/24...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/25...Hutton Brickyards in Kingston NY on 7/28...Freeman Stage @ Bayside NY in Selbyville DE on 7/30...Filene Center @ The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 7/31...Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 8/2...and Bethlehem Musikfest in Bethlehem PA on 8/3!

---Peter Frampton iconic jam-band jazz-rock guitarist has announced his farewell tour, due to a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositis, that will affect his guitar playing over time, but don’t worry...it’s filled with plenty of regional stops, so brace yourself…Seneca Allegany Resort Casino in Salamanca NY on 6/29...Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/30...Benedum Center in Pittsburgh PA on 7/2...Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 7/3...Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Theatre @ Place des Arts in Montreal QC on 7/5...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/7...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/9...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 7/10...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 9/1...Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 9/2...Anthem in Washington DC on 9/11...and Madison Square Garden in NYC on 9/13!

---One of the hottest new hip-hop acts, Juice WRLD is taking break out act, Ski Mask The Slump God and the pairing will march thru our region starting at...Agganis Arena in Boston MA on 5/23...Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 5/24...Royal Arena in Toronto ON on 5/25...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/28!

---Young The Giant/ Fitz & The Tantrums have planned a massive North American tour with at least 33 dates, but only three in our region so far...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/21...NYC on 6/23 (venue tbd)...and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 6/27!

---Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson will tour together in 2019 for the “Hell Never Dies Tour” and they’re coming soon to pull you in...Royal Arena in Baltimore MD on 7/9...PPL Center in Allentown PA on 7/10...Bud Gardens in London ON on 8/14...Canadian Centre in Ottawa ON on 8/16...and Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/18!

---Hip-hop/ comedy troupe, The Lonely Island is going on their first ever multi-city tour, so check ‘em out...Anthem in Washington DC on 6/18...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 6/19...NYC (venue tbd) on 6/21...Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NYC on 6/22...and Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/24!

---Howard Jones has added a new leg on his 2019 tour and it will make several zonal stops...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 6/6...The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT with Men Without Hats on 6/7...Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 6/12...and also with Men Without Hats at Niagara Fallsview Casino on 6/15!  This on top of dates leaked last week for this leg at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 6/9...Theatre @ Times Square in Manhattan NY on 6/13!, both of these dates also with Men Without Hats! 

---There may be a David Crosby tour coming as the former member of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) and The Byrds has booked two regional dates (five overall) at...Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 4/27...Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall PA on 6/2...Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 6/10...and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 6/15!

---Johnny Marr (lead guitarist for The Smiths...of course, you remember them!) has mapped his American tour out a bit more clearly with zonal stops at...Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 5/1...Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on 5/3...College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 5/4...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 5/6...and Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington VT on 5/7!

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have announced the rest of their 2019 tour filling out the rest of their regional obligations...beginning with the previously announced...Carnegie Library of Homestead in Munhall PA on 3/22...Buffalo State Center in Buffalo NY on 3/23...City Winery in Manhattan NY on 3/25...The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 3/28...Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA on 3/30...and finally, Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue NY on 12/14!

---The annual two-night Saratoga Jazz Fest at SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY has announced dates and line-ups for 2019…

Night #1 (6/29): George Benson/ Los Van Van/ Kandace Springs/ James Carter Organ Trio/ Jon Cowherd/ Brian Blade/ John Patitucci/ Steve Cardenas/ Donna Grantis/ Antonio Sanchez/ Lionel Loueke/ Veronica Swift

Night #2 (6/30): Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/ Norah Jones/ Django Festival All-Stars/ Joshua Redman/ Joey DeFrancesco Trio/ Ruthie Foster/ Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom/ Cha Wa/ Youn Sun Nah/ Joel Harrison/ Kansas Smitty’s House Band

---Former matchbox twenty lead singer, Rob Thomas, has announced a huge 2019 tour that riddles our zone with at least sixteen impacts, starting with...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 5/28...Anthem in Washington DC on 7/12...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 7/13...Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 7/15...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 7/17...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/18...CMAC in Canandaigua NY on 7/21...Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 7/23...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 7/24...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/25...The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ on 7/27...two nights at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 7/29 & 7/30...Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 8/2...Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 8/3...and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 8/4!

---John Mayall just keeps on playing, although on a schedule that even younger musicians might find dawnting...this year...three nights at The Iridium in NYC, 8/8 thru 8/10...Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 8/14...Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 8/17...and Infinity Hall Norfolk in Norfolk CT on 8/18!

---The Greatest Day Ever Fest is coming to the Amphitheatre @ Coney Island in Brooklyn NY on 7/13-14...Here’s how it breaks down.

Saturday 7/13: Andre Power/ Bas/ Carnage/ Cashmere Cat/ City Girls/ Dani Leigh/ Jungle/ Lil Baby/ Nina Las Vegas/ Party Favor/ Pusha T/ Snakehips/ Zeds Dead

Sunday 7/14: Andre Power/ City Girls/ DaniLeigh/ Lil Baby/ Nina Las Vegas/ Snakehips/ Zeds Dead

---Alexisonfire just boked a two night stand at Terminal 5 in NYC on 6/7-8!

---The Marshall Tucker Band adds the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 3/14...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 6/27...then back to the Diamond Horseshoe in NYC on 8/23...and Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 8/25!

---Stereolab has announced their North American tour dates (following their shows in the UK and Europe), look for them at...930 Club in Washington DC on 9/25...Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 9/26...Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 9/27 & 9/28...The Royale in Boston MA on 9/29...Corona Theatre in Montreal QC on 10/1...and Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 10/2!

---Mike Doughty, former lead singer of Soul Coughing will play the bands classic, breakout album, “Ruby Vroom” on his Fall tour.  Regional dates include...Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto ON on 10/27...Rough Trade in Brooklyn NYC on 11/1 & 11/2!

---Southern Culture On The Skids southern-based 2019 tour wanders north, just barely into our larger zonal area...at the Hill Country BBQ Market in Washington DC on 5/30

---A package tour featuring blessthefall, Slaves, Capsize and Glass Houses will play in our region, but so far, just twice...Webster Underground in Hartford CT on 5/21...and at The Palladium (upstairs) in Worcester MA on 5/22!

---The Jon Butcher Axis has announced a few shows for 2019 and though they are few and far between, all of them are in New England...Center For The Arts in Natick in Natick MA on 6/21...Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro NH on 7/7...and Showcase Live in Foxboro MA on 11/30!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---The line-up for the summer Kerfuffle in Washington DC has been announced!  See Young The Giant, Tom Morello, SHAED, The Revivalists, Greta Van Fleet and the Blue Stones at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 5/19 @ 430p!  Tickets are available thru Ticketmaster.

---Robert Randolph & The Family Band have booked, what appears to be a one-off at Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 7/18! 

---The Babys have confirmed a one-timer at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 6/7!

---Al Green is playing a small tour in late April and early May that will bring him into our region just once at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 5/5!

---Uncle Kracker adds a second date to his 2019 schedule, an effective regional one-shot at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 8/8!

---Patti Labelle will play a regional one-shot (she only has three shows booked this year) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 5/31!

---Marco Benevento will play one-show-only at Pearl Street Warehouse on 5/10!  Benevento will play more shows later in the year, but those are (what appears to be) all three days at the Levitate Festival in Marshfield MA from 7/12 thru 7/14.

---Laurie Anderson will play a one-shot east coast show at Murmrr Ballroom in Brooklyn NYC on 5/7!

---Diana Ross will play one show in our zone, outside of her larger Vegas residency in 2019...at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 6/22!

---Johnny Mathis has only booked a handful of concerts for 2019, one of which will be at the Theatre at Westbury in Westbury NY on 7/13!

---If you love 80’s techno and new wave bands, then the Lost 80’s Live tour is for you!  Featuring A Flock of Seagulls, The Motels, The Vapors, When In Rome, Real Life/ Bow Wow Wow and Boys Don’t Cry, it’s coming into our region, but so far, it’s only booked once at the Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn NYC on 8/2!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Aztec Two-Step add Turning Point in Piermont NY on 5/17!

---Tommy Tutone adds Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 6/2!

---Juice WRLD adds two new shows with Ski Mask The Slump God in...Toronto ON on 6/25...and Pittsburgh PA on 5/28!

---Al Stewart adds New Hope Winery as a headliner on 5/12, after he’s done warming-up for Ambrosia!

---Less Than Jake adds College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/16...and The Queen in Wilmington DE on 4/17!

---Cracker adds The Queen in Wilmington DE on 5/24!

---Buddy Guy adds the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 6/29!

---Matisyahu adds Toads Place in New Haven CT on 3/22!

---As I Lay Dying add Toads Place in New Haven CT on 3/24!

---Buckethead adds Toads Place in New Haven CT on 4/12!

---Tommy Tutone is still looking for the right phone numbers in the wrong places...like, Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 6/2!

---Los Lobos adds Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 6/9!

---Syracuse band, Ra Ra Riot has booked an off night on the Third Eye Blind tour to headline at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 7/7!

---Heavy Pets in Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC on 4/11!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add Buffalo State Center in Buffalo NY on 4/12 to what little is left of their 2019 tour schedule, so far.

---Arrested Development adds City Winery in Washington DC on 9/14!

---Blind Melon adds Crafthouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA on 3/28...and the Diamond Horseshoe in Manhattan NYC on 3/29!

---Shawn Mendes is adding second nights in...Newark NJ on 8/11...Boston MA on 8/16...Montreal QC on 8/20...Brooklyn NY on 8/23...and adding two nights Uncasville CT on 8/30 & 8/31...and a new market entirely in Philadelphia PA on 8/27!  He also announced his warm-up act will be Alessia Cara! Pretty sweet!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zoso is helping to fill the need for Zeppelin music and adding more regional stops...Rocking On The River Cruise in NYC on 6/27!

---Billy Joel adds onto his MSG residency with show #68 booked for Friday night 9/27 @8pm! 

---The Lettermen add...Mishler Theatre in Altoona PA on 5/21...Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 10/6!

---The AJ Croce show at City Winery in Washington DC on 5/28 will be in the Wine Garden area of the venue, just F.Y.I.---

---Savoy Brown add Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 5/21!

---The Howard Jones and Men Without Hats tour adds the Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 6/8!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---AJ Croce (1)

---Al Green (1)

---Al Stewart (1)

---Alexisonfire (2)

---Arrested Development (1)

---As I Lay Dying (1)

---Aztec Two-Step (1)

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (5)

---Billy Joel (1)

---blessthefall/ Slaves/ Capsize/ Glass Houses (2)

---Blind Melon (2)

---Boney James (2)

---Buckethead (1)

---Cracker (1)

---David Crosby (4)

---Diana Ross (1)

---Heavy Pets (1)

---Howard Jones (1)

---Juice WRLD/ Ski Mask The Slump God (4)

---John Mayall (6)

---Johnny Marr (5)

---Johnny Mathis (1)

---Jon Butcher Axis (3)

---Last In Line (1)

---Laurie Anderson (1)

---Los Lobos (1)

---Lost 80’s Live (1)

---Macao Parker (-2/+1)

---Marshall Tucker Band (4)

---Matisyahu (1)

---Patti LaBelle (1)

---Peter Frampton (12)

---Ra Ra Riot (1)

---Rob Thomas (16)

---Rob Zombie/ Marilyn Manson (5)

---Robert Randolph & The Family Band (1)

---Saratoga Jazz Fest (2)

---Savoy Brown (1)

---Shawn Mendes/ Alessia Cara (7)

---Southern Culture On The Skids (1)

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (1)

---Stereolab (6)

---Steve Miller Band (10)

---The Babys (1)

---The Lettermen (1)

---The Lonely Island (5)

---Tommy Tutone (1)

---Uncle Kracker (1)

---Washington Kerfuffle (1)

---Young The Giant/ Fitz & The Tantrums (3)

---Zoso (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 022219:

---10-year-old Endicott guitar phenom, Eamonn Hubert is now a touring member of the “School Of Rock” musical, making his debut with the production last weekend (2/16) in Boston MA!  He will be one of three rotating guitarists for the off broadway production.  He will tour until June, when the production takes a break, and then return to “School Of Rock” when the tour resumes in September, which means that Eamonn wil be back in the bars and clubs of the Southern Tier this Summer with both, Doug & Eamonn, his duo project with his dad, and as Hot Dogs & Gin with his dad, along with local radio personality/ drummer, Steve Shimmer.  Of course local news outlets covered the story…

Fox 40: http://www.wicz.com/story/39949413/endicott-10-year-old-joins-cast-of-school-of-rock-national-tour

and TV 12: https://wbng.com/news/local-news/2019/02/15/endicott-boy-joins-school-of-rock-tour/?fbclid=IwAR2T5Yxb21kS_IAXI6Ma7hj5MsdmCyd7kWSCltq2VHerRV_NhaVE62Tod1I

---Is long time local watering hole, the Brackney Inn in Brackney PA, (just over the state line from Binghamton), nearly ready to reopen?  Rumours are starting to circulate again with fresh stories surfacing on local news outlets, but still no solid re-opening date yet, other than next month…

Fox 40: www.wicz.com/story/39974348/brackney-inn-nears-re-opening-after-16-months-and-two-fires

TV 12: https://wbng.com/news/top-stories/2019/02/26/a-look-inside-after-two-fires-brackney-inn-aiming-to-open-next-month/

---Big Steve Parish, long time friend of Jerry Garcia will be in town and DJing his Sirius/XM radio show live from the Cyber Cafe West on Sunday March 24th @ 7pm.  Tickets are limited to 40 and are $20 a piece.  Jeff Kahn from the Cyber Cafe West posted this about Parish in his weekly newsletter a few weeks ago...

“Steve Parish has been a primary member of The Grateful Dead family for 50 years. Steve first joined the band as a roadie in 1969. It wasn't long before he was Jerry Garcia's trusted gear handler and began to manage The Jerry Garcia Band. Over the years Parish and Garcia forged an unbreakable bond. Steve was Jerry's best man at his wedding and was at his bedside when Garcia fell into a coma in 1986. Parish was the last friend to see Jerry before his untimely death in 1995.

Steve has continued to maintain his relationships with the rest of The Grateful Dead family. As Bob Weir once said to him "Blood is thicker than water, but what we have is thicker than blood."

The Big Steve Hour on SiriusXM, which is normally hosted at Bobby's place, Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA, is going out on the road.

Come be a part of the conversation with Big Steve Parish while he shares stories of his life on the road with the most iconic band in history. The incredibly talented Katie Skene will be joining Steve for an unforgettable musical and storytelling experience.  [Note: they were nearly sold out before press time, too.]

---Driftwood has officially announced Spring dates for the “Tree Of Shade” which will take the local folk band to Illinois, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Washington state, Oregon, and California, all in the month of March!  They’ll be closer to home, playing the east coast in April with shows planned for Syracuse NY, New Haven CT, New York City, Philadelphia PA, Richmond VA, Wilkesboro NC, Washington DC and Canton NC in April and May.  On top of all that, while the band continues to shop their (as yet) unreleased album, “Tree Of Shade” to major record labels, they have released a new song with an accompanying video!  The song, “Lay Like You Do,” is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Amazon.

---Congrats to Ithaca area musician on the announcement of his new new album, “Family Picnic.” He’s booked the album release party at the opening of Jennifer Edmondson’s, his sister, art exhibition on Friday, March 1st at Grayhaven Motel in Ithaca NY at 6p

---Lake Street Dive adds the Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette NY near Syracuse with the Wood Brothers on 7/26!  What a cool double bill!  ...and at a winery!  (another glass please.)

---Mountain Jam, now in Bethel NY at Bethel Woods!  The dates have been set for 6/13-6/16!  This years fest curated by Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and the Allman Brothers Band!  So far, nobody’s been scheduled to specific days, but the announced line-up includes: Willie Nelson & Family, Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, Alison Krauss, Twiddle, The Allman Betts Band, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Marco Benevento, just to name a few! For more, click here: https://mountainjam.com/

---The NYS Fair in Syracuse NY has made their first musical announcements of 2019 and so far, so good...Bad Company will play a Free show on The Court, on opening night, day #1 of the Fair at 8pm on Wednesday 8/21...the Dropkick Murphys will also play a Free show on The Court on Sunday 8/25 at 8pm!  Can’t wait for the rest of the announcements to be made!

---David Archuleta of American Idol fame, has expanded his tour to now include Stage West in Scranton on 3/21!  The singer has also booked regional shows in Pawling NY, Ithaca NY, Northampton MA, Alexandria VA, Boston MA, Norfolk CT and Sellersville PA!  See the Regional Concert Page, on this site for more.

---The Josh Groban tour gets into our generous “local’ region with a show in Wilkes-Barre PA at the Arena at Casey Plaza on 6/16, but it will make other regional stops as well…Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg PA as part of the Dauphin County Music & Wine fest on 6/8…Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale NY on 6/15…Giant Center in Hershey PA on 6/21…SNHU in Manchester NH on 6/22…DD Center in Providence RI on 6/26…Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 6/28…and The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 7/7!  Jennifer Nettles and Chris Botti will rotate in and out of the warm-up spot!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Howard Jones is touring with another iconics 80’s act, Men Without Hats and the pair will travel all across America, including a handful of zonal performances and even a local-ish one...at the Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 6/7...Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 6/9...Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 6/12...Theatre at Times Square in Manhattan NYC on 6/13...and Niagara Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls ON on 6/15!

---This tour struck me as a bit odd, indie rocker, Father John Misty is teaming up with country singer, Jason Isbell for a tour that will come into our zone at...Celebrate Brooklyn Center in Brooklyn NY on 6/19...CMAC in Canandaigua NY on 6/20...Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 6/21...and The Met in Philadelphia PA on 6/22!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Beck, Cage The Elephant and Spoon have combined for a massive alt/rock Summer time tour that hits many major and even medium market venues across our Bingo-Centric “day trip” zone...Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 8/11...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/12...Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/13...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 8/15...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/16...Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NYC on 8/17...Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/20...The Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/21...and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Baltimore on 8/22!

---The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer are joining forces for a Fall 2019 tour that includes zonal incursions at…Boston Garden in Boston MA on 9/27…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 9/28…Bryce Jordan Center in University Park PA on 9/29…Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 10/8...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 10/9...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 10/11...KB Center in Buffalo on 10/12…Capital Arena in Washington DC on 10/15…and The BC in Brooklyn NYC on 10/17!

---Singer/ actress, Jennifer Lopez is headlining arenas across North America this summer, including our humble region at...Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 7/7...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 7/10...MSG in NYC on 7/12...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 7/16...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/17...The Rock in Newark NJ on 7/19...and Wells Center in Philly PA on 7/20!

---Heart has reunited and for the “Love Alive” tour they will be bringing along some friends into our greater “day-trip” zone!  A rotating cast of either Joan Jett or Sheryl Crow, as well as either Elle King or Lucie Silvas, will be playing all the dates…Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 7/14 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 7/16 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 7/17 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford CT on 7/20 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 7/21 w/ Sheryl Crow & Lucie Silvas...at Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/24 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...at Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 7/26 w/ Joan Jett & Elle King...at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 7/29 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...at Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 7/30 w/ Sheryl Crow & Elle King...at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 8/1 w/ Joan Jett & Elle King...

---Bob Segers’ farewell tour is finally growing into our region...a newly added leg includes dates in...Bristow VA at the Jiffy Live on 5/25...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 5/30...and the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/1!

---Steve Stevens has been added to the Billy Idol unplugged tour, which is important...Stevens has long been Idols guitarist.  If anybody is going to properly interpret Idols songs acoustically, it should be Stevens!  So far the tour is booked for...Toronto ON on 3/25...NYC on 3/27 & 3/28...Bensalem PA on 3/30...Washington DC on 4/1...Lynn MA on 4/3...and Red Bank NJ on 4/4!

---Not to be outdone, Art Alexakis of Everclear is also going on an acoustic “Songs & Stories” tour of his Everclear songs with zonal dates set for… 5/26 in Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre...5/28 in Boston, MA at City  Winery...5/29 in Huntington, NY at The Paramount...5/30 in New York City, NY at Gramercy Theatre...6/1 in Waterloo, ON at Maxwell's Concerts & Events...and 6/2 in London, ON at London Music Hall!

---Bobby Brown (formerly of New Edition) and Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe (of Bell, Biv DaVoe, but also formerly of New Edition) are taking their experimental combo, RBRM (for Ricky, Bobby, Ronnie and Michael), back on the road, since it seemed to work so well last fall...at Sheas in Buffalo NY on 5/28...at Filene Center @ the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 6/2...at Foxwoods in Mashantucket CT on 6/7...and Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY on 6/8, w/ Kid Capri!

---Godsmack finally posts a solo headlining show in our larger zone...at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 7/26!  They will also be appearing at Heavy Montreal in QC on Saturday 7/27, but largely skirting our area, so far, in 2019!

---Coheed & Cambria are taking Mastodon on tour, this summer…the least you could do is go and rock out with them!  See them at...Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 6/2 w/ Every Time I Die...Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 6/4 with ETID...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/6...the Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn NYC w/ ETID on 6/7...the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 6/8...and at Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 6/10!

---Ice Cube has booked a rather small tour, nine dates and counting so far, but at this point only two for our region...Terminal 5 in NYC on 3/6 and Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia PA on 3/9!

---Curtis Stigers is still riding his one and only top ten hit song, “I Wonder Why” from 1991 and turning it into a decent career...as he just announced his latest residency...five nights at Birdland in NYC on 5/14 thru 5/18!

---Andy Black of Black Veil Brides, is surprisingly undertaking a solo tour!  Not sure if this will affect his standing in the band, but it seems that this is only a side project, at this time. Blacks’ tour will come into our region at least eight times…Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 4/29...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/30...The Gramercy in NYC on 5/1...The Palladium in Worcester MA on 5/3...Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 5/4...The Opera House Concert Venue in Toronto ON on 5/13...L’Astral in Montreal QC on 5/15...and Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 5/16!

---Jim Croce’s son, AJ Croce, is touring thru our region again!  Making sure  you get a chance to take in a show near you...City Winery in Washington DC on 5/28...the Stand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh NY on 5/30...Appell Center in York PA on 6/1...The Loft @ City Winery in Manhattan NYC on 6/2...and Rockland Art Center in West Nyack NY on 11/16!

---The Dream Syndicate have booked a handful of national dates...three of which fall into our larger zone...U Street Music Hall in Washington DC on 5/10...then two nights in NYC at the Mercury Lounge on 5/16 & 5/17!

---Black Label Society is mapping out a minor national tour with four zonal entry points...two at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 5/6 & 5/7...another at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 5/9...and then the Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 5/13!

---O.A.R. (of a revolution) are going to be touring with American Authors for a Spring into Summer tour that starts in our region in early June with dates at...Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 6/5...Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/6...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/7...and The Met in Philadelphia PA on 6/9!

---Indie artist, David Gray, will play some regional Spring dates in 2019...at The Met in Philadelphia PA on 5/31...Beacon Theatre in NYC on 6/4...and at the Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 6/5!

---Robert Cray Band has a funky schedule when they come around in June but band dates include...Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 6/7...and  American MusicTheatre in Lancaster PA on 6/17!  They will also appear with Shemekia Copeland, Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys Of Alabama at... Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 6/9...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 6/11...and St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC, with Cohn and BBOA, but without Copeland, apparently, on 6/14!

---Modern metal band Skeletonwitch will headline a Spring package tour that includes Portayal Of Guilt, Wiegedood and Soft Kill, but they’ve only booked two dates in our region so far...Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia PA on 5/1...and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn NY on 5/3!

---Gary US Bonds (oh c’mon, of course you remember his one hit wonder, “Quarter To Three.”) has booked a few zonal dates, including...The Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY (with Danny & The Juniors & The Tymes) on 3/31...at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 4/26...and My Fathers Place in Roslyn NY on 6/1!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

----Erykah Badu and H.E.R. will play a one-off at The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 5/11!

---Phantom Planet has booked a one-shot at club Drom in NYC on 3/9!

---Johnny Popper of Blues Traveler books a one-off in Buffalo at Asbury Hall at Babeville on 4/2!  The question is, will there be more?

---Kip Winger has booked what seems to be a one-off at Union Jacks in Columbia MD on 5/2!  Hopefully there will be more dates however...

---Bobby Rush is bringing the blues to the world in 2019, but so far he’ll only stop in our region just once...at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda MD on 6/22!

---Is the Blues Traveler and moe. date at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 7/20 a one-off or a harbinger of something more?

---Mavis Staples only playing a few dates here and a few there will play a regional one-shot at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem NYC on 5/9!

---Melanie has booked one terrestrial date so far in 2019...at Batavia Downs Batavia NY, between rochester and buffalo, on 7/20!

---The Pop 2000 Tour ft. Lance Bass of *NSYNC, Ryan Cabrera, Aaron Carter and Tyler Hilton will make at least one stop in our region...@ the Union County Arts Center on 7/20 in Rahway NJ!

---Lost 80’s Live have booked just one show in our region so far, with A Flock Of Seagulls, The Vapors, When In Rome, Dramarama, Real Life, Bow Wow Wow, The Motels and Boys Don’t Cry coming to Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn NY on 8/2!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Little Anthony & The Imperials add two nights in Niagara Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls ON on 5/30 & 5/31!

---A Boogie Wit da Hoodie adds the Bijou in Boston MA on 3/10!

---.38 Special adds the Event Center in Twin River Casino at Lincoln RI on 4/20!

---Edwin McCain adds Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA on 7/18!

---The Bring Me The Horizon tour has been cancelled due to injury...as the lead singer of the band, Oli Sykes, has ruptured a vocal chord, so he needs time to heal.  Luckily for us that doesn’t seem to impact any shows in our greater “Bingo-centric” zone.

---Drake Bell of “Drake & Josh” adds Kung-Fu Necktie in Philadelphia PA on 4/11...and Amityville Music Hall in Amityville NY on 4/14!

---Belle And Sebastian have added one date to their already existing date (for a grand total of two, but only one in our area) at Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 7/12!

---Pop Evil finally add a show in our region at...Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 4/18!

---The Twiztid tour slowly expands thru our region, adding Mohawk Place in Buffalo on 3/28...and The Palladium in Worcester MA on 3/29!

---The Hatebreed tour adds the Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 4/9!

---Heavy Pets add Brooklyn NY on 4/16...and Buffalo NY on 4/17!

---Lake Street Dive adds two regional stops...Waterfront Park in Burlington VT on 7/25...and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 7/30!

---Melissa Etheridge  adds a new dates for Spring 2019 at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 4/13! 

---Steve Tyrell adds a date at the City Winery in Washington DC on 4/13, just ahead of his 10-night residency at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC, starting on 4/16!

---Boyz II Men have booked a few dates outside of their Las Vegas residency for 2019, but so far only one in our region...Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 5/12 with warm-up band, 112!

---Hootie & The Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies have added a second night @ MSG in NYC on 8/11!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---.38 Special (1)

---A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (1)

---AJ Croce (5)

---Andy Black (8)

---Art Alexakis (6)

---Beck/ Cage The Elephant/ Spoon (9)

---Belle & Sebastian (1)

---Black Label Society (4)

---Blues Traveler/ moe. (1)

---Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (3)

---Bobby Rush (1)

---Boyz II Men/112 (1)

---Coheed & Cambria/ Mastodon (6)

---Curtis Stigers (5)

---David Gray (3)

---Drake Bell (2)

---Dream Syndicate (3)

---Driftwood (16)

---Edwin McCain (1)\

---Erykah Badu/ H.E.R. (1)

---Gary US Bonds (3)

---Hatebreed (1)

---Heart/ Joan Jett (4)

---Heart/ Sheryl Crow (8)

---Heavy Pets (2)

---Hootie & The Blowfish/ Barenaked Ladies (1)

---Howard Jones/ Men Without Hats (5)

---Ice Cube (2)

---Jennifer Lopez (7)

---Lake Street Dive (2)

---Little Anthony & The Imperials (2)

---Lost 80’s Live (1)

---Mavis Staples (1)

---Melanie (1)

---Melissa Etheridge (1)

---O.A.R./ American Authors (4)

---Phantom Planet (1)

---Pop Evil (1)

---RBRM (bobby brown & bell biv devoe) (4)

---Robert Cray/ Marc Cohn/ Blind Boys Of Alabama (1)

---Robert Cray/ Shemekia Copeland/ Marc Cohn/ Blind Boys of Alabama (2)

---Robert Cray Band (3)

---Skeletonwitch (2)

---Steve Tyrell (1)

---The Chainsmokers/ 5 Seconds Of Summer (9)

--The Dream Syndicate (3)

---The Pop 2000 Tour (1)

---Twiztid (2)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 021519:

---Looks like Mobday is back!  The Port Crane modern metal band recently posted about their participation in Winter Fest in Rochester, so we thought we ought to look into it.  Turns out that the band has a new bass player, (Josh Thornton) along with returning members lead singer, Ryan Nickerson; drummer Ty Gleason and lead guitar Rory Smith.  Jordan says, “Yeah we are back together and looking to get some new music out and play as many shows as we can this year. Hoping to get out there even more than before.  We call it the “classic” lineup as the original lineup dismantled around 2007 but luckily didn’t release anything. Haha. But what we have now is essentially the lineup we’ve had since 2013 but with a new bassist on board.”  (Bass player Alex O’Connor left in 2016 to take a job out of state).

It was more the release of the “Devil in Me” single and the response that got. The reviews on the song were mixed but people were excited to see us back so we’ve been goin for it since

…Indeed, the band was recently notified by Spotify that music from the bands sophomore album, “Vertigo” had some pretty impressive stats in 2018…5K streams, 2K fans, 17K minutes and 57 countries!“

---Congrats to the Dennis Winge Trio, who often play Number 5, who held a CD release party last week (2/9) at the Sacred Root Kava Lounge in Ithaca NY!  In posting the event on facebook the band characterized the CD this way: “Do you want new music that's adventurous, accessible, catchy, exciting, dynamic, and covers a broad range of styles? The News: In February 2019, my Trio will release a new double-album called "One Small Step." Here is the promo video for the short-attention spanned: https://youtu.be/Xu-2lNpaSJs"

---The Church, (who had the late 80’s hit, “Under The Milky Way,” remember?) is coming to The Haunt in Ithaca NY on 4/13!  They’ll be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their break thru album, “Starfish,” and there will be other regional impacts…Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 4/12…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 4/14…White Eagle Hall in Jersey City NJ on 4/16… and The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 4/18!

---Jethro Tull guitarist, Martin Barre, has booked a show at the Center For The Arts in Homer NY, just north of Cortland on 4/14!  He’ll also make other zonal appearances in…Hudson Fall NY on 4/12 & 4/13 at The Strand Theatre…two nights (ten days apart) at The Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 4/15… Lebanon NH at the Lebanon Opera House on 4/18…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/19…The Academy Of Music in Northampton MA on 4/20…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 4/21…The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 4/22…Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 4/24…The Iridium in NYC again on 4/25…the Boulton Center in Bayshore NY on 4/26…and Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 4/27!

---The Taste Of Country Music Festival in Hunter NY has started scheduling talent and so far they’ve put Keith Urban on night #1 (Friday 6/7)…and Rascal Flatts on night #2 (Saturday 6/8).  Presumably that means Little Big Town (who has been booked for the festival) will be earmarked for Sunday, but that remains to be scheduled.

---Randy McStine has another brush with fame this week...Adrian Belew!  He recounted it on his facebook page on 2/12!

“Caught in the chaos of excessive cultural noise, I am constantly flipping between total excitement and crippling doubt on how I'd like to proceed with my life and art.

When it comes to navigating a career that consistently shatters all boundaries (with a joyful grin), Adrian Belew has been one of my life-long heroes.

As I have continued my own balancing act between being a "hired gun" for others, and being an artist, I have often marveled at how he aligned himself with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, while remaining completely authentic and original.

As it turns out, I recently found myself in a position to share many of my questions, goals and frustrations. He was willing to listen, and we sat at the bar for hours as he graciously took the time to teach. I can't quite remember it all, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I think I might have a new friend...”

---The NY State Fair in Syracuse NY has started to announce their 2019 musical line-up!  Bad Company will open up the fair on 8/21 @ 8pm with a FREE show on The Court!  The Dropkick Murphys will also play a free show on The Court on Sunday August 25th @ 8p!  The 2019 NYS Fair will run for 13 days, just like last year, from August 21st thru September 2nd!

ALBUM REVIEW:

---Donna The Buffalo’s latest album, “Dance In The Streets,” is a global call to dance our troubles away from the tiny Finger Lakes town of Trumansburg!  From the picture on the cover of a person proclaiming such, from the top of a building to a world full of dancing people to the urgent drum beat and relentless spoken word chant of troubles from singer/ lead guitar player, Jeb Puryear on the albums title track!  DTB’s 21st century Americana sound (never too rock for the country crowd/ never too country for the rock crowd/ always danceable/ sometimes swampy/ sometimes apalachin/ always shufflin’) doesn’t disappoint.  Motor” revs the upbeat mood with a tight little country rockers from singer/ fiddler/ washboard/ harmonica player, Tara Nevins.  Heaven & Earth” is a gospel tinged (thanks to a righteous keyboard solo) swamp-jam call to rise up and be heroes, but couched with qualifiers…”there is a day to run” aka live to fight another day, if you can win the fight today, and “Tomorrow is promised to no one,” so perhaps the message is be a hero now, while you still can…but that’s up to interpretation. “Look Both Ways” is another country-rocker about the dangers of assuming to much when it comes to matter of the heart, from Tara Nevins, who seems to write songs that Linda Ronstadt would have loved to record.  Across The Way” finds Jeb Puryear pulling back for a mid-tempo, almost plaintive, discertation on how love can cross distance, time and loss.  Nevins and Puryear continue to alternative thru the entire album, as they usually do.  Top Shelf” is a soaring country anthem about the euphoria of new love, that should be recorded by a big named country artist.  It would surely be a chart topper.  If You Want To Live” is an urgent, almost happy, call to “embrace the pain” of loss, rather lose your life in the depths of despair. “Holding On To Nothing” is a mid-tempo rocker that deals with clinging to a lost love, and trying to move on in the aftermath of that failed relationship.  The Good Stuff” may well be the next DTB anthem, appealing to the good nature of global citizens for “peace, love and understanding.” “I Won’t Be Looking Back,” is a lyrical union between Nevins and guest writers Mollie Farr and Bess Greenberg (aka KidBess from KidBess & The Magic Ring, who shot the video for the bands studio sessions preview and whose brother also manages DTB).  The combination composes a song about a cheating partner that is scathing as it is happy to move on!  Killing A Man” is a somber, not quite down tempo, perspective of taking a life from the eyes of a consciencious killer, in a time of war.  The killing may be sanctioned, but the memory is haunting.  The album ends with, “I Believe,” a song that tries to be a reaffirmation of belief, in the spite of a plethora of questions.  In the end it almost sounds like it’s trying to convince the singer that they do believe, but sort of makes you wonder.

Produced by audio engineer Rob Fraboni (known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt) who has brought his “cure for digital” feel to the recording process, this album is built on solid songs and clean sound through out the deep layers of DTB’s musicianship.  In fact, the entire process started in analog and was later transferred to digital.  Can you tell? 

You would think after 30 years, Donna The Buffalo may begin to sound stale and run out of ideas, but amazingly, this band seems to always find new ways to make meaningful mid-to-uptempo music that is based in life experiences and is often anthemic.  Indeed, on “Dance In The Street” DTB sound re-invigorated and re-freshed.

 It’s a mystery to me why this band isn’t as big as Dave Matthews or The Grateful Dead.  Yes, they have their own band of loyal fans, who call themselves, “The Herd” and it continues to grow, but I’m little surprised this band isn’t playing arena’s…still, I believe...and if you listen, so will you.

LOCAL-ISH:

----For those of you who were thinking that Mountain Jam usually announces their line-up before the “Taste Of Country” fest, there’s a reason for that…Mountain Jam has moved!  The festival that has been held at Hunter Mountain in Hunter NY all of it’s fifteen years has relocated to Bethel Woods in Bethel NY!  Mountain Jam 2019 recently announced it’s rough, unscheduled  line-up and it looks pretty hefty!  The  festival will be held on four days, from Thursday June 13th thru Sunday June 16th and will feature Willie Nelson, Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, Michael Franci & Spearhead, Toots & The Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, The Allman Betts Band, Brandon (Taz) Niederauer and plenty more!  FYI, there will still be camping , plus two additional side-stages, plus extra activities and they will even bring in a Ferris Wheel to add to the fun!

--The remnants of the blues-rock band that spun-off Foghat, Savoy Brown will tour the US this Spring & Summer and we expect to see them; not just regionally, but locally, too, at…Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/18…My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel in Roslyn NY on 5/24…Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/25…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 5/26…Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 8/24…and The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 8/25!

---Jonathan Edwards has added a local-ish date to his latest batch of show announcements...My Fathers Place at The Roslyn Hotel in Roslyn NY on 5/3...Infinity Hall Norfolk in Norfolk CT on 5/25...Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 9/14...and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 10/18!

---Alice In Chains and Korn will co-headline a summer tour with Underoath that will bring them into our region at least ten times...beginning with, Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 7/31...a local-ish stop at Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/2...Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/3...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/6...Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/7...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 8/9...Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 8/10...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/11...Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 8/14...and Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 8/17!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Pentatonix has announced a massive summer 2019 tour with dates that include  zonal at least ten impacts…PPL Center in Allentown PA on 6/4…MSG in Manhattan NYC on 6/6…DCU Center in Worcester MA on 6/8…Etess Arena in Atlantic City NJ on 6/9…Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 6/11…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville Ct on 6/13...Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 8/26…CMAC in Canandaigua NY on 8/27…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/29…and Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 8/31!

---Shinedown is taking Badflower and Dinosaur Pile-Up out on the road for the Spring and Summer, so expect to see them at…Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 5/18…Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/28…Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/1…and Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/10!

---Sublime With Rome will tour to support their as-yet-untitled, forthcoming album in 2019 and take warm-up band, Common Kings, along with them for a zonal jaunt…at Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 7/7…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 7/11…and Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park NJ on 7/14!

---Southern rockers, The Outlaws have announced a busy touring schedule for 2019, including regional layovers at…Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 3/14…Strand Theatre in Lakewood NJ on 3/15…Shea Center in Wayne NJ on 3/16…Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh NY on 5/3…Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 5/4 (previously announced)…Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA (previously announced) on 5/17…Jergel’s in Pittsburgh PA on 5/18…Trout Run Camping Site in Wellsville NY on 6/15…Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury PA on 6/28…Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 6/29…Rock Ribs & Ridges in Augusta NJ on 6/30…and the Roadhouse in Burgettstown PA on 11/9!

---Folk/ punker (yes, he’s both) Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls are set to tour North America with Shovels & Rope and will make a few incursions into our region…at The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 4/19…at Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 4/20…Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/10…The Paramount in Huntington NY on 5/11…and the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park NJ with Against Me! and Murder By Death!

---Evanescence (which is essentially Amy Lee with sidemen now) has announced a few regional dates…at Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 5/14…and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 5/19

---The Smithereens are set for zonal impacts on their US tour…at World Café Live in Philadelphia PA on 5/25…The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 6/21…and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 10/19!

---George Clinton will be touring in 2019 bringing the funk into our region, along with Fishbone and Dumpstafunk at…Rumsey Playfield at Central Park in NYC on 6/4…Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/5…and Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia PA on 6/6!

---The Lemonheads are taking Tommy Stinson from The Replacements (…and more recently with Guns N’ Roses!) on the road for a joint tour with dates set for…Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 5/1…Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 5/4…Philadelphia PA on 6/14 at The Foundry…and Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 6/15!

---Jimmie Vaughn (formerly with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and surviving brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) will play a two-night stand at the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan NYC on 3/8 & 3/9…and The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 7/20!

---Veteran new wave rocker, Nick Lowe (surely, you remember “Cruel To Be Kind,” right?) has booked a few shows…at The Wilbur in Boston MA on 4/11…and Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan NYC on 4/13!

---The touring version of The Beach Boys (ft. Mike Love) have added the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 8/14…and Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 8/16!

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy finally announce a show in our region…Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall PA on 3/22!  It’s still early in the year, so there may be more…

---Slash w/ Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are starting to announce US tour dates (they are presently on a world tour) but so far, only one date for our area… Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 7/31!

---We Came As Romans will lead a Spring package tour that includes Crown The Empire and Erra…and it’s coming to…The Gramercy in NYC on 4/16…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 4/18…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 4/19…and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/21!

---DMX has announced a national tour…House of Blues in Boston MA on 4/3… Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 4/4…Irving Plaza in NYC on 4/5…the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 4/6…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 4/7…and Foxtail in Pittsburgh PA on 5/7!

---India.Aire has announced a modest Spring tour…College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 6/1…Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 6/2…Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 6/4…and Beacon Theatre in Manhattan NYC on 6/9!

---Swedish metal band, Avatar will tour the US this Spring and will play our regional zone at least a few times…Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 5/16…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 5/18…and Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 5/21!  Devin Townshend will open the shows, but there may be others as well.

---Boston Calling has announced their three-day festival line-up for 2019 and it’s very strong with highlights including,

twenty one pilots and Greta Van Fleet on night #1 (5/24)

Tame Impala, Hozier and Anderson.Paak on night #2 (5/25)

Travis Scott, Logic, Brandi Carlile and Sheck Wes on night #3 (5/26)

…for more a more full list of all the scheduled bands and musicians, see the Regional Concert Page!

---Later in Spring, The “From Ashes To New” tour will morph into a different package, with Falling In Reverse headlining!  New Years Day, Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes To New will also come along for the ride with planned zonal stops at…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 5/1…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 5/3…and The Gramercy in NYC on 5/5!

---Ginuwine is mostly touring with Tyrese in 2019, but does headline two dates in our region…UMBC Event Center in Baltimore MD on 2/17 w/ Dru Hill and Blackstreet…and City Winery in Washington DC on 5/8!

---The Zombies have booked a warm-up for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three days later with a show at the Cutting Room in NYC on 3/26!

---Mark Lanegan (former lead singer of grunge-era rock band, screaming trees) continues to fight the good fight with his solo band, playing the club and theatre circuit and passing thru our region this Spring at...Ottobar in Baltimore MD on 5/11...The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 5/13...Warsaw in Brooklyn NYC on 5/14...Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 5/15...and Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 5/16!

---Canadian singer/ songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, will come south for the Spring and play our region...Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 5/9...Warner Theatre in Erie PA on 5/11...Town Hall in NYC on 5/15...and The Wilbur in Boston MA on 5/19!

---Liam Howlett and The Prodigy (you remember their alternative break thru “Firestarter,” I’m sure.) are back and invading America (they’re British, remember?) with at least four invasion points in our region...Echostage in Washington DC on 5/11...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 5/13...and Terminal 5 in Manhattan NYC on 5/15 & 5/16!

---Not sure if this is a solo show, or just a misrepresented Operation: Mindcrime show but Geoff Tate (formerly of queensryche) is booked at the City Winery in Washington DC on 6/30!

---Martha Davis & The Motels are getting out this Spring and getting into our zone at least a couple times...at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/12...Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 4/13...and later this year, rumor is that they’ll be part of the Lost 80’s tour, too!

---The Levitate Music Festival has announced their 2019 schedule!  Their annual festival will be 7/12-714 at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.  They have some great bands again this year...Tedeschi Trucks Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Sublime With Rome, Blackberry Smoke, The Woods Brothers, Marco Benevento and a bunch more.  So far, the same line-up has been posted for all three days, but I don’t think that’s the way is will wash out.

---Micky Dolenz (the monkees) has posted two regional solo dates...Strand Center Theatre in Plattsburgh NY on 10/18...and the Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 10/19!

---Nothing returns with a four-pack of low-key shows in our region...at Asbury Park Brewery in Asbury Park NJ on 3/6...Brooklyn Bazaar in Brooklyn NYC on 3/7…@ Amityville Music Hall in Amityville NY on 3/8...and Wind Up Space in Baltimore MD on 3/9!

---10,000 Manics have announced their 2019 itinerary, celebrating 25 years with Mary Ramsey as their lead singer (after Natalie  and, lucky for us, it includes regional performances...at Irish Classical Theatre in Buffalo NY on 3/20...My Fathers Place in Roslyn NY on 5/23...City Winery in Manhattan with one show on 5/24, and two shows on 5/25...and day #2 of the Great Blue Heron Fest in Sherman NY on 7/6!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---In spite of the death of lead singer, Jimi Jamison and other more deliberate departures (the one mainstay is lead guitarist Frankie Sullivan), Survivor carries on, with new lead singer Cameron Barton and has scheduled a show, just one show, in our region…at Batavia Downs in Batavia NY on 6/21!

---Hip Hop star, Ja Rule books One Centre Square in Easton PA on 3/15!  It’s an excellent small venue which allows for an up close/ intimate performance.

---Duff McKagen, of Guns N’ Roses, is playing what appears to be a one-off with Shooter Jennings at City Winery in Washington DC on 5/31

---Anna Nalick books a one-shot at City Winery in Washington DC on 6/14!

---Crack The Sky adds City Winery in Washington DC on 7/19!

---The Jon Butcher Axis has booked a one-off at Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 6/21!

---Billy Cobham will play a one-timer in Roslyn NY at My Fathers Place on 10/25!

---Zebra’s Randy Jackson books a one-off at My Fathers Place in Roslyn NY on 7/19!

---The Ventures have booked a one-shot at My Father’s Place in Roslyn NY on 4/13!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Indigo Girls add Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 3/17!

---Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn add Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 4/10!

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox adds Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 2/22!

---Aaron Neville adds Massry Center in Albany NY on 4/14!

---Jon Anderson of Yes, on a solo tour has added the Cutting Room in NYC on 2/26…and the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall PA on 4/14!

---The Yardbirds add a slew of new tour dates, including…the Hepburn Center in Old Saybrook CT on 3/14…City Winery in Manhattan NYC on 3/18…the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 3/21…The Tralf in Buffalo NY on 3/22…Struthers Library Theatre in Warren PA on 3/23…Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 3/24…and the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA on 3/28!  Most noteworthy is that eleven of the bands (now) twelve total US dates are within a day trip of Binghamton!  The 12th one isn’t much further away being in Richmond VA! 

---Jimmie’s Chicken Shack move their Harrisburg show on 3/9 from the Midtown Arts Center to the Capitol Room.  Please make a note of it.

---Smile Empty Soul add the Capitol Room in Harrisburg PA on 316!

---Jefferson Starship add Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh PA on 5/17…and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 6/21!

---Hozier adds Benedum Center in Pittsburgh PA on 5/26!

---The Strawbs add Jammin’ Java in Alexandria VA on 4/15!

---Michael McDonald & Chaka Khan add Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 6/26!

---Queensryche adds Batavia Downs in Batavia NY on 6/28!

---Kim Mitchell adds Batavia Downs in Batavia NY on 7/5!

---Gin Blossoms add Batavia Downs in Batavia NY on 7/19!

---Tom Keifer of Cinderella has added one terrestrial date after his residency on the Monsters Of Rock cruise…at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 8/2!

---Little River Band adds the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 8/15!

---Biz Markie adds the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 3/22!

---Chicago adds Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD On 6/26!

---The Strumbellas add…930 Club in Washington DC on 5/3…and Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 5/4!

---Brandi Carlile has booked a few post Grammy Awards dates…Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 6/14…and MSG in NYC on 9/14!

---Deer Tick have added a second night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NYC on 5/3...and will warm-up for Trampled By Turtles at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach DE on 6/19! 

---The BB King Blues Band carries on with new vocalist Michael Lee adding City Winery in Washington DC on 5/14!

---The BoDeans add City Winery in Washington DC on 7/26!

---Adrian Belew adds Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 4/18!

---Jackson Browne adds...Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 6/29...and Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/2!

---The Subdudes add Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 8/16!

---Gary U.S. Bonds adds My Fathers Place in Roslyn NY on 6/1!

---Jefferson Starship adds Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 6/20!

---The Lox add Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 5/4!

---Iron Butterfly has fleshed out their 2019 tour schedule with new dates at... Wonder Bar, Asbury Park NJ on 4/5...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 4/7...The Cutting Room in NYC on 4/10...and Levoy Theatre in Millville NJ on 4/14!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---10,000 Maniacs (4)

---Aaron Neville (1)

---Adrian Belew (1)

---Alice In Chains/ Korn/ Underoath (10)

---Anna Nalick (1)

---Avatar/ Devin Townshend (3)

---BB King Blues Band ft. Michael Lee (1)

---Beach Boys (2)

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (1)

---Billy Cobham (1)

---Biz Markie (1)

---BoDeans (1)

---Boston Calling (3)

---Brandi Carlile (2)

---Chicago (1)

---Crack The Sky (1)

---Deer Tick (1)

---DMX (4)

---Duff McKagen/ Shooter Jennings (1)

---Evanescence (2)

---Falling In Reverse/ New Years Day/ Ice Nine Kills/ From Ashes To New (3)

---Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls/ Shovels & Rope (5)

---Gary US Bonds (1)

---Geoff Tate (1)

---George Clinton/ Fishbone/ Dumpstafunk (3)

---Gin Blossoms (1)

---Ginuwine (2)

---Gordon Lightfoot (4)

---Hozier (1)

---India.Aire (4)

---Indigo Girls (1)

---Iron Butterfly (4)

---Ja Rule (1)

---Jackson Browne (2)

---Jefferson Starship (1)

---Jimmie Vaughan (3)

---Jon Anderson (2)

---Jon Butcher Axis (1)

---Jonathan Edwards (4)

---Kim Mitchell (1)

---Little River Band (1)

---Mark Lanegan (5)

---Martha Davis & The Motels (2)

---Martin Barre (13)

---Michael McDonald/ Chaka Khan (1)

---Micky Dolenz (2)

---Nick Lowe (2)

---Nothing (4)

---Pentatonix (10)

---Queensryche (1)

---Randy Jackson (1)

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (1)

---Shinedown/ Badflower/ Dinosaur Pile-Up (4)

---Slash w/ Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (1)

---Smile Empty Soul (1)

---Sublime With Rome/ Common Kings (3)

---Survivor (1)

---Tedeschi Trucks Band/ Nathaniel Rateliff (3)

---The Church (5)

---The Jon Butcher Axis (1)

---The Lemonheads/ Tommy Stinson (4)

---The Lox (1)

---The Outlaws (10)

---The Prodigy (4)

---The Strawbs (1)

---The Strumbellas (2)

---The Subdudes (1)

---The Ventures (1)

---The Yardbirds (7)

---The Zombies (1)

---Tom Keifer (1)

---Trampled By Turtles/ Deer (1)

---We Came As Romans/ Crown The Empire/ Erra (4)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 020819:

---The Southern Uprising Tour ft. .38 Special, Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot, is coming to Tags in Elmira NY on Saturday 5/18 @ 7pm!  General admission tickets are only $24.75!  .38 Special has also announced other tour stops at…Meadows Race Track in Meadow Lands PA on 5/17…Jam At The Ridge in Le Roy NY on 6/1…Doughboy Fields in Fort Dix NJ on 6/28…Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta NJ on 6/29…and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 8/16!  Whether or not these dates translate into more Southern Uprising Tour dates is another question.

---Congrats to Mike Davis & The Laughing Buddha Episodes who have been nominated for a SAMMY (that’s Syracuse Area Music Awards, if ya didn’t know) in the Best Album Jam Band category for “Find Yourself>Caterpillar,” which we reviewed in this column on 10/26/18 (in fact, you’ll find it if you scroll down further on this page…).  Other regional bands that got nominations include, The Ripcords for Best R&B album with “Live At Subcat Studios”…The Jess Novak Band in the Best Singer/ Songwriter category for “Feat Is The Cage, Love Is The Key.” If you haven’t discovered the joys of “Find Yourself>Catepilar,” from the Norwich native and his band, click the link below to stream it: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/75228602

---Nirchi’s On The Avenue has closed!  The restaurant was Nirchi’s only eatery that also featured a bar and music on the weekends.  The Nirchi family says they want to focus more on making pizza.  The store’s last day in business was apparently January 28th.  Here are some local news stories about the closing…

Fox 40: http://www.wicz.com/story/39865542/nirchis-on-the-avenue-closing

TV 12: https://wbng.com/news/top-stories/2019/01/29/nirchis-on-the-avenue-in-endicott-is-closing/

---The (now annual) Finger Lakes Thaw returns for a second year at no less than four different music venues in nearby Ithaca NY…The venues include, The Range, The Haunt, Casita del Polaris and The Warehouse @ Argos.  Bands, so far (as they plan on adding more), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Uma Galera, Kat Wright, Bela’s Bartok, Richie & Rosie, Tenzin Chopak and more!

The festivals promotional facebook posts boast: “come spend two days bouncing in and out of Ithaca's 4 top music venues and experience 30+ bands for the price of one ticket! We play home to Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Zydeco, Afro-Beat, Singers and Songwriters from the local all the way to the national.”

The Festival will be held on Friday March 22nd thru Saturday March 23rd and tickets are priced from $20-30.00!

---Local guitar god, Randy McStine recently did a podcast interview show called “Sonic Perspectives” and posted about it and about his final show on the “Simon & Garfunkel Story,” on his facebook page…

“Mother Nature decided that last night was my final gig on this tour! If you're also holed up and looking for something to listen to, a recent chat I had with my pal, Austin Kokel, was just posted on the Sonic Perspectives podcast.

https://www.sonicperspectives.com/…/interview-with-randy-m…/

This 2 hour conversation is the most in-depth opportunity I've had to really open up about various topics. I'm thinking out loud quite a bit here, and it captures some thoughts that I hadn't given myself much time to process.

In constant pursuit of honesty and trying to explore my "truth" as an artist, this is ultimately the kind of platform that I find most useful if you want to get a feel for where I'm coming from. I really struggle to want to talk and post about myself on social media, but I really like being able to freely talk one-on-one with someone about music, creativity, influences, and so on.

Thank you to Austin and the Sonic Perspectives team for giving me space to explore!”

---Binghamton native, Athena DeSai is making plans to play in public again, as she recently posted on facebook: “Strapping on this thing (her guitar) again - opening for Lady Lupine ‘s Christina & Fran at the Rising in Cambridge on Thursday, February 21st.   Actually the best part about it we’re all playing together. Gotta come out. Stay tuned for times.” 

…sure wish the event was closer.  Break-a-leg, woman!

---Ithaca area band, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones have a new line-up that includes, former Donna The Buffalo drummer, Tom Gilbert; Brian Williams on upright bass and Gary Meixner on steel lap guitar! 

---From Ashes To New will bring Ice Nine Kills and Afterlife to the Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY on 3/27!  From Ashes To New have also announced a zonal stop in Pittsburgh PA on 3/28!

---John Prine has confirmed a show at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse NY on 6/20…in addition to other recent regional announcements on…Port Chester NY on 4/12…Brooklyn NYC on 4/13…and Buffalo NY on 6/21!

---Former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett announced a few days ago that he would be playing, the classic Peter Gabriel-era album, “Selling England By The Pound,” on his upcoming tour…now the dates have been announced and Hackett will be bringing the tour to Ithaca!  The tour begins in North Tonawanda NY at the Riviera Theatre on 9/12…before it comes to the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 9/13…Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 9/20…and the Place des Arts Theatre in Montreal QC on 9/21 & 9/22…The Wilbur in Boston MA on 9/24…Beacon Theatre in Manhattan NYC on 9/25…Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 9/26…Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 9/27 & 9/28…and Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall PA year Pittsburgh on 10/1!

---The Zac Brown Band have announced “The Owl” tour 2019, which will support the album of the same name and will bring the ZBB thru our local, local-ish and regional zones for a ton of dates!  See them at…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 6/7 & 6/8…Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 6/9…Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 6/15…Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/21…the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/22 & 6/23…Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 6/28…it then goes west and doubles back in late August…Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/23 & 8/24…Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 8/25…Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey PA on 8/29…Fenway Park in Boston MA on 8/31…the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 9/6 & 9/7…and finally Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford CT on 9/8…which means the two late September dates we had were wrong.  Opps.  …however, this tour is long and spread out and well capable of adding extra dates in markets where they sell out…or entering markets they haven’t booked yet, so expect some tweaking.

LOCAL-ISH:

---Michael McDonald, formerly of The Doobie Brothers is set to tour this Summer and he’ll bring Chaka Khan along on a tour that will get local-ish by coming to the former Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua NY, now know as CMAC on 6/22!  Other regional stops include…Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 6/23…The Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 6/25…the Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on Long Island on 6/28…and The Tropicana in Atlantic City NJ on 6/29!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Vampire Weekend have announced a Spring-into-Summer tour to support their new album, “Father Of The Bride” due 5/17 and that will bring them to our region plenty of times…Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 6/5...Firefly Festival day #3 in Dover DE on 6/23...Agganis Arena in Boston MA on 9/3...Mann Center in Philadelphia PA on 9/4...MSG in NYC on 9/6...and Mtelus in Montreal QC on 9/8!

---Sammy Hagar & The Circle (which features Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, on drums and Michael Anthony of Van Halen on bass) have announced their “Space Between” 2019 North American tour and it will be making incursions into our greater Bingo-centric zone, starting at…Bensalem, PA @ the Xcite Center at Parx Casino on 5/25…Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Pavilion on 5/26…Boston, MA @ Waterfront Music Pavilion on 5/28… Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Casino on 5/30…Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap on 5/31…Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheatre on 6/4…and  Pittsburgh, PA @ Highmark Stadium on 6/5!  Night Ranger will warm-up for all the dates!

---Alternative break-out artist, Billie Eilish has announced a tour in support of her debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep , Where Do We Go?”  See her at…Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 6/11…Place Bell in Montreal QC on 6/12…Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/14…The Met Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 6/15…Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan NYC on 6/19…and Anthem in Washington DC on 6/20!

---Grateful Dead icon and his band, Phil Lesh & Friends have announced a three-night stand in Port Chester NY at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday 3/14 thru Saturday 3/16!  Now, that’s a great prelude to St. Patricks Day!  Jackie Greene will open.

---Pop/ jazz singer, Norah Jones has confirmed a theatre/ amphitheatre Spring tour including these zonal stops…Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh PA on 6/18…The Queen in Wilmington DE on 6/22…Toronto Jazz Fest in Toronto ON on 6/26…International Festival of Jazz in Montreal QC on 6/27…Pines Theatre @ Look Park in Northampton MA on 6/29…and SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 6/30!

---Reunited alt-rockers Failure, continue their reunion tour five years after getting back together and it’s coming into our region…Spirit in Pittsburgh PA on 3/23…Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 3/24…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 3/27…Warsaw in Brooklyn NY on 3/29…and Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto ON on 4/1!

---The Eels have announced “Their Triumphant Return” tour and it will have at least four zonal impacts in April…Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 4/27…Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 4/28…The Wilbur in Boston MA on 4/30…and Irving Plaza in NYC on 5/1!

---Folk singer, Bruce Cockburn has announced a Spring 2019 tour that will stop in our region at least three times…Asbury Hall @ Babeville in Buffalo NY on 5/8…Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 5/9…and The Cabot in Beverly NY on 5/10!

---The Tubes ft. Fee Waybill have booked 2019 tour dates…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 2/21…The Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich RI on 2/22…Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill NY on 5/16…My Fathers Place in Roslyn NY on 5/17…and Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda NY on 5/18!

---Deer Tick have released Spring 2019 tour stops and they include…Holyoke MA on 4/26 at Gateway City ArtsUnion Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 4/28…Rough Trade in Brooklyn NYC on 4/30…and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NYC on 5/2!  They will also headline the Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore MD on 4/27!

---Jim James of My Morning Jacket has announced a solo tour, that includes just two zonal daliances…the 930 Club in Washington DC on 5/17…The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 5/19!

---More Stephen Malkmus solo dates have been revealed…Great Hall on Queen Street in Toronto ON on 5/1…Center For The Arts At The Armory in Somerville MA on 5/3…and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore PA on 5/4!  The previously released date was for Union Stage in Washington DC on 5/5!

---Ghostface Killah & Raekwon will play what appears to be a two-date tour on 3/30 at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 3/30…and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 3/31!

---Former Moody Blues & Wings member, Denny Laine is filling out his touring calendar for the Spring with fresh dates at…Jammin’ Java in Vienna VA on 4/7…The River Club in Scituate MA on 4/11…Laconia High School in Laconia NH on 4/12…Infinity Hall Hartford CT on 4/13…and the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 4/14!

---American Idol Season 9 alumni, Crystal Bowersox has announced  even more shows in her 2019 and these dates will fall earlier on the calendar than the previously announced batch...City Winery in Boston MA on 3/7...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 3/8...City Winery @ Pier 26 in Manhattan NYC on 3/9...the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 3/10...StageOne Theatre in Fairfield CT on 3/13...City Winery in Washington DC on 3/14...and Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 3/16!

---Of Montreal has announced a Spring 2019 tour that will find them in...Ottobar in Baltimore MD on 4/11...Elsewhere Club in Brooklyn NYC on 4/12...Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton MA on 4/13...and Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 4/14!

---L.A. Guns has announced a Spring 2019 tour that finds them traveling to...Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/11...Greasy Luck BrewPub in New Bedford MA on 4/13...and the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan NYC on 4/16!

---Kings X has announced a few terrestrial dates following the “Monsters Of Rock” Cruise...Starland Ballroom  in Sayreville NJ on 6/28...and The Gramercy in NYC on 6/30!

---The Lynyrd Skynyrd farewell tour has expanded with new Summer dates in the US!  Catch theses pioneers of Southern rock at…The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 5/24…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 5/31…CMAC in Canandaigua NY on 7/13…the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/30…and SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY 8/31!

---Big Boi, from The Outkast, follows up his Super Bowl Half-Time show appearance with Maroon 5 with a small solo tour with the Dungeon Family & Goodie Mob this Spring!  See them at…Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 4/22…Terminal 5 in Manhattan NYC on 4/23…The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 4/24…and the House Of Blues in Boston MA on 4/25! 

---Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have announced their “Living The Dream” North American 2019 tour…including only two regional stops…Rebel in Toronto ON on 6/29…and Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 7/31!

---Florence + The Machine US Spring tour have announced Spring tour dates that include a number of zonal detours…Molson Amphitheatre (aka Bud Stage) in Toronto ON on 5/26…Centre Bell in Montreal QC on 5/28…Great Woods in Mansfield (Boston) MA on 5/30…and (after an appearance at the Governors Ball on 6/1) Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 6/3!

---Janis Ian and Livingston Taylor may be putting a tour together…the pair just announced  shows at the Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 8/15…and The Wilbur in Boston MA on 8/17!

----Tony Bennett will play a modest four-date tour with a stop at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 4/13!

---Paul Anka is also playing a four-date tour, but it includes two zonal stops…St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 5/12…and Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 5/13!

---Chick Corea is also putting together a tour…so far, all we know about is…The Rock on 4/12…and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 4/28!

---Everlast has announced a modest tour itinerary…The Paramount in Huntington NY on 3/14…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 3/15…and the DAER nightclub in Atlantic City NJ on 3/17!

---The Maine has announced a solo show on both the east and west coasts before they join the Taking Back Sunday tour, so see them solo while you can at The Gramercy in NYC on 3/28!

---Melissa Etheridge is booking only a terrestrial tour, that will bring her into our “Local-ish” region, following her tour of Europe and her “cruise”…who else gets a cruise named after themself?  Check her out at…Town Hall Theatre in NYC on 4/10…Lynn Memorial Auditorium in Lynn MA on 4/14…American Music Theatre in Lancaster PA on 5/6…Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/9…Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth MA on 5/11…Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 6/25…and Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 6/29!

---Atlanta area Southern punkers, Nashville Pussy, are on tour and coming to our region…Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 5/14…Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 5/16…Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 5/17…and Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 5/18

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Zapp has booked a regional one-off  (in otherwords, they’ve booked other shows outside our region, but for us, this will be it in 2019, so far.) at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 6/14!

---80’s hair metal band, Enuff Z’Nuff has announced their European and West Coast dates, but so far only one show in our zonal region…CraftHouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA on 4/11!

---Biz Markie will play one show only in Wilmington DE at The Queen on 3/9!

---Outside of a UK tour and Vegas dates...Hall & Oates will play one show only (at least so far) at the Allentown Fair in Allentown PA on 9/1!

---Matisyahu is set to play a one-off at The Paramount in Huntington NY on 3/24!

---The Devil Wears Prada will play a one-shot-show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 5/2!

---Tantric, who are wrapped up in the Puddle Of Mud or Saving Abel tour most of the year are playing on “off” nights as well, including…Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 5/22!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Kansas adds the Modell Center @ The Lyric in Baltimore on 3/1!

---Puddle Of Mudd adds the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 5/24 with Trapt, Saving Abel, Saliva and Tantric!

---Ryan Montbleau adds Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes NY on 4/19!

---Coco Montoya adds Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/3!

---Sponge adds the Capitol Room in Harrisburg PA on 4/27…and the Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on 7/13!

---The Lettermen add HersheyPark in Hershey PA on 9/14!

---Trapt continue to weave in and out of the Puddle Of Mudd tour with a solo show on an off night on 5/22 at the CraftHouse in Pittsburgh…and Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 5/26!

---The Happy Together Tour adds the Pittsburgh market with the announcement of a show at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 8/2!

---Saliva adds Plymouth MA on 3/4…and Durham NH on 7/13!

---Michael Buble is adding onto his recently announced tour with fresh dates at...DD Center in Providence RI on 7/23...MSG in Manhattan NYC on 7/24...and second nights in Toronto ON on 7/27...and Montreal QC on 8/2!

---Foreigner adds Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 8/25!

---Thursday adds a second and third night at St. Vitus in Staten Island NYC on 3/18 & 3/19

---Willie Nile adds The House Of Independents in Asbury Park NJ on 6/8!

---Eddie Money adds Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 4/12!

---The Allman Betts Band adds Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City NJ on 7/8!

---Last In Line adds Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 5/5!

---The Strawbs add the Lovin’ Up in Rochester NY on 4/20!

---Howie Day adds The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 8/3!

---Hozier adds Benedum Center in Pittsburgh PA on 5/26!

---Peter Murphy adds Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 2/13

---Chicago adds the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 6/26!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---.38 Special (6)

---Allman Betts Band (1)

---Big Boi (4)

---Billie Eilish (6)

---Biz Markie (1)

---Bruce Cockburn (3)

---Chicago (1)

---Chick Corea (2)

---Clearwater Festival/ Greater Hudson River Revival (2)

---Coco Montoya (1)

---Crystal Bowersox (7)

---Deer Tick (5)

---Denny Laine (5)

---Eddie Money (1)

---Enuff Z’Nuff (1)

---Everlast (3)

---Failure (5)

---Florence & The Machine (4)

---Foreigner (1)

---From Ashes To New/ Ice Nine Kills/ Afterlife (2)

---Ghostface Killah/ Raekwon (2)

---Happy Together (1)

---Hall & Oates (1)

---Howie Day (1)

---Hozier (1)

---Janis Ian/ Livingston Taylor (2)

---Jim James (2)

---John Prine (3)

---Kansas (1)

---Kings X (2)

---L.A. Guns (3)

---Last In Line (1)

---Lynyrd Skynyrd (5)

---Matisyahu (1)

---Melissa Ethridge (7)

---Michael Buble (4)

---Michael McDonald (5)

---Nashville Pussy (4)

---Norah Jones (6)

---Of Montreal (4)

---Paul Anka (2)

---Peter Murphy (1)

---Phil Lesh & Friends/ Jackie Greene (3)

---Puddle Of Mudd (1)

---Ryan Montbleau (1)

---Saliva (2)

---Sammy Hagar & The Circle/ Night Ranger (7)

---Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (2)

---Sponge (2)

---Stephen Malkmus (3)

---Steve Hackett (11)

---Tantric (1)

---The Devil Wears Prada (1)

---The Eels (4)

---The Lettermen (1)

---The Maine (1)

---The Strawbs (1)

---The Tubes ft. Fee Waybill (5)

---Thursday (2)

---Tony Bennett (1)

---Trapt (2)

---Vampire Weekend (5)

---Willie Nile (1)

---Zac Brown Band (17)

---Zapp (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 020119:

---Gannett the company that owns the Binghamton-Press & Sun-Bulletin has laid off well-known Entertainment Editor & reporter, Chris Kocher, as of 2/1, or today as this column is pubished!  The news struck the internet on 2/23, just as I started assembling material to write about for the next column, now this weekends, post.  If you missed it, I copied and pasted Kocher’s full statement at the very end of this report.  Meanwhile, finding someone to work on our local music and arts news with Kocher’s dedication will be incredibly difficult, if it’s done at all.  More likely, The Press will have a committee of reporters handle this news, which means that coverage will be lacking and/or not delivered with the same depth of material.  It is a dark day for the arts in the Southern Tier to be sure.

---Marv Williams, of Acoustic Brew, L’ectric Brew, Elixir, Vermont Cheddar and other local bands, is hard at work on his second album…he posted on facebook last week (1/24) to say as much...I’ve finally started work , on a 2nd CD with a targeted release in the Spring. Most of the songs have been written and arranged. I Started Tracking with Wally Webster, and I’m getting some creative and technical help on this one from friends and fellow musicians.”

Can’t wait to hear the results!

---This years annual Rockin’ Mardi Gras party at the Lost Dog Cafe in Binghamton will be the restaurant/ lounge’s 25th anniversary of the first one!  In a post on facebook last week the cafe remembered their first celebration; If you've never been to Lost Dog for our ROCKIN' Fat Tuesday Party, This is the year to check it out. It's our 25th MARDI GRAS! We remember the very first one in the garage at 60 Main Street... We threw it together at the last minute and had such a blast, we've kept the tradition going all these years!  Doors open to the Lounge at 4pm. The Café will open for dinner at 5pm- Starting at 6 pm, The Basin Street Jazz Band will get your toes tapping with their New Orleans sound, and don't worry, there's plenty of room for dancing! See more at masqueradeartisan.com!” Sounds like a fun time! 

---Jeff Howell’s Boogie du Jour, just released their video for “Back On You,” from their debut album, “Bon Appetite!   Here’s a handy link, so you can check it out yourself: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.howell.712/posts/10213634438514614?notif_id=1548816623255679&notif_t=notify_me&ref=notif

---Congrats to Michael Wu, bass player for The Gunpoets and KidBess & The Magic Ring, who this week announced, in addition to his musical duties, that: “I am accepting an appointment to the Board of Directors for a wonderful, leading, human services organization, Tioga Opportunities, Inc. Thank you to Brian P Rieber for the introduction and opportunity. I look forward to serving the community of Tioga County as best I can as a member of the Board. There are many awesome people who work and support Tioga Opportunities. If you feel so inclined, please visit their page and give it a "Like". https://www.facebook.com/TiogaOpportunities ...”  Good luck, Michael!

---Drake Bell, of Drake & Josh, the Fairly Odd Parents Movie and Scary Movie, is coming to Lando’s in Corning NY on 2/21 @ 6p!  Bell, who these days, in addition to his acting career, fronts his own band, is going on tour!  In addition to a stop in Corning, expect other regional shows at...Stage West in Scranton PA on 2/22...and Upstairs @ The Palladium in Worcester MA on 2/24!

---All That Remains tour in support of their new album, “Victim Of The New Disease,” will stop in Syracuse NY on their 2019 and also an additional handful of regional dates...Reverb in Reading PA on 2/28...Halethorpe MD on 3/1 at the Fish Head Cantina...The Palladium in Worcester MA on 3/2...The Webster in Hartford CT on 3/3...Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 3/5...and the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 3/6!  The tour will also include Escape The Fate and Attila!  Jason Richardson will take over lead guitar duties following the death of former guitarist, Oli Herbert.

---Former GNR guitarist and well-known solo artist, Buckethead has announced another leg to his solo tour that will bring him to the Westcott Theatre (tickets available thru Crowd Torch) in Syracuse NY on 4/23, as well as other zonal targets...the Ballroom at Higher Ground in South Burlington VT on 4/16...Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 4/20...Asbury Park @ Babeville in Buffalo NY on 4/24...Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh PA on 4/25!

---Pop singer Karla Bonoff adds a local date in Syracuse NY on 5/9 at the Auburn Public Theatre...as well as a stop in Albany NY at the Swyer Theatre on 5/10!

---Iron Butterfly have booked a theatre-sized tour that will bring them to a local destination...Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 4/3...Kennett Flash in Kennett Square (near philly) PA on 4/4...Blue Ocean Music Hall in Scituate MA on 4/11...Stanhope House in Stanhope PA on 4/12...and the Boulton Center in Bay Shore NY on 4/13!

---Static X will tour without their late lead singer, Wayne Static…to celebrate the bands 20th Anniversary...the bands original line-up Tony Campos, Ken Jay & Koichi Fukuda will co-headline with DevilDriver and Dope!  See them at...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 6/28...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/29...a local stop at Level in Scranton PA on 6/30...the Opera House Concert Venue in Toronto ON on 7/2…London Music Hall in London ON on 7/3...Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach NH on 7/5...Reverb in Reading PA on 7/7...and Jergel’s Rhythm Grill in Pittsburgh PA on 7/9!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Hip hop break-out star, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie will make an appearance at the Ali Baba Liquor Lounge in Wilkes-Barre PA on 2/16...to start his first solo tour, with two shows @ 6p (all ages) and 10p (21+).  Perhaps the rap star is just getting his feet wet as a solo act, as he gradually plays to larger venues, but this is a very cool opportunity for regional fans to get up close and personal with a rising star!  Other zonal events include...Baltimore Soundstage in (w/ Don Q) Baltimore MD on 3/4...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 3/5...Terminal 5 in NYC on 3/7...Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 3/8!

---Grateful Dead tribute act, the Dark Star Orchestra is set to play Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/11, as part of a just announced Spring leg for the band that also includes...The Wilbur in Boston MA on 5/9...The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on  5/13 & 5/14...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 5/16...Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 5/17 & 5/18...McCarter Theatre in Princeton NJ on 5/20...Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 5/21!

---The Dave Matthews Band will spend another Summer on the road and in a big way...no less than eleven zonal appearances, including a stop on the second day of the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park NJ...and one local-ish date!  Here’s the breakdown...two nights at The Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ (which is Philadelphia adjacent) on 6/14 & 6/15...a local-ish appearance at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/19...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 6/21...Meadows Music Theatre in Wallingford CT on 6/22...Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 7/10...two nights at SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 7/12 & 7/13...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/17...Jiffy Live at Bristow VA on 7/20...and night #2 of the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park NJ on 9/22!

---The annual Briggs Family Blues Festival, set to take place from Thursday July 11th thru Sunday July 14th, is beginning to take shape as local faves, Donna The Buffalo have been confirmed as the Friday night headliner for the 2019 four-day-fest!  Also confirmed for Friday are “Southern Avenue” with Slam Allen booked for at least Sunday. As yet unscheduled, but still confirmed for the festival are Annika Chambers, Vanessa Collier, James Armstrong, Christone “Kingfish” Ingrams and Alexis P. Suter & the Ministers of Sound!  Ticket prices, despite a January hike, are still pretty low, with one day tickets starting at $35, all the way up to a four-day pass (including camping) for $135.00!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---John Mayer, who has been spending a lot of time with “Dead & Friends” over the last few years, returns to his own catalogue of music with his upcoming Summer 2019 solo tour, including zonal layovers in…Albany NY @ The Knickerbocker on 7/19...DD Center in Providence RI on 7/20...Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 7/22...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/23...two nights at MSG in Manhattan NYC on 7/25 & 7/26...Pittsburgh PA on 7/28 at PPG Arena...and Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 7/30!

---The Warped Tour returns in 2019 for it’s 25th Anniversary, but will only play three stops, including, 6/8 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland OH...and 6/28 & 29 at Atlantic City Beach in Atlantic City NJ!

---Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band is back on the road for 2019 with only a few area dates, including…two nights at the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA (suburban washington dc) on 8/10 & 8/11...then a night at The Met Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 8/14!

---Third Eye Blind is teaming up with Jimmy Eat World and Syracuse area band, Ra Ra Riot for the “Summer Gods 2019” tour that has plenty of zonal stops...Blue Hills Pavilion in Boston MA on 7/8...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/11...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/13...Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 7/19...and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 7/20!

---Alice In Chains North American (but, mostly Canadian) tour dates will strafe our Bingo-centric zone…Bud Gardens in London ON on 4/23...FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton ON on 4/24...Casino Rama in Rama ON on 4/25...and Mtelus in Montreal ON on 4/27!

---New Found Glory are heading on the road for the third leg of their “From The Screen To Your Stereo” tour, on which they include popular songs from movie soundtracks!  Also on this package tour are the bands, Real Friends, The Early November and Doll Skin!  Area coverage includes…Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 6/6...Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia PA on 6/7...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/8...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 6/9...Theatre @ Times Square in Manhattan NYC on 6/11...and Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 6/12!

---Alt-pop band, The Strumbellas, have booked a Spring trek into North America, which includes only two regional dates so far...Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 5/2...Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 5/4!

---Here’s a great modern rock package tour...In This Moment fronted by Sevendust, Light The Torch and Hyde coming to...Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 5/13...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/14...and Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 5/15!

---British boy band, BBMak have reunited, after taking a 15-year hiatus...and they are coming to the US!  See Mark, Christian and Stephen at...City Winery in Boston MA on 5/7...The Gramercy in Manhattan NYC on 5/8...The Queen in Wilmington DE on 5/9...and Jammin’ Java in Vienna (suburban washington dc) VA on 5/11!

---Tokyo Police Club have added a Canadian leg onto their US tour!  Set for April 2019 there will be a few dates that are within a decent day trip for local hardcore fans...Petit Campus in Montreal QC on 4/17...Club Richelieu in Welland ON (near Buffalo NY) on 4/20!

---In addition to Hot Tuna’s already announced dates, some solo, some co-headlining dates with Dave Mason; they will be preceeded by an acoustic tour…on 4/4 @ Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock NY...on 4/5 @ The Tabernacle in Mount Tabor NJ...on 4/6 @ Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn NYC and...all to celebrate Jack Cassady’s 75th birthday!  Congrats, dude!

---As I Lay Dying have just laid out what appears to be a solo headlining tour!  Usually they’re part of package tour, so this is a bit unique!  Catch them at...Montage Music Hall in Rochester NY on 3/20...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 3/21...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/22...Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on 3/23...Toad’s Place in New Haven CT On 3/24...and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 3/25!

---The Plot In You have announced that they will be hitting road this spring for with LIMBS, Like Moths To Flames and Dayseeker. The package tour is making regional stops at...Spirit Hall in Pittsburgh PA on 4/2...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/3...The Palladium in Worcester MA on 4/4...the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NYC on 4/5...Hard Luck Bar in Toronto ON on 4/6...The Foundry in Philadelphia PA on 4/7!

---Finally, The Music Of Cream, formerly Sons Of Cream, have announced their full schedule and it includes plenty of zonal targets...Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 3/22...Wall Street Theatre in Norwalk CT on 3/23...Hepburn Center in Old Saybrook CT on 3/26...Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 3/28...Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 3/29...the Diamond Horseshoe in NYC on 3/30...American Music Theatre in Lancaster PA on 3/31...and Levoy Theatre in Millville NJ on 4/2!

---Adelita’s Way is playing some dates in the US after they get back from their Winter UK tour and take a few weeks off, but so far, only a very few have been announced and just two in our region...One Centre Square in Easton PA on 4/27...Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 4/28...and the Crafthouse Stage & Grill in Pittsburgh PA on 5/1!

---Aztec Two-Step adds NYC on 1/27...Marlboro NY on 2/14...Fall River MA on 2/16...Easton MD on 3/1...Philadelphia PA on 3/3..Bay Shore NY on 5/10...and Westerly RI on 5/11!

---Jam band faves, Twiddle have booked a Springtime tour that will come thru the “day trip zone” at least three times...at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 4/13…College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/12..and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 4/20!

---American Football has announced a Spring club tour that includes...Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 5/21…at Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 5/22...Black Cat in Washington DC on 5/23…Warsaw @ Brooklyn NY on 5/24...

---Halestorm has announced a mostly Canadian, North American tour light on regional dates, and the few that there are will be on the fringe of it...London Music Hall in London ON on 5/12...Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 5/13...and Mtelus in Montreal QC on 5/15!

---The Veer Union may be plotting a new tour...they’ve recently announced three national dates and one that has regional ramifications...at the Middle East Club in Cambridge MA on 5/14!  Will there be more?  We’ll let ya know!

---Modern rockers, cKy have announced their 2019 tour and it will largely be a zonal event, starting...on 3/8 in The Loft @ The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/8...Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach NH on 3/9...Pearl Street in Northampton MA on 3/10...The Met in Providence RI on 3/11...The Revolution in Amityville NY on 3/13...the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington DC on 3/14...and Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 3/17!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---The Spinners will play a solo regional date at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington PA near Pittsburgh on 5/18!

---Babyface (otherwise known as Kenneth Edmonds, which he’s also touring by...) books a one-off at the Theatre @ Westbury on Long Island NY on 2/7!

---Reggae stars, UB40 will play one-show-only in our greater zone at The Paramount in Huntington NY on 8/8!

---Lonestar have announced a one-timer at Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 6/21!

---Jeffrey Gaines books a one-shot-show at Colony Cafe in Woodstock NY on 3/28!

---Electronic artist, Paul Oakenfold will play The Royale nightclub in Boston MA on 5/3!

---Vulfpeck have just booked what they are calling a one-off @ MSG in NYC on 9/28!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Tommy James & The Shondells add...Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA on 3/3...and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 7/20!

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys add The Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo NY on 4/6!

---90’s pop boy band, All-4-One adds the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo NY on 5/11!

---Sheena Easton (Morning Train) adds Hershey PA on 5/4...Atlantic City NJ on 8/23...and North Tonawanda NY on 10/12!

---Tesla adds Baltimore MD on 4/28!

---Ana Popovic adds Pittsburgh PA on 4/19!

---The Outlaws add Pittsburgh PA on 5/18!

---The Lettermen add Greensburg PA (near Pittsburgh PA) on 5/19!

---Crack The Sky add Pittsburgh PA on 5/31!

---Keb’ Mo’ adds Greensburg (pittsburgh) PA on 6/20!

---Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango add a random date in Pittsburgh PA on 8/1!

---David Allan Coe also adds Pittsburgh PA on 11/8!

---Former American Idol, Ruben Studdard adds Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 3/31!

---Tim Reynolds & TR3 add Huntington NY on 2/1!

---Stryper adds...The Gramercy in NYC on 5/17…and The Paramount in Huntington NY on 5/19!

---BoDeans add the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 4/5!

---The Interrupters add...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 3/14...and the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 3/15!

---Blue Oyster Cult adds...Academy Of Music in Northampton MA on 4/11...the Hilton Fireman’s Exempt Hall in Rochester NY on 7/10...Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 8/22!

---G. Love & Special Sauce add Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 2/1!

---Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams adds the Strand Center in Lakewood NJ on 2/8!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (5)

---Aaron Neville (1)

---Adelita’s Way (3)

---Alice In Chains (4)

---All-4-One (1)

---All That Remains/ Escape The Fate/ Atilla (6)

---Ana Popovic (1)

---American Football (4)

---As I Lay Dying (6)

---Aztec Two-Step (7)

---Babyface (1)

---BBMak (4)

---Blue Oyster Cult (3)

---BoDeans (1)

---Buckethead (5)

---cKy (7)

---Crack The Sky (1)

---Dark Star Orchestra (7)

---Dave Matthews Band (11)

---David Allan Coe (1)

---Dennis Tufano (1)

---Drake Bell (3)

---Faster Pussycat/ Bang Tango (1)

---G. Love & Special Sauce (1)

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys (1)

---Halestorm (3)

---Hot Tuna Acoustic (3)

---In This Moment (3)

---Iron Butterfly (5)

---Jeffrey Gaines (1)

---John Mayer (8)

---Karla Bonoff (2)

---Keb’ Mo’ (1)

---Lonestar (1)

---New Found Glory (6)

---Paul Oakenfold (1)

---Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (3)

---Ruben Studdard (1)

---Sheena Easton (3)

---Static-X (8)

---Stryper (2)

---Tesla (1)

---The Interrupters (2)

---The Lettermen (1)

---The Music Of Cream (8)

---The Outlaws (1)

---The Plot In You/ LIMBS/ Like Moths To Flames/ Dayseeker (6)

---The Spinners (1)

---The Strumbellas (2)

---The Veer Union (1)

---Third Eye Blind/ Jimmy Eats World/ Ra Ra Riot (6)

---Tim Reynolds & TR3 (1)

---Tokyo Police Club (2)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (2)

---Twiddle (3)

---Vulfpeck/ The Fearless Flyer (1)

---Warped Tour (3)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!.

 

CHRIS KOCHER’s LAY-OFF REACTION POST on FACEBOOK:

Twenty-two years ago this month, I started working as a lowly copy editor at the Press & Sun-Bulletin. I was young and naive, but always eager to learn and to deliver the best possible news to our readers.

In the years since, I've done pretty much every job in the newsroom. I even was a sports reporter for a brief few hours last fall (and anyone who knows me realized how weird THAT is).

In 2005, I randomly started writing music and arts stories on my own time - since I was on salary, it cost the company nothing, and free is always the best price. Through various exits, job changes and layoffs, I eventually started steering the weekly Good Times section. Later, I became editor and reporter for Go sections in Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca (ably aided by Jim Catalano for the Ithaca section).

In the last year, I've had the time and opportunity to write more long-form features. It's been challenging but I still managed to juggle everything - generally by working weekends at home to get stories finished.

Today, in the latest round of Gannett layoffs around the country, I was informed that I've been laid off as of Feb. 1. We've known the layoffs were coming, and I honestly had packed the most essential stuff from my desk into my trunk a month ago, just in case.

I have no idea what the future will be for Go sections or local arts coverage. In some ways, I've been fighting a losing battle for a few years now. The extensive arts coverage that I tried to provide got very few clicks online, and the attention has been on page views. Maybe an older crowd already read the stories in print. Maybe people should have shared around the stories a little more on Facebook, as I privately urged some arts groups to do. Or maybe I just wasn't writing what people wanted to read.

I'll still be out there supporting the arts as best I can, through The Signal on WHRW 90.5 FM Binghamton and as a patron. If anyone needs help writing grants, I did one of those recently and proved to be pretty good at it, so drop me a note.

Also, obviously, if anyone knows of any job openings that might suit my skill set, please let me know about that, too.

The reality of this probably hasn't hit me fully yet. In some ways, though, it's probably for the best for me. For the last 10 years or more, I've put a lot of things on hold in my life because I was working way too many hours trying to make everyone happy. I would set myself crazy goals and somehow meet them, no matter the personal cost.

Now I'll have time to read the stacks of books and magazines that have been piling up, go to the gym and to do other creative projects. Hopefully a new job opportunity will be ahead soon, too. I'll keep you all posted.

My local arts folks who have sent their info to me in the past should start emailing bgm-newsroom@gannett.com for any press releases, etc. And please continue to support local journalism. It's still important and my (now former) colleagues need all the help they can get.

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 Music News for 012519:

---The Burns Sisters have, over the last six months have covered a lot of musical ground, from Linda Ronstadt tribute shows to Holiday music.  Now they’ve booked a show that may challenge themselves and cross genres!  This time it’s a Bob Marley birthday tribute show, set for The Haunt in Ithaca on February 7th!  The Burns Sisters are made up of the female children of former Binghamton mayor, John Burns.

---Rachel Sage is set to play Atomic Tom’s in Binghamton NY on 3/30 in support of her new “PseudoMyopia” album, due 3/22!  Other regional stops on her latest tour include; the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 2/28...The Loft @ City Winery in NYC on 3/5...mActivity Cafe in New Haven CT on 3/10...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY, warming up for The Motels on 4/12...Joe’s Pub in NYC on 4/18...and the Irish Arts Center in NYC on 5/23!  Heather Peace will warm-up!

---The Blackberry Smoke acoustic tour will be coming to the Northeast in April and will include a local stop in Ithaca NY on 4/4, as well as zonal appearances at  the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 4/1...and two nights in NYC on April 6th & 7th!  All venues to be announced soon!

---Children Of Bodom have announced a Spring tour that will play a local date, the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 4/16!  The Finnish Extreme metal band have also booked regional shows at…The tour begins at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto ON on 3/16, before heading west and finally returns to our region at…Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/13…Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 4/14…The Royale in Boston MA on 4/17…Reverb in Reading PA on 4/18…and finally they’ll wrap the tour in NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/19!

---Syracuse hard rockers, Brand New Sin have booked what appears to be a one-off reunion show, featuring all six original members at the Lost Horizon on 5/4!  The question is, will this remain a one-shot…or is there a larger tour in the offing?

---Steve Forbert will play at the Auburn Public Theatre in Auburn NY (just outside of Syracuse NY) on 5/10!   The constantly touring singer/ songwriter/ guitarist has also booked...the Bryn Mawr Gazebo in Bryn Mawr PA on 5/25...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/26…and Jammin’ Java in Vienna VA, just outside of Washington DC on 6/21!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Gary Hoey is getting local-ish on us, not just regional, when he comes to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/29!  He’s also set to play the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 3/8...Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 5/3...and Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 5/24!

---Blue Oyster Cult have booked most, if not all, of 2019 and they’ll be spending a lot of time in our region, including a date that is local-ish at the end of the rundown…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 4/12…Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 4/13…Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA on 4/14…Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA with The Outlaws on 5/17…Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth MA on 6/6…College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 6/7…The Space at Westbury in Westbury NY on 6/8…Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill NY on 6/9...Payomet Arts Center in Truro MA on 8/23…Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth NH on 8/24…Rochester Opera House in Rochester NH on 9/14…Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield MA on 9/15…St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 10/31…and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 11/1!

---Guitar legend, Yngwie Malmsteen has booked new shows in our region, including a local-ish one at…Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 5/21...the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 5/22...Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 5/23...Hepburn Center in Old Saybrook CT on 5/24...Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore PA on 5/25...Capitol Room in Harrisburg PA on 5/26...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 5/29...Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 5/30 …Infinity Hall in Hartford CT on 5/31...Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 6/1…and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/2!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Legendary classic rockers, Santana will tour the US this summer and yes, our region, too…Molson Amphitheatre (Bud Stage) in Toronto ON on 8/6…Jiffy Live in Bristow VA (washington dc) on 8/14…Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/16...Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/18…Great Woods in Mansfield (boston) MA on 8/20…Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 8/21…SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/23…the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ (philly) on 8/24…and Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/25!  Notably open, day two of Woodstock 50!

---Breakout alt/pop darlings, lovelytheband are taking flora cash on the road with them for a Spring victory lap, in support of their two recent top ten alternative hits…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 5/7…Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 5/8…and wrapping up in Pittsburgh PA at Stage AE on 6/20!

---Phish have announced Summer dates and they’ll be making the rounds at several regional outdoor arena’s…two nights at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD (between Baltimore and Washington dc) on 6/22 & 6/23…two nights at Fenway Park in Boston MA on 7/5 & 7/6…and two more nights at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 7/9 & 7/10!

---Grateful Dead icon, Bob Weir is back on-the-road in 2019 with his latest band, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros and he will be visiting our region...Greene Hall in Northampton MA on 3/1…Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 3/2…two nights at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 3/13 & 3/14…and Shea’s in Buffalo NY on 3/15!

---Alt/ pop singer, Elle King has booked a Spring tour that includes a few regional attractions, but just a few, which suggests another leg of the tour will be coming!  For now, see her at…Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 4/24…and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 4/27!  Barns Courtney will warm-up.

---Hot Tuna and Dave Mason will team-up for a coheadlining tour this summer and it will play a less than a handful of dates, all within our region, including…College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 8/20…The Wilbur in Boston MA on 8/21…Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 8/23…and Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 8/25!

---Last In Line, former members of Dio, Ronnie James Dio’s backing band, have announced a Spring tour that will bring them to our region…Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh NY (long island) on 5/3…The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 5/4…Greasy Luck BrewPub in New Bedford MA on 5/9…Debonair Music Hall Teaneck NJ on 5/11…and Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 5/12!

---Alt/ pop band, the Meat Puppets have booked a Springtime run of shows…Mercury Lounge in Manhattan NYC on 5/8…Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 5/9…Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 5/10…Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 5/11…Colony Café in Woodstock NY on 5/13…Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 5/16…and Monty Hall in Jersey City NJ on 5/18!

---Hozier (you remember his break thru from a few years ago, “Take Me To Church,” right?--detail-oriented Dave.) has announced that his new album, “Wasteland, Baby” will be out on 3/1 and a fresh tour to support it will follow, including zonal performances in...Buffalo NY @ Shea’s on 3/10...the Palace Theatre in Albany NY on 3/11...and the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore MD on 3/13!

--Another Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zoso, has booked some Winter and Spring dates for 2019, including…Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 2/15…and two nights at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 6/28 & 6/29!

---The Whitechapel Spring tour begins in our region on 4/18 with a performance at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ…plus, Reverb in Reading PA 4/20…and Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 4/23!

---Jeff Tweedy of Wilco has expanded his solo Winter tour into Spring with new regional dates, including…Carnegie Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh PA on 4/4…Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 4/6…and finally two nights at Town Hall in Manhattan NYC on 4/8 & 4/9!

---After the Shinedown tour ends, Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves keep going…they just announced dates together in…Asbury Park NJ at the Stone Pony on 8/9…and in Pittsburgh PA on 8/14 at Stage AE!

---Death Cab For Cutie has added a Summer leg to their 2019 tour with new regional dates included...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 6/7...College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 6/14...and Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NYC on 6/15!

---80’s hair metal band,Tesla has expanded their Winter tour into the Spring of 2019 with new dates in…Boston MA at House Of Blues in Boston MA on 4/16…Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach NH on 4/19…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 4/20…Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 4/23…and Warner Theatre in Erie PA on 4/26!

---Blues legend, Buddy Guy will tour the US this Summer and occasionally with some high powered friends…Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 6/18…with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 6/19…again with KWS at Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach NH on 6/20…solo at Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 6/22…Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City NJ on 6/24…and finally two nights in Manhattan NYC at the Diamond Horseshoe on 6/26 & 6/27!

---The Platters have announced tour dates for 2019 and regional performances include...Tilles Center in Brookville NY on 2/8...the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City NJ on 3/9...Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead NY on 3/30...the Queensborough Center in Bayside NYC on 3/31...the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA on 4/26...and Seaport Hotel in Boston MA on 11/15!

---Jon Anderson of Yes takes his solo band out for a handful-of-regional dates in April…Lynn Memorial Hall in Lynn MA on 3/29...Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield NJ on 4/3...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 4/4…Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 4/6...and Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/7!

---New Wave rocker, Marshall Crenshaw (of course you remember his hit, “Someday, Someway.”) has announced the rest of his 2019 tour, after a stray date (10/19 in Pawling NY) was recently leaked!  Check him out in...Alexandria VA at The Birchmere on 3/1...Wonder Bar in Asbury Park NJ on 3/2...City Winery in Boston MA on 3/3...City Winery in Manhattan NYC on 3/5...Hepburn Center in Old Saybrook CT on 3/6...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 3/7...and two nights at My Father’s Place in Roslyn NY on 3/8 & 3/9!

---The Walter Trout Band has announced a Spring leg on his 2019 tour...The Iridium in NYC on 4/8...The Boulton Center in Bayside NYC on on 4/11...The Met in Pawtucket RI on 4/12...The Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth NH on 4/13...the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 4/14...and the Spire Center in Plymouth MA on 4/18!

---Billy Idol’s “unplugged” tour is coming to our region with six shows...Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto ON on 3/25…two nights atTown Hall in NYC on 3/27 & 3/28…Xcite Center @ Park Casino in Bensalem PA on 3/30...Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC on 4/1...Lynn Memorial Auditorium in Lynn MA on 4/3...and Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 4/4!

---Parrotheads will be happy to hear that Jimmy Buffett has booked two shows in our region…at the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/6…and Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/8!

---Peter Bjorn and John have booked a handful of Spring tour dates, but just one for our region…at The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia on 4/24!

---Alternative band, Bad Suns have extended their 2019 tour with a Spring leg, but it only includes one date in our region…at the 930 Club in Washington DC on 4/15!

---Brian Wilson has announced two regional dates (so far) for this Summer...Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 6/11...and Art Park Amphitheatre in Lewiston NY on 6/15!

---Branford Marsalis will launch a seven-date Winter tour next month, but it only includes one regional date, so far...at Jazz Standard in NYC on 2/20!

---A Boogie Wit da Hoodie leaks a show date at Brooklyn Steel, NYC on 3/8...more coming!

---The Hold Steady have announced a smattering of zonal dates including... White Eagle Hall in Jersey City NJ on 5/16...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 5/17...and The Ballroom @ Outer Space in Camden CT on 5/18!

---Folk singer, Patty Griffin is headed for our region in Spring 2019...930 club in Washington DC on 4/3...Union Transfer in Philly on 4/4...Town Hall in NYC on 4/6...and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge MA on 4/9!

 ---Bill Medley, of The Righteous Brothers, has two show dates for 2019, but he is in his 80’s...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 7/11...and the Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY, out on Long Island, on 8/13!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Hey all you milk drinkers, ie Pat Boone fans…his daughter, Debby Boone (anybody remember her one hit?  “You Light Up My Life,” which I still have nightmares about…) has booked a one-timer at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 4/6! 

---Singer/ songwriter and occasional performer, Chip Taylor (y’know, the guy that wrote, “Angel Of The Morning” and “Wild Thing”) will play a one-off at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/17!

---80’s hair metal band, Lynch Mob, have announced a single east coast show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 4/19, but we’re suspicious that a larger tour may be coming and that this date was leaked ahead of time, so keep watching!

---Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band ft. Jaimoe, percussionist of the Allman Brothers Band, books a one-off in Sellersville PA at the Sellersville Theatre on 2/23!

---The Strawbs book a one-timer in Sellersville PA on 4/20!  I bet there are more dates on the way!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---The Motels add Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/12!

---Saliva w/ Trapt add Reverb in Reading PA on 3/8!

---SWMRS add Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 4/6…Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 4/9…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 4/12…and Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto ON on 4/14!

---Wishbone Ash finally adds a show in our region, but only on the western fringe…Club Café in Pittsburgh PA on 4/22!

---Billy Joel adds two regional dates outside of his MSG residency…Camden Yards in Baltimore MD on 7/26…and Fenway Park in Boston MA on 9/14!

---Kool & The Gang add Lincoln RI on 3/29!

---Frankie Valli adds a third night at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 4/14!

---Keb’ Mo’ adds The Cabot in Beverly MA on 6/14…and the Diamond Horseshoe in Manhattan NYC on 6/17!

---Stryper adds The Chance in Poughkeepsie on 5/18!

---Kix adds Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh PA on 12/14!

---Sponge adds Sellersville PA on 3/15...and Stanhope NJ on 4/25!

---Martin Barre, of Jethro Tull, may be adding some solo shows as he just booked an additional one at Sellersville PA on 4/21!

---Carbon Leaf also adds Sellersville PA on 4/24!

---Graham Parker adds Sellersville PA on 5/4!

---King Crimson adds Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 9/12!

---Jukebox The Ghost add The Met in Pawtucket RI on 3/30!

---Anita Baker adds a second night at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 2/13!

---Tori Kelly adds Brooklyn NYC on 4/3!

---Chicago adds Westbury NY on 6/17!

---Tim Reynolds adds the Ballroom @ Outer Space in Camden CT on 2/7!

---Hot Tuna adds a solo show (seemingly outside of the co-headlining tour with Dave Mason) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 8/15 @ 8p

---Donavon Frankenreiter adds The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 2/15...and Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA on 8/15!

---Judy Collins adds Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA on 8/16!

---Slick Rick & Rob Base add Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 3/15 to an extremely short list of tour dates!  As of now, they don’t have any plans to be back in our region this year, fyi...!

---Paul Anka adds Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 5/13!

---Carbon Leaf adds...The Ballroom @ Higher Ground in South Burlington VT on 11/16...and the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 11/21!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (1)

---Anita Baker (1)

---Bad Suns (1)

---Bill Medley (2)

---Billy Idol (6)

---Billy Joel (2)

---Blackberry Smoke (4)

---Bob Weir & Wolf Bros (4)

---Blue Oyster Cult (14)

---Brand New Sin (1)

---Branford Marsalis (1)

---Brian Wilson (2)

---Carbon Leaf (2)

---Chicago (1)

---Children Of Bodom (6)

---Chip Taylor (1)

---Debby Boone (1)

---Donavon Frankenreiter (2)

---Elle King/ Barns Courtney (2)

---Gary Hoey (4)

---Graham Parker (1)

---Hot Tuna (1)

---Hot Tuna/ Dave Mason (4)

---Hozier (3)

---Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (1)

---Jimmy Buffett (2)

---Jon Anderson (5)

---Judy Collins (1)

---Jukebox The Ghost (1)

---Keb’ Mo’ (2)

---King Crimson (1)

---Kix (1)

---Kool & The Gang (1)

---lovelytheband/ flora cash (3)

---Lynch Mob (1)

---Marshall Crenshaw (8)

---Martin Barre (1)

---Meat Puppets (7)

---Papa Roach/ Asking Alexandria/ Bad Wolves (2)

---Patty Griffin (4)

---Paul Anka (1)

---Peter Bjorn and John (1)

---Rachel Sage (7)

---Saliva/ Trapt (1)

---Slick Rick/ Rob Base (1)

---Sponge (2)

---Steve Forbert (4)

---Stryper (1)

---Tesla (5)

---The Burns Sisters (1)

---The Motels (1)

---The Platters (6)

---The Strawbs (1)

---Tori Kelly (1)

---Wishbone Ash (1)

---Yngwie Malmsteen (11)

---Zoso (3)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 011819:

---Uncle Tony’s auctioned off their remaining inventory on Saturday January 5th.  The long time  and iconic Binghamton NY watering hole on State Street went out of business after the close of business on 12/31.  The decision to close was made following the death of the bars owner and namesake, Tony Basti in November.

---Need something new and different?  Check out Ultra Vibe at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY as they play an improvisational jazz soundtrack to “Wrestlemania I.” The idea is to match the matches with music and the show unfolds, so you’ll get to watch (or re-watch) the match and take-in the wonderful jazz improv of Ultra Vibe as they attempt to create music that reflects the mood.  Wouldn’t it be easier if this was an improv death metal session?  Jus’ sayin’.  Some guys will do anything for a challenge.

---SWMRS are coming to the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse on 4/13!  The band, enjoying their first foray into the top 30 on the alternative charts (#29 on Billboard/ #31 on Soundscan), “April In Houston” and will have the acts The Regrettes and Beach Goons warming-up!

Other new zonal stops on the tour will include...the 930 Club in Washington DC on 4/7...and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 4/11...as well as the previously announced dates in Pittsburgh PA on 4/6...Philadelphia PA on 4/9...Boston MA on 4/12...and Toronto ON on 4/14!

---The confusing 50th Anniversary of Woodstock just got more complicated!  While Bethel Woods, the site of the original Woodstock will schedule events to mark the 50th anniversary of the original festival, but the actual show, Woodstock 50 will be held at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen NY over three days, August 16th thru the 18th!    

---Just like their tribute to The Beatles last year with The Gents and the tribute to Pink Floyd the year before, “The Doors Rock Project” at EPAC in Endicott NY will be a tribute to The Doors!  The shows are set to run on 2/8 @ 8p, 2/9 @ 8p & 2/10 @ 3p!  Strangely, the band is still being put together at the time of publishing, so we will try to get some details for you by show time! 

LOCAL-ISH:

---Loudon Wainwright III has announced a show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/23!  Wainwright will also play...Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA on 2/2…The Diamond Horseshoe (sony hall) in NYC on 3/15...Auburn Public Theatre in the Syracuse adjacent, Auburn NY on 3/22...Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich RI on 3/28...Chandler Music Hall in Randolph VT on 3/29...House of Blues in Boston MA on 5/16!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---The annual Governors Ball to be held on Randall’s Island in NYC has been announced and as usual it’s a Who’s Who of Modern Music Talent!  The Ball will begin on Friday May 31st and over the three-day weekend will feature: Tyler The Creator, Florence & The Machine, Brockhampton, The Strokes, The 1975, Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla $ign, Playboi Carti and many others! 

---Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y tour will bring Mr. “Black & Yellow” (pittsburgh’s colors, if you didn’t know) into our region for at least four shows...The Royale in Boston MA on 2/26...Toad’s Place in New Haven on 2/27...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 2/28...and finally, ( of course) Pittsburgh PA on 3/2 at Stage AE!

---Def Leppard has announced Canadian tour dates and a few of them will come to the furthur most edge of our regional area...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 7/17...First Ontario Centre in Hamilton ON on 2/20...and Bud Gardens in London ON on 7/22!  Hope this means a US leg is coming, too!

---The Who return to the road this Summer after lead guitarist, Pete Townshend took last year off, leaving Roger Daltrey to conduct a solo tour.  This year, the full band will play a heavy schedule with plenty of zonal stops...Buffalo NY at the KB Center on 5/9...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 5/11...MSG in Manhattan NYC on 5/13...Citizen’s Park in Philadelphia PA on 5/25...the PPG Center in Pittsburgh PA on 5/30...Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 6/1…

Fenway Park in Boston MA on 9/13...and Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 9/15!

---The Millennial Tour is coming to Blue Cross Arena in Rochester NY on 3/14!  The tour includes a touring set of 90’s and early 2K hip hop stars including; Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Lloyd, Mario and Omarion!  The tour is also set to stop at...Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 3/8...The Rock in Newark NJ on 3/31...and the UMBC Events Center in Baltimore MD on 4/7!

---Former Roxy Music singer, Bryan Ferry, will take a solo victory tour around North American this summer, after he and the rest of his former band, are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March!   Dates include regional stops in...Toronto ON at the Sony Centre on 7/30…Boston Opera House in Boston MA on 8/5...the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 8/7...United Palace Theatre in NYC on 8/9...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/11...and Anthem in Washington DC on 8/13!

---AFI side-project, Blaqk Audio has announced a new album, “Only Things We Love,” due on 3/15; and a new tour!  The band, which features Davey Havok and Jade Puget will be coming to the following regional venues…Brighton Music Hall in Allston MA on 3/29...Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 3/30...Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 4/1...Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NYC on 4/2...and U Street Music Hall in Washington DC on 4/3!

---Another, even more 90’s hip hop tour that should also tour the US is, featuring Blackstreet w/ Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister, plus Tony! Toni! Tone!, Dru Hill, Ginuwine and 702...but it will only play the UMBC Events Center in Baltimore MD on 2/17!

---All That Remains will tour this winter, warming up for In Flames on at least two regional dates...Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 2/25...and the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 2/27!  All Hail The Yeti is also on the bill!

---After that tour breaks up, In Flames jumps on the Within Temptation tour, with Smash Into Pieces and they will make more regional performances...Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 2/28...Theatre @ Times Square in NYC on 3/2!

---Billy Joel has announced two dates...for his sixth year-in-a-row the “Piano Man” will play Citizen’s Park in Philadelphia PA on 5/24...meanwhile he has extended his residency at MSG in NYC by announcing his 66th show on 7/11!

---Gary Puckett is planning on staying close to home in 2019...most of his concert dates are either based in California, or on a cruise ship...however, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will venture into our area one-time-only, teaming-up with The Grass Roots at Stadium Theatre Center in Woonsocket RI on 4/26!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band have announced a one-off (well so far...i expect them to add more dates, but for now…) at the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 5/18!

---Richie Ramone will play a one-shot show at the Bowery Electric in Manhattan NY on 3/12!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---The Shinedown/ Asking Alexandria/ Papa Roach tour has moved their date in Baltimore on 2/28 from the UMBC Fieldhouse...all the way across campus to the UMBC Events Center...and yes, that’s sarcasm.

---Foghat adds Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 7/3!

---New Edition spin-off, Bell Biv DeVoe adds Xcite Center @ Parx Casino in Bensalem PA, just outside of Philly on 1/25!

---Herbie Hancock adds the Xcite Center @ Parx Casino in Bensalem PA near Philly on 2/8!

---Gladys Knight also adds the Xcite Center @ Parx Casino in Bensalem PA near Philly on 2/17!

---also added to the schedule at the Xcite Center @ Parx Casino in Bensalem PA, .38 Special!

---Puddle Of Mudd adds a new date on their Summer 2019 tour, but with an entirely different opening act, Sponge, at the Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on 7/13!

---NRBQ adds the Outpost In The Burbs in Montclair NJ on 3/8...Palace Theatre in Waterbury CT on 3/9...and Stone Church in Brattleboro VT on 3/10!

---Ana Popovic adds Infinity Hall in Hartford CT on 4/18!

---moe. adds a second night in NYC, but in a different borough at a different venue...Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 2/22!

---Matt & Gunnar Nelson’s Ricky Nelson Remembered tour adds Staten Island NY on 3/3...and Bayside NY on 3/24!

---Aaron Carter adds Evening Star Concert Hall in Niagara Falls NY on 3/9!

---Get The Led Out, the Led Zeppelin tribute band, have added Anthology in Rochester NY on 2/9!

---Gang Of Four adds The Ballroom @ Outer Space in Hamden CT on 2/20!

---Ryan Montbleau adds the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 2/9!

---Ronnie Milsap finally adds a regional date on his 2019 for his fans in PA...at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster on 3/2 with Lorrie Morgan warming-up!

---Willie Nile adds two more downstate regional dates...at the Rockland-Bergen Music Fest in Tappan NY on 6/22...then later that night at My Father’s Place in Roslyn NY also on 6/22!

---The Spill Canvas adds One Centre Square in Easton PA on 2/2!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---.38 Special (1)

---Aaron Carter (1)

---Ana Popovic (1)

---Bell Biv DaVoe (1)

---Billy Joel (2)

---Blackstreet/ Tony! Toni! Tone!/ Dru Hill/ Ginuwine/ 702 (1)

---Blaqk Audio (5)

---Bryan Ferry (6)

---Def Leppard (3)

---Foghat (1)

---Gang Of Four (1)

---Gary Puckett & The Union Gap/ The Grass Roots (1)

---Get The Led Out (1)

---Gladys Knight (1)

---Herbie Hancock (1)

---In Flames/ All That Remains/ All Hail The Yeti (2)

---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (1)

---Loudon Wainwright III (7)

---moe. (1)

---NRBQ (3)

---Puddle Of Mudd/ Sponge (1)

---Richie Ramone (1)

---Ricky Nelson Remembered (2)

---Ronnie Milsap/ Lorrie Morgan (1)

---Ryan Montbleau (1)

---Shinedown/ Asking Alexandria/ Papa Roach (+1/-1)

---SWMRS/ The Regrettes/ Beach Goons (3)

---The Spill Canvas (1)

---The Doors Rock Project (3)

---The Who (8)

---Within Temptation/ In Flames/ Smash Into Pieces (2)

---Willie Nile (2)

---Wiz Khalifa/ Curren$y (4)

---Woodstock 50 (3)

---Ying Yang Twins/ Pretty Ricky/ Chingy/ Lloyd/ Mario/ Omarion (3)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 011119:

---The Galaxy Brewing Company is moving!  The popular downtown brewery announced on 12/17 that they were closing their kitchen ahead of the move, but wouldn’t say at that time where they were moving too, except that it was larger than the somewhat cramped space they exist in now, on Court Street in downtown Binghamton!

---Our local national touring band, Driftwood, have already begun 2019 with a healthy list of bookings, including new dates in...Harrisburg PA on 1/18...Thomas WV on 1/19 & 1/20...Saranac Lake NY on 2/1...Beacon NY on 2/2...Wellsboro PA on 2/15...Millheim PA on 2/16...Blairstown NJ on 2/22...and Corning NY where they’ll play Lando’s on 2/23!

---Also coming to Lando’s in Corning NY on 1/11 is modern metal band from Mansfield PA, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life with opening acts; Filth, Grievance, Boundaries and Born A New!  This pain metal package tour is also playing regional shows in Providence RI on 1/12...Manchester NH on 1/13...Waterford NY on 1/14...Philadelphia PA on 1/15...Brooklyn NYC on 1/16...Washington DC on 1/17...and Harrisburg PA on 3/5!

---The touring version of ground-breaking reggae band, The Wailers, is coming as close as Ithaca NY, when they’ll play the State Theatre on 2/24, plus some other regional dates, including two nights at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 2/26 & 2/27...and Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 2/28!

---The Puddle Of Mudd tour is coming to Tags in Big Flats (just west of elmira) NY on 5/25!  The full bill is pretty cool, featuring alt-rockers like Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel and Tantric!  No word yet as to when tickets will go on sale, but that’s to be expected in this case, as it’s the promoter and the bands who are announcing the date, not the venue. Puddle Of Mudd has also announced, what is so far, a solo show...at the Greasy Luck BrewPub in New Bedford MA on 5/23!

---Blues singer, Tinsley Ellis will be playing solo shows in our local region and beyond, after warming-up for Coco Montoya this Winter and Spring...Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 4/1...King of Clubs in Syracuse NY on 4/2...Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PA on 4/4...and South Orange Center in South Orange NJ on 4/5!

---Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse is bringing his solo show to the Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY on 1/27!  The show will be opened by MAK Hatchet.

---The CNY Love Jam fest will be coming to the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse on 4/18 ft. Lil Mo & Slim of popular R&B band, 112.

---Did anyone else catch the rerun of holiday special featuring Ultra Vibe, Miles Ahead, Ron and Rhonda and the Little Big Band on the WSKG-TV’s Expressions Jazzy Holiday show?  Pretty cool!

---Fans of Tom JoLu please take note! The band will their album “Josephine” in it’s entirety on 2/2 at the Grassroots Xpress in Binghamton NY!  Cover will only be $5.00 and the show will also feature other bands, Second Suitor, Yard Party and Feeny!  The show starts at 7pm!

---The night before the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra tackles Beatles favorites with their “Classical Mystery Tour” show at the BC Forum Theatre in Binghamton NY on 3/14 @ 730p, they’ll give it a test run at the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 3/13 @ 730p!

---David Archuleta’s Spring 2019 tour will make a local stop bringing the Season 7 American Idol  runner-up to The Haunt in Ithaca NY on 3/25!  Other regional stops include...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 3/22...Iron Horse in Northampton MA on 3/23...The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 3/27...City Winery in Boston MA on 3/28...Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 3/29...and Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 3/30!

---Jeff Howell’s Boogie Du Jour’s new album, “Bon Appetit” now available on e-bay, just click here:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeff-Howells-Boogie-Du-jour-Bon-Appetit-CD-Digipak-Hard-Rockin-Boogie-Music-/173578277371?fbclid=IwAR2tLyFEqYpTcSh0iRb58EAHNglRmCEyBsvMPpNvbCA7mmnaDobLYkjTAck

LOCAL-ISH:

---The Gin Blossoms have made a Spring 2019 date at the Center For The Arts in nearby Homer NY on 2/10, in addition to several regional shows...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 2/8...X-Cite Center in Bensalem PA on 2/9...Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 2/11...Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 2/13...Grand Theatre in Mashantucket CT on 2/15...State Theatre in Falls Church VA on 2/16!

---Smile Empty Soul have announced their ”oblivion” tour in support of their forthcoming album, due in May, a tour which features at least one “local-ish” date, here’s the full list...Voltage in Philadelphia PA on 3/5...Stage West in Scranton PA on 3/6...Dingbatz in Clifton NJ on 3/7...Wally’s in Hampton Beach NH on 3/8...Webster Underground in Hartford CT on 3/9...Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on 3/10...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/13...Revolution in Amityville NY on 3/14...Fishhead Cantina in Baltimore MD on 3/15...and HMAC in Harrisburg PA on 3/16!

---The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen of Poison, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theatre and Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big are coming as close as Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA in May 2019!  The tour is also playing plenty of regional shows, including two nights at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/30 & 5/1 to begin the tour...Jim Thorpe PA on 5/2…The Diamond Horseshoe in NYC on 5/3...and Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 5/5!

---Foghat is also working on 2019 Winter/ Spring dates, including a stop at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/18! They are also trying to book dates in New Hampshire on 7/3...Connecticut on 7/4...but, haven’t announced venues yet.

---Flogging Molly has just announced a major US Spring tour with plenty of regional dates and at least one local-ish stop!  First up...Mashantucket CT on 2/21...Boston MA on 2/22...Philadelphia PA on 2/23...Silver Spring MD on 2/24...Montclair NJ on 2/28...Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/1...Rochester NY on 3/2...Toronto ON on 3/3...and Huntington NY on 3/26!

---Regional favorite, Jackyl have booked a Spring incursion into area...Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/7...Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 3/8...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/10...and the Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck NJ on 3/13, which makes four-out-of-five announced shows in our greater region!

---Penn’s Peak is bringing another national tour to our local-ish region!  Buckcherry’s first leg of the “Warpaint” tour will play Jim Thorpe PA on 3/28...as well as other regional shows…

...Jergel’s in Pittsburgh PA on 3/24...Toby Keiths in Foxboro MA on 3/26...Irving Plaza in NYC on 3/29...Wally’s in Hampton Beach NH on 3/30...and The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/31!

---Loudon Wainwright III has also announced a show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/23!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Travis Scott has announced a second leg for his “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here 2” tour and finds it coming to our neck o’ the woods in late Winter 2019…Bryce Jordan Center in University Park PA on 2/26...KB Center in Buffalo NY on 2/28...MSG @ NYC on 3/2...The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 3/3...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 3/5...Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 3/7...Civic Center in Hartford CT on 3/9...and the Capital Arena in Washington DC on 3/12!

---Ariana Grande is announcing more dates...in NYC, a total of four nights...two at The B.C. in Brooklyn on 6/14 & 6/15...then two more at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on 6/18 & 6/19...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 6/21...Boston Garden in Boston MA on 6/22...plus a second night in Philadelphia PA on 6/24, which is interesting since there will be three months between shows, btw!

---Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive have joined forces for a co-headlining tour that will hit the road in Spring 2018, that will bring them to a near handful of venues in our region...

Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls NY on 5/7...Terminal 5 in NYC on 5/9...College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 5/10…and the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 5/14!

---The 2019 Firefly Festival has announced it’s preliminary line-up!  The three day fest (not four this year), set for The Woodlands in Dover DE on June 21st thru 23rd will include some big names, including: Panic! At The Disco...Post Malone...Vampire Weekend...Death Cab For Cutie...Tyler, The Creator...DJ Snake...Zedd...Travis Scott...Anderw McMahon In The Wilderness...Bishop Briggs...Dashboard Confessional...flora cash...Gucci Mane...Joywave...Jukebox The Ghost...lovelytheband...WALK THE MOON...Young The Giant...and Ithaca’s own, X-Ambassadors!  Three day general admission/ camping passes went on sale on 12/14 for $279.00!

---Hip hop star, T-Pain has booked three shows for Spring 2019...The Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 3/20...Theatre @ Times Square in NYC on 3/22...and The Royale in Boston MA on 3/23!

---Ian Anderson, lead singer and flautist for Jethro Tull, will continue celebrating 50 years of Jethro Tull this year with new bookings at...Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City NJ on 3/9...Theatre at National Harbor in Oxon Hill MD (just outside of Washington DC) on 3/11...the Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 3/12...Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 9/11...Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NYC on 9/14...and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 9/15!

---Jackson Browne has announced a run of four shows at the Beacon Theatre in NYC for the Summer of 2019...June 23rd, 24th, 26th and 28th!  Tickets for the dates went on sale on 12/14!

---Trey Anastasio has announced he has a new project, Ghosts Of The Forest, in conjunction with his fellow Phish-man, Jon Fishman...along with T.A.B. bass player, Tony Markellis...keyboard player Ray Paczkowski and back-up singers, Jennifer Hartswick and Celisse Henderson!  The new group is set to play a seven-date mini-tour, six of which fall into our region...Philadelphia PA on 4/5...Washington DC on 4/6...Albany NY on 4/9...Boston MA on 4/10...and two nights in NYC on 4/12 & 4/13!

---80’s pop singer, Sheena Easton will play at least two dates in our region in 2019...Atlantic City NJ on 8/23...and North Tonawanda NY on 10/12!

---Already the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg PA is announcing their concert line-up by releasing that Foreigner and Loverboy will play the Fair @ 730p on Friday 9/27!  How long will it be before the NYS Fair follows suit?

---Progressive rock guitar player, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, has announced a Spring tour with several region layovers...Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 4/7...City Winery in Washington DC on 4/10...Wall Street Theatre in Norwalk CT on 4/11...Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 4/19...and Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 4/20!

---Todd Snider’s 2019 tour is coming to our region this Spring...at The Gramercy in NYC on 3/13...The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 3/15...Infinity Hall in Hartford CT on 3/17...and Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 5/3!

---Widespread Panic has announced a three-night residency at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 3/22, 3/23, 3/24!

---The Fabulous Thunderbirds ft. Kim Wilson have announced Winter 2019 dates, but so far, only one for our region...at the Bears Den in Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 3/22!,

---Carbon Leaf will be touring America in Spring 2019...dropping into our region...in Baltimore MD on 3/22...Pittsburgh PA on 4/15...Buffalo NY on 4/27...Pawling NY on 4/28...and Salisbury MA on 6/8!

---Every Time I Die has booked a two-night stand at Buffalo at Buffalo Riverworks in Buffalo NY on 12/13 & 12/14!

---The Outlaws are booking terrestrial shows for Spring 2019, following their schedule on the “Rock Legends Cruise” in February!  So far, they’ve announced dates in Glenside with Marshall Tucker Band headlining...and solo in Norfolk CT on 6/29!  They also announced a solo show @ Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 1/14!

---Los Lonely Boys are filling out their Spring 2019 schedule with additional dates (to their sole previous booking in Boston MA on 4/16)...Sellersville PA on 4/12...Washington DC on 4/14...Shirley MA on 4/18...and Westbury NY on 4/20!

---Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist and well known solo artist, Buckethead has announced a run of Spring 2019 dates, including...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 4/6...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/7...the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square (sony hall) in NYC on 4/11...The Met in Pawtucket RI on 4/13…and The Wilbur in Boston MA on 4/15!

---Popular jazz singer, Steve Tyrell, will open another residency at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC!  Ten more nights starting on Tuesday April 16th thru Saturday April 27th!  He just finished a 24 night residency at the Cafe Carlyle in December!

---R&B star, The-Dream has booked a handful of shows, two of which fall into our region...Washington DC on 2/25...and NYC on 2/26!

---Modern rockers, Veil Of Maya, will play at least two dates on their Spring 2019 tour in our region...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 4/18...and The Gramercy in NYC on 4/19!

---The remnants of Dio’s last band, Last In Line, will finally play our region by finally announcing a show date in our region...at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh PA on 5/12!  Hopefully, that’s the start of a new tour leg!

---Easy listening artist, Jim Brickman has announced a series of shows that will roll thru our region...Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 2/14...Pullo Center in York PA on 2/15...The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 3/24...Palace Theatre in Manchester NH on 5/8...and Infinity Hall Norfolk CT on 5/10!  More to come...

---Apocalyptica has just announced a ten-date US tour with three regional stops...Munhall PA on 5/27...Glenside PA on 5/29...and Englewood NJ on 5/30!

---Canadian Celtic band, The Town Pants are booking 2019 dates and have announced two so far...Smith Opera House in Geneva NY on 3/15...and Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 3/16!  I would expect more dates to be announced, so stay tuned…

---Sponge has confirmed eight dates for 2019, three of which are within our region...Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck NJ on 1/18...CraftHouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA on 3/14...and Rudder Live in Dewey Beach DE on 4/26!

---The Claypool/ Lennon Delirium, ft. Les Claypool from Primus and Sean Lennon have returned with three new regional date...College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/13...Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 4/16...and the 930 Club in Washington DC on 4/17!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Styx have finally booked a show in our region for 2019, but only one!  ...at The Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 5/21!

---Dwele has booked a one-off in Washington DC on 3/9!

---Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ book a one-off in Washington DC on 2/9!

---John Lodge of The Moody Blues has booked one terrestrial date following the Yes “Cruise To The Edge” in February...at The Cabot in Beverly MA on 2/15!

---Hip hop star, Rakim will headline a R&B festival style show at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem NYC on 1/18, which will also feature Brand Nubian, EPMD, The Lox and Black Moon.  No word as to whether or not his long time rap partner, Eric B will also perform.

---Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars has book a solo show at the City Winery in Washington DC on 3/20!

---Jill Sobule will play a one-shot at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton MA on 1/31!

---Outside of the “Love Rocks” benefit at MSG on 3/7, Bernie Williams, the former NY Yankee turned pro singer, has booked only one other date...Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 2/28!

---Early R&B giants are combining forces for a blow-out at The Beacon Theatre in NYC on 6/15!  The line-up includes: Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics, Larry Chance & The Earls, The Marcels, The Vogues, Barbara Harris and The Toys.

---Frankie Avalon has booked a show with, Bobby Rydell & Fabian at St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 6/8!

---50’s rocker, Neil Sedaka has booked a show for Summer 2019...at the Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NYC on 6/23!

---Method Man & Redman, one of my favorite rap duo’s (...and they had a very cool tv show too once upon a time, but I digress…) have booked a one-shot at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 2/22!

---The Mowgli’s and Jukebox The Ghost add Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 3/27!

---If you love 50’s and early 60’s style rock, check out the line-up for this one-off festival style show set for December 2019...it teams up Brian Hyland, Brooklyn Bridge, The Classics, The Crystals, The Devotions and The Vogues at the Theatre @ Westbury on 12/8!

---Lifehouse adds the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 4/13!

---Dennis Tufano, of The Buckinghams, headlines a one-shot oldies line-up that includes Lou Christie, The Marcels and Eddie Holman at Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 9/8!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Billy Joel adds a 65th  & 66th shows to his MSG residency on 5/9, which is also his 70th birthday and in June on 6/2!

---Saliva adds CraftHouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA on 1/10...and Revolution in Amityville NY on 1/13!

---Rhett Miller (lead singer for the Old 97’s) adds another solo show in Pawling NY at Daryl’s House on 5/3!

---Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine performs Pink Floyd adds Tarrytown NY on 6/21!

---Willie Nile adds Pittsburgh PA on 4/3...to his slight (so far) 2019 schedule!

---Al Jardine of the Beach Boys adds Shirley MA on 2/10!

---Frankie Valli (of The Four Seasons) adds a second night in Medford MA on 4/13!

---Young The Giant adds Sayreville NJ on 1/23...and Uncasville CT on 1/31!

---Christopher Cross adds Bergen Theatre in Englewood NJ on 3/10!

---One by one, Ratt is building a 2019 comeback tour…they just added a second date...at the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 7/12!

---More dates for Led Zeppelin tribute band, Kashmir, have been revealed...Bethlehem PA on 1/12...Boston MA on 2/22...Rochester NY on 3/1...Newton NJ on 3/23...Old Saybrook CT on 3/30...New Hope PA on 4/12...and Plattsburgh NY on 5/11!

---Cannibal Corpse adds Buffalo NY on 3/7!

---Stryper adds Pittsburgh PA on 5/22!

---Soulfly adds Reverb in Reading PA on 2/9!

---Colin Blunstone of The Zombies adds Boston MA on 2/5…and Washington DC on 2/7!

---Trippie Redd adds Silver Spring MD on 2/2...Boston MA on 2/6...and New Haven CT on 2/7!

---Shemekia Copeland adds Baltimore MD on 2/23!

---Chris Difford of Squeeze adds Washington DC on 3/28!

---The Anvil tour finally comes east to St. Vitus in Brooklyn NY on 4/25...and Jewel Music Venue in Manchester NH on 4/27!

---Joan Osborne adds City Winery in Washington DC on 4/27!

---Graham Parker and the Adam Ezra Group add the City Winery in Washington DC on 5/2!

---John Waite ,formerly with The Babys and Bad English adds City Winery Washington DC on 5/12!

---Richard Marx adds City Winery in Washington DC on 6/9!

---Raheem DeVaughn also adds City Winery in Washington DC on 10/19

---Saving Abel and Tantric add City Winery in Boston MA on 2/13!

---Air Supply adds The Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 3/22!

---Ratt adds a second tour date, near Philadelphia @ the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 7/13, which makes a new album and a larger tour sound more and more likely, we hope...

---Frank Turner finally adds a show in our region...at Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 4/20!

---Ja Rule adds Jergels in Warrendale PA on 1/14

---Color Me Badd adds Jergels Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 2/22!

---Winger adds Jergels Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 3/16!

---Dawes adds Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 2/6 before booking a cruise ship at the end of the month…

---Gang of Four adds @ Colony Cafe in Woodstock NY on 2/24!

---John Prine adds the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 4/12!

---REO Speedwagon adds Twin Rivers Casino Event Center in Lincoln RI on 4/12!

---Get The Led Out, the Led Zeppelin tribute band, adds two shows at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 6/7 & 6/8 and a stand alone at College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 2/1!

---Joe Jackson adds the Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC on 2/9!

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness adds the 930 Club in Washington DC on 2/13!

---Mike Gordon of Phish, adds the 930 Club in Washington DC on 3/15!

---Railroad Earth adds a second night at the 930 Club in Washington DC on 3/22!

---Citizen Cope adds Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC on 4/17...College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/18...and the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 3/2!

---Blue October adds the 930 Club in Washington DC on 4/25!

---The Slayer farewell tour adds Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD (between baltimore and washington) on 5/14 w/ Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse!

---The Wailers add Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC on 2/26 & 2/27...and Infinity Hall Norfolk CT on 2/28!

---70’s folk singer/ songwriter, Jonathan Edwards adds...My Fathers Place in Roslyn on 5/3...Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 5/10...and Infinity Hall Norfolk CT on 5/25!

---Muse and WALK THE MOON (who are playing select dates on the Muse tour) will play Madison Square Garden in NYC on 4/8!

---Queen w/ Adam Lambert adds a second night at MSG in Manhattan NYC on 8/7!

---Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria & Bad Wolves add the Stone Pony SummerStage in Asbury Par NJ on 8/9!

---Marshall Tucker Band adds Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead NY on 3/14...The Paramount in Huntington NY (long island) on 6/27...and Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 6/29!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Adrian Belew (5)

---Air Supply (1)

---Al Jardine (1)

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (1)

---Anvil (2)

---Apocalyptica (3)

---Ariana Grande (5)

---Bernie Williams (1)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Blue October (1)

---Brian Hyland/ Brooklyn Bridge/ The Classics/ The Crystals/ The Devotions/ The Vogues (1)

---Buckcherry (6)

---Buckethead (5)

---Cannibal Corpse/ Necrot/ Blood Incantation/ Morbid Angel (1)

---Carbon Leaf (5)

---Charlie Thomas’ Drifters/ The Classics/ Larry Chance & The Earls/ The Marcels/ The Vogues/ Barbara Harris/ The Toys (1)

---Chris Difford (1)

---Christopher Cross (1)

---Citizen Cope (2)

---CNY Love Jam (1)

---Colin Blunstone (2)

---Color Me Badd (1)

---David Archuleta (7)

---Dawes (1)

---Dennis Tufano/ Lou Christie/ The Marcels/ Eddie Holman (1)

---Driftwood (9)

---Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ (1)

---Dwele (1)

---Every Time I Die (2)

---Fabulous Thunderbirds ft. Kim Wilson (1)

---Firefly Festival (3)

---Flogging Molly (9)

---Foghat (1)

---Foreigner/ Loverboy (1)

---Frank Turner (1)

---Frankie Avalon/ Bobby Rydell/ Fabian (1)

---Frankie Valli (1)

---Gang Of Four (1)

---Get The Led Out (3)

---Ghosts Of The Forest (6)

---Gin Blossoms (7)

---Graham Parker/ Adam Ezra Group (1)

---Ian Anderson (6)

---Jackson Browne (4)

---Jackyl (4)

---Ja Rule (1)

---Jill Sobule (1)

---Jim Brickman (5)

---Joan Osborne (1)

---Joe Jackson (1)

---John Lodge (1)

---John Prine (1)

---John Waite (1)

---Jonathan Edwards (3)

---Kashmir (7)

---Killswitch Engage/ Parkway Drive (4)

---Last In Line (1)

---Led Zeppelin 2 (1)

---Lifehouse (1)

---Los Lonely Boys (4)

---Loudon Wainwright III (1)

---Luther Dickinson (1)

---Marshall Tucker Band (3)

---Marshall Tucker Band/ The Outlaws (1)

---Method Man/ Redman (1)

---Mike Gordon (1)

---Muse/ WALK THE MOON (1)

---Neil Sedaka (1)

---Papa Roach/ Asking Alexandria/ Bad Wolves (1)

---Puddle Of Mudd (1)

---Puddle Of Mudd/ Saving Abel/ Tantric/ Saliva/ Trapt (1)

---Queen w/ Adam Lambert (1)

---Raheem DeVaughn (1)

---Railroad Earth (1)

---Rakim/ Brand Nubian/ EPMD/ The Lox/ Black Moon (1)

---Ratt (1)

---REO Speedwagon (1)

---Rhett Miller (1)

---Richard Marx (1)

---Saliva (2)

---Saving Abel/ Tantric (1)

---Shaggy 2 Dope (1)

---Sheena Easton (2)

---Shemekia Copeland (1)

---Slayer/ Lamb Of God/ Amon Amarth/ Cannibal Corpse (1)

---Smile Empty Soul (10)

---Soulfly (1)

---Sponge (3)

---Steve Tyrell (10)

---Stryper (1)

---Styx (1)

---T-Pain (3)

---The Claypool/ Lennon Delirium (3)

---The-Dream (2)

---The Last Ten Seconds Of Life (8)

---The Machine performs Pink Floyd (1)

---The Mowgli’s/ Jukebox The Ghost (1)

---The Outlaws (2)

---The Town Pants (2)

---The Wailers (4\)

---The Winery Dogs (5)

---Tinsley Ellis (4)

---Todd Snider (4)

---Travis Scott (8)

---Trippie Redd (3)

---Veil Of Maya (2)

---Vixen (1)

---Widespread Panic (3)

---Willie Nile (1)

---Winger (1)

---Young The Giant (2)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 121418:

---Uncle Tony’s is closing at the end of the year and Dillingers, the bar next door is expanding into it!  With the passing of the iconic bar’s namesake, Tony Basti; who died last month at age 74, the longtime downtown watering hole will close, only to be reopened as part of their neighboring club, Dillingers after some renovation during the Winter of 2019!  Uncle Tony’s last bash will be New Years Eve 2018!  Stop down for a drink before then...and thanks for the memories!

---If you missed the Michael Wu directed CSNY celebration at Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin last month (11/10), you’ll have a chance again to hear it as many of the original cast return for a second celebration at the FarmHouse Brewery in Owego on Saturday January 5th @ 7p.  The line-up of talent this time includes Mallory Evans (Next To Kin)/ Paul Shotwell/ Thomas Sickler/ Brian Tyneway (the goodfruits)/ Michael Wu (the gunpoets/ kidbess and the MagicRing).  Tickets are $5.00 for standing room or chairs...$10.00 for a barstool.

Here’s a sample of what you may have missed last month when this CSNY tribute band played the Ransom Steele!  Just click the link to see and hear them play “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” https://www.facebook.com/michael.wu.3532/posts/10157093786029165?notif_id=1545840715093280&notif_t=notify_me&ref=notif

---Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead, Trey Anastasio of Phish and the String Cheese Incident are the headliners of Peach Festival 2019 line-up announced!  Lesh (with guest Warren Haynes) and Anastasio are both set to play two sets, with the String Cheese Incident slated for three sets!  Jam bands seem to be the theme of  “The Peach” in 2019 with other bands set to perform, include moe., Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and Lettuce!  Moe. won’t be the only band with local ties to perform at the festival, as The Infamous Stringdusters, featuring local dobro player, Andy Hall; are also in the line-up. 

The biggest news may be that the 2019 festival will NOT be on the same weekend as next years GrassRoots Festival!  The two popular regional festivals will be on consecutive weekends, however, which may create some festival burn out, but not from die-hard music fans! 

For more, visit the festivals website at: http://thepeachmusicfestival.com/ or their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ThePeachMusicFestival/

---Randy McStine played Chicago last week with Vinnie Moore and his Band warming up for some of his heroes, King’s X!  Speaking of Mr. Mcstine, he’ll be playing with 1968 Revisited next weekend (12/22) at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin!  There will be myriad guest stars and a lot of great deep music from the psychedelic era. 

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out, returns to State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 4/5! The constantly touring cover band also announced a show in Jay VT on 4/6 at Jay Peak Ski Resort!

---The 2019 Chenango Blues Festival is still more than eight months away and already at least one act has revealed that they will be performing there...Rick Estrin & The Night Cats will apparently, according to their schedule, be playing the Friday night portion of the festival on 8/16!

---We’ve learned even more about the Spring schedule for the Center For The Arts in nearby Homer NY (just north of Cortland NY) this week with the announcements of shows by Ricky Skaggs on 3/28...the David Bromberg Quintet on 4/12...and Peter Yarrow (formerly of Peter Paul & Mary) on 4/27!

---Congrats to local singer/ songwriter, Brittany Rose who has booked a single release party for the Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton NY on January 11th!  At the show she will debut her new song, “Charm!” The song will be Rose’s debut single from her forthcoming album, “High Society.”  If you can’t wait until the 11th, “Charm” will be streaming on all platforms on January 4th!  Vee Da Bee will be warming up at The Cyber Cafe West!  Tickets are just $5.00.

---Brenna Swanger will be playing drums for Natalie Claro again at the Bowery Electronique in NYC on January 2nd!  Very cool!

---Local prog-rockers, Anubis Spire, have just released their latest album “Doorways.”  The band posted links on social media:

As promised, here are the links to hear (and purchase if you like what you hear) our new album, DOORWAYS. It will take a while to be up at CDBaby, ITUNES, AMAZON, etc., but I will list those links too as soon as they're available.

Buy the CD here:
http://kunaki.com/sales.asp?PID=PX00Z9TP79

LISTEN to the FULL album and buy individual songs or the full DIGITAL DOWNLOAD album here: https://anubisspire.bandcamp.com/album/doorways

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this album and to all of you who listen! Your support is what makes it all worthwhile.

And BTW...all our other CDs are still on sale for only $3.50 a piece until the New Year:
http://kunaki.com/msales.asp?PublisherId=109698

---Start Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with a fundraiser for Juneteenth at The Spotlight Binghamton on Friday night January 18th!  The benefit will feature local singer, Diamond and Brothers Over All, and others are expected to be added.   Any contribution made to the 2019 Binghamton Juneteenth online fundraiser includes admission to the Jan’teenth show by adding your name to the guest list and offering a digital receipt for you to show at the door!  Make your donation at www.BingJuneteenth.com.

LOCAL-ISH:

---The Happy Together 2019 Tour made their official announcement this week, and on top of the dates that were already leaked, we got even more, including a local-ish date at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 6/20!  Additional regional dates include...New Brunswick NJ on 5/29...Lynn MA on 6/13...Morristown NJ on 6/14...Westbury NY on 6/15...Northampton MA  on 6/16...Lancaster PA on 6/22...Hyannis MA on 6/25...Cohasset MA on 6/26...Tarrytown NY on 6/27...and New London CT on 6/28!

---Also coming to Penn’s Peak is the 2019 Umphrey McGee tour, which added the venue to it’s schedule this week, playing Jim Thorpe PA on 3/21...as well as Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 3/22!

---The Marshall Tucker Band has announced 2019 dates for their “Through Hell & High Water” tour and it will feature several regional stops and one local-ish one...Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead NY (on long island) on 3/14...as close as,Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 3/15...Wall Street Theatre in Norwalk CT on 3/16...Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 5/4...and Indian Ranch in Webster MA on 6/29!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Hatebreed is headlining a Springtime package tour that also includes Fit For An Autopsy, Terror, Cro-Mags and Obituary and six of the eight dates announced will plow right through our region...Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 4/4...Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 4/6...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 4/12...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 4/18...the Theatre at Times Square in NYC on 4/19...and College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/20!

---Justin Timberlake has totally reschedule the cancelled remainder of his “Man Of The Woods” tour, due to bruised vocal chords, so here are the new dates for the rest of the tour...January 31st at MSG in NYC...at KB Center in Buffalo on 4/6...at the Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 4/9...and two nights in Uncasville CT at the Mohegan Sun Arena on 4/12 & 4/13!

---Howie Day, still milking his one-hit wonder, “Collide” and bringing it to our region in the Spring of 2019...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 3/13...the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 3/14...StageOne in Fairfield CT on 3/15...and Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 3/16!

---Hip Hop star, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will play a New Years Eve show at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 12/31, then follows up with a tour in February and March of 2019 with shows in our region set for Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 03/04...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 03/05...and Terminal 5 in NYC on 3/7!

---Rival Sons finally go out on their own solo headlining tour, but so far only have two shows booked in our region...Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 4/17...and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 4/21!

---Cali soft-rockers, Ambrosia have announced much of their 2019 tour and it includes more than a half-dozen stops in our region...American Music Theatre warming up for Little River Band in Lancaster PA on 1/19...Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington MA on 3/14...Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth MA on 3/15...the Event Center @ Seneca Allegeny Casino in Salamanca NY on 4/11...Caesar’s in Atlantic City NJ on 5/31...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 9/1...and Stadium Theatre Centre in Woonsocket RI on 9/6!

---B. B. King might be gone, but his band carrys on...The BB King Blues Band ft. Michael Lee is coming soon to a venue near you...Rams Head Live! in Baltimore MD on 5/15...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 5/16...the Boulton Center in Bay Shore NY on 5/17...and in Pawling NY at Daryl’s House on 5/18!

---Los Lobos is making musical regional inroads in 2019, not just locally, like they will be at the previously announced, Center For The Arts in Homer NY on 3/31, but also at...Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 3/26...with the BoDeans at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 3/29...at Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 6/7!

---City Winery in Boston has announced it’s concert schedule for Winter 2019, check it out:

...Colin Blunstone, of The Zombies, on 2/5...Tim Reynolds on 2/6...Ana Popovic on 2/7...Marshall Crenshaw on 3/3...Lisa Loeb on 4/24...and Don McLean on 4/26!

---King Crimson have announced a North American tour, but so far only three dates long and just one date in our region...Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 9/21!  The other two dates are in Chicago and L.A.

---Rob Zombie’s guitar player, John 5 is coming to the Greasy Luck Brewery at New Bedford MA, near Boston MA on 3/18, but while that’s just the first announced date on his tour, his website lists plenty more...at Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 3/12...the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 3/13...The Loft @ The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/14...Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck NJ on 3/15...Wally’s Pub in Hampton NH on 3/16...and Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH on 3/17!

---The M3 Rock Festival has announced it’s line-up for 2019!   The annual rock music festival, which is normally held on the first weekend of May, this year apparently, it will be held in one day, on May 3rd!  This years fest will include: Kix, Autograph, Extreme, Firehouse, Kingdom Come, Quiet Riot, Skid Row, Steven Adler of GNR, Vixen, Warrent, Whitesnake and more!  Rock on!

---R&B fans, Maze ft. Frankie Beverly will headline the Classic Soul Music Festival, which will also feature; The Whispers, Tom Browne and Freddie Jackson at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 3/29!  Maze ft. Frankie Beverly will also play Atlantic City NJ on 5/11!

---UK post-punk band, Gang Of Four, are set to tour the US with five of eight shows in our region...Club Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 2/17...U Street Music Hall in Washington DC on 2/21...Underground Arts in Philly on 2/22...Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 2/23...and Rough Trade in Brooklyn NYC on 2/25!

---Less Than Jake have announced a few dates in 2019...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 2/22...and Rams Head Live! in Baltimore MD on 2/23!

---Citizen Cope have announced an extensive 2019 tour with stops in our greater region planned at...the Electric Factory in Philly on 3/1…930 Club in Washington DC on 3/3...and the Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 4/20!

---Rising alternative stars, grandson, are taking advantage of their new found popularity by mounting a solo headlining tour that begins in Canada...Petit Campus in Montreal QC on 2/22...The Studio in Hamilton ON on 2/28...Opera House Concert Venue in Toronto ON on 3/1...Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 3/16...at Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia PA on 3/17...Rough Trade in Brooklyn NYC on 3/19...and Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington DC on 3/20!

---Todd Rundgren is playing a limited run of shows across the US, including two area stops for us...4/16 & 4/17 at Town Hall in NYC...and Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 4/19 & 4/20!

---Hip hop icons, The Wu-Tang Clan will play two shows only...at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 1/25...and Terminal 5 in NYC on 1/26!  [Note: No sooner did I write these words than second shows were added for both venues...1/24 at the Electric Factory in Philly...and 1/27 at Terminal 5 in NYC!]

---Electronic UK pianist, James Blake will play two nights in NYC at Terminal 5 on 2/24 & 2/25!

---The Temptations and The Four Tops, some together/some not...but, mostly will team-up for a run of dates across America, including one at...Proctors Theatre in Schenectady NY on 3/17...Luhrs Center (temptations only) in Shippensburg PA  on 2/22...The Kirby Center (both) in Wilkes-Barre PA  on 2/23...the Theatre in Westbury at Westbury NY on 3/16... the Keswick Theatre in Glenside (Phil PA) on 5/10 and the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 5/11!  Please check with venues before you buy tickets to these shows!!!  The billing is confusing and not all websites agree on whether The Temptations will play solo or with The Four Tops and I would hate for you to miss The Four Tops, if you expect to see them!

---Kansas have booked several (less than a dozen) terrestrial dates, following their busy cruise schedule, and only one of them is in our region at all, so far...at the Event Center at The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 5/30…

---The Aces have booked a couple shows...two in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on 2/27 and 2/28...and The Foundry in Philadelphia PA on 3/1!

---According to internet leaks, My Morning Jacket will tour in 2019, but so far just three dates for this year have been floating, but only one for us...Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NY on 8/10!

---Steve Earle is playing a rotating City Winery tour and will be performing at City Winery in Boston MA on 1/11, 1/23 and 2/10...City Winery in Washington DC on 1/25, 2/12 and 2/13!  If you’re headed south he’ll also be playing the City Winery in Atlanta GA as well.

--- Hard rocking bubble gum band, the Grass Roots have announced four terrestrial dates following their Caribbean Cruise in February and March...Theatre at Westbury in Westbury NY in Westbury NY on 3/15...Norwood Theatre in Norwood MA on 3/23...Stadium Theatre Arts Center in Woonsocket RI on 4/26…and American Music Theatre in Lancaster PA on 5/5!

---Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice of American Idol on lead vocals is slowly laying out their travel itinerary for 2019, but sadly, just two dates for us so far...the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA on 3/15...and Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA on 12/7/2019!

---Star of The Byrds, now solo singer/ guitarist, Roger McGuinn has announced Spring 2019 bookings at...Port Washington NY on 4/9...South Orange NJ on 4/11...Tarrytown NY on 4/13...Phoenixville PA on 4/25...and NYC on 4/27!

---Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine performs Pink Floyd has announced  a series of shows, spread out over five months...Natick MA on 1/12...Riverhead NY on 2/1...South Burlington VT on 3/9...Ridgefield CT on 3/22...Plymouth NH on 5/10...and Beverly MA on 5/11!

---”Sunglasses At Night” singer, Corey Hart, is touring Canada in June and he’ll make a few stops that are close to our region...K-Rock Centre in Kingston ON on 6/11...Molson Amphitheatre (bud stage) in Toronto ON on 6/14...and Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 6/15!

---The Jayhawks will pass thru our region next month (January) with two regional stops...Swyer Theatre in Albany NY on 1/17...and two nights in Brooklyn NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on 1/18 & 1/19!

---The Sons Of Cream are getting a bit schizophrenic this year...Kofi Baker (son of Ginger), Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack) and Will Johns (Claptons nephew)...the band are also being listed at The Music Of Cream and Cream 50!  Regardless, the band is back together to celebrate the music of their forefathers (...and uncles) and they’ll be coming to our area in the Spring...Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 3/29...the Diamond Horseshoe at Times Square in Manhattan NYC on 3/30...and Levoy Theatre in Millville NJ on 4/2!

---Blues icon, Walter Trout is back in good health and touring with his blues band during the Winter and into the Spring...Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 2/5...The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 2/7...Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 2/8...Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 2/9...The Cabot in Beverly MA on 2/10...and the Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 4/19!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Zedd has booked a one-shot show in Washington DC at Echostage set for 12/27!

---Spin Doctors lead singer, Chris Barron will play a one-off at Rockwood Music in NYC on 1/16!

---Macy Gray will play a one-off in Boston MA at the City Winery on 12/22!

---Tyrese has booked a one-time with Ginuwine, 702, Avant and Donell Jo...on 2/22 at Petersens Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 2/22!  Even though this stop is part of a larger tour, this will be the only stop for it in our region.

---Snoop Dogg will play DJ on New Years Eve at Terminal 5 in NYC!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Denny Laine, formerly of the Moody Blues and Winds adds...Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor NY on 3/2...and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/10!

---Big Head Todd & The Monsters 2019 tour so far has largely plotted stops in other parts of the country...until now, adding the 930 Club in Washington DC on 2/28!

---Lisa Loeb adds Washington DC on 4/28!

---Pat Metheny adds Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 4/3!

---Tim (Ripper) Owens adds NYC on 3/4...and Niagara Falls NY on 3/5!

---David Allan Coe adds the Diamond Horseshoe at Times Square in NYC on 5/8!

---Firehouse adds Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 5/4...maybe for the big metal fest?

---Los Lobos adds the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 3/26...and Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 6/7!

---Art Garfunkel adds two nights in Boston MA on 12/17 & 12/18...and Williamsport PA on 3/13!

---Chris Difford, of Squeeze, adds City Winery in Boston MA on 3/6!

---Christopher Cross adds two nights at City Winery in Boston MA on 3/11 & 3/12!

---The Yardbirds add City Winery in Boston MA on 3/20!

---Frankie Valli finally adds a show in our region...Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 4/12!

---Herb Alpert adds City Winery in Boston MA on 5/2!

---Los Lonely Boys add City Winery in Boston MA on 4/16!

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone add a three-night stand in Niagara Falls ON on 2/26/19 thru 2/28/19 plus, Uncasville CT on 6/14!

---The Association adds the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda NY on 3/9!

---John Prine adds Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY on 4/13...and Shea’s in Buffalo NY on 6/21!

---Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner, adds Proctors in Schenectady NY on 12/29!

---Steve Forbert adds Turning Point in Piermont NY on 3/3!

---The Spinners add Bensalem PA on 1/5!

---David Guetta adds Echostage in Washington DC on 12/30!

---Diplo also adds Echostage in Washington DC, but not until 1/17!

---Thursday adds two nights in Washington DC at Union Stage on 2/15 & 2/16!

---The Lettermen add Roslyn NY on 10/5...and Sellersville PA on 12/8!

---Robyn Hitchcock adds Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 4/20!

---Three Dog Night adds the Palace Theatre in Stamford CT on 9/20!

---Pat Metheny adds Carnegie Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh PA on 3/24!

---Robert DeLong adds Union Stage in Washington DC on 2/18!

---Brian McKnight adds the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 1/26!

---Barenaked Ladies have been added to every date on the Hootie & The Blowfish reunion tour!

---Uriah Heep has been added to all dates on the Judas Priest tour!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Art Garfunkel (3)

---A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (4)

---BB King Blues Band ft. Michael Lee (4)

---Big Head Todd & The Monsters (1)

---Blood Sweat & Tears w/ Bo Bice (2)

---Brian McKnight (1)

---Chris Difford (1)

---Christopher Cross (2)

---Citizen Cope (3)

---Corey Hart (3)

---David Allan Coe (1)

---David Guetta (1)

---Denny Laine (2)

---Diplo (1)

---Firehouse (1)

---Frankie Valli (1)

---Gang Of Four (5)

---Get The Led Out (2)

---grandson (7)

---Happy Together 2019 Tour (11)

---Hatebreed/ Fit For An Autopsy/ Cro-Mags/ Terror/ Obituary (6)

---Herb Alpert (1)

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone (4)

---Howie Day (4)

---James Blake (2)

---John 5 (7)

---John Prine (2)

---Kansas (1)

---King Crimson (1)

---Less Than Jake (2)

---Lisa Loeb (1)

---Los Lobos (2)

---Los Lonely Boys (1)

---Lou Gramm (1)

---M3 Rock Festival (1)

---Macy Gray (1)

---Marshall tucker Band (5)

---My Morning Jacket (1)

---Pat Metheny (2)

---Peter Yarrow (1)

---Rival Sons (2)

---Robert DeLong (1)

---Robyn Hitchcock (1)

---Roger McGuinn (5)

---Snoop Dogg (1)

---Steve Earle (6)

---Steve Forbert (1)

---The Aces (3)

---The Association (1)

---The Grass Roots (4)

---The Jayhawks(3)

---The Lettermen (2)

---The Machine performs Pink Floyd (6)

---The Spinners (1)

---The Temptations (6)

---The Yardbirds (1)

---Three Dog Night (1)

---Thursday (2)

---Tim (Ripper) Owens (2)

---Todd Rundgren (4)

---Umphrey’s McGee (2)

---Walter Trout Band (6)

---Wu-Tang Clan (2)

---Zedd (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 120718:

---Goodbye Uncle Tony! Tony Basti, owner of Uncle Tony’s died suddenly, from a heart attack on November 16th while shoveling snow. Basti was the 74-year-old owner and namesake of Uncle Tony’s bar in downtown Binghamton NY, which opened in 1983, the anchor of the State Street group of bars for 35 years, that once included Flashbacks and still features Dillingers. Uncle Tony’s, because of it’s proximity to the Broome County Arena would become a favorite of hockey fans and players over the years. Basti’s was held on 11/24 at St. James and in lieu of flowers the family asked that donations be sent to Danielle House.

---Driftwood closes out FoxFire weekend at the Ransom Steele Tavern with a bang! The crowd was warmed-up by husband and wife duo, Nate & Kate, who are not just musically adept, but can also juggle! ...well, Nate can anyway. The duo welcomed Driftwood’s upright bass player, Joey Arcuri, mid-set as Nate juggled singing, playing and juggling. Following Nate & Kate’s set, Driftwood took the stage for their third appearance in three days on the long Thanksgiving weekend to a thunderous applause, in the venue that is considered to be their “homebase” in the Southern Tier. With that, Driftwood, the Binghamton area’s only local band that tours on a national scale, launched into a more than two-hour set that included both old favorites and new songs from their forthcoming album, “Tree Of Shade” which has been done for a year, but is being held up by the band while they shop it to record companies, in search of a record deal. Like Nate & Kate did before them, inviting bass player Arcuri to join them on stage, Driftwood brought Nate Marshall up on stage to play harmonica. Driftwood also played two “talking blues” numbers, including in the encore, a jammin’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterrean Homesick Blues.” Gotta say, I was impressed by my first Driftwood show. I daresay it won’t be the last. I plan to write more on my first meeting with the band in a future issue of Carousel magazine.

---We’re starting to get an idea of REO Speedwagons plans for 2019, including these regional dates...the Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 4/8...The Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 4/9...a local stop at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 4/11...the Event Center @ Twin River Casino on 4/12...the Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 4/14...and Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 4/15!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Hootie & The Blowfish will reunite in 2019 for their “Group Therapy” tour with at least one date as close as...CMAC (Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center) on 8/9 as well as...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/21...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 7/27...The Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 7/28...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/2...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 8/3...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/4...Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 8/8...MSG in NYC on 8/10...the Bud Stage in Toronto ON on 8/29...HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey PA on8/30...and Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 8/31!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Queen with American Idol alumni, Adam Lambert have just booked a Summer 2019 tour on the heels of the rockumentary, “Bohemiam Rhapsody” surpassing “Straight Outta Compton” the NWA biopic, as the most successful documentary of all time...see them in...Toronto ON at the Air Canada Centre on 7/28...the Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/30...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 7/31...Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 8/3...Great Woods in Mansfield MA (boston) on 8/4...and NYC at MSG on 8/6! Soft

---Soft rock balladeers, Air Supply will be back on the road in 2019 making regional stops at...The Event Center at The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 3/22...Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 3/23...and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 3/29!

---Hip Hop star, Ja Rule will tour America, or at least the East Coast and Midwest, in January 2019 with new shows booked at...The Queen in Wilmington DE on 1/6...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 1/9...Jergel’s Rhythm Grill in Warrendale PA on 1/16...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 1/17...Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 1/19...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 1/20...and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 2/1!

---One of the coolest retro-tours in recent years has been the Happy Together tour, which is slowly announcing shows across the country, including some in our region...St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 6/12...Bergen Theatre in Englewood NJ on 6/18...Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 6/19...Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 6/21...Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach NH on 6/23...and Ocean City Music Hall in Ocean City NJ on 6/30!

---Snow Patrol will roam the snowless Spring in 2019...which means regional stops for us...Tower Theatre in Upper Darby PA on 4/27...Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 4/29...and Terminal 5 in NYC on 4/30!

---Rapper Meek Mill is about to announce a tour! Two dates have leaked so far, including...Xfinity Theatre in Hartford CT on 3/19...Tsongas Center @ UMass Lowell in Lowell MA on 3/20!

---Cheap Trick has announced a Winter 2019 tour that will bring them back into our region at least a handful of times...The Event Center at The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 2/17...Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 2/22...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 2/28...Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 3/1...and Theatre at Westbury in Westbury NY on 3/2!

---Mr. Mellow, R&B singer, Brian McKnight has announced a smattering of February 2019 shows that include two stops in our greater region...Ovation Hall in Atlantic City NJ on 2/15...and Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 2/16!

---Three Dog Night continue to release more of their 2019 schedule...The Ridge in LeRoy NY on 7/27...Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell MA on 9/19...Palace Theatre in Stamford CT on 9/20...Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 9/21...American Music Theatre in Lancaster PA on 9/22...and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington PA on 10/18!

---Jimmie’s Chicken Shack has added a Spring leg to their Winter 2019 tour! See the grunge era, southern fried alt/poppers at...Midtown Arts Center in Harrisburg PA on 3/9...Fete Music Hall in Providence RI on 3/10...the Boathouse in Dracut MA on 4/6...and Union Stage in Washington DC on 4/27!

---G. Love & Special Sauce have announced a winter 2019 tour that will play our region, but only three times...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 1/24...Paradise Rock Club in Boston on 1/26...and Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 1/31!

---Little Feat have confirmed a half-dozen Springtime dates, including three in our “hot zone”…Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 3/7...Beacon Theatre in NYC on 3/8...and Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 3/9!

---Ruben Studdard, of American Idol fame, is booking shows...just two in our region so far...Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 1/3...and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 4/5!

---Aaron Carter has announced a ten-date tour, but sadly fans of the former teen heart—throb will only have one shot at seeing him this time around...at The Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 3/1!

---The Hives have booked four dates across America, mostly in the Midwest, but there is one in the Mid-Atlantic...at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 5/18!

---Skid Row are starting to announce terrestrial dates for 2019 following their stint on the “Monsters Of Rock” Cruise! For us so far, that means two regional shows...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 5/4...and Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 5/17!

---The Dandy Warhols have booked Spring 2019 tour dates...The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 5/7...and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 5/8!
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Weird Al Yankovic has booked a seven-date nationwide tour but it has only one stop in our greater region...Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NY on 7/20!

---Ryan Montbleau has confirmed a three-night stand at Club Passim in Cambridge MA from 2/6 thru 2/8!

---Funk sax player, Maceo Parker, will be blowin’ at the Blue Note in NYC declaring an eight night residency, starting on May 7th thru the 14th, preceeded by a night in Albany NY on the 5th at the Massry Center...then, following NYC at...Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 5/17...and The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 5/18!

---The Dokken reunion tour will make at least one stop in our region, after all...at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 3/9!

ONE TIME ONLY:

---Charli XCX play a one-off at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 12/8!,

---Colin Blunstone, of The Zombies, will play a one-off at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 1/31, a warm-up for the “On The Blue Cruise” in February, no doubt.

---Glass Tiger will play only one show anywhere near us on their latest (mostly) Canadian tour...Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY!

---Brian Hyland (y’know, the “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” singer?) will play the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 6/1, with The Quotations!

---Katherine McPhee of American Idol fame, has booked a one-off in Staten Island NYC at St. George Theatre!

---Mary Wilson of The Supremes has booked a one-timer St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 5/11!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---The Rolling Stones add a second night at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford NJ on 6/17!

---Otep adds...Revolution in Amityville NY on 12/9...and The Chameleon in Lancaster PA on 12/10!

---Acacia Strain adds a stop at the Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia PA on 12/21!

---You Me At Six adds Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 2/21!

---Tim Reynolds (of the Dave Matthews Band) and TR3 add Washington DC on 1/30!

---Billy Joel adds onto his MSG residency with his a new monthly show set for 3/21 in NYC!

---Indigo Girls add...Medford MA on 3/21...New Brunswick NJ on 3/26...and Port Chester NY on 3/30!

---KT Tunstall adds Daryl’s House in Pawling PA on 5/15!

---Weezer adds Madison Square Garden in NYC on 3/12 with The Pixies, TV On The Radio and Basement opening up!


NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Aaron Carter (1)

---Acacia Strain (1)

---Air Supply (3)

---Average White Band (1)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Brian Hyland/ The Quotations (1)

---Brian McKnight (2)

---Charli XCX (1)

---Cheap Trick (5)

---Colin Blunstone (1)

---Dokken (1)

---G. Love & Special Sauce (3)

---Glass Tiger (1)

---Happy Together 2019 Tour (6)

---Hootie & The Blowfish (12)

---Indigo Girls (3)

---Ja Rule (7)

---Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (4)

---Katherine McPhee (1)

---KT Tunstall (1)

---Little Feat (3)

---Maceo Parker (11)

---Mary Wilson (1)

---Meek Mill (2)

---Otep (2)

---Queen w/ Adam Lambert (6)

---REO Speedwagon (6)

---Ruben Studdard (2)

---Rolling Stones (1)

---Ryan Montbleau (3)

---Skid Row (2)

---Snow Patrol (3)

---The Dandy Warhols (2)

---The Hives (1)

---Three Dog Night (6)

---Tim Reynolds & TR3 (1)

---Weezer/ The Pixies/ TV On The Radio/ Basement (1)

---Weird Al Yankovic (1)

---You Me At Six (1)

*#'s in parenthesis indicated the amount of new dates added by each act this week! 

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Music News for 113018:

---The Dicks Sporting Goods Open 2019 announced their musical entertainment on today for their annual tournament concert...Keith Urban will play to the crowd of local golf fans at En Joie Golf Course in Endicott on Friday night 8/16! Tickets are on sale now, just in time for holiday shoppers...of course.

---Zarni de Wet (now also known by her stage name Zarni de Vette) returned home for Thanksgiving weekend to play for friends, family and fans at Atomic Tom's in Binghamton NY on 11/25 and gave her family and friends a musical update on her life! Most people would have just sent a card.

Performing nothing from her first two albums, “Friday Night Lights” and “Straight Forward” de Wet began the night with two of her poppiest songs, “New Love” and “Minute You’re Gone” and proceeded to perform odd songs she has written since, mostly in collaboration and mostly for other artists making these performances rare indeed, since many of these songs will never be recorded by her.

Her next song was a piece written for a Dierks Bentley type artist, “A Long Time Ago,” followed by a love song she wrote for married people (since most love songs are written for single people), called “Myself, I Do.” That was followed by a collaboration with Kate Tucker called “Where Does All The Love Go,” and another selection written with Mary Bragg, “What’s Your Secret,” then “Jealous” co-written with Mark Oakley and her final solo song, “Happy Where We Are.” Following a brief intermission, Zarni brought our a band featuring Michael Wu (of The Gunpoets and KidBess’s Magic Ring) on bass, Brian Tyneway (of The Goodfruits) on guitar and Eric Peters on drums. She also brought our a couple of friends to harmonize on a few songs and then launched into her second set...”Our Love,” “Talk To Myself” “Take You Back,” her most obligatory country/blues song ever, “Down And Out Of Beer,” a song she also wrote with Hunter Hayes (another country artist) called “Thinkin’ ‘Bout A Ring,” a Tom Petty-ish rocker called, “Close Enough” and closed with a song that Taylor Swift would be proud of called, “Itch.” All in all a fascinating update on Zarni’s evolution as a songwriter.

De Wet also dropped a hint that she’s is in the middle of recording and self-producing a new album that she’s hoping to release in February! Show host also had a surprise announcement, that Rachel Sage will be coming to Atomic Tom’s in April, but more on that later!

---Touch Of Texas has announced a stop of a major concert act...Easton Corbin, who if you don’t know who he is (or care, like me), he has scored a number of top five and #1 country songs in recent years, so if you’re a country fan, check him out on 1/26!

---’Tis the season for Holiday Saturdays at the Lost Dog Cafe with local alt-folk singer, Devinne Meyers! These are daytime shows scheduled for 1pm on 12/1, 12/8 and 12/5!

---American Idol season 9 alum, Crystal Bowersox is playing at least one local and a few more regional terrestrial dates between cruises! Look for her at the end of April, at...Auburn Public Theatre in Auburn NY (near syracuse) on 4/24...the previously announced, MusicFest Cafe at ArtQuest Center in Bethlehem PA on 4/25...Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 4/26...and another previously leaked date, Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre NY on 7p!

---Congrats to new local punk-rockers, Bad Kung-Fu, who have booked their debut concert warming-up for Garbagehead at Avenue D.I.Y. in Johnson City NY on 12/1!

LOCAL-ISH:

---KISS have announced more 2019 End Of The Road tour dates that will come as close as Syracuse and Darien Lake!  In addition to playing Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/23...and Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/27, they will also make regional appearances...at The Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 8/11...The Rock in Newark NJ on 8/14...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 8/16...Air Canada Center in Toronto on 8/17...The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 8/20...HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey PA on 8/21...and SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/24!

---Whitesnake have announced an acoustic theater tour across the US that will play for us as close as...Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/5...and Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 5/17!  Regional dates include...X-Cite Center @ Parx Casino in Be nsalem PA on 5/2...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 5/7...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 5/8...Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach NH on 5/10...Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 5/11...Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 5/14...and Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 5/18!

---Tesla are set to play Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 2/15! The 80's hair metal band will also make one other regional stop at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 2/12!

---The Center For The Arts in Homer NY announced their Spring schedule for 2019 and there are a couple of very cool shows on the docket, including...Donna The Buffalo on 3/8…Pat Metheny on 3/22...and Los Lobos on 3/31! Please make a note of them!

---Shemekia Copeland will play Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 2/22! So far, it's her only date for 2019!

---Grateful Dead cover band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead are set to play Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/13 and have booked additional regional dates, including a three-night stand at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 1/18, 1/19 & 1/20...College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 3/14...and Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 3/15!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Tickets for the Rolling Stones US leg of the bands 2019 “No Filter” are now on sale! The tour was announced nearly two weeks ago and includes four regional stops in our region out of the 13 scheduled shows, so far...FedEx Field in Washington DC on 5/31...Lincoln Field in Philadelphia PA on 6/4...Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA on 6/8...New Meadowlands Stadium (met life stadium) in East Rutherford NJ on 6/13!

---Dead & Company, the Grateful Dead spin-off band featuring Dead alumni, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann return to the road in 2019 and they'll make five stops within driving range next June...SPAC in Saratoga Springs on 6/18…the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 6/20...Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA on 6/22...Citi Field in Queens NY on 6/23...and Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 6/26!

---Dido has announced a Spring 2019 jaunt thru our region...The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 6/15...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 6/17...Terminal 5 in NYC on 6/19...Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC on 6/21...and Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 6/22!

---Dream Theatre has booked a Spring 2019 tour that will make eight performances in our greater region...Sony Center in Toronto ON on 4/4...Wilifred-Salle Center in Montreal QC on 04/05...Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 4/8...Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 4/9...Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 4/10...Beacon Theatre in NYC on 4/12...and Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 4/15!

---Matt and Gunner Nelson will make a six-night stand at the Niagara Fallsview Casino, in Niagara Falls ON on six consecutive nights, from January 8th thru January 13th, as their tribute band to their father, the late Ricky Nelson, Ricky Nelson Remembered!  

---Ambrosia has confirmed that their tour will enter our region at...the Event Center at Seneca Allegeny Casino in Salamanca NY on 4/11...Daryl's House in Pawling NY on 9/1/19...and Stadium Theatre Arts Center in Woonsocket RI on 9/6/19!

---Philadelphia rocker, Kurt Vile and the Violators have mapped out a Winter 2019 tour that will impact our region...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 12/29...Club XL in Harrisburg PA on 2/11...Higher Ground in South Burlington VT on 2/14...Mtelus in Montreal QC on 2/15...and two nights at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 2/16 and 2/17!

---Three Dog Night has released more of their 2019 schedule and there will be plenty of regional stops...two nights in Atlantic City NJ on 7/25 & 7/26...and Del Lago Casino in Waterloo NY on 10/19!

---Third Eye Blind are booking shows in Winter 2019...but, just a few...and only two in our region...the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NY on 1/16...and Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 1/17!

---Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has announced a Winter run of shows in our greater area starting at...Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia PA on 1/11...Black Cat in Washington DC on 1/12...Rough Trade in Brooklyn NYC on 1/31...Great Scott in Allston MA on 2/1...and The Met in Pawtucket RI on 2/2.

---Playboi Carti has booked a North American tour for Winter 2019, including some nearby stops...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 12/27...the Coliseum in Toronto ON on 1/11...and Place Bell in Montreal QC on 1/13!

---Brian Fallon, of Gaslight Anthem, has announced a Winter 2019 tour of the UK…but both before and after he’ll be playing terrestrial dates in he U.S.---one before and one after...Crossroads in Garwood NJ on 12/21...and Carnegie Hall in NYC on 3/21!

---Ana Popovic has booked some Winter 2019 dates in our region...City Winery in Boston MA on 2/7...Highline Ballroom in NYC on 2/12...and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 2/13!

---Once Secondhand Serenade get done with the Hoobastank tour they will be headlining their own shows for a few dates, including...Jammin Java in Alexandria VA on 12/19...and Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 12/20!

---Regional jam band, moe. have booked some dates during Winter 2019...two nights on 12/30 & 12/31 in Rochester at the Kodak Center Theatre...and the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 2/23!

---90's hip-hop stars, The Lox, have booked two dates for December...Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 12/13...and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 12/20!

---Snoop Dogg has booked a handful of dates, but mostly in the south or Cali...except, at the EchoStage in Washington DC on 12/7!

---Massive Attack have booked two nights in NYC at Radio City Music Hall...on Friday night 3/15...and Saturday night 3/16! The shows are part of a larger seven-night world tour that starts in London UK on 2/22!

---Alt-rockers, The Kooks, will tour the US this Winter, including three-out-of-nine total dates in our region...the Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 2/26...Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/28...and Rams Head Live! in Baltimore MD on 3/2!

---Cradle Of Filth have revealed that they’ll be going on a Spring 2019 jaunt across the US with three regional impacts...Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 4/1...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 4/2...and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/6!

ONE TIME ONLY:

---Veteran prog-rockers, Crack The Sky have booked a one-off in Baltimore MD at the Baltimore Soundstage on 3/23!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Blue October adds Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 4/8!

---Tommy James & The Shondells add...The Luhrs Center in Shippensburg PA on 1/19...the Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 2/14...The Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 3/15...and Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 4/13!

---Rita Coolidge adds Niagara Falls NY on 7/12!

---Bobby Rush will play the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club in Bethesda MD on 11/25!

---Billy Joel adds MSG in NYC on 2/14!

---Clutch add Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 3/18...and Irving Plaza in NYC on 3/19!

---Coheed & Cambria add Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls NY on 2/27...and Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 2/28!

---YG adds Rebel in Toronto ON on 2/19...and The Palladium in Worcester MA on 2/22!

---Lake Street Dive add the Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 1/3/19.

---Teenage Fanclub adds the 930 Club in Washington DC on 3/16!

---Jonathan Edwards adds Infinity Hall Norfolk in Norfolk CT on 5/25!

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox adds Beacon Theatre in NYC on 2/21...and College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 5/11!

---Shinedown adds Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 1/25!

---Mike Gordon of Phish adds solo dates at the 930 Club in Washington DC on 3/15...Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 3/16...and Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 3/19!

---Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets adds the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 4/19!

---Foreigner add the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 5/3...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 5/7...and Hanover Theatre in Worcester MA on 5/9!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Ambrosia (3)

---Ana Popovic (3)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Bobby Rush (1)

---Blue October (1)

---Brian Fallon (2)

---Clutch (2)

---Coheed & Cambria (2)

---Crack The Sky (1)

---Cradle Of Filth/ Raven Black/ Wednesday 13 (3)

---Crystal Bowersox (2)

---Dead & Company (5)

---Dido (5)

---Donna The Buffalo (1)

---Dream Theatre (8)

---Easton Corbin (1)

---Foreigner (3)

---Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (6)

---Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (5)

---Jonathan Edwards (1)

---Keith Urban (1)

---KISS (9)

---Kurt Vile (6)

---Lake Street Dive (1)

---Los Lobos (1)

---Massive Attack (2)

---Mike Gordon (3)

---moe. (3)

---Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets (1)

---Pat Metheny (1)

---Playboi Carti (3)

---Ricky Nelson Remembered (6)

---Rita Coolidge (1)

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (2)

---Secondhand Serenade (2)

---Shinedown (1)

---Shemekia Copeland (1)

---Snoop Dogg (1)

---Teenage Fanclub (1)

---Tesla (2)

---The Kooks (3)

---The Lox (2)

---The Rolling Stones (4)

---Third Eye Blind (2)

---Three Dog Night (3)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (4)

---Whitesnake (9)

---YG (2)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 111618:

---No rest for our local, national touring band, Driftwood, who fresh off a two night, year ending stand in Ithaca at The Haunt, have already booked a show in Norfolk CT at Infinity Hall on 1/4/19, plus they will play the three day Winter Wondergrass Festival in California at the end of March, followed by the four day Merlefest in Wilkesboro NC at the end of April!  Expect to see more dates for January, February and March in the coming weeks.

---Johnson City Wildcat alumni, Zarni de Wet enjoyed one of the perks of working for a songwriting factory in Nashville Tennessee...she attended the Country Music Awards ceremony in the Music City in 11/14! She posted about the event on her facebook page, so check out her social media presence for more info at:

https://www.facebook.com/zarni.wet

---The Chenango Stage at the GrassRoots Xpress in Binghamton is a little bit out of the way from the bulk of the First Friday art and music events, but the owners of the venue have put together a worthy line-up of musicians for their “First Friday Folk Fest!”  The three acts participating in the event include, Sean Robert Jones, Galen Clark and local folk supergroup, The Apalachin Annies ft. Devinne Meyers, Mary Tewksbury and Mallory Evans. Put it on your calendar for Friday 12/7!

---Manley’s in Johnson City, may be retired, but the bar has new life, under new management as Tap House 66! Their grand opening is set for 11/21 with music by Mojo Filter!

---Jazz fusion guitarist, Pat Metheny will start his Spring US tour in Homer NY at the Center For The Arts on 3/22...followed by regional stops at State Theatre in State College PA on 3/25...The Warehouse in Fairfield CT on 3/27...Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem PA on 3/28...Academy of Music in Northampton MA on 3/29...Asbury Hall @ Babeville in Buffalo NY on 3/31...The Space at Westbury in Westbury NY on 4/4!

---Looking for something cool to do on 12/14? Try out the Everyone Orchestra show at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY! The “band” features a veritable who’s-who of musical talent...members of The Grateful Dead, Gov’t Mule, Phish, The Allman Brothers Band, Furthur, Widespread Panic, Ratdog, Ween, String Cheese Incident, The Meters, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Big Gigantic, moe., Yonder Mountain String Band, Thievery Corporation, Trey Anastasio Band, Galatic, Soulive, Leftover Salmon, Turkuaz, The Revivalists, Twiddle, Dopapod, The New Mastersounds, The Punch Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, ALO, The Motet, etc. Whew. How do ya conduct that?

---The Gunpoets had to cancel their show at the Galaxy Brewing Company in Binghamton NY on 11/17 due to a scheduling conflict.  Bass player, Michael Wu says that the band plans on rescheduling soon.

---If you enjoy my musings and listings here, then you might be interested to know that I will have some longer form articles and interviews appearing in the new Carousel magazine, starting with the December issue. So, how desperate are they, right?

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---The Rolling Stones have hinted that they may tour North America in 2019! If so, that will bring the band back to the US and Canada for the first time in three years.  Stay tuned! [Note: since this writing the band has made it official! For dates and cities in our region see the Regional Concert Page on this site. Tickets will go on sale on 11/30!]

---Backstreet Boys, experiencing some 90's nostalgia have booked a massive stadium tour for 2019 that will bring familiarity to the Summer of 2019...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/12...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 7/15...Air Canada (scotiabank) Arena in Toronto ON on 7/17...Boston Garden in Boston MA in 8/14...The B.C. in Brooklyn NY on 8/15...Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 8/17...HersheyPark Arena in Hershey PA on 8/18...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 9/14...and The Rock in Newark NJ on 9/15!

---Train and The Goo Goo Dolls have joined forces for a huge alt/pop Summer tour that will play our region more than a dozen times...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 7/26...Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 7/27...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/28...Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on 8/1...CMAC (Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center) in Canandaigua NY on 8/2...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/3...Musikfest in Bethlehem PA on 8/6...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 8/7...Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 8/9...the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/10...Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 8/11...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/16...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 8/17!

---Iron Maiden will team with The Raven Age for a mid-summer 2019 tour and the pair will impact our region starting in July, at...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 7/24...The B.C. in Brooklyn NY on 7/26...Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 7/30...Great Woods in Mansfield PA on 8/1...Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 8/3...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 8/5...two nights on the Bud Stage in Toronto ON on 8/9 and 8/10...KB Center in Buffalo NY on 8/13...and PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 8/17!

---Michael Buble is returning to the road in 2019 with a new album, “Love,” and plenty of shows set for our region, nine over all...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 2/19...MSG in NYC on 2/20...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 2/22...The Rock in Newark NJ on 2/23...Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 2/24...DCU Center in Worcester MA on 2/26...KB Center in Buffalo NY on 2/27...Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 7/26...and Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 8/2!

---Sevendust and Tremonti will March thru our region with a joint tour starting in February...Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 2/10...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 2/13...House Of Blues in  Boston MA on 2/14...The Strand in Providence RI on 2/15...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 2/16...Toads Place in New Haven CT on 2/18...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 2/19...and Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls NY on 2/20!

---Break out alternative star, Robert DeLong has booked six stops in our little corner of the world, for Winter 2019...Velvet Underground in Toronto ON on 2/10...Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 2/12...Lucky Strike Social @ Jupiter Hall in Albany NY on 2/14...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 2/15...The Foundry at The Fillmore Philadelphia PA on 2/17...and the Union Stage in Washington DC on 2/19!

---Pop/ Dance star, Robyn, a superstar in Europe, is set to play North America and will stop in our zone about a half-dozen times...MSG in NYC on 3/8...Anthem in Washington DC on 3/9...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 3/11...Mtelus in Montreal QC on 3/13...and Rebel in Toronto ON on 3/14!

---Jake E. Lee, formerly with Ozzy Osbourne is taking his new band, Red Dragon Cartel, on a theater tour this Spring that is headed for a venue near us...The Rockpile in Toronto ON on 3/16...Crafthouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA on 3/18...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 3/25...Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 3/26...Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 3/27...Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck NJ on 3/29...89 North Music Venue in Patchogue NY on 3/30...Greasy Luck Brewpub in New Bedford MA on 3/31...and Blackthorn 51 in Elmhurst NY on 4/2.

---K.T. Tunstall is coming to America this Spring following the conclusion of her tour of Europe and the UK, including...Union Stage in Washington DC on 5/11...Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 5/12...Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto ON on 5/13...World Cafe Live in Philadelphia PA on 5/17...Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 5/18...and the tours final stop, at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 5/19!

---Railroad Earth is booking 2019 and it’s filling up fast with new dates in February...at The Egg in Albany NY on 2/14...The Wilbur in Boston MA on 2/15...The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 2/16...returning to our region on 3/22 & 3/23, for two nights, at the 930 Club in Washington DC! They’ve also added a show in December at...WinterWonderGrass fest in Stratton VT on 12/16!

---Folk punk star, Billy Bragg has planned a US 2019 tour with sets of three-night stands that begin this Spring, but don’t enter our region until Fall...with three nights at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 9/26 thru 9/28...followed by another three night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA from 10/3 thru 10/5!

---Chris Difford of Squeeze has booked a couple regional shows for 2019...Colony Cafe in Woodstock NY on 3/8...and Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 3/10!

---Three regional, terrestrial show dates for The Yardbirds have leaked out ahead of their appearance on the Flower Power cruise...Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth NH on 3/15...Empire Center @ The Egg in Albany NY on 3/16...and City Winery in Washington DC on 3/29. I’m expecting more to be announced, but there’s very little info so far.

---Candlebox is booking for 2019 with new dates in...at The Wilbur in Boston MA on 4/17...Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 4/19...Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 4/25...and The Paramount in Huntington NY on Long Island on 4/26!

---Dropkick Murphys have already booked their St. Patricks Day tour for 2019 with regional shows booked for...Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie NY on 2/17...Rebel in Toronto ON on 2/18...Freedom Hall in Lancaster PA on 3/11...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 3/14 & 3/15...and the Tsongas Center in Lowell MA on 3/16...then back to the House Of Blues for St. Patricks Day on 3/17!  

---Crystal Bowersox, of American Idol fame, is squeezing in a few terrestrial dates between cruises (with Melissa Etheridge and then afterwards to the Caribbean, Bermuda and New York) at...Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem PA on 4/25...and Madison Theatre @ Molloy College in Rockville Centre NY on 4/27!

---Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root has booked solo dates for the rest of 2019 and on some of them he is calling the project by a new name that references his Rusted Roots heritage, but also indicates a new direction, Uprooted. See Glabicki at...Peterborough Town House in Peterborough NH on 11/24...StageOne in Fairfield CT on 11/25...Daryl's House in Pawling NY on 12/13...Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on 12/14...Jergels Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh PA on 12/30...and Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 12/31.

---The Little River Band will be playing a lot of dates in warmer climes this year, cruises, too...but they will play two regional dates...Lancaster PA at American Music Theatre on 1/19 with Ambrosia...and Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach NH on 7/13!

---Alt/ rockers, Rookie Of The Year have announced some December shows in our region...The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh PA on 12/5...Mohawk Place in Buffalo NY on 12/6...The Middle East Club in Cambridge MA on 12/11...and The Barbary in Philadelphia PA on 12/13!

---Blue October has added a Spring 2019 leg that has regional impact...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 3/23...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 4/17...Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 4/18...House Of Blues In Boston MA on 4/20...and 930 Club in Washington DC on 4/25!

---The Amity Affliction is going on a coheadlining package tour with Senses Fail and opening band, Belmont! See them in...Rams Head Live! In Baltimore MD on 1/18...Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 1/20...and the Theatre @ Times Square in NYC on 1/22!

---Taylor Dayne is booking shows in 2019 and will return to our region starting in January...Keswick Theatre (with Color Me Badd) in Glenside PA on 1/18...Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 3/22...The Bears Den @ Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 4/13...and Santander Center in Reading PA on 4/14!

---Corrosion Of Conformity will headline a Winter, modern metal package tour that will heat-up February at...The Gramercy in NYC on 2/13...Wolf’s Den at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 2/15...Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 2/16...Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 2/17...Ottobar in Baltimore MD on 2/18...Opera House Concert Venue in Toronto ON on 2/20...and Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 2/21! Also on the tour will be Mothership and Crowbar in NYC, Uncasville and Boston, then in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Toronto and Pittsburgh, it will be Mothership and The Obsessed. There may be a fourth band as well.

---Rapper YG has booked a Winter 2019 tour that will bring his show to two regional clubs...Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/13...and the  Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia PA on 2/23!

---Four Year Strong will play an acoustic tour that will stretch thru our region at the end of January! See them at...The Foundry in Philadelphia PA on 1/24...Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NY on 1/25...House Of Independents in Asbury Park NJ on 1/26...and The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 1/27!

---Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabe; lead singer of Against Me! is striking out as a solo artist, in addition to her duties with Against Me! See her solo shows at...Spirit in Pittsburgh PA on 4/11...Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 4/18...Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 4/19...and The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 4/21!

---Young The Giant have booked a Winter tour, but for us, it may as well be a one-shot festival as it also includes lovelytheband and the Interrupters! That’s at the X-Finity Live! in Philadelphia PA on 1/26!

---Speaking of The Interrupters, the rising alt-pop band has booked a half-dozen dates following stints with Smashing Pumpkins and lovelytheband! They'll be in our region, twice, at...The House Of Blues in Boston MA on 3/14...The Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 3/15...the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 3/16...Irving Plaza in NYC on 3/17...Club Soda in Montreal QC on 3/20...Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 3/22...Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 3/24...and Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 3/28!

---Tokyo Police Club has booked a Spring 2019 tour with regional dates at...The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 3/8...The Ballroom at Outer Space in Hamden CT on 3/9...Warsaw in Brooklyn NYC on 3/12…DC9 in Washington DC on 3/15 & 3/16...and Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 3/23!

---The North Mississippi Allstars will spend the last weekend of 2018 in the Northeast...Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NY on 12/28...Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 12/29...and Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes NY in 12/30!

---Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s has undertaken a solo tour to promote his latest solo album, “The Messenger” which came out last month...Outer Space in Hamden CT on 12/12...Irving Plaza in NYC on 12/14...The Space @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 12/20...and a Spring date at City Winery in Washington DC on 2/22!

---Mike Gordon of Phish has announced a solo four-night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA for March 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th!

---Gary Hoey has booked one, and so far only one, tour date for 2019 in our region...at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 3/8!

ONE TIME ONLY:

---The Plimsouls have booked a show at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock NY on 12/13...I can’t believe this will be the only one, but so far it’s the only one listed anywhere!

---Corey Glover of Living Colour will play a one-shot at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 12/1!

---Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle play a joint one-off at the Keswick Theatre, just outside of Philadelphia in the suburb of Glenside PA. Surely they’ll duet on “A Whole New World” at some point, right?

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Chicago is adding more 2019 tour dates for our area...HersheyTheatre in Hershey PA on 4/9...The Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 4/12...State Theatre in New Brunswick NJ on 4/15...and The Orpheum in Boston MA on 4/18!

---The Jayhawks add The Egg in Albany NY on 1/17...and The Warehouse in Fairfield CT on 1/20!

---Jonathan Edwards, the folk singer, not the psychic...adds Stage One in Fairfield CT on 4/7...Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA on 5/10...and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 10/18!

---Glenn Hughes, of Deep Purple and Black Country Communion fame has added a show in Norwalk CT at the Wall Street Theatre on 4/24!

---Los Lobos adds the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 3/29 with the BoDeans!

---Steep Canyon Rangers add...Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 2/16...and Proctors in Schenectady NY on 2/17!

---Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues and Wings, adds...City Winery in NYC on 1/11...and the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 1/15!

---Max Weinberg's Jukebox adds...Rimsky Theatre at the Landmark in Port Washington DC on 11/16...Grunin Center in Tom's River NJ on 11/18...and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore PA on 12/6!

---KC & The Sunshine Band finaly add a show in our region, but at the far eastern fringe...the Twin River Casino Event Center in Lincoln RI on 2/15!

---The Monkees add Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 3/1...and Ovation Hall in Atlantic City NJ on 3/2!

---Joe Perry of Aerosmith, has cancelled all of his solo dates for the rest of the year following his recent hospitalization for shortness of breath, which caused him to collapse after a guest appearance at Billy Joels recent MSG show...hope he recovers soon!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT CALENDAR:

---Backstreet Boys (9)

---Billy Bragg (6)

---Blue October (5)

---Candlebox (4)

---Chicago (4)

---Chris Difford (2)

---Corey Glover (1)

---Corrosion Of Conformity (7)

---Crystal Bowersox (2)

---Denny Laine (2)

---Driftwood (8)

---Dropkick Murphys (7)

---Four Year Strong (4)

---Gary Hoey (1)

---Glenn Hughes (1)

---Iron Maiden/ The Raven Age (10)

---Joe Perry (-2)

---Jonathan Edwards (3)

---KC & The Sunshine Band (1)

---K.T. Tunstall (6)

---Laura Jane Grace (4)

---Little River Band (2)

---Los Lobos/ The BoDeans (1)

---Max Weinberg's Jukebox (3)

---Michael Buble (9)

---Michael Glabicki (6)

---Mike Gordon (4)

---North Mississippi Allstars (3)

---Pat Metheny (7)

---Peabo Bryson/ Regina Belle (1)

---Railroad Earth (5)

---Red Dragon Cartel (9)

---Rhett Miller (4)

---Robert DeLong (6)

---Robyn (5)

---Rookie Of The Year (4)

---Sevendust/ Tremonti (8)

---Steep Canyon Rangers (2)

---Taylor Dayne (4)

---The Amity Affliction/ Senses Fail/ Belmont (3)

---The Interrupters (8)

---The Jayhawks (2)

---The Monkees (2)

---The Plimsouls (1)

---The Yardbirds (3)

---Tokyo Police Club (6)

---Train/ Goo Goo Dolls (13)

---YG (2)

---Young The Giant/ lovelytheband/ The Interrupters (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 110918:

[Note: It’s been a crazy two months here at Radio2.0! Not only did my trusty laptop die on me, even though I had the fan replaced (it kept going into thermal mode anyway) so now I will have to have the motherboard replaced, which isn’t cheap! On top of that my wife fell off a ladder hanging holiday lights, broke a few bones and put a gash in her leg which got infected and put her back in the hospital just after Thanksgiving for several days. Because I helped nurse her back to health she took pity on me and got me a cheap tablet with keyboard attachment and since I kept notes on everything that I was hoping to write about I have spent some time transcribing them into text and doing my research on national shows coming to our area as well, so finally I have something to post, albeit a bit out of date. I’m hoping to catch up by the time my next regularly scheduled post is due, on 1/11/19! Meanwhile, here’s a long over due posting of my 110918 report, which is more than a month-and-a-half past due. It’s December 25th as I’m writing this, so Happy Saturnalia! ...and onward!]

---Congrats to Ken Wilson and Odd Man Out who, we think, just marked their 15th Anniversary! The reason we’re iffy on the whole thing is because even the band isn’t sure…but, they insist it’s been at least that long, so congrats…we think.

---Donna The Buffalo had a happy Halloween, receiving copies of their new album, “Dance In The Street for distribution to the go-fund-me patrons and all those who pre-ordered it! Singer, Tara Nevin posted a video on facebook of the occasion! Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/donnathebuffalo/videos/1199743433484276/?t=3

---The annual “Taste Of Country Music festival at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills at the ski resort in Hunter NY! The headliners have already been booked and include cross-over artists like Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Little Big Town.

---Citizens of Elmira NY are voted this week on whether or not the city should budget $25-thousand dollars to “enhance the Alive After 5 Concert Series.” It sounds like they’re proposing an amphitheatre in Wisner Park, but I have to read the proposal more thoroughly to be sure.

---The Sadies are coming to Syracuse NY on 12/14! They’ll play the Lost Horizon with The Lightkeepers warming-up. The show follows their three-night stand at the Union Pool in Brooklyn NY, from 12/11 thru 12/13! It’s also their last show before Valentine’s Day in South Burlington VT. So far, these are their only regional stops.

---Dennis DeYoung, former lead singer of Styx, has booked one night at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 4/27! The singer, who due to medical issues can’t tour as much as he’d like, has just one other regional date so far…at St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 4/26! So far he’s only booked seven shows for the first four months of 2019!

---Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Tusk has booked two nights at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PA on Friday and Saturday night, 2/8 & 2/9!

---Congrats to Binghamton University alumni, Ingrid Michaelson, whose latest CD, “Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs For The Season,“ which debuted at #1 18 on Soundscan!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Elvis Costello & The Imposters have added a local-ish show in the Event Center at Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY, coming up next Wednesday on 11/7!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---The Stray Cats may be reuniting next year, but for the remainder of THIS year, Brian Setzer’s other band will be his main focus! The Brian Setzer Orchestra has mounted it’s “15th Annual Christmas Rocks Tour which will slide into our region on Black Friday…Grand Theatre in Mashantucket CT on 11/23…Academy Of Music in Philadelphia PA on 11/24… Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 11/25…The Theatre @ Westbury in Westbury NY

on 11/27…Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 11/28…Anthem in Washington DC on 11/30! The tour itself was announced a few months ago, but now it is confirmed!

---Thursday has booked a late Winter/ Spring 2019 tour that is coming into our region for at least a handful of dates…two nights in Philadelphia at Underground Arts on 3/7 & 3/8…two more nights at Ottobar in Baltimore MD on 3/15 & 3/16…and St. Vitus in Brooklyn NY on 3/17!

---Former Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason is bringing his psychedelic-era Pink Floyd cover band, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets to North America! Regional dates will begin in April 2019…Shea’s Center in Buffalo NY on 4/11…Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 4/12…Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 4/13…Place des Arts in Montreal QC on 4/15…Sony Centre in Toronto ON on 4/16…Beacon Theatre in NYC on 4/18…and DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC on 4/22!

---The Robert Cray Band has announced a 2019 Canadian Spring tour that will bring them into the fringes of our regional area…Saint Catherines (near buffalo ny) on 3/14…Kingston ON (near watertown ny) on 3/15…and Oakville ON (near mississauga on, just outside of toronto on) on 3/16!

---Guster are opening up a Winter 2019 tour, and even though they’ve already toured our region extensively this year, there will be plenty of dates for us…Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 1/16…The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 1/17…House Of Blues in Boston MA on 1/19…Theatre Fairmount in Montreal QC on 1/21…Mod Club in Toronto ON on 1/22…Anthology in Rochester NY on 1/23…and two nights at the 930 Club in Washington DC on 1/25 & 1/26! [Note: ---On the heels of announcing their Winter dates, Guster has also announced Spring 2019 tour stops as well…The Strand in Providence RI on 3/14…The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH (both with Tall Heights warming-up) on 3/15…and NYC (at the Beacon Theatre with Nada Surf) on 3/16!]

---UK alternative band, The Kooks have announced 2019 tour dates…Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 2/25…Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 2/26…Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/28…and Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 3/2!

---Chicago has announced a 13-date tour for 2019, but ten of the shows will be part of their Las Vegas residency…of the other three, only one will be for our region…at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 4/18!

---UK alternative band, You Me At Six has confirmed a Winter 2019 US tour which includes…Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 2/21…The Gramercy in NYC on 2/22…Underground Arts in Philadelphia PA on 2/23…930 Club in Washington DC on 2/24…and the Opera House Concert Venue in Toronto ON on 2/26!

---Peter Murphy, formerly of Bauhaus has booked a nine-date Winter 2019 tour, but we will only get to see him twice in the northeast…at the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 2/11…and at Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/14!

---It’s nearly Winter, the season of package tours by up-and-coming bands. August Burns Red will headline such a show, with Miss May I and Fit For A King, that is set to wrap up in our region, with five shows at…Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach NH on 2/25…Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 2/27...Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 2/28…The Webster Theatre in Hartford CT on 3/1…and The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/2!

---Between The Buried And Me are headlining their own Winter 2019 package tour with Tesseract and Astronoid, and it will play our region in February, at…The Queen in Wilmington DE on 2/12…the Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA on 2/13…Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 2/14…Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach NH on 2/16…and Anthology in Rochester NY on 2/17!

---Hip Hop star, Lil Uzi Vert has finally posted an official announcement for December tour dates, but there’s only two and the show in Albany NY isn’t on it. The two seemingly legit dates are 12/6 at the Live Club @ Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale NY…and Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 12/8, which is the same date as the Albany NY show, which by the way isn’t even on the events list for the Knickerbocker (times union center), so consider it cancelled.

---Philadelphia band, The War On Drugs has a novel idea, they are conducting a tour of their home town, by playing some of the theatre sized venues that helped them break out on a national level…Johnny Brenda’s on 12/19…Union Transfer on 12/20…and Tower Theatre in Upper Darby (just outside of town) PA on 12/21!

---Houndmouth have confirmed their 2019 Winter tour and it will play our region at least a handful of times…College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 2/16…Pearl Street in Northampton MA on 2/17…Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 2/19…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 2/20…and Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 2/21!

---80’s rockers, China Crisis have finally, officially announced a modest tour, that initially appeared to be a one-shot…and so far, it’s entirely within our region…NYC on 12/3…Toronto ON on 12/4…two nights in Pawling NY at Daryl’s House on 12/6 & 12/7…Roslyn NY (long island) on 12/8…and Asbury Park NJ on 12/9!

---Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem has booked a three-night solo residency at Crossroads in Garwood NJ on 12/13, 12/14 and 12/15! Please make a note of it.

---The Subdudes are lining-up their 2019 itinerary and so far it will bring them to three regional stops…South Orange NJ on 3/7…Port Washington NY on 3/8…and Keene NH on 3/9!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---It’s too bad this is just a one-off, Lou Gramm of Foreigner and what’s left of Asia (Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer are original members still in the band, Billy Sherwood and Sam Coulson replace the late John Wetton and Steve Howe who is touring with his other band, Yes) at Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 1/26! Please, somebody make this line-up a multi-city tour!

---Cyndi Lauper has planned a holiday show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 12/8, with a few of her friends…Bebe Rexha, Charlie Musselwhite, A$AP Rocky and Amanda Palmer!

---There’s a hip-hop one-off set to happen at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NY on 11/11 featuring…Diamond D, Marco Polo, Large Professor, Masta Ace, Sadat X/ El Da Sensei and Angela Johnson! Just sayin’…

---Punk rockers, Anti-Flag, after taking a break for the holidays following their world tour, have booked what is, for now, a one-off in Lancaster PA at the Lizard Lounge in the Chameleon Club on 1/18!

---Here’s a very cool R&B one-shot featuring The Stylistics, Heatwave, Bloodstone and the Delfonics…at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC on Valentine’s day, 2/14!

---Monster Magnet books a one-timer at the House of Independents in Asbury Park NJ on 12/30!

---Ben Folds has scheduled a one-shot at Rough Trade in Brooklyn NY on 11/24!

---Hip hop star, Joe Budden confirms a one-off at Town Hall in NYC on 12/19!

---Saving Abel and Tantric will play a one-and-done show in Clifton NJ at Dingbatz!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Alabama adds Blue Cross Arena in Rochester NY on 2/1/19!

---Crash Test Dummies add Jergels Rhythm Grill in Pittsburgh PA on 1/19!

---Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox adds Pittsburgh PA on 5/8!

---Christopher Cross adds The Event Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 3/15! So he’s up to two tour dates in our region now (four overall).

---Kurt Vile has added three new regional dates…House Of Blues in Boston MA on 11/24…and two nights at the 930 Club in Washington DC on 11/30 & 12/1!

---EDM stars, gnash add U Street Music Hall in Washington DC on 1/19!

---Rainbow Kitten Surprise adds two dates at the 930 Club in Washington DC on 1/28 & 1/29!

---Night Ranger adds Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 12/21…and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 12/22!

---America adds Reading PA on 12/7…Uncasville CT on 12/8…and Salisbury MA on 3/14!

---Fleetwood Mac has added second nights in NYC, Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston, but these new shows are weeks, sometimes months apart! Be careful when planning!

---Kesha adds Atlantic City NJ on 11/16…and Uncasville CT on 12/31!

---3OH!3 adds Irving Plaza in NYC on 11/27!

---Matisyahu adds Brooklyn Steel in NYC on 12/6!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Kashmir adds Irwin PA on 4/26…and Torrington CT on 6/29!

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone add…Williamsport PA on 12/14…Lancaster PA on 5/5…Harrington DE on 5/11…Derry NH on 5/12…and Greensburg PA on 6/22!

---Blood Sweat & Tears add Huntington NY on 12/12…and Derry NH on 12/13!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---3OH!3 (1)

---Alabama (1)

---America (3)

---Anti-Flag (1)

---August Burns Red/ Miss May I/ Fit For A King (5)

---Ben Folds (1)

---Between The Buried And Me/ Tesseract/ Andronoid (5)

---Blood Sweat & Tears (2)

---Brian Fallon (3)

---Brian Setzer Orchestra (6)

---Chicago (1)

---China Crisis (6)

---Christopher Cross (1)

---Crash Test Dummies (1)

---Cyndi Lauper & Friends (1)

---Dennis DeYoung (2)

---Diamond D/ Marco Polo/ Large Professor/ Masta Ace/ Sadat X/ El da Sensei/ Angela Johnson (1)

---Elvis Costello & The Imposters (1)

---Fleetwood Mac (4)

---gnash/ Mallrat (1)

---Guster (11)

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone (5)

---Houndmouth (5)

---Joe Budden (1)

---Kashmir (2)

---Kesha (2)

---Kurt Vile (3)

---Lil Uzi Vert (2)

---Lou Gramm (1)

---Matisyahu (1)

---Monster Magnet (1)

---Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets (7)

---Night Ranger (2)

---Peter Murphy (2)

---Rainbow Kitten Surprise (2)

---Robert Cray Band (3)

---Saving Abel/ Tantric (1)

---Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox (1)

---Stylistics/ Heatwave/ Bloodstone/ Delfonics (1)

---The Kooks (4)

---The Sadies (4)

---The Subdudes (3)

---The War On Drugs (6)

---Thursday (5)

---Tusk (2)

---You Me At Six (5)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 110218:

---Zarni de Wet is coming home for the holidays!  …okay, well Thanksgiving at least!  The former Johnson City Wildcat, more recently a citizen of Nashville TN as a professional songwriter for SNG music, who has two full albums and an EP under her belt will come and sing for us while she visits her mom!  She has scheduled a show at Atomic Tom’s in Binghamton NY for Saturday night, November 24th at 8pm!  Tickets are $16.49 thru eventbrite.com.

---Is Benny Fiacco of FC3, Frostbit Blue and the Gravelding Brothers Band bringing back one of his old bands?  Giant Steps is booked for Number 5 on 11/10…and at the Sideshow Lounge at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols NY on 11/24!  We did reach out to Benny via Facebook Messenger, but didn’t hear from him by the publishing deadline.

---Local band, Aftermath is looking for a new singer, according to their latest facebook post: “Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to our singer Mike Lee. He is relocating to the Buffalo area for work and will no longer be able to move forward with us as we work to get bring music to the local 607 scene. We'd like to thank him for his genuine enthusiasm while he has been working with us. The vocalist search continues.....”  Good luck in Buffalo Mike! 

---Here’s extra incentive for you to show up at Shelter Slam, next weekend on 11/10 at Endwell GreensDramaScream will video record their set to turn into a music video!  Wanna cheer the band on?  Wanna be featured in the video (after the band, of course?)

---Not only are Jimmi James & the Family Jewels back, they have a facebook page!  If you didn’t get an invitation, you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/jjatfj/?modal=admin_todo_tour&notif_id=1540434007735704&notif_t=page_invite

---Breakout alternative band, WALK THE MOON (yes, they spell their name in all caps.) have announced the rest of the tour dates on their 2019 Winter tour, which now includes State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 1/28!  Other regional dates that fill out the bands touring itinerary include…Center For The Arts @ UB in Buffalo NY on 1/26…Corona Theatre in Montreal QC on 1/29…and The Strand in Providence RI on 2/1!

---The Indigo Girls will bring their 2019 tour to the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 3/16 @ 8pm.  Tickets will be $28.50-48.50 and went on sale on 11/1!  The band has also booked regional shows at…Asbury Hall in Babeville, in Buffalo NY on 3/15…Greene Hall in Northampton MA on 3/22…two nights in Collingswood NJ on 3/28 & 3/29 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium!

---Ellis Paul already has much of 2019 booked already, it seems…he just confirmed a date for Six On The Square in Oxford NY (the original Night Eagle, remember them?) on 9/28!  Now that’s advance booking!

---Dates for the 2019 Grassroots Festival are already circulating on the internet…according to the list of Donna The Buffalo concert dates on the bandsintown.com website next years four day festival will be the weekend of Thursday July 18th thru Sunday July 21st! 

LOCAL-ISH:

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zoso, have announced a spat of Fall 2018, as well as Winter & Spring 2019 shows that will bring them back into our generous local-ish region as they’ll play Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on 11/10 (remember they’re already booked for Lando’s in Corning NY on 11/9)…then, two nights in Pawling NY at Daryl’s House on 11/30 & 12/1…World Café Live in Philadelphia PA on 2/28…Asbury Lanes at Asbury Park NJ on 3/1…Niagara Falls NY on 3/9…and finally a night in suburban Washington DC at State Theatre in Falls Church VA on 3/30!  Y’know what we need, especially in the year that Led Zeppelin celebrates their 50th anniversary, right?  A battle of all the tribute bands!  Am I right?

---Blue October is launching an acoustic holiday tour that is coming to Wilkes-Barre PA at the Woodlands Inn with guests Barns Courtney and Mona on December 7th at 7pm!  There’s only one additional regional date…Buffalo Riverworks in Buffalo NY on 12/5…which makes sense, because the bands previously announced regular tour, in support of their latest album, is just coming into our region next week anyway, with shows at…Highline Ballroom in NYC on 11/7…Anthology in Rochester NY on 11/8…at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 11/10…and the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie NY on 11/11!

---Finally, one of the hottest nu-metal groups, Ghost, finally has a local-ish date for our us!  The band will be playing the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 12/5!   If that doesn’t work for you, remember they also have previously announced regional stops in Upper Darby PA on 12/11 and Brooklyn on 12/15!

---Railroad Earth has booked two nights at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA for Thanksgiving weekend!  Those are the only remaining east coast dates for the band for 2018!

---The nationally touring Wilkes-Barre modern metal band, Breaking Benjamin have been booked at The Event Center at The Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA on 12/29 @ 8pm!  Tickets are $59.50 and go on sale today (11/2).  You can also catch them on the Five Finger Death Punch tour in Albany NY on 12/10, as well as another solo headliner in Sayreville NJ on 12/13!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Pop star, Ariana Grande has finally announced her “Sweetener” tour and it will be a springtime affair for our region, and will play as close as…the tour will begin at The Knickerbocker (times union center) in Albany NY on 3/18…the Boston Garden in Boston MA on 3/20…KB Center in Buffalo NY on 3/22…Capital Arena in Washington DC on 3/25…Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 3/26…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 3/30…Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 4/1…Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 4/7…PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 6/12…The B.C. in Brooklyn NY on 6/14…and wraps up at MSG in NYC on 6/18!

---Kiss have announced their farewell tour dates, (officially it’s being called the “End Of The Road” tour.) and there well be plenty of regional shows to please their local fans…Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 3/19…Air Canada Centre in Toronto ON on 3/20…Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale NY on 3/22…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CTD on 3/23…The Boston (TD) Garden in Boston MA on 3/26…MSG in NYC on 3/27…the Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 3/29…and the PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 3/30!

---Another wave of shows from The Wood Brothers have been released…this a last minute announcement, which some promoters do to ensure local fans get tickets first before opening up sales to national fans and ‘bots!  New dates include one that has already happened this week, although we did post it on our website on Monday…The Space @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 11/1…Colonial Theatre in Keene NH on 11/2…Music Hall in Portsmouth NH on 11/3…Musikfest Café in Bethlehem PA on 11/4…and the Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 11/6!  Remember, the band will be coming into our local area next week to play the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 11/9!

---The Todd La Torre version of Queensryche has announced not only a new album this week, (“The Verdict” due 3/1/19) but a new tour as well which will impact our region in Spring 2019…Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 3/7…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 3/8…Irving Plaza in NYC on 3/9…and The Palladium in Worcester MA on 3/10!

---A$AP Rocky has booked an extensive Winter 2019 tour with no shortage of dates…Coliseum Arena in Toronto ON on 1/11…Place Bell in Laval QC on 1/13…Liacouris Center in Philadelphia PA on 1/15…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 1/18…and Anthem in Washington DC on 1/20!

---Former Husker Du frontman, Bob Mould has announced a Winter time tour that will start on Valentine’s Day (2/14) at the 930 Club in Washington DC, then…Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 2/15…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 2/16…Phoenix Theatre in Toronto ON on 2/18…Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 2/19…and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 2/21!

---Rising R&B star, Ella Mai is breaking out with her own headlining tour…two nights at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 3/11 & 3/12…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 3/15…and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 3/16!

---Bryan Adams will go on a tour of Canada in January 2019 with dates that skirt our region, so if you have a passport or an enhanced drivers license check him out in…Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 1/26…K-Rock Centre in Kingston ON on 1/27…and Meridian Centre in St. Catherines ON on 2/1!

---Edwin McCain has posted a few dates for the remainder of 2018…Boston MA at the City Winery on 11/7…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 12/16…and Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 12/17!

---Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced a Canadian leg to their Farewell Tour for Spring 2019…but so far, there’s just one date that’s anywhere near our region…Bud Gardens in London ON on 3/5!  Randy Bachman will open.

---Seems like everyone is booking New Years Eve 2018!  Oteil Burbridge, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band has just announced two nights at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/30 & 12/31!  Now THAT should be a party!

---I See Stars will mount their own small headlining tour in December, but our of the four dates announced so far, only two enter our region…at Jammin’ Java in Vienna VA (suburban washington dc) on 12/13…and Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 12/14!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Cam’ron will play a one-shot at the Apollo Theatre in NYC on 11/23 with special guests Jim Jones, Freekey Zekey and Juelz Santana! 

---I would bet that there will be more, but for now Marshall Crenshaw has booked a one-off with the Bottle Rockets at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 3/3!

---Dance your way into 2019 with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 12/31!

---Jody Watley books a one-timer for the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 3/9/19!

---Alt-pop band Vertical Horizon has booked a one-off at the Diamond Horseshoe at Times Square in NYC on 1/17!

---Stephen Malkmus, of Pavement, will play a one-timer at Brooklyn Steel in NYC on 1/25!

---80’s flash-in-the-pan, Christopher Cross books a one-shot on 3/4 at City Winery in Washington DC!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Gwar add the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 11/6…and The Palladium in Worcester MA on 11/8!

---The touring version of Humble Pie adds Stroudsburg PA on 11/10!

---The Alabama show at the Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre PA on 4/12/19 adds The Charlie Daniels Band to the bill!  Don’t know yet if they will be added to all the shows on the tour or not, as there seem to be different warm-up bands for many of the shows.

---Justin Timberlake adds the KB Center in Buffalo NY on 12/19…and MSG in NYC on 1/31!

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials add 9 Wallis in Beverly MA on 11/16!

---Weezer add the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 12/12, as the warm-up act for Mt. Joy?  Make sure you get there early for this one, just in case…

---Howie Day adds Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 3/13!

---Juice WRLD adds Echostage in Washington DC on 12/8!

---NRBQ adds Academy of Music in Northampton MA on 11/24…and The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on12/28!

---Willie Nile adds The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 4/20!

---Silverstein adds Webster Underground in Hartford CT on 1/11!

---Folk singer, Jonathan Edwards adds The River Club in Scituate MA on 4/5!

---Scott Bradley’s Postmodern Jukebox adds Lexington MA on 11/1…Storrs CT on 11/9…and Bethlehem PA on 11/10!

---Procol Harum adds City Winery in Washington DC on 2/23!

---Vertical Horizon expands their one-date tour into two adding the City Winery in Washington DC on 1/18!

---Stephen Marley adds the Weinberg Center in Frederick MD on 11/7!

---There’s just one Lynyrd Skynyrd date in 2019’s Canadian tour that is anywhere near our region…Bud Gardens in London ON on 3/5!

---OK Go add Berklee Center in Boston MA on 11/2!

---Mary Chapin Carpenter adds Providence RI on 11/7!

---John Sebastian adds City Winery in Manhattan NY on 11/2!

---Kesha will play a “Countdown To Vote” at the Delta Club in Pittsburgh PA on 11/3!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (1)

---Ariana Grande (11)

---A$AP Rocky (5)

---Bob Mould (6)

---Breaking Benjamin (1)

---Bryan Adams (3)

---Cam’ron/ Juelz Santana/ Jim Jones/ Freeky Zekey (1)

---Christopher Cross (1)

---Edwin McCain (3)

---Ella Mai (4)

---Ghost (1)

---Gwar (2)

---Howie Day (1)

---Humble Pie (1)

---I See Stars (2)

---Indigo Girls (5)

---Jody Watley (1)

---John Sebastian (1)

---Jonathan Edwards (1)

---Juice WRLD (1)

---Justin Timberlake (2)

---Kesha (1)

---Kiss (8)

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials (1)

---Lynyrd Skynyrd (1)

---Marshall Crenshaw (1)

---Mary Chapin Carpenter (1)

---NRBQ (2)

---OK Go (1)

---Oteil Burbridge (2)

---Procol Harum (1)

---Queensryche (4)

---Railroad Earth (2)

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (3)

---Silverstein/ Hawthorne Heights/ As Cities Burn/ Capstan (1)

---Stephen Malkmus (1)

---Stephen Marley (1)

---The Wood Brothers (5)

---Vertical Horizon (2)

---Weezer/ Mt. Joy (1)

---Willie Nile (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 102618:

---The website www.loudersound.com has recognized the genius that is our local guitar god, Randy McStine!  In reviewing the video for McStine’s latest band, InContinuum, “Scavengers,” he is credited as being part of a star-studded line-up!  The song is from the bands debut album, “Acceleration Theory!”  See the video and hear the music for yourself, just click on the link: https://www.loudersound.com/news/in-continuum-release-star-studded-new-video-for-scavengers?fbclid=IwAR3qJYuHWz0gcO_foP_DEm8cM2LuGAD31BDDrzSQ1kfHlMN9EG5Tj-FeMZE

---Maine-Endwell native, Taina Asili released a ten minute mini-documentary last month on the resiliency of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  The documentary called, “Resiliencia” is a music video combined with an interview of Puerto Rican artist, Yasmin Hernandez.  It was released on the one year anniversary of the hurricane strike on the island.  The song, “Resiliencia,” was released as a single this week, on Asili’s website @ http://tainaasili.com/store

---Back in September I noticed that local band, Yard Party posted on their facebook page that they contributed vocals to a Thrice track called “The Dark,” from their latest album, “Palms” which came our on 9/14.  I sent them a query on Messenger asking how that whole process occurred and finally this week, they noticed!  Guitarist Dave Oliveri wrote: “Hey Dave! It's Dave. Sorry this is the first time I've seen your message! Ryan (guitarist/ vocalist Ryan Roosa) and I got on the Thrice track through a submission form they had on their website. We had to record two videos of ourselves singing the lyrics for the group vocal line at the end of the song while listening to a backing track with headphones. We then submitted the videos. It was an experience to be included on the track!” …That does sound pretty cool.  Thanks for finally clarifying!

---One of the owners of The Brackney Inn, Greg, took to facebook on October 20th, the first anniversary of the fire at the iconic venue that destroyed the upper floor of the building and gave a long, detailed explanation of everything that’s been happened over the last year concerning the rebuild, the second fire and the new effort to rebuild.  The entire post has been copied and pasted at the very end of this weeks report, so just scroll down to read the whole thing.  The good news is that The Brackney is expected to reopen around Thanksgiving, at least the bar, with the kitchen to follow as soon as it’s ready.  Good news indeed!  We will keep you posted with specific dates as soon as anything is confirmed.

---Congrats to The Blind Spots who are celebrating not only their 10th anniversary as a band, but also having an album release party this weekend!  The big night will unfold on Saturday, 10/27 @ 8p at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca NY!

---Abbamania coming to the Event Center @ Tioga Downs in Nichols NY for two shows @ 6p & 8p on 11/16!  Tickets are $15.00 and available thru ticketmaster.  Tioga Downs is also bringing Sha Na Na to the Event Center for a holiday show on 12/21, also at 6p & 8p!  Tickets for that show will be $20.00!

---Alex Creamer has posted a video for her new original song, “I Don’t Know.”  Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjqhmeEiDoY

---Last Call posted video of last weekend’s show at Toppers in West Corners as they played “Runnin’ On Empty.”  Pretty cool.  Here’s a link if you missed it:

https://www.facebook.com/sterling.live/posts/2396994783649167?notif_id=1540391867406564&notif_t=notify_me&ref=notif

---Festival fans know all of the area’s big one’s…Spiedie Festival, GrassRoots Festival…Peach Festival…but another great weekend is in the western part of the state, in Sherman NY, The Great Blue Heron Music Festival!  check this one out if you haven’t already.  They just announced their 2019 dates for July 5th thru the 7th!  Here’s a link to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theheron/photos/

---Review: “Find Yourself>Caterpillar” by Mike Davis & The Laughing Buddha Episodes—acoustic passages and firey funk, tenderness and bombast.  That’s a thumbnail summary of the debut album by the Norwich native and his band.  The album opens with “There Is No Dream,” a soft acoustic piece that builds on swirling keyboards…a very zen song about love, but not a traditional love song.  Who I Am” is a smoldering blues number about finding ones self…”Defenseless” is a snappy syncopated zydeco/ rock song about how love cuts thru our defenses.  I Get Sparks” is a gentle, mellow piece about how sparks fly when his woman comes to him… “Greatest Dream (Wasted)” is another syncopated track featuring a blistering guitar solo about love gone wrong…”Before My Eyes” is a bit of bluesy folk-rock with lead guitar work that is reminiscent of the Dead.  It’s followed-up by a tasty bit of funk that sounds like it could have come straight outta NOLA. “Stay Fine,” features horn-work and vocal harmonies, a rockin’ blues guitar solo followed by an sizzlin’ keyboard solo.  Posting a time of 3:14 it seems like it’s longer, but it’s light on lyrics (simply a tribute to a beautiful woman) and strong on musicianship.  The Servants,” the centerpiece of the album (both in placement in the song order and length) is a sprawling piece of folk-rock that again evokes the styliings of the Grateful Dead, especially with a long circular, almost hypnotic, guitar-solo that slowly builds to an acapella ending.  Lyrically, the song espouses a very zen philosophy, “…We are the power, we are the light”  Dead Man Dance” is a happy, nearly gleeful damnation of climate deniers, tyrants and the religious right, set to a light latin beat with a spirited muted trumpet solo. “Dimestore Rhymes” is light, but rapid fire rap verses and sung choruses, laid over a syncopated beat, with an upbeat message, “…we all love the same.” It’s a rap song that doesn’t offend. Give it a chance. “Love Don’t Fade” is a mellow, blues-ish love song, worthy of the Dave Matthews Band.  Most People” is a meandering mellow track that lyrically covers evil, death and letting go.  Somehow the smoldering guitar solo is intertwined with a loungy keyboard rhythm from Mike Melnyk, who lets his Ultra Vibe (one of his other bands) chops shine through.  To The Mountain” is a sleepy song whose words play like a hippie dream over acoustic guitar strumming and a drum kit that is brushed, not beaten. “Mariposa” is an instrumental with an easy rolling guitar line that builds over a gentle rhythmic bass line…kinda like Pink Floyd’s “On The Run” on sedatives, but the guitar grows more restless and frenetic, even traveling channel-to-channel, before it starts to yowl, while the keyboards start to get psychedelic, before the lead guitar soars and disappears into a wandering keyboard finish.  The album finishes with the upbeat mellow rocker, “Love (Or Something Like It)” which isn’t related in the slightest to the old Kenny Rogers song with the same title.  It’s closer to an early Bruce Springsteen rocker, but way more understated. 

All-in-all a satisfying debut for a local star whose audience grows month-by-month.  This is a great way to find out what Mike Davis & The Laughing Buddha Episodes are all about.

LOCAL-ISH:

---Steep Canyon Rangers have booked a Winter 2019 leg, but apparently with big draws they had in 2018, Steve Martin and Martin Shorts, only appearing on select dates, and just two dates for our region, where the band toured pretty heavily this summer…The Hamilton Live in Washington DC will not include Martin & Short, on 1/25…but the show Mohegan Sun @ Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre PA on 2/15 will!

---Could Steven Adler, of Guns N’ Roses be bringing his solo tour further east?  With dates in California and Wisconsin, they’ve also just announced a show in Jim Thorpe PA at Penn’s Peak on 5/3, with Autograph opening!  Welcome to the jungle, baby…

---Regional jam band moe. has just booked two year-end shows in Rochester NY which sets them up for back-to-back nights at the Kodak Center on 12/30 & 12/31!  Happy 2019!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Jeff Lynne’s ELO is headed back on the road for Summer 2019…with a total of 20-dates planned across the US, but only five in our general region…Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/11…Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 7/13…The Rock in Newark NJ on 7/16…Air Canada Centre in Toronto ON on 7/18…and PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 8/1!

---Pop superstar, Mariah Carey has announced a national tour in support of her new album, “Caution” coming out next month!  The tour will be a Winter/ Spring 2019 event with plenty of regional stops…Benedum Center in Pittsburgh PA on 3/18…Sony Centre in Toronto ON on 3/20…Shea’s in Buffalo NY on 3/23…Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 3/25…Boch Center @ Wang Theatre in Boston MA on 3/28…Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena in Atlantic City NJ on 3/30…Theatre @ National Harbor in Oxon Hill MD on 3/31…Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 4/3…Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 4/5…and the Events Center @ The Sands in Bethlehem PA on 4/6!

---Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, will trek across the US in Summer 2019 with an ambitious 26-date tour and eight regional stops…the Grand Theatre at Foxwoods in Mashantucket CT on 8/16…Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 8/17…Filene Center @ the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 8/18…two nights at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 8/20 & 8/21…Blue Hills Pavilion in Boston MA on 8/23…Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal QC on 8/24…and Sony Centre in Toronto ON on 8/25!

---Behemoth has announced an impromptu tour with dates in our region set for…The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 10/30…House Of Blues In Boston MA on 11/1…Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 11/2…the Theatre @ Times Square in NYC on 11/3…Mtelus in Montreal QC on 11/4…and The Danforth in Toronto ON on 11/6!  At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room will open the shows.

---Rising UK pop singer, Ella Mai has announced her debut headlining tour and she’ll be coming next Spring to…The Danforth in Toronto ON on 3/6…Club Soda in Montreal QC on 3/7…The Royale in Boston MA on 3/9…Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NY on 3/11…Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 3/13…and Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 3/16!

---Bob Dylan will play a seven-night residency at the Beacon Theatre in NYC beginning on “Black Friday” 11/23 thru 11/24, then 11/26 thru 11/27 and 11/29 thru 12/1! 

---Speaking of cool residencies…Phish have booked Madison Square Garden for a funky four night year-end residency on the last four nights of 2018…12/28 thru 12/31!  Party on Wayne!

---Disturbed have announced a tour to support their new album, “Evolution,” which was released just last week…and to make the tour even sweeter, Three Days Grace will open up!  See the tour at…Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 2/18…PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 2/20…Capitol Arena in Washington DC on 2/21…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 2/23…Madison Square Garden in NYC on 2/25…DCU Center in Worcester MA on 2/27…Place Bell in Montreal QC on 3/1…KB Center in Buffalo NY on 3/2…and Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 3/4! 

---Weezer and The Pixies have teamed-up for another major tour leg set for Spring 2019!  Regional dates include…Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 3/13…The Knickerbocker in Albany NY on 3/14…the Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 3/16…Royal Arena in Baltimore MD on 3/17!

---Iggy Azalea’s US tour broke out this week!  The 15-date itinerary will make four stops thru our region…Tower Theatre in Upper Darby PA on 11/3…United Palace in NYC on 11/6…the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 11/8…and the Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 11/9!  Won’t be surprised if there’s a few shows added to this one.

---Switchfoot has planned a massive 23-date tour of the US, but it only stops three times in our area…the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 2/19…the Wellmont Center in Montclair NJ on 2/22…and The Paramount in Huntington NY on 2/23! 

---Umphrey’s McGee has added a Winter 2019 leg to their current tour, which includes a run of holiday shows and a cruise as well as…College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 1/31…Palace Theatre in Albany NY on 2/1…followed by a two-week break and then a three-night residency at Brooklyn Steel in NYC on 2/14, 2/15 & 2/16! 

---The 1975 have announced a world tour that emphasizes the “world” and not so much of the “local.”  Only four dates for us, so far, however there is a big gap between Washington & Boston, so cross your fingers…Anthem in Washington DC on 5/21…Agganis Arena in Boston MA on 5/30…Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 6/2…and the Bud Stage in Toronto ON on 6/3!

---Simon Cowell’s (of American Idol fame) latest project, the boy band Pretty Much have announced a tour following the successful roll out of their debut recording, “Pretty Much an EP,”  with a modest tour of the US!  See them in…Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 11/3…Irving Plaza in NYC on 11/4…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 11/5…Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto ON on 11/15…and House Of Blues in Boston MA on 11/18!

---Suzanne Vega (of “Luka” and “Tom’s Dinnerft. DNA fame) has been booked for a ten night residency at Café Carlyle in NYC!  The residency runs in two sets of five nights-in-a-row, Tuesday 3/5 thru Saturday 3/9…and then Tuesday 3/12 thru Saturday 3/16! 

---Dave Davies, guitar player for the Kinks (…and not to be confused with his brother, lead singer Ray Davies) has booked solo Spring 2019 tour dates…so you can catch him (…and you might as well, since no one knows if The Kinks will ever tour again…) at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 4/9…Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 4/10…The Concert Call at NYSEC in NYC on 4/12…Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 4/13…and The Space @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 4/14!

---Alternative singer, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (also from Jacks Mannequin) has added onto his fall tour with a new date today (10/26) at Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA…tomorrow (on 10/27) at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY…and also announced the rest of his Winter/ Spring 2019 tour including new shows in…at The Paramount in Huntington NY on 2/17…Clifton Park NY at Upstate Concert Hall on 2/23…and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 2/24!

---Denny Laine, a living legend in British invasion music from the 60’s, when he was an original member of The Moody Blues…and from the 70’s when he was a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings…has announced his full touring schedule for Winter 2019, adding onto a sole leaked date (1/12) at Newton Theatre in Newton NJ last week…City Winery in Boston on 1/9…Hepburn Center in Old Saybrook CT on 1/10…City Winery in Washington DC on 1/13…and Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo NY on 1/16!

---Natalie Merchant, former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs is coming into our area at least three times next Spring…Troy Music Hall of Troy NY on 3/15…The Wilbur in Boston MA on 3/19…and Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 3/23!

---One of the hardest working bands in the land, the Tedeschi Trucks Band has booked a buncha regional dates, eight in total…three nights in Boston MA at the Orpheum Theatre on 11/29, 11/30 and 12/1…then four nights in Washington DC at the Warner Theatre on 2/15, 2/16, 2/22 and 2/23….and in between a show at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey PA on 2/17!  Whew! 

---Playboi Carti has booked two dates in our region for next month as part of a larger Fall/Winter mini-tour…Main Street Armory in Rochester NY on 11/28…and the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 11/30!

---Nelson (also known as “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” “The Nelsons” and “Matt & Gunnar Nelson”) returns this Fall and Winter with new regional dates booked at …Bridge Street Live in Collinsville CT on 11/30…Del Lago Casino in Waterloo NY on 12/1…Pig Pen Fun Bar in Allentown PA on 12/2…St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 3/3…and Queensborough Center in Bayside NY on 3/24!

---Escape The Fate has book a couple of shows in our region for December…one in Easton PA at One Centre Square on 12/14…and the other in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 12/15! 

---Singer/ rapper, Everlast, who not only had some major solo hits on “Whitey Ford Sings The Blues” but also as a member of hip hop band, House Of Pain (of course you remember “Jump Around” from back in the 90’s, right?) has booked a small tour to support his latest album, but only two regional stops so far…Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 11/9…and The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 11/10!

---Wilco has announced a three day/ night residency at MassMoca in North Adams MA (near the NY/MA border) set for late June in 2019…6/28, 6/29 & 6/30!

---NRBQ has added three year-end dates in our region…Ottobar in Baltimore MD on 12/29…Murmrr Ballroom in Brooklyn NY on 12/30…and Infinity Hall Norfolk in Norfolk CT on 12/31!

---Danity Kane have revealed that the recent posting of a one-shot was actually a leaked date from an as-yet-unannounced, and modest tour…eight dates total and two more for our region…The Howard Live in Washington DC on 11/8…the previously leaked show at The World Café Live @ The Queen in Wilmington DE on 11/9…and The Wilbur in Boston Ma on 11/11!

---Metric have announced a 19-date tour that starts in our region and pretty much stays away…only two shows for us…The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 2/15…and Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY on 2/18!

---80’s punk rocker turned crooner, Joe Jackson has booked a Winter 2019 tour that includes regional stops in…Collingswood NJ at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on 2/12…and two nights at the Town Hall in NYC on 2/15 & 2/16!

---Matt Nathanson has announced a series of Winter/ Spring 2019 dates that include some regional stops…Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 2/18 & 2/23…and Higher Ground in South Burlington VT on 2/28!

---Soulfly will take a Winter-time trek across North America with four regional impacts…Dingbatz in Clifton NJ on 2/8…Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 2/10…The Gramercy in NYC on 2/11…and the Mod Club in Toronto ON on 2/12!

---Marc Anthony has booked a Winter 2019 leg for his latest tour and will be coming into our region three times as a result…at “The Rock” in Newark NJ on 2/16…Capital Arena in Washington DC on 2/22…and the Live Club @ Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale NY on 2/23!

---Melissa Etheridge has also announced a mini-tour, of which we get two dates our of the seven total so far…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 11/24…and State Theatre in New Brunswick NJ on 11/30!

---Rickie Lee Jones has booked a tiny four-date tour that will bring her to both coasts twice, so the two shows for us are…at the Diamond Horseshoe in NYC on 2/21…and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 2/23!

---Albert Lee has announced two show for Winter 2019, but they’re both within a reasonable driving distance…Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 1/3…Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 1/10!

---Toni Braxton has booked a micro-tour, seven dates in four weeks with two area stops…Onon Hill MD at the Theatre @ National Harbor on 2/1…and The Borgata, in Atlantic City NJ on 2/9!

---Fucked Up has announced a modest 12-date tour, but just three dates will fall into our region…two in Brooklyn at the Market Hotel on 11/7 & 11/8…and another in Washington DC at the Rock And Roll Hotel on 11/10!

---Biz Markie has announced a modest six-date tour, spread out over three months…two regional dates find the rapper in Wilmington DE on 11/8…and Silver Spring MD on 1/5! 

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt have booked a joint show at the PPL Center in Allentown PA on 3/1 a month ahead of Taylors April-May Las Vegas residency.  Could that be a prelude of another summer run-of-dates by Taylor and Raitt?  I’m betting it is.  [Note: just won the bet, but it’s only one more show…3/2 in Providence RI!]

---There are a couple of cool hip-hop one-off’s to let you know about.  One is tonight (10/26) in Philadelphia at the Wells Center featuring Meek Mill, G-Eazy, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert and SZA!  The other features Lil Uzi Vert, Smokepurpp, Lil Durk and Clinton Sparks at The Knickerbocker in Albany NY on 12/8!

---Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians will play a one-shot show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 11/10!

---Jill Sobule will play a one-timer at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 10/24!

---DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin a one-off at The Queen in Wilmington DE on 12/20!

---Poco and Jim Messina will play a one-shot-show at the Scottish Rite Auditorum in Collingswood NJ on 3/30!

---After she’s done with the Lantern tour, Emmylou Harris gets back to folk playing a one-and-done style show with Phil Maderia and Will Kimbrough at the Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 12/2!

---Gary Wright has booked a one-off at Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 10/30!

---Ja Rule will play a one-shot at the Diamond Horseshoe in NYC on 11/24!

---Charlie Puth will play a one-and-done show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 12/13!

---Marky Ramone plays a one-off at The Gramercy in NYC on 12/21!

---90’s alt band, Candlebox have booked a one-shot at The Paramount in Huntington NY on 4/26!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Kantner and Balin are gone, but Jefferson Starship rocks on…adding Ridgefield CT on 315!

---John Sebastian (former lead singer of Lovin’ Spoonful) adds the City Winery in Washington DC on 10/28!

---Collective Soul seems to have moved its 10/18 show at Westbury NY to 11/15…and added a show in Red Bank NJ on 11/14!

---LeAnn Rimes adds Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 2/7!

---The Walter Trout Band adds Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 2/9!

---Three Dog Night also adds…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 2/9…Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 2/10…and Huntington NY on 2/15 at The Paramount!

---The Ataris add One Centre Square in Easton PA on 11/2!

---Buffalo band, Cute Is What We Aim For add The Club @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 11/14…and One Centre Square in Easton PA on 11/16!

---War adds Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/22!

---Kix also add Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA, the very next night on 3/23!

---Jay & The Americans add Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 11/18…and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/30!

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials add Syracuse NY on 11/15…they’ll be playing the Funk N’ Waffles!

---Mumford & Sons add a second night at MSG in NYC on 12/11!

---New Kids On The Block have already added a second night in Boston at The Garden on 6/29!

---Pop/country crossover band, Alabama finally added a show in our region on their latest tour…at The Knickerbocker in Albany NY on 1/20!

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy adds Westchester County Center in White Plains NY on 12/18…and The Cabot in Beverly MA on 12/20!

---The Outlaws add Pawling NY on 1/13!

---The Verve Pipe add City Winery in Boston MA on 1/17…and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 1/20!

---Underoath adds Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 12/4!

---The Knocks add The Club at Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 2/16!

---Nothing More adds Pittsburgh PA on 3/7…and Silver Spring MD on 3/13!

---Acacia Strain adds two regional package tour dates in December…Amityville NY on 12/19…and Trenton NJ on 12/20!

---Gov’t Mule adds a trio of year-end shows…Upper Darby PA with Allman Brothers alum, Oteil Burbridge on 12/28…and NYC on 12/29 and 12/31!

---Marshall Tucker Band & The Outlaws add the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 3/13!

---Graham Nash adds The Queen in Wilmington DE on 3/31!

---Kris Kristofferson adds Bethlehem PA on 4/13…and Westbury NY on 4/20!

---Beth Hart adds Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 5/3!

---Tony Bennett adds Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore MD on 11/4!

---Gwar adds the 930 Club in Washington DC on 12/29!

---WALK THE MOON add the Rams Head Live! in Baltimore MD on 2/4!

---Lady Antebellum adds the Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA (near Boston) on 10/26!

---Richard Marx adds the City Winery in Boston MA on 10/31!

---The Jayhawks add Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA on 11/10!

---The Yardbirds add the City Winery in Boston MA on 11/12!

---Jeff Tweedy of Wilco adds The Wilbur in Boston MA on 11/14!

---Robyn Hitchcock adds City Winery in Boston MA on 11/16!

---Los Lobos add two nights in Boston MA on 12/19 & 12/20…and two more nights in Washington DC on 12/21 & 12/22…and all four are at the City Winery!

---Cracker/ Camper Van Beethoven add the Middle East Club in Cambridge MA on 1/17…and the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 1/20!

---The Whispers add the Event Center @ Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 1/25!

---LeAnn Rimes adds The Cabot in Beverly MA on 2/8!

--- Boyz II Men add Orpheum Theatre in Boston MA on 2/14!

---Donavon Frankenreiter adds City Winery in Boston MA on 2/17!

---James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt add Providence RI on 3/2!  Still hoping for more…

---Procol Harum add two nights in Boston MA at the City Winery on 3/4 & 3/5!

---Teenage Fanclub add Boston MA on 3/11…and NYC on 3/13!

---The Temptations add Medford MA on 3/15!

---Spyro Gyra adds Spirit Of New York in NYC on 10/28!

---Robert DeLong adds the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 11/2!

---Blue October moves their show on 11/7 to the HighLine Ballroom in NYC, instead of the Diamond Horseshoe!

---Jack White adds a second night in NYC at Kings Theatre on 11/16!

---The Wallflowers add the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 11/27!

---P.O.D. add HighLine Ballroom in NYC on 12/6!

---Devil Wears Prada adds The Gramercy in NYC on 12/11!

---Life of Agony adds the Paramount in Huntington NY on 12/14!

---Bret Michaels adds…The Paramount in Huntington NY on 12/29…and the Event Center at the Seneca Allegheny Casino in Salamanca NY on 1/19!

---Billy Joel adds Nassau Coliseum on 12/31…and MSG in NYC on 1/24!

---Dawes add Beacon Theatre in NYC on 2/5!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 11/30…and Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 12/29!

---America adds The Paramount in Huntington NY on 2/8…The Wellmont in Montclair NJ on 2/9…and Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ on 3/21!

---Kool & The Gang adds St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 2/15!

---John Mellencamp adds a third night at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on 2/27!

---twenty one pilots add The Rock in Newark NJ on 6/5!

---The Hoobastank show in Watertown NY on 11/9, has changed venues…it will now be held in the Fairgrounds Arena instead of the Exhibition Hall.

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Abbamania (1)

---Acacia Strain/ Chamber/ Vatican/ Year Of The Knife (2)

---Alabama (1)

---Albert Lee (2)

---America (3)

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (5)

---Behemoth/ At The Gates/ Wolves In The Throne Room (6)

---Beth Hart (1)

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (2)

---Billy Joel (2)

---Biz Markie (2)

---Blue October (1)

---Bob Dylan (7)

---Boyz II Men (1)

---Bret Michaels (2)

---Candlebox (1)

---Collective Soul (1)

---Cracker/ Camper Van Beethoven (2)

---Danity Kane/ Dumblonde (2)

---Dave Davies (5)

---Dawes (1)

---Denny Laine (5)

---Devil Wears Prada (1)

---Disturbed/ Three Days Grace (9)

---DJ Jazzy Jeff (1)

---Donavon Frankenreiter (1)

---Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians (1)

---Ella Mai (7)

---Escape The Fate (2)

---Everlast (2)

---Gary Wright (1)

---Gov’t Mule (3)

---Graham Nash (1)

---Iggy Azalea (4)

---Ja Rule (1)

---James Taylor/ Bonnie Raitt (2)

---Jay & The Americans/ Brooklyn Bridge (1)

---Jeff Lynne’s ELO (5)

---Jeff Tweedy (1)

---Jefferson Starship (1)

---Jill Sobule (1)

---Jingle Ball (1)

---Joe Jackson (3)

---John Mellencamp (1)

---John Sebastian (1)

---Kix (1)

---Kool & The Gang (1)

---Kris Kristofferson (2)

---LeAnn Rimes (1)

---Life Of Agony (1)

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials (1)

---Lil Uzi Vert (1)

---Los Lobos (4)

---Marc Anthony (3)

---Mariah Carey (9)

---Mark Knopfler (8)

---Marky Ramone (1)

---Marshall Tucker Band/ The Outlaws (1)

---Matt Nathanson (3)

---Meek Mill (1)

---Melissa Etheridge (2)

---Metric/ July Talk/ Zoe (2)

---Mumford & Sons (1)

---Natalie Merchant/ Lunasa (3)

---Nelson (5)

---New Kids On The Block (1)

---Nothing More (2)

---NRBQ (3)

---P.O.D. (1)

---Phish (4)

---Playboi Carti (2)

---Poco/ Jim Messina (1)

---Pretty Much (5)

---Richard Marx (1)

---Rickie Lee Jones (2)

---Robert DeLong (1)

---Robyn Hitchcock (1)

---Sha Na Na (1)

---Soulfly/ Incite/ Kataklysm (4)

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (2)

---Spyro Gyra (1)

---Steven Adler/ Autograph (1)

---Steep Canyon Rangers (2)

---Suzanne Vega (10)

---Switchfoot (3)

---Tedeschi Trucks Band (8)

---Teenage Fanclub (2)

---The 1975 (4)

---The Ataris (1)

---The Jayhawks (1)

---The Knocks (1)

---The Outlaws (1)

---The Temptations (1)

---The Verve Pipe (2)

---The Wallflowers (1)

---The Whispers (1)

---The Yardbirds (1)

---Three Dog Night (3)

---Tony Bennett (1)

---twenty one pilots (1)

---Umphrey’s McGee (5)

---Underoath (1)

---WALK THE MOON (1)

---Walter Trout Band (1)

---War (1)

---Weezer/ The Pixies (4)

---Wilco (3)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

 Greg from the Brackney Inn posted on facebook on the first anniversary of the fire that burned the bar down! Here’s his post:

Hello everyone: well today is October 20th and it is 1 year ago today that the Brackney Inn burned down. I don't post a lot on Facebook but I figured today seems like a good day to give everyone an update on what's going on. I guess first I should talk about what happened 1 year ago today. About 4:00 pm I got a call saying there was smoke coming out of one of the apartments upstairs. I hoped it was just a stove fire with the tenant burning his diner but as I drove closer to the Brackney I realized this wasn't the case. Several fire departments responded to the scene and managed to keep the fire contained to the top floor saving the bar.(which as we all know is the most important part). I am forever grateful got the outstanding save these firefighters made despite difficult conditions. When your fighting a fire in such an old building it is especially difficult due to almost 170 years of additions being added on and floors being built on top of other floors and things of that nature. Being a retired firefighter myself I understood this and always assumed if there were ever a fire I would surly lose the whole building. The fire investigator ruled the fire accidental and I was later told by the tenant that it was a space heater. So began the task of ripping and tearing and hauling away the entire second floor. The long cold winter did not make this very easy not to mention once the second floor was torn down every time it snowed the bar had to be shoveled out. Some of you may have noticed there were a few opening day predictions that came and went earlier in the year. This was mostly because of unforeseen obstacles in our path. Seemed like every time we assumed there were wall and floors that we didn't anticipate having to rebuild we discovered mold and it was determined it was best to just tear it all out and start fresh .. Kent Peters came in about 10 weeks or so after the first fire and took over as the man in charge of the rebuild. His vision was to try and maintain the history and feel of the old Brackney but also build a beautiful bar that we would all be proud of. He saved as much of the 200 year old barn wood as possible to try and incorporate it into the rebuild. The result (as many people that stopped in from time to time would tell you), was a beautiful rustic feel bar but with vaulted ceilings and central air and other updates that was very unique. After many months we were finally ready to reopen. The only thing left to do was finish the bathrooms and a little touch up work. The vending company came with the juke box and atm and time warner cable was scheduled to hook up the cable and phone on Tuesday. I had just bought 2- 55inch flat screens on Friday that we're going to be mounted on the weekend. Also on that Friday, (the day before the fire), there was electrical work being done to hook up the new condenser for the walk in cooler in the kitchen. A fire started the nest day in the back kitchen area. There were a lot of rumors about how this fire started and if someone set it on purpose and for good reason. There was a kid that broke into the Brackney and talked about burning it down but 5 weeks after the fire the 3 investigators said the fire started where work was being done and it was electrical. This time I lost a lot of "big ticket items". My brand new kitchen equipment, ice machine, pizza ovens, new tv's pool table walk inn coolers, pos system, etc, etc..... this is why we are concentrating on opening the bar first and rebuilding the kitchen and back rooms after. This is not ideally the way I wanted to do it but it makes the most sense considering the fact that my full insurance policy was only going into affect when I reopened. Before the second fire there was a lot of talk about the Brackney going non smoking. I had originally planned on keeping it smoking but after talking with so many people that stopped in and talking to people at other bars and the online survey I decided to make it a smoke free bar. Even most of my regulars that smoke told me I should go non smoking. So here we are, 1 year since we lost one of our favorite places to come and have a cold beer, a good meal and visit with our friends and neighbors. Kent peters and his crew are working hard to rebuild the Brackney the way it was back in June. If not for Kents optimism and dedication I'm not sure it could have happened. We are all hoping to have the bar ready sometime around thanksgiving. Myself, the Brackney Inn staff and everyone working on the Brackney can't wait to see everyone and show you what we have built for you. I hope this letter answers any questions you may have had and I hope to see you soon. GREG 

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Music News for 101918:

---The Brackney Inn in Brackney PA, the sight of two fires in the last year, is set to rise from the ashes again…but not until after this weekend!  Tomorrow (10/20) is the first anniversary of the first fire, that destroyed the landmark!  The owners of the Inn have vowed to wait until after that grim anniversary to reopen, and even then, it will be only the bar (as the kitchen isn’t ready yet), but work on the building continues.  Fox 40 reporters posted a story about the ongoing construction during their Sunday night newscast.  Here’s a link:

http://www.wicz.com/story/39284051/brackney-inn-prepares-to-reopen-after-second-fire

---The line-up for Shelter Slam 2018 at Endwell Greens has been announced!  The annual benefit for local animal shelters and rescues will be held on November 10th, starting around 11am, and they’ll need to start that early to accommodate all of these bands…Up/ Battery/ Hellings/ Kore Rozzik/ Touniquet/ Wreckless Marci/ Recycled Zombies/ Kreature/ Kickstart/ O.C.D./ Paul Tauterouff & the Fruit Of His Loins/ Trace Of Life/ Titan/ Wildcard/ Hating Amy/ Drama Scream, A Part Of Pluto/ Threatpoint/ Broken Arrow/ Wicked Remains/ Ashley Lux/ Something Big!  Tickets are $15.00.

---Local musicians are banding together at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY on 11/10 to perform a local all-star tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young!  The list of local talent is impressive:

Cooper Casterline (Bead & Bone/ Mike Davis LBE) - drums
Mallory Cirbus-Evans (Next To Kin/ The Apalachin Annies) - vocals, guitar
Samuel B. Lupowitz (Noon Fifteen/ Thru Spectrums) - keys, vocals
Paul Shotwell (Ransom Steel tech)- vocals
Thomas Sickler (Spelunkers) - vocals, guitar
Mary Tewksbury (Next To Kin/ The Apalachin Annies) - guitars
Brian Tyneway (The Good Fruits)- lead guitars, vocals
Thomas Westcott (Ultra Vibe/ Mike Davis LBE) - bass, vocals
Michael Wu (Gunpoets/ KidBess & The Magic Ring) - guitars, vocals, some bass...

J Floyd will warm-up.

Gunpoets and KidBess bass player, Michael Wu who organized the tribute says…”This is a pet project I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now. I think I pitched the concept to Ransom and secured the date about a year ago, knowing I’d need the time to pull things together. The premise is simple: this is one of my top musical influences, I’ve always wanted to perform these tunes and I called together people I’ve worked with and people I have always wanted to work with, asked them if they were in, started working arrangements, and just setup a schedule months in advance. Most of our rehearsals are focused in the vocals parts, of course. The instrumentation is deceptively complex, but, these players can handle complex, no issue.”  Tickets will be $10.00 at the door of what should be an impressive night!

---Good news for local music fans, Jimmi James & the Family Jewels have returned with what James is calling “our best lineup ever.”  Their first show with this new lineup will be 11/24 at a Touch Of Texas (formerly Magic City Music Hall) in Nimmonsburg NY!  James says the return is “long term” adding, “As far as the line up we are all 100% on the same page I’ve always had a belief especially after my “serious musician” younger years that when it comes to being in a local band and it comes down to charging admissions, that $5 needs to be the best $5 dollars that individual has EVER spent. Our goal as a band and 4 separate individuals is to purely entertain, we all know I don’t have the angelic voice of many of the musicians in this area so we need to make up for it in showmanship. All 4 of us are finally stepping up and putting in the same amount of energy when it comes to “THE SHOW”.
The lineup is still me,
Bobby Wong and Doug Ouimette, the new addition is Tom Madden (Elevator Death Squad and Mustachio) I always new he was a solid player but I am more than impressed with his playing and mentality around taking this project to a whole new level.
We have spent a lot of time on the set list and making sure EVERY song is a “sing along holy s**t I can’t believe they’re playing that oh my god I forgot that song existed and I loved it” type of setlist.”
  Also on the bill are Forgotten Sun and Molina!  Music starts at 830p!

---Not much on country music myself, but I couldn’t help but notice that a local country singer, Frank Viera from Vestal, came home to perform at Touch Of Texas in nearby Nimmonsburg NY; last week and Fox 40 was on hand to get some footage of the occasion.  Here’s a link:

http://www.wicz.com/story/39278575/hometown-country-singer-to-perform-at-touch-of-texas

---Ashley Lux has released a video for her new song, “Stay.”  The song is an original, a torchy-ballad, co-written by Lux and Jeff DeBella, but the video adds another layer and is made to bring attention to drug abuse.  You can see it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okcpc6C_Pmo&feature=youtu.be or you can just link to her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyLuxMusic/posts/2300080160006379?notif_id=1539350689341320&notif_t=notify_me_page&ref=notif

---Congrats to drummer Victor Lay, bass player Coty Rick & guitarist Jeff Starley, who will celebrate one year as “The Dude & The Damned” later this month!  They have a special first anniversary show planned for Callahan’s in Binghamton on 11/3 @ 10pm! 

LOCAL-ISH:

---Experience Hendrix has announced it’s 2019 line-up and tour dates, which not only includes a localish date…in Syracuse NY on 4/1 at the Landmark Theatre…but ten other regional dates!  The line-up is amazingly strong, including Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Dave Mustaine (new this year), as well as Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, Dug Pinnick, Chris Clayton, Mato Nanji, Ernie Isley, Kenny Aronoff, the Slide Brothers; plus rotating guest appearances by Taj Mahal, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas.  Regional dates include…Washington DC on 3/26…Bensalem PA on 3/27…Westbury NY on 3/28…Newark NJ on 3/29…Niagara Falls NY on 3/30…Syracuse NY on  (no joke-April Fools Day) 4/1…Red Bank NJ on 4/2…Albany NY on 4/3…Lowell MA on 4/4…New Bedford MA on 4/5…and Wallingford CT on 4/6!

---Pop Evil is still touring behind their fifth album, and has just announced 24 new dates for 2019, some of which will of course, come into our region…Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 1/27…The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY (just 75 minutes away) on 1/29…The Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 1/30…The Space @ Westbury in Westbury NY on 2/1…Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 2/2…and the Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA on 2/5!

---Queensryche will play the Showroom @ Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 2/22, before they board the Monsters Of Rock Cruise…then after that, they’ll play the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 3/8!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Greta Van Fleet have announced a world tour for 2019, that will finally come home to the US in May 2019…at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 5/18…at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 5/21…The Dome in Rochester NY on 5/22…Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NY on 5/25…and Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 5/28!

---The Revivalists have booked tour dates to support their forthcoming album, “Take Good Care” which will be released on 11/9.  The tour will stop in our region a handful of times…at Anthem in Washington DC on 1/11…the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 1/12…House of Blues in Boston MA on 1/13…and two nights in NYC on 1/16 & 1/17 at the Beacon Theatre!

---Gwar have launched a Fall tour in support of their newest album, “The Blood Of The Gods,” and it’s set to stop in…Clifton Park NY on 11/7…Baltimore MD on 11/9…and Philadelphia PA on 12/30!  Warm-up acts will vary…fake blood letting will not.

---German singer, songwriter, producer; Roosevelt has booked a tour of the U.S. set for December that will step into our region at least a half-dozen times next month…Brooklyn NY on 12/3 & 12/4…Philadelphia PA on 12/5…Washington DC on 12/6…and Cambridge MA on 12/7!

---Stryper is already making plans for 2019 with tour dates for Winter already set, including…Derry NH on 1/31…Uncasville CT on 2/1…and New Bedford MA on 2/2!

---Lez Zeppelin, the female Led Zeppelin tribute band, have lined-up a few dates for Fall 2018/ Winter 2019…Greasy Luck BrewPub in New Bedford MA on 11/30…and Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck NY on 1/12!

---Boney James books two nights in NYC on 10/17 & 18…and The Birchmere in Alexandria VA (near Washington DC) on 11/19!

---American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry’s band, Daughtry are touring America, but sadly, have announced only one regional date so far…Mechanics Hall near Boston MA on 12/19!

---Kix has announced the next leg, or two…on their current tour and it will take them well into 2019…regional dates from that announcement include…Brunswick Volunteer Fire Dept, Brunswick MD on 12/21…Rams Head Live, Baltimore MD on 12/22…Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT on 4/5…and Greasy Luck BrewPub in New Bedford MA on 4/6!

---The David Bromberg Quintet have announced the rest of their dates on their recent tour and this means a few more regional show for us (other than this weekends show in Syracuse NY at the Westcott Theatre on 10/20!)…Norfolk CT on 10/19…Bridgeport CT on 10/28…and Fall River MA on 4/27!

---Jessica Simpsons little sister, Ashlee has a new recording and a new tour that she recently announced…Simpson is now part of a touring duo called, Ashlee & Evan, with Evan Ross--and have been releasing songs for a new album to be called, “Home.”  They are set to play a handful of dates across the country starting in January 2019…NYC on 1/7/19…and Washington DC on 1/8!

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Bad Brains have booked a one-off at Underground Arts, Philadelphia PA on 11/15!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Jack White adds Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY on 11/17!

---Tantric add another solo headlining show before joining back up with Puddle Of Mudd…Kung-Fu Necktie in Philadelphia PA on 11/7!

---Cowboy Mouth adds a show to their one-show tour…so okay, now it’s a two-show tour…and finally coming to the southern fringe of our region…at Hill Country BBQ Market in Washington DC on 3/5 with Eric Lindell warming-up.

---Vince Neil, lead singer of Motley Crue has only booked one east-coast show north of the Florida line…at Mixx 360 in Malden MA on 10/20!

---WALK THE MOON adds College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 2/2!

---Vixen adds Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT on 11/11…and Greasy Luck BrewPub near Boston MA on 5/3!

---Crash Test Dummies add the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 12/7

---Jim Messina adds Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 3/15!

---Slaughter add the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT on 10/21!

---Marc Cohn adds Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 1/10!

---Autograph adds Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT on 5/2!

---Nothing More adds a few solo headlining tour dates at the end of their tour with Three Days Grace…but only one in our region…Theatre @ Times Square NYC on 3/10!

---Saliva adds The Chameleon in Lancaster PA on 12/10, which is an off-night on the Puddle Of Mudd tour…

---Coco Montoya adds the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 12/2!

---Branford Marsalis adds Belding Theatre in Hartford CT on 10/21!

---Joe Bonamassa adds Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell Center in Hartford CT on 3/21

---Vixen adds The Space @ Westbury Theatre in Westbury NY on 11/10!

---Sponge add One Centre Square, in Easton PA on 12/15!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Ashlee & Evan (2)

---Autograph (1)

---Bad Brains (1)

---Boney James (3)

---Branford Marsalis (1)

---Coco Montoya (1)

---Cowboy Mouth (1)

---Crash Test Dummies (1)

---Daughtry (1)

---David Bromberg Quintet (3)

---Experience Hendrix (11)

---Greta Van Fleet (5)

---Gwar (3)

---Jack White (1)

---Jim Messina (1)

---Joe Bonamassa (1)

---Kix (4)

---Lez Zeppelin (2)

---Marc Cohn (1)

---Nothing More (1)

---Pop Evil (6)

---Queensryche (2)

---Roosevelt (5)

---Saliva (1)

---Slaughter (1)

---Sponge (1)

---Stryper (3)

---Tantric (1)

---The Revivalists (5)

---Vince Neil (1)

---Vixen (3)

---WALK THE MOON (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 101218:

Jeff Howell’s latest band…Jeff Howell’s Boogie Du Jour, formerly Tears…has released their debut album, “Bon Appetit!”  Jeff announced the collection with this facebook post,”FYI, my new cd, Jeff Howell's Boogie Du jour, Bon Appetit is now available! However, until we get an official shopping cart set up, we'll temporarily have them for sale on eBay at https://www.ebay.com/itm/173578277371 . If it says there are none left, just search for Jeff Howell's Boogie Du jour. We'll have it listed under a different account. This cd is full of hard rockin', hard drivin', edgy, boogie. Sound clips coming soon.”

---Speaking of local bands with new albums, Michael Wu, bass player for KidBess & The Magic Ring says they have just finished the demo’s for their first album, so pretty early in the process for them, but if you’ve seen them live, you know this band is an absolute killer, so start saving your sheckles now…

---The roots of the “Tree Of Shade” tour keep getting deeper for Driftwood…who have announced a December leg to the trek, with new dates starting 11/18 in Bristol CT, then after their three night stand in Apalachin NY at the Ransom Steele, they’ll come back in December with a new spate of shows…Sarasota FL on 12/5…Tampa FL on 12/6…Melbourne FL on 12/7…St. Augustine FL on 12/8…Jacksonville FL on 12/9…Decatur GA on 12/12…Nashville on 12/13…Newport KY on 12/14…Buffalo NY on 12/29…then coming home for two nights at The Haunt in Ithaca NY on 12/30 & 12/31!

---Tim Reynolds and TR3 have booked another leg on their Fall 2018 tour which includes a local stop in Ithaca NY at the State Theatre on 11/1!  Other regional stops include…Flour City Station in Rochester NY on 11/2…and Buffalo State Center in Buffalo NY on 11/3!

---Donna The Buffalo have been adding onto their Fall 2018/ Winter 2019 tour with a new date this weekend in Live Oak FL for the Suwannee Roots Revival, but then they’ve filled up their calendar in November, December and January as well with more shows, all across the country, in support of their new album, “Dance In The Street.”  The expanded tour now includes…Nederland CO on 11/2..Salt Lake City UT on 11/3…Phoenix AZ on 11/4…Tucson AZ on 11/5…San Diego CA on 11/6…Laguna Beach CA on 11/7…Sabastopol CA on 11/8…San Francisco CA on 11/9…Portland OR on 11/10…Seattle GA on 11/11…Bozeman MT on 11/12…Cedar Rapids IA on 11/14…Eau Claire WI on 11/15…Grand Rapids MI on 11/16…Cincinnati OH on 11/17…Chattanooga TN on 11/30…Shelby NC on on 12/1…Atlanta GA on 12/28…Ponte Verda FL on 12/29…Tampa FL on 12/30-31…Key West FL on 1/2…Stuart FL on 1/3…Saxapahaw NC on 1/4…Nashville TN on 1/5…Cleveland OH on 1/18…Pittsburgh PA on 1/19…NYC on 1/23, before they return home on 1/25…and finally play Charlottesville VA on 2/2!  This is a very ambitious tour for DTB and, if their album is strong enough, it could well be their national break thru.  They are trying to build a buzz, for sure. Cross your fingers.

---HOT RUMOR: Is an iconic venue/ bar in Brackney PA about to rise from the ashes again?  Hmmm. 

LOCAL-ISH:

---Alternative band, the Dirty Heads will play a popular collegetown venue, the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 10/18!  They have also added additional shows in Toronto ON (at Danforth Hall) on 10/23…and Niagara Falls NY (Rapids Theatre) on 10/24!

---At least for now, Coco Montoya is set to wrap up his Spring 2019 tour in Jim Thorpe PA at the Mauch Chunk Opera House!  The rest of his upcoming tour includes stops in…Pittsburgh PA on 11/27…Fall River MA on 11/29…Albany NY on 11/30…Rockport MA on 12/1…NYC on 12/3…Vienna VA on 12/5…North Bethesda MD on 3/26…Sellersville PA on 3/27…Bay Shore NY on 3/28…Natick MA on 3/29…Plymouth MA on 3/30…Saratoga Springs NY on 3/31…and Jim Thorpe PA on 4/4!

---Jazz artist, Catherine Russell has booked a lengthy tour that will come as close as the Barn in Clinton NY (near Syracuse) NY on 10/26…as well as many regional dates…Tarrytown NY on 11/30…Beverly MA on 12/14…Fairfield CT on 12/16…Laurel MD on 2/10…NYC on 2/12…and Philadelphia PA on 4/12!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Mumford & Son will tour extensively behind their new album, “Delta” in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, which will bring the alt-pop band thru our region nearly a dozen times…Philadelphia PA on 12/7…Boston MA on 12/9…NYC on 12/10…Washington DC on 12/14…Toronto ON on 12/17…Providence RI on 2/27…Hartford CT on 2/28…Albany NY on 3/2…Montreal QC on 3/4…Buffalo NY on 3/8…and Pittsburgh PA on 3/14!

---The 90’s are back and judging by this, more popular than ever…New Kids On the Block are not only touring again, but they’re bringing along some old bringing along some old friends…Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Naughty By Nature and Debbie Gibson!  This fivesome will be coming thru out region next Spring and Summer!  Expect to see them nearly a dozen times at these regional stops…Toronto ON on 6/19…Buffalo NY on 6/21…Pittsburgh PA on 6/23…Washington DC on 6/25…Philadelphia PA on 6/27…Boston MA on 6/28…Uniondale NY on 6/30…Newark NJ on 7/2…Uncasville CT on 7/3…Atlantic City NJ on 7/5…and Hershey PA on 7/6!

---Guitarist, Joe Perry of Aerosmith has announced a solo tour, in support of his new solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto!”  Unfortunately he’s only playing two dates in our region out of five…fortunately, he’s bringing along a lot of friends who can play…Robin Zander of Cheap Trick…Johnny Depp…Zak Starkey and many more.  See the beantown guitar whiz at the Theatre @ Times Square in NYC on 12/4…and Philadelphia PA at the Electric Factory on 12/5!

---Clutch have announced a holiday concert series of shows…so rock the holidays with these shows in…Baltimore MD on 12/27…Sayreville NJ on 12/28…and Clifton Park NY (near Albany) on 12/30!

---Tokyo Police Club have booked a short Spring tour for 2019 that will stop in…Cambridge MA on 3/8…Brooklyn NY on 3/12…Washington DC on 3/15…and Buffalo NY on 3/23!

---Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, is undertaking a solo tour this Winter and will make a few regional stops…NYC on 2/7…Norfolk CT on 2/8…and Uncasville CT on 2/9!

---The Cowsills, (you remember the hit song, ”The Rain, The Park and Other Things” and their cover of the theme from “Hair” dontcha? …okay, maybe I’m just that old.)…have booked a couple shows in our region for December…NYC on 12/8…and Sellersville PA on 12/9!

---Alt-pop band, Kongos have mustered a small that will come to our region twice in 2019…Asbury Park NJ on 1/31…and Philadelphia PA on 2/1!

---Rocker John Parr (of course you remember his rock hit, “Naughty Naughty” and “Man In Motion” from the movie, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” right?  Of course you do!) has booked a tour of City Winery’s…in NYC on 3/31…Washington DC on 4/1…and Boston MA on 4/3!

---I was astonished to recently learn that not only is the Canadian band, Lighthouse (who tried to ride the big horn wave started by Chicago back in the late 60’s/ early 70’s with their biggest U.S. hit, “One Fire Morning”) was not only still around and still touring, but celebrating their 50th anniversary!  The band has a few stop in our region over the next six month…Café Nine in New Haven CT on 10/14 (that’s this Sunday, people)…as well as Ontario Arts Centre in St. Catherines ON on 1/18…and Koerner Hall in Toronto ON on 5/14!

---Break thru hip hop/ R&B band, 6LACK has booked a 12-date tour but have only booked one show anywhere near our region…NYC at Terminal 5 on 11/15!

---Danish pop/ soul band, Lukas Graham touring in support of their new album, 3, have booked an American tour that includes two dates in our region…House Of Blues in Boston MA on 3/13…and Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on 3/15!

---The Jayhawks announced three new shows in our region this week, one has already been held…at The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 10/11…but there is still a two-night stand in Brooklyn coming up in January at Brooklyn Bowl on 1/18-19!

---The Knocks (who still have a top 20 alternative hit called, “Ride Or Die” ft. Foster The People) have booked a few regional dates for 2019…at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 2/21…and at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn NYC on 2/23!

---New Wave of British Heavy Metal band, (or NWOBHM for short) Raven is storming American shores in November on Thanksgiving weekend, with regional stops at…Hard Luck in Toronto ON on 11/24…The Montage in Rochester NY on 11/25…The Kingsland in Brooklyn NY on 11/26…Dingbatz in Clifton NJ on 11/27…and Café 611 in Frederick MD on 11/28!  Extinction A.D. and Mobile Deathcamp will warm-up!

---Glenn Hughes formerly of Deep Purple, Rainbow and still with Black Country Communion, has booked a brief Spring tour to perform songs he recorded during his stay in Deep Purple!  Sadly, he’s booked only two nights in our region (so far) both in NYC at the Iridium Jazz Club on 4/26 & 4/27!

---Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy has booked two nights at the Murmrr Ballroom in NYC on 11/11 & 11/13! 

ONE SHOW ONLY:

---Boyz II Men will play a one-off at Radio City Music Hall, NYC on 2/15…well, provided they don’t add more shows…

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness are set to play a one-shot Terminal 5, NYC on 2/21!

---The Struts will play a one-timer at Club XL, Harrisburg PA on 11/21!

---Maze ft. Frankie Beverly have booked a one-shot show with Raheem DeVaughn at The Rock Hall in Newark NJ on 11/25!

---The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue has been booked for Infinity Hall in Hartford CT on 2/10.  So far it is the only tour date for the Revue and there is not word who else, if anyone, might be included on it.

---Former Fugee, Wyclef Jean will play a one-shot in Newark NJ on 10/16 at the Victoria Theatre. 

---Jazz great, Chick Corea has added a U.S. date to his world tour, but it’s just one…Newark NJ on 4/12!

---The band Wired has booked a one-off in NYC at the Upstairs Lounge for 10/14!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Rock instrumentalist, Eric Johnson adds The Tralf @ The Tralf, Buffalo NY on 1017!

---Renaissance adds The Tralf in Buffalo NY on 11/9!

---Bayside adds The Tralf, Buffalo NY on 11/29!

---Puddle Of Mudd/ Tantric/ Saliva/ Saving Abel add The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY on 1/12…it was previously listed as just a Saving Abel & Tantric date!

---Quiet Riot add Jergels Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA on 2/1!

---Kris Kristofferson adds Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA on 4/11!

---Cat Power adds Brooklyn Steel, New York (Brooklyn) NY on 12/18!

---Saving Abel adds Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ on 1/10!

---Bela Fleck adds Northampton MA on 4/7…Pittsburgh PA on 4/14…and Glenside PA on 4/27!

---Former Fugee lead singer, Ms. Lauryn Hill, has booked only her second U.S. stop on her seven-date tour of both the U.S. and the UKNewark NJ on 10/22 at The Rock!

---Patti LaBelle adds Newark NJ on 2/15…with Freddie Jackson warming-up!

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys add Broadway Theatre, Philadelphia PA on 10/18/19!

---Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce and Will Johns, otherwise known as The Music Of Cream,  appear to be swapping their date on 10/24, with the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, which is on 10/23, Club XL in Harrisburg PA, so FYI.  We’re still waiting for it to get sorted out ourselves, so we can be sure we have it posted right…

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---6LACK (1)

---Al Jardine (3)

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (1)

---Bayside (1)

---Bela Fleck (3)

---Boyz II Men (1)

---Cat Power (1)

---Catherine Russell (7)

---Chick Corea (1)

---Clutch (3)

---Coco Montoya (13)

---Dirty Heads (3)

---Eric Johnson (1)

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys (1)

---Glenn Hughes (2)

---Jeff Tweedy (2)

---Joe Perry (2)

---John Parr (3)

---Lenny Kravitz/ Questlove (1)

---Lighthouse (3)

---Lukas Graham (2)

---Kris Kristofferson (1)

---Kongos (2)

---Maze ft. Frankie Beverly/ Raheem DeVaughn (1)

---Ms. Lauren Hill (1)

---Mumford & Sons (11)

---New Kids On The Block/ Salt-N-Pepa/ Tiffany/ Naughty By Nature/ Debbie Gibson (11)

---Patti LaBelle/ Freddy Jackson (1)

---Puddle Of Mudd/ Tantric/ Saliva/ Saving Abel (1)

---Raven/ Extinction A.D./ Mobile Deathcamp (5)

---Renaissance (1)

---Saving Abel (1)

---The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue (1)

---The Cowsills (2)

---The Jayhawks (3)

---The Knocks (2)

---The Struts (1)

---Tokyo Police Club (4)

---Wired (1)

---Wyclef Jean (1)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 100518:

---Nate Calzetoni of Raibred, it seems is always looking for a new challenge. He posted this on facebook earlier this week: ”In search of musicians for a project I'm working on. Planning to perform Abbey Road live in its entirety for the 50th Anniversary sometime in January. Lead, Bass, and Drums are covered so far. Looking for keys and rhythm guitar players specifically...vocal ability is preferred but not required. Please PM if you would like to be included!  …plenty of local musicians have expressed interest in the project, but so far only one has their name attatched…Ultra Vibe’s Tom Westcott is set to play drums and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Daughtry from Berklee will play keyboards/ guitars and is expected to sing on the Paul McCartney songs.  Calzetoni says he will try to sing the songs of George Harrison and John Lennon from the album…it still sounds like they need a bass player, however…and maybe a rhythm guitarist, but we’ll see…after all this is all up to Mr. Calzetoni!  The date for this fun little experiment hasn’t been set yet…although sometime in January 2019 was repeated to me…however the venue is expected to be the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin!  Pretty cool!

---Congrats to Mike Davis & The Laughing Buddha Episodes, who just released their debut album!  Davis posted on his facebook page, I’m going to try to thank everyone personally that came out to the album release party at the Blarney Stone Pub last Friday (that I saw)…THANK YOU ALL!!!”  …we’re still waiting for our promo copy, but I did just “message” him this morning.

---Local guitar god Randy McStine is coming back to Binghamton NY at Atomic Tom’s on State Street on Thursday 10/11, but not as a headliner…as the guitarist for a performance by keyboard virtuoso, singer and composer, Tom Brislin!  So you’re asking, who’s that?  Brislin has, to quote the events eventbrite description, “performed on tour and on recordings for…Yes, Meatloaf and Debbie Harry.  He is also a member of the prog-rock band, The Sea Within.”  Sounds like a fun time!

---Trumansburg zydeco/folk rockers, Donna The Buffalo have announced that their new album, “Dance In The Street” will be released on 11/9!  The album was recorded at the Sonic Ranch Studio in El Paso, TX and they’ve posted a behind the scenes video of the making of the album on Vimeo, that you can watch anywhere you have internet access!  Btw, the videographer for the project was another local musician, the great Bess Greenberg!  Here’s a link: https://vimeo.com/288662040

---It also caught our attention that one of our favorite local, but now defunct, rock bands is issuing a new release…Mobday will make a new acoustic EP called, “Imperial Woods” on 11/2!  The release features three previously recorded Mobday songs, rendered acoustically, plus a new song.  Can’t wait.

---REO Speedwagon has announced a Spring theatre tour which includes a stop at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 4/11…as well as a few regional pitstops…Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 4/8…Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 4/9…and Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 4/15!

---Dark Star Orchestra is coming back to Ithaca in November!  The Grateful Dead tribute band will bring their homage to State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 11/10, as well as to several other regional venues…Lowell MA (at Lowell Memorial Auditorium) on 11/9…Calvin Theatre in Northampton MA on 11/11…Palace Theatre in Albany NY on 11/17…Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill NY on 11/18…and Chubb Theatre @ the Capitol Center in Concord NH on 11/20!  That’s in addition to previously announced tour dates for South Burlington VT on 11/13…New Haven CT on 11/16…Jim Thorpe PA (at Penn’s Peak) on 11/23…and two nights in Huntington NY on 11/23 & 11/24!  So now there are two local stops for one of our favorite tribute acts!

LOCAL-ISH:

---One of the closest things we can get to Led Zeppelin these days is Get The Led Out and the hard touring tribute band has just added two year-end dates at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 12/28 & 12/29!  The dates are all part of their 2019 Winter tour that will also see the band coming to…Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD on 1/5...the Lynn Memorial Auditorium in Lynn MA on 1/11…Chubb Theatre in Concord NH on 1/12…Warner Theatre in Erie PA on 1/17…Palace Theatre in Greensburg PA on 1/18 & 1/19…Zeiterion Center in New Bedford MA on 1/24…Calvin Theatre in Northampton MA on 1/25…Palace Theatre in Albany NY on 2/2…Santander Center in Reading PA on 2/8 & 2/9…Living Arts Center in Mississauga ON on 2/15…and the Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY on 2/16!

REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---twenty one pilots have revealed the second leg of their “Bandito” tour for 2019, which includes a half-dozen regional dates…Montreal QC at Bell Centre on 5/22…Toronto ON at Air Canada Center on 5/28…Buffalo NY at the KB Center, on 6/1…Brooklyn NY at the B.C. on 6/4…Pittsburgh PA at PPG Arena on 6/7…and Atlantic City NJ at Boardwalk Hall on 6/8!

---Elton John is already adding on to year two of his farewell tour…Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 10/22/19 & 10/23/19…Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 11/8/19 & 11/9/19…PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 11/13…Boston Garden in Boston MA on 11/15/19…and Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale NY on 11/16/19!  Expect more additions that would expand stays in some cities to many more nights.

---Shinedown and Papa Roach, along with Asking Alexandria will tour together again in Winter/ Spring 2019…but sadly, only three dates for our region so far…UMBC Fieldhouse in Baltimore MD on 2/28…Giant Center in Hershey PA on 3/1…and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 3/2!

---John Legend is going on a holiday tour, and if you wanna, you’ll have plenty of chances to go along for the ride!  The tour is in support of his new holiday album, “A Legendary Christmas” due on 10/26!  See Legend at…The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City NJ on 11/23…the Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino, in Mashantucket CT on 11/24…the Boch Center in Boston MA on 11/25…Sony Centre in Toronto ON on 11/27…National Harbor at Oxon Hill MD on 11/28…Theatre at Madison Square Garden in NYC on 12/3…the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia PA on 12/4…and at Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 12/7!

---As It turns out, all those Jessie J shows are to support her new holiday album, “This Christmas Day” is due on 10/26, so they’ve been re-labeled, plus one!  The tour has already started and reaches us ten days before the release date…at the previously unreported…Rebel in Toronto ON on 10/16, as well as these previously reported dates…Mtelus in Montreal QC on 10/17…Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on 10/19…Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA on 10/20…House Of Blues in Boston MA on 10/22…and the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 10/23!

---American Idol alumni, Katherine McPhee (star of tv show “Scorpion,” who just married music industry veteran, David Foster) has announced her “Fall In Love Again” tour which will bring her to three regional cities…City Winery in Boston MA on 11/6…Bethlehem PA at Musikfest Café on 11/7…and the JFK Center in Washington DC on 11/9 & 11/10!

---Red Sun Rising have announced a Fall 2018 tour with Spirit Animal and Pretty Vicious!  Check out this package tour at…The Club @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 11/7…Webster Underground in Hartford CT on 11/8…House Of Independents in Asbury Park NJ on 11/9…Sonia Nightclub in Cambridge MA on 11/11…Rec Room in Buffalo NY on 11/14…Wally’s in Hampton Beach NH on 11/16…and the Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA on 11/17!

TOUR TWEAKING:

---Kris Kristofferson adds Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 4/17!

---Badfish adds Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park NY on 1/3!

---Devil Wears Prada adds Worcester MA on 12/12!

---Jonathan Edwards (the folk singer of “Sunshine,” not the psychic) adds

The Daily Pint in Wilbraham MA on 11/4!

---Our Lady Peace adds White Eagle Hall in Jersey City NJ on 10/3…so now they have a two-date tour…could there be more?

---Los Lobos adds the Newton Theatre, in Newton NJ on 10/11…and the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 10/23!

---Rapper Calvin Johnson adds the Trans Pecos in Ridgewood NY to his (now) two-date tour on 10/18!

---Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & Marty Stuart add State Theatre in New Brunswick NJ on 10/28!

---Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s, adds a solo show at Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 11/8!

---The Sadies add a three-night stay in Brooklyn NY at Union Pool on 12/11-13…plus, a night at Higher Ground, in South Burlington VT on 2/14!

NEW DATES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Badfish (1)

---Calvin Johnson (1)

---Dark Star Orchestra (6)

---Devil Wears Prada (1)

---Elton John (7)

---Get The Led Out (15)

---Jessie J (6)

---Jonathan Edwards (1)

---John Legend (8)

---Katherine McPhee (4)

---Kris Kristofferson (1)

---Los Lobos (2)

---Our Lady Peace (1)

---Red Sun Rising/ Spirit Animal/ Pretty Vicious (7)

---Rhett Miller (1)

---REO Speedwagon (4)

---Roger McGuinn/ Chris Hillman/ Marty Stuart (1)

---Shinedown/ Papa Roach/ Asking Alexandria (3)

---The Sadies (4)

---twenty one pilots (6)

*#’s in parenthesis are amount of new dates by each act this week!

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Music News for 092818:

---Grassroots Xpress, on Chenango Street in Binghamton NY, which opened back in June, is starting to experiment with hosting regional musicians with a very diverse line-up planned for their “Chenango Stage!”  The set will include a hip-hop act, Bobby Woody…an indie/folk act, Stephen Alexander…and an indie rock act, Stand And Wave!  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7.00 at the door.  The show starts at 6pm.

---Bing Brews & Bands fest is coming up on 10/6…sample micro brews at three participating Binghamton area clubs, the Lost Dog Cafe…the Garage Taco Bar…and Water Street Brewing Company…then linger at Water Street ‘til 10p and hear the Nate Gross Band!

---The line-up for the hardcore punk Binghamton Style Festival 2018 has been announced and is it ever hardcore!  The festival, also set for 10/6, goes down at the HCS Skatepark in Vestal at 1pm!  Tickets are $31 in advance @ www.binghamtonstyle.com and $35.00 at the door!  The line-up includes;

Life Of Agony, Famiglia, Trapped Under Ice, Merauder, Billy Club Sandwich, Queensway, Cipher, Regulate, Hangman LIHC, Maniac, Media Limits, JAB, Silenus, Misgiver, Diztort and Choice To Make.  Remember, it’s an all ages show…no alcohol…no drugs!

---The Silver Line Tap Room, in Trumansburg NY is back and held a grand re-opening last weekend, just in time for their “fourth anniversary punk party” show this weekend (9/28) at 8pm ft. The Molice and White Crime!

---Former member of Traffic, Dave Mason has added a show at the Center For The Arts, in Homer NY on 11/7!  Mason is set to make only one other regional stop (the previously announced show in Collingswood NJ on 11/9), so if you wanna catch him on this tour, make your plans now. 

---The tour of the newest version of Humble Pie, (curated by original member and band name owner, Jerry Shirley) which we previously reported was coming to our region (in our 8/24/18 post), now will make a local stop…at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 11/17!  Other previously announced stops on the tour include…Washington DC on 11/8…Sellersville PA on 11/9…and Boston MA on 11/19!

---Trumansburg based folk-zydeco band, Donna The Buffalo is booking regional shows again, even a local one, after announcing a Fall tour that will take them to Utah, Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina, they will be coming to…Fairfield CT on 10/18…Greenfield MA on 10/19…Boston MA on 10/20…Syracuse NY (at the Westcott Theatre) on 12/7…Rochester NY on 12/8…and Cohoes NY (in the Albany NY area) on 12/14 at the Cohoes Music Hall!

---Petula Clark will play the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/14…which is appropriate because it’s “Downtown.”  She’ll also play the Diamond Horseshoe in NYC on 11/6!

---It’s been seven months since the beloved local venue, the Cyber Café West went up for sale and perhaps sadly or fortunately, there are still no buyers.  Sadly, because I know it’s financially tough for the owner of the café to keep it open…fortunate, because we’re all afraid that it will forever be shut down if it’s sold.  Let’s not lose a good thing, fellow local music lovers!

LOCAL-ISH:

---Pentatonix have announced a new holiday album, “Christmas