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Music News for 022920:

---Zarni de Vette has released another episode of “Behind The Song” and here is what she had to say about it, and a handy link!  Enjoy!
Here is a NEW episode where we talk about Where Does All The Love Go from my recent record, Tidal Wave. I wrote this one with Kate Tucker, a fascinating woman and artist who is involved in so many things. Her current project and its' subject matter is fascinating. Chatting with her was really interesting and eye opening- I hope you think so too!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xiQ_Iwx3F4&feature=youtu.be


---The annual fundraiser for the Busy Bird Bluegrass Festival, the Busy Bird Springfest has been set for April 4th at the Owego Moose Lodge in Owego NY at 11am!  Tickets will be $15.00 and the line-up will include Bugtussle, Mathews Family Tradition Lonesome Road Ramblers, Mel and The Boys and Simmerin’ Stew!  


---Mephiskapheles returns to the area with a booking at The Haunt in Ithaca NY on the day after April Fools Day, 4/2!


---Tag’s has announced a hair-metal revival show set for 5/15 and including Great White, Slaughter, Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses and Vixen!  Tickets are only $15.00!  Four bands for only $15 bucks?  Sign me up!


---Veteran rocker, Nick Lowe (“Cruel To Be Kind,” remember?) is coming to The Haunt in Ithaca on 6/18 with Los Straightjackets on Thursday 6/18 @ 8p!  Tickets for Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock N’ Roll Revue are only $35.00 and are on sale now.


---Rickie Lee Jones is coming to the Center For The Arts in Homer NY on 5/19 @ 8p!  Of course you remember her for her #1 one-hit wonder of funky, scat-pop, “Chuck E’s In Love” from all the way back in 1978, right? Tickets went on sale on 2/21!  Other dates on the tour include...Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 5/15...Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem NH on 5/16...Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk CT on 5/20...Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington MA on 5/22...and Infinity Hall Hartford in Hartford CT on 5/29!


---Dropkick Murphys @ NYS Fair in Syracuse NY on 8/30 FREE on The Court @ 8p!  You can also find them in Boston for their big four day St. Patricks Day weekend with three nights at The House Of Blues, split up into two nights on 3/14 & 3/15...then, one night at Big Night Live in Boston MA on 3/16...and then back at the House Of Blues for their third and final night on 3/17...plus, these just announced dates...The Rooftop @ Pier 17 in NYC on 5/20…Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 5/21…Place Bell in Laval QC on 5/22...and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 5/23..


LOCAL-ish:


---The Black Key’s Lets Rock” tour is coming to Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY, as well as other zonal destinations…

8/12 @ Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON

8/14 @ Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY

8/15 @ Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY

8/16 @ SPAC in Sarataoga Springs

8/19 @ Meadows Music in Hartford CT

8/21 @ Great Woods in Mansfield MA

8/22 @ Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ

8/23 @ Arts Center in Holmdel NJ

8/25 @ Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH

8/26 @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY

8/28 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD

...Gary Clark Jr. and Yola will open up!


---KoRN and Faith No More (and a rotating line-up of guests (ie Helmet, ‘68 or Scars On Broadway), will co-headline together in 2020 and they will be pretty close to Bingo-town…Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on 8/27...The Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/29…Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 8/30...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 9/1...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 9/2...The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 9/3...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 9/5...Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 9/6...and Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 9/9


---Ann Wilson of Heart is going on another solo tour, her second in three years…and she will be flirting with our larger local area at least once!  See her at...the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 4/30...Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket CT on 5/1...Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 5/3...Paramount Theatre in Huntington NY on 5/4…Hart Theatre @ The Egg in Albany NY on 5/6...Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 5/7...Sound Waves night club @ the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City NJ on 5/9...Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis MD on 5/10...The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 5/12...as close as the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 5/13...and Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/15!


---Modern rockers, Hellyeah have announced their small theatre tour with All That Remains for Spring 2020, coming to…

4/26 @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ

4/28 @ Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD

4/29 @ Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA

5/11 @ Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC

5/13 @ The Webster In Hartford CT 

5/16 @ Reverb in Reading PA

5/17 @ The Palladium in Worcester MA


---Primus “Neil Peart tribute tour” is coming to the Beak & Skiff in LaFayette NY (near Syracuse) on 7/2...and (even better) they’re bringing Wolfmother with them! 

6/16 @ Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD

6/17 @ Beacon Theatre in NYC

6/19 @ The Met in Philadelphia, PA

6/20 @ Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, NJ  The Stone Pony Summer Stage

6/21 @ Midway Lawn in Essex Junction, VT

6/23 @ Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston, MA

6/24 @ Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT

6/28 @ Stage AE (outdoors) in Pittsburgh, PA

6/30 @ Echo Beach in Toronto, ON

7/2 @ the Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard & Winery in Lafayette, NY


---Steve Martin, Martin Short and The Steep Canyon Rangers have added Paul Shaffer (former leader of “the worlds most dangerous band” for david letterman, remember?) to their already successful tour as they get ready to undertake more dates…

4/29 @ Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs NY

4/30 @ Community Arts Center in Williamsport PA

5/16 @ Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival @ Granite Hill Campground in Gettysburg PA

7/31 @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY

8/1-2 @ Filene Center @ The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA

8/27 @ Palace Theatre in Stamford CT

8/28 @ Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH

8/29 @ CMAC in Canandaigua NY


---Lady Antebellum have announced an ambitious Summer tour that will bring them to Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse on Labor Day weekend...

6/20 @ Great Woods in Mansfield MA

7/16 @ Bethel Woods in Bethel NY

7/17 @ Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA

8/7 @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY

8/8 @ Jiffy Live in Bristow VA

9/3 @ Molson Amphitheatre w/ Rascal Flatts in Toronto ON

9/6 @ Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY


---90’s alt-pop singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Shawn Mullins is coming as close as the Auburn Public Theatre in Auburn NY (just west of syracuse) in March...and some other zonal spots...

3/12 @ Auburn Public Theatre in Auburn NY

3/13 @ Skyloft in Albany NY

3/14 @ Engine Room in White River Junction VT

3/15 @ Infinity Hall in Hartford CT

3/17 @ City Winery in Washington DC

3/18 @ Daryl’s House in Pawling NY

3/19 @ City Winery in Boston MA

3/20 @ Westhampton Beach Center in Westhampton Beach NY

3/21 @ City Winery in Philadelphia PA

3/22 @ Listening Room @ Avalon Theatre in Easton MD


REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---The Weeknd has announced a massive Summer tour that will bring The Weeknd into our greater region all summer long, at…Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 6/29 & 6/30…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 7/4…The Rock in Newark NJ on 7/7…The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 7/8…Boston Garden in Boston MA on 7/11…Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/13…KB Center in Buffalo NY on 9/1…and MSG in NYC on 9/3!


---Alter Bridge’s Walk The Sky” Spring tour with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Ansonia will play our greater region this Spring…

5/4 @ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD

5/6 @ The Paramount in Huntington, NY

5/7 @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ 

5/13 @ Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY


---George Lamond will play a one-off solo show at St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 5/2…and later the Summer Freestyle Jam festival at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park NJ on 8/8 with Brenda K. Starr, Lisette Melendez, Sweet Sensation, Pretty Poison and others.


---Roger McGuinn has announced two shows in June...at the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 6/10…and at the Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 6/13!


---Brittany Howard of alt-rock band Alabama Shakes, has announced a small solo tour with just a few regional dates...

@ Boston Calling in Allston MA on 5/22...

@ Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 6/10…

@ Osheaga Festival in Montreal QC on 8/1!


---Alt-techno band, Milky Chance has booked a small club tour ahead of their forthcoming album...

@ Mtelus in Montreal QC on 6/5…

@ Governors Ball @ Randalls Island NYC on 6/7...

@ House Of Blues in Boston MA on 6/8...

@ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 6/9...

@ Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA on 6/14…


---Punk rockers, The Dead Kennedy’s are ready to rock the region with stops at...

3/11 @ 930 Club in Washington DC

3/13 @ Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA

3/14 @ Big Night Live in Boston MA

3/15 @ Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn NYC


---Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root is taking his new band, Uprooted out on the road for some random dates...

3/7 @ Iridium Jazz Club in NYC

6/12 @ Thelma’s Sports Nook in Sharpsville PA

8/15 @ Wall Street Theatre in Norwalk CT

9/4 @ Rhythm & Roots Festival in Charlestown RI

10/18 @ Bull Spit Brewing Company in Lancaster MA


---Anti-Flag has booked a Spring time tour of North America...

3/12 @ L’Astral in Montreal QC

3/13 @ Higher Ground in South Burlington VT 

3/14 @ The Gramercy in NYC

3/15 @ Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA

3/17 @ House Of Independents in Asbury Park NJ

3/19 @ The Foundry in Philadelphia PA

3/20 @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington DC

3/27 @ Rec Room in Buffalo NY

3/28 @ Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA

5/5 @ Velvet Underground in Toronto ON


---Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are rockin’ and rollin’ into your town this Spring...

3/21 @ The WIne Garden @ City Winery in Washington DC

3/22 @ City Winery in Philadelphia PA

3/23 @ Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NYC

3/26 @ Stone Church in Brattleboro VT

3/27 @ Askew Bistro in Providence RI

3/28 @ Jewel Music Venue in Manchester NH

3/29 @ Wonder Bar in Asbury Park NJ


---singer/ songwriter/ guitar player, Steve Forbert is booking random shows for the moment…

@ Club Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 5/2...

@ Bryn Mawr Gazebo in Bryn Mawr PA on 5/23…


---Belinda Carlisle will play twelve dates and only travel once!  She will play a two night stand at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 5/29 & 5/30, followed immediately by a ten-night residency at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC from 6/1-6/13.  Off days on the stand will fall on Thursdays and Sundays.


---Emo musician Conor Oberst returns as Bright Eyes with new area dates at ArtPark Amphitheatre in Lewiston NY on 6/14...Levitt Pavilion @ SteelStacks in Bethlehem PA on 6/16...and Forest Hills Stadium in NYC on 6/20!


---Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh Spring schedule includes new shows by…

Dweezil Zappa on 3/6

Crack The Sky on 3/7…

Squirrel Nut Zippers on 3/10…

Sponge on 3/19…

The English Beat on 4/1…

A Flock Of Seagulls on 4/19…

Eric Hutchinson on 4/23…

Puddle Of Mudd on 5/17…


ONE NIGHT ONLY:

---The Foo Fighters 25th Anniversary Van tour will only make one zonal stop, at First Centre in Hamilton ON on 5/20!

---R&B singer, CeCe Penniston will play a one-shot show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 5/16!

---80’s R&B singer, Patti Austin has booked a one-off at the Diamond Horseshoe @ TImes Square in NYC on 3/7!

---Courtney Love & Melissa Auf Der Maur, Perry Farrell and Rachael Yamagata are scheduled to perform in support of the Feminist Institute and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York at Town Hall Theatre in NYC on 3/14!


TOUR TWEAKING:

---Chicago adds ArtPark Amphitheatre in Lewiston NY on 8/7...

---YoungBoy Never Broke Again adds Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 5/16…

---Candlebox adds Seneca Niagara Resort Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 5/9!

---Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals adds City Winery in Boston MA on 5/22...and Seneca Niagara Resort Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 5/23!  They were also added to another Beach Boys date in Wallingford CT on 3/29!

---Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues adds a solo date at The Paramount in Huntington NY on 4/28!

---Trey Anastasio adds Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 6/5!

---Soulfly adds Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 3/1!

 ---Against Me! add The Met in Pawtucket RI on 3/13!


NEW BANDS ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Alter Bridge/ Black Stone Cherry/ Saint Ansonia (4)

---Ann Wilson (11)

---Anti-Flag (7)

---Belinda Carlisle (12)

---Bright Eyes (3)

---Brittany Howard (3)

---Candlebox (1)

---CeCe Penniston (1)

---Chicago (1)

---Courtney Love/ Melissa Auf Der Maur/ Perry Farrell/ Rachael Yamagata (1)

---Dead Kennedy’s (4)

---Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ (5)

---Dropkick Murphys (9)

---Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals (3)

---Foo Fighters (1)

---George Lamond (2)

---Great White/ Slaughter/ Steven Adler/ Vixen (1)

---Hellyeah/ All That Remains (7)

---Justin Heyward (1)

---KoRN/ Faith No More (9)

---Lady Antebellum (7)

---Mephiskapheles (1)

---Michael Glabicki & Uprooted (5)

---Milky Chance (5)

---Nick Lowe (1)

---Patti Austin (1)

---Primus/ Wolfmother (11)

---Rickie Lee Jones (5)

---Roger McGuinn (2)

---Shawn Mullins (11)

---Soulfly (1)

---Steve Forbert (2)

---Steve Martin/ Martin Short/ The Stone Canyon Rangers (8)

---The Black Keys (12)

---The Weekend (9)

---Trey Anastasio (1)

---Young Boy Never Broke Again (1)

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

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Music News for 022220:

---Is it possible?  Could it really happen?  Could Spiedie Fest, fresh off their 35th year, really be taking 2020 off and coming back in a reinvented form in 2021?  The scuttlebutt is that the annual festival has been struggling to make money in recent years, so while it’s fun for fans, it’s not as good of a fundraiser as it used to be.  We should know if the rumors are true fairly soon as we get closer to the time when musical guests would normally be announced.

 

---Kites and Powerlines are getting closer to a new release!  They recently announced on facebook, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Save the date.  We’ve been working hard behind the scenes for the past couple months recording a new EP. We will be celebrating the release of our second musical establishment with live music on this night at @beertreebrew.”

We’re anxious already!  Remember to send us a copy!


---It’s time to sign-up for The Belmar Parade Day Mile!  The Belmar Pub & Grill in Binghamton NY, made the following facebook post last week…


What's Parade Day all about?  Of course it's about the parade, but it is also about the RACE!


The Belmar Parade Day Mile follows the same course as the first St. Patrick's Day parade every year.  We're cool like that.  But we do it first.  Dress in your St.Patty's best!  Kids under 10 receive a free race entry with an adult entry!  Fun for the entire family!  Enjoy the after party!  Great for beginners and walkers!


The one-mile USA Track & Field Certified and Sanctioned race starts at the Broome County Public Library and ends at the The Belmar Pub and Grill.  Don't forget to dress up, we've got prizes for best costume!


New this year.. The Women's Elite Race will go off at 12:50 PM, ahead of the Men's Elite and Open Race at 1:00 PM. Runners who are registered in the Elite Heats will have a prize money pool in both races of $500 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd. Elite Women need to be able to run a sub 7:00 mile. Elite Men need to run a sub 6:00.


Register here:

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Binghamton/ParadeDayMile


---Local singer/ songwriter and drummer, Brenna Swanger has released a new song with her side-band, Breakfast For Dinner.  The song is called, “Sweetheart” and is available on all streaming platforms, according to her post!


---The Pour House (formerly the blind tiger), in Johnson City NY, thanked their patrons last weekend for supporting them on their first anniversary of business...and we would like to thank them for bringing us so much great local music! 


---Colorscape, the annual celebration of music and art in Norwich NY has confirmed that it will be held on September 12th & 13th.  So far it seems that the Adam Ezra Group and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams are being sought to perform, but no line-up or schedule of bands has been announced yet, but it is very early.


---Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be playing for free on The Court at the NYS Fair in Syracuse this summer on Monday night, Labor Day, 9/7 @ 6pm to close out the fair’s 2020 run.!  Also announced this week is an 80’s hair band double bill of Great White and Vixen for the Experience Stage for free at 7pm on Saturday 8/29!


---Punk rockers, Black Flag have booked an ambitious Summer schedule that includes a local stop at the end...Zonal dates include...5/31 @ Crafthouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA...7/7 @ Warsaw in Brooklyn NYC...7/9 @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ...7/10 @ The Palladium in Worcester MA...7/11 @ Granite State Music Hall in Laconia NH...7/12 @ Reverb in Reading PA...7/14 @ Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY...and they’ll wrap their tour on 7/18 @ Tags in Big Flats NY, between Elmira and Corning!


LOCAL-ish: 

---Now that Dave Mustaine is cancer free, trash metal icons, Megadeth have announced a co-headlining tour with modern rockers, Lamb Of God plus, Trivium and In Flames in a major four-band package tour that will be playing our region a ton...and even local-ish as close as Syracuse and Darien Center…here’s the breakdown...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 6/12...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 6/17…the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 6/18...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/20...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/21...Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 6/23...Bold Point Amphitheatre in Providence RI on 6/24…Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 6/26...Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 6/29...the Event Center @ Wind Creek in Bethelehem PA on 10/24...and Laval QC (just outside Montreal) at Place Bell on 10/28!  Whew!


---The Decemberists are set to play our region in mid-August, including a local-ish date!  They’ll be appearing at...Thomson Hall in Toronto ON on 8/14...Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard Winery in Lafayette NY (syracuse) on 8/15...Filene Center @ The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 8/16...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/18…Wang Theatre @ Boch Center in Boston MA on 8/19...and Central Park Summerstage in NYC on 8/20!


---Daughtry ft. American Idol season five alumni, Chris Daughtry...adds an acoustic show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/3...as well as a date in Uncasville CT at the MoheganSun Arena!


---Arlo Guthrie has announced a Summer leg of his 2020 schedule and there are plenty of zonal dates...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 6/2...Tilles Center in Brookville NY on 6/4...warming up for Judy Collins at St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 6/5...Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 6/6...Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 6/12...Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 6/13...Tanglewood Music Hall in Lenox MA on 6/21...Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 6/26...warming up for Judy Collins at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 6/27...Ocean City Music Hall in Ocean City NJ on 6/29, opening for Judy Collins...Thomson Hall in Toronto ON on 7/4, again opening for Judy Collins...Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis MD on 7/15-16...as close as Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 7/24...and at Garde Arts Center in New London CT on 7/25!


---The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival at the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale NY has confirmed their 2020 festival dates!  The annual folk fest will run from Friday night 7/31 thru Sunday 8/2!


REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Janet Jackson has booked a massive North American tour underscoring her return to performing and area dates are definitely on the itinerary, including...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 7/7...the Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 7/9...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 7/10...The Rock in Newark NJ on 7/12...MSG in NYC on 7/14...Boston (TD) Garden in Boston MA on 7/18...KB Center in Buffalo NY on 7/21...and Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 7/22!


---The wait is finally over for fans of Rage Against The Machine, when the band finally breaks out from festivals and hits the road with Run The Jewels on their official reunion tour!  It’ happens after festival appearances at Boston Calling in Boston MA on 5/23...and Firefly in Dover DE on 6/19...The tour doesn’t start in our zone however and doesn’t get here until July, when it plays north of the border at...First Centre in Hamilton ON on 7/21...Air Canada Centre in Toronto ON on 7/23...then Buffalo NY at the KB Center on 7/27….PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 7/31...Capital Arena in Washington DC on 8/4...the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/7...and two nights at MSG in NYC on 8/10 & 8/11!

---The Steve Miller Band is taking Marty Stuart and his band, The Superlatives, on a three-month tour of North America this Summer.  Regional stops include...First Centre in Hamilton ON on 7/26...Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 7/30...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 7/31...Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury PA on 8/1...Jones Beach Amphitheater headlining the Laid Back Festival on 8/8...then again at another Laid Back Festival stop in at the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/9...then Anthem in Washington DC on 8/11...and the Ballpark @ Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on 8/15!

---Backstreet’s Back for 2020!  The Backstreet Boys will bring their 90’s pop into the 21st Century with Summer dates planned for zonal venues...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/10...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/13...the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 7/16...Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford CT on 7/18...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 7/21...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/24...Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 7/25...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 9/11...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 9/12...and Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 9/18!

---Blues guitarist, Jonny Lang is booking Spring solo dates before he teams up with the Buddy Guy tour later in the year...at The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 4/21...Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ on 4/24...and the Appell Center in York PA on 4/25!

---Rockers, The Deftones will bring Gojira and Poppy with them on a major, multi-city package tour!  See this triple bill at...Agganis Arena in Boston MA on 8/14...Place Bell in Laval QC on 8/15...Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 8/17...The Rooftop @ Pier 17 in NYC on 8/19...Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on 8/20...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/22...Anthem in Washington DC on 8/23...the Amphitheatre @ Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on 8/24...and Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 8/26!

---New Found Glory and Simple Plan will co-headline Spring tour dates w/ Knuckle Puck opening, at...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 6/2...The Rooftop @ Pier 17 Southside Seaport in NYC on 6/3...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 6/7...and the Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA, just outside of Pittsburgh PA on 6/9!

---Brothers Of A Feather, is the acoustic version of Robinson brothers from The Black Crowes, an alter-ego, if you will.  Their 11-date world tour will only make two regional stops, but if they go well, perhaps there will be more.  See singer Chris Robinson and his brother Rich on guitar at...Brighton Music Hall in Boston MA on 2/19...and The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 2/21!

---Roger Hodgson is booking the Canadian leg of his “Breakfast In America” world tour for Fall 2020 with nearby bookings at...Meridian Centre in St. Catherine’s ON on 11/25...Leon’s Centre in Kingston ON on 11/26...and potentially in Montreal QC on 12/1, 12/2 & 12/3, pending announcement of the venue!  


---Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, in addition to playing Boston Calling on 5/22 the band will also make tour stops at...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 6/3…The Rooftop @ Pier 17 in NYC on 6/5 & 6/6...Meridian Hall in Toronto ON on 6/25...and UPMC Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 6/26!


---The Subdudes have announced more zonal shows...as part of a larger 2020 tour...Hopewell Theatre in Hopewell NJ on 5/1…The Tabernacle in Tabor NJ on 5/2...City Winery in Philadelphia PA on 5/28…Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley MA on 7/10...Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth NH on 7/22...Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 7/25!


---Martha Reeves of The Vandella’s and former member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson have booked a joint night of Motown at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 5/10...Reeves will also play Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington PA on 6/27!


---Busta Rhymes is booking some sporadic regional dates this Summer...at Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 7/17…Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 7/25…and The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 9/25!


---UK alt-rockers, The Struts, have planned a US jaunt with a few dates coming into our larger zone...Following festival dates at Boston Calling on 5/22...Bonnaroo on 6/1...Firefly (tbd)...and Osheaga in Montreal QC on 7/31, they’ll play Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 6/18...The Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park NJ on 6/19...and the Party In The Park fest @ MLK Park in Rochester NY on 6/25!


---Levitate Music Festival @ Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield MA has announced festival dates for 2020 will be 7/10-12!


---UK singer, Graham Parker (formerly known as Graham Parker & The Rumour back in the new wave days of the 1980’s, right?) has booked a tour with some major zonal stops...Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck NY on 4/3...Shea’s in Buffalo NY on 4/4…Crossroads in Garwood NJ on 5/16...and a 3-night stand at the City Winery in NYC on 5/19, 5/20, 5/21


---Alt-rockers, Rival Sons will take a May trip through our region...starting with...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 5/13…and followed by...the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 5/14...White Eagle Hall in Jersey City NJ on 5/16...Webster Theatre in Hartford CT on 5/17...and Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 5/18!  


--Rock guitarist, Robin Trower will play two fall dates...The Paramount in Huntington NY on 10/15…and Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 10/16!


---Hip Hop band, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have booked a bit of a northeast swing that will bring them to...House Of Blues in Boston MA on 5/7...Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 5/8...and Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA on 5/9!  They’ll also warm-up for Snoop Dogg with Bell Biv DeVoe at The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ on 9/6!


---Jefferson Starship won’t be coming thru our area until later in the year...Westhampton Beach Center in Westhampton Beach NY (way out on the eastern tip of Long Island) on 8/9...Stadium Theatre Center in  Woonsocket RI on 9/11...and The Tropicana in Atlantic City NJ on 9/26!


---Art-rock punkers, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead will close out their world tour 2020 with a few North American dates...just two for us Bingo-Centric fans...The Ritz (Bar Le Ritz) in Montreal QC on 4/22...Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto ON on 4/24...and Club Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 4/26...Voltage in Philadelphia PA on 5/1...ONCE Ballroom in Boston MA on 5/2...Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 5/3...Union Stage in Washington DC on 5/5!


---Indie pop band, AJR has announced a Spring into Su/////mmer tour with Quinn XCII opening!  See the at...Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT on 5/15…Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence RI on 5/16...Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 7/28…Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/30…Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 8/1…Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/2…and Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 8/4!


---TLC will play a show at the Twin River Event in Lincoln RI on 7/24…and also make a stop at the Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park Exhibition Place in Toronto ON on 7/26!


---Tower Of Power has confirmed their Summer tour dates...Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington PA on 6/5…Avalon Theatre @ Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls ON on 7/4…Peach Festival (Day #4) @ Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on 7/5…and at Performance Theatre @ Whitaker Center in Harrisburg PA on 7/7!


---Hip hop superstars, the Wu-Tang Clan have announced a couple of Spring dates...

@ Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 5/7…and the Event Center @ The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ on 5/9!  


---Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will play a three night stand at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark NJ on 11/20, 11/21 and 11/22!


---The Pretty Reckless are being very strategic with their Spring touring plans...

5/5 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom...5/13 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall...

5/15 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair...and 5/16 @ Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ!


ONE NIGHT ONLY:

---Def Leppard will follow-up their Summer tour with Motley Crue and Poison, by touring with ZZ Top in the Fall.  However, since Def Leppard will spend so much time in the northeast with Motley Crue & Poison, that they’ve only booked one date in our greater region, with ZZ Top...that is at The Knickerbocker in Albany NY on 9/21!

---Donnie Iris & The Cruisers have booked a one-off at Jergel’s in Pittsburgh PA on 4/11!  Iris is of course a former member of The Jaggerz who scored a one hit wonder with “The Rapper.”  Of course Iris had his own solo hits, you remember “Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock” I’m sure.

---Gone West ft. Colbie Caillat have booked a one-off at The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 6/7!

---Looks like Dru Hill have booked a one-shot at Warner Theatre in Washington DC on 7/11!

---Pat Travers Band have booked a zonal one-off at the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 6/27!

---Songwriter Chip Taylor has booked a one-shot show at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 6/16!


TOUR TWEAKING:

---Sheena Easton adds Niagara Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls ON on 8/29 as she, very slowly builds a late Summer North American tour!

---Candlebox adds Hart Theatre in Albany NY on 4/26!

---Patti LaBelle adds Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 5/3...and Tanglewood Music Hall in Lenox with Darlene Love opening up on 6/27!

---John Legend has built a tour out of a couple tour dates adding even more this week...Filene Center @ The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 8/21...Event Center @ The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ on 8/22...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/27...Koussevitzky Music Shed @ Tanglewood in Lenox MA on 8/28...and Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 9/2!

---KT Tunstall adds Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 7/29, on an off-night on the Hall & Oates tour...and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 8/30, too!

---Steve Forbert adds Club Cafe in Pittsburgh PA on 5/2!

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys add The Palace Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 10/28!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out, add a two-night stand, Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on 6/19-20!

---Karla Bonoff adds the Center For the Arts in Natick MA on 7/25!

---Three Dog Night add Chevalier Theatre in Medford MA on 9/13!

---Canned Heat add Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 4/21!

---Lucinda Williams adds the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 4/26!

---First wave rocker, Dion adds the Mayo Center in Morristown NJ on 7/30!

---another first waver, Darlene Love adds Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park NJ on 8/15!

---Modern rockers, Coheed & Cambria add The Rooftop @ Pier 17 in NYC on 9/18!

---J2B2 (aka, the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) add Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/28!

---The Outlaws add Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 10/14...and The Roadhouse in Burgettstown PA on 11/7!

---Everlast adds the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 3/17!

---Billy Joel adds another show to his ongoing residency at MSG in NYC on 8/3!


NEW BANDS ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (7)

---AJR/ Quinn XCII(7)

---Arlo Guthrie (14)

---Backstreet Boys (10)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (3)

---Brothers Of A Feather (2)

---Busta Rhymes (3)

---Candlebox (1)

---Canned Heat (1)

---Chip Taylor (1)

---Coheed & Cambria (1)

---Colorscape 2020 (2)

---Darlene Love (1)

---Daughtry (2)

---Def Leppard/ ZZ Top (1)

---Dion (1)

---Donnie Iris & The Cruisers (1)

---Dru Hill (1)

---Everlast (1)

---Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (3)

---Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (5)

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys (1)

---Get The Led Out (2)

---Gone West/ Colbie Caillat (1)

---Graham Parker (6)

---J2B2 (1)

---James Taylor/ Jackson Browne (1)

---Janet Jackson (8)

---Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (5)

---Jefferson Starship (3)

---John Legend (5)

---Jonny Lang (3)

---Karla Bonoff (1)

---KT Tunstall (2)

---Levitate Festival (3)

---Lucinda Williams (1)

---Martha Reeves/ Mary Wilson (1)

---Megadeth/ Lamb Of God/ Trivium/ In Flames (11)

---New Found Glory/ Simple Plan (4)

---Pat Travers Band (1)

---Patti LaBelle (2)

---Rage Against The Machine (8)

---Rival Sons (5)

---Robin Trower (2)

---Roger Hodgson (5)

---Sheena Easton (1)

---Steve Forbert (1)

---Steve Miller Band (8)

---The Deftones (9)

---The Decemberists (6)

---The Outlaws (2)

---The Pretty Reckless (4)

---The Struts (3)

---The Subdudes (6)

---Three Dog Night (1)

---TLC (2)

---Tower Of Power (4)

---Wu-Tang Clan (2)

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

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Music News for 021520:

---The rock world is starting to take notice of Randy McStine...and not just for playing guitar!  In the most recent issue of Premier Guitar magazine, in an article on bass players by their band leaders, Vinnie Moore writes a glowing couple of paragraphs on Randy McStine, citing his bass work on a couple of songs on his most recent release, “Soul Shifter,” as well as his lead guitar work as a solo artist and in The Fringe.  McStine shared the story on his website, but it was a pic that was hard to read as it was a bit blurry, so here is the actual post from Premier Guitar’s website:  https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/29781-17-Guitar-Bass-Heroes-Hail-Their-Heroes-Satriani-Vai-Molly-Tuttle-Lzzy-Hale-Kurt-Vile-Thurston-Moore-Baroness-Gary-Clark-Jr-Tommy-Emmanuel-Jeff-Beck?page=3


---Congrats to local Binghamton area singer/ songwriter/ guitarist, Devinne Meyers who has been nominated for an  award at The SAMMYS (that's the Syracuse Area music awards show) in the Best Alternative Artist category!  We've all loved her for years and now she's getting the recognition she deserves!  Don't let your head get too big for us now, y'hear?  The awards will be handed out in March.


---Congrats to Driftwood who finally get to play Mountain Jam this year!  The schedule for Mountain Jam has finally been released and not only is Driftwood set for night #2, check out this line-up!  


Day #1-Friday 5/29:

The Trey Anastasio Band, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Greensky Bluegrass, Andy Frasco & the UN, Kung Fu, Eggy, Royal Khaddz and Ciarra Fragale.


Day #2-Saturday 5/30:

Gov’t Mule (2 sets), The Head And The Heart, American Son (Levon Helms 80th Birthday Celebration ft. Midnight Ramble Band and special guests), Margo Price, Golden Messenger, Big Something, Driftwood, Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun, Diana DeMuth, Hayley Jane & friends, Caleb Hawley and Jamie Drake.


Day #3-Sunday 5/31:

Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Yola, Ghost of Paul Revere, David Wax Museum, Sammy Rae & friends, Scruffy Pearls, Wild Rivers, Raye Zaragoza, Kevin Daniel and The Rock Academy.Trey is Friday, Brandi and Grace are on Sunday...damn.  Not an easy decision.


Tickets are on sale on Monday 2/9 for $44.50 per day.  Ah, but which day?  The most acts are on Saturday, but maybe your fave act is playing a different day?  Good luck!


---Even more congrats, this time to Brenna Swanger whose band, SHE’S A SPY just released a new album, “Midnight Velvet.”  The album is now streaming on all platforms.


---Yet even more congrats to local band, Recycled Zombies who posted this week that they are marking their tenth anniversary!  Ten more years and you guys can be Re-recycled Zombies!  


---Ithaca Reggae Fest has announced that it will be held on Saturday June 20th at Stewart Park in Ithaca NY with a Pre-Party on Friday night 6/19 at The Haunt in Ithaca...followed by an After-Party, also at The Haunt on Saturday night at 10pm!  A limited amount of early bird tickets are on sale now for $12.00.  Prices are sure to go up as the festival date gets closer and the line-up is announced!


---Looks like the free Chenango Summer Concert Series at East Park in Norwich NY will return in 2020!  A random concert posting for Ana Popovic has placed her there on Thursday 7/9!  You can also find her at...Center For The Arts in Natick MA on 7/11…the Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 10/2...and the Spire Center in Plymouth MA on 10/3!


---Speaking of Ana Popovic, she and Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials have also announced that they will be playing the Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopek PA which will run July 9th thru July 11th!  We will post the rest of the line-up as we find out who else is going to play!


LOCAL-ish:

---The Knotfest Roadshow tour begins it’s 2020 trek at Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 5/30!  A Day To Remember, Underoath and Code Orange will rotate in and out of the the tour, in various combinations, as openers...here’s where else the tour is headed...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 5/31...MSG in NYC on 6/2...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 6/5...and Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 6/6!


---The Goo Goo Dolls are taking their album, “Miracle Pill” on tour across the US with both local-ish and zonal stops along the way...Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 8/10...Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 8/13...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/15...local-ish at Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/16...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 8/18...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/19...on the far fringes of our localish zone at Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/21...The Pavilion @ The Mann in Philadelphia PA on 8/22...and SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/23!


---Incubus announced that they’ll tour behind the April release of their “Trust Fall (Side B)” EP, and they’re bringing along 311 and Badflower!   Expect to see the trio in both our local-ish and regional coverage zones…Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 8/7...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/11...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/12...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 8/14...Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 8/15...Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 8/16...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 8/18...Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/19...as close as Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/21...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/22...and the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/23!


---Alt-rockers, MAGIC GIANT (they first hit the charts in 2016 with “Set On Fire.”) will be touring w/ American Authors/ Public at...Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA on 2/25…and at Webster Hall in NYC on 2/27…and then in the Spring with The Collection at...two local-ish venues...Stage West in Scranton PA on 4/22…and Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 4/23…followed by Montage Music Hall in Rochester NY on 4/24...and Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 4/26!


REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Dead & Company with original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, plus John Mayer, former Allman Brother, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, will only be headlining these dates for the Summer of 2020!

7/29 @ HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey PA

8/1 @ New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford NJ

8/3 @ SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY

8/5 @ Jiffy Live in Bristow VA

8/78-8 @ Fenway Park in Boston MA


---The Rolling Stones have announced 2020 North American tour dates, but just two fall into our regional area…

06/6 @ New Era Field in Buffalo NY

06/23 @ Heinz Field in Pittsburgh PA


---The Guns N’ Roses North American tour 2020 is headed for our zonal neighborhood in July, with Smashing Pumpkins opening at select dates...

7/8 @ Citizens Park in Philadelphia PA

7/13 @ Rogers Centre in Toronto ON

7/16 @ Nationals Park in Washington DC

7/18 @ New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford NJ

7/21 @ Fenway Park in Boston MA


---Asking Alexandria’s House On Fire” tour w/ Falling In Reverse & Wage War opening up will ramble thru our larger sector in late May... 

5/19 @ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD

5/20 @ Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ

5/22 @ Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY

5/23 @ House Of Blues in Boston, MA

5/24 @ Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA

---Former Poison and Mr. Big guitarist, these days with The Winery Dogs, Richie Kotzen will make a solo swing thru America in 2020 to celebrate his 50th birthday!  See Kotzen play at...Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on 6/18...The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 6/19...The Vault Music Hall in New Bedford MA on 6/20...City Winery in Boston MA on 6/21...then after his previously announced three-night stand 6/23-25, at the famed Iridium Jazz Club in NYC...The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore PA on 6/27...Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem PA on 6/28...Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis MD on 6/30...and State Theatre in Falls Church VA on 7/1!   Nearly the entire tour is close to home for the Reading PA native, so you’ve got little excuse if you miss him.

---Testament w/ Black Dahlia Murder are set to invade our greater region in May…

5/5 @ The Fillmore SIlver Spring in Silver Spring MD

5/6 @ Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA

5/7 @ The Paramount in Huntington NY

5/8 @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ

5/9 @ House Of Blues in Boston MA

5/10 @ Mtelus in Montreal QC

5/11 @ Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto ON

5/13 @ Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA


---Latin music star, Juanes has announced a schedule of Spring shows…

4/16 @ Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC

4/17 @ The Strand Ballroom in Providence RI

4/18 @ Theatre @ National Harbor in Oxon Hill MD

4/21 @ House Of Blues in Boston MA

4/23 @ Mtelus in Montreal QC

4/24 @ Meridian Hall in Toronto ON


---Canned Heat is “Goin’ Up The Country” and comin’ to a venue near us...in fact all of their Spring dates are in our larger region...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 4/16...Wall Street Theatre in Norwalk CT on 4/17...The Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls NY on 4/18...The Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 4/19...Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 4/21...the Amp by Strathmore in North Bethesda MD on 4/22...Crafthouse Stage in Pittsburgh PA on 4/23...Midtown Arts Center in Harrisburg PA on 4/24...Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 4/25...and The Colony in Woodstock NY on 4/26!


---Alt-poppers, The Head And The Heart have booked Spring 2020 dates and they’ll be passing thru our zone late May and early June, at...Echo Beach in Toronto ON on 5/23…Shelburne Museum in Shelburne VT on 5/24...ArtPark Mainstage in Lewiston NY on 5/27…Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 5/28…Mountain Jam in Clarksville NY on 5/30…Beak & Skiff in Lafayette NY on 5/31...The Met in Philadelphia PA on 6/2...and Green River Fest in Greenfield MA on 6/12!


---80’s UK pop band, Heaven 17 will make a US run on their 2020 world tour, with zonal stops at The Mod Club in Toronto ON on 5/14...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/16...Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 5/17...and The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 5/18!


---The English Beat 2020 Spring tour:

4/1 @ Jergel’s in Pittsburgh PA

4/2 @ Opera House in Toronto ON

4/6 @ The Birchmere in Alexandria VA

4/7 @ Big Night Live in Boston MA

4/9 @ Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA

4/10 @ Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett NY

4/11 @ Provincetown Town Hall in Provincetown MA

4/12 @ Le Poisson Rouge in NYC

5/21 @ House Of Blues in Boston MA

5/22 @ Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC


---Kool & The Gang

5/1 @ Xcite Center @ Parx Casino in Bensalem PA

5/23 @ Mann Center in Philadelphia PA

6/28 @ Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY


---R&B singer, Tinashe has announced her “Tour For You” tour dates, see her at...Spirit Hall in Pittsburgh PA on 4/22...The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 4/23...Big Night Live in Boston MA on 4/24...Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 4/25...The Warsaw in Brooklyn NYC on 4/26...The Gramercy in NYC on 4/27...and Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON on 4/29!


---Todd Snider adds to his Winter leg and announces Summer dates for our larger zone...

3/5 @ Narrows Center in Fall River MA

6/24 @ State Theatre in State College PA

6/26 @ Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks PA

7/21@ Higher Ground in South Burlington VT

7/24 @ The Egg in Albany NY

7/25 @ Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA


---Bruce Cockburn has announced his 50th Anniversary tour and the Canadian folk singer is still going strong...

@ Academy Of Music in Northampton MA on 4/30..

@ The Wilbur in Boston MA on 5/1…

@ The Flying Monkey in Plymouth NH on 5/3…

@ Higher Ground in South Burlington VT on 5/5…

@ StageOne @ Fairfield Theatre Center in Fairfield CT on 5/7...

@ Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 5/8….

@ Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 5/9…

@ Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis MD on 5/11…

@ Exhibition Place Bandshell in Toronto ON on 9/4...and

@ Bader Center in Kingston ON on 10/20!


---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band have booked a bunch of Spring dates...

3/14 @ Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich RI

4/10 @ Norwood Theatre in Norwood MA

4/11 @ Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA

4/18 @ Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth NH

5/8 @ Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope PA

5/22 @ Narrows Center in Fall River MA

5/30 @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT

6/12 @ Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ

6/13 @ Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA


---Buckcherry have announced an April/ May tour but it only has one regional stop...Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach NH on 5/22…


---Alt-pop sweethearts, lovelytheband have announced their “loneliness for love,” tour with Tessa Violet & Valley and it’s impacting a few municipalities this Spring...

5/24 @ 930 Club in Washington DC

5/28-29 @ The Royale in Boston MA

5/30 @ the Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ

6/1 @ Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON


---Alt-emo band, Dashboard Confessional (chris carraba) has announced a second leg of dates, that will have some additional regional stops...

4/4 @ Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 4/4…

6/5-6 @ Danforth Music Hall in Toronto ON 

7/17 @ Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach DE

9/26 @ The Vine @ del Lago Casino in Waterloo NY


---Goodie Mob have announced Spring 2020 dates, but just two for our region...

4/16 @ Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC

4/17 @ Howard Theatre in Washington DC


---Alt-rockers, Sebadoh has booked a small run of Spring shows...

5/6 @ Hollow Bar in Albany NY

5/7 @ Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA

5/8 @ Black Cat in Washington DC

5/9 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NYC


---Hip hop star, Fetty Wap has announced an aggressive Spring concert schedule with more than a half dozen zonal appearances booked...

@ The Paramount in Huntington NY on 4/8...

@ Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 4/9…

@ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 5/13...

@ Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 5/14...

@ Olympic Park in Montreal QC on 5/15…

@ Metro Fest in Montreal QC on 5/16...

@ The Gramercy in NYC on 5/18…

@ Big Night Live in Boston MA on 5/20!


---Firefall is hooking up with Pure Prairie League & Poco for a very cool package tour this Spring, “The Legends Of Country Rock” tour!  The tour will be making it’s way across the country this Spring, but so far, only at the following regional cities and venues...

@ The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 5/28…

@ Tilles Center in Brookville NY on 5/29...


ONE NIGHT ONLY:

---Alternative band, Bishop Briggs will play a one-off at the XL Club Live in Harrisburg PA on 4/24!


TOUR TWEAKING:

---Constantine Maroulis (remember him from american idol season 4 and the broadway show rock of ages?) is adding onto the Broadway sings Queen show this month with some solo appearances at...Birdland in NYC on 3/9...Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 5/7...and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/8!

---The venue has been named for the Lady Antebellum date in Pittsburgh PA on 7/17...it’s Star Lake Amphitheatre in nearby Burgettstown PA!

---Enter The Haggis adds Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis MD on 3/9!

---Gary Hoey adds Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 5/1!

---Chicago adds the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg PA on 10/2!

---Squeeze add a solo show at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown NY on 3/1, while the Hall & Oates tour whom they are opening for is on a break!

---Cage The Elephant add a show at Riverfront Park in Harrisburg PA on 6/18!

---The Temptations & The Four Tops add The Met in Philly PA on 5/16!

---Arlo Guthrie adds a show with Judy Collins at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island NYC on 6/5, also at the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 6/25 and Thomson Hall in Toronto ON on 7/4!

---The Lettermen add a show on 6/11 at the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ!

---The Sadies add Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo NY on 4/4!

---Mephiskapheles adds Stanhope House in Stanhope NJ on 4/4!


NEW ENTRIES ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---Anna Popovic (4)

---Arlo Guthrie/ Judy Collins (3)

---Asking Alexandria/ Falling In Reverse/ Wage War (5)

---Bishop Briggs (1)

---Bruce Cockburn (10)

---Buckcherry (1)

---Cage The Elephant (1)

---Canned Heat (10)

---Chicago (1)

---Constantine Maroulis (3)

---Dashboard Confessional (5)

---Dead & Company (5)

---Enter The Haggis (1)

---Fetty Wap (8)

---Gary Hoey (1)

---Goo Goo Dolls (9)

---Goodie Mob (2)

---Guns N’ Roses/ Smashing Pumpkins (5)

---Heaven 17 (4)

---Incubus/ 311 (11)

---Ithaca Reggae Fest (1)

---Juanes 6)

---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (9)

---Knotfest Roadshow (5)

---Kool & The Gang (3)

---Lady Antebellum (1)

---lovelytheband/ Tessa Violet/ Valley (5)

---Magic Giant/ American Authors/ Public (2)

---Magic Giant/ The Collection (4)

---Mephiskapheles (1)

---Mountain Jam (3)

---Pure Prairie League/ Poco/ Firefall (2)

---Richie Kotzen (11)

---Rolling Stones (2)

---Sebadoh (4)

---Squeeze (1)

---Testament/ Black Dahlia Murder (8)

---The English Beat (10)

---The Head And The Heart (8)

---The Lettermen (1)

---The Sadies (1)

---The Temptations/ The Four Tops (1)

---Tinashe (7)

---Todd Snider (6)

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

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Music News for 020820:

---In a week we will finally know what a local musician has been teasing this week on facebook, with posts that simply say, Brittany Rose Hopeless” 2/14/20.  Is it a song?  ...an album or something else entirely?  I don’t know about you, but it’s driving me a bit crazy...more than usual, i know.

 

---Former Maine-Endwell Spartan, sister of Ayanna Del Valle and reknowned musician Taina Asili has just booked a show at the Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 2/19!  Is this a one-off or part of a larger tour?

 

---The far-too-long-dormant jam band, Monkey’s Typing is reuniting for one show only, away from the friendly former confines of the Cyber Cafe West, across state lines at the Choconut Inn in Friendsville PA on Saturday April 18th !  Mark your calendars now!  I’ve already posted it on mine!


---Congrats to Molina, who are expanding their reach beyond the GBA (greater binghamton area) to NYC itself, with a show at Alphaville in Brooklyn on Thursday  night 1/30, warming-up for Luv Dot Gov, The Sheens and Dares!  Hope you rocked the rafters!


---Looks like line-up for KidBess & The Magic Ring has changed officially.  The unofficial changes began last summer when bass player, Michael Wu parted ways with The Magic Ring for reasons that are still unknown (...but upset us greatly).  Recently KidBess aka Bess Greenburg,  has been mentoring a new band line-up featuring returning guitarist Joe Alston (also of Milkweed), with new members Jim Lomonaco on bass and Jeff Howard on drums, (both from Honker) which also means that former drummer Cory Caruso has also left!  Bess is also boasting new songs, which hopefully means a new album!?  Cross your fingers!


---Journey tribute band, Epic Journey is coming to the Event Center at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols NY on 2/28 @ 6p & 8p!  Tickets are $20.00.


---According to a 2016 study published by Consequence Of Sound, Binghamton is #20 on the list of best cities for music fans!  #20!  Beating out many larger cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles!  In fact, other upstate cities do quite well on this list...Rochester is #8, Albany is #6...NYC itself pulls in at #26 and Buffalo however is at #43 out of 50 on this list. Some of the criteria for the study included # of bands per capita and crowd size for a typical show.  To see the whole list click on this link for the story: https://consequenceofsound.net/2016/07/new-study-ranks-the-best-and-worst-u-s-cities-for-music-fans/?fbclid=IwAR3kra_bH71yUrnB0_Wz3nR4HzyPAvDuayILzX2S9H4hFoAh4u1ER4GutWs


---Jeff Howell posted on Facebook this week that his band, Boogie du Jour will be playing the first night of the Strawberry Festival 2020 in Owego NY on Friday 6/19 @ 8p!  Fireworks will close out the night!  Can’t wait to find out the rest of the line-up!  In the meantime, Howell says the band is woodshedding...practicing, in other words.


---City And Colour, formerly The City And The Colour will be coming to the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 5/28 @ 8pm!  Tickets are on sale now for $35 or $45.00!   They’ll also be at Rams  Head Live in Baltimore MD on 5/13...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 5/15...Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia PA on 5/16...and Ulster Center in Kingston NY on 5/18!


LOCAL-ish:

---How ironic that in this, the year of the Corona-virus, that Disturbed brings us “The Sickness” again...the 20th Anniversary tour; with Staind & Bad Wolves; and it will spend at least one night in our local area…here’s the rundown...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 7/26...Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/29...Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 7/30...HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey PA on 8/1...Meadows Music in Hartford CT on 8/2...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/4...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/6...as close as a local-ish date at Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/8...Darien Lake Amphitheatre in Darien Center NY on 8/10...Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 8/11...and Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 8/13!

---REO Speedwagon adds another local-ish date at Resorts World Casino in Monticello NY (which is a straight shot down Rt. #86 and about as far away as Bethel Woods.) on 6/6!

---On the westernmost fringes of our local-ish, if not our regional, area lies Sherman NY and the Great Blue Heron festival, which will be held on July 4th weekend, July 3rd thru the 5th; and though they aren’t scheduled yet, we already know the bands that will be playing there...headliners Donna The Buffalo, Los Straitjackets and The Town Pants, as well as locals Driftwood, The Gunpoets, The Blind Spots, Rose & The Bros, Qwister and regional favorites, Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Ekoostik Hookah, Western Centuries, The Probables, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones, Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Vicious Fishes and many others.  We’ll share the full schedule as soon as we can.


REGIONAL ROUND-UP:

---Sammy Hagar & The Circle will launch a grade-A package tour with Whitesnake and Night Ranger in July and it will have major zonal ramifications, stopping at…the Pavilion in Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 7/22...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 7/23...Outdoor Venue @ Seneca Allegany Resort Casino in Salamanca NY on 7/25...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/26...SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 8/18...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 8/19...the Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 8/21...and Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 8/22!


--5 Seconds Of Summer have announced a late Summer theatre tour with The Band Camino and it’s set to make a splash in several nearby markets…Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto ON on 8/23…Anthem in Washington DC on 8/28…Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 8/29…Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 9/2…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 9/3...Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 9/5...and the Allentown Fair in Allentown PA on 9/6!


---My Chemical Romance have finally announced a more conventional 18-night reunion tour dates and they include stops within our larger Bingo-centric “day trip” zone, including…Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 9/14...Boston TD Garden in Boston MA on 9/15...The B.C. in Brooklyn NYC on 9/17...and the Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 9/18!  No word on who the open act or acts will be yet, right now I’m just hoping additional dates will be added...every single show on the tour is SOLD OUT!

---Bayside is celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2020 with a tour!  The “20 Years of Bad Luck” tour will also include Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights and Can’t Swim and tour will make a half-dozen area stops around the first weekend in June...at Buffalo Riverworks in Buffalo NY on 6/4...House of Blues in Boston MA on 6/5...Terminal 5 in NYC on 6/6...Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 6/7...The Fillmore Philadelphia in Philadelphia PA on 6/9...and The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring MD on 6/10!

---Guided By Voices will play a few Spring dates in support of their new album, “Your Poppy Field” (due out on 2/20)!  Out of their nine booked shows...four play in our area…Ottobar in Baltimore MD on 4/3...Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh PA on 4/4...Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem PA on 4/24...and College Street Music Hall in New Haven CT on 4/25!

---The Three Tremors ft. former Judas Priest singer Ripper Owens, (you know...the guy who filled in for Rob Halford while he went solo for awhile?) have expanded their US tour and now have some regional performances…at DIngbatz in Clifton NJ on 4/1...Chrome in Waterford NY on 4/2...The Vault Music Hall in New Bedford MA on 4/3...Kingsland in Brooklyn NY on 4/4...and Blackthorn 51 in Elmhurst NY on 4/5!


---Rapper, Kool Moe Dee has booked two zonal shows...the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 2/20...and Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 2/21!


---Eve 6 is taking “Horrorscope” out for a 20th Anniversary tour with Alien Ant Farm, and they’ll be stopping at…Jergel’s in Pittsburgh PA on 5/10…The Queen in Wilmington DE on 5/12…Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on 5/19…and Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 5/20!.


---Indie artist, Bon Iver will play a summer leg with zonal stops...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 7/28…ArtPark Amphitheatre in Lewiston NY on 7/29…and Osheaga Fest day #3 @ Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal QC on 8/2!


---Speaking of the Osheaga Festival in Montreal it has indeed confirmed that it will return in 2020 at Parc Jean Drapeau for all three days on 7/31, 8/1 & 8/2!  Headliners include Foo Fighters & Vampire Weekend on night #1, Lizzo & Lewis Capaldi on night #2 and Kendrick Lamar & Bon Iver on night #3!


---The Verve Pipe will be exclusively playing the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in April...

@ The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 4/2…the Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 4/3...Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/5...and City Winery in Boston MA on 4/9!


---lovelytheband has only a few scheduled dates for 2020...two out of three are within our friendly regional confines...The Royale in Boston MA on 5/28...and what seems to be a festival date at The Pavilion @ Wiggins Park in Camden NJ with AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon, The 1975, KALEO and many others on 5/30!


---Vanessa Carlton is booking shows in April...but only a half dozen or so...for our corner of the country...The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 4/14...The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 4/18...and City Winery in NYC on 4/19!


ONE NIGHT ONLY:

---Aerosmith has announced a 50th anniversary show for their hometown fans at Fenway Park in Boston MA, on September 18th, with Extreme opening up!  Tickets are on sale now!  So, no farewell tour then?  Sigh.

---Immediately following the Aerosmith show, the very next day, Saturday 9/19...New Kids On The Block and Bell Biv DeVoe (plus some acts to be named later) will also play Fenway Park in Boston MA!

---Chaka Khan has booked a one-off at the Event Center @ Twin River Casino in Lincoln RI on 5/30!

---Alt-poppers, Sister Hazel have an open Spring so far, following a southern Winter leg, except for this one-timer at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 5/7!  We’ll see how long this remains their solo booking.


TOUR TWEAKING:

---Three Dog Night adds Warner Theatre in Erie PA on 2/6...and Kodak Center Theatre in Rochester NY on 4/26!

---The Yardbirds are leaking a few Fall dates already, but so far, just one for our area...The Tralf in Buffalo NY on 10/1!

---Air Supply adds Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 2/27...and The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ on 3/20!

---Bruce Hornsby adds Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 2/28!

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox adds Academy Of Music in Northampton MA on 3/15...and Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 3/18!

---Lyle Lovett and John Haitt add a joint date at Troy Music Hall in Troy NY on 5/6!

---Juliana Hatfield adds The Parlor Room @ Signature Sounds in Northampton MA on 2/13!

---Ambrosia adds the Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT on 9/4!

---Of Montreal adds Elsewhere in Brooklyn NYC on 3/5!

---Billy Joel adds another show to his MSG residency in NY on 7/23!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add City Winery in NYC on 4/10 & 4/11!

---Joywave adds Elsewhere in Brooklyn NYC on 4/23!

---Crystal Bowersox adds Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 4/26…and The Loft @ City Winery in NYC on 4/28!

---Rocker, Gary Hoey adds a land-based date ahead of the Rock Legends Cruise at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 2/9!

---Enter The Haggis adds City Winery in Philly on 3/8….and the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill NY on3/15!

---Spyro Gyra adds The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 2/20!

---Dweezil Zappa adds The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 3/13!

---Crack The Sky adds Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 4/25!

---Pianist/ singer/ songwriter, Al Stewart adds The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 5/7…and Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis MD w/ The Empty Pockets on 5/8!

---Willie Nile adds The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 5/8!

---The Amity Affliction adds the Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD w/ Stray From The Path

In Baltimore MD on 5/12!

---Steve Tyrell books a night at The Birchmere in Vienna VA on 6/1, following his 10-night residency at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC.  

---Rachel Sage will open for Howard Jones at the Narrows Center in Fall River MA on 3/17!

---The Unlikely Candidates add Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA on 4/25!

---The Ultimate 70’s Tour w/ Poco/ Pure Prairie League/ Orleans adds Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell MA on 4/30!


NEW BANDS ON REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE:

---5 Seconds Of Summer/ The Band Camino (7)

---Aerosmith/ Extreme (1)

---Al Stewart (2)

---Ambrosia (1)

---Air Supply (2)

---Bayside/ Senses Fail/ Hawthorne Heights/ Can’t Swim (6)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Bruce Hornsby (1)

---Chaka Khan (1)

---City And Colour (5)

---Crack The Sky (1)

---Crystal Bowersox (2)

---Disturbed/ Staind/ Bad Wolves (11)

---Dweezil Zappa (1)

---Enter The Haggis (2)

---Eve 6/ Alien Ant Farm (4)

---Gary Hoey (1)

---Guided By Voices (4)

---Joywave (1)

---Juliana Hatfield (1)

---Kool Moe Dee (2)

---lovelytheband (2)

---Lyle Lovett/ John Haitt (1)

---My Chemical Romance (4)

---New Kids On The Block/ Bell Biv DeVoe (1)

---Of Montreal (1)

---Osheaga Festival (3)

---Rumours (1)

---Sammy Hagar & The Circle/ Whitesnake/ Extreme (8)

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (2)

---Sister Hazel (1)

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (2)

---Spyro Gyra (1)

---Steve Tyrell (1)

---The Amity Affliction/ Stray From The Path (1)

---The Three Tremors ft. Ripper Owens (5)

---The Unlikely Candidates (1)

---The Yardbirds (1)

---Three Dog Night (2)

---Vanessa Carlton (3)

---Ultimate 70’s Tour w/ Pure Prairie League/ Orleans/ Poco (1)

---Willie Nile (1)

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

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Music News for 020120:

---Local guitar superstar and multi-instrumentalist, Randy McStine has released another experimental album.  Here’s what McStine said in his facebook post about the project and a handy link:  

 “If you dig my experimental side, I just released an instrumental recording called Anachronismish. It's a 30-minute live guitar odyssey which draws upon my love of Jeff Beck, Fripp & Eno, Tangerine Dream, Neu!, and many others.”

https://rmcstine.bandcamp.com/album/anachronismish


---It’s the first of February and that means that the sale of popular restaurant and lounge, Number 5 in Binghamton NY could be finalized any minute, if it’s not already.  Will that mean that things stay the same or will there be changes once the deal is finalized?  Details are lacking at the moment, but we do have assurances that Number 5 will be open until the end of May.  


---With the Spiedie Fest under new management and questions abounding, some are also wondering about another local festival, Allsiders, the festival that was intended to be a reunion for members and former members of Binghamton from all sides of the city!  The previously annual festival had been held at Rec Park for most of it’s nine years, but came under scrutiny in 2017 due to public urination and alcohol consumption.  Another venue was sought, such as Sandy Beach park on the Binghamton/ Conklin line, or on private property.  Allsiders 2018 was held at Cheri Lindsey Park, but there never was an Allsiders 2019, following the death of festival organizer Dean DeFalco in July.  The question remains will there be an Allsiders 2020? For that to happen a new organizer will have to step up.


---11-year-old guitar prodigy, Eamonn Hubert played the “Time To Shine Kids Cabaret” concert on Sunday January 19th at the Green Room 42 in NYC!  Instead of playing a selection on his guitar, he picked one that he learned on piano and brought down the house!  If you haven’t seen this for yourself yet, here’s a link to it on YouTube.


---The inclement weather of this past weekend (1/18) forced the postponement of Michael Wu’s Celebration Ensemble’s Eagles tribute show at Original’s in Owego NY.  There is not a make-up date scheduled yet...(but you know there will be).


---The Oak Ridge Boys are bringing “Elvira” to Elmira!  Sorry, but as a DJ that used to take calls for “...that song about Elmira” early in my career, I couldn’t pass that one up.  The country/pop cross-over band (from back-in-the-day when country music was Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle, y’know better than todays over produced crap.) will play the Clemens Center in Elmira NY on Wednesday March 4th!  They’ll also play the Stanley Center in Utica NY on 2/13!


---Stephen Marley will play as close as The Haunt in Ithaca NY on 3/27 and the reggae star will make nine additional zonal stops as well...at, Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 3/12...Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 3/19...Diamond Horseshoe @ Times Square in NYC on 3/20…The Cabot in Beverly MA on 3/21…The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore PA on 3/22…Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA on 3/24…The Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth MA on 3/26…Filene Center @ The Wolf Trap in Vienna VA on 8/19…and Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn NYC on 8/20!


---Trumansburg area genre-blending folk-rockers, Donna The Buffalo have announced the list of bands that will participate in their annual Great Blue Heron Festival in Sherman NY!  The 2020 festival headliners will include Donna The Buffalo, Los Straitjackets and The Town Pants.  Other bands include local favorites, Driftwood, The Gunpoets and Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots, as well as Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Ekoostik Hookah, Western Centuries, The Probables, Aaron Lipp & The Slacktones, Reggae Infinity, Ponder The Albatross, Soulsha, Uncle Ben’s Remedy, 8 Ball Aitken, Sun King Warriors, The Steel City Jug Slammers, Rose & The Bros, Slyboots Circus, Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers,, Qwister, The Oak Hill Drifters, Vicious Fishes, Tiger Maple String Band, Stewed Mulligan, Black Rock Zydeco, Max Garcia Conover, Ken Hardley, Bill, Amanda & John, Big Hat No Cattle, Steel Rails, The Ukuladies and Ezekiel’s Wheel.  


---Hip hop star, Lil Tjay will play an intimate night at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 4/4!


---The NYS Fair has confirmed that they will open on Wednesday August 26th for 13 days thru Monday (Labor Day) 9/7!  They also announced that 80’s pop singer, Sheena Easton will play on Wednesday 9/2 @ 2pm for Free on the Court!  


---The Dave Matthews Band is coming to Syracuse...and that’s not all!  The band will play a total of 12 show in the heart of the summer months in our region, beginning at...Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 6/16 & 6/17…Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/3…Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 07/08…SPAC in Saratoga Springs NY on 7/10-11…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 7/14-15…Great Woods in Mansfield MA on 7/17…Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on 7/18…Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/21...and finally as close as Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 7/22


---Eric Gales will perform at the Center For The Arts in Homer NY on 3/6!


Local-ish:

---Indie/ folk rockers, Of Monsters & Men will take a Springtime jaunt thru our zone, including stops at...Stage AE in Pittsburgh PA on 5/5…Riverfront Park in Harrisburg PA on 6/4…as close as Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown NY on 6/5…and two of the three nights of the Governors Ball @ Randall’s Island in NYC on 6/6  & 6/7!


---Dark Star Orchestra has announced a string of regional shows (every single one) including a local-ish stop...The WIlbur in Boston MA on 5/7...Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on two nights 5/8 & 5/9...then two more nights at The Hamilton Live in Washington DC on 5/11 & 5/12...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 5/14...Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 5/15...Westbury Theatre in Westbury NY on 5/16...McCarter Theatre in Princeton NJ on 5/18...and finally, Buffalo NY on 5/19 at the Town Ballroom!


---Alice Cooper has compiled a great 80’s flavored bill that includes Tesla & Lita Ford for a late Spring 2020 run of show that has at least one local-ish venue...Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 6/16…the closest date to Bingo-land, at the Arena @ Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre PA on 6/17…Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 6/19…Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford NH on 6/20…Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover MD on 6/21…Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 6/23…Mann Center in Philadelphia PA on 6/25…and Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 6/26!


---James Taylor and Jackson Browne will team-up for a Spring/ Summer tour in support of Taylor’s new album, “American Standard” due for release on 2/28...See this mellow pairing at...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 6/16…Giant Center in Hershey PA on 6/18...a local-ish stop at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/19...Fenway Park in Boston MA (ft. Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin instead of Jackson Browne) on 6/21...Tanglewood in Lenox MA (james taylor only) on 7/4....Arts Center in Holmdel NJ on 7/7...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 7/8...and the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 7/10!


---The Hot Tuna tour just got local-ish...the band made up of former Jefferson Airplane alumni, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassady will play at...Count Basie Center in Red Bank NJ on 7/9…The Paramount in Huntington NY on 7/10…Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 7/11…Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington MA on 7/13...The Wilbur in Boston MA on 7/14…Flynn Theatre in Burlington VT on 7/15…two dates as close as Paper Mill Island Amphitheatre in Baldwinsville (syracuse essentially) NY 7/17 as well as...Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 7/18…and Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in Homestead PA (near pittsburgh) on 7/19!


Regional Round-Up:

---Former Pink Floyd singer/ songwriter/ bass player, Roger Waters has announced the “This Is Not A Drill” tour set for 31 cities in North America will visit 8 cities in our larger region at...PPG Arena in Pittsburgh PA on 07/8...Wells Center in Philadelphia PA on 7/10...Air Canada Center in Toronto ON on 7/17...Bell Centre in Montreal QC on 7/23...The Knickerbocker in Albany NY on 7/25...Boston TD Garden in Boston MA on 7/28...Capitol Arena in Washington DC on 7/30...and MSG in NYC on 8/5!


---Jam band, Phish announced their long awaited Summer schedule this week and for regional fans, that means five dates at but two venues...the closest at Giant Center in Hershey PA on 8/11 & 8/12...followed by three nights at Atlantic City Beach in Atlantic City NJ on 8/14, 8/15 & 8/16!


---The line-up for the Rochester International Jazz Festival looks great so far with Spyro Gyra on Tuesday June 23rd and Chic ft. Nile Rodgers on Friday night 6/26!  The festival will be held at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester NY and more of the line-up is sure to be announced soon.


---Ahoy, Parrotheads!  Jimmy Buffett is back in 2020 with pop/ island/ country music for...Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA on 7/16...Jiffy Live in Bristow VA on 8/1...Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY on 8/4...and the Pavilion at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ on 8/6!


---The 1975 will be touring this Spring to support their forthcoming album, “Notes On A Conditional Form” due in April!  Check them out at…Anthem in Washington DC on 5/23...Madison Square Garden in NYC on 5/26...Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover MD on 5/29...and Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh PA on 6/2!


---Alicia Keys will embark on a Summer tour in support of her March release, “ALICIA!”  Zonal tour dates include...Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore MD on 8/5…Theatre @ National Harbor in Oxon Hill MD on 8/7…The Met in Philadelphia PA on 8/9…Waterfront Music Pavilion in Boston MA on 8/11…Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 8/14…and Molson Amphitheatre