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Music News for 031618:

---The week-to-week line-up for Cans & Clams (in their new location at Endwell Greens) has been released!  Here’s the breakdown:

5/25:   Splash

6/1:      Rooster & The Roadhouse Horns

6/8:      Brotherhood

6/15:   The Look

6/22:   Rooster & The Roadhouse Horns

6/29:   Straight Up

7/6:      Brotherhood

7/13:   Group du Jour

7/20:   Splash

7/27:   Rooster & The Roadhouse Horns

8/3:      Brotherhood

8/10:   Splash

8/17:   (off for Dicks Sporting Goods Open)

8/24:   Group du Jour

8/31:   Rooster & The Roadhouse Horns

All shows start at 6pm!  For more info go to:

---This year’s Dick Sporting Goods Open concert will be announced on Monday 3/19!  The act is rumored to be a big name, high-profile country artist (which means we here at Radio2.0 won’t care, but we’ll still list it) and officials will insist that “he” be on site by afternoon on the day of the show.  The tournament and concert will be held at EnJoie golf course in Endicott NY from August 13th thru the 19th!  The concert will be held greenside at EnJoie golf course on Friday night 8/17!

---The fundraiser for the Busy Bird Bluegrass Festival, is set for Saturday 4/7, at the Kalurah Shrine in Endicott NY!  For a mere $15.00 you can see The Busy Bird Springfest and some great bands that will be playing at the summer event…Bug Tussle, Matthews Family Tradition, Slewfoot, Molly & The Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys, Melanie & The Boys, Milkweed, Dave Brown & the Dishonest Fiddler’s and The Renegade Ramblers!  Doors open at 11am!

---The NYS Fair in Syracuse has announced four free shows on the Court this week, including…Hunter Hayes on 8/26 @ 8p…Lil Yachty on 8/29 @ 8p…Maren Morris on 9/3 @ 1p…and Niall Horan on 9/3 @ 8p!  There are still 16 more open slots to fill, so stay tuned!

---The Peach Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton PA has just announced Phase 2 of their 2018 line up including…Little Feat!  The iconic band will play it’s biggest selling album, “Waiting For Columbus,” in it’s entirety with help from moe. and the Turkuaz Horns.  Also added to the line-up was Oteil Burbridge & Friends…Michael Franti & Spearhead…ZZ Ward…Third World…Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and more!  The four day festival will be held Thursday, July 19th thru Sunday, July 22nd!

---Other bands are being confirmed for The Peach Festival at Montage MountainBlackberry Smoke has been assigned to Thursday 7/19 & Saturday 7/21…The Revivalists on 7/21…The Devon Allman Project will play on Saturday 7/21…and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Sunday 7/22!

---Paramore and Foster The People will undertake a joint tour that will get Summer started perfectly, including a local-ish date in Syracuse NY at Lakeview Amphitheatre on 6/17…Toronto ON on 6/18…Gilford NH on 6/20…Columbia MD on 6/23…Philadelphia PA on 6/24…and Brooklyn NY on 6/26!

---The Big-X-Cuse Fest is a one-day Alternative Rock fest, set for the Court at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse NY on 6/16 and it includes a very cool bill…Dashboard Confessional, Cold War Kids, Judah & The Lion, Moon Taxi, lovelytheband, AJR, Two Feet and Spirit Animal!  No ticket details are available right now.

---It’s hasn’t been promoted yet, but it’s on the Kenny Wayne Shepherd website (@ ) that KWS is going on tour with Beth Hart and one of their stops will include The Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 8/2!  As for the rest of the tour…Greensburg PA on 7/17…Post Chester NY on 7/21…Hampton Beach NH on 7/22…New Haven CT on 7/25…Albany NY on 7/27…Westbury NY on 7/28…and Asbury Park NJ on 7/31!

---The “I Love The 90’s Tour” for 2018 finally books a tour in our greater local area…on 5/26 in Mount Pocono PA at Mount Airy Lodge!  On the bill for this appearance…Salt N Pepa, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young M.C.

---Here’s an interesting tour…the “Voodoo Threauxdown” tour will bring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 8/11, along with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the New Breed Brass Band, Galactic, Cyril Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Kermit Ruffins!  The tour is also coming to…Bethlehem PA on 8/2…Baltimore MD on 8/3…Boston MA on 8/4…Hampton Beach NH on 8/7…NYC on 8/8…Atlantic City NJ on 8/10…Philadelphia PA on 8/12…Lewiston NY on 8/14…and Vienna VA on 8/17!

---T-Pain has added a show to his (now) seven-date tour in Wilkes-Barre PA at The Kirby Center on 4/14!  It will be the only regional date on the tour!


---Still waiting as posting-time for any word of a rumored Beyonce/ Jay-Z that is supposed to be set for Summer 2018!  It would be their first tour together since 2014, but the rumor mill got hyper-ramped up when ticketmaster accidentally posted a show in Philadelphia PA on 7/30, before deleting it, as fans took notice.  The kids are also supposed to accompany them on the tour as well (Blue Ivy (6) and twins Sir and Rumi (8 months)).  We’ll let you know as soon as we get confirmation.

---Eric Clapton is playing a few dates this year, having already declared he’s done with tours, Greenwich CT on 5/26…and two nights at MSG in NYC…10/6 & 10/7, both nights with Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughn!

---Modern rockers, Arctic Monkeys will get back on the road this summer with new tour dates…Queens NY on 7/24…Boston MA on 7/27…Washington DC on 7/28…Pittsburgh PA on 7/31…and Toronto ON on 8/5!

---Playboi Carti has announced an ambitious world tour that is coming to our humble region soon…Washington DC on 5/15…Brooklyn NY on 5/18…Uncasville CT on 5/19…Philadelphia PA on 5/20…Boston MA on 5/22…and Toronto ON on 6/3!

---Paul Simon has announced another leg on his farewell tour, but it’s also being called the “final leg,” so miss it at your own risk…Washington DC on 9/14…Newark NJ on 9/15…Pittsburgh PA on 9/17…and NYC on 9/20, 9/21 & 9/22!

---Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”…remember?) has book a 10-date residency at the Blue Note in NYC, that runs from 3/23 thru 4/1!  That’s ten night’s-in-a-row, without a break!  He’ll also play North Bethesda MD before heading to Europe!

---Josh Groban and Idina Menzel are teaming-up for a joint Fall 2018 tour that will bring them into our humble little region in…Boston MA on 11/9…Philadelphia PA on 11/12…Rochester NY on 11/13…Washington DC on 11/15…Pittsburgh PA on 11/16…and NYC on 11/18!  More dates could be added for this one…especially in NYC. 

---The Robert Cray Band has announced their 2018 tour itinerary and the veteran blues band dives into our area at…Geneva NY on 6/15…Alexandria VA on 6/20…Uncasville CT on 6/23…Jim Thorpe PA (probably their closest stop at Penn’s Peak) on 6/24…Patchogue NY on 6/26…Concord NH on 6/28…Beverly MA on 6/29…and two nights in North Truro MA on 6/30 & 7/1!

---Melissa Etheridge has announced Summer 2018 dates and lucky us, they’ll bring her into our region…Portsmouth NH on 6/17…Bensalem PA (near philly) on 6/21…and Washington DC on 6/22 & 6/23!

---James Bay has a new album, “Electric Light” coming out and also has a tour to support it that is coming our way…Washington DC on 4/2…Brooklyn NY on 4/3…Boston MA on 4/5…Philadelphia PA on 4/6…Toronto ON on on 4/8…then after a jaunt in the UK…NYC on 9/18…Washington DC on 9/20…Philadelphia PA on 9/25…Boston MA on 9/26…and Toronto again on 9/28!

---Booker T. has announced dates into 2019!  There are some regional shows…Washington DC on 6/1…Boston MA on 6/4…and in 2019, Pittsburgh PA on 5/10!

---Al Jardine, of The Beach Boys, hits the road as a solo act this Spring with regional dates on…3/29 in Plymouth NH…Beverly MA on 3/30…NYC on 4/1!

---The velvet teddy bear, Ruben Studdard is returning to the road, riding the crest of the wave of sentiment surrounding the reboot of the show that made him famous, American Idol!  Catch up with the Season two winner in…Englewood NJ on 4/24…New Brunswick NJ on 4/26…New Bedford MA on 4/27…Glenside PA on 4/28…Beverly MA on 4/29…Westbury NY on 5/2…Ridgefield CT on 5/3…Uncasville CT on 5/4…and Rockville MD on 5/5!

---Indigo Girls have expanded their 2018 tour by adding a Spring/ Summer leg…Huntington NY on 5/10…New London CT on 5/11…Saratoga Springs NY on 5/12…Ridgefield CT on 5/16…Portsmouth NH on 5/18…Kingston NY on 5/19…Lebanon NH on 5/20…Ocean City NJ on 7/9!

---The Fabulous Thunderbirds announced a last minute tour that actually began Thursday (3/15) in Bay Shore NY…and now continues in…Rockport MA on 3/17...Shirley MA on 3/18…NYC on 3/20…Washington DC on 3/21…Stanhope PA on 3/22…Stanhope NJ on 3/22…Hartford CT on 3/23…and also make a stop in Bethlehem PA on 3/24 for the Blast Furnace Blue Festival, which runs from 3/23 thru 3/25, blues fans!

---The Used are coming back around with a Spring tour that will bring them into our region…Wilmington DE on 5/1…Stroudsburg PA on 5/4…Toronto ON on 5/8…Buffalo NY on 5/11!

---Black Dahlia  Murder has added a Summer leg on their current tour so tack-on stops in…Toronto ON on 6/12…Rochester NY on 6/13…Boston MA on 6/14…NYC on 6/15…Philadelphia PA on 6/16…Baltimore MD on 6/17!  Also on the bill…Whitechapel, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown and Shadow Of Intent!

---Hawthorne Heights have announced tour dates…Albany NY on 4/18…Boston MA on 4/19…Brooklyn NY on 4/21…Easton PA on 4/22…Philadelphia PA on 4/24…Asbury Park NJ on 4/25…and Washington DC on 4/26!

---The Front Bottoms have announced regional tour dates and here’s where you can check them out…Clifton Park NY on 5/22…Baltimore MD on 5/23…Pittsburgh PA on 6/4…Toronto ON on 6/8…Montreal QC on 6/9…Providence RI on 6/10!

---Bon Iver finally has two shows booked in our region…two nights in North Adams MA at MassMoca on 3/24 & 3/25!

---Ja Rule has booked two dates only…Hartford CT on 4/19…and Providence RI on 4/21 with Ashanti!

---Beach House has announced 2018 tour dates…Upper Darby PA on 7/26…Toronto ON on 8/20…NYC on 8/22…Brooklyn NY on 8/23…Boston MA on 8/24…and Washington DC on 8/25!

---Balladeer Michael Bolton has booked some theatre-sized tour dates for this Spring…and one for Summer…Huntington NY on 3/29…Bethlehem PA on 3/31…two in Niagara Falls ON on 4/6 & 4/7…and then (after a trip to Australia) comes back on 8/29 to play Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY!

---Ted Leo & The Pharmacists have announced their 2018 Summer dates and regional implications include…Washington DC on 6/8 & 6/9…Brooklyn NY on 6/12 & 6/13…and Boston MA on 6/15 & 6/16!

---Tricky has announced a 2018 tour that starts in our region…Philadelphia PA on 4/30…Boston MA on 5/2…NYC on 5/3!

---The Road Jam Fest in Stratford CT has announced their line-up!  The two night festival will be held on Friday 6/22 (with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong & Deep Banana Blackout) & Saturday 6/23 (w/ Lotus, Tauk, Monophonics, Madaila and The Alpaca Gnomes!).


---Fall Out Boy will curate and headline a benefit concert for the “March For Our Lives” anti-assault weapons ban protest!  The concert takes place on 3/23, the night before the march, on 3/24, in Washington DC!  The show also features: G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha and Lizzo!

---Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band just booked a one-timer in the U.S. at The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ…just four days before his European tour!

---David Johansen of the New York Dolls dons his Buster Poindexter persona again for a one-off in Roslyn NY at My Father’s Place on 6/29!

---The New Stylistics ft. Russell Thompkins have booked a one-time-only show in Roslyn NY at My Father’s Place on 11/17, but it makes you wonder if there will be more shows with this new line-up.


---Kansas adds Verona NY on 4/29…and Albany NY on 4/27!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add Niagara Falls ON on 4/15…and Asbury Park NJ on 7/7!

---St. Vincent adds Wilmington DE on 5/25!

---Steve Forbert adds Lima NY (near Rochester) on 5/6…Vienna VA on 6/15…and Sellersville PA on 6/16!

---The Devon Allman Project w/ Duane Betts has added…Old Saybrook CT on 4/17…Westhampton Beach NY on 4/20…NYC on 4/24…and State College PA on 4/25!

---Umphrey’s McGee (whose national tour so far has been all south and west of here) finally adds a regional date…Asbury Park NJ on 6/30!

---Dark Star Orchestra adds Asbury Park NJ on 8/11!

---Howie Day adds Roslyn NY on 8/16!

---David Byrne, former lead singer of Talking Heads, continues to add on to his huge 2018 tour with new shows in…Queens NY on 9/15…and Brooklyn NY on 9/17!

---Lost 80’s Live w/ A Flock Of Seagulls/ Wang Chung/ When In Rome/ Animotion/ Naked Eyes/ Bow Wow Wow adds…New Brunswick NJ on 9/20…Washington DC on 9/21…and Baltimore MD on 9/22!

---Peter Yarrow, formerly of Peter, Paul & Mary; adds…Roslyn NY on 9/30!

---Shaggy adds New Haven CT on 4/13…and Rochester NY on 4/14!

---War adds North Tonawanda NY on 7/31…Copiague NY on 8/1…and Lynn MA on 9/29!

---Maxi-Priest finally adds dates in our region…aside from tonight in Uncasville CT (3/9)…Dewey Beach DE on 7/1…Washington DC on 7/3…and NYC on 7/5!

---UK rocker, Robyn Hitchcock, adds Irvington NY on 4/7…Fairfield CT on 4/8…and Northampton MA on 4/10!

---Tommy Castro & The Painkillers add Buffalo NY on 4/3!

---Blue October adds Niagara Falls NY on 4/25…and Uncasville CT on 4/28!

---NRBQ adds Piermont NY on 5/5…Woodstock NY on 5/6…Baltimore MD on 5/10…Alexandria VA on 5/11…and Roslyn NY!

---Saxon will play a solo show on an off night from the Judas Priest tour at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY on 3/16!

---Roger Hodgson, of Supertramp, adds Montreal QC on 10/30!

---Nothing More plays a tune up before jumping on the Papa Roach tour with a solo show at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 4/4!

---Manchester Orchestra adds New Haven CT on 6/1…Wilmington DE on 6/6…and Vienna VA on 6/22!

---Cold War Kids add Baltimore MD on 6/17…New Haven CT on 6/19…and South Burlington VT on 6/22!

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox adds South Orange NJ on 4/27…Peekskill NY on 6/8…and Asbury Park NJ on 6/16!

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox finally adds some domestic dates… Staten Island NY on 5/3…Ridgefield CT on 8/16…Lowell MA on 8/17!

---Tommy James & The Shondells add Englewood NJ on 5/12!

---Todd Rundgren’s Utopia tour date on 4/18 appears to have moved from Philadelphia PA to Jim Thorpe PA at Penn’s Peak!  Please make a note of it!

---Kip Winger, former lead singer of 80’s band Winger, adds Worcester MA on 3/24…and Washington PA (near Pittsburgh) on 3/25!

---Alice Cooper adds NYC on 9/6…and York PA on 9/7!


---Al Jardine (3)

---Alice Cooper (2)

---Arctic Monkeys (5)

---Beach House (6)

---Black Dahlia Murder/ Whitechapel/ Fleshgod Apocalypse/ Aversions Crown/ Shadow Of Intent (6)

---Blast Furnace Blues Festival (3)

---Blue October (2)

---Bobby McFerrin (11)

---Booker T. (3)

---Buster Poindexter (1)

---Cold War Kids (3)

---Dark Star Orchestra (1)

---David Byrne (2)

---Devon Allman Project/ Duane Betts (4)

---Eric Clapton (3)

---The Front Bottoms (6)

---Hawthorne Heights (7)

---Howie Day (1)

---I Love The 90’s Tour (1)

---Indigo Girls (8)

---Ja Rule (2)

---James Bay (10)

---Josh Groban/ Idina Menzel (6)

---Kansas (2)

---Kip Winger (2)

---Lost 80’s Live (3)

---Manchester Orchestra (3)

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox (3)

---Maxi-Priest (4)

---Melissa Etheridge (4)

---Michael Bolton (5)

---Nothing More (1)

---NRBQ (5)

---Paramore/ Foster The People (6)

---Paul Simon (6)

---Peter Yarrow (1)

---Playboi Carti (6)

---Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (1)

---Road Jam Festival (2)

---Robert Cray Band (9)

---Robyn Hitchcock (3)

---Roger Hodgson (1)

---Ruben Studdard (9)

---Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (3)

---Shaggy (2)

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

---St. Vincent (1)

---Steve Forbert (3)

---T-Pain (1)

---Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (6)

---The Fabulous Thunderbirds (8)

---The New Stylistics ft. Russell Thompkins Jr. (1)

---The Used (4)

---Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (1)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (1)

---Tricky (3)

---Umphrey’s McGee (1)

---Voodoo Threauxdown Tour (10)

---War (3)

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


Music News for 030918:

---A week-and-a-half after closing their doors it appears that the Blind Tiger Pub in Johnson City NY is not closed temporarily, it’s permanently and it’s not going to reopen under any circumstances with it’s present management.  Owner Glenn Nichols has been in an ongoing lease dispute with the owner of the property and his legal fees alone are in the neighborhood of 250-thousand dollars.  He also owes NYS money, allegedly for taxes levied, but how much isn’t clear.  Nichols, who is 69-years-old, has had enough and says he’s “headed south.”  For more info click on the links below: and

---Shelter Slam has been set for 2018 and will raise money for local animal shelters at Endwell Greens in Endwell NY on Saturday April 14th!  The line-up is a veritable who’s who of local bands and animal lovers…Recycled Zombies, The KiiL, Jimmy Jones & The Family Jewels, O.C.D., Hating Amy, V.A.P.E., The Gents, Bess Greenberg, Caruso, Wu and Alton, Drama Scream, Tijuana Danger Dogs, Trace Of Life, Forgotyen Sun, Wreckless Marci, Messy Truth, Burning Moonlight, Chief Big Way, Battery and Phil Varone!  Admission is $13.00 and the show starts at noon and will go on rain or shine.

---Notes from the road with Donna The Buffalo, posted by Bess Greenberg on facebook…” what a phenomenal experience to join Donna the Buffalo on their journey to Sonic Ranch Recording Studio to create their latest album with master producer/engineer Rob Fraboni. it was two weeks ago we all arrived here—at the Mexican border, in Tornillo, Texas—surrounded by 3500 acres of pecan groves, which at its heart holds gorgeous recording studios with top-notch equipment and colorful living quarters filled with beautiful books and art — a truly unique place created with an authentic passion and genius for creating music. thank you Donna the Buffalo for bringing me along to be a part of it all and help document the experience. five days remaining and it has been magic in more ways than one : ) lots of luv from sonic ranch.

---Brian Wolff is coming home to the GBA (greater Binghamton area) with his new band, Fair City Fire on their “Shake Your Bones,” tour with a show scheduled at the Ransome Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY on 4/27…as well as other regional stops, including…Washington DC on 4/23…Philadelphia PA on 4/25…NYC on 4/26…Albany NY on 4/28…and Buffalo NY on 4/29!  The tour is designed to support their newest CD, “Shake Your Bones,” due to be released on 4/13!

---Jeff Howell has a new band called “Tears” posted on 3/2…”Hello to those that see this post. 2018, and I’m hard at work with a new cd! 10 new ideas that I felt compelled to bring to full fruit. This is musically where I’m at at this point. True to the bone. I am using Richie Roccisano on guitars and engineering and Bob Maslin on drums. Now,I start building!! AND,,,I’m starting a band called TEARS! The name of the cd as well hmmmmm. Members are true to form for this project,heavy drivin boogie rockin blues. Yeah baby. Richie R is playing guitar for this as well as my cd. ALSO, appearing will be Greg Meisner on shared vocal duties and guitars, as well as Jeff Rembecki brutally on drums! This band will showcase my past 30 plus years in National and there songs as well as songs from my new cd, to be out by fall. Dates already booked will be posted in the near future.”  Since Jeff created that post, he has also created a web page for his new band!  Here’s a link:

---Devinne Meyers revealed on facebook this week that she’s almost ready to release her first album since her debut with her original band, East Coast Bigfoot!  Meyers posted, “I will be in the studio this weekend to begin laying down tracks for 'Silver Line,' my long anticipated first full length studio album. In the last year, so many changes have taken place - in the music, professionally and personally. This transformation has leaked into this album, and I'm so ready to share it with you.

Why? Because it's a story of Pain. Pain in our everyday lives. Loss. Humility. Mistakes. Betrayal. Tragic events... And the process of coping and healing through all of it. And I want to share with everyone, that as much as it can get excruciating, there is healing, and there is love. There is a silver lining, something to gain. And yes, we may hate the process. But in this world, nothing remains constant.

Silver Line is the brush I chose to paint with... an ugly, ugly brush. The stuff nightmares are made of... sad stories, depression, mania. But my silver lining is the music. Through my experiences, I created. And through my creation, I hope to bring healing to those that need it.

I am so excited to share this with you, and so incredibly grateful for the team of people both personally and professionally that have believed in me, and continue to encourage me through adversity. You all are my Silver linings.”

Well let ya know as soon as we hear what the release date is!

---Randy McStine has released another experimental, improvisational “album” made up of the soundscapes that defined his “Monday 2:45 pm.”  McStine describes the work as “improvised layers of apocalyptic soundscapes, slippery bass lines and household percussion.”  Judge for yourself by clicking the link below and steaming it for yourself…or you can buy it for $1.00!  Such a deal…  Btw, this also continues McStine’s latest improve idea, turning moments into song, that began with his last release, “Sunday 8:12 pm.”

---Carbon Leaf has added the Center For The Arts in Homer NY onto their latest tour with a new show set for April 28th!  They’ve also added new shows in…Wilmington DE on 3/16…Shirley MA on 4/19…Rockport MA on 4/21…Albany NY on 4/23…Rochester NY on 4/27…Bethlehem PA on 5/10…North Conway NH on 7/26…and Natick MA on 7/28!

---Punk rock fans have a new way to get the entertainment they want in a very personal way…a new series of shows called Campfire Punkrock!  The first four shows take place from 7/30 thru 8/2 featuring Frank Turner at Big Indian Resort in Big Indian NY!

---The iconic rockin’ blues band, The Yardbirds, are coming to Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 5/4…Westbury NY on 5/6…Philadelphia PA on 5/8…Collinsville CT on 5/11…Uncasville CT on 5/12…and Greenfield MA on 5/13!  Of course they don’t have Clapton, Page or Beck anymore, but still…Jim McCarty is the lone member of the original core, and they have veteran musician, Kenny Aaronson on bass!

---Beatles tribute production, Rain is coming to the Clemens Center in Elmira NY on 3/21!  The show starts at 730p and tickets range from $29.50-59.50!

---The Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Testament and Napalm Death tour has expanded to include a couple of local-ish dates…in Scranton PA at Montage Mountain on 7/31…and Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/4…as well as…Gilford NH on 7/26…Wantagh NY on 7/29…Albany NY on 8/1…and Darien Center NY on 8/3!

---Wednesday night’s Blues Traveler show, set for the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA was postponed due to illness and will now take place on Wednesday August 1st @ 8pm!  So, hold onto your tickets, if you still wanna go…they will be honored!  Otherwise, just redeem them at the place of purchase!

---Folk singer, Ray LaMontague has announced a show at the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown NY on 7/4 and he’ll be making the rounds in other regional towns, including…Columbia MD on 6/20…Philadelphia PA on 6/22…Boston MA on 6/23 & 6/24…Wallingford CT on 6/26…North Adams MA on 6/29…and Pittsburgh PA on 7/3!  Neko Case will open on the entire tour!

---Huey Lewis & The News continues their one-show-at-a-time tour announcement schedule with another show revealed at Turning Stone in Verona (near Utica NY) on 6/30!


---Robert Plant and The Sensational Space-Shifters have announced a new Summertime leg for 2018 (presumably to take advantage of Led Zeppelins 50th anniversary), but out of the 13-announced dates…only three land in our region, so far…Columbia MD on 6/12…Forest Hills NY on 6/13…and Toronto ON on 6/15!  Sheryl Crow will open for all three.

---Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie team-up summer romp thru the U.S. with nine regional stops, including…Bristow VA on 7/21…Holmdel NJ on 7/24…Burgettstown PA on 7/25…Toronto ON on 7/26…Wantagh NY on 8/7…Mansfield MA on 8/8…Camden NJ on 8/9…Hartford CT on 8/11…and Darien Center NY on 8/12!

---Former Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes) Young  and The Byrds member, David Crosby has announced tour dates for 2018, which have regional ramifications…Glenside PA on 6/2…Gettysburg PA on 6/3…Vienna VA on 6/6…West Long Branch NJ on 6/7…Westhampton Beach NY on 6/9…Hartford CT on 6/10…Ridgefield CT on 6/12…Lowell MA on 6/14…Lenox MA on 6/16…and Morristown NJ on 6/17!

---Alt-pop singer, Sofi Tukker, has announced a modest world tour with regional ramifications…Washington DC on 4/18…Philadelphia PA on 4/19…Brooklyn NY on 4/21…Pawtucket RI on 4/23…Cambridge MA on 4/25 & 4/26…Montreal QC on 4/27…and Toronto ON on 4/28!

---Former female heart throb, Tom Jones still has ambition!  He just announced a more than 30 date world tour that is coming into our region, so ladies, guard your undies…Poughkeepsie NY on 5/1…Bethlehem PA on 5/2…Englewood NJ on 5/4…Mashantucket CT on 5/5…Oxon Hill MD on 5/6…and Baltimore MD on 5/9!

---Blues Travelers lead singer, John Popper (remember when we used to call him Johnny?) has announced another small (six dates) solo tour that will bring him around to our region…South Burlington VT on 4/16…Warrendale PA on 4/24…and Buffalo NY on 4/29!

---Modern rockers, Lake Street Dive are back with a late Spring into Summer 2018 tour that’s starts in our region in…Cambridge MA on 5/4…Kingston NY on 5/6…South Burlington VT on 5/8…New Haven CT on 5/9…Brooklyn NY on 5/10…Philadelphia PA on 5/12…Pittsburgh PA on 5/13…Toronto ON on 6/25…Rochester NY on 6/28…and Marshfield MA on 7/8!

---Little Steven (or Miami Steve from Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band) is undertaking a five-date solo tour that takes place entirely within our regional confines…New Brunswick NJ on 4/29…Ridgefield CT on 5/1…NYC on 5/2…Albany NY on 5/4…and Morristown NJ on 5/5!  Well, he’s gotta do something while Bruce plays Broadway, right?

---Pop singer, Mikky Ekko will headline a package tour with Mansionair and NoMBe and it’s set to play…NYC on 4/10…Boston MA on 4/11…Washington DC on 4/13!  Ekko will also be part of the Governor’s Ball in NYC on 6/2 and Bonnaroo on 6/10, if you’re headed to TN.  Ekko rose to fame when she scored a guest spot on Rihanna’s song, “Stay.”

---Bush has announced a 16-date tour that has a few stops planned for our region, including…Washington DC on 4/6…Atlantic City NJ on 4/7…and as close as the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA (two hours away in an intimate setting) on 4/11!

---Florida Metalcore band, Underoath has booked a Spring tour that spend the first full week of May in our region…Bethlehem PA on 5/6…Baltimore MD on 5/8…Wallingford CT on 5/9…Providence RI on 5/11…and Niagara Falls NY on 5/12!

---Alt-pop band, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack has booked a modest tour of mostly East Coast venues…Falls Church VA on 5/18…Callaway MD on 5/19…Lancaster PA on 6/16…Ocean City MD on 6/21…Mount Airy MD on 6/23…and then they join Sponge for shows in Reading PA on 7/21…and Amityville NY on 7/22!

---Swedish heavy metal band, Ghost has booked a Spring American tour…Port Chester NY on 5/15…Syracuse NY on 5/16…Pittsburgh PA on 518…Camden NJ on 5/19 (with STP & Alice In Chains)…and Washington DC on 5/20!

---Woodstock-era rockers, Canned Heat will undertake a small U.S. tour…Pawling NY on 5/5…Newton NJ on 6/30…with a spot on the Yardbirds bill in between on 5/6!

---Sevendust & Madame Mayhem will take a 18-city jaunt across America this Spring with only two dates in our region…Lancaster PA on 5/6…and Clifton Park NY on 5/9!

---Rockers, Powerman 5000 have announced Spring 2018 dates and they’ll be passing thru our region starting with…Baltimore MD on 4/27…Philadelphia PA on 4/28…Clifton NJ on 4/29…and Pittsburgh PA on 5/1!

---Psychedelic-folk rockers, The Low Anthem have booked a sizeable tour including at least eight dates in our region…Northampton MA on 3/2…Burlington VT on 3/4…Hamden CT on 3/7…Philadelphia PA on 3/8…NYC on 3/9…Washington DC on 3/10…Freehold NJ on 3/11…Pittsburgh PA on 3/23…Toronto ON on 4/5…Montreal QC on 4/6…and Kingston NY on 4/7!

---Folk singer (…and James Taylor’s brother) Livingston Taylor has booked 2018 dates…Newburyport MA on 3/9 & 3/10…Mamaroneck NY on 3/24…Wrentham MA on 4/6…Harrisburg PA on 4/14…Ridgefield CT on 4/28…Madison CT on 6/9…Roslyn NY on 6/30…and Edgartown MA on 7/6!

---Dark Star Orchestra (a grateful dead tribute band) has just announced new dates…Boston MA on 5/10…Port Chester NY on 5/11…Princeton NJ on 5/14…Wilmington DE on 5/14…Red Bank NJ on 5/17…Jim Thorpe PA at Penn’s Peak on 5/19…Baldwinsville NY on 5/20…and Buffalo NY on 5/22!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out just added a slew of shows…Providence RI on 4/20…Hampton Beach NH on 4/21…Englewood NJ on 4/27…Mashantucket CT on 4/28…Jim Thorpe PA at Penn’s Peak on 5/4…Tarrytown NY on 5/11…Red Bank NJ on 5/18…Red Bank NJ on 5/18…Baldwinsville NY at Paper Mill Amphitheatre on 5/19…Ocean City NJ on 6/25…Huntington NY on 6/29…State College PA on 7/8…Webster MA on 7/13…Strausstown PA on 7/14…Plymouth MA on 8/17…Sunbury PA on 9/8…Port Chester NY on 11/3…and Worcester MA on 11/10!

---The Warped Tour, which is coming to Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on Thursday, July 26th, has announced it’s line-up for it’s final cross country tour and it includes…3Oh!3, The Amity Affliction, As It Is, Assuming We Survive, Broadside, Capstan, Chase Atlantic, Chelsea Grin, Crown The Empire, Dayseeker, Dead Girls Academy, Deez Nuts, Doll Skin, Don Broco, Every Time I Die, Farewell Winters, Grayscale, Hail The Sun, Harm’s Way, Ice Nine Kills, In Hearts Wake, Issues, Knuckle Puck, Kublai Khan, Lighterburns, The Maine, Makeout, Mayday Parade, Motionless In White, Movements, Mychildren Mybride, Nekrogoblikon, Palaye Royale, Phinehas, Picturesque, Real Friends, Real Big Fish, Sharptooth, Simple Plan, Sleep On It, State Champs, Story Untold, This Wild Life, Tonight Alive, Trash Boat, Twiztid, Unearth, Wage War, Waterparks, We The King and With Confidence!

On top of that, special guests for select dates include: All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red, Beartooth, Bowling For Soup, Falling In Reverse, Four Year Strong, Frank Turner, The Interrupters, Knocked Loose, Less Than Jake, Silverstein, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath and The Used!  That’s 67 bands in one day!  Don’t blink!

---Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover) has announced a Fall 2018 tour, which may well be his last as Glover has vowed to abandon his Childish Gambino alter ego after his next album…he’s also bringing along hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd, and five of the tours 13 dates will fall into our region…Toronto ON on 9/10…Boston MA on 9/12…NYC on 9/14…Philadelphia PA on 9/18…and Washington DC on 9/19!

---The Punk In Drublic Craft Beer Music Festival is a mobile punk fest, coming to…Philadelphia PA on 5/13…Brockton MA on 5/19…and Pittsburgh PA on 5/20, featuring…NOFX, Bad Religion, The Interrupters and Mad Caddies!

---R&B act, Ledisi have announced a Summer tour of America…four dates of which will be in our region…Columbia MD on 6/1…Atlantic City NJ on 6/2…Montclair NJ on 6/3…and Boston MA on 6/4!

---The Kills have announced two American dates before heading overseas…Washington DC on 5/14…and Philadelphia PA on 5/15!

---Fitz & The Tantrums have booked a small tour and are taking X-Ambassadors & Mikky Ekko along to open up!  Stops on the tour so far include…Vienna VA on 6/7…Asbury Park NJ (minus Mikky Ekko) on 6/15…and Lowell MA (minus X Ambassadors) on 6/17!

---The Sadies have announced a tiny three-date tour that includes two dates in our region…Philadelphia PA on 6/28…and Jersey City NJ on 6/29!


---Kiss tribute band, Mini Kiss have booked, what is so far, a one-off in Pittsburgh PA at Jergel’s Rhyme Grill on 9/13!

---The NYC Pride Festival is set for two days on 6/23 & 6/24 at the Hudson RiverStage on Pier 97…with a variety of stars set to perform!  Headliners include Tove Lo on 6/23…and Kylie Minogue on 6/24!

---Outside of their festival appearances at Boston Calling on 5/26…and the Governors Ball in NYC on 6/2…Manchester Orchestra plan only one headlining stop…in Stroudsburg PA at the Sherman Theatre on 6/5!

---Philadelphia’s “Hoagie Nation Festival” on 5/26 will also include music…not just a colloquial term for sub sandwiches!  Bands set to perform include…Hall & Oates, Train, Fitz & The Tantrums and Tommy Conwell!


---Senses Fail add Buffalo NY on 3/15!

---Night Ranger adds Ridgefield CT on 4/25!

---Stephen Stills & Judy Collins add Atlantic City NJ on 23…Reading PA on 6/27…and Washington DC on 6/30!

---Kid Rock moves his 3/10 show from Uniondale NY to Pittsburgh PA!

---Burt Bacharach adds Pittsburgh PA on 4/10!

---Ana Popovich adds Pittsburgh PA on 5/17!

---Paula Cole adds Pittsburgh PA on 7/19!

---Indigo Girls add Providence RI on 3/16!

---Bleachers take a night off from the P!nk tour to play a headlining date in Providence RI on 3/31!

---The Glenn Miller Orchestra is doing a small tour (four dates nationally) with one regional date just added…Newton NJ on 12/9!

---Jazz artist, Jean-Luc Ponty adds Newton NJ on 8/23!

---Kimbra adds Brooklyn NY on 4/16!

---Beck adds a second night at Anthem in Washington DC on 4/26!

---Frank Turner adds four more nights in Boston MA on 6/29, 6/30, 7/1 & 7/2 …and Toronto ON on 9/20!

---Judy Collins added a few solo dates in July after her run of shows with Stephen Stills…on Edgartown MA on 7/18…and Nantucket MA on 7/20!

---Ambrosia adds Niagara Falls ON on 4/28…and Uncasville CT on 11/25!

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness adds a second night in Philadelphia PA on 4/25…a second night in NYC, but not in Manhattan, where the first night is…in Brooklyn instead at Warsaw, on 4/28…Toronto ON on 5/31…Rochester NY on 6/5…Asbury Park NJ on 6/6…Hartford CT on 6/9…and Baltimore MD on 6/10!

---Marshall Crenshaw (“Someday, Someway”) adds Pawtucket RI on 4/1…Bay Shore NY on 5/11…and Pawling NY on 5/12!

---Matt & Gunnar Nelson’s Ricky Nelson Remembered tour adds Sellersville PA on 6/2!

---Michael McDonald adds Providence RI on 5/6!

---Of Montreal adds Maspeth NY (queens) on 3/27!

---Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks add a second night in Brooklyn NY on 6/15!

---Taylor Dayne adds Great Neck NY on 7/21…and Staten Island NY on 10/5!

---The Eagles add a second night in NYC on 10/10!


---Ambrosia (2)

---Ana Popovich (1)

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness/ Zac Clarke/ Allen Stone/ Bob Oxblood (7)

---Beck (1)

---Bleachers/ Charly Bliss (1)

---Burt Bacharach (1)

---Bush (3)

---Canned Heat (2)

---Carbon Leaf (9)

---Childish Gambino/ Rae Sremmurd (5)

---Dark Star Orchestra (8)

---David Crosby (10)

---Fair City Fire ft. Brian Wolff (6)

---Fitz & The Tantrums (3)

---Frank Turner (5)

---Get The Led Out (18)

---Ghost (4)

---Glenn Miller Orchestra (1)

---Hall & Oates/ Train/ Fitz & The Tantrums/ Tommy Conwell (1)

---Huey Lewis & The News (1)

---Indigo Girls (1)

---Jean-Luc Ponty (1)

---John Popper (3)

---Judy Collins (2)

---Kid Rock (+/-0)

---Kimbra (1)

---Kylie Minogue/ Grind/ Ralphi Rosario (1)

---Lake Street Dive (10)

---Little Steven (5)

---Livingston Taylor (9)

---Manchester Orchestra (1)

---Marshall Crenshaw (3)

---Michael McDonald (1)

---Mikki Ekko/ Mansionair/ NoMBe (3)

---Mini Kiss (1)

---Night Ranger (1)

---NOFX/ Bad Religion/ The Interrupters/ Mad Caddies (1)

---Of Montreal (1)

---Paula Cole (1)

---Powerman 5000 (4)

---Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Fest (3)

---Ray LaMontagne/ Neko Case (8)

---Ricky Nelson Remembered (1)

---Robert Plant & The Sensational Space-Shifters/ Sheryl Crow (3)

---Senses Fail (1)

---Sevendust/ Madame Mayhem (2)

---Slayer/ Testament/ Lamb Of God/ Behemoth/ Anthrax (6)

---Sofi Tukker (8)

---Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (1)

---Stephen Stills/ Judy Collins (3)       

---Taylor Dayne (2)

---The Kills (2)

---The Low Anthem (11)

---The Sadies (2)

---Tove Lo/ Big Freedia/ Lizzo/ Simon Dunmore (1)

---Tom Jones (6)

---Underoath (5)

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


Music News for 030318:

---A broadcast report on Tuesday night says that The Blind Tiger Pub, in Johnson City NY, has closed down!  No word yet if the closing is permanent or temporary, but a sign on the door did assign blame to, ”NYS and our Holy rolling, bible thumping landlord.”  Their website is still up, they are still active on facebook and they have a full schedule of shows thru the end of March, but they remained closed on Thursday and Friday.  We’ll try to stay on top of this story, meanwhile if you’d like to see more, click on the link below:

---The announcement we’ve all been waiting for finally happened on Monday…Phish have announced their CurveBall festival at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen NY set for August 17th thru the 19th and tickets go on sale today!  They range anywhere from $60.00 to $1,050.00 depending on how many days you’ll be attending and whether or not you’ll be camping out there!  For more details click on this link:

---Another sign of Spring…Cans N’ Clams has announced their return, but the Summer time Weekend kick-off party is moving to a new location…Endwell Greens, instead of The Holiday Inn Arena in downtown Binghamton NY!  No details yet on the musical line-up, but the very first Cans N’ Clams for 2018 is set for Memorial Day weekend, 5/25!

---Congrats to the “other” source of local music news in the twin tiers, as Triple Cities Carousel celebrates five years in business this week, with a special cover art showcase at Atomic Tom’s on State Street in Binghamton NY for First Friday, followed on 3/24 with a full fledged celebration, also at Atomic Tom’s featuring Lutheran Skirts, Milkweed and Bess & The Magic Ring!  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door!   

---Joan Baez, long a voice of social and political activism, with hits songs like “Diamonds & Rust,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and a great rendition of “We Shall Overcome,” and a performer at Woodstock in 1969, will start her farewell tour in Ithaca!  The iconic singer, will appear at State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 9/11 to begin what she calls her final “formal tour.”  The tour will be extensive, as well, making multiple stops in our region…New Haven CT on 9/12…Boston MA on 9/14 & 9/15…Montreal QC on 9/17…Toronto ON on 9/18…NYC on 9/21 & 9/22…Red Bank NJ on 9/25…Philadelphia PA on 9/26…and Washington DC on 9/28!  Baez latest album, “Whistle Down The Wind,” will be released today!

---The popularity of the a capella pop band, Pentatonix, has been growing with the success of their holiday albums…now they are ready to parlay that success into a Summertime tour!  See Pentatonix in 2018 as close as Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/23…and Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on 8/25 …as well as…Bristow VA on 8/12…Camden NJ on 8/14…Wantagh NY on 8/15…Holmdel NJ on 8/20…Saratoga Springs NY on 8/22…Hartford CT on 8/26…Mansfield MA on 8/28…Burgettstown PA on 9/1…Hershey PA on 9/2…and Toronto ON on 9/6!

---Happy Together Tour has been confirmed for Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 6/21…and has also announced the rest of the tour dates, so you can now look for them in…Tarrytown NY on 6/14…New Brunswick NJ on 6/15…Lynn MA on 6/16…Northampton MA on 6/17…Englewood NJ on 6/19…Glenside PA on 6/20…Westbury NY on 6/22 (was Lynn MA)…Lancaster PA on 6/23…Hampton Beach NH on 6/24…Hyannis MA on 6/27…Morristown NJ on 6/28…Brooklyn NY on 6/29…and Asbury Park NJ on 6/30!

The line-up this year is The Turtles ft. Flo & Eddie, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills, Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Association and Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night.

---The Christopher Cross tour has announced that they will afterall, make a stop at the periphery of our local-ish region…when they play Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 5/11!  See the Regional Concert Page for all the regional dates…and trust me there are a ton!

---The popular Stephen Stills & Judy Collins tour from last year is coming back around for 2018 and it will be as close as Geneva NY at the Smith Opera House on 6/26…as well as…Lenox MA on 6/17…Ridgefield CT on 6/18…Lynn MA on 6/21…Englewood NJ on 6/24…and Staten Island NY on 6/29!

---Huey Lewis & The News have been confirmed for Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono PA on 7/14, which was previously leaked by the venue…they also added a show in Atlantic City NJ on 7/15!

---Hot Tuna make a local addition…Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 9/30…and Albany NY on 10/14!  Expecting more dates as there’s a big blank space between those two.


---Metallica has announced a new leg of their “World Wired” tour and it will slam into our regional area this Fall with shows set for…Pittsburgh PA on 10/18…State College PA on 10/20…Buffalo NY on 10/27…and Albany NY on 10/29!  Tickets go on sale today!

---John Fogerty and Z.Z. Top have joined forces for a massive Spring into Summer 2018 tour that will impact our regional area as soon as Memorial Day weekend!  The other good news about this tour is that it seems the health problems that limited Z.Z. Top from touring beyond Las Vegas have been addressed…see them in…Atlantic City NJ on 5/25…Holmdel NJ on 5/26…Uncasville CT on 5/27…Vienna VA on 5/29 & 5/30…Wantagh NY on 6/20…Gilford NH on 6/22…Canandaigua NY at CMAC (the former Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center) on 6/23…and Camden NJ on 6/24!

---Radiohead has announced a mammoth tour that is coming into our area in a major way…three nights in NYC on 7/10, 7/11 & 7/13…two nights in Montreal QC on 7/16 & 7/17…two nights in Toronto ON on 7/19 & 7/20…Pittsburgh PA on 7/26…two nights in Boston MA on 7/28 & 7/29…and concluding with two nights in Philadelphia PA on 7/31 & 8/1…at least so far…

---Modern metal is regrouping with a powerful pairing…Shinedown and Godsmack are stepping out together with a big tour set to impact our region more than a half dozen times…Bristow VA on 8/19…Hartford CT on 8/24…Mansfield MA on 8/25…Camden NJ on 8/26…Burgettstown PA on 8/28…Holmdel NJ on 9/1…and Wantagh NY on 9/2!

---Australian pop band, 5 Seconds Of Summer return with five new dates in intimate, theatre-sized  venues, which is sure to please their fans, and in our region…Boston MA on 4/8…Philadelphia PA on 4/9…Silver Spring MD on 4/10…NYC on 4/12…and Toronto ON on 4/13!

---Heavy Montreal has announced their festival dates (7/28-29) and also that acts that will be involved, which is quite lengthy…Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Gojira, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Ratt, I Prevail, Between The Buried And Me, WitchCraft, Red Fang, Black Dahlia Murder, Helix, Napalm Death and more!  The festival is set for Parc Jean-Drapeau and we’ll post the daily line-up once we get ahold of it!

---Todd Rundgren’s Utopia has returned and he’s taking them on a two-month tour that will encompass our entire region…Philadelphia PA on 4/18…Englewood NJ on 4/20…Huntington NY on 5/1…Washington DC on 5/2…NYC on 5/3…Upper Darby PA on 5/5…Boston MA on 5/6…Ridgefield CT on 5/7…and Toronto ON on 5/16!

---Coheed & Cambria are planning a unique package tour with Taking Back Sunday and The Story So Far!  Stops in our region so far include…Baltimore MD on 7/15…Boston MA on 7/17…Philadelphia PA on 7/18…Holmdel NJ on 7/19…Brooklyn NY on 7/21…and Pittsburgh PA on 7/22!

---Australian singer/ songwriter, Courtney Barnett has booked Summer dates for the U.S. with planned stops in…Philadelphia PA on 5/16…Brooklyn NY on 5/19…Toronto ON on 7/10…North Adams MA on 7/12…Washington DC on 7/24…and back to Brooklyn NY on 7/25!  Palehound will open the early part of the tour…Vagabond takes over that role in July.

---Blues man, Keb’ Mo’ has announced a late Spring 2018 tour that is set to intersect with our region…Bensalem PA on 5/18…Westhampton Beach NY on 5/19…Derry NH on 5/22…Boston MA on 5/24…Tarrytown NY on 5/25…and Hartford CT on 5/26!

---Monkees duo Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith have confirmed some tour dates for Summer 2018…but so far only four of them fall inside of our regional coverage area…Toronto ON on 6/18…Glenside PA on 6/21…NYC on 6/22…and Red Bank NJ on 6/25!

---Carbon Leaf have fleshed out more of their Spring tour plans and that means a lot more shows for our region…NYC on 4/18…Plymouth NH on 4/20…Toronto ON on 4/25…and Baltimore MD on 5/11!  That’s on top of the previously announced Pawling NY on 4/22…and Buffalo NY on 4/26!  They’ll also make an appearance at the ShamrockFest at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on 3/17!

---Belly is back, with a new album (finally, after more than a decade) and a fresh tour that is headed for our region…two nights in Brooklyn NY on 825 & 8/26…Philadelphia PA on 9/28…Washington DC on 9/29!

---Joan Armatrading has booked a five nonconsecutive-night stand at the City Winery in NYC and this will be her only regional stop!  Armatrading will play on 5/29, 5/30, 6/29, 7/1 & 7/2!

---Pop singer Dua Lipa has announced her first world tour, including dates in America, but so far only one (out of 13 dates in the U.S.) in our region…in Wallingford CT on 6/20!

---Curtis Stigers (anyone else remember his “I Wonder Why,” a top ten hit in 1991?) has just booked a week long residency at Birdland in NYC from 4/17 thru 4/21!

---Slightly Stoopid is back with a new tour (including Pepper and Stick Figure) but so far only two dates in our region…Baltimore MD on 7/26…and Asbury Park NJ on 7/29!

---Dates have been set for the Newport Jazz Festival!  The annual iconic folk music fest takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport RI on Saturday 7/28 & Sunday 7/29.  A few acts have already been named to the festival line-up for 2018, but no headlining acts so far.  …and yes, if you’re wondering, this is the festival that soundly booed Bob Dylan when he switched from acoustic to electric in 1965. 

---The Heavy Pets are hitting the road in a big way this Spring!  See one of their regional stops in…Washington DC on 4/25…Philadelphia PA on 4/26…Providence RI on 4/27…New Haven CT on 4/28…Allston MA on 4/29…Brooklyn NY on 5/2…Manchester NH on 5/3…Norwalk CT on 5/4…and Albany NY on 5/5!

---Martin Barre, guitarist of Jethro Tull, has announced new legs to his previously announced Fall 2018 dates, including…Teaneck NJ on 9/19…NYC on 9/20…Bay Shore NY on 9/21…Niagara Falls ON on 9/27…Hamilton ON on 9/28…Buffalo NY on 9/30…Sellersville PA on 10/5…Old Saybrook CT on 10/7…Beverly MA on 10/19…and Hartford CT on 10/21!

---Veteran bluesman, Taj Mahal has finally announced some tour dates (not that he’s had many this year) in our region, so here they are…Alexandria VA on 5/30…Hartford CT on 6/1…Beverly MA on 6/2…and Augusta NJ on 6/3!

--Foreigner has booked a small three-date Canadian leg, with Chilliwack…only two dates near us…Toronto ON on 3/22…and Kingston ON on 3/24!

---Chaka Khan has booked a smattering of tour dates for 2018 so far, but two of them fall within our regional confines…Lincoln RI on 3/9…and Upper Darby PA on 3/11!

---Bruce Hornsby has booked a three night stand in NYC at the City Winery on 5/26, 5/27 & 5/28!

---Pop singer, Charlie XCX is back, but has only posted two tour dates so far…one our of our area (Los Angeles) and another one in Brooklyn NY on 3/18!


---A one-shot festival-style show, X-Fest, has been booked for Star Lake Ampihtheatre in Burgettstown PA on 6/2 with a great line-up…Jack White, Cold War Kids, AWOLNATION and Sir Sly.

---Here’s an interesting one-shot…Jon Pousette-Dart, Jonathan Edwards and Aztec Two-Step…they’re set for the Mitchell Farm in Salem CT on 9/15!


---Eddie Money adds Greensburg PA on 3/22!

---Greta Van Fleet adds Toronto ON on 7/8…Washington DC on 7/20…and Boston MA on 7/23!

---Tower Of Power & The Average White Band add Glenside PA on 10/20!

---Three Dog Night adds Plymouth MA on 8/4…Riverhead NY on 8/5…Plymouth NH on 9/27…Salisbury MA on 9/28…Morristown NJ on 10/13…and Englewood NJ on 10/14!

---the Asking Alexandria & Black Veil Brides tour adds Wallingford CT on 5/2…and Sayreville NJ on 5/3!

---Aztec Two-Step adds…Woodstock NY on 3/3…New London NH on 3/22…Natick MA on 3/23…South Orange NJ on 4/7…Marlboro NY on 5/4…Kingston RI on 5/12…Old Saybrook CT on 12/1…and Pawling NY on 12/2!

---Roger McGuinn adds East Greenwich CT on 4/21…a second night in West Long Branch NJ on 4/24…Englewood NJ on 4/28…Barnstable MA on 5/5!

---Willie Nile adds NYC on 4/28!

---Brewer & Shipley add Roslyn NY on 9/7!

---Marshall Crenshaw adds Roslyn NY on 9/15!

---The Eagles add NYC on 10/9…and Newark NJ on 10/12!

---Spyro Gyra adds Roslyn NY on 7/21!

---John Waite adds Roslyn NY on 10/13!

---10,000 Maniacs add a two-night stand in NYC at the City Winery on 5/24 & 5/25!

---David Byrne, former lead singer of the Talking Heads, adds…Columbia MD on 7/28…and Toronto ON on 8/4…plus moves the 8/1 show from Shelburne VT to Boston MA for a second night in beantown!

---Billy Joel adds Boston MA on 8/10!

---Howie Day adds Natick MA on 8/11!

---Michael McDonald adds Red Bank NJ on 5/13!


---Asking Alexandria/ Black Veil Brides/ blessthefall (2)

---Aztec Two-Step (8)

---Belly (4)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Brewery & Shipley (1)

---Bruce Hornsby (3)

---Carbon Leaf (4)

---Chaka Khan (2)

---Charlie XCX (1)

---Christopher Cross (1)

---Coheed & Cambria/ Taking Back Sunday/ The Story So Far (6)

---Curtis Stigers (5)

---Dua Lipa (1)

---Eddie Money (1)

---Foreigner/ Chilliwack (2)

---Greta Van Fleet (3)

---Happy Together Tour (13)

---Hot Tuna (2)

---Howie Day (1)

---Huey Lewis & The News (1)

---Jack White/ Cold War Kids/ AWOLNATION/ Sir Sly (1)

---Joan Baez (10)

---John Fogerty/ Z.Z. Top (9)

---John Waite (1)

---Jon Pousette-Dart/ Jonathan Edwards/ Aztec Two-Step (1)

---Keb’ Mo’ (6)

---Marshall Crenshaw (1)

---Martin Barre (10)

---Metallica (4)                                                                                                                                                                

---Michael McDonald (1)

---Micky Dolenz/ Michael Nesmith (4)

---Newport Folk Fest (2)

---Pentatonix (12)

---Radiohead (12)

---Roger McGuinn (4)

---Shinedown/ Godsmack (7)

---Spyro Gyra (1)

---Stephen Stills/ Judy Collins (6)

---Taj Mahal (1)

---The Eagles (2)

---The Heavy Pets (9)

---Three Dog Night (6)

---Tower Of Power/ Average White Band (1)

---Willie Nelson (1)

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


Music News for 022318:

---The City of Binghamton is thinking of expanding their reputation as a regional “center for the arts,” by upgrading local government owned venues, like the Forum Theatre and adding other upgrades to sidewalks, parks and plaza space, creating an “arts district” that would extend from The Arena, and up State Street to the railroad tracks, also extending to Washington Street between Lewis Street and the Metro Center.  This project would be boon to the local music scene to be sure and also bring more national touring acts, that normally pass Binghamton by because the Forum Theatres sound system is outdated!  To read more click on the link below:

---Pat Metheny with James Francies & Anwar Marshall, has just added a second show at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca NY for 2/27!  Tickets are $55.00 and available at this link:|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=260332173

---Tags in Big Flats NY (west of Elmira if you’ve never been.) has announced their first big rock show of 2018…a virtual hair metal fest featuring Queensryche, Great White and Autograph!  Tickets went on sale today…and Tags is teasing additional announcements on Friday as well.  One rumor even includes STP, but that can’t be confirmed.  Meanwhile tickets are on sale now and are only $19.75 for the first two weeks of sale, but will go up after that!

---Trumansburg zydeco/reggae/folk-rockers, Donna The Buffalo, continue to shore up their summer plans.  According to the tour page of their website, ( the band is set to play a broad swath of shows both nationally, regionally and locally…NYC on 3/16…Apalachin NY (at the Ransom Steele Tavern) on 3/17…before heading to Florida in April…Stuart FL on 4/6…Punta Gorda FL on 4/7…Hendersonville NC on 4/14…then two nights in Tilmon TX on 4/19 & 4/20…Lafayette LA on 4/21…Wilkesboro NC on 4/26 thru 4/29 for MerleFest…before coming home to The Dock in Ithaca NY on 5/11…Fall River MA on 5/12…Norfolk CT on 5/13…Falls Church VA on 5/19…Delton MI on 6/16…all four nights at GrassRoots (7/19 thru 7/22), followed by stops at Pawling NY at Daryl’s House on 8/16…Manchester Center VT for the Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival on 8/17…Wellsboro PA at Stony Fork Creek Campsite on 8/18…Evanston IL on 8/24…Ontonagon MI on 8/25…and Harwich MA for the Cranberry Arts & Music Festival on 9/15!

---Art Garfunkel is set to play twin local show…at the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 5/6…and the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 5/8…Garfunkel is also set to play a half-dozen additional dates in…Northampton MA on 5/5…Concord NH on 5/10…two nights in Boston MA on 5/11 & 5/12…and a night in Tarrytown NY on 5/17!

---Imagine Dragons are coming to Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 6/11…but that is hardly their only stop!  You can also find them scattered around the region at…Hartford CT on 6/5…Mansfield MA on 6/6…Holmdel NJ on 6/9…Toronto ON on 6/13…NYC on 6/19…Saratoga Springs on 6/29…Camden NJ on 6/30…and Bristow VA on 7/2!  Grace VanderWaal will warm-up!

---Congrats to Tommy Szedlock, of local Binghamton NY band, Bobby G & Timeless, and his fiancé Heather Gaeta, who by the time you read this will be husband and wife!  The pair decided to play the numbers and get married on 2/22 at 2:22pm. 

---Also congrats to Beer Thirty on Upper Court Street in Kirkwood NY, celebrating their first anniversary…as well as McGillicuddy’s in Montour Falls NY!  Cheers!


---Bruno Mars & Cardi B have announced their plans for the Fall!  They’re not only going out together, they’re double-teaming cities all across America…Philadelphia PA on 9/19 & 9/20…Toronto ON on 9/22 & 9/23…Boston MA on 9/27 & 9/28…Newark NJ on 10/1 & 10/2…Brooklyn NY on 10/4 & 10/5!

---As well learned late last week, the Smashing Pumpkins “reunion” tour (without D’Arcy Wretsky) is on, as well as a new album bring produced by Rick Rubin!  Tour dates have already been announced and the Pumpkins will smash thru our region no less than eight times…Baltimore MD on 7/27…Philadelphia PA on 7/28…Uncasville CT on 7/29…Boston MA on 7/31…NYC on 8/1…Pittsburgh PA on 8/4…Montreal QC on 8/7…and Toronto ON on 8/8!

---Pop singer, Camila Cabello (formerly of Fifth Harmony) is stepping out with her first solo headlining tour!  Cabello’s “Never Be The Same,” tour plans regional stops in…Tornonto ON on 4/27…Montreal QC on 4/28…Boston MA on 4/29…Philadelphia PA on 5/1…and NYC on 5/4!

---Halestorm is teaming-up with In This Moment, New Years Day and Stitched Up Heart for a national package tour that will stop in our region at least four times…Pittsburgh PA on 5/7…Reading PA on 5/10…Lowell MA on 5/11…and Asbury Park NJ on 5/12!

---Tommy Stinson, (of The Replacements and more recently, Guns N’ Roses) is going on a solo tour this Spring!  See him in…Brooklyn NY on 3/1…Philadelphia PA on 3/2…Baltimore MD on 3/3…and Jersey City NJ on 3/29!  Judging by the names of the venues, I’m gonna guess he’ll be playing mostly Replacements stuff.  Let me know.
---The line-up for the annual M3 Rock Festival is set!  The fest is scheduled for the first weekend in May and features something a bit new this year…Southern Rock Sunday, officially known as the Southern Rock Classic!  Tickets are being sold for the Friday/ Saturday rock combo, with Sunday separate.  Here’s the full breakdown:

Day #1 Friday (5/4): Kix, Tom Keifer (of Cinderella), Y&T, Faster Pussycat, Nelson

Day #2 Saturday (5/5): Queensryche, Night Ranger, Ace Frehley, L.A. Guns, Slaughter, Last In Line, Lynch Mob, Loudness, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tyketto

Day #3 Sunday (5/6): Marshall Tucker Band, Blackberry Smoke, The Outlaws, Pure Prairie League, Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

---Pat Travers continues to milk “Boom Boom Out Go The Lights,” with another tour…the notorious blues man is coming to…Toronto ON on 3/2…Newton NJ on 3/9…and Fall River MA on 3/17!

---Orleans has booked a couple of 2018 shows so far, for this Spring, but the band has been largely inactive in recent years, so see them now before they go away again…Bay Shore NY on 3/9…and Woonsocket RI on 3/10!

---A few scattered Fall dates for Martin Barre is starting to morph into a tour…just announced are…Natick MA on 10/11…Fall River MA on 10/18…and Plymouth NH on 10/20!  Add those to the previously announced two nights in Pawling NY on 10/12 & 10/13 and it’s starting to get interesting. By the way, that’s five out-of-six dates on this tour that Barre will spend in our region! 

---Bullet For My Valentine books one regional show (nearly local) in Stroudsburg PA at the Sherman Theatre with Trivium & Toothgrinder opening on 5/18!

---Post Malone has added a Summer leg that has plenty of regional stops…Baltimore MD on 5/19…Philadelphia PA on 5/23…Mansfield MA on 5/24…Darien Center NY on 5/26…Toronto ON on 5/27…NYC (at The Governors Ball) on 6/1!


---Hip hop star, Rakim, books an one-off in Pittsburgh PA on 3/16 at Mr. Smalls!

---Blind Melon books a one-time-only show at Jergel’s Rhythm Grill in Warrendale PA on 5/6!

---It’s a one-night stand for John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band in Fall River MA on 5/5!


---Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers add Uncasville CT on 7/8!

---BulletBoys & Enuff Z’Nuff add Stanhope NJ on 5/20!

---Lost 80’s Live is adding some more shows…Montreal QC on 9/28…and Philadelphia PA on 9/29!

---Ann Wilson, of Heart, adds Niagara Falls ON on 4/5…well ahead of her triple threat Summer concert series with Paul Rodgers & Jeff Beck.

---Marco Benevento adds Buffalo NY on 4/11!

---Deer Tick add Northampton MA on 3/2!

---Lynch Mob adds New Bedford MA on 3/18…and Warrendale PA on 3/21!

---Richie Ramone adds Pittsburgh PA on 3/22!

---Rick Astley adds Pittsburgh PA on 4/19!

---Godspeed You! Black Emperor adds Pittsburgh PA on 5/16!

---Big K.R.I.T. adds Philadelphia PA on 3/19!

---Shawn Colvin & Lyle Lovett add Englewood NJ on 3/13!

---Robyn Hitchcock adds Washington DC on 4/28!

---Ricky Nelson Remembered is coming around again…the project featuring Nelson’s sons, Matthew and Gunnar will play Collinsville CT on 6/1!

---The Heavy Pets add Brooklyn NY on 5/2…could it be a new leg on this three date tour?  Stay tuned…their touring seems awfully erratic so far this year!

---Billy Joel books his 57th MSG residency show in NYC on 9/30!

---Update on the Thirty Seconds To Mars tour…opening acts for the tour as it travels thru our region include…Joywave, WALK THE MOON and Misterwives!

---David Lindley adds Cambridge MA on 4/10…South Burlington VT on 4/11…and Rochester NY on 4/15!

---Jefferson Starship adds…Riverhead NY on 5/19…Dover DE on 6/22…Derry NH on 9/13…Peekskill NY on 9/14…and Atlantic City NJ on 9/15!

---Jimmy Buffett adds Camden NJ on 7/5!


---Ann Wilson (1)

---Art Garfunkel (7)

---Big K.R.I.T. (1)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Blind Melon (1)

---Bruno Mars/ Cardi B (10)

---Bullet For My Valentine/ Trivium/ Toothgrinder (1)

---BulletBoys/ Enuff Z’nuff (1)

---Camila Cabello (5)

---David Lindley (3)

---Deer Tick (1)

---Donna The Buffalo (26)

---Godspeed You! Black Emperor (1)

---Halestorm/ In This Moment/ New Years Day/ Stitched Up Heart (4)

---Imagine Dragons/ Grace VanderWaal (9)

---Jefferson Starship (5)

---Jimmy Buffett (1)

---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (1)

---Lost 80’s Live (2)

---Lynch Mob (2)

---Martin Barre (3)

---M3 Music Festival (3)

---Marco Benevento (1)

---Orleans (2)

---Pat Metheny (1)

---Pat Travers (3)

---Post Malone (6)

---Queensryche/ Great White/ Autograph (1)

---Rakim (1)

---Richie Ramone (1)

---Rick Astley (1)

---Ricky Nelson Remembered ft. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (1)

---Robyn Hitchcock (1)

---Shawn Colvin/ Lyle Lovett (1)

---Smashing Pumpkins (8)

---Steely Dan/ The Doobie Brothers (1)

---The Heavy Pets (1)

---Tommy Stinson (4)

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


Music News for 021618:

---Not only has Driftwood’s Winter tour grown in size, it’s already leading to Spring dates!  After the previously reported three January dates, the tour resumed in February at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs NY on 2/1…followed by stops in Nashua NH on 2/2…and Boston MA on 2/3!  This weekend finds Driftwood in Beacon NY at the Towne Crier Café on 2/9…The Oswego Music Hall in Oswego NY on 2/10…then Vienna VA for the famous Jammin’ Java on 2/15…Easton MD on 2/16 at the Avalon Theatre…Frostburg MD on 2/17…Durham NC on 2/22…Asheville NJ on 2/23…and Harrisonburg VA on 2/24!  Now Spring dates are popping up with new shows at the Knitting Factory in NYC on 3/8…Pittsburgh PA on 3/15 at Club Café…then Charlotte NC on 4/21 for Tuck Fest! 

---Not only is Gov’t Mule playing the Peach Festival in Scranton PA, again this year, but Warren Haynes band has also announced their 2018 tour dates and they will be coming thru our region playing theatre styled venues, with a righteous fury, including yet another local stop, in Syracuse NY at the Landmark Theatre on 4/20, as well as…Bethlehem PA on 4/18…Erie PA on 4/19…Baltimore MD on 4/21…Westbury NY on 4/25…Albany NY on 4/26…two nights at Port Chester NY on 4/27 & 4/28…and Asbury Park NJ on 4/29!  Most shows will be opened by Black Stone Cherry!

---Looking for a triple bill tour of classic rockers to get more rock for your buck, this summer…try Styx, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla…the trio will play 27 dates across the U.S. and nine in our region alone, plus a local-ish stop…Boston MA on 6/27…Syracuse NY (at Lakeview Amphitheatre) on 6/28…Wantagh NY on 6/29…Hershey PA on 6/30…Montreal QC on 7/3…Toronto ON on 7/4…Bristow VA on 7/13…Pittsburgh PA on 7/14…and Holmdel NJ on 7/15!

---Former Sweet guitarist, Andy Scott has formed a new version of the band that is playing a local date with Quiet Riot and House of Lords at The Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 6/29…as well as NYC on 4/26…and New Hope PA on 4/27!

---Here’s another festival that intersects with both GrassRoots and The Peach Festival, (although I suspect The Peach Festival will affect it more) The Grey Goose Blue Grass Festival at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill NY!  Just one band assigned (we think) to any festival days so far…Songs From The Road on Day #2 of the fest, Friday 7/20!

---Huey Lewis & The News may be about to announce a tour…lately a few key dates have leaked out…Chautauqua NY on 7/13…Mt. Airy Lodge in Mount Pocono PA on 7/14…and a warm-up date for  Jimmy Buffett in Boston MA on 8/9!


---Thirty Seconds To Mars have announced “The Monolith” tour, in support of their new yet-to-be-named album, which is due out 4/6!  The tour starts in Toronto ON on 6/6, then…Montreal QC on 6/8…Hartford CT on 6/9…Mansfield MA on 6/10…Pittsburgh PA on 6/13…Philadelphia PA on 6/17…Gilford NH on 6/19…NYC on 6/20…Holmdel NJ on 6/21…and Washington DC on 6/26!  WALK THE MOON, k.flay, MisterWives, Joywave and Welshly Arms will each open select dates!

---The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton are teaming-up for another great summer double-bill and there are a dozen regional stops on the 38-date tour, so climb on the 70’s nostalgia train and follow the tour starting in…Burgettstown PA on 6/20…Erie PA on 6/22…Baltimore MD on 6/24…Oxon Hill MD on 6/26…NYC on 6/27…Bethel NY on 6/29…Watertown NY on 6/30…Lenox MA on 7/2…Lewiston NY on 7/3…Boston MA on 7/6…Mashantucket CT on 7/14…and Bensalem PA on 7/15!

---Jason Mraz just announced his summer plans…he’ll be touring North America extensively and coming into our region at least nine times, starting with…Toronto ON on 7/29…Boston MA on 8/2…Gilford NH on 8/3…Uncasville CT on 8/4…Brooklyn NY on 8/7…NYC on 8/9…Columbia MD on 8/10…Philadelphia PA on 8/11…and Bethlehem PA on 8/12!

---Vance Joy has finally booked U.S. dates in support of his new album, “Nation Of Two,” which is due on 2/23!  Joy will play at least ten dates in our region, including…Pittsburgh PA on 5/18…Rochester NY on 6/6…Uncasville CT on 6/8…Gilford NH on 6/9…Albany NY on 6/11…Baltimore MD on 6/12…Brooklyn NY on 6/14…Boston MA on 6/15…Montreal QC on 6/21…and Toronto ON on 6/22!   Alice Merton will warm-up on select dates!

---Myles Kennedy, formerly of Slash’s Conspirators and Alter Bridge, has

booked a small solo tour, set for theatre-sized venues, to support his new solo album, “Year Of The Tiger” with stops in our region at…Baltimore MD on 5/16…Asbury Park NJ on 5/17…Lancaster PA on 5/19…Boston MA on 5/21…and NYC on 5/22!

---Rapper Big Sean is set to hit the road with six regional tour dates starting in Mid-May…Washington DC on 5/15…Brooklyn NY on 5/18…Uncasville CT on 5/19…Philadelphia PA on 5/20…Boston MA on 5/22…and Toronto ON on 6/3!

---The Outlaws keep building a very cool tour schedule in 2018…East Greenwich RI on 2/15…Derry NH on 2/17…two nights in Irwin PA on 4/20 & 4/21…Englewood NJ (with Kansas) on 4/26…Columbia MD ( with Marshall Tucker Band/ Blackberry Smoke, Pure Prairie League, Georgia Satellites and Atlanta Rhythm Section) on 5/6…before joining Lynyrd Skynyrd on their farewell tour…then, Augusta NJ on 6/23…Webster MA on 6/24…Gilford NH (with CDB & MTB) on 7/8…and Erie PA on 7/25!

---Singer/ guitarist, James Bay has a new single out, “Wild Love,” and a small nine-date tour in support as well, but no new album yet…Washington DC on 4/2…Brooklyn NY on 4/3…Boston MA on 4/5…Philadelphia PA o 4/6…and Toronto ON on 4/8!

---Symphonic Thrash band Apocalyptica return with a theatre-sized tour in May the scratches and claws thru our region…Buffalo NY on 5/23…Philadelphia PA on 5/24…Uncasville CT on 5/26…Albany NY on 5/27…Ridgefield CT on 5/29…Montclair NJ on 5/30…and the tour ender…Westbury NY on 5/31!

---Electronic Dance band, Depeche Mode has added a Spring leg to their 2018 tour, which finally adds dates in our region…Philadelphia PA on 6/3…Brooklyn NY on 6/6…Boston MA on 6/9…and Toronto ON on 6/11!

---O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson have linked together to for a long 2018 tour that will bring them into our region at least eight times…NYC on 8/13…Boston MA on 8/14…Hampton Beach NH on 8/16…East Providence RI on 8/17…Middletown PA on 8/18…Bethel NY on 8/19…Philadelphia PA on 8/21…and Lewiston NY on 8/22!

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials are still going, after all this time, and they’re still going thru our region too…Woonsocket RI on 3/2…Hartford CT on 3/3…Wilmington DE on 3/4…Lima NY (Rochester area) on 3/6…Buffalo NY on 3/8…and Lancaster PA on 3/10!

---Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco, has booked a Spring world tour that plays Canada and the northeastern US before jumping to Europe!  Regionally, just a few dates of us…Kingston ON on 4/8…Montreal QC on 4/12…South Burlington VT on 4/17…and Princeton NJ on 4/18, but more shows maybe coming as there is a four month gap between the US leg and Europe!

---The Pretenders have returned to the road with a small, theatre-sized tour, in between tours warming up for Phil Collins Central American leg and Simple Minds UK leg!  The band will tour the U.S. in Red Bank NJ on 3/30…Upper Darby PA on 3/31…Boston MA on 4/1…and Morristown NJ on 4/2!

---Boston Calling has announced it’s line-up and it’s pretty impressive over a three day period!  Starting on Friday 5/25 w/ The Killers, The National, Paramore, Portugal. The Man and Pussy Riot!  Then on Saturday 5/26, Jack White, Queens Of The Stone Age, St. Vincent, Royal Blood and the Manchester Orchestra!  Finally on Sunday 5/27 the festival wraps up w/ Eminem, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and The Dirty Projectors!

---Stephen Malkmus, lead singer and guitarist for Pavement, is going out with his solo band, The Jicks, this Spring with regional stops in…Pittsburgh PA on 6/6…Toronto ON on 6/9…Montreal QC on 6/11…Cambridge MA on 6/12…Brooklyn NY on 6/14…Philadelphia PA on 6/16…and Washington DC on 6/17!

---Rascal Flatts has added a Summer leg to their 2018 tour, including new regional dates…Bristow VA on 6/30…Camden NJ on 7/26…Burgettstown PA on 7/27…and Toronto ON on 8/16!

---Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have announced an extensive tour which includes a large amount of regional shows…Pawling NY on 4/4…Collinsville CT on 4/5…Bay Shore NY on 4/6…Teaneck NJ on 4/7…Boston MA on 4/8…Northampton MA on 4/9…..Woonsocket RI on 4/10…Tuckerton NJ on 4/12…Washington DC on 4/14…and Blawnox PA on 4/19!

---Gordon Lightfoot has started announcing Spring and Summer dates and so far there are three show in our region…Greensburg PA on 6/15…University Park PA on 6/16…and Geneva NY on 6/17!

---Alternative rockers L7 have returned, but so far only for a small six-date tour which includes just two dates for our region…the tour opener in Boston MA on 4/11…and Philadelphia PA on 4/13!

---Canadian punk-rockers, Sum 41, have announced a huge Spring tour that somehow overlooks most of our region…with three exceptions…NYC on 5/12…Philadelphia PA on 5/14…and Boston MA on 5/15!

---Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot will follow up his Stray Cats reunion show in Las Vegas, but so far only two stops in our region for this band…Atlantic City NJ on 6/22…and Lowell MA on 6/24!

---Midge Ure of Ultravox has booked a huge world tour, with only five U.S. dates…and just one in our region!  That would be, strangely in Bordentown NJ on 6/2!


---The Johnny Winter All-Star  ft. Paul Nelson, has booked something of a one-off in Philadelphia PA on 3/9.  They have only one other show scheduled, but well outside of our region.  We hope they plan more!

---Kenny Rogers touring days may be over, but he can still schedule the random one-off…which he did, for 6/2 in NYC at the Beacon Theatre!

---Pat Metheny has booked a one-off in America to start his world tour on 3/3 in Newton NJ, before he heads to Europe!

---Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett, of Little Feat, are booking shows, but so far, just two…and for anyone east of The Rockies, just one…Newton NJ on 6/15!

---Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, is playing a one-timer in Sudbury PA at the Spyglass Ridge Winery on 7/14!  This is a one-off in every sense of the word as he comes to the U.S. from France…then leaves us to head to Norway!  Wow.

---Tavares and The Stylistics have booked a double-bill, one-shot in Lynn MA on 5/12!


---Jaimo’s Jasssz Band adds Albany NY on 2/23!

---Dark Star Orchestra adds Port Chester NY on 5/12!

---Don McLean adds Tarrytown NY on 11/17…and Hartford CT on 2/9!

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys add Hershey PA on 4/28!

---Tim Reynolds adds New Hope PA on 2/24!

---Arrested Development adds Woodstock NY on 4/15!

---Dance/ Electronic band, Marshmello has added a show in our region…5/12 in Philadelphia PA!

---Robyn Hitchcock adds Bordentown NJ on 4/4!

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats add NYC on 3/8!

---The Indigo Girls add Red Bank NJ on 3/14…and Providence RI on 3/16!

---Warrant adds Newton NJ on 4/5!

---Patty Smyth & Scandal add Newton NJ on 5/4!

---The Yardbirds add Newton NJ on 5/5!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add Newton NJ on 5/19!

---NRBQ officially moves it’s cancelled Piermont NY date on 3/3 to Stafford Spring CT!

---Puddle Of Mudd adds Stroudsburg PA on 4/14…Harrisburg PA on 4/15…Baltimore MD on 5/12…and Ocean City MD on 7/5!

---Blue Oyster Cult and Loverboy add Sudbury PA on 6/9!

---Insane Clown Posse adds Rochester NY on 3/1…Poughkeepsie NY on 3/3…Clifton Park NY on 3/4…and Reading PA on 3/8!


---Apocalyptica (8)

---Arrested Development (1)

---Big Sean (6)

---Blue Oyster Cult/ Loverboy (1)

---Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot (2)

---Dark Star Orchestra (1)

---Depeche Mode (4)

---Don McLean (2)

---Gary Lewis & The Playboys (1)

---Gordon Lightfoot (3)

---Gov’t Mule (9)

---Huey Lewis & The News (2)

---Indigo Girls (2)

---Insane Clown Posse (4)

---Jaimo’s Jasssz Band (1)

---James Bay (5)

---Jason Mraz (9)

---Jeff Tweedy (4)

---Johnny Winter All-Star Band ft. Paul Nelson (1)

---Kenny Rogers (1)

---L7 (2)

---Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials (6)

---Marshmello (1)

---Midge Ure (1)

---Myles Kennedy (5)

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (1)

---O.A.R./ Matt Nathanson (8)

---Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett (1)

---Patty Smyth & Scandal (1)

---Puddle Of Mudd (4)

---Rascal Flatts (4)

---Robyn Hitchcock (1)

---Roger Hodgson (1)

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

---Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (7)

---Steve Miller Band/ Peter Frampton (12)

---Sum 41 (3)

---Tavares/ The Stylistics (1)

---The Johnny Winter Band ft. Paul Nelson (1)

---The Pretenders (4)

---The Yardbirds (1)

---Thirty Seconds To Mars (10)

---Tim Reynolds (1)

---Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (10)

---Vance Joy (10)

---Warrant (1)

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


Music News for 020918:

---The Busy Bird Bluegrass Festival has announced their 2018 festival dates in what will be a very special year for them…their 15th Anniversary!  The festival will be held at their Festival Grounds at 231 Ketchumville Road in Berkshire NY from  Friday, July 5th thru Sunday July 7th!  Tickets for the entire weekend will be as low as $40 until April 15th…then, $50 until June 20th…and $60 at the gate!  The line-up for the Festival Kick-Off party has already been set and includes local folk-rockers, Milkweed, and country-rocker, Gene Hummel, as well as host band, Bug Tussle.  Other bands set to take the stage over the course of the weekend include local faves, Lonesome River Band, Melanie & The Boys, Molly and The Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys, as well as host band, Bug Tussle!  The rest of the daily line-up for the weekend has yet to be set. For more info click here:

---Broome County is on the charts!  Seriously!  If you check out the latest edition of Billboard magazine you’ll see that the latest Grateful Dead album, “Dave’s Picks, Vol. #25: Broome County Arena 11/06/77” debuted at #27 on the magazine’s list of the Top 200 albums, not bad for a three disc set!  Incidentally, it’s not the first Grateful Dead concert in Broome County to be picked for worldwide release…”Dick’s Picks, Vol. #8: Harpur College 5/2/70” was released in 1997.  For those of your that don’t know, Harpur College is now Binghamton University!  That concert was ranked #6 by deadhead tape traders in a 1993 poll, but that live set didn’t make the charts.  If you’d like to order Dave’s Picks, Vol. #25: Broome County Arena 11/6/77 click on this link, but be advised that this was a limited edition release with only 18-thousand printed and it’s already sold out:

---A local all-star band will be on display this weekend at EPAC, in Endicott NY, as Rock Project: The Beatles, plays all weekend long.  The band features three members of local band, The GentsSid Peake on bass and vocals, Greg Meisner on acoustic guitar and vocals and Dave Cook on keyboards and vocals, as well as…singer, Jo Whitney and her husband Mike Whitney on guitar & vocals…Doug Hubert (guitar & vocals) & Eamonn Hubert (guitar), of Hot Dogs & Gin…plus, Paula Bacorn (keyboards & vocals), Joe Foti (vocals), Matt Gaska (vocals), Kate Fabrizio (vocals) and Micah Neiss on drums!  The shows will play this weekend…Friday night 2/9 @ 8p…Saturday night 2/10 @ 8p…and Sunday afternoon 2/11 @ 3p!  If you’d like tickets, here’s a link!

---An undercover investigation targeting businesses that serve or sell alcohol in the Town of Union, Dickinson, Chenango and the Village of Endicott resulted in charges for serving minors!  Of the nine business that were part of the operation on Saturday night, February 3rd,  workers in four of them failed at…The New Yorkers in Endicott…Barnaby’s in Endwell…the Blind Tiger Pub in Johnson City…and Mary’s Bar in Nimmonsburg.  The snared employees are charged with violating NYS liquor law and were ticketed to appear in court at a later date.  By the way, the other establishments who passed, and did NOT serve minors were…The Downtown Quarterback in Endicott…Kelly’s in Endicott…Toppers in Endicott…Applebees in the town of Dickinson (Nimmonsburg)…and Weis Market in Nimmonsburg.  For more info click on this link:

---Frank Turner is coming to the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 9/30…and that’s not all!  Turner’s tour begins, from a regional point of view, with a package tour that includes Lucero, The Menzingers and the Homeless Gospel Choir that lands in…Pittsburgh PA on 6/1…Baltimore MD on 6/3…Philadelphia PA on 6/5…and NYC on 6/6…and then continues in a more intimate solo way with theatre-sized appearaces in…Boston MA on 6/26 & 6/27…Toronto ON on 9/19…Montreal QC on 9/22…and South Burlington VT on 9/26!

---Native New Yorker, Ani DiFranco is coming back around and will be as close as Wilkes-Barre PA, at the Kirby Center, on 5/11…as well as…Washington DC on 5/5…Tarrytown NY on 5/6…Wilmington DE on 5/8…and NYC on 5/10!

---Ithaca’s favorite sons, X Ambassadors have just announced a new leg on their 2018 tour that will add one more show in our region…Pittsburgh PA at Stage AE on 4/21, with Son Little and The Aces warming-up!  No word yet whether they will curate a 2018 Cayuga Sound Festival, (this new leg of the tour will only bring them to June 29th,) but we expect them to.

---Ozzy Osbornes “No More Tours 2” his farewell tour, resumes, now that his Black Sabbath farewell tour has wrapped up!  Osborne has announced dates…and there will be one local-ish stop…in Syracuse NY at Lakewood Amphitheatre on 9/1!  Other regional stops include…Allentown PA on 8/30…Toronto ON on 9/4…Boston MA on 9/6…Wantagh NY on 9/8…Holmdel NJ on 9/10…Camden NJ on 9/12…and Bristow VA (suburban Washington DC) on 9/14!  Stone Sour will open!  

---Chicago & REO Speedwagon have team-up yet again, for a Summer tour!  This year they’ll make at least one local stop…Syracuse NY at Lakeview Amphitheatre on 7/27, plus…Bristow VA on 7/25…Pittsburgh PA on 7/28…Holmdel NJ on 7/29…Saratoga Springs NY on 7/31…Camden NJ on 8/1…Wantagh NY on 8/3…Boston MA on 8/5…Darien Center NY on 8/7…and Toronto ON on 8/8!

---Poison, Cheap Trick and Pop Evil have joined forces for a 25-date tour of North America!  There’s even a couple dates that are local-ish…Syracuse NY at Lakeview Amphitheatre on 6/13…and Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 6/22, as well as…Hartford CT on 6/14…Gilford NH on 6/15…Bristow VA on 6/17…Toronto ON on 6/19…Wantagh NY on 6/21…Holmdel NJ on 6/23…and Allentown PA on 6/24!  Pop Evil will play all local and regional shows except…Bristow VAWantagh NY…and Holmdel NJ…where a third act is tbd!

---One of the pillars of Rock N Roll, the 78-year-old Dion, of Dion & The Belmonts, is going out on tour this summer!  The entire tour is ten dates, spread out over a month and it is entirely within our regional area…Uncasville CT on 7/12…Englewood NJ on 7/15…Staten Island NY on 7/20…Westbury NY on 7/21…Wilkes-Barre PA, at The Kirby Center, on 7/27…Lancaster PA on 7/29…Morristown NJ on 8/3…and Asbury Park NJ on 8/5!

---Jonathan Edwards…the folk singer with the 70’s hit, “Sunshine,”…not the psychic…has announced regional dates…Northampton MA on 4/14…Fairfield CT on 4/26…Kingston RI on 4/28…Natick MA on 5/4…Willimantic CT on 5/6…Pawling NY on 5/17…The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca NY on 5/18…Alexandria VA on 7/8…and Wolfeboro NH on 9/22!

---The Great Blue Heron Festival has announced their line-up…in video form at least…Donna The Buffalo…Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad…The Felice Brothers…The Suitcase Junket…The Gunpoets…The Town Pants…Driftwood…Bobby Henrie & The Goners …The Probables…Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People…The Hindu Cowboys…The Blind Spots…Cats On Holiday…Smackdab!  These acts will all be on the main stages, but thre will be many others!  The fest is set for July 6th thru the 8th in Sherman NY!  Wanna see for yourself?  Click the link: 

---Looks like there will be a new restaurant/ bar in downtown Binghamton!  Dos Rios Cantina is said to be opening in the next few months at 60 Court Street!  The project is a joint venture between former Dino’s (which was wiped out by flooding in between Conklin and Binghamton.) owner, Jordan Patch and The Colonial.  You can like and message them here:

---Congrats to Chris Merkley who has joined Molly & The Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys…or should we be congratulating Molly & the band?  Well either way, or both.  Merkley is also part of the Merkley/ Morgan duo.


---Ed Sheeran has announced his full 2018 tour schedule, and it’s a doozy (does anyone say that anymore?)!  See him in…Toronto ON on 8/30 & 8/31…Foxboro MA on 9/14 & 9/15…East Rutherford NJ on 9/21 & 9/22…Philadelphia PA on 9/27…and Pittsburgh PA on 9/30!  That’s eight regional dates overall…with more being added!

---Justin Timberlake is already announcing another leg on his “Man Of The Woods” tour!  New dates on the Fall leg of the tour include…Pittsburgh PA on 9/25…Toronto ON on 10/9…Boston MA on 10/18…NYC on 10/24…Buffalo NY on 10/28…Philadelphia PA on 12/17…and Washington DC on 1/4/2019!

---Another week, another farewell tour…Paul Simon has announced a North American farewell tour that lands in our region only four times…Toronto ON on 6/12…Montreal QC on 6/13…Boston MA on 6/15…and Philadelphia PA on 6/16!

---Blue October has booked a major world tour that is coming in April to our happy regional zone…Toronto ON on 4/26…the previously leaked, Sayreville NJ on 4/27…Wilmington DE on 4/29…along with previously dates in Pittsburgh PA on 5/17…Stroudsburg PA on 5/19…and Baltimore MD on 5/20!  This is all to support a forthcoming new album, that has yet to be named or have a set release date!

---Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, is going on a solo headlining tour that is coming into our region next month…Washington DC on 3/27…Brooklyn NY on 3/28…Philadelphia PA on 3/30…Cambridge MA on 4/1…Montreal QC on 4/2…and Toronto ON on 4/3!

---The day-to-day line-up has been released for the Panorama Festival at Randalls Island Park in NYC on July 27th -29th!  Daily highlights include:

Day #1: The War On Drugs, The Weeknd, Migos, Dua Lipa, Father John Misty and Jhene Aiko!

Day #2: Janet Jackson, St. Vincent, Gucci Mane, Cardi B and Pvris!

Day #3: The Killers, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, The xx, Greta Van Fleet and Robert DeLong!

Tickets go on sale as of 2/2 at 10am!

---Aaron Carter (Nick from 98 degrees little bro and former teen heart throb) is back on tour (I thought he was still on his previous tour!) and will be making plenty of regional stops…Teaneck NJ on 2/22…Easton PA on 2/23…Pittsburgh PA on 2/25…Vienna VA on 2/26…Philadelphia PA on 2/27…Pawtucket RI on 2/28…Lawrence MA on 3/2…Seabrook NH on 3/3…Pawling NY on 3/4…Albany NY on 3/6…Rochester NY on 3/7…and the previously reported, Niagara Falls NY on 3/8!

---Jukebox The Ghost have announced their full 2018 tour filling in the gaps left by a few previously released show dates!  New stops include…Philadelphia PA on 4/10…Washington DC on 5/17…Buffalo NY 5/19…and Boston MA on 5/22!  Add them to the previously released shows in…Pittsburgh PA on 5/18…and NYC on 5/21!

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is bringing their 90’s alt-swing sound back to North America with new regional dates for us, in…NYC on 2/20…Albany NY on 2/21…Plymouth NH on 2/22…Patchogue NY on 2/23…and Newton NJ on 2/24!

---Andrew WK is back on the road in May with regional stops planned in…Rochester NY on 5/15…Toronto ON on 5/16…Boston MA on 5/17…NYC on 5/18…Washington DC on 5/20…Philadelphia PA on 5/21…and Pittsburgh PA on 5/22!

---Broken Social Scene has announced a new Spring batch of tour dates, including three intrusions into our regional area…Baltimore MD on 4/6…Huntington NY on 4/7…and Montclair NJ on 4/8!

---Garland Jeffreys has announced a pittance of tour dates….NYC on 2/24…Northampton MA on 3/3…and Piermont NY on 3/9!

---Rochesters break out electronic band, Joywave, (remember their alt-pop hit  collab with Big Data called, “Dangerous”, from back in 2015?) are headed back into our region with three new dates…Washington DC on 3/3…Toronto ON on 3/6…and Buffalo NY on 3/7!

---Michael Schenker Fest (the newest name for the Michael Schenker Group or MSG.) is now on tour and coming to our region…Silver Spring MD on 3/6…Munhall PA on 3/7…Boston Ma on 3/9…NYC on 3/10…Philadelphia PA on 3/11…and Montreal QC on 3/12!   The tour is in support of their new album, “Resurrection,” which is coming out on 3/2 and features four different singers, three of whom sang for the band in the past…Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and current vocalist, Doogie White!

---The Flaming Lips have announced a six-date March 2018 tour, but unfortunately there’s only one show on the docket set for our area…Bensalem PA (just outside of philly) on 3/11!

---alt-J have announced more tour dates on what is, so far, a very confusing trek.  They will play Pittsburgh PA on 6/12…Forest Hills NY on 6/15…and Toronto ON on 6/20…but they also claim to be playing both the Firefly Festival in Dover DE (which runs 6/14-17) and Mountain Jam in Hunter NY (which runs 6/15-6/17) and both are the same weekend as the Forest Hills show, so there are some issues to work out.  Stay tuned.

---Alternative rock band, Misterwives will embark on a headlining tour in support of their sophomore album, “Connect The Dots,” this spring!  The 14-date trek will have three regional stops…Buffalo NY on 5/14…Providence RI on 5/17…and Baltimore MD on 5/18!


---The original line-up of The Misfits is playing a one-off on 5/19 at The Rock (otherwise known as the prudential center) in Newark NJ!  Suicidal Tendencies and Murphy’s Law will warm up.

---Marc Anthony schedules what is essentially, for us, a one-off in Newark NJ on 2/17!  He has only one other booked date, the prior day (2/16) in Houston TX.


---Ambrosia adds Niagara Falls ON on 4/28…and Fair Haven NY, northwest of Syracuse on Lake Ontario, on 7/7!

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are adding more dates, both with and without opening bands…Washington DC (solo) on 5/16…Toronto ON (solo) on 5/18…Montreal QC (solo) on 5/19…and with The Head & The Heart in…Boston MA on 6/8!

---Barenaked Ladies, KT Tunstall and Better Than Ezra add Lewiston NY on 7/10!

---Kool & The Gang add…NYC on 3/2…NYC also on 8/25…and Niagara Falls NY on 9/1!

---Carbon Leaf adds Pawling NY on 4/22!

---Graham Parker adds Pawling NY on 5/4!

---Zoso (led zeppelin tribute band) adds two nights in Pawling NY on 6/29 & 6/30!

---…and Donna The Buffalo adds Pawling NY as well, (can you tell Daryl’s House announced it’s schedule for the next eight months?) on 8/16!

---k.flay adds Brooklyn NY on 3/20!

---Lee Ann Womack adds Boston MA on 3/18…and NYC on 3/20!

---U2 adds a third night in NYC as MSG on 7/1!

---Rascal Flatts adds Holmdel NJ on 6/29…and Wantagh NY on 7/6!

---Papa Roach adds Northampton MA on 4/15!

---Wynton Marsalis has added Chick Corea to his three April dates at the Rose Theatre in NYC!  That’s a total of 13 non-consecutive dates at The Rose overall.  He also added Philadelphia PA on 4/8!

---Puddle Of Mudd add Batavia NY on 7/27…and New Bedford MA on 7/28!

---Sponge pushes back their show in Stanhope NJ a week to 7/20…and the same in Reading PA pushing it back to 7/21!

---PnB Rock adds Montclair NJ on 3/15!

---Dennis DeYoung adds Montclair NJ on 3/16!

---Buddy Guy also adds Montclair NJ on 4/27!

---Renaissance adds Newark NJ on 5/11!

---Roger Daltrey adds another performance of Tommy with the NY Pops Orchestra in Queens NY on 6/17!

---Erasure adds two nights in NYC on 7/13 & 7/14…and a second night in Washington DC on 7/21!

---Keb’ Mo’ adds Bensalem PA on 5/19!

---Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys, remember)…adds Washington DC on 5/7…and Bensalem PA on 5/8!

---Portugal. The Man adds Pittsburgh PA on 5/22…Boston MA on 5/25…Dover DE (at FireFly Fest) somewhere betweet 6/15 and 6/17…Lewiston NY on 8/1…and NYC on 9/22!

---Elton John adds Uniondale NY on 10/9…Boston MA (a second night) on 11/6…Newark NJ on 3/2…and Brooklyn NY (a second night) on 3/9!


---Aaron Carter (11)

---Albert Hammond Jr. (6)

---alt-J (3)

---Ambrosia (2)

---Andrew WK (7)

---Ani DiFranco (4)

---Barenaked Ladies/ KT Tunstall/ Better Than Ezra (1)

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (5)

---Blue October (2)

---Brian Wilson (2)

---Broken Social Scene (3)

---Buddy Guy (1)

---Busy Bird Bluegrass Festival (3)

---Carbon Leaf (1)

---Chicago/ REO Speedwagon (10)

---Dennis DeYoung (1)

---Dion (8)

---Donna The Buffalo (1)

---Ed Sheeran (8)

---Elton John (4)

---Erasure (3)

---Frank Turner (10)

---Garland Jeffreys (3)

---Graham Parker (1)

---Great Blue Heron Music Festival (3)

---Jonathan Edwards (9)

---Joywave/ Sasha Sloan (3)

---Jukebox The Ghost (4)

---Justin Timberlake (7)

---k.flay (1)

---Keb’ Mo’ (1)

---Kool & the Gang (3)

---Lee Ann Womack (2)

---Marc Anthony (1)

---Michael Schenker Fest (6)

---Misterwives (3)

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (3)

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats/ The Head & The Heart (1)

---Ozzy Osborne/ Stone Sour (8)

---Panorama Fest (3)

---Papa Roach/ Nothing More/ Escape The Fate (1)

---Paul Simon (4)

---PnB Rock (1)

---Poison/ Cheap Trick (9)

---Portugal. The Man (5)

---Puddle Of Mudd (2)

---Rascal Flatts (2)

---Renaissance (1)

---Rock Project: The Beatles (3)

---Roger Daltrey (1)

---Sponge (+/-2)

---The Flaming Lips (1)

---The Misfits/ Suicidal Tendencies/ Murphy’s Law (1)

---U2 (1)

---Wynton Marsalis/ Chick Corea (3)

---X Ambassadors/ Son Little/ The Aces (1)

---Zoso (2)

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


Music News for 020318:

---Work is underway to rebuilding The Brackney Inn!  According to various local broadcast reports The Brackney’s owner, Greg MacBlane, is hoping to have it open for business by March!  The iconic venue has posted video and pictures of work being done on the roofing, on their facebook page this week, dated 1/27.  See for yourself by clicking on this link:

---The website Bands That Jam is reporting that PhishPhest 11 will take place at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen NY this summer on August 17th thru the 19th for a 3-day festival, citing “independent sources” at the racetrack.  The website indicated that contracts should be signed in February and that an official announcement would follow in March or April.  Read the article for yourself at this link:

---90’s hip hop and R&B fans take note: Naughty By Nature and SWV are coming to The Arena in Binghamton NY on 2/16!  Tickets will run from $25-75.00 and are on sale now.  The show will begin at 8pm.  Naughty By Nature also announced a show in Lakeville PA, in the Poconos at Cove Haven Resorts, on 3/18!  All other dates on the ten date tour are not only our of our region…two are out of the Hemisphere!

---Southern Culture On The Skids is migrating North this Spring for a series of shows as close as…Ithaca NY at The Dock on 6/30…as well as Sellersville PA on 6/22…Brooklyn NY on 6/23…Pawling NY on 6/24…Cambridge MA on 6/26…and Lake George NY on 6/29!

---Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced their farewell tour, entitled, “The Last Of A Dying Breed Tour,” which will rotate various opening bands, including, Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr, Bad Company, Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, .38 Special (with the other Van Zant brother, Donnie), Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot!  Whew.  Regional stops include…Holmdel NJ on 6/22…Wantagh NY on 6/23…Bristow VA (outside of Washington dc)…Darien Center NY on 7/13…Hartford CT on 7/14…Mansfield MA on 7/20…Bethel NY at Bethel Woods, on 7/21…Hershey PA on 7/28…Toronto ON on 8/11…another local stop at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/24…and Burgettstown PA on 8/25!

---Randy McStine has posted a new “album” that is 44 minutes and 12 seconds of what appears to be a depiction of his mood on a “Sunday evening 8:12pm.” It is delicate and nuanced, like a Pink Floyd album on 15 rpm, but pitched up so the tone is preserved.  Think of it as a private jam session or rehearsal that morphs into a continuous song…just McStine’s guitar and a keyboard (he plays both btw) and some natural sound, but no vocals.  It is however, much less industrial and dark than “Anachronism,” more organic and hopeful.  It’s obviously recorded at his NYC apartment. McStine has been in an experimental mood in recent years and this is one of his most thoughtful, yet at the same time, improvisational and wonderful experiments. Stream it for yourself here:

---Another area Prog-rock band, Greene NY’s, Anubis Spire, is also sharing their latest album 2017’s, “Divining Rod,” on a new website, where you can not only stream it, but purchase it as well!  Here’s the link:


---Lynyrd Skynyrd and Slayer won’t be the only bands on a farewell tour this Summer as Elton John has also announced a “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” last week with an ambitious North American tour beginning…on 9/8 in Allentown PA…9/11 & 9/12 in Philadelphia PA…9/16 in University Park PA…9/19 in Hartford CT…9/21 & 9/22 in Washington DC…9/25 & 9/26 in Toronto ON…Montreal QC on 10/4…Boston MA on 10/6…Pittsburgh PA on 10/10…NYC on 10/18, 10/19 & 11/8…Albany NY on 3/1/2019…and back to NYC at The B.C. in Brooklyn on 3/8!  …and btw, that’s not even the European dates, which start in May 2019!  Projections are that Elton will play 300 shows over three years!

---Former Genesis guitarist (during Peter Gabriel’s tenure), Steve Hackett is headed back out on tour and he’ll be playing plenty of venues in our regional coverage area…Montreal QC on 2/11…Toronto ON on 2/12…Staten Island NY on 2/15…Collingswood NJ on 2/16 & 2/17…and Tarrytown NY on 2/18!  Hackett played on early Genesis faves like, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway,” “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe),” “Squonk,” “The Carpet Crawlers,” and “A Firth Of Fifth!”

---The last of the “Seattle Grunge bands,” (think about it…Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains are all pretty much done, after the deaths of their lead singers.) Pearl Jam has announced a limited run of baseball stadium tours, but so far only one such appearance in our region…two nights at Fenway Park in Boston MA on 9/2 & 9/4!

---Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson and John Bonhams little sister, Deborah Bonham have aligned for nearly twenty dates this summer!  The “Stars Align” tour is coming to five nearby regional markets…Toronto ON on 8/1…Boston MA on 8/3…Camden NJ on 8/4…Holmdel NJ on 8/12…and Wantagh NY on 8/14!

---Mastodon and Primus are uniting for a North American tour that will trample our region under it’s feet!  Stops include…Reading PA on 5/22…Buffalo NY on 5/23…Glens Falls NY on 5/25…Providence RI on 5/26…Boston MA on 5/29…Philadelphia PA on 5/30…Asbury Park NJ on 6/1…Baltimore MD on 6/2…Coney Island NY on 6/3…and Pittsburgh PA on 6/8!

---Of Montreal has announced regional dates in support of their new album, but it’s an awfully small tour…ten dates overall and only three in our larger area…Washington DC on 3/25…Boston MA on 3/26…and Pittsburgh PA on 3/29!  More dates expected.  Stay tuned.

---Buckcherry is touring the Northeast this Spring with a few dates…four out of six, in all…Kingston MA on 3/7…Huntington NY on 3/9…Montclair NJ on 3/10…and Stroudsburg PA on 4/13!

---Circa Survive seem to be undertaking a headlining tour this Spring that will take them through our region…Huntington NY on 3/24…Stroudsburg PA on 4/20…Wilmington DE on 4/21…and Baltimore MD on 4/22!

---Minus The Bear is bringing The Coathangers along (…by their coattails?) for a Spring tour that impacts our region nearly every night for a week…Boston MA on 4/24…Asbury Park  NJ on 4/25…Brooklyn NY on 4/26…Manhattan NY on 4/27…Philadelphia PA on 4/28…Washington DC on 4/29…and Buffalo NY on 5/1!

---Jonathan Davis of Korn has booked a 25-date solo North American tour, yet somehow only three shows have been posted for our region so far…NYC on 5/12…Silver Spring MD on 5/17…and Boston MA on 5/18!

---The hot new Alternative artist-of-the-week, Greta Van Fleet has booked a small tour to leverage some album sales out of her increasing radio airplay!  Dates include…Baltimore MD on 5/9…Sayreville NJ on 5/11…and Philadelphia PA on 5/12!  Hoping there will be more.

---Well, we have Manneheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra…now there’s Christmas With The Celts!  It’s a show like Riverdance, but with a band that plays Holiday tunes!  They’re booking dates now at…Sellersville PA on 11/30…Hanover PA on 12/1…Toms River NJ on 12/2…Beverlyl MA on 12/7…Ridgefield CT on 12/9!

---Former Motley Crue singer John Corabi, has booked a solo tour that’s coming this-a way…Elmhurst NY on 2/21…Derby CT on 2/22…Southbridge MA on 2/23…and New Bedford MA on 2/25!

---Former Stryper singer, Michael Sweet is playing a few terrestrial dates (aside from the Monsters Of Rock cruise)…New Bedford MA on 3/8…and Poughkeepsie NY on 3/9!  Speaking of Stryper, they also added a few new dates this week.  See our Tour Tweaking section below!

---The Gaslight Anthem are doing a 10th Anniversary tour for their sophomore album, “The ’59 Sound,” coming up in late Spring and Summer 2018…on their ten-date worldwide itinerary are just three dates in our region…Washington DC on 5/27…NYC on 6/2 (at The Governors Ball)…and Toronto ON on 8/10!

---Former Bad Company singer, Brian Howe, is back on the road in a limited fashion with two dates in our region…New Hope PA on 4/6…and Irwin PA on 4/7!  Howe has recovered from a recent heart attack and also was evacuated from his home last year in Southwest Florida because of Hurricane Irma.  I bet he’ll be glad to get out of the house…much less out of bed!

---Lynch Mob will play some terrestrial dates once they’re done with the Monsters of Rock cruise…Uncasville CT on 3/15…Manchester NH on 3/16…Teaneck NJ on 3/17…and New Bedford MA on 3/18!

---Modern rockers, Phoenix will cap off their world tour with a  three-night stand in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Steel from 7/5 thru 7/7!

---Modest Mouse return to the road, but so far, only book one date in our region…Washington DC at Anthem on 4/30!

---Beck has just announced a modest tour…little more than a handful of dates and only one in our region at all…Washington DC on 4/27 at Anthem!


---Sheena Easton has booked a one-time only show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT on 10/20!

---Chief Keef has booked a one-off at the Music Hall in Amityville NY on 2/20!

---Story Of The Year have also booked a one-shot show…in NYC at The Gramercy on 3/16!

---Baauer (of “Harlem Shake” fame) has booked what appears to be a one-time-only show in Boston MA on 2/23!

---An interesting and varied bill for the Washington DC Shamrock Fest at RFK Stadium on 3/17, including…Sum 41, Less Than Jake, Shaggy, Reel Big Fish, Carbon Leaf and more!


---Puddle Of Mudd adds Batavia NY on 7/27!

---Foghat adds Niagara Falls NY on 8/31!

---J. Roddy Walston & The Business add Harrisburg PA on 2/5…and Pittsburgh PA On 3/31!

---Sponge adds Stanhope NJ on 7/13…and Reading PA on 7/14!

---Insane Clown Posse adds Pittsburgh PA on 3/7!

---Trey Anastasio of Phish Phame, adds Wilmington DE on 2/13!

---The Dixie Dregs show in Wilmington DE on 3/8 is now at Copeland Hall, instead of the Grand Opera House…or is this just a name change instead of a location change?

---Ambrosia adds NYC on 2/1…and Atlantic City NJ on 2/2!

---PnB Rock add Boston MA on 2/8…and Baltimore MD on 3/11!

---Saving Abel adds Stanhope NJ on 5/11…and Manchester NH on 5/12!

---Tony Bennett adds New Brunswick NJ on 4/5!

---Dave Davies moves his show on 4/7 from The Cabot in Beverly MA to Montclair NJ at the Outpost In The Burbs!

---Oleta Adams adds Alexandria VA on 11/9…and NYC on 11/10!

---David Lindley adds Northampton MA on 4/13!

---Blood Sweat & Tears ft. Bo Bice (of American Idol, remember?) adds Uncasville CT on 12/14!

---Finally Ruben Studdard (american idol season 2 winner) adds a date to his 2018 tour inside our regional area…Ridgefield CT on 5/3!

---Beach Boys add Ridgefield CT on 8/15!

---Air Supply added on some pretty random dates this week…Worcester MA on 3/9…Lancaster PA on 3/22…Plymouth MA on 5/10…and Keene NH on 5/12!

---Buckethead adds Baltimore MD on 4/20…and Pittsburgh PA on 4/23!

---The Less Than Jake/ Four Year Strong tour adds Wilmington DE on 2/16…New Haven CT on 2/17…and Sayreville NJ on 2/18!

---Stryper adds Baltimore MD on 5/13…and Sellersville PA on 5/14!

---Indigo Girls add Boston MA on 3/18!

---The Ben Harper/ Charlie Musselwhite tour adds Cambridge MA for two nights on 6/3 & 6/4!

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone add Woonsocket RI on 7/28! Also look for them on tours with The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams!

---Kix adds Westbury NY on 4/7!

---Dark Star Orchestra is adding regional shows onto it’s national tour including…Baltimore MD on 3/31…Washington DC on 4/3…and Westbury NY on 5/18!

---Jukebox The Ghost is adding regional dates finally to, what is now, a seven date tour!  Just two shows for our region…Pittsburgh PA on 5/18…and Brooklyn NY on 5/21!

---Stone Temple Pilots finally add some dates in our greater region…Wallingford CT on 5/6…Stroudsburg PA on 5/8…and Buffalo NY on 5/9!

---STP has also been added to a festival style date with Alice In Chains and Ghost in Camden NJ on 5/19!


---Air Supply (4)

---Alice In Chains/ Stone Temple Pilots/ Ghost (1)

---Ambrosia (2)

---Baauer (1)

---Beach Boys (1)

---Beck (1)

---Ben Harper/ Charlie Musselwhite (2)

---Blood Sweat & Tears ft. Bo Bice (1)

---Brian Howe (2)

---Buckcherry (4)

---Buckethead (2)

---Chief Keef (1)

---Christmas With The Celts (5)

---Circa Survive (4)

---Dark Star Orchestra (3)

---David Lindley (1)

---Elton John (17)

---Foghat (1)

---Greta Van Fleet (3)

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone (1)

---Indigo Girls (1)

---Insane Clown Posse (1)

---J. Roddy Walston & The Business (2)

---Jeff Beck/ Paul Rodgers/ Ann Wilson/ Deborah Bonham (5)

---John Corabi (4)

---Jonathan Davis (3)

---Jukebox The Ghost (2)

---Kix (1)

---Less Than Jake/ Four Year Strong (3)

---Lynch Mob (4)

---Mastodon/ Primus (10)

---Michael Sweet (2)

---Minus The Bear/ The Coathangers (7)

---Modest Mouse (1)

---Of Montreal (3)

---Oleta Adams (2)

---Pearl Jam (2)

---Phoenix (3)

---PnB Rock (1)

---Puddle Of Mudd (1)

---Ruben Studdard (1)

---Saving Abel (2)

---Sheena Easton (1)

---Southern Culture On The Skids (6)

---Sponge (2)

---Steve Hackett (6)

---Stone Temple Pilots (3)

---Story Of The Year (1)

---Stryper (2)

---Tony Bennett (1)

---Trey Anastasio (1)

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


Music News for 012718:

---American Idol, season 5 winner, Chris Daughtry is coming to the Forum Theatre right here in Binghamton NY on 3/30 at 8pm, and he’s bringing his band, Daughtry with him!  Tickets went on sale for the general public on Friday 1/26 at 8pm, preceeded by a presale event that began on Wednesday for his fan club followers.  Daughtry’s appearance is part of a larger tour that already has 16 other shows scheduled, just in our coverage region.  The only other show that falls into our local region include a date at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 3/25!  For all the dates see our Regional Concert Page, elsewhere on this site!

---Trumansburg Zydeco rockers, Donna The Buffalo are coming back around again, at one of their favorite local venues…The Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY!  The show is set for Saturday night 3/17 and former “Milkweed,” and “The Falconers” member, Bess Greenberg will be warming-up!  This could also be an indicator that DTB are set to announce Spring tour dates!  Stay tuned!

---Prog-rockers, Renaissance, have booked a symphonic show at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca NY on 5/12!  This appears to be a leak, ahead of a larger announcement regarding a Spring 2018 tour!  So far other leaked dates ahead of an official announcement, include…Boston MA on 5/10…and Alexandria VA on 5/13!

---Congrats to the Nate Gross Band who will be opening up for Simo at The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 2/18!  Tickets are $15.00 and the show starts at 8pm!  Break a leg kids!

---Phish dates have been announced, but the rumors of another Summer multi-night festival in Watkins Glen have not yet materialized…although the word of mouth continues to persist that there will be a three-night festival at Watkins Glen International Raceway, specifically the weekend of August 17th thru the 19th.  Meanwhile, out of the 21 dates announced only four are even within our regional area…two nights in Camden NJ, just outside of Philadelphia PA on 8/7 & 8/8…and two more nights in Columbia MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/11 & 8/12, which is actually a good argument in favor of a Watkins Glen show.  No shows in the northeast, which is where they’re from?  Really? I doubt that will continue.  Plus, it’s been three years since their last show at Watkins Glen.

---Seeing keyboard player Mike Melnick a lot?  He certainly is everywhere lately.  The Ultra Vibe member (formerly in Badweather Blues) also subs in a lot of other bands fronted by Mike Davis (The Laughing Buddha Episodes), Terry Burke (formerly of No Compromise) and others, “…up to thirteen total (bands),” says Melnick, so it shouldn’t be any surprise if he’s making you paranoid, because you really are seeing him a lot.  Melnick says of all the attention, “It’s flattering.”

---Squirrel Nut Zippers will not only play the Center For The Arts in Homer NY on 3/25…but have other regional stops as part of their Spring tour…Alexandria VA on 3/22…Warrendale PA on 3/23…Williamsport PA on 3/24…Philadelphia PA on 3/27…NYC on 3/28…Hamden CT on 3/29…Fall River MA on 3/30…and Plymouth NH on 3/31!

---Hatebreed is back, with a new tour that includes The Acacia Strain, Crowbar and Twitching Tongues.  The tour comes into our region on…3/16 in Syracuse NY at The Westcott Theatre, then…Pittsburgh PA on 3/19…Reading PA on 3/29…Providence RI on 3/30!  After that Hatebreed will be part of the Killswitch Engage show in Sayreville NJ on 4/26!

---Former GNR guitarist, Buckethead, has announced a couple of new dates this week…one in nearby Syracuse NY at The Westcott Theatre on 4/4…as well as Buffalo NY on 4/2!  So far he’s only booked three dates in the U.S. this year, so more may be on the way!

---Blackberry Smoke has confirmed that they’ll play the Peach Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton PA on Saturday 7/21, and a number of other regional dates as well…Providence RI on 5/4…Boston MA on 5/5…Asbury Park NJ on 5/11…Westbury NY on 5/17…Port Chester NY on 5/18…and Clifton Park NY on 5/19!

---George Clinton & P-Funk, as well as The Decemberists were, this week, the first artists confirmed to be appearing at Mountain Jam, at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter NY!  Both bands will appear on Saturday 6/16!


---In support of their new album, “Mania,” Fall Out Boy have booked a late Summer tour of America with a half-dozen dates in regional area, including…Uniondale NY on 8/29…Uncasville CT on 8/31…Hershey PA on 9/1…Buffalo NY on 9/2…Newark NJ on 9/4…and Pittsburgh PA on 9/5!

---As rumored, Journey & Def Leppard have team-up to tour America, and they’re coming into our region at least a dozen times…Hartford CT on 5/21…Albany NY on 5/23…Hershey PA on 5/25…Buffalo NY on 5/26…Toronto ON on 6/1…Pittsburgh PA on 6/2…Bristow VA on 6//8…Philadelphia PA on 6/11…NYC on 6/13…Newark NJ on 6/15…Baltimore MD on 6/16…and Boston MA on 8/11!

---Kendrick Lamar is joining label-mates SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, AB-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker for a North American tour that will bring the R&B/ Hip-hop rising force to no less than eleven regional venues…NYC on 5/28…Wantagh NY on 5/30…Bristow VA on 6/1…Hershey PA on 6/2…Buffalo NY on 6/3…Boston MA on 6/5…Hartford CT on 6/7…Philadelphia PA on 6/8…Saratoga Springs NY on 6/9…Toronto ON on 6/12…and Pittsburgh PA on 6/16!

---Pop rockers, Hall & Oates, have joined forces with alt-pop band, Train for a big summertime tour that includes a bunch of regional stops…Philadelphia PA on 5/26…Toronto ON on 6/5…Boston MA on 6/7…Pittsburgh PA on 6/9…Washington DC on 6/11…NYC on 6/14…and Montreal QC on 7/13!  Sounds like a tour you can take the whole family to.

---Alt-pop balladeer George Ezra, has returned with a new album, “Staying At Tamara’s,” due 3/23…and a new tour that will bring the singer into our region at least a half dozen times…Toronto ON on 4/20…Montreal QC on 4/21…Boston MA on 4/22…NYC on 4/24…Philadelphia PA on 4/25…and Washington DC on 4/26!  Erza’s break thru hit was last year’s “Budapest.”

---Well, if you were waiting for Britney Spears to take her Las Vegas tour on the road, your wait is over…Spears has launched an eleven date tour that will spend most of it’s time on the East Coast, with eight dates in our regional area…Oxon Hill MD (just outside of washington dc) on 7/12 & 7/13…Uncasville CT on 7/15…Bethlehem PA on 7/17…Atlantic City NJ on 7/19 & 7/20…and NYC on 7/23 & 7/24! 

---Dead & Company have started adding shows again, as the John Mayer led outfit stalled due to Mayers emergency surgery last fall…Mansfield MA on 5/30…two nights in Camden NJ on 6/1 & 6/2…Saratoga Springs NY on 6/11…Hartford CT on 6/13…NYC on 6/15 & 6/16…and Darien Center NY on 6/19!

---MGMT are not only prepping a new album, but a new tour as well, coming into our region in…Washington DC on 3/15…Boston MA on 3/16…Montreal QC on 3/17…Toronto ON on 3/20…two nights in Brooklyn NY on 3/24 & 3/25…and night #1 of The Firefly Festival in Dover DE on 6/14!

---Former Talking Heads lead singer, David Byrne, has added a second leg to his current North American tour, that includes…Washington DC on 5/12…Pittsburgh PA on 5/13…Camden NJ on 7/27…Boston MA on 7/31…Toronto ON on 8/3…and Canandaigua NY at CMAC (the old Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center) on 8/5!

---Erasure has announced a Summer North American leg on their latest tour…NYC on 7/15…Boston MA on 7/17…Philadelphia PA on 7/18…Washington DC on 7/20…Pittsburgh PA on 7/22…and Toronto ON on 7/24!

---Keith Urban is taking Kelsea Ballerini on the road for a huge tour that includes a ton of stops in our region…Burgettstown PA on 6/23…Saratoga Springs NY on 6/27…two nights in Toronto ON on 6/29 & 6/30…two nights in Gilford NH on 7/5 & 7/6…Canandaigua NY at CMAC on 7/8…Camden NJ on 8/3…Mansfield MA on 8/4…Bristow VA (just outside Washington dc) on 8/11…three nights in Uncasville CT on 9/7, 9/8 & 9/9…Hershey PA on 10/25…and NYC on 10/27!

---Built To Spill is back with a package tour that also includes Afghan Whigs and Rituals Of Mine!  The itinerary includes…Pittsburgh PA on 4/14…Providence RI on 4/16…NYC on 4/18…Boston MA on 4/20…Philadelphia PA on 4/21…Toronto ON on 4/23…Buffalo NY on 4/24…and Baltimore MD on 4/27 with Ed Harcourt instead of Rituals Of Mine.

---Blue Oyster Cult have announced the bulk of their 2018 schedule including plenty of regional stops…Riverhead NY on 3/2…Keene NH on 3/30…Fall River NY on 3/31…Batavia NY on 7/6…Meadow Lands PA on 7/7…Dover DE on 9/7…and King of Prussia PA on 10/27!

---The Neighbourhood have announced regular touring dates following shows in South America and Coachella…only two stops effect our region…New Haven CT on 6/22…and Clifton Park NY on 6/23!

---Between The Buried And Me are on the road with a small package tour that includes The Dear Hunter and Leprous and regional stops are…Pittsburgh PA on 3/30…Philadelphia PA on 3/31…Clifton Park NY on 4/2…Boston MA on 4/3…NYC on 4/4…and Silver Spring MD on 4/5.

---Bishop Briggs is on tour in our region starting in May…Toronto ON on 5/15…Montreal QC on 5/16…Philadelphia PA on 5/18…Boston MA on 5/19…Brooklyn NY on 5/22…and Washington DC on 5/23!

---American Idol season seven winner (beating David Archuleta, remember?), David Cook, has a new EP coming out next month, (“Chromance” on 2/16) and a small tour set to promote it, that includes stops in…New Hope PA on 2/21…NYC on 2/22…Washington DC on 2/23…and back to Washington DC on 5/6!

---Alternative band, Haim has announced dates for a small, new tour to support their new album…Washington DC on 5/1…Boston MA on 5/3…NYC on 5/4…and Toronto ON on 5/7!

---Cross-over band, Rascal Flatts have booked a couple regional shows on their 2018 tour…Hartford CT on 6/8…Mansfield MA on 6/9…and Saratoga Springs NY on 7/7!

---The Eels have booked a tiny U.S. tour as part of a larger worldwide tour…Boston MA on 6/8…Brooklyn NY on 6/9…Philadelphia PA on 6/10…and Washington DC on 6/11!

---Meanwhile The Indigo Girls have launched a 15-date tour with only two shows in our region…Tarrytown NY on 3/15…and South Orange NJ on 3/19!

---The Dandy Warhols will be playing a two night tour in NYC…one night in Manhattan NY at the HighLine Ballroom with the Jacuzzi Boys…and one night in Brooklyln NY at The Warsaw on 2/25!

---Hip Hop star, Joe Budden will play two non-consecutive nights at the HighLine Ballroom in NYC on 2/21…and 3/15! 


---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band will play, what is so far, a one-off at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 9/14!  Chances are that this is simply a venue website posting ahead of a more official tour announcement of a tour.

---Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has booked a one-off in NYC at the Theatre at Times Square on 2/22!


---Carbon Leaf adds Buffalo NY on 4/26!

---Marc Cohn adds Buffalo NY on 3/21!

---Steep Canyon Rangers w/ Steve Martin adds Buffalo NY on 4/12!

---James Taylor adds two nights in Lenox MA on 7/3 & 7/4!

---Fleet Foxes have added some new shows to their current tour…Pittsburgh PA on 5/17…Washington DC on 5/18…Shelburne VT on 5/26…Allston MA (part of Boston Calling) on 5/27…and Toronto ON on 7/24!

---Justin Timberlake is adding second nights on his “Man Of The Woods” tour in…Toronto ON on 3/15…NYC on 3/22…Boston MA on 4/5…Montreal QC on 4/9…and also bringing the tour to two additional markets…Pittsburgh PA on 6/1…and Philadelphia PA on 6/2!

---Robyn Hitchcock adds Philadelphia PA on 4/27!

---J. Roddy Walston & The Business add Boston MA on 1/26…Toronto ON on 1/29…Brooklyn NY on 2/7…and Washington DC on 2/8!

---Blue October adds Sayreville NJ on 4/27!

---Jimmy Eat World adds a second night in Brooklyn NY on 6/13!

---Candlebox adds Washington DC on 4/6…and Boston MA on 4/7!

---Mike Gordon of Phish phame, finally adds a solo date east of the Mississippi…in Brooklyn NY on 3/10!

---The Happy Together Tour has added another two stops…in Glenside PA on 6/20…and Jim Thorpe PA at Penn’s Peak, on 6/21!

---Billy Joel adds Philadelphia PA on 7/27!

---Lita Ford & Firehouse add Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 4/6!  Could this be an indicator of more shows?  Hmmm.

---Kix & Autograph also add Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 4/28!

---.38 Special adds Penn’s Peak too, in Jim Thorpe PA on 7/13!


---.38 Special (1)

---Between The Buried And Me/ The Dear Hunter/ Leprous (6)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Bishop Briggs (6)

---Blackberry Smoke (6)

---Blue October (1)

---Blue Oyster Cult (7)

---Britney Spears (8)

---Buckethead (2)

---Built To Spill (8)

---Candlebox (2)

---Carbon Leaf (1)

---Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (1)

---Dandy Warhols (2)

---Daughtry (1)

---David Byrne (6)

---David Cook (4)

---Dead & Company (8)

---Fall Out Boy (6)

---George Ezra (6)

---Haim (4)

---Hall & Oates/ Train (7)

---Happy Together Tour (2)

---Indigo Girls (2)

---J. Roddy Walston & The Business (4)

---James Taylor (2)

---Joe Budden (2)

---John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (1)

---Journey/ Def Leppard (12)

---Justin Timberlake (6)

---Keith Urban/ Kelsea Ballerini (13)

---Kendrick Lamar/ SZA/ ScHoolboy Q/ Lance Skiiwalker (11)

---Kix/ Autograph (1)

---Lita Ford/ Firehouse (1)

---Marc Cohn (1)

---Mike Gordon (1)

---Muse (6)

---Phish (4)

---Rascal Flatts (3)

---Renaissance (3)

---Robyn Hitchcock (1)

---Squirrel Nut Zippers (9)

---Steep Canyon Rangers/ Steve Martin (1)

---The Eels (4)

---The Neighbourhood (2)

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


Music News for 012018:

---EPAC Idol may be gone, but EPAC’s Got Talent is here!  EPAC’s Got Talent begins on Saturday, January 20th with auditions…a second semi-final round of auditions on Friday January 26th, then finals the day after, on Saturday January 27th!  There is a registration fee of $5.00 for kids (up to age 15) and adults (16 and over) of $10.00…and of course, it’s being held at the Endicott Performing Arts Center (EPAC) in Endicott NY!  Good lu…er, break a leg, everybody! For more info, click here:

---The Ithaca area afrobeat band, Big Mean Sound Machine is expanding their Winter 2018 tour with Florida leg…Cleveland OH on 1/18…Jacksonville FL on 2/17…Dunedin FL on 2/18…five nights in Miami FL on 2/21 thru 2/25…Charleston SC on 2/28…Savannah GA on 3/1…Wilmington NC on 3/2…Raleigh NC on 3/3…and closing out with two nights, at home in Ithaca NY, on 3/23 & 3/24 at the Finger Lakes Thaw festival!

---Seems like Matt & Kim always stop in Ithaca NY when they tour and this year is no exception….because that’s where they’ll start…at The Haunt on 3/7…followed by, Albany NY on 3/8…Sayreville NJ on 3/23…Pittsburgh PA on 4/21…Philadelphia PA on 4/22…South Burlington VT on 4/23…Boston MA on 4/26…New Haven CT on 4/27…Brooklyn NY on 4/28…and Washington DC on 5/2!

---Howard Jones has announced that his 2018 Winter tour will also stop in Ithaca NY at the Hangar Theatre on 3/4!  That’s in addition to previously announced shows in…Hartford CT on 2/23…Bay Shore NY on 2/24…Pawling NY on 2/25…Sellersville PA on 2/26…Boston MA on 2/28…Rockport MA on 3/1…NYC on 3/2 & 3/3!

---Another sure sign of Spring…the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown NY has announced a couple of very cool shows!  Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats with The Head & The Heart on June 5th @ 7pm!  Advance tickets are $45.00!  The tour will also stop in Lewiston NY on 6/2…Philadelphia PA on 6/6…and Queens NY on 6/9!  Tickets for the Ommegang show go on sale on 1/26! 

---The other cool show coming to Cooperstown is the Jack White tour, which will play the Ommegang on 5/27!  Tickets for that show also go on sale on 1/26!  Other regional stops for the Jack White tour are…Washington DC on 5/29…NYC on 6/1 (at the Governors Ball)…Rochester NY on 6/7…Lewiston NY on 6/8…and Toronto ON on 6/9!

---It’s not much, but it’s certainly something!  The New York State Fair in Syracuse NY has announced the first concert of it’s 2018 season…Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone will play The Court at 2pm on Monday August 27th! 

---The Peach Festival 2018 at Montage Mountain in Scranton PA has announced most of their 2018 line-up and there are some pretty big names set to perform this year, primary among them Dickey Betts!  The former guitar player for the Allman Brothers Band has been “retired” for three years, so getting him back on stage is a huge accomplishment!  Also set for the festival is Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule on two nights, moe. on two nights, Warren Haynes, Blackberry Smoke, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Turkuaz, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and our own, Driftwood!  Of course all of the bands have yet to be scheduled for a specific night, but that will be a ways down the road.  The festival itself is set for July 19th thru 22nd!  For more info click here:

---Speaking of Devon Allman & Duane Betts, the pair will perform together (one warming up for the other) in Homer NY on 4/22 at the Center For The Arts in Homer NY!   It will be the debut tour of Devon’s new band, the Devon Allman Project! Other regional dates that are known ahead of an official announcement include…Boston MA on 4/18…Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 4/19…and Plymouth NH on 4/21!  Tickets are on sale now!  Click here:

---The Decemberists have announced a new tour, in support of their forthcoming album, and it will bring them to a ton of regional venues…and at least one local one…The Smith Opera House in Geneva NY on 4/23!  Regional stops include…Washington DC on 4/21…Lewiston NY on 5/26…Boston MA on 5/27…Montreal QC on 5/28…Toronto ON on 5/30…Pittsburgh PA on 5/31…Philadelphia PA on 6/7…New Haven CT on 6/8…Sherburne VT on 6/9…Brooklyn NY on 6/13…and North Adams MA on 6/15!

---Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers are teaming-up for a huge North American tour, the first since the death of co-founding Steely Dan member, Walter Becker…and yes there are not only regional show…there are two on the fringe of our generous local area…Saratoga Springs NY on 6/30…Toronto ON on 7/2…Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 7/3…Holmdel NJ on 7/6…Mansfield MA on 7/7…Bristow VA on 7/10…Camden NJ on 7/11…Gilford NH on 7/13…and the wrap-up at Bethel Woods in Bethel NY on 7/14!

---The Dave Matthews Band is revving up a monstrous tour that will have at least 15 regional dates, including a local stop at Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 6/5, as well as…Burgettstown PA on 6/1…Bristow VA on 6/9…Gilford NH on 6/12 & 6/13…Camden NJ on 6/15 & 6/16…Mansfield MA on 6/22…Hartford CT on 6/23…Darien Center NY on 6/27…Toronto ON on 7/10…Saratoga Springs NY on 7/13 & 7/14…Wantagh NY on 7/17…and Holmdel NJ on 7/18!

---Zac Brown Band has announced Summer 2018 tour dates and there will be plenty of regional stops and even one in our generous local coverage area…Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 6/23…as well as two nights in Boston MA on 6/14 & 6/15…Hershey PA on 6/22…Darien Center NY on 6/24…Toronto ON on 7/13…Camden NJ on 7/19 & 7/20…Washington DC on 7/27…and two nights in NYC on 7//28 & 7/29!  The last three dates include OneRepublic as warm up band.

---Sugarland (featuring pop singer, Jennifer Nettles…remember that duet with Bon Jovi?) has announced a huge 48-date world tour, that includes eight regional stops…and one local date…Niagara Falls ON on 7/6 & 7/7…Verona NY on 7/8 at Turning Stone Casino…Uncasville CT on 8/30…Allentown PA on 8/31…Gilford NH on 9/1…Worcester MA on 9/7…and Newark NJ on 9/8!  Opening acts will vary.

---Congrats to Bess Greenberg, who not only played a Thursday night set (1/11/18) at iconic NYC venue, The Bitter End, but also live streamed it!  Hope somebody archieved it!

---Amber Martin has also posted a demo styled version of a song she’s “been working on,” called “Treat Me Like A Child.”  Hope that means a new release is on it’s way, but either way, you can hear it for yourself by clicking on this link:


---BREAKING REGIONAL MUSIC NEWS: The Journey/ Def Leppard tour was announced on Friday 1/19.  All twelve regional dates are on the REGIONAL CONCERT PAGE, on this website, so check there for info.  More will be written on next weeks column.

---Justin Timberlake has announced a tour to coincide with his new album, “Man Of The Woods,” due out next month!  The 27-date trek has regional ramifications…Toronto ON on 3/13…Washington DC on 3/18…NYC on 3/21…Newark NJ on 3/25…Boston MA on 4/4…and Montreal QC on 4/8!

---In light of their upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi have announced tour dates, and there will be a ton in our greater region…Boston MA on 4/2…Montreal QC on 4/4…two nights in Newark NJ on 4/7 & 4/8…Allentown PA on 5/2…Philadelphia PA on 5/3…Uncasville CT on 5/5…two nights in NYC on 5/9 & 5/10…Toronto ON on 5/12…and Washington D.C. on 5/14!

---The Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced a new leg of their 2018 tour, as well as a few additions!  New dates on the Winter tour are…three nights in Washington DC on 2/9, 2/16 & 2/17…and two nights in Red Bank NJ on 2/13 & 2/14!  The new leg includes…Saratoga Springs NY on 7/3…Hartford CT on 7/6…Gilford NH on 7/7…Mansfield MA on 7/8…Canandaigua NY at CMAC on 7/10…Lewiston NY on 7/27…and Burgettstown PA on 7/18!  Warm-up bands on the Summer leg include Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band!

---The 80’s are back!  The “Lost 80’s Live” tour which features some great 80’s bands, including…Wang Chung, The Romantics, Naked Eyes, Nu Shooz, Animotion, When In Rome and A Flock Of Seagulls!  So far, only two shows of the eight booked will play our region…Brooklyn NY on 8/3…and Brookville NY on 8/4!

---Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are teaming-up again for another nationwide tour!  In 2018 they will play 18 dates and regional stops include…Allentown PA on 8/3…Atlantic City NJ on 8/4…NYC on 8/7…Toronto ON on 8/10…and Pittsburgh PA on 8/11!  Tickets went on sale yesterday (1/12)!

---Tom Jones is returning to North America and he begins his trek in Poughkeepsie NY on 5/1!  Other regional stops on his “Long Lost Suitcase” tour  include…Bethlehem PA on 5/2…Englewood NJ on 5/4…Mashantucket CT on 5/5…Oxon Hill MD (just outside of DC) on 5/6…and Baltimore MD on 5/9!

---Not only have the dates been announced for this years Governors Ball, on Randalls Islands Park in NYC, but the line up, has been announced as well!  The annual festival will be held from Friday June 1st thru Sunday June 3rd and will include performances by Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, A Perfect Circle, N.E.R.D, Diplo, Mark Ronson, Halsey, Khalid, Chvrches, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz, Vic Mensa, Cut Copy, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Dirty Projectors, Third Eye Blind and a bunch of others!  Can wait for bands to be assigned to specific days! 

---New Found Glory will undertake their 20th Anniversary tour in 2018 and also celebrate the anniversary of their debut album with a “Makes Me Sick” Deluxe Edition!  Regional dates on the tour, which includes warm-up band Bayside, are…Silver Spring MD on 5/22…Philadelphia PA on 5/23…Pittsburgh PA on 5/25…Toronto ON on 5/26…Asbury Park NJ on 5/27…NYC on 5/29…and Boston MA on 5/30!

---Michael Glabicki, of Rusted Root, must never sleep.  Even when this band, which tours relentlessly, is taking time off, he is not.  Glabicki just announced and eight date tour which includes…Lake George NY on 2/18…North Bethesda MD on 2/23…and Bethlehem PA on 2/24!

---80’s rocker, Marshall Crenshaw has added a new leg for his 2018 jaunt and five dates have regional impact…Rockaway Park NY on 2/10…Brooklyn NY on 3/28…Sellersville PA on 3/29…Alexandria VA on 3/30…and Stanhope NJ on 3/31!

---Alt-rockers, The Breeders have announced their comeback tour and it will visit our region at least a handful of times…NYC on 4/30…Port Chester NY on 5/2…Boston MA on 5/4…Montreal QC on 5/5…and Toronto ON on 5/6!

---Ace Frehley, formerly of Kiss, announces three shows for Winter 2018…and they’re all within our regional area…Millville NJ on 2/1…Staten Island NY on 2/2…and Englewood NJ on 3/3!

---Tom Cochrane, formerly of the Canadian rock band, Red Rider; is taking a solo tour of Canada, which will actually bring him barely within our regional contour…Kingston ON on 3/23 (just north of Watertown NY)…and Saint Catherines ON (just west of Buffalo NY) on 3/31!

---Canadian pop band, Chilliwack is also doing a small Canadian tour, with two of their three shows in our regional zone…Toronto ON on 3/22…and Kingston ON on 3/24!

---Motionless In White have added a new leg with March 2018 dates, in…Huntington NY on 3/2…Sayreville NJ on 3/3…Providence RI on 3/4…and Clifton Park NY on 3/7!  Ice Nine Kills will come along as the opening band and strangely, the warm-up band posted these dates first!

---The Dean Ween Group will tour the U.S. before joining Primus on an Australian tour!  Catch ‘em here before they go down under…Washington DC on 3/27…Hamden CT on 3/28…Boston MA on 3/29…Philadelphia PA on 3/30…and Brooklyn NY on 3/31!

---Kip Winger (former lead singer of Winger) has announced a smattering of shows…Londonderry NH on 3/23…New Bedford MA on 7/20…and Manchester NH on 7/21!

---James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will team-up again for a joint tour this Spring…so far, however…only one date in our region…in Buffalo NY on 7/1!


---Former teen heartthrob, Aaron Carter has booked a one-off in Niagara Falls NY on 3/8!

---Third Eye Blind books a one-shot show in Bensalem PA (just outside of Philly) on 2/10!


---Franz Ferdinand adds a second night in Brooklyn NY on 4/15!  The other night at Brooklyn Steel on 4/16 is sold out!

---As we guessed in an earlier report, the Uriah Heep dates were definitely a prelude to a full fledged tour!  New dates include…Montreal QC on 2/10…Toronto ON on 2/12…Bethlehem PA on 2/20…NYC on 2/22…Uncasville CT on 2/23…and Peekskill NY on 2/24!  The previously released regional date was…Sellersville PA on 2/21!

---Jackson Browne guitarist, David Lindley adds Pittsburgh PA on 4/18…and Buffalo NY on 4/19!

---Dave Mason adds NYC on 3/11!

---Peter Wolf adds Plymouth NH on 3/15…Natick MA on 3/16…and two nights in NYC on 3/30 & 3/31!

---Fetty Wap adds Wilkes-Barre PA on 2/24 at the Kirby Center!

---Changes in the NRBQ tour…add Fairfield CT on 3/2…Blairstown NJ on 3/8…Philadelphia PA on 3/9 and Roslyn NY on 7/27…also, Piermont NY on 3/3 appears to have been cancelled.

---Former Jefferson Airplane guitarist, Jorma Kaukonen adds…Riverhead NY on 3/9…and Woodstock NY on 3/10!

---Dave Davies (Kinks guitarist) has moved his 4/6 show from Hartford CT to Norfolk CT!

---Dennis Tufano, formerly of The Buckinghams, adds Lancaster PA on 9/29!

---Rascal Flatts add Bensalem PA on 3/3!

---Drive-By Truckers add a second night in Brooklyn NY on 3/30…as well as…Philadelphia PA on 3/31…State College PA on 4/2…and two nights in Toronto ON on 4/3 & 4/4!

---Hot Tuna adds Phoenixville PA on 4/2…Rutland VT on 4/4…Plymouth NH on 4/5…and Hartford CT on 4/6!

---The Isley Brothers add Bensalem PA on 4/6!

---Firehouse adds New Bedford MA on 9/23!


---Aaron Carter (1)

---Ace Frehley (3)

---Big Mean Sound Machine (14)

---Bon Jovi (11)

---Chilliwack (2)

---Dave Davies (+1/-1)

---Dave Mason (1)

---Dave Matthews Band (15)

---David Lindley (2)

---Dean Ween Group (5)

---Dennis Tufano (1)

---Devon Allman Project/ Duane Betts (4)

---Drive-By Truckers (5)

---Fetty Wap (1)

---Firehouse (1)

---Franz Ferdinand (1)

---Governors Ball (4)

---Hot Tuna (4)

---Howard Jones (9)

---Isley Brothers (1)

---Jack White (6)

---James Taylor/ Bonnie Raitt (1)

---Jorman Kaukonen (2)

---Justin Timberlake (6)

---Kip Winger (3)

---Lost 80’s Live (2)

---Marshall Crenshaw (5)

---Matt & Kim (10)

---Michael Glabicki (3)

---Motionless In White (4)

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats/ The Head & The Heart (4)

---New Found Glory/ Bayside (7)

---NRBQ (4)

---NYS Fair (13)

---Peter Wolf (4)

---Rascal Flatts (1)

---Rod Stewart/ Cyndi Lauper (4)

---Steely Dan/ The Doobie Brothers (9)

---Sugarland (8)

---The Breeders (5)

---The Decemberists (12)

---Tedeschi Trucks Band (12)

---Third Eye Blind (1)

---Tom Cochrane (2)

---Tom Jones (6)

---Uriah Heep (6)

---Zac Brown Band (11)

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


Music News for 011318:

---V.A.P.E. recently played their last show, but that is not the end of the collaboration of singer Sonny Weeks, guitarist James Christopher, drummer Bob Alan Bricks and bass player Dano Voodie continues as the band now calls  themselves KREATURE!  Meanwhile Christopher has written an obit for V.A.P.E.  See it in full at the end of this report!

---The Winter Blues Jam returns for a fourth year in 2018!  There are changes planned for this years festival…for example it will again be FREE for both musicians and spectators, but donations are encouraged as this is a benefit for Traci’s Hope.  No word yet on what local musicians will be donating their time, but the format is fascinating as the festival pledges to be totally random pairing mixed up sets, bringing musicians who don’t normally play together to do exactly that.  The 4th Annual Winter Blues Party & Jam will be Saturday 1/27 at Touch Of Texas (the former Magic City Music Hall) in Nimmonsburg NY. 

---Making plans for next weekend?  Brian Wolff is in town and the former leader of the Brian Wolff Band (now a member of Austin’s “Fair City Fire,”) will play at least two shows…1/18 at McGirks in Chenango Bridge NY…and the second at Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY warming-up for Next To Kin!

---What is going on with Mobday?  The modern rock band that once ruled Binghamton’s music scene, only to dissolve over their increasing work load in August 2016…suddenly is active again, at least on their facebook page.  The band recently posted a demo of a previously unreleased song, “Ramona,” with a tease in the form of a Christmas card, with a message to, “keep your ears open in 2018.”  Meanwhile the other members of the band have been active…guitarist Jordan Greene has formed a new group called Aviera…drummer Ty Gleason and Greene have also performed together as a duo recently…so the question is what is coming?  Here is a link to the Mobday demo:

…and here’s a link to the Aviera facebook page:

…and a link to an Aviera song, “Sane Retreat,” as well:

---The Peach Festival has announced that they will return in 2018!  The fest…originally curated by the Allman Brother Band (who will curate now?)…is offering $99.00 (plus fees) tickets over the holidays (that went on sale on 12/21)!  Dates for the 2018 Peach Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton PA are 7/19 thru 7/22, a month earlier than usual, which puts it in direct competition with the 2018 Grassroots Festival!  Yikes!

---We Came As Romans will bring a Spring package tour to Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY on 4/6, that also brings Tempting Fate, Currents, The Plot In You and Oceans Ate Alaska along with them.  The tour will also stop in Philadelphia PA on 4/3…NYC on 4/4…and Worcester MA on 4/5!

---There will be a new Kansas date on the fringe of our local area this year…Verona NY at Turning Stone Casino on 4/29…as well as two other regional stops so far…Atlantic City NJ on 3/9…and Englewood NJ on 4/26!

---Christopher Cross (…of “Sailing,” “Arthurs Theme” and “Ride Like The Wind” fame, remember?) has announced tour dates for Spring, including a local stop and at least eight regional stops…Warrendale PA on 4/2…Wilkes-Barre PA at the Kirby Center on 4/4…Peekskill NY on 4/5…NYC on 4/6…Uncasville CT on 4/7…Patchogue NY on 4/8…Wilmington DE on 4/9…Alexandria VA on 4/11…Phoenixville PA on 4/13!

---Just in case you missed it, Ithaca’s premiere alt-rockers, X Ambassadors scored two songs on Billboard magazines Hot Rock Songs of 2017 list…#8 as a guest artist on “Sucker For Pain” with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors, as well as their own “Unsteady” at #9!  They also scored song #40 on Billboards Best Alternative Songs of 2017 list with “Ahead Of Myself!” Pretty cool!

---Congrats to the Unknown Woodsmen, out of Cortland NY, who have a new drummer!  Will Sigel made his debut with the band during our holiday vacation, at the Cortland Beer Company, also in Cortland NY on 12/23!

---Has anybody else noticed that Marv Williams of Elixir, Vermont Cheddar, L’Ectric Brew, Acoustic Brew, etc. is losing weight?  At least 25 pounds by the holidays.  The secret?  Walking everyday!  How does he do it in this weather?  Walk on, dude!

---While Marv was losing pounds, local singer/ songwriter, Stephen Lawrenson gained a few, in the form of his first grandchild!  Enjoy and congrats!


---Charlie Puth has announced dates to support his latest CD, “Voicenotes!”  His tour, with Hailee Steinfeld warming-up, is also his first as a headliner and includes…Toronto ON on 7/11…Boston MA on 7/13…NYC on 7/16…Uncasville CT on 7/19…Gilford NH on 7/21…Saratoga Springs NY on 7/22…Camden NJ on 7/24…Vienna VA on 7/25!

---The 90’s Block Party has announced their line-up and itinerary for 2018 with Guy, Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, Next, 112, Dru Hill, Monica and others, some who may rotate in and out of the tour, which is coming to Pittsburgh PA on 3/8…Washington DC on 3/9…NYC on 3/10…and Boston MA on 4/12!

---Rod Stewart has confirmed a Spring 2018 North American tour that includes…Toronto ON on 3/22…Uncasville CT on 3/24…Montreal QC on 3/27!

---K. Michelle has announced a Winter 2018 tour that includes regional stops in…Providence RI on 2/9…Wallingford CT on 2/10…Rochester NY @ 2/17…Philadelphia PA on 2/20…and Silver Spring MD on 2/21!

---Less Than Jake are joining forces with Four Year Strong, Bearings and Direct Hit for a Winter tour with regional destinations…the previously leaked Sayreville NJ on 2/18…Montreal QC on 2/20…Toronto ON on 2/21…Pittsburgh PA on 2/23…and Buffalo NY on 2/25!

---Sara Evans has booked a Winter/Spring 2018 tour that will perform in…NYC on 2/12…Concord NH on 2/14…Albany NY on 2/15…Verona NY on 2/16…and Medford MA on 2/17!

---Martin Barre, guitar player for Jethro Tull has booked a two-night stand in Pawling NY at Daryl’s House on 10/12 & 10/13!

---Getting a glimpse of Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night) and his 2018 schedule.  Just one headlining date so far…Uncasville CT on 9/22!

---…But Negron’s schedule also includes a slot on the Happy Together Tour, which is also apparently returning, with a line-up similar to recent years…The Turtles, Mark Lindsey, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association and The Cowsills…not to mention Chuck Negron!  So far, just one show on the tour has been leaked…Lynn MA on 6/16, but I would bet that there will be more!

---Ana Popovic has filled out more of her tour and new dates include…Uncasville CT on 4/12…Bay Shore NY on 4/13…Reading PA on 4/14… Pawling NY on 4/15…Cohoes NY on 4/16…Niagara Falls NY on 4/19…Montreal QC on 4/22…Northampton MA on 4/23…Boston MA on 4/24…Londonderry NH 4/27!

---Folk rockers, Deer Tick have posted a smattering of dates in the North America following a UK tour…Toronto ON on 2/24…Pittsburgh PA on 2/28…and Baltimore MD on 3/9!

---Legendary crooner, Johnny Mathis, is not only still alive, he’s is still playing shows…Newark NJ on 4/13…Lancaster PA on 5/31…and Atlantic City NJ on 6/2!

---Michelle Branch will apparently reconvene The Wreckers with Jessica Harp at Bar Louie in Commack NY on 2/3…and then again on 4/21, also at Bar Louie.

---Traffic’s guitarist, Dave Mason is playing some terrestrial dates after the Moody Blues Cruise this Winter…Glenside PA on 3/9…and Ridgefield CT on 3/10!

---70’s crooner, Tony Orlando has announced his 2018 itinerary…ten dates in all, scattered thru the year…but only two in our region…Bayside NY on 4/22…and Atlantic City NJ on 12/31!

---DJ/ Performer, Moby has booked two nights at Rough Trade in NYC (to usher in Spring perhaps?) on 3/20 & 3/21.  He has no other booked appearances at this time.

---Iconic folk band, The Kingston Trio return in 2018 with a new tour, but only two regional shows…in Tarrytown NY on 9/21…and Wrentham MA on 9/22!

---Gino Vannelli has announced a worldwide tour that includes only one date in the northeast so far…Greensburg PA on 11/10!


---Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will play a one-off in Uncasville CT at Mohegan Sun Arena on 4/14!

---Magic Dick, the harmonica player from the J. Geils Band (whodja think I met?  Getcher mind outta the gutter!  Sheesh!) will play one show only at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on 1/21!

---Before joining the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, Little Anthony & The Imperials will play a one-off at the Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville CT on 7/7!

---Robert Randolph & the Family Band adds a terrestrial date between cruises…Brooklyn NY at the Brooklyn Bowl on 1/25!

---Herb Alpert books a one-off in Philadelphia PA, downstairs at the World Café Life on 4/23!  Alpert will be 82 when he plays this show…get out and see him while you can.

---Norma Jean is back with a two date tour (so far) and one show in our region…Brooklyn NY at the Knitting Factory on 3/25!  Gideon and Toothgrinder are also on the bill!

---Buckcherry plays a one-shot show on 3/9 at the Paramount in Huntington NY!

---Peter Asher has booked a one-off in Pawling NY on 3/14 at Daryl’s House!

---The Yardbirds have also booked a one-shot in Pawling at Daryl’s House on 5/3!

---Insane Clown Posse is playing a one-off in Worcester MA on 3/2 at The Palladium!

---Maxi-Priest will play some terrestrial dates following the Soul Train Cruise, but only one in our region…Uncasville CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino on 3/9!

---Patty Smyth & Scandal will play a one-off in NYC at the City Winery on /1/14!


---Greg Kihn Band adds Pawling NY on 1/10!  (hope ya didn’t miss it because we posted our report late.  It’s been on the calendar since 12/17!)

---The Ventures also add Pawling NY on 1/24!

---The Outlaws add Pawling NY on 2/16!

---David Archuleta (of American Idol fame) finally adds a date, east of Mississippi for his Spring 2018 tour…in Pawling NY on 3/3!

---Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad adds Newton NJ on 3/23…and Natick MA on 11/2!

---Michael McDonald, formerly of The Doobie Brothers adds Staten Island NY on 3/24!

---Former Motley Crue lead singer, Vince Neil adds Uncasville CT on 1/5!

---Delbert McClinton adds Fairfield CT on 3/30…and Hartford CT on 3/31!

---David Lindley adds Pawling NY on 4/12!

---Sponge adds Toronto ON on 3/9…Pittsburgh PA on 3/22!

---The Timeflies add Baltimore MD on 3/25…Philadelphia PA on 3/27…Pittsburgh PA on 4/2!

---Blue October adds Pittsburgh PA on 5/17!

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent add Alexandria VA on 3/13!

---Foreigner adds some extra headlining dates…before they join the Whitesnake tour as a warm-up act…Lancaster PA on 3/11…and Bethlehem PA on 3/12!

---Firehouse adds a lone date in Warrendale PA on 9/21…six months after it’s last show on it’s current tour…could this be the first date of a full-fledged Fall tour or just a one-shot?  Hmmm.

---There is now a second Billy Squire show date…not a one-off, but not exactly a world tour either…Ridgefield CT on 1/18!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zoso adds Stroudsburg PA on 3/30!

---Willie Nile adds Hopewell NJ on 1/27!

---Fetty Wap adds a second night in NYC on 1/21!

---Big K.R.I.T. adds Cambridge MA on 3/20…and NYC on 3/23…after one date on the Ty Dolla $ign tour.

---Michael Bolton adds Huntington NY on 3/29…although it should be noted that there are only three dates total on his 2018 itinerary so far.  This is the first show in our region.

---Exile adds Niagara Falls ON on 4/14!

---Air Supply adds New London CT on 3/10…Troy NY on 3/23…and Worcester MA on 4/9!

---Edwin McCain’s 2018 itinerary continues to reveal itself one date at a time…over the last few weeks…Chappaqua NY on 3/9…Sellersville PA on 3/10!

---Canned Heat add Pawling NY on 5/5!

---Gin Blossoms add Philadelphia PA on 2/20!

---Drive-By Truckers add Wilmington DE on 3/28…and Brooklyn NY on 3/29!

---Taylor Swift has added a bunch of secondary and tertiary shows…second nights in…second nights in Washington DC on 7/11…and in Philadelphia on 7/13…and third nights in East Rutherford NJ on 7/22…and Foxboro MA on 7/26!

---Cracker adds NYC on 1/14!  Camper Van Beethoven will warm-up.

---The Eagles add a second night in Boston MA on 7/21!

---Robin Hitchcock adds New Haven CT on 2/18!

---Billy Joel adds NYC on 6/2!  That’s MSG show #54!

---Shakira has suffered a vocal chord hemorrhage and has pushed her January 2018 shows back until August.  See the Regional Concert Calendar for specific dates. 


---90’s Block Party (4)

---Air Supply (3)

---Ana Popovic (10)

---Billy Squire (1)

---Blue October (1)

---Buckcherry (1)

---Canned Heat (1)

---Charlie Puth/ Hailee Steinfeld (8)

---Christopher Cross (9)

---Chuck Negron (1)

---Dave Mason (2)

---David Archuleta (1)

---David Lindley (1)

---Deer Tick (3)

---Delbert McClinton (2)

---Drive-By Truckers (2)

---Edwin McCain (2)

---Exile (1)

---Fetty Wap (1)

---Firehouse (1)

---Foreigner (2)

---Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (3)

---Gin Blossoms (1)

---Gino Vannelli (1)

---Greg Kihn Band (1)

---Happy Together Tour (1)

---Herb Alpert/ Lani Hall (1)

---Insane Clown Posse (1)

---Johnny Mathis (3)

---K. Michelle (5)

---Kansas (3)

---Less Than Jake/ Four Year Strong/ Bearings/ Direct Hit! (4)

---Little Anthony & The Imperials (1)

---Magic Dick (1)

---Mark Farner (2)

---Martin Barre (2)

---Maxi-Priest (1)

---Michael Bolton (1)

---Michael McDonald (1)

---Moby (2)

---Norma Jean (1)

---Patty Smyth & Scandal (1)

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

---Robin Hitchcock (1)

---Rod Stewart (3)

---Sara Evans (5)

---Sponge (2)

---Taylor Swift (4)

---The Eagles (1)

---The Kingston Trio (2)

---The Outlaws (1)

---The Timeflies (3)

---The Ventures (1)

---The Wreckers (2)

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent (1)

---Tony Orlando (2)

---Vince Neil (1)

---We Came As Romans/ Tempting Fate/ Currents/ The Plot In You/ Oceans Ate Alaska (4)

---Willie Nile (1)

---Zoso (1)

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


Regarding V.A.P.E. (Vice and Perpetual Excess)
"An Obituary"

In late August of 2015 due to unforeseen events, I was rendered “a basket case”. No amount of booze, drugs, one night stands, or sane advice from friends/ family could ease my low state. Never in my life was I such a wreck.
Then one morning, after yet another sleepless night, punctuated by pitiful bouts of profuse weeping, in a ghastly fog, I said "Fuck it" and plugged my ’84 Japanese Squier into a hand-me-down Raven amp, turned it up as loud as it could go,…lo and behold, It was an exorcism. Loud distorted guitar emanating music I never heard or played before poured effortlessly into the air. From that point on, it was the only means of easing the pain. Within a month, ten songs emerged, as if they wrote themselves. It was obvious to me that the songs required more than just me to "learn to walk". Soon thereafter, I posted an add on a FB group page, “Bassist and Drummer needed for all-original hard rock band, no covers” 
The first two guys to answer the add, ... the only guys to answer the add, were Dano Voodie and Bryan Vallese They showed up, I played them the songs. They did not complain once, question the arrangements or 2nd guess anything I presented. They just played. After one rehearsal, it was clear these were the right guys, thus Vice and Perpetual Excess was hatched. 
We could have remained a trio, many urged us to. But to me, it wasn’t quite there. I believe the best music requires what is best for “the songs’, not 
for the players and their collective egos. And this name kept floating around my mind. 
On a whim, I asked Dano if he knew this Sonny Weeks character. I had never met him, or seen him perform. His reputation preceded him as the saying goes. Literally within 2 weeks, we "auditioned each other" (as dirty as it sounds). After running through 3 or 4 songs, it was a lock. V.A.P.E. was fully realized. From out of nowhere, here was my dream band. Phoenix rising from the fucking ashes. I never thought it would happen in this lifetime.
Now after two awesome years, we are laying V.A.P.E. to rest., but we do not despair. Creation comes from destruction. Someone will “carry the fire”.
SO....I want to thank Bryan Vallese and Bob Alan Bricks for their service and contributions. What pure fucking joy it is to play with two of the best drummers i’ve ever seen. When I get fitted for my hearing aid in the not too distant future, there will be no regrets. Also, I thank Robert Sprague for busting his ass to learn the material, (which aint no walk in the park) and helping us to lay our beast to rest as “gracefully” as we can. (this Friday, 12/22 at Toppers in Endicott)
Most of all, I want to express my eternal gratitude, friendship and brotherly love for Dano Voodie and Sonny Weeks. These two men are warriors to the end. They conduct themselves with an honesty and work ethic that is rare in these dark days. And they have had my back since day one. The core we have formed is living proof that 3 alpha dogs can stow their egos and operate as one, for the good of the music. "Ductus exemplo" 
Finally, thank you to all our fellow musicians and fans who have followed our short saga, treated us with great respect, immersed themselves in our songs and continue to wish us the best. I am honored to have met you all and thank you for support. We hope to see you at our final performance with Vice and Perpetual Excess. “Hail Hail Rock and Roll”



Music News for 121617:

---This will be our final report of 2017 and our next to last post as we finish prepping our Top 20 list for the year!  We will however add to our concert pages quietly in the background, as new shows are announced!  Enjoy!  Happy Holidays!  Peace, love and Rock & Roll!

---Shout At The Robots have announced that their new CD, “Fail Better” has been finished (produced and mixed by Michael J. Micha) and was actually released for both digital download and CD on 12/10!  The band has an album release party booked with both Hillcrest and Nameless Children at Avenue D.I.Y. in Johnson City NY on the same day!  Congrats!

---So here I thought last weeks Dweezil Zappa dates were just a couple ad on’s for his world tour following Australia...imagine my surprise to find out that they were only advanced or leaked dates and that a whole new American tour would be announced this week!  …much less that it would include a local stop…State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 4/19!  Other regional dates include….Providence RI on 4/12…Montclair NJ on 4/13…Stowe VT on 4/14…Montreal QC on 4/15…Toronto ON on 4/16…Buffalo NY on 4/18…Tarrytown NY on 4/20…Hartford CT on 4/22…Albany NY on 4/24…Asbury Park NJ on 4/26…Huntington NY on 4/27…Washington DC on 4/28…and Pittsburgh PA on 4/29!  Remember that’s on top of the two leaked shows…in Glenside PA on 4/21 and Boston MA on 4/25!

---Brandi Carlile is also filling in open spots on her tour with additional dates in big cities and stops in smaller ones…like Ithaca NY on 5/8 where she’ll also play the State Theatre!  Carlile meantime adds a third night in NYC on 4/7…a second night in Boston MA on 5/5…Albany NY on 5/6…Philadelphia PA on 5/18…and Washington DC on 5/19!

---As I’m writing this (on 12/11) I’m reading that Randy McStine has just come off the road after a North American tour both with the Simon & Garfunkel Story,  followed by a stretch with Vinnie Moore of UFO’s “Gunslingers” tour (or as Randy posted on his facebook page, “92 days…62 performances..”) …no sooner does he get off the road then he books a gig with John Kanazawich at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY on 12/30.  If you’re free, go see this homegrown guitar god, while he’s in town.

---Alice In Chains have announced Spring 2018 tour dates, a small dozen shows, but six of them will play in our region; and one locally…Boston MA on 4/28…Syracuse NY at the Landmark Theatre on 4/30…Toronto ON on 5/1…Washington DC on 5/3…NYC on 5/7…and Philadelphia PA on 5/19!  All shows are Theatre-sized and very intimate as compared to the Arena sized venues.  So why just a dozen?  Hope they book more.

---David Byrne of the Talking Heads is taking a six-date tour thru our region before heading to South America, and he’ll be as close as The Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 3/4, as well as…Red Bank NJ on 3/3…Buffalo NY on 3/6…Hershey PA on 3/7…Waterbury CT on 3/9…and Kingston NY on 3/10!

---The man known by many as “The Hispanic Bob Dylan,” Rodriguez is going back on the road and will be playing as close as State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 4/20…NYC on 4/7…Red Bank NJ on 4/9…New London CT on 4/13…Boston MA on 4/15…and Glenside (philly) PA on 4/22!

---Remember The Verve Pipe and their grunge era, one-hit wonder, “Bittersweet Symphony?” They’ve booked a tour that will bring them thru our local and regional areas!  The tour actually kicks off in…Homer NY at the Center For The Arts on 1/11…Asbury Park NJ on 1/12…NYC on 1/13…Boston MA on 1/14…Fairfield CT on 1/17…Ardmore PA on 1/18…and Vienna VA on 1/19!

---Guided By Voices is being guided right into our local and regional area as well, this Spring as they’ll play The Haunt in Ithaca NY on 4/20 (the penultimate night on their tour), as well as…Philadelphia PA on 4/17…and Jersey City NJ on 4/18!

---Congrats to the Black Oak Tavern in Oneonta NY, who are set to celebrate their 43rd Anniversary on 12/28 with a show by Becca Frame & The Tall Boys!

“Get well,” wishes for local musician Terry Burke, who had a bad bout of A-fib that put him in the hospital last week.  He is home recovering now.


---Bob Weir & Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead will team-up for a six-date tour that will feature the full range of Grateful Dead material, and according to Phil Lesh” …maybe some new stuff too.” This short tour will make three stops…NYC at Radio City Music Hall on 3/2 & 3/3…Boston MA at the Wang Theatre on 3/7 & 3/8…and then two more dates in Chicago.  That means four of the six shows will be in our region!  Yay! Tickets go on sale on 12/15 and they will go quickly!

---Macklemore and Kesha will combine their musical might for a major 30-date tour with eight stops in our region, starting in…Toronto ON on 7/16…Hershey PA on 7/21…Darien Center NY on 7/22…Mansfield MA on 7/24…Camden NJ on 7/25…Holmdel NJ on 7/27…Bristow VA on 7/28…and Wantagh NY on 7/30!

---Shawn Colvin & Lyle Lovett will pair-up for an extremely large national tour that launches in mid-winter and extends into early spring…Bensalem PA on 3/1…Torrington CT on 3/2…New London CT on 3/3…Peekskill NY on 3/4…Troy NY on 3/8…Portsmouth NH on 3/9…Burlington VT on 3/10…Huntington NY on 3/11…Geneva NY on 3/14…York PA on 3/17…and Pittsburgh PA on 3/18!

---Theory Of A Deadman is playing a Canadian tour that will stop at the periphery of our regional area…Niagara Falls ON on 5/2…Toronto ON on 5/3…and Montreal QC on 5/8!

---British metal band, Ministry is coming back to America this Spring with at least seven shows in our region…Toronto ON on 4/14…Montreal QC on 4/15…Boston MA on 4/17…Huntington NY on 4/19…Montclair NJ on 4/21…Buffalo NY on 4/22…and Baltimore MD on 4/23!

---G-Eazy will support his new album, “The Beautiful & Damned,” with a tour that will bring him into our region at least a half-dozen times!  See the rapper, along with Trippie Redd, Phora & Anthony Russo at…Toronto ON on 3/13 & 3/14…Atlantic City NJ on 3/16…Washington DC on 3/17…Boston MA on 3/18…and NYC on 3/20!  Tickets went on sale on 12/15, as did the album!

---Chris Daughtry, who was a fourth round finisher in the fifth season of American Idol, has booked a major theatre-sized tour with his band, Daughtry, that will blanket the country…16 dates in our region alone (nearly three weeks), including…Staten Island NY on 3/17…Baltimore MD on 3/18…Greensburg PA on 3/20…Lancaster PA on 3/21…Atlantic City NJ on 3/23…Westbury NY on 3/24…Jim Thorpe PA on 3/25…Englewood NJ on 3/27…Utica NY on 3/29…Worcester MA on 3/31…Morristown NJ on 4/3…Port Chester NY on 4/4…Uncasville CT on 4/6…Albany NY on 4/7…Concord NH on 4/8…and Niagara Falls NY on 4/10!  Whew!

---Hip hop star Jeezy has booked a major 31-date tour across the country…but only a paltry handful of shows for our region, oh well…Boston MA on 2/28…Providence RI on 3/1…NYC on 3/2…Philadelphia PA on 3/3…and Washington DC on 3/4!

---Modern rockers, Ice Nine Kills, have booked a Winter 2018 tour that will bring them back into our region…Huntington NY on 3/2…Sayreville NJ on 3/3…Providence RI on 3/4…and Clifton Park NY on 3/7!

---Two of the lesser 80’s hair bands have joined forces for what is actually a very cool double bill!  The BulletBoys and Enuff Z’Nuff will visit four cities on their Spring tour…Amityville NY on 5/17…Manchester NH on 5/18…New Bedford MA on 5/19…and Toronto ON on 5/24!

---Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters have booked two shows so far in 2018 in our greater region…Baltimore MD on 5/19…and Niagara Falls NY on 12/11!

---Blue October has booked two shows in America following a March UK tour…Stroudsburg PA on 5/19…and Baltimore MD on 5/20!  So, will there be more?  I think so, but we’ll see.

---The Southern Uprising Tour has announced only two dates…but one is in our greater region…in Harrington DE at the Delaware State Fair on 7/25!  At two dates, this is hardly a tour, so we expect more dates, but what a line-up…Marshall Tucker Band, the Outlaws, Charlie Daniels Band and Travis Tritt, so we hope they add more!

---Cowboy Junkies are returning to our region…Kingston ON on 2/2…Fairfield CT on 4/5…Westhampton Beach NY on 4/6…Northampton MA on 4/8…Geneva NY on 5/3…Toronto ON on 5/24…and Montreal QC on 5/26!

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox has posted eight dates nationwide and four in our region…Port Washington NY on 1/13…Tarrytown NY on 1/19…and two nights in Vienna VA on 5/4 & 5/5!

---Chris Barron of Spin Doctors has confirmed three shows, but the dates are scattered and hardly indicative of a tour…NYC on 12/30…Vienna VA on 1/25…and then back in NYC on 3/14!


---Arrested Development have booked a one-off at the World Café Live in Philadelphia PA on 4/12!

---Oteil Burbridge (formerly of the Allman Brothers) has booked a one-off at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 1/15 that includes Melvin Seals, Jay Lane and John Kadlecik!

---Songwriter Chip Taylor (Wild Thing and Angel Of The Morning) has booked a one shot show next December…on Monday 12/17!

---Very cool one-off with Raheem DeVaughn, Doug E. Fresh, Beanie Sigel and others on 12/22 in NYC at the HighLine Ballroom!

---David Guetta is taking off on another whirlwind world tour of dance halls, but only three stops in the US…and just one in our area…NYC on 12/31!  Happy New Year!


---moe. adds two shows in Albany NY on 2/23 & 2/24 at the Palace Theatre!

---Three Dog Night adds Middletown NY on 6/7…Englewood NJ on 10/7…and Stroudsburg PA on 10/12!

---The Marshall Tucker Band adds…Verona NY on 2/23…Wilmington DE on 2/24…and Stratton VT on 6/30!

---War adds Albany NY on 1/13!

---Aztec Two-Step adds Woodstock NY on 3/3!

---Blues Traveler adds Wilmington DE on 2/22…Wilkes-Barre PA on 2/28…and Great Barrington MA on 3/3!

---NRBQ adds Piermont NY on 3/3!

---Graham Parker adds Piermont NY on 4/27!

---John Oates of Hall & Oates, adds Pittsburgh PA on 1/15…and NYC on 2/5!

---Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens died at age 62 on Tuesday 12/12.   No word has yet been given as to the cause of death, but one also has to wonder if the band plans to fulfill the outstanding dates on their upcoming tour or if they will all just be cancelled.


---Alice In Chains (6)

---Arrested Development (1)

---Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters (2)

---Blue October (2)

---Blues Traveler (3)

---Bob Weir & Phil Lesh (4)

---Brandi Carlile (6)

---BulletBoys/ Enuff Z’Nuff (4)

---Chip Taylor (1)

---Cowboy Junkies (7)

---Daughtry (16)

---David Byrne (6)

---David Guetta (1)

---Dweezil Zappa (14)

---G-Eazy/ Trippie Redd/ Phora/ Anthony Russo (6)

---Graham Parker (1)

---Guided By Voices (3)

---Jeezy (5)

---John Oates (2)

---Macklemore/ Kesha (8)

---Marshall Tucker Band (3)

---Marshall Tucker Band/ The Outlaws/ Charlie Daniels Band/ Travis Tritt (2)

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox (4)

---Ministry (7)

---moe. (2)

---NRBQ (1)

---Oteil Burbridge/ Melvin Seals/ Jay Lane/ John Kadlecik (1)

---Raheem DeVaughn/ Doug E Fresh/ Beanie Sigel (1)

---Rodriguez (5)

---Shawn Colvin/ Lyle Lovett (11)

---The Verve Pipe (7)

---Theory Of A Deadman (3)

---Three Dog Night (3)

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


Music News for 120917:

---Ya know, I really thought this was going to be a slow week.  Man was I wrong!

---Santa Jam is back!  The annual fund raiser for Broome County Toys For Tots will be held at The Pub @ North & Main in Endwell NY on Friday December 22nd starting at 630p!  For a mere $5.00 donation see some great local bands like, Hating Amy, The KiiL, O.C.D., Wreckless Marci, Broken Arrow, Wild Card, Forgotten Sun, Trace Of Life, Aftermath, Driven, She’s A Spy, Krooked Knuckles, Messy Truth, Last Call, The Parlor Cats, The Smokin’ Crows, Scuttlebutt, Bobby G & Timeless, Frostbit Blue, The Beadle Brothers Band, Brooke Albright, Hats Off, Tim Ruffo Band, The Gravelding Brothers Band and more! 

---The touring version of the Broadway play that tells the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons is coming to the Broome County Forum in March!  Jersey Boys will play the Forum for four nights-in-a-row…Monday March 19th, Tuesday March 20th, Wednesday March 21st and Thursday March 22nd!

---As many great musicians as we have in our area…did you know that one of them is considered a treasure?  A performance of Jamie Willard at the Blind Tiger in Johnson City NY way back on May 9th was reviewed by the Rebecca Sheriff and was posted on the Broome County Council of The Arts page!  The review calls Willard a “Little Known Treasure.”  High praise indeed!  Read the review for yourself by clicking on this link:

---Prog rockers from Greene NY, Anubis Spire will release a new album on 12/11, called “Divining Rod!” According to band member, Bill MacKechnie, you can preview it now, according to this post on his facebook page from 12/2: “Even though the official release date is not until the 11th, you can hear the entire new AS album, DIVINING ROD, at BANDCAMP right now! The CD is available now at (I'll put a link direct to it in the comments) and will be available at CDBaby (both CDs and downloads) Amazon, Itunes, Rhapsody, etc., etc., in the very near future.” Here’s a link so you can play it for yourself:

---Speaking of new local music links check out this lyric video for Deveroe’s What’s Become,” by clicking on this link:

---Steve Forbert is returning to The Dock in Ithaca NY on 6/2…as well as some other regional venues as he fills out his 2018 schedule…Rockaway Park NY on 3/10…Hopewell NJ on 3/16…Washington Township NJ on 3/17…Mifflinburg PA on 5/4…Scranton PA at the Scranton Cultural Center on 6/1…and NYC on 6/17!

---Foreigner is reviving it’s “Juke Box Heroes,” tour from last year, for 2018, but not only with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, but also with Whitesnake!  It should be a huge ticket and it will have a ton of regional dates…and a local one too!  The tour will play…Saratoga Springs NY on 6/16…Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 6/19…Boston MA on 6/20…Wantagh NY on 6/22…Camden NJ on 6/23…Burgettstown PA on 6/27…Bristow VA on 6/29…and Holmdel NJ on 6/30!

---The Outbreak Tour has released his it’s line-up and itinerary…and it’s not only coming to the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 2/1…it’s starting there!   Following opening night in the ‘Cuse, it moves on to…Philadelphia PA on 2/2…Clifton Park NY on 3/28…Boston MA on 3/29…Washington DC on 3/30…and Buffalo NY on 4/8!  The line-up will be headlined by Kayzo and include 4B, Dubloadz, DJ Gammer & Jstjr!

---How about a heavy metal Happy Valentine with John 5 of Rob Zombie?  His solo tour has now blossomed from a single date into a full fledged tour that includes the announcement of an entire schedule that now includes…College Park MD…Stanhope NJ on 2/11…NYC on 2/12…Cambridge MA on 2/13…Syracuse NY (the only local stop) at the Lost Horizon on 2/14…and Pittsburgh PA on 2/15!

---Jackson Browne has confirmed a theatre-styled tour that will make at least one local stop, in Syracuse NY on 5/6 at the Landmark Theatre!  In addition, regional dates include…Baltimore MD on 5/3…Salamanca NY on 5/5…Providence RI on 5/9…Wallingford CT on 5/10…Atlantic City NJ on 5/12…Bethlehem PA on 5/13…Boston MA on 5/15…two nights in NYC on 5/17 & 5/18…and Westbury NY on 5/20!

---Canadian folk singer, Bruce Cockburn is coming into our local coverage area again, when he stops at the Auburn Public Library in Auburn NY on 5/1, which is just outside of Syracuse!  He’ll also play some regional performances, including…Pawling NY on 4/26…Fall River MA on 4/27…Londonderry NH on 4/28…Stowe VT on 4/29…Pittsburgh PA on 5/2…and Toronto ON on 5/5, along with the previously announced stop in Port Washington NY on 4/24!

---It was just announced that tickets for Mountain Jam 2018, running from June 15th thru 17th (although they usually add some warm-up acts on the Thursday before the main events, which in this case would 6/14) at Hunter Mountain Ski Lodge in Hunter NY, will go on presale on 12/14!  This will be the 13th annual Mountain Jam!  Let’s hope it’s a lucky number.

---Is Mallory Evans, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Next to Kin expecting?  It sure sounds like it based on a recent posting on her facebook page…no exact due date yet, but June 2018 is the rough estimate…This will be Mal and her husband, Preston’s second child.  Congrats to all!

---Fans of Louie G are in mourning as Town Square radio station Wild 104 fired the longtime morning show host this week.  Louie G has been a fixture on local radio since 1994, when he got an afternoon gig on WMRV-FM, and later as it morphed in Star 1057, which he later left for a better offer at Wild 104.  No doubt he’ll resurface somewhere.  Be patient.

---Condolences to friends and family of Bobby Baker.  The Binghamton area singer/ guitarist passed away from cancer this week at the age of 70. He has long been a player in local bands from Pierre & the Citations (booked by the Valex agency who also had Ronnie Dio & The Prophets) that practiced in his bandmates John Stark’s mom’s basement in 1966 to Leather and Lace, Trix (with Katie Scott of Persuasion) The Billy Band and more recently, Half Baked, much later on.  He also owned the old Grandview Hotel and may have been an early investor in The Music Box (perhaps as an owner of the building) in Johnson City NY.  He also owned the Zodiac Lounge.  Pierre & the Citations had a reunion show in 2006 at the old Magic City Music Hall, when it was in Johnson City NY.  It’s broken up into several parts, but it’s great quality.  Here’s a link for that:

Baker is also the man in the middle in this old promo shot of Leather & Lace below, copied from a shot posted on facebook by Kathy Sarachinsky.  Also Thanks to John Stark for contributing his memories and time to this story.


---Hip hop star, Ty Dolla $ign has announced a Winter/ Spring trek across the country including a few regional dates…Montreal QC on 12/30…Toronto ON on 3/14…Reading PA on 3/16…Boston MA on 3/17…Clifton Park NY on 3/18…NYC on 3/20…Philadelphia PA on 3/21!

---Kinks guitarist, Dave Davies has announced yet another solo tour across America that will include seven regional performances, including…Peekskill NY on 3/29…Riverhead NY on 3/30…two nights in NYC on 4/2 & 4/3…New Hope PA on 4/5…Hartford CT on 4/6…and Beverly MA on 4/7!  So again, this means that Ray and Dave Davies still can’t agree on a Kinks reunion tour.  C’mon guys!

---Modern rockers, New Politics (who broke thru a few years ago with the hit song, “Harlem.”) have confirmed a Spring 2018 tour with Dreamers and The Wrecks, that will impact out region more than a half-dozen times…Philadelphia PA on 3/23…Silver Spring MD on 3/26…NYC on 3/27…South Burlington VT on 3/28…Boston MA on 3/30…Rochester NY on 3/31…and Toronto ON on 4/1!

---Veteran rock innovator, Steve Winwood (spencer davis group/ blind faith/ traffic) has booked a small 13-date “Greatest Hits” tour that will  come into our region on 3/8 in Newark NJ…Upper Darby PA on 3/9…Port Chester NY on 3/13…and Bethlehem PA on 3/15! 

---A$AP Ferg hits the road with IDK & Denzel Curry for a North American trek that includes Philadelphia PA on 2/28…Silver Spring MD on 3/1…Toronto ON on 4/9…Montreal QC on 4/10…Clifton Park NY on 4/11…Boston MA on 4/12…and NYC on 4/14!

---The Dropkick Murphy’s have announced their U.S. tour dates for 2018, with Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim opening up…and the tour will make several regional stops, including…Uncasville CT on 2/24…Albany NY on 2/25…Niagara Falls NY on 2/27…Washington DC on 3/10…Stroudsburg PA on 3/12…and finally a four-night stand in Boston MA on 3/15-18

---Senses Fail will tour this Spring in support of their new CD (“If There Is A Light, It Will Find You” due 2/16) with a package tour that also includes Reggie & the Full Effect, Have Mercy and Household!  Catch them in…Baltimore MD on 3/10…Brooklyn NY on 3/11…Pittsburgh PA on 3/13…Boston MA on 3/16…Sayreville NJ on 3/17…and Philadelphia PA on 3/18!

---The Dixie Dregs (remember them?) are back…and not only that, but all the original members are still alive and have reunited for the tour!  That means that Deep Purple will not be touring next Spring (as guitarist Steve Morse returns to The Dregs)…or Winger either (as drummer Rod Morgenstein comes back to the fold)…and the Dregs will be stomping thru our region more than a few times…Washington DC on 3/7…Wilmington DE on 3/8…Collingswood NJ on 3/9…Newton NJ on 3/10…Ridgefield CT on 3/14…Huntington NY on 3/15…(plus three previously leaked  shows in NYC on 3/16…Woodstock NY on 3/17…Boston MA on 3/19)…Albany NY on 3/21…and Pittsburgh PA on 3/22!

---Music producer, musician and a hell of a piano player, David Foster is going on tour and he’ll be playing regional dates this Spring…Ridgefield CT on 4/5…Morristown NJ on 4/6…Red Bank NJ on 4/7…Glenside PA on 4/8…NYC on 4/10…Boston MA on 4/11…Montreal QC on 4/13…and Washington DC on 4/17!

---Jimmy Eat World have announced a tour to support their new EP, “Integrity Blues Acoustic” even if the small, 12-date, tour lags behind the EP by five months…Pittsburgh PA on 5/6…Boston MA on 6/11…and Brooklyn NY on 6/14!

---The Queen Of Soul is back, but on a limited schedule!  Aretha Franklin has announced two shows for 2018…Newark NJ on 3/25…and Toronto ON on 6/28!  Could there be more?  We hope so, but health has been an issue for Franklin for several years, so don’t ask for too much.

---NRBQ is announcing both 2017 and 2018 tour dates with upcoming shows this month in…Troy NY on 12/29…and Harrisburg PA on 12/30…as well as next year (ok, next month)…in NYC on 1/2…Washington DC on 2/24…and Lancaster PA on 3/10!

---Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s, is undertaking a mostly international solo tour to promote her new solo album and yes, the tour will stop in our region…but only three times…Washington DC on 12/4…Fairfield CT on 12/5…and Brooklyn NY on 12/6!

---k.d. lang has announced a North American tour that will wrap up with six regional shows…Red Bank NJ on 3/19…Lancaster PA on 3/20…Boston MA on 3/22…Glenside PA on 3/23…North Bethesda MD on 3/25…and, the tour closer in NYC on 3/26!

---Bone Thugs N Harmony are on the road this month on the West Coast, but only have two planned Festival styled shows scheduled for 2018 so far…one in Newark NJ on 2/23…the other, not until 11/10 in Boston MA!  Much of the bill at both shows will include some old school hip-hop acts.  More to come we hope.

---Modern metal band, Cradle Of Filth has announced tour dates that include a number of regional shows…Philadelphia PA on 4/5…Baltimore MD on 4/6…NYC on 4/7…Worcester MA on 4/8…Montreal QC on 4/10…and Toronto ON on 4/11!

---Following their warm-up spot on the Queens Of The Stone Age tour, Royal Blood will headline their own 11-date tour, but they’ll only make two stops in our region…Brooklyn NY on 5/28…and Pittsburgh PA on 5/31!  Three if you count the fact that they’ll be opening the Queens Of The Stone Age at the Dome Arena in Rochester NY on 5/25!

---Richie Kotzen of Poison, Mr. Big and Winery Dogs; is undertaking a solo tour in Spring 2018 with stops in…Pittsburgh PA on 4/10…Buffalo NY on 4/12…Ridgefield CT on 4/18…NYC on 4/19…and New Hope PA on 4/20!

---The Gin Blossoms will go back on the road in Winter 2018, with regional shows at…Peekskill NY on 2/21…Hartford CT on 2/22…Mount Pocono PA on 2/23…and Hanover MD on 2/24!

---Robin Thicke appears to be building a casino tour, first by announcing a show in Uncasville CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino on 12/31…followed by a Niagara Falls NY show at the Seneca Niagara Casino on 1/6.  We think there will be more to follow.

---70’s pop singer Rickie Lee Jones announces a US tour that includes a handful of dates in our region…Harrisburg PA on 3/21…Toms River NJ on 3/22…Chappaqua NY on 3/23…Salisbury MA on 3/25…and Boston MA on 3/27!

---Thursday just announced a holiday mini-tour with Pup and Frank Iero & the Patience, and every single stop is within our regional area…Baltimore MD on 12/27…Huntington NY on 12/28…Worcester MA on 12/29…and Sayreville NJ on 12/30!

---Slaughter has announced a ten-date tour, with just two stops near us…Cumberland MD on 5/19…and Warrendale PA on 5/20!

---Close out 2017 with two nights of the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at Anthology in Rochester NY on 12/30 & 12/31!

---Talib Kweli just booked a four night stand in NYC at the Blue Note from 1/25 thru 1/28…plus a date on 3/31 in Cambridge MA!

---Vonda Shepard has announced a handful of dates, mostly in 2018…and only two in our region…both in NYC on 1/12…then again on 7/19, both at 54 below.


---Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio have teamed-up for a Concert For Island Relief to benefit Puerto Rico, Southern Florida and the Florida Keys.  Also on the bill are Aaron Neville and Hurray For The Riff Raff.  The show will take place at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on 1/6!

---There will be a veritable who’s who of rock stars gathered at Carnegie Hall in NYC on 3/7 for “The Music of Led Zeppelin at Carnegie Hall” tribute show.  Expected to appear…The Zombies, Richie Sambora (formerly of Bon Jovi), Orianthi, Living Colour, Tesla bass player, Brian Wheat; J Mascis (dinosaur jr), O.A.R., Bettye LaVette and Erika Wennerstrom (heartless bastards), guided by Tony Shanahan (patti smith band) who will be in charge of the house band.  Proceeds will go to music programs for underprivileged children.

---Chaka Khan will play a one-shot show at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Seneca Falls NY on 1/27!

---Former New Edition singer, Johnny Gill is teaming up with All-4-One for a one-time-only bill, also at Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY on 2/10!

---Jay & the Americans will play one-show-only, at least so far in 2018…at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on 3/24!

---John Oates books the World Café Live in Philadelphia PA on 2/6!

---Arrested Development has booked a one-off in Philadelphia PA on 4/12, downstairs at the World Café Live!

---Rita Coolidge books a one-shot show tour on 4/15, downstairs at the World Café Live in Philadelphia PA!

---Here’s an odd one-off, Less Than Jake with Four Year Strong!  It’ll be at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on 2/18!


---U2 is adding second nights to their existing “Songs of Innocence/ Songs Of Experience” tour with additional dates in…Montreal QC on 6/6…Philadelphia PA on 6/14…Washington DC on 6/18…Boston MA on 6/22…and NYC on 6/26!

---Lil Uzi Vert adds two nights in NYC on 12/17 & 12/18!  Playboi Carti and SOB x RBE are also on the bill!

---Speaking of Playboi Carti, he added two solo dates this week…Pittsburgh PA on 12/13…and Huntington NY on 12/23!

---Dillinger Escape Plan adds a third night (which is actually before the other two nights on 12/28 & 12/29, so technically it’s the first night) at Terminal 5 in NYC, for what is at this point, a three-night residency, not a tour.  The bill is different however, and interesting, featuring Mike Patton (of Faith No More) and God Mother.

---Marc Cohn adds Westbury NY on 3/18!

---Billy Joel adds residency show #52 at MSG in NYC on 4/13!

---The Kooks add a second night in NYC, this time in Manhattan on 5/22…they’ll also be in Brooklyn NY on 5/23!

---The modern day version of Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne’s ELO add a second night in NYC on 8/22!

---Queensryche and Lynch Mob add Jim Thorpe PA on 5/6!

---Dashboard Confessional adds Rochester NY on 1/26…Brooklyn NY on 3/29…Boston MA on 3/30…Silver Spring MD on 3/31…and Asbury Park NJ on 4/2!

---Jonny Lang adds Buffalo NY on 1/9!

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent, add Niagara Falls ON on 3/23…and State College PA on 3/25!

---The Eagles add Buffalo NY on 7/14…a second night in Toronto ON on 7/17…and Pittsburgh PA on 7/24! Tickets go on sale 12/15!

---Godspeed You! Black Emperor adds…North Adams MA on 3/10…Philadelphia PA on 3/14…and Washington DC on 3/24!

---Railroad Earth adds Port Chester NY on 2/17!

---The English Beat finally add a show east of the Rocky Mountains, (after more than a dozen shows in Cali before that) in…Ridgefield CT on 3/21 (not that we’re jealous or anything—just sayin’.).

---Air Supply finally return to the East Coast on 5/11 at Ridgefield CT at Ridgefield Playhouse!

---The Karla Bonoff show in Ridgefield CT on 4/28, is now a double bill with Livingston Taylor headlining…Taylor also adds a show in Mamaroneck NY on 3/24!

---Kix adds Lancaster PA on 2/23…Uncasville CT on 4/6…and Cumberland MD on 5/19!

---Henry Rollins added a second night in Philadelphia PA on 1/26!

---Jon Secada adds Millville NJ on 2/22!

---Dweezil Zappa adds Glenside PA on 4/21…and Boston MA on 4/25!

---Bishop Briggs adds Brooklyn NY on 12/11!

---Jeff Lynne’s ELO adds a second night at MSG on 8/22!


---Air Supply (1)

---Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (6)

---Aretha Franklin (2)

---Arrested Development (1)

---A$AP Ferg/ IDK/ Denzel Curry (7)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Bishop Briggs (1)

---Bone Thugs N Harmony (2)

---Bruce Cockburn (7)

---Chaka Khan (1)

---Cindy Wilson (3)

---Cradle Of Filth (6)

---Dashboard Confessional (5)

---Dave Davies (7)

---Dave Matthews/ Trey Anastasio (1)

---David Foster (8)

---Dillenger Escape Plan (1)

---Dixie Dregs (7)

---Dropkick Murphys (9)

---Dweezil Zappa (2)

---Foreigner/ Whitesnake/ Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (8)

---Fozzy/ Santa Cruz/ Through Fire/ Dark Sky Choir (5)

---Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (2)

---Gin Blossoms (4)

---Godspeed You! Black Emperor (3)

---Jackson Browne (11)

---Jay & the Americans (1)

---Jeff Lynne’s ELO (1)

---Jersey Boys (4)

---Jimmy Eat World (3)

---John 5 (6)

---John Oates (1)

---Johnny Gill/ All-4-One (1)

---Jon Secada (1)

---Jonny Lang (1)

---k.d. lang (6)

---Kix (3)

---Less Than Jake/ Four Year Strong (1)

---Lil Uzi Vert/ Playboi Carti/ SOB x RBE (2)

---Livingston Taylor (2)

---Outbreak Tour w/ Kayzo/ 4B/ Dubloadz/ DJ Gammer/ Jstjr (6)

---Marc Cohn (1)

---Mountain Jam (4)

---New Politics (7)

---NRBQ (5)

---Queensryche/ Lynch Mob (1)

---Railroad Earth (1)

---Richie Kotzen (5)

---Rickie Lee Jones (5)

---Rita Coolidge (1)

---Robin Thicke (2)

---Royal Blood (2)

---Santa Jam (1)

---Senses Fail/ Reggie & the Full Effect/ Have Mercy/ Household (6)

---Slaughter (2)

---Steve Forbert (7)

---Steve Winwood (4)

---Talib Kweli (5)

---The Eagles (3)

---The English Beat (1)

---The Kooks (1)

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent (2)

---Thursday (4)

---Ty Dolla $ign (7)

---U2 (5)

---Vonda Shepard (2)

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


Music News for 120217:

---Drummer Victory Lay, formerly of “The Tomahawks,” has now left his most recent regular band, “Black Apple Current” and is now focusing on his new former side-project, band, “The Dude & The Damned!”  The news came in a facebook post on Friday 11/17: “So yeah, a few weeks ago I decided to leave my main band BAC and spend more time on other projects. This Sat night, Nov 18 at the Belmar from 10-2, you can check out one of them: The Dude & The Damned, Energetic Acoustic Music! Coty Rick on the 6 string and vox, Jeff Starley on 12 string guitar and vox w yours truly on percussion and vox. We do modern stuff by groups like Mumford & Sons, Avett Bros and others, along w some choice oldies and a few originals. We're having a blast, so we hope you'll join us in that joyful pursuit.  Rock on, Victor!  Rock on!

---It was announced on Black Friday 11/24, that four-day admission tickets for the Grassroots Festival were now available at Wegman’s!  …which is great, but no camping passes?  The annual four-day music festival is held in Trumansburg NY and in 2018 it will start on July 18th thru Sunday July 22nd!

---Nationally touring local folk band, Driftwood, has announced some additional Winter tour dates that are, so far, at least mostly regional…Pittsburgh PA on 1/12…two nights in Thomas WV on 1/13 & 1/14…and Harrisburg PA on 1/19.  Driftwood is very popular and has an ever-expanding fan base, so expect the itinerary to grow.

---SUNY Broome held it’s 2nd annual Solo Sound Music Showcase yesterday!  The now annual festival, affectionately called Solo Sound 2, was hosted by Diverse Cultural Xcellence at the Little Theatre and the Student Center Lobby!  No word yet on attendance or who played, but the show was free to attend, however it was also pay-to-play, although a minimal fee to be sure…$3.00 for five minutes and $5.00 for ten minutes!

---Phish phrontman, Trey Anastasio is set to play State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 2/9…and a few other stops in our region…Morristown NJ on 2/8…Cambridge MA on 2/10…Pittsburgh PA on 2/12…Wilmington DE on 2/13…and Washington DC on 2/14!

---G. Love & Special Sauce return to Ithaca at The Haunt on 1/24, as well as other regional dates…Toronto ON on 1/21…Niagara Falls NY on 1/25…two nights in Brooklyn NY on 1/26 & 1/27…Hartford CT on 1/28…Washington DC on 1/31…and Philadelphia PA on 2/3!

---America will play the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 2/15…and that’s not their only regional stop!  They’ll also play…Atlantic City NJ on 2/16…Shippensburg PA on 2/17…Londonderry NH on 2/22…New Brunswick NJ on 2/23…Staten Island NY on 2/24…Englewood NJ on 3/29…Rutland VT on 3/31…and two nights in Washington DC on 6/2 & 6/3!

---Regional jam-band fave, moe. have announced a two night stand in Port Chester NY at the Capitol Theatre on 2/2 & 2/3!

---Who knew there were actual Trans-Siberian Orchestra cover bands? Ornament is set to play Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols NY on Saturday, 12/16 @ 7p & 9p!


---The revitalized new version of The Eagles, now featuring Deacon Frey (son of Glenn Frey) and Vince Gill, to replace the late Glenn Frey, have announced a small Summer 2018 tour, a total of 12 dates, with just four impacting our greater region…however they are (for the most part) well spaced out and we expect additional shows will be added depending on demand for tickets which should be huge…tickets go on sale on 12/1 or 12/2 depending on the venue…presale will be 11/28 or 11/30 also depending on the venue!  Price range for regular tickets is $99.50-$349.50.  That’s not even the VIP tickets, which haven’t been announced yet.

---Hip hop star, Fetty Wap has announced a Winter 2018 tour that will bring him to Silver Spring MD on 1/13…Philadelphia PA on 1/15…Boston MA on 1/16…Huntington NY on 1/18…Montclair NJ on 1/19…and NYC on 1/20!

---Alternative band, Passion Pit, has booked a Winter 2018 tour, with nearby stops including…Washington DC on 1/10…Boston MA on 1/12…NYC on 1/13…and Philadelphia PA on 1/14!

---Mariah Carey has re-juggled her her X-mas world tour, after having to initially cancel her first few dates due to a respiratory infection…new dates now for the 11-date tour include three nights in NYC at the famed Beacon Theatre on Saturday12/2…Sunday 12/4…and Monday 12/5!

---A Day To Remember is headlining a strong package tour that includes fan faves like Papa Roach, The Devil Wears Prada and Falling In Reverse and it’s coming to our region…NYC on 3/12…Baltimore MD on 3/13…Lowell MA on 3/15…Allentown PA on 3/16…and Pittsburgh PA on 3/17!

---Miguel is touring in Winter & Spring 2018 with Nonchalant Savant and SiR (sic) and they will make several regional stops…London ON on 3/13…Clifton Park (Albany) NY on 3/15…New Haven CT on 3/16…Providence RI on 3/17…Boston MA on 3/19…Philadelphia PA on 3/20…Baltimore MD on 3/21…NYC on 3/23…and Brooklyn NY on 3/24!

---Rapper Khalid is expanding his 2018 tour with a Summer leg that includes…Philadelphia PA on 5/25…Wallingford CT on 5/26…Toronto ON on 5/30…and Baltimore MD on 6/4…and also adds a date on its Winter leg…NYC on 1/27!

---Pop singer, Mat Kearney has announced tour dates for Spring 2018 that include at least a half-dozen stops in our region…Boston MA on 3/12…New Haven CT on 3/13…NYC on 3/15…Silver Spring MD on 3/16…Philadelphia PA on 3/17…and Toronto ON on 3/28!

---Former Grand Funk Railroad singer, Mark Farner has announced Winter into Fall 2018 tour dates, that start in December 2017…New Haven CT on 12/15…Ridgefield CT on 3/22…Natick MA on 3/24…and North Tonawanda NY on 11/3!  In total Farner will play ten shows over a year, with just four in our region.  We hope there are more to come.

---k.flay, who rocked the Cayuga Sound Festival in Ithaca NY on 9/23…and was also recently featured on “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons…is returning to our region in March, this time headlining her own theatre-sized tour, which is coming to…Washington DC on 3/12…Buffalo NY on 3/13…Toronto ON on 3/15…Montreal QC on 3/16…Philadelphia PA on 3/18…NYC on 3/19…and Boston MA on 3/21!

---Rock guitarist, Robin Trower has announced his expected full tour this week, with stops in Alexandria VA on 3/21…Glenside PA (previously announced) on 3/22…NYC on 3/23…Montclair NJ on 3/24…Huntington NY on 3/25…Albany NY on 3/28…Ridgefield CT on 3/29…Northampton MA on 3/30…Jim Thorpe PA on 4/4…and Greensburg PA on 4/5!

---In This Moment are joining forces with P.O.D. for a short headlining tour, but it will play only once in our region…Niagara Falls NY on 2/10…before In This Moment jump on the Stone Sour tour, as it visits…Montreal QC on 2/13…and Toronto ON on 2/14!

---Soulfly is back and some extensive touring to happen starting in Spring 2018…Baltimore MD on 4/18…NYC on 4/19…Poughkeepsie NY on 4/21…Philadelphia PA on 4/22…Pittsburgh PA on 5/1…and Rochester NY on 5/2! Nile will open!

---Iced Earth’sIncorruptible” North American tour will arrive in late Winter/ early Spring 2018 and make a half dozen stops in our region…Baltimore MD on 3/19…Wilmington DE on 3/21…NYC on 3/22…Boston MA on 3/23…Montreal QC on 3/25…and Toronto ON on 3/26!

---The Pointer Sisters are playing two regional dates before sailing off on the “Soul Train Cruise”…NYC on 12/30…and Atlantic City NJ on 12/31!

---Of Mice And Men announce a new tour in support of their forthcoming album, “Defy” due 1/19…tour dates include…Toronto ON on 2/13…Montreal QC on 2/14…Boston MA on 2/16…NYC on 2/17…Asbury Park NJ on 2/18…and Philadelphia PA on 2/19!

---Don McLean has announced more 2018 show dates, starting with a new addition in December on 12/9…NYC on 3/23…East Greenwich RI on 4/13…Ridgefield CT on 7/21…Westbury NY on 9/8…and Londonderry NH on 9/22!

---Foreigner has announced a globe spanning 2018 tour, but so far it has only two stops in our greater region…Greensburg PA on 3/8…and Atlantic City NJ on 3/10!  Will there be more shows?  Stay tuned!

---The Greg Kihn Band have booked two shows in January 2018…NYC on 1/11…and Norfolk CT on 1/12!

---Marco Benevento has announced a short Winter 2018 tour, but so far there’s only one regional stop…Pittsburgh PA on 2/1!

---Cowboy Mouth has also booked a Winter 2018 tour (which includes a stint on the “Rock Boat” cruise.), but features only one stop in our region so far…at B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 1/18!

---Rascal Flatts have announced a tiny five-date tour that will bring them to our region, but once…Bensalem (Philadelphia) PA on 3/3!


---Former member of The Moody Blues and Wings, Denny Laine will play a one-off in NYC at B.B. Kings Blues Club on 1/9!

---The Drifters ft. Rick Sheppard will also play a one-off at B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 1/10!

---DMX will also play a one-shot show at B.B. Kings in NYC on 1/25!

---Drake Bell (from the hit show “Drake & Josh” now has his own band and will play the Diesel Club in Pittsburgh PA on 12/3 in a one-off tour.  It is as of this writing, his only appearance in the world.


---Bruce Springsteen’s one man show at the Kerr Theatre in NYC is extended thru June 30th!  No word yet on specific days or exactly how many shows.

---Add Vince Staples to Tyler The Creator tour!

---Tommy James & The Shondells add Lancaster PA on 2/11…and Meadow Lands PA on 6/2!

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone add Sellersville PA on 11/26…Quakertown PA on 8/16…Lakewood NJ on 10/6…and Sellersville PA on 11/26!

---Howie Day adds Philadelphia PA on 1/28!

---Steve Augeri, formerly of Journey, adds Quakertown PA on 7/19!

---Rachel Platten adds Silver Spring MD on 11/30…and Huntington NY on 12/3!

---Al Stewart adds Sellersville PA on 2/13!

---Dokken adds Rochester NY on 12/9…Worcester MA on 12/10…Pittsburgh PA on 3/14…and Baltimore MD on 3/15!

---Tom Cochrane, formerly of Red Rider, adds NYC on 1/8!

---Billy Squire adds City Winery in NYC on 1/9 with G.E. Smith warming-up!

---Weird Al Yankovic adds a second night in Toronto ON on 3/8…and NYC on 3/22!

---Candlebox adds two nights in NYC on 4/8 & 4/9 at the City Winery!

---Tantric adds Poughkeepsie NY on 1/14…and Williamsport MD on 7/21!

---Dan Auerbach, of The Black Keys, on a solo tour, adds Washington DC on 3/22…and moves his show on 3/28 from Ridgefield CT to Port Chester NY!

---Todd Snider adds York PA on 2/3…could this indicate a new leg on his tour?

---Former One Direction singer, Harry Styles, adds Hershey PA on 6/14!

---American Idol star, Fantasia adds NYC on 12/13…and Reading PA on 2/24!

---Television adds Ardmore PA on 12/29!

---Tower of Power adds…Beverly MA on 12/29…and two nights in NYC on 1/19 & 1/20!

---Joan Osborne adds NYC on 2/10!

---British post modern rocker, Robyn Hitchcock adds two nights in Jersey City NJ on 2/15 & 2/16!

---Ja Rule adds Hartford CT on 1/19…and Newark NJ on 3/2!

---Ana Popovic finally adds some dates in our region…Reading PA on 4/14…NYC on 4/17…and Fall River MA on 4/26!

---As expected, demand for Taylor Swift tickets has prompted additional nights in several cities…East Rutherford NJ on 7/20…Foxboro MA on 7/27…and Toronto ON on 8/3!  Stay tuned for more!

---Paul Anka adds Beverly MA on 5/2…and Reading PA on 5/9!

---Xscape adds Philadelphia PA on 12/19!

---The O’Jays add Philadelphia PA on 1/27!


---A Day To Remember/ Papa Roach/ The Devil Wears Prada/ Falling In Reverse (5)

---Al Stewart (1)

---America (10)

---Ana Popovic (3)

---Billy Squire (1)

---Candlebox (2)

---Dan Auerbach (1)

---DMX (1)

---Dokken (4)

---Don McLean (5)

---Drake Bell (1)

---Driftwood (4)

---Fantasia (1)

---Fetty Wap (6)

---Foreigner (2)

---G. Love & Special Sauce (8)

---Greg Kihn Band (2)

---Harry Styles (1)

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone (1)

---Howie Day (1)

---Iced Earth (6)

---In This Moment/ P.O.D./ New Years Day/ Ded (1)

---Ja Rule (2)

---Joan Osborne/ Jackie Greene/ Amy Helm (1)

---k.flay/ Yungblud (7)

---Khalid (5)

---Marco Benevento (1)

---Mariah Carey (3)

---Mark Farner (4)

---Mat Kearney (6)

---Miguel/ Nonchalant Savant/ SiR (9)

---moe. (2)

---Of Mice And Men (6)

---Passion Pit (4)

---Paul Anka (2)

---Pointer Sisters (2)

---Rachel Platten (2)

---Rascal Flatts (1)

---Robin Trower (9)

---Robyn Hitchcock (2)

---Soulfly/ Nile (6)

---Steve Augeri (1)

---Stone Sour/ In This Moment/ The Dead Deads (2)

---Tantric (2)

---Taylor Swift (3)

---Television (1)

---The Eagles (4)

---The O’Jays (1)

---Todd Snider (1)

---Tom Cochrane (1)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (2)

---Tower Of Power (3)

---Trey Anastasio (6)

---Weird Al Yankovic (2)

---Xscape/ Monica/ Tamar Braxton (1)

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


Music News for 111817:

---Not only has it now been confirmed that the Cyber Café West in Binghamton up for sale, but owner, Jeff Kahn is also considering an alternative to selling outright…a business partner!  Kahn outlined his plan in an e-mail letter to the café’s closest fans and friends, which I have copied and pasted below:

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Cyber Café West is for sale. This is something I never wanted to do, and I thought of an alternative:

I would search for a partner.

If anyone of you, or someone you know, is fair and has some money to invest (150k), one can own half of a twenty-year-old established café including the building and apartment. This investment would allow the café to pay-off all outstanding debts (except mortgage) and instantly have a positive cash-flow. There are many details to work out, but I thought I would start looking among the Cafe's friends.

Any serious inquiries, please feel free to email me at



While $150,000 rules me out, perhaps one of you, my loyal readers, may consider this partnership.  Until you do, the question remains, who, if any, will step up and help save this iconic venue?

---I became aware this week of two simultaneous fund-raisers for The Brackney Inn!  The first is a help rebuilt fund-raiser that will help secure the money that insurance won’t cover.  If you want to help out, please click here:

The second fund raiser is for the employees of The Brackney Inn who are out of work while funds are secured for the rebuild, and until the rebuild is complete!  If you want to donated to that fund, please click here:

Meanwhile, The Brackney Inn posted this on their facebook page on 11/12: “We had our first meeting today to discuss ideas for benefits & fund raising projects. It was uplifting to have so many people attend & contribute with ideas and enthusiasm!!! Next step, I'll pull together the info from the meeting and share in a group format so that everyone is keyed in to what is going on and who will be doing what. Thanks so much to everyone that attended!!!

Also, fire marshalls investigating the cause of the fire that damaged The Brackney Inn are saying that, so far it doesn’t seem suspicious, which would support tenants reports that it was accidental.

---Chris Cannone posted about last gig before he left town, playing the live album session with Ultra Vibe at NewClear Studios…“Couldn’t have asked for a better send off to Nashville than being surrounded by and playing with some of the finest talent my hometown has to offer. The session was recorded as a live Ultra Vibe album, as well as [special guests] Mike Davis” [editors note: (…of  Laughing Buddha Episodes)…and Mo Reese Taylor!]  He even posted a :30 sec. video of Ultra Vibe keyboard player, Mike Melnyk!  Here’s the link:

---Colorado Hip-hop band, Flobots are coming to The Haunt, in Ithaca NY on 1/18!  The are also invading our region with additional dates, including…Toronto ON on 1/17…Teaneck NJ on 1/19…Philadelphia PA on 1/20…Brooklyn NY on 1/21…and Pittsburgh PA on 1/23!  Shows will be opened by Tropidelic thru 1/21, then by The McLovins starting on 1/23!

---The Ithaca NY band, who became a national sensation, X Ambassadors, have announced a small (eight dates) Winter 2018 tour that will play our region at least five times…Montreal QC on 2/13…Philadelphia PA on 2/15…Brooklyn NY on 2/16…Boston MA on 2/18…and Washington DC on 2/19…although no forays into our local area are on the docket, we are hopeful that they will revisit for the Cayuga Sound Festival in September 2018.  We’ll see. Now Now will open.

---Pop Evil is coming to Syracuse NY on their Winter/ Spring “The Music Over The Words” tour in support of their new self-titled album…the band will stop at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 3/25, as well as…Baltimore MD on 3/16…Clifton Park NY on 3/17…Lancaster PA on 3/18…NYC on 3/20…Philadelphia PA on 3/22…Sayreville NJ on 3/24…and Buffalo NY on 3/27! Palaye Royale and Black Map will open.

---Former American Idol, Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery is coming to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 2/10, as well as…Clifton Park NY on 12/14…Rutland VT on 12/15…York PA on 12/16…Rochester NY on 2/11…Torrington CT on 3/15…and Warrendale PA on 3/16!

---Badfish, the premiere Sublime tribute band, will play the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 3/31!

---On the heels of his announcement that he is retiring from performing, former Yolk and The Falconers singer, JimmyJohn McCabe has posted an accapella performance of Paul Simon’s “American Tune,” on facebook.  Here’s a link:

---The date has been set for Shelter Slam 2018!  No bands have been announced yet, but the venue will be Endwell Greens in Endwell NY on Saturday 4/14!  The annual benefit raises money for local animal shelters.

---Modern rock band, AJR is coming to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 1/28 for the “Snow Show” (headlined by Dashboard Confessional, if you are sorting by “Artist” on the Concert Pages on this site)…as well as Buffalo NY on 12/17…Silver Spring MD on 4/19…NYC on 4/21…Toronto ON on 5/9…Montreal QC on 5/10…and Boston MA on 5/12!

---The Warped Tour is saying goodbye with a final trek in 2018 stopping at…Camden NJ on 7/13…Holmdel NJ on 7/14…Hartford CT on 7/15…Pittsburgh PA on 7/16…Toronto ON on 7/17…Darien Center NY on 7/25…Scranton PA at Montage Mountain, on 7/26…Mansfield MA on 7/27…Wantagh NY on 7/28…and Columbia MD on 7/29!  No word yet on the specifie venues (although we can probably guess at a few), or what bands and/or acts will be participating, bet we’ll stay on top of it!  BTW, even though 2018 will be the tours last trek, they are promising something big in 2019 to mark the tours 25th Anniversary!  Stay tuned!


---Progressive rockers, Jethro Tull have announced their 50th Anniversary tour for Summer 2018, but so far, they only have five dates in our greater region, out of a total of 21…Toronto ON on 7/3…Vienna VA (just outside of Washington DC) on 9/7…Philadelphia PA on 9/8…Boston MA on 9/9…and NYC on 9/11!  Some concert sites are listing this show as Ian Anderson, and not Jethro Tull, so be aware as you buy tickets!

---For the first time in 35 years, Jeff Lynne is taking the Electric Light Orchestra (these days called Jeff Lynne’s ELO) on tour!  Landing points for starship ELO include…Toronto ON on 8/18…NYC on 8/21…and Philadelphia PA on 8/24!

---Taylor Swift has announced 2018 tour dates and she will make at least a half-dozen stops in our region, and probably more!  Swift tour dates include…Washington DC on 7/10…Philadelphia PA on 7/14…East Rutherford NJ on 7/21…Foxboro MA on 7/28…Toronto ON on 8/4…and Pittsburgh PA on 8/7!  If you notice many of the dates are very well spaced out and you can expect additional shows to be announced (…as always due to “demand.”).  Well try and stay on it.

---Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, is playing some solo dates while “The Keys” are taking a break…Philadelphia PA on 3/24…Boston MA on 3/25…Brooklyn NY on 3/27…and Toronto ON on 3/29!  Warming up on the tour will be Shannon & The Clams and Robert Finley!

---Remember Kimbra?  The singer was catapulted to fame thanks to Gotye’s chart topping 2011 song (which broke out worldwide in 2013 and won a Grammy.), “Somebody That I Used To Know,” on which she was a guest vocalist.  Now she is releasing a solo album (“Primal Heart” due 1/19) and undertaking a solo tour, which will bring her into our regional area…Boston MA on 1/28…Brooklyn NY on 1/29…Washington DC on 1/30…Philadelphia PA on 1/31…and Toronto ON on 2/2!

---Halestorm and Stone Sour have announced a joint tour for Winter 2018…but only 13 dates (half of them in Canada)…and even worse, just one in our region…2/11 in Rochester NY at The Armory!  Not sure if they’ll add more dates, but it would be welcome.

---Tyler The Creator has announced a new tour in support of his latest album, Flower Boy.”  Dates so far include…Philadelphia PA on 2/15…Toronto ON on 2/17…Montreal QC on 2/18…Pittsburgh PA on 2/20…Rochester NY on 2/21…NYC on 2/23…and Washington DC on 2/25!

---Barenaked Ladies have announced another leg on their 2018 tour that will impact our region…Philadelphia PA on 6/26…Brooklyn NY on 6/27…Uncasville CT on 6/29…Gilford NH on 6/30…Boston MA on 7/1…Vienna VA on 7/2…Baltimore MD on 7/9…and Lewiston NY on 7/10…K.T. Tunstall and Better Than Ezra will open!

---Simple Plan has announced a tiny, four-date tour…three of which are within our region…Huntington NY on 12/5…Silver Spring MD on 12/6…and Niagara Falls NY on 12/8!

---The Commodores have announced a handful of national tour dates for 2018 that include some regional stops such as….Schenectady NY on 1/31…and Bensalem PA on 2/17!

---Rochester Techno band, Joywave have announced a Spring leg on their current tour that will wrap up in our region…Washington DC on 3/3…Toronto ON on 3/6…and Buffalo NY on 3/7!

---Experimental Post-Rock Canadian band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor has announced Winter 2018 tour dates that include…South Burlington VT on 3/5…two nights in Cambridge MA at two different venues, on 3/7 & 3/8…Providence RI on 3/9…and two nights in Brooklyn NY on 3/12 & 3/13!

---Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! has booked a Fall 2017 and a 2018 schedule that will carry them into Fall next years and across the world!  Regional dates include…Washington DC on 11/29…two nights in Philadelphia PA on 11/30 & 12/1…Boston MA on 12/2…and NYC on 12/3!

---The Dixie Dregs are returning to the road in 2018 with only a half dozen dates announced but some will fall into our region…NYC on 3/16…Woodstock NY on 3/17…and Boston MA on 3/19!

---One of the last of the Southern rockers, Charlie Daniels, is back on the road this weekend with a new regional date…Torrington CT on 11/18…and then a regional date in 2018…at the Delaware State Fair, in Harrington DE for the “Southern Uprising Tour” which also features The Outlaws and the Marshall Tucker Band!  BTW, this is the only announced date for the “Southern Uprising Tour,” so far.  Is this just a one-time thing, or will there be others?  Don’t yet know, but in the meantime, rock on, Charlie!

---Brandi Carlile has announced nine new dates that spread over five months, including regional stops in…NYC on 4/5 & 4/6…and Boston MA on 5/4!


---Kool & The Gang has booked (what is so far) a one-off in Waterbury CT on 1/13 at the Palace Theatre!

---Paul Rodgers of Bad Company has booked a one-shot show in Bensalem PA on 1/20 at the new Xcite Center!

---John 5, of Rob Zombie’s band, is really playing a one-off for our region on his solo tour…as the other three dates on his extremely short world trek are either in China or Washington State!  John 5 will play in Sellersville PA on 2/10 at the Sellersville Theatre!

---Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer will play what appears to be a one-off in Sellersville PA on 2/15, also at the Sellersville Theatre!

---Jaimoes Jasssz Band, featuring the famed Allman Brothers Band percussionist, has posted a terrestrial one-off (following their six dates on the Southern Rock Cruise) in Sellersville PA on 2/24!

---The Whispers will play a one-off in Newark NJ at Symphony Hall, on 11/18!

---Jazz musician, David Sanborn, will play a land based one-off at B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 1/12, before departing on the Blue Note At Sea, Jazz Cruise

---The Verve Pipe adds what is effectively a one-off in NYC on 1/13!  There are so far only three dates booked for the band in the world in 2018, so perhaps they will expand on this!

---After a residency in Chicago and two stops in Austin TX, Poi Dog Pondering make a stop in NYC on 2/17 at the City Winery!

---Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, has announced one show in our region, out of just a few in the entire country…West Long Branch NJ at Monmouth University on 4/25!


---The National adds Buffalo NY on 12/11!

---Winger adds Poughkeepsie NY on 12/8…Stroudsburg PA on 12/9…Westbury NY on 12/10!

---Monster Magnet adds Brooklyn NY on 3/29 to their previous one-off in Philly PA on 3/31 at the Metal & Beer Fest!

---Billy Joel adds NYC on 3/28!  That will be his 51st show at MSG!

---Eddie Money adds Bensalem PA on 2/24!

---Petula Clark has added more shows to her short itinerary, which is great news…Northampton MA on 12/22…South Orange NJ on 12/23…Sellersville PA on 12/24…and NYC on 12/26!  Hopefully more is coming.

---Chicago adds Bensalem PA on 1/13…part of the high profile campaign to promote the new Xcite Center at Parx Casino, just outside of Philly.

---The Wailers add Norfolk CT on 2/16!

---Crystal Bowersox (of american idol fame) adds 3/24!

---Steve Forbert adds Mifflinburg PA near Pittsburgh on 2/9!

---Tim Reynolds, who was already touring the country with his band TR3, is also playing some solo dates…two nights in Washington DC on 12/19 & 12/20…and Ardmore PA on 12/21!

---Television is finally expanding their two night stand in NYC beyond the “Big Apple”, but so far, only to Ardmore PA (near Philadelphia) on 12/29. 

---Uriah Heep adds Sellersville PA on 2/21!

---Ja Rule adds NYC on 1/4!

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone adds NYC on 1/6…and Uncasville CT on 6/15!

---Aztec Two-Step adds NYC on 2/18…Northampton MA on 3/24!

---Monster Magnet adds Sayreville NJ on 3/30!


---AJR (6)

---Aztec Two-Step (2)

---Badfish (1)

---Barenaked Ladies (8)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Brandi Carlile (3)

---Charlie Daniels Band (1)

---Charlie Daniels Band/ Marshall Tucker Band/ The Outlaws (1)

---Chicago (1)

---Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! (5)

---Crystal Bowersox (1)

---Dan Auerbach (4)

---Dixie Dregs (3)

---Eddie Money (1)

---Flobots (6)

---Godspeed You! Black Emperor (6)

---Halestorm/ Stone Sour (1)

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone (2)

---Jaimoes Jasssz Band (1)

---Ja Rule (1)

---Jeff Lynne’s ELO (3)

---Jethro Tull (5)

---John 5 (1)

---Joywave (3)

---Kool & The Gang (1)

---Monster Magnet (1)

---Paul Rodgers (1)

---Petula Clark (4)

---Poi Dog Pondering (1)

---Pop Evil (8)

---Monster Magnet (2)

---Roger McGuinn (1)

---Scotty McCreery (7)

---Simple Plan (3)

---Steve Forbert (1)

---Taylor Swift (6)

---Television (1)

---The Commodores (2)

---The National (1)

---The Verve Pipe (1)

---The Wailers (1)

---Tyler The Creator (7)

---Uriah Heep (1)

---Warped Tour (10)

---Winger (3)

---X Ambassadors/ Now Now (5)

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


Music News for 111117:

--Congratulations to Sonny On The Causeway, who won Battle Of The Bands Finale, Friday 11/3 at Touch of Texas!  Sponsored by Equinox Broadcasting radio station, 100.5 The Drive, Sonny On The Causeway beat She’s A Spy, Molina and Deveroe to win the Grand prize, which included a $500 dollar Music City gift certificate, a photo session with Patti Loves Bing, a gift certificate for sound and light services from Shark Audio Productions, a $250 gift certificate to Muckles Ink, a band press kit to be prepared and produced by Curcio Printing, as well as a paid performance at WingFest 2018 and air play on 100.5 The Drive!  The panel of judges included some interesting guests this year: Benny Fiacco of Frostbit Blue, Parts Unknown and of course, best known as owner of local music store Music City, as well as Bess Greenberg, formerly of the 2014 BOTB winner, The Falconers; Alex Walker of the 2015 BOTB winner Kites & Powerlines and John Minoia from the 2016 BOTB winners Like Astronauts!

---Support for The Brackney Inn is certainly growing, with many local bars and pubs posting signs urging the iconic venue to rebuild (especially since Dillingers seemed to disparage them with the “hot deals” sign in their bar) as evidenced by the twitter handle #staystrongbrackneyrebuild surfacing. The Brackney Inn was damaged by a fire and declared a total loss (inspite of the fact that much of the outside of the venue seems to be intact.) on October 20th.  In the meantime, the Inn cancelled their Hay Ride and Halloween party (after realizing just before Halloween the events were still listed as upcoming on their facebook page), but posted a message on their facebook page thanking everyone for their support: “Thank you so much everyone!!! This tragedy has shown what a great community we live in. I can’t put into words how grateful i am for all the support everyone has shown for the Brackney. So many people have either already helped or offered their help when it comes time for clean or to rebuild. A very special thank you to all the firefighters who showed up and stopped the blaze before it took the whole building. They did a fantastic job!!! Thanks again everyone and I will keep you posted.” …As will we.

---Randy McStine has picked up another new project, this time he will be the lead guitarist for UFO’s Vinnie Moore!  McStine posted: “I'm honored to announce that I will be joining Vinnie Moore for a run of US dates at the end of November into December! I'll be back to my native instrument for these shows, and although it is mostly a night of heavy instrumental tunes, I'll be contributing some vocals as well. Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) is also on the bill, and I'm stoked to play with my old friend Richie Monica (Tantric, Billy Hector). We shared many nights at The Bitter End in NYC over the years, though we've never actually jammed together until now.” Dates for the shows include Derry NH on 11/28…Sellersville PA on 12/6…Brooklyn NY on 12/7…Stanhope NJ on 12/8…and Somerville MA on 12/9!  Moore acknowledged McStine’s addition to his band on his facebook page and included some cool video link’s of Randy that highlight his guitar work!  Check ‘em out here:

---Former Yolk and The Falconers frontman, JimmyJohn McCabe has reportedly announced his retirement from performing music!  McCabe said on his facebook page to say, “ I am no longer making music. But! I'm glad those of you who do are able to keep that fire burning. I was successful in lifting myself out of my most recent battle with depression... and that was only possible due to the support I received from some angels in my life. As for now, I've been fortunate enough to be working with opiate addicts as a Peer Advocate/Recovery Coach in Tompkins County.” We wish JimmyJohn luck with his new pursuits and we hope he’ll still come and visit from time to time.

---Weezer And The Pixies are coming to Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 7/15!  The joint tour will also bring the pair to…Burgettstown PA on 7/10…Toronto ON on 7/14…Boston MA on 7/17…Wantagh NY on 7/18…Holmdel NJ on 7/20…Camden NJ (near Philly) on 7/21…and Bristow VA (outside of Washington DC) on 7/22!

---George Thorogood & The Destroyers have announced Spring tour dates that will bring him as close as Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY…as well as…Lincoln RI on 4/13…Hampton Beach NH on 4/14…Bethlehem PA on 4/15…Peekskill NY 4/17…New Brunswick NJ on 4/19…Huntington NY on 4/20…Toronto ON on  4/26…and Niagara Falls ON on 4/27!

---The Veer Union on tour in support of their new 6-album boxette “History Of Our Evolution,” which is a collection of all the songs and bands that influenced them!  See them as close as the Irish Wolf in Scranton PA on1/ well as Mercerberg PA on 12/28…Pennellville NY on 12/29…Niagara Falls NY on 12/30…and Philadelphia/ Easton PA on 12/31!

---Dashboard Confessional will play, what seems to be a one-off in Wilkes-Barre PA at The Kirby Center on 1/28!  Also on the bill are AJR, Tigers Jaw and Syml!

---Happy 36th Birthday to Music City this week!  Benny Fiacco opened the fledgling music store on 7 Main Street in Binghamton NY on 11/3/1981!  Wow.


---U2 returns to the road in 2018 with new music and a new round of tour dates!  The “eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE” tour will make more than a half dozen stops in our region…Montreal QC on 6/5…Uniondale NY on 6/9…Philadelphia PA on 6/13…Washington DC on 6/17…Boston MA on 6/21…NYC on 6/25…and Newark NJ on 6/29!

---Season 11 American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips is getting back on the road in 2018 and also releasing a new album!  See Phil in Huntington NY on 12/20…Philadelphia PA on 2/13…two nights in Cambridge MA on 2/14 &  2/15…Silver Spring MD on 2/17…NYC on 2/18…and finally in Toronto ON on 4/8!

---Confusion over the Lil Uzi Vert tour has been resolved!  Vert’s announcement that he was not going on tour with Cardi B was merely a correction…he is actually touring with Playboi Cardi!  The tour is back on…and has added a second night in Boston on 12/20…and NYC on 12/17!

---AWOLNATION and Nothing But Thieves have announced a Winter 2018 American tour that will come to our region at least a half-dozen times…Toronto ON on 2/11…Rochester NY on 2/18…Boston MA on 2/20…NYC on 2/22…Philadelphia PA on 2/23…and Silver Spring MD on 2/24!

---Break out Pop act, Clean Bandit is now headlining their own tour (as opposed to what was previously just a smattering of random dates) with regional stops in…New Haven CT on 4/14…NYC on 4/17…and Washington DC on 4/19…in addition to the previously announced Pittsburgh PA on 4/13…and Philadelphia PA on 4/20!

---Former Styx singer, Dennis DeYoung (who was here last year for Spiedie Fest!  Remember?) has booked a few regional shows as he announces some Winter 2018 dates…Peekskill NY on 12/7…Lynn MA on 12/8…Williamsport PA on 3/23…and Bethlehem PA on 3/24!

---Lee Ann Womack has announced a Winter/ Spring 2018 tour which includes…Toronto ON on 1/24…Auburn NY on 1/25…Rutland VT on 3/17…Sellersville PA on 3/22…and Alexandria VA on 3/23!

---They Might Be Giants have announced a Spring 2018 tour to follow up the two year-end shows they announced last week…New Haven CT on 4/13…Washington DC on 4/14…Pittsburgh PA on 4/15…Rochester NY on 4/19…South Burlington VT on 4/20…Albany NY on 4/22…Northampton MA on 4/26…Boston MA on 4/27…and Philadelphia PA on 4/28!

---Andy Grammer makes a Fall 2017 few additions…plus announces Spring 2018 dates this week…adding Newark DE on 11/10…Shippensburg PA on 11/12…and announcing Toronto ON on 4/2…Boston MA no 4/13…NYC on 4/14…and Philadelphia PA on 4/15!

---George Clinton is taking P-Funk about for another ride in 2018…Pittsburgh PA on 2/7…Glenside PA on 2/8…NYC on 2/13…a second night in Washington DC on 2/15…Baltimore MD on 2/16…Boston MA on 2/17…and Huntington NY on 2/18!

---Rising pop star, KYGO has set tour dates with another rising star, Blackbear, that include…Toronto ON on 5/2…Washington DC on 5/8…NYC on 5/11…and Boston MA on 5/12!

---Mavis Staples has announced a five-night residency at The Beacon Theatre in NYC set for later this month!  It begins on 11/20 thru 11/22, taking 11/23 off for Thanksgiving, then concluding with dates on 11/24 & 11/25!

---Portugal. The Man is expanding their breakthrough tour into 2018 with new regional dates that include…Montreal QC on 2/21…Providence RI on 2/22…and Washington DC on 2/24!

---Graham Parker will play a half dozen dates in 2018, with half of them in our region…Boston MA on 5/5…NYC on 5/7…and Washington DC on 5/8…all of the six shows btw, are only at City Winery locations in every city on the tour!

---There will be more Tim McGraw/ Faith HillSoul2Soul” dates in 2018…Baltimore MD on 6/5…Hershey PA on 6/12…Uniondale NY on 6/14…Uncasville CT on 6/15…Manchester NH on 6/16…and Hamilton ON on 6/18!

---Tom Hamilton of Amerian Babies is playing some solo dates, totally within our region, over the next month…Port Chester NY on 11/16…Albany NY on 12/1 (with Donna The Buffalo)…12/2 in Somerville MA…Philadelphia PA on 12/14…and NYC on 12/15!

---Former member of both the Swinging Blue Jeans and The Hollies, Terry Sylvester (who played in Binghamton a few years ago) has announced a three-date tour, all shows within our region…Tarrytown NY on 12/8…Rahway NJ on 12/9…and West Kingston RI on 12/15!

---Mewithoutyou has finally announced shows in their Fall 2018 tour that will bring them to our region later this month…Baltimore MD on 11/21…Brooklyn NY on 11/24…Cambridge MA on 11/25…and Philadelphia PA on 11/26!  Pianos Become The Teeth and Slow Mass will open!

---Head East will go back out on the road in 2018, but have only booked three gigs so far, and only one in our region…North Tonawanda NY on 2/3!


---The Let It Snow Festival in Wilkes-Barre PA is set for 12/7 at The Kirby Center headlined by All Time Low!  Other bands on the bill so far…Jake Miller, Max, Taylor Grey and Grace VanderWaal!

---A Similar line-up for the “Not So Silent Night Fest” on 12/9 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie NY!  Headliner is All Time Low, as well as Jake Miller and Grace VanderWaal!

---Another holiday festival at Beacon Theatre in NYC will be headlined by Cyndi Lauper and include Jackson Browne and Peaches on the bill, which is pretty lengthy.  Check out the Regional Concert Page on this site, for more info!

---Vicki Lawrence (remember “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”?) will play a one-off in Glenside PA (just outside of Philadelphia) on 2/16!


---Garland Jeffreys adds Beacon NY on 12/30!

---Marc Cohn adds Peekskill NY on 2/16…Boston MA on 2/17…and Albany NY on 2/20!

---After passing out there due to heat exhaustion, Tom Keifer, has already rescheduled his missed show for Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Pittsburgh PA on 1/28!

---Tim Reynolds & TR3 add Stanhope NJ on 11/10…and Albany NY on 11/11!

---The Avett Brothers add NYC on 11/16!

---Tantric adds Amityville NY on 1/18!

---Enuff Z’Nuff adds Amityville NY on 2/2!

---Puddle Of Mudd adds Amityville NY on 2/23!

---Buddy Guy adds Westbury NY on 4/28!

---L.A. Guns also adds Amityville NY on 5/4!

---The Wizards Of Winter add Vineland NJ on 11/24!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add…Fairfield CT on 12/8…Huntington NY on 12/10…Asbury Park NJ on 2/16…Lebanon NH on 4/7…Ridgefield CT on 4/8…and Rockaway Point NY on 8/25!

---Arlo Guthrie’s itinerary expands into 2018 and even further, into our region with additional dates in…Millville NJ on 5/9…Morristown NJ on 5/11…Tarrytown NY on 5/13…and Lebanon NH on 5/16!

---The Subdudes have added on with some one new show coming up as soon as next week…Fairfield CT on 11/16…Rutland VT on 3/1…Beacon NY on 3/2…and Londonderry NH on 3/3!

---The English Beat add…Pawling NY on 11/12!

---Queens Of The Stone Age & Royal Blood add Rochester NY on 5/25!

---Al Stewart adds Londonderry NH on 2/8…East Greenwich RI on 2/10…and Peekskill NY on 2/11!

---Paul Anka adds York PA on 4/17…Staten Island NY on 5/6…and Red Bank NJ on 5/7!

---Carbon Leaf adds Derry NH on 12/2!

---Nothing More adds Philadelphia PA on 2/9!

---Marshall Crenshaw adds NYC on 11/19!

---Rich Robinson (guitarist for the Black Crowes) adds Asbury Park NJ on 11/25!

---Steve Earle & The Dukes add Geneva NY on 12/1…and two nights in NYC (with Lucinda Williams & Emmylou Harris) on 12/2 & 12/3!  That will be followed by a solo four-night residency in NYC at the City Winery in Manhattan on 1/2, 1/16, 2/19 & 2/26!

---Peter Yarrow formerly of Peter, Paul & Mary adds two more shows at the City Vineyard at Pier 26 on 1/8 & 1/9!

---Justin Townes Earle adds two nights in NYC on 1/29 & 1/30!

---Michael McDonald adds Brookville NY on 2/10!

---We now know more about the Michael Schenker Fest in NYC on 3/10!  The Graham Bonnet Band and Robin McAuley have been announced as participating in the show at Irving Plaza!


---Al Stewart (3)

---Andy Grammar (6)

---Arlo Guthrie (4)

---AWOLNATION/ Nothing But Thieves (6)

---Buddy Guy (1)

---Carbon Leaf (1)

---Clean Bandit (3)

---Dashboard Confessional/ AJR/ Tigers Jaw/ Syml (1)

---Dennis DeYoung (4)

---Enuff Z’Nuff (1)

---Garland Jeffreys (1)

---George Thorogood & The Destroyers (8)

---Graham Parker (3)

---Head East (1)

---Justin Townes Earle (2)

---L.A. Guns (5)

---Lee Ann Womack (5)

---Let It Snow Festival (1)

---Lil Uzi Vert/ Playboi Cardi (5)

---KYGO/ Blackbear (4)

---Marc Cohn (3)

---Marshall Crenshaw (1)

---Mavis Staples (5)

---Mewithoutyou/ Pianos Become The Teeth/ Slow Mass (4)

---Michael McDonald (1)

---Not So Silent Night Fest (1)

---Nothing More (1)

---Paul Anka (3)

---Peter Yarrow (2)

---Phillip Phillips (7)

---Puddle Of Mudd (1)

---Portugal. The Man (3)

---Queens Of The Stone Age/ Royal Blood (1)

---Rich Robinson (1)

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (6)

---Steve Earle (4)

---Steve Earle & The Dukes (1)

---Steve Earle & The Dukes/ Lucinda Williams/ Emmylou Harris (2)

---Tantric (1)

---Terry Sylvester (3)

---The Avett Brothers (1)

---The English Beat (1)

---The Subdudes (4)

---The Veer Union (5)

---The Wizards Of Winter (1)

---They Might Be Giants (9)

---Tim McGraw/ Faith Hill (6)

---Tom Hamilton (5)

---Tom Keifer (1)

---U2 (7)

---Vicki Lawrence (1)

---Weezer/ The Pixies (8)

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


Music News for 102817:

[This will be my last report for two weeks as I’m taking time off to go to another out of town wedding next week, so I’ll write next on 11/11!  Enjoy!]

---Battle Of The Bands update #4: Congratulations to Deveroe, who scored a win in the final regular round of local Alternative station, 100.5 The Drive’s, Battle Of The Bands on Thursday night (10/26) at Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY!  Deveroe will square off against the winners of the first three regular rounds, including: She’s A Spy, Molina and Sonny On The Causeway!  The showdown takes place on Friday night November 3rd at Touch Of Texas (the former Magic City Music Hall) in Nimmonsburg NY!  The final battle begins at 8pm and there’s no cover! 

---Maine-Endwell grad, Taina Asili, sister of Ayana D, who now lives near Albany NY is joining a growing number of Puerto Rico nationals, those of Puerto Rican lineage and concerned Americans everywhere, who are lending their financial support to benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria!  Asili is giving one of her songs, the DJ Johnny Juice remix of “Sofrito,” to the compilation benefit album, ”¡Viva Puerto Rico!”  In an e-mail to fans, Asili wrote: “Ever since the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, I have been searching for ways that I can support my people on the island. It has been devastating, and my heart is broken as I hear more and more about the lack of resources and support reaching those in need.

To purchase a copy of ¡Viva Puerto Rico! (which is digital only) click on this link:
All proceeds from this Bandcamp album will go directly to where one hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm.

---Here’s a very cool idea…on the 40th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s appearance at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton NY (on 11/6/77) local band, Voodoo Highway will play the Cyber Café West in Binghamton playing Grateful Dead songs, with a special guest, former Jerry Garcia Band bass player, Rob Wenig!  Admission is $5.00 and the show start at 9pm!

---Local jam-band superstars, Raibred are recording their first full album!  Lead singer and lead guitarist, Nate Calzetoni says the band have a producer (Honkers Tim Linkroum) and a studio (Linkroum’s TLK studios) and that the songs are all written (Calzetoni says about twenty songs in total) and that the band has begun laying down drums to a click track.  The final product should be ready by late February, according to Calzetoni!  We’ll be waiting!

---Meanwhile, former Raibred, Parts Unknown, Devon Frank and unofficial Ultra Vibe member, guitarist Chris Cannone, who is moving to Nashville TN to find his claim to fame is having a going away party thrown for him at Enfields in Endwell NY, on Sunday 11/5 at 2pm!  Not sure if it’s open to the public or invitation only, but be sure to wish Chris good luck (…or is it break a leg?) before he leaves town.

---The Mad Moose/ Carlton, in Centre Plaza on Henry Street between Chenango and State Streets, in Binghamton NY, is back, but renamed as The Cave!  They held a grand opening last weekend!  Local bands are expected to be booked on Thursdays and Sundays.  No web presence yet, but we’ll keep checking.

---After a recent two night stand at McGirks in Chenango Bridge NY, Celtica will return to the reknowned Irish pub on March 24th!  Mark your calendars now! 

---The Pennsylvania Cannabis Fest has already announced one of their Monday bands for the annual multi-day event at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.  The Still Hand String Band will play some folk-rock on that day.  Show time and admission details still to come.

---Dillinger’s in Binghamton NY stirred up some controversy over the weekend posting a sign out from boasting “Smokin’ hot deals, here and at the Brackney Inn!’  That was of course, a reference to the fire at the legendary inn in Brackney PA last week.  The question is, will there be a backlash from it?

---Meanwhile word is that the Brackney Inn has been declared a total loss from the fire, so there will be no saving the 168-year-old, iconic structure.  Will the current owners rebuild? 


---Pop band, Maroon 5 has announced a nationwide tour that comes into our zone in late September and early October next year…Toronto ON on 9/27…Pittsburgh PA on 9/29…Washington DC on 10/2…Newark NJ on 10/6…Boston MA on 10/7…Hartford CT on 10/10…Philadelphia PA on 10/12…and two nights in NYC to close out the tour on 10/14 & 10/15!  Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine is also one of the coaches on the NBC-TV show, “The Voice.”

---Foo Fighters, coming off a “family emergency” on their current tour that forced them to cancel two shows, have announced 2018 dates that will return them to our region at least eight times…Philadelphia PA on 7/7…Toronto ON on 7/12…Wantagh NY on 7/14…two nights in NYC on 7/16 & 7/17…Pittsburgh PA on 7/19…and two nights in Boston MA on 7/21 & 7/22!

---Pop singer, Demi Lovato has announced a Spring 2018 tour that will bring her into our zone at least a half dozen times…Brooklyn NY on 3/16…Montreal QC on 3/17…Toronto ON on 3/19…Newark NJ on 3/21…Philadelphia PA on 3/23…and Washington DC on 3/24!

---Judas Priest will tour in 2018 behind a forthcoming album, “Firepower” and the tour is set to begin in Wilkes-Barre PA at the Arena @ Casey Plaza on 3/13!  Other regional dates on the tour include…Uniondale NY on 3/17…Washington DC on 3/18…Newark NJ on 3/20…and Uncasville CT on 3/22!  Both Saxon and the Black Star Riders (formerly Thin Lizzy) will open!

---In this age of political arguments being made about disrespect for the flag, it seems a perfect setting for Anti-Flag to hit the road.  See them in Pittsburgh PA on 2/9…Washington DC (right into the lion’s den) on 2/10…and NYC on 2/11!  Stray From The Path, The White Noise and Sharptooth will open for this national package tour.

---Lil Uzi Vert cancels tour with Playboi Carti, just one day after announcing it!  The was to have been named “16*29” for a mix tape the pair were allegedly working on.  No reason for the cancellation was given, just a tweet from Lil Uzi Vert declaring “Not going on tour wit carti need 2 focus.”  Focus on what?  That remains to be seen!  Effected regional dates include…Pittsburgh PA on 12/13…Washington DC on 12/15…and Boston MA on 12/21!

---Indie rocker, Brian Fallon (lead singer of Gaslight Anthem) has announced a tour that starts in the U.S. before heading to the UK and Europe, before looping back to America…it starts in NYC on 11/1…then returns to North America next Toronto ON on 4/24…Rochester NY on 4/25…Pittsburgh PA on 4/26…Philadelphia PA on 4/27…Washington DC on 4/28…Sayreville NJ on 4/29…Boston MA on 5/1…and finally Brooklyn NY on 5/2, to wrap the tour up!

---Rock guitar virtuoso, Eric Johnson, will tour the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in March 2018 and drop into our region at least nine times…Silver Spring MD on 3/2…Glenside PA on 3/3…NYC on 3/4…Baltimore MD on 3/6…Cohoes NY on 3/7…Boston MA on 3/8…Londonderry NH on 3/9…Norfolk CT on 3/10…and Lancaster PA on 3/11!

---If anyone still cares, Kid Rock is set to tour in 2018, with stops in…Toronto ON on 2/16…Philadelphia PA on 2/23…Uncasville CT on 3/2…Baltimore MD on 3/3…Newark NJ on 3/9…and Uniondale NY on 3/10!

---Grunge-era, alternative band Nada Surf (anyone remember their one hit wonder song, “Popular”?) has booked a seven-date Spring tour that falls into our region at least a handful of times…Washington DC on 3/7…Brooklyn NY on 3/8…Philadelphia PA on 3/9…Boston MA on 3/10…and Toronto ON on 3/11!

---Franz Ferdinand is taking a long road to us…thru Canada, Japan, the UK and finally Europe…then Toronto ON on 4/8…Boston MA on 4/10…Washington DC on 4/11…Philadelphia PA on 4/13…and Brooklyn NY on 4/16!

---Pop singer, Rachel Platten (she sang her break thru hit, “Fight Song,” at a recent Spiedie Fest) has book a smattering of tour dates…just four in total…and only two that will bring her into our region…Cambridge MA on 11/6…and NYC on 11/7!

---Here’s one that made me sit up and take notice…influential rockers, Television, who helped shape both punk and alternative bands, are playing a two-night, year-end stand at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 12/30 & 12/31!  Don’t delay!  Get your tickets now because this will sell out fast!


---Chic ft. Nile Rodgers (Rodgers Chic co-collaborator, Bernie Edwards died in 1996) will play a one-time-only show in Brooklyn NY on 11/2!

---The Temptations & The Four Tops team-up for a one-off in Glenside PA, just outside of Philly, at the Keswick Theatre on 5/12!

---Murali Coryell has book a one-timer in Woodstock NY at the Bearsville Theatre on 12/2!

---Alt-indie darling, Brandi Carlile will play a one-shot performance, in Poughkeepsie NY on 11/12 at the Bardavon Opera House!

---One hit wonder, Robbie Dupree books a one-off in Woodstock NY on 12/10 at the Colony Café!


---Billy Joel adds NYC (MSG show #49) on 1/11!

---Pentatonix adds a second night in Uncasville CT on 12/10!

---Beach Boys add Collingswood NJ on 3/20!

---MISSIO adds Buffalo NY on 10/29 with Nothing and Nowhere warming-up!

---The singer who almost got the gig with Led Zeppelin, Terry Reid, adds Woodstock NY on 11/17!  So far he’s only got two gigs booked.

---War adds Atlantic City NJ on 11/11…Peekskill NY on 3/23…and Uncasville CT on 3/24!

---Tommy James & The Shondells adds Westbury NY on 3/3…and Ridgefield CT on 4/13!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes adds Glenside PA on 5/18!

---Gladys Knight adds…Flushing NY on 11/9…Atlantic City NJ on 11/11…and Lynn MA on 11/12!

---King Crimson adds Huntington NY on 11/13!

---Justin Townes Earle adds Hudson NY (near Albany) on 11/19!

---Culture Club adds a second night in Huntington NY on 11/15…and Bethlehem PA on 11/19!

---Emo Philips is added to the Weird Al Yankovic tour in Poughkeepsie NY on 2/27 and Lancaster PA on 3/18!

---Billy Joel has been busy this week…at the beginning of this section he ‘s listed as having announced his 49th MSG show…and now (several days later) his 50th show at MSG on 2/21 in NYC!

---Local (Binghamton area) folk rockers, Driftwood add Buffalo NY on 12/29!


---Anti-Flag (3)

---Beach Boys (1)

---Billy Joel (2)

---Brandi Carlile (1)

---Brian Fallon (9)

---Chic ft. Nile Rodgers (1)

---Culture Club (2)

---Demi Lovato (6)

---Driftwood (1)

---Eric Johnson (9)

---Foo Fighters (8)

---Franz Ferdinand (5)

---Gladys Knight (3)

---Judas Priest (5)

---Justin Townes Earle (1)

---Kid Rock (6)

---King Crimson (1)

---Lil Uzi Vert/ Cardi B (-3)

---Maroon 5 (9)

---MISSIO/ Nothing/ Nowhere (1)

---Murali Coryell (1)

---Nada Surf (5)

---Pentatonix (1)

---Rachel Platten (2)

---Robbie Dupree (1)

---Ryan Montbleau (9)

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

---Television (2)

---Terry Reid (1)

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

---Tommy James & The Shondells (2)

---War (3)

---Weird Al Yankovic/ Emo Philips (2)

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


Music News for 102117:

---Sad news yesterday, as an apartment fire broke out above the bar area in the Brackney Inn in nearby Brackney PA!  The building which is 168 years old, is an area landmark, not to mention a popular watering hole at which many local bands have played.  The Fox 40 newsteam filed a report on their 6pm and 10pm newscasts we well as their website.  Here’s a link for more info:

---Battle Of The Bands Round #3 Update: Sonny On The Causeway won on Thursday night (10/19) to advance to the final round of the Battle on 11/3 at Touch of Texas in Nimmonsburg, against She’s A Spy and Molina.  That sets up the fourth round of the Battle next week (10/26) at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY that pits Kadima vs. Deveroe vs. New York Rock!  Only one of them will advance to the fill the final spot in the final round!

---There is a new venue in the Southern Tier with the Grand Opening of the Beer Tree Brewing Company this afternoon (10/21)!  The “small farm brewery” in Port Crane NY (just off Route 369, on the left, as you head out of town) opens with a blow out party starting on Saturday10/21 @ 1pm with Hummel’s Jug @ 1p and The Look @ 5p, followed by Adam Ate The Apple on Sunday 10/22 @2p!  Admission is only $5.00

---Binghamton area folk rockers, Driftwood have added a two-night, year-end stand to their Fall tour…at The Haunt in Ithaca NY!  Close out the year with Driftwood on 12/30 & 12/31!  The band has already booked a local, two-night stand at their local headquarters, the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY for Thanksgiving Weekend, on Black Friday 11/24 & Saturday 11/25!

---Randy McStine has been a busy guitar god over the last year, but the death of his dad, put at least one project on the back burner.  In a recent facebook post McStine expressing his gratitude for the acknowledgment of his contributions to songs by other artists (Adam Holzman, Craig Blundell, Theo Travis, Nick D’Virgilio, Colin Edwin, Dave Kerzner, Fernando Perdomo and Joe Deninzon, to name a few) and to quote McStine, “Seeing all of these projects on the horizon reminded me of something I had been preparing to release back in the summer. It was an instrumental recording called, Anachronism. I had a PledgeMusic campaign for it, but after my dad's death became a reality, I abandoned it entirely and let the funding fall away.”  Thankfully, McStine decided it was time to revisit the project, “Over a few days off in various hotels, I have tidied up the loose ends, and Anachronism is now available as a digital download through Bandcamp.  Wanna hear it for yourself?  Click the link below: 

---Ultra Vibe announced on a live facebook post this week that they will pack a recording studio with twenty of their biggest fans and play both of their two albums, in full, for a special intimate performance at NewClear Studios in West Windsor NY on 11/11!  The whole thing is invitation only.  Please tell us there will be a facebook live webcast!  Btw, at least one of Ultra Vibes albums is available, in digital form only, on their page!  Just click on this link to check it:

---Out of nowhere…Foster The People have booked two impromptu shows, both of which are regional…one is local!  They aren’t on fact they fall in between a random weekend appearance in Dallas (10/14) and a December tour of Australia!  FTP will play Rochester NY on 10/20…and Barton Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca NY on 10/21!

---Congrats to Frostbit Blue, who were inducted into the Oswego County Music Hall of Fame, at American Foundry in Oswego NY, on Sunday (10/15)!  The band formed in Oswego in 1987, by Binghamton native Nick Gravelding, who was attending SUNY Oswego.  Another Binghamtonian, bass player, Benny Fiacco joined in 2001 to replace the late Tim “Weasel” Smith, who succumbed to cancer that year, posted a photo and a shout out on facebook, “I would like to give a shout out to my bandmates Nick Gravelding, Mike Place, Tom McCaffrey, and John Bletch. I would also like to give a special thank you to all the Frostbit Fans, friends and family who supported me throughout all the years.  Many, many more years we hope, guys!

---Chris Cannone, formerly of Parts Unknown and most recently with Devon Frank, may be getting ready to move to Nashville TN, but he’s still wrapping up with some of his guitar students and posted this on facebook this week, “Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I am no longer teaching at Music City in Vestal for my duration left here in NY. But I am still teaching until I leave town, out of where I'm currently living, and figuring out some webcam lessons ideas while I'm in Nashville. I'm grateful almost all my students have stuck with me, and/or will be heading over to Binghamton Guitar Lessons with Paul Tauteroff after I leave. He's a pro, with a clean, safe and comfortable environment. If you are interested in webcam lessons (or FaceTime) contact me and we can discuss it further. Thanks y'all!  Come back and visit us soon, Chris!

---The Henry Rollins tour is coming to State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 1/23…and it’s also expanding the already announced list of tour dates!  Added to the docket this week…Washington DC on 1/15…Westbury NY on 1/16…Harrisburg PA on 1/18…Northampton MA on 1/19…Albany NY on 1/20…Buffalo NY on 1/21…Toronto ON on 1/22…Boston MA on 1/24…and Philadelphia PA on 1/25!

---Weird Al Yankovic has announced a Winter/Spring 2018 tour that will play our regional…and even our local area!  “Weird Al” will bring his twisted pop parodies as close as State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 3/14…and also to Poughkeepsie NY on 2/27…Tarrytown NY on 3/1…Mashantucket CT on 3/2…Portsmouth NH on 3/3…Boston MA on 3/4…Montreal QC on 3/7…Toronto ON on 3/9…Buffalo NY on 3/13…Atlantic City NJ on 3/16…Huntington NY on 3/17…Lancaster PA on 3/18…North Bethesda MD on 3/20…NYC on 3/23…and Greensburg PA on 3/24!

---The 2018 Grassroots Festival, in Trumansburg NY, has not only already announced the dates for the four day festival…from Thursday July 19th thru Sunday July 22nd btw…but they’re offering $95.00 tickets from now thru Halloween!  The price for four-day 2018 Grassroots tickets will gradually increase, to $100 from 11/1 thru 1/15…then, $115 from 1/16 thru 5/1…and finally $125 from 5/2 thru 7/19!  Childrens (age 13-15) tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the gate…children aged 12 and under are free. Single day admissions are $49 in advance/ $58 at the gate for Thursday 7/19…$53 in advance/ $62 at the gate for Friday 7/20…$58 in advance/ $67 at the gate for Saturday 7/21…and $38 in advance and $47 at the gate for Sunday 7/22, but single day admission tickets won’t be available until 5/1! To take advantage click on this link:

---Steve Forbert has announced more shows to replace the ones that were postponed for the Fall of 2017!  The replacement additions include a show at The Dock in Ithaca NY on 6/2, in addition to…Beacon NY on 1/6…Pawling NY on 6/3…and Shirley MA on 6/9!

---Finally, fans of The Vogues (My Special Angel and Five O’Clock World) and Ron Dante (who sang Sugar Sugar, Jingle Jangle and Bang Shang-a-Lang for The Archies) mark your calendars for December 1st!  Both bands will be coming to Touch Of Texas (the old Magic City Music Hall) in Nimmonsburg NY that night!  Tickets are $20.00 in advance and as much as $35.00 depending on what sort of accommodation you want…The show starts @ 8p!


---Lil Uzi Vert and Cardi B have teamed-up for a tour that just doesn’t impact our region enough…only three times…Pittsburgh PA on 12/13…Washington DC on 12/15…and Boston MA on 12/21!

---Killswitch Engage and Anthrax have announced Winter/ Spring 2018 dates that will bring them into our region more than a few times…Montreal QC on 1/25…Stroudsburg PA on 1/27…Baltimore MD on 3/1…and Worcester MA on 3/3!

---Marilyn Manson has announced Winter 2018 that will bring the “Anti-Christ Superstar” into our region at least a half-dozen times…Niagara Falls NY on 2/9…Toronto ON on 2/11…Boston MA on 2/12…Baltimore MD on 2/13…Huntington NY on 2/15…and Sayreville NJ on 2/16!  These shows are rescheduling dates that were postponed when a prop fell on Manson during a show in NYC on 9/30!

---Former Mott The Hoople singer, Ian Hunter, has posted a four-date tour entirely within our regional boundaries…Montclair NJ on 11/17…Boston MA on 11/18…Fairfield CT on 11/24…and Londonderry NH on 11/25!

---Umphrey’s McGee has booked a Winter 2018 tour that will bring them into our region…a second night in Port Chester NY on 10/21…Brooklyn NY on 10/22…Pittsburgh PA on 1/11…three nights in NYC on 1/19, 1/20 & 1/21…New Haven CT on 1/25…Philadelphia PA on 1/26 & 1/27…Jim Thorpe PA on 1/28…and Washington DC on 2/15!

---Following her tour with Stephen Stills, Judy Collins will headline a solo tour and includes Lexington MA on 12/15…Sellersville PA on 12/17…Harwich MA on 12/19 and an eight night residency at Joe’s Pub in NYC scheduled for the second half of November…beginning on Tuesday 11/21, then continuing on Wednesday 11/22, Friday & Saturday, 11/24-25, and finally Monday thru Thursday, 11/27-30.

---Howard Jones has announced a late Winter/ early Spring tour that will come into our region in late February…Bay Shore NY on 2/24…Pawling NY on 2/25…Sellersville PA on 2/26…Boston MA on 2/28…Rockport MA on 3/1...and NYC on 3/2 & 3/3!

---Silverstein takes to the road with a four-band package tour that also includes Broadside, Tonight Alive and Picturesque that will directly impact our region…Philadelphia PA on 2/18…Asbury Park NJ on 2/19…Baltimore MD on 2/20…Buffalo NY on 2/26…NYC on 2/28…and Pittsburgh PA on 3/1!

---Up and coming pop singer, Jhene Aiko is going on tour with Willow Smith for the Fall of 2017…Philadelphia PA on 11/17…Toronto ON on 11/19…NYC on 11/20…and Silver Spring MD on 11/21…before hooking up with the Lana del Rey tour.

---Rising modern rocker, Barns Courtney announces fall dates for…Allston MA on 11/6…Albany NY on 11/8…Philadelphia PA on 11/13…and Washington DC on 11/29!

---Carol Kings daughter, Louise Goffin, has booked a next week only tour…Vienna VA on 10/24…Philadelphia PA on 10/25…and NYC on 10/26!

---John Doe of X, will make a two night stand at the City Vineyard @ Pier 26 in NYC on 12/12 & 12/13!


---Red Hot Chili Peppers will be the musical headliner for the “Stand Up For Heroes” benefit on Madison Square Garden in NYC on 11/7!  The rest of the bill so far is a buncha comedians…John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, etc.

---Robin Trower will head out on an eight night worldwide tour, from November thru March with only one date anywhere near our region…Glenside PA on 3/22!

---The rest of David Allan Coe’s tour is playing either Texas or Florida, so this might as well be one-show-only…Warrendale PA (just outside Pittsburgh) at Jergels Rhythm Grille on 5/18!

---Ingrid Michaelson and A Great Big World have booked a one-shot show at Terminal 5, in NYC on 12/14!

---Tickets for the Plain White T’s show in Staten Island NY at St. George Theatre, on 10/19 (tonight) have just been opened to a regional/ national audience!  Kinda last minute though.


---Kansas adds Waterbury CT on 12/15!

---Sophie B. Hawkins adds Sellersville PA on 10/27!

---The Maine adds Philadelphia PA on 11/9!

---Enter The Haggis adds Sellersville PA on 12/27!

---Darlene Love adds Woodstock NY on 12/5!

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent add…two nights in Boston MA on 3/3 & 3/4…East Greenwich RI on 3/8…and Woodstock NY on 3/9!

---L.A. Guns add New Hope PA on 2/21…and move their show in Malden MA from 2/24 to 2/23 to resolve a conflict with Reading PA on 2/24!

---Dave Mason of Traffic adds Glenside PA on 3/9!

---Clean Bandit adds Philadelphia PA on 4/20!

---Tyga adds Philadelphia PA on 9/24!

---Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary adds NYC on 11/20 & 11/21!

---Matisyahu adds NYC on 12/28!

---P!nk adds second nights in Toronto ON on 3/21…NYC on 4/5…Boston MA on 4/10…and Washington DC on 4/17!

---Harry Styles of One Direction, adds a second night in NYC on 6/22!

---Z.Z. Top have cancelled the rest of their 2017 tour because Dusty Hill has a

“tummy issue” so you’ll have to get your money back at point of purchase.


---Barns Courtney (4)

---Clean Bandit (1)

---Darlene Love (1)

---Dave Mason (1)

---David Allan Coe (1)

---Driftwood (2)

---Enter The Haggis (1)

---Foster The People (2)

---Harry Styles (1)

---Henry Rollins (10)

---Howard Jones (7)

---Ian Hunter (4)

---Ingrid Michaelson/ A Great Big World (1)

---Jhene Aiko/ Willow Smith (4)

---John Doe (2)

---Judy Collins (11)

---Kansas (1)

---Killswitch Engage/ Anthrax (4)

---L.A. Guns (1)

---Lil Uzi Vert/ Cardi B (3)

---Louise Goffin (3)

---Marilyn Manson (6)

---Matisyahu (1)

---Peter Yarrow (2)

---P!nk (4)

---Robin Trower (1)

---Silverstein (6)

---Sophie B. Hawkins (1)

---Stand Up For Heroes (1)

---The Maine (1)

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent (4)

---Tyga (1)

---Umphrey’s McGee (11)

---Weird Al Yankovic (15)

---Z.Z. Top (-8)

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


Music News for 101417:

---Molina was the winner of Round #2 of the 100.5 The Drive’s, Battle Of The Bands, Thursday night at The Pub at North & Main, formerly known as Bobby’s Place and O’s, and knocking Hillcrest and Downstream out of the competition and advancing to the finals on Friday 11/3!  As for the rest of the schedule “Battle Of The Bands,

***Round #3 will include: Drama Scream vs. Sonny On The Causeway vs. Southside Bandits at Thirsty’s in Binghamton NY on 10/19 @ 8pm! 

***Round #4: will be Kadima vs. Deveroe vs. New York Rock at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin NY on 10/26 @ 8pm!  The finale will be at Touch Of Texas (aka Magic City Music Hall) in Nimmonsburg NY (Binghamton NY technically) on 11/3!  So far it will feature Round #1 winner She’s A Spy, and the above Round #2 winner, Molina!  Bands are playing for prizes from Music City, Patti Loves Bing photography, Shark Productions, Muckles Ink and for air play on 100.5, The Drive!

---Blues Traveler have already posted Winter 2018 dates, including a stop in Ithaca NY at the State Theatre on 1/28!  Other regional stops include…Boston MA on 1/26…Huntington NY on 1/27…and NYC on 2/23!

---NEPA folk-rockers, Cabinet are taking their act back out on the road this fall…in addition to the previously announced shows in State College PA on 10/13 (Friday night)…Buffalo (Saturday night)…and Norfolk CT on 11/2…they have added several regional stops…Washington DC on 11/3…Pittsburgh PA on 11/4…and three nights in Colorado in November…they’ll also play a show in Syracuse NY on 12/30 at the Westcott Theatre!

---Modern rockers, The Story So Far, are set to play The Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY on 11/28…but that will hardly be their only stop in our region!  You can also catch them in…Washington DC on 11/17…Asbury Park NJ on 11/18 & 11/19…Amityville NY on 11/21…Boston MA on 11/24…Brooklyn NY on 11/26…and Pittsburgh PA on 11/29!

---Living Colour have announced a last minute tour that has already played at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA, last night, on 10/13…as well as New Hope PA on Thursday, 10/12, and still coming to…Kingston MA on 10/15…and New Haven CT on 10/17!

---Mike Love’s touring version of The Beach Boys are filling out the rest of their late 2017 and early 2018 touring schedules with new dates that will bring them to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 3/24, as well as…Morristown NJ on 11/15…Hagerstown MD on 11/17…Pittsburgh PA on 11/18…North Tonawanda NY on 11/19…before they come back around in 2018 to…Westbury NY on 3/17…Kingston NY on 3/18…Red Bank NJ on 3/21…Shippensburg PA on 3/22…and Reading PA on 3/23!

---Also coming to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA in March (3/10) is Alice Cooper!  His “Paranormal” tour will impact five other venues in our regional area as well…Baltimore MD on 3/4…Englewood NJ on 3/5…Boston MA on 3/6…Uncasville CT on 3/8…and Morristown NJ on 3/9!

---Well, it appears that Slaughter date at Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY on 1/6/18, is actually a Vince Neil show, with Slaughter being the warm-up band!  Still, a pretty damn good show, right?

---Congrats to Coasting On Potential who just released their new EP, “Surrounded By Myself!”   They’re having a CD release party tonight at the Spotlight Binghamton @ 8pm! 


---Hip hop superstar, Ja Rule, has planned Winter 2018 tour dates and all four of them are within our region…Baltimore MD on 1/10…Silver Spring MD on 1/11…Clifton Park NY on 1/12…and Worcester MA with Ashanti on 1/13!

---Phil Lesh & Friends have announced a festival-style show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on 10/31…also appearing on the bill…Robert Randolph, Rob Barrarco, Nicki Bluhm and the Terrapin Family Band.  So far, this is the only show Phil Lesh & Friends have booked in the continental U.S.—however as a solo artist Lesh is booked in Asbury Park NJ on 10/26…and Brooklyn NY on 10/30!

---Black Label Society is teaming-up with Eyehategod and Corrosion Of Conformity for a North American tour that will bring it into our region more than a few times…Clifton Park NY on 1/7…Montreal QC on 1/8…Toronto ON on 1/9…Silver Spring MD on 1/29…NYC on 1/31…Worcester MA on 2/1…Philadelphia PA on 2/3…Buffalo NY on 2/5…and Pittsburgh PA 2/7!

---Last year’s breakout alternative stars, Saint Motel, return with a Fall 2017 tour that will bring them to our greater regional area…Baltimore MD on 11/12…Toronto ON on 11/14…Brooklyn NY on 11/16…Boston MA on 11/17…and Clifton Park NY on 11/18!

---Breakout Hip Hop star, Kodak Black will undertake a nine-date tour that will impact our region at least four times…Philadelphia PA on 11/7…Washington DC on 11/12…New Haven CT on 11/14…and NYC on 11/15!

---Sam Smith returns with a huge North American tour that brings him into our region at least seven times during June…Toronto ON on 6/18…Montreal QC on 6/19…Boston MA on 6/26…Brooklyn NY on 6/27…NYC on 6/29…Washington DC on 7/3…and Philadelphia PA on 7/4!

---Men Without Hats are still getting their moneys worth out of “The Safety Dance,” conducting regular tours, including a seven-date trek that will bring them into our region at least a handful of times…North Tonawanda NY on 1/20…Pawling NY on 1/25…Peekskill NY on 1/26…Somerville MA on 1/27…and Londonderry NH on 1/28!

---Last years alternative darlings, Milky Chance, return with a new tour with opening act, Lewis Capaldi, and at least a half-dozen stops in our greater region…NYC on 1/19…Silver Spring MD on 1/20…New Haven CT on 1/21…Philadelphia PA on 1/22…Boston MA on 1/23…and Montreal QC on 1/24!

---Citizen Cope have announced a ten-date November tour that impacts our region at least seven times…Munhall PA on 11/3…Staten Island NY on 11/4…Portsmouth NH on 11/6…Ridgefield CT on 11/7…Pawtucket RI on 11/8…York PA on 11/9…and Englewood NJ on 11/10!

---Borns has announced a Winter 2018 tour that will include…Toronto ON on 2/9…Montreal QC on 2/10…Boston MA on 2/11…Washington DC on 2/13…Brooklyn NY on 2/15…NYC on 2/16…and Philadelphia PA on 2/17!

---Sleigh Bells have announced a half-dozen date tour that will bring them into our region…Brooklyn NY on 1/23…Boston MA on 1/24…and Brooklyn NY on 2/13!

---The Bananarama reunion tour is finally coming to North America, but…WTF?  Only two dates?  One in CanadaToronto ON on 2/23…and one in the U.S.—NYC on 2/24!  Really?

---Michelle Shocked has booked two nights in NYC at City Winery in Manhattan NY on 2/12 & 2/13!

---The Jingle Ball Tour has been announced and it will have four stops in our region…Philadelphia PA on 12/6…NYC on 12/8…Boston MA on 12/10…and Washington DC on 12/11!  This years line-up will vary city-to-city, with mainstays being…Fall Out Boy and Why Don’t We!  For the rest, see the Regional Concert Page, of our website!


---Barry Manilow plays a one-shot east coast show at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale NY (on long island for you upstaters) on 12/7!  All the rest of his 8-date tour is in California, except for one other show in Chicago, so this will be his only east coast stop on this leg.

---OK, so this is the only date in our region out of two, that Michael Bolton has booked, not exactly a one-off but close enough that I’m gonna put it here anyway…Greensburg PA, just outside of Pittsburgh on 12/5 at the Palace Theatre!

---Here’s a very cool R&B one-off…Joe, Next and 112 in Newark NJ on 12/7 at the NJ Performing Arts Center!

---Henry Rollins has booked one date of a four-date-tour in our region…Sayreville NJ on 1/17!

---Howie Day has booked a one-shot appearance in NYC at the City Winery on 1/23!

---Rachel Sage books a one-off at the Rockwood Music Hall (stage 3) in NYC on 12/13!


---Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker add HighLine Ballroom In NYC on 1/14!

---Xscape adds Buffalo NY on 12/20…and Baltimore MD on 12/22…and also announces Monica and Tamar Braxton to be the warm-up acts for the duration of the tour!

---Burton Cummings, of The Guess Who, adds Niagara Falls ON on 12/29!

---Lee Ann Womack adds Fairfield CT on 11/8…Rockport MA on 11/10…and Albany NY on 11/11!

---Sheryl Crow adds Port Chester NY on 11/10!

---King Crimson adds Port Chester NY on 11/15!

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats add two nights in Port Chester NY on 12/9 & 12/10!

---Darlene Love adds three more holiday shows…Londonderry NH on 12/6…Washington DC on 12/8…Red Bank NJ on 12/20…and beyond the holiday shows…Drexel Hill PA on 2/15…Port Washington NY on 2/16…and Tarrytown NY on 3/17!

---St. Vincent adds Pittsburgh PA on 1/9!

---Nothing More adds NYC on 2/6…and Pittsburgh PA on 2/10!

---Clean Bandit adds Pittsburgh PA on 4/13!

---The (hed)pe/ Down show in Niagara Falls NY on 10/17 has been moved to Wilmington DE!

---Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (according to their billing) adds Wilmington DE on 11/3…Philadelphia PA on 2/1…Niagara Falls on 3/10…and Falls Church VA on 3/31!

---Marshall Crenshaw adds Bordentown NJ on 12/3!

---The Righteous Brothers ft. Bill Medley & Bucky Heard adds Glenside PA on 3/11!

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent have added a three night stand at the City Winery in Manhattan NY on 2/27, 2/28 & 3/1!

---Changes on the Thrice/ Circa Survive tour…which adds a second night on in Sayreville NJ on 11/19…and Montreal QC on 11/28!

---Balance & Composure who are also on the Thrice/ Circa Survive bill will play an “off-night” in Lancaster PA on 11/21!


---(hed)pe/ Down (+/-0)

---Alice Cooper (6)

---Balance & Composure (1)

---Bananarama (2)

---Barry Manilow (1)

---Beach Boys (10)

---Blues Travelers (4)

---Borns (7)

---Burton Cummings (1)

---Cabinet (4)

---Camper Van Beethoven/ Cracker (1)

---Clean Bandit (1)

---Citizen Cope (7)

---Darlene Love (6)

---Henry Rollins (1)

---Howie Day (1)

---Ja Rule (4)

---Jingle Ball Tour (4)

---Joe/ 112/ Next (1)

---King Crimson (1)

---Kodak Black (4)

---Lee Ann Womack (3)

---Living Colour (4)

---Marshall Crenshaw (1)

---Men Without Hats (5)

---Michelle Shocked (2)

---Milky Chance/ Lewis Capaldi (6)

---Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2)

---Nothing More (2)

---Phil Lesh & Friends (1)

---Rachel Sage (1)

---Saint Motel (5)

---Sam Smith (7)

---Sheryl Crow (1)

---Sleigh Bells (3)

---St. Vincent (1)

---The Righteous Brothers ft. Bill Medley & Bucky Heard (1)

---The Story So Far (8)

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent (3)

---Thrice/ Circa Survive/ Balance & Composure (2)

---Vince Neil/ Slaughter (1)

---Xscape/ Monica/ Tamar Braxton (3)

---Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (4)

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


Music News for 100717:

---Battle Of The Bands returns, with Round #1, between, She’s A Spy, Hells Winter and Tijuana Danger Dogs squared off at Kelly’s Sports Bar in Endicott, in a contest of applause!  The winner of Round #1 is She’s A Spy, ft. local singer Brenna Swanger!  Round #2 is set for Thursday night, 10/12 at The Pub at North & Main (formerly Bobby’s Place) in Endwell NY and the battle will pit Hillcrest, Molina and Downstream against each other to move onto the final round, at Touch Of Texas in Nimmonsburg NY on 11/3; and a chance to win prizes from Music City, photographer Patti Loves Bing, show sound & light company Shark Productions and tattoo artists, Muckles Ink!

---Many local musicians weighed in on the untimely death of rocker, Tom Petty on Monday (10/2)!  Many banded together at the Old Union Hotel in Binghamton, on 10/3 to perform a tribute to Petty by playing their favorite songs.  Local musician’s Joe Stento and Benny Fiacco spoke about Petty’s impact on rock music! Local TV station, Fox 40 even featured some of them in a news story or two about the Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer!  (here’s the links: and

---Of course this week began with the addition tragedy in Las Vegas!  The horrible mass shooting at a concert that killed 59 and injured hundreds.  Local artist Emily Angell posted a song of hope, to uplift the spirits of the living after this terrible week.  Here’s a link to “Lighthouse;”

---Steve Forbert, the singer/ songwriter/ guitarist, who has been touring tirelessly on one song, “Romeo’s Tune,” since 1979…just started rescheduling shows after postponing almost his entire schedule for September and October…check the concert page for the latest adjustments…but you really won’t have to travel too far to see him…Forbert is scheduled to play The Dock in Ithaca NY on 11/3!

---Slaughter are going out on a short solo after stints on the Autograph and Great White tours…Uncasville CT on 1/5…and Verona NY on 1/6!

---Queensryche is warming up for the Monsters of Rock Cruise with a few solo tour dates…Atlantic City NJ, now a new venue, on 10/14…and Verona NY on 2/2!
---Congrats to Reds Kettle Inn in Johnson City NY on celebrating 75 years of business!  Local TV station, Fox 40 posted a story about the earmark for the longstanding business and what it has endured!  Here’s the link:

---Jeff Pettit, formerly of Yolk, recently released his second solo album, “Pretty Not Terrible,” and was kind enough to send me a copy.  After digesting it for a few day, I peppered him with questions via the personal messaging system on facebook, over a two-day period.  This became an informal interview and he was kind enough to grant me permission to publish it as well.

R2P0: Hey Jeff! Got "Pretty Not Terrible" in the mail a couple days ago and I've been listening to it in my car since. There are a lot of layers to these songs...I read the credits and I see that you played all these instruments and all the vocals, and harmony did you record all these? Pro Tools? Adobe Audition? 16-track tape?

JP: Ha! Nice…You get it on the first gas…I have a Protools studio in my basement...

R2P0: Ah! ...but I see you took the master elsewhere to be mixed...

just wondering why?

JP: I mixed some tunes, and I had my buddy mix some. He has mixed 400 albums, this was my second... The mastering house I sent the tunes to

R2P0: So how long did it take you to record all these parts? Did you approach it with the drums first and build from there up to the vocals from there?

JP: Check out their client list... the only reason I could afford them, was that the owner is a Vestal guy.  Drums are near the end...Usually guitar or keys first to out line the harmonic structure / form, I always record everything to a click / metronome to keep everything in time..

R2P0: right. Still wondering about how long the whole process took! Its clearly a very involved album.

JP: I recorded enough for two albums... it's been about 2 years of work... I tend to do a song a week when I'm in writing/recording phase, but artwork... mixing... takes so long when you're counting on favors and don't have a bunch of money...

Pretty proud of this record though... I’m now in gig /practice mode.

R2P0: Tell me about these songs. The album never gets too hard or too soft, and has a pleasant vibe...liked "Today" right seems the most commercial...also liked "Wings," "Welcome Home," "Be True" and "Nothing Else."

JP: We'll they say put your catchiest song first...

R2P0: they do.

JP: I don't know if Today is that, but it's a good representation of the progress I've made since the last record. Lotta tracks on that...Wings is a cool tune ... fun to play live with a full band... Pretty Yolk-like I think...Welcome Home is a favorite... Nothing Else is great too. Falling (the second tune) is my best tune I think... I still get chills listening to it... almost gave up on it... was a lot of work. That one really shows off my skill when I play it live...

R2P0: Any particular place these songs came from emotionally or thematically?

JP: My last record was the Binghamton/ processing the Yolk thing record. This one is probably the middle age / gonna get to work on my dreams before I'm dead record

R2P0: Since you've already had the CD release party I'm sure you know already, but I'll ask big a band do you think it'll take to recreate this album on stage?

JP: The cd release in bingo is oct 14. I'm playing solo with a looping rig. To recreate the album would require a five piece band at least...

R2P0: at least. Saw Zarni de Wet use the looping rig a few years's pretty awesome tech. Is that what you're practicing?

JP: Yessir. I'm 5 gigs in so far. It's a lot of fun. I had complete control during record, so now I have complete control during performance.

R2P0: Well, I'm gonna have to see your performance now. Zarni's was totally amazing.

JP: Keep in mind this will be my 7th gig, but yeah, it's gonna be good.

R2P0: 7th gig of this tour?

JP: 7th gig as a solo guy.

R2P0: …ah, with no band...just the looping rig. Six years between albums? How come?

JP: Had 3 kids in 14 months ...2010-2011

R2P0: One follow-up, I noticed your album is dedicated to Matt Murphy and Rene McKane. I'm familiar with Matt (although I encourage you to speak about him), but I don't believe I know Rene. Can you tell me about her?

JP: Ol Murphy... We rehearsed in his parents basement until we rented a studio at the NyPenn trade center... we wrote our first album down there and had some formative times ... He was a great drummer when he was sober. Rene was our door person, she was the only person we trusted to handle Yolk's money in the early days... she worked the merch table as well.

R2P0: How did the band know her? Was she related to someone? a friend?

...or a band employee?

JP: I think she was a roommate of JimmyJohns for a while... not 100% sure...

R2P0: Thanks again Jeff! It's been a pleasure.

JP: Thumbs Up emoji.


---Pop superstar, P!nk has announced a major stadium tour for Spring 2018 in support of her new album, “Beautiful Trauma,”…Toronto ON on 3/20…Montreal QC on 3/23…NYC on 4/4…Pittsburgh PA on 4/7…Boston MA on 4/9…Philadelphia PA on 4/13…Newark NJ on 4/14…and Washington DC on 4/16!

---Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is releasing another solo album, “Ogilala” and planning a solo tour to coincide and it will bring him into our region only a few times….Brooklyn NY on 10/14 & 10/15…Wilmington DE on 10/18…and Toronto ON on 10/20!

---Mariah Carey has announced Fall 2017 tour dates to replace the dates cancelled earlier this year and so far we have these dates, for smaller venues in our region…Bethlehem PA on 11/20…Niagara Falls NY on 11/21…Atlantic City NJ on 11/25…and then four nights in NYC at the Beacon Theatre on 11/27 & 11/28…and 12/4 & 12/5!

---Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples have booked nearly two dozen shows together across America with a total of eight stops in our greater region…Pittsburgh PA on 11/6…Uniondale NY on 11/8…Upper Darby PA on 11/11 & 11/12…Washington DC on 11/14…Boston MA on 11/16…Albany NY on 11/17…and Buffalo NY on 11/18!

---Avenged Sevenfold is going on a modern metal package tour this Winter with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine…so far only two stops in our region though…Reading PA on 1/16…and State College PA on 1/17!

---Three Dog Night have confirmed dates for the first half of 2017 and they’ll be playing an extensive, theatre-sized tour that will play our region during the Winter…Lakewood NJ on 2/9…Woonsocket RI on 2/10…Albany NY on 2/11…NYC on 2/12…Lancaster PA on 2/16…Peekskill NY on 2/22…Londonderry NH on 2/23…Lexington MA on 2/24…and Atlantic City NJ on 6/9!

---Former Scorpions guitarist, Uli Jon Roth (before Rudolph Schenker) has announced solo dates for 2018…Toronto ON on 7/2…Pawling NY on 7/6…Londonderry NH on 7/7…Hartford CT on 7/8…NYC on 7/10…Asbury Park NJ on 7/11…and Sellersville PA on 7/12!

---Here’s a weird schedule from L.A. Guns…who have apparently scheduled two shows on the same day…Malden MA on 2/24…as well as Reading PA (that’s right also on 2/24)…and Londonderry NH on 2/25!

---A Two-day tour from Ryan Cabrera?  So it seems…just two shows…Teaneck NJ on 11/16…and Easton PA on 11/17!  Expecting more to be announced at this point.  These shows may just be leaks.

---Rising modern rocker, Alice Merton has announced a tour as her breakthrough song, “No Roots,” climbs the alternative charts, just a few stops in our region so far…Brooklyn NY on 11/28…Philadelphia PA on 11/29…Washington DC on 11/30!

---Marillion have booked both a U.S. and a U.K. tour…for our region, we’ll see them just two times, in…Greensburg PA on 2/13…Buffalo NY on 2/15!

---Cowboy Junkies have booked a four-date tour for November…Boston MA on 11/2…Natick MA on 11/3…Albany NY on 11/4…and Sellersville PA on 11/5!

---The Platters, The Drifters and The Coasters have announced a joint tour date on 2/23 at The Playhouse in Wilmington DE!  It would make for a very cool tour, but don’t expect much from these bands from the 50’s!  A half dozen dates will do though guys…just a suggestion!

---Big Head Todd & The Monsters have announced a Winter 2018 tour that includes a few dates in our region…Washington DC on 1/25…Philadelphia PA on 1/26…Port Chester NY on 1/27…and Boston MA on 1/28!

---80’s pop star, Taylor Dayne, announces a small tour…Bayside NY on 10/14…Uncasville CT on 2/17…and North Tonawanda NY on 5/19!

---T-Pain is undertaking a six-date tour this month…three of which fall into our region…NYC on 10/24…Cambridge MA on 10/25…and Washington DC On 10/30!

---American Idol’s Fantasia (barrino) has announced a small tour with some stops in our region…Washington DC on 12/9…Baltimore MD on 12/10…NYC on 12/13…Philadelphia PA on 12/14…and Reading PA on 2/24!

---Modern rockers, Pop Evil have announced a 14-date tour that pretty much ignores our region…except for Jergel’s in Warrendale PA on 11/20 with Lionize and Ded!


---Jon Bon Jovi, Better Midler and Dita Von Teese will all appear at “Hulaween” in NYC on 10/30 at, of all places, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine!

---Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band will play a one-off at the Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 10/22!

---Vonda Shepard will play a one-shot show at the Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville PA on 11/2!

---Joe Lynn Turner performing a one-off in Sellersville PA on 1/28?  Expect more dates…

---The Orchestra starring ELO’s former members is doing some limited dates outside of the Moody Blues Cruise, but only one so far in our area…Wilmington DE on 2/10!

---Five For Fighting have announced, what is for now, a one-off in Wilmington DE on 3/10!


---Led Zeppelin cover band, Get The Led Out add…Buffalo NY on 11/17…Waterloo NY on 11/18…Philadelphia PA on 12/8…Jim Thorpe PA on 12/30 & 12/31…Baltimore MD on 1/5…New Bedford MA on 1/11…Concord NH on 1/13…Erie PA on 1/18…Greensburg PA on 1/19 & 1/20…Albany NY on 2/3…and Alexandria Bay NY on 8/9!  Whew!

---Musiq Soulchild adds Buffalo NY on 11/3!

---Kenny Rogers adds Glens Falls NY on 12/17!

---Z.Z. Top add Red Bank NJ on 10/24…and Port Chester NY on 10/25!

---Squeeze adds Providence RI on 11/18…Washington DC on 11/28…and a second night in Port Chester NY on 11/30!

---Adelita’s Way & Hinder add Pittsburgh PA on 11/13!

---Modest Mouse adds Mimicking Birds to their two nights in Port Chester NY on 10/13 & 10/14!

---Colin Hay, former lead singer of Men At Work, adds Norwood MA on 10/13…West Long Branch NJ on 10/16…Port Washington NY on 10/18…South Orange NJ on 10/19…and Tarrytown NY on 10/22!

---Trapt add Port Chester NY on 12/12!

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent add Collingswood NJ on 3/10!

---Lucinda Williams adds Red Bank NJ on 10/29…and Washington DC on 10/30!

---Aimee Mann, along with Randy Newman, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Lo Moon will play Beacon Theatre in NYC on 12/15!

---Paul Anka adds Westbury NY on 4/21!

---Lorde adds Mitski and Run The Jewels to her 2018 tour!  See the Regional Concert page on our site for details!

---War adds NYC on 11/5…and Uncasville CT on 3/10!

---The Tedeschi Trucks Band adds three nights in Boston MA from 11/30 thru 12/2!

---Melissa Etheridge adds Niagara Falls ON on 10/19 & 10/20…and Burlington VT on 12/3!

---Felix Cavaliere’s Rascal’s add Sellersville PA on 11/12!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes show in Londonderry NH on 11/4 has been cancelled.

---Los Lonely Boys are making some adjustments to their November schedule…NYC is now on 11/7, instead of 11/8…Boston MA is on 11/8 instead!

---Arlo Guthrie adds Wilmington DE on 5/20!


---Adelita’s Way/ Hinder/ Josh Todd/ Wayland (1)

---Aimee Mann/ Randy Newman/ Jeff Tweedy/ Lo Moon (1)

---Alice Merton (3)

---Arlo Guthrie (1)

---Big Head Todd & The Monsters (4)

---Colin Hay (5)

---Fantasia (5)

---Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals (1)

---Five For Fighting (1)

---Get The Led Out (13)

---Joe Lynn Turner (1)

---Jon Bon Jovi/ Bette Midler/ Dita Von Teese (1)

---Kenny Rogers (1)

---L.A. Guns (3)

---Los Lonely Boys (1)

---Lucinda Williams (2)

---Magic Dick (1)

---Mariah Carey (8)

---Melissa Etheridge (3)

---Modest Mouse/ Mimicking Birds (2)

---Musiq Soulchild (1)

---Paul Anka (1)

---P!nk (8)

---Pop Evil/ Lionize/ Ded (1)

---Queensryche (2)

---Ryan Cabrera (2)

---Slaughter (2)

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

---Squeeze (3)

---T-Pain (3)

---Taylor Dayne (3)

---The Orchestra starring ELO former members (1)

---The Zombies ft. Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent (1)

---Three Dog Night (9)

---Trapt (1)

---Uli Jon Roth (7)

---War (2)

---Z.Z. Top (2)

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


Music News for 092917:

---Sad to hear that one of our favorite people, Lisa Cruz has quit as lead vocalist of Driven last week.  She posted this on facebook on 9/22: “It is with a very heavy heart...that I have decided in the BEST interest for the band, to step down as lead vocalist from my band Driven.

Trust me...I'm balling my eyes out. Being in this band...with these boys...who are so talented...was some of the most amazing times! Rocking with the crowd...that feeling you get when you see everyone dancing...singing with your just a feeling that is the BEST! I can't even explain it. You just...feel it!

I think Driven will flourish much more having a singer that can sing and fit it more with much of the music they do. It's painful to say so many of you know I LOVE this music and love the energy from it but's just not my singing style? Even tho I try really hard!

Now there are quite a few songs I know I'm good at! And those are the ones I need to look at and research and...maybe in the end..I can find music..that will help me flourish because... I KNOW I have something to offer...I just want to make sure I'm offering the BEST!!!

Thanks to ALL of my amazing friends who came out to support the band!!! I love you!!! And will never forget it!

And I hope you continue to support my boys and their next singer!!

Much love to Driven...and to all of you!”

---Meanwhile the band posted this on their facebook page…”*******Driven has an announcement: Luscious aka Lisa Cruz has decided with a heavy heart the best interest for the band , to step down as lead vocalist. She wants the best for Driven and wishes us well. She also is looking in to pursuing other musical interests.

She says a big THANK YOU to everyone for all their support!

…the next obvious question is, who is taking over as lead singer?!

---Also sad to hear that guitarist, Chris Canone formerly of Parts Unknown and most recently with Devon Frank, is moving to Nashville TN to try and jump start his career!  Good luck Chris!  There are some killer players in the Music City!

---Cheap Trick is set to play Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 11/12…as well as some other regional stops…Hampton Beach NH on 11/10…Shippensburg PA on 11/11…Wilmington DE on 11/16…and Port Chester PA on 11/18!

---Denny Dorwat, of The Tomahawks, The Lone Ryderz, Raised On Radio and other bands over the years, posted this interesting info on his facebook page on 9/26…”You like jazz ? Class up your occasion with jazz classics. Available for your local business, party, public (or private) event etc. 
We do Christmas parties and are available for New Years Eve too.We know many of the jazz standards and also all of you Holiday party music.Call for a great rate!!!!  Contact: Caleb 607-221-8150

Heres a sample of what we play:  …So Denny can play jazz?  Like the Vince Guaraldi Trio?  I had no idea!  Sounds cool!

---Ken Wilson returns to Odd Man Out!  Wilson posted his thanks to his fill-in these last few months on facebook!  I need to send a huge shout out to Paul Tauterouff for filling in for me in Odd Man Out since July, while I had and recovered from major surgery and a broken wrist. I'm happy to say I'll be on the stage playing this weekend, back doing my thing.

Paul you crushed it- Thank you so much!! It's nice to know you have good friends you can count on.

Hope to see some people out this weekend!!!”

...btw, do yourself a favor and “friend” Ken on facebook.  He always finds the most hilarious entries to share! 

---Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, Misterwives and Welshly Arms have booked an unofficial alternative festival of sorts, at The Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/2! 

---Tony Orlando (what about Dawn?) has booked a handful of tour dates, four of which are within our region, and one in particular on the fringes of our local area…Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/18…as well as…Uncasville CT on 11/3…Staten Island NY on 11/17…and Verona NY on 12/6!

---Grand Funk Railroad, with it’s original rhythm section (Mel & Don) still intact, will play as close as…Verona NY on 11/4…and Mount Pocono PA on 2/17…as well as Atlantic City NJ on 2/24!

---The Midtown Men (the stars of the Broadway production of Jersey Boys) are back on tour and back in our local area…Mount Pocono PA on 9/29…as well as Millville NJ on 9/28…Stamford CT on 9/30…Springfield MA on 10/5…Englewood NJ on 10/6…North Bethesda MD on 10/7…Hanover PA on 10/8…Boston MA on 12/6…Asbury Park NJ on 12/9…Easton PA on 3/23…three nights in Pittsburgh PA on 4/13, 4/14 & 4/15…Frederick MD on 4/19…and Red Bank NJ on 5/31!


---Former Led Zeppelin lead singer, Robert Plant has announced a tour in support of his new album, “Carry Fire,” which, while it will be 13-dates long, will only play three times in our region…NYC on 2/14…Boston MA on 2/16…and Toronto ON on 2/17!

---Helping preserve the memory and music of David Bowie, there is now the “Celebrating David Bowie” tour, which features a band including former musicians who played in Bowie’s bands over the years: The main performers for “Celebrating David Bowie” are King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, Pianist Mike Garson, guitarist Gerry Leonard and bass player, Carmine Rojas. Fishbone vocalist Angelo Moore and Guatemalan singer/guitarist Gaby Moreno will handle the vocals!  The tour is coming into our region at least seven times…Silver Spring MD on 2/10…Philadelphia PA on 2/11…NYC on 2/12…Albany NY on 2/13…Boston MA on 2/16…Montreal QC on 2/17…and Toronto ON on 2/18!

---Alternative stars, Walk The Moon (remember “Anna Sun” and “Shut Up And Dance”), have announced tour dates in support of their new album, “What If Nothing,” due 11/10!  They’ll play eight shows in our region this winter, including…Washington DC on 1/12…NYC on 1/13…Boston MA on 1/14…Toronto ON on 1/16…Albany NY on 1/17…Uncasville CT on 1/20…Philadelphia PA on 1/21…and Pittsburgh PA on 1/23!

---Melissa Etheridge has announced her annual X-mas tour…and it will play our region a lot…Montclair NJ on 11/25…Huntington NY on 11/26…Red Bank NJ on 11/28…Wilmington DE on 11/29…Cranston RI on 12/2…Burlington VT on 12/3…Ridgefield CT on 12/6…Bethlehem PA on 12/7…New London CT on 12/15…and Kingston NY on 12/16!

---Lana Del Rey hits the road in support of her latest album, but won’t be coming to our region until January 2018…Boston MA on 1/13…Toronto ON on 1/15…Newark NJ on 1/19…Philadelphia PA on 1/21…Washington DC on 1/25…and University Park PA on 1/26!  Kali Uchis will open most shows in our region…Jhene Aiko will open on 1/13 in Boston!

---Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will be playing us like a deck of cards in November as they have twelve dates in our region…Toronto ON on 11/3…Bethel NY on 11/4…Lancaster PA on 11/5…Alexandria VA on 11/7…Owings Mills MD on 11/9…Phoenixville PA on 11/10…NYC on 11/11…Great Barrington MA on 11/12…Montreal QC on 11/14…Keene NH on 11/18…Plymouth NH on 11/19…and finally back to NYC to end the tour on 12/9!

---The Robert Cray Band has announced new dates to bring the blues to the masses…Newton NJ on 10/1…Salisbury MA on 10/5…Plymouth MA on 10/6…and a blues festival in Reading PA on 10/7!

---Hedley’s Canadian tour skims along the outer edge of our region, starting in February 2018…Laval (montreal) QC on 2/21…Kingston ON on 2/27…Mississauga ON on 3/3…Hamilton ON on 3/6…and St. Catherines ON on 3/7!  You’ll need a passport, of course…

---R&B band, Xscape has announced it’s first tour in 15 years…a 20-date tour, which sadly, includes only two regional dates…Newark NJ on 11/25…and Washington DC on 11/26!

---Andrew W.K. has confirmed tour dates for October 2017…Pittsburgh PA on 10/9…Philadelphia PA on 10/11…Washington DC on 10/12…Brooklyn NY on 10/13…Boston MA on 10/14 & 10/15…and Toronto ON on 10/17!

---Adelita’s Way is joining forces with Hinder, as well as Josh Todd & the Conflict and Wayland for a Fall 2017 tour that has finally announced some regional shows…Lancaster PA on 11/14…Jersey City NJ on 11/15…Providence RI on 11/17…Hampton Beach NH on 11/18…and New Haven CT on 11/19!

---The enigmatic lead singer for The Smiths, Morrissey has announced a 16-date tour that will bring him to our region at least four times…Washington DC on 11/30…NYC on 12/2…Philadelphia PA on 12/4…and Boston MA on 12/7!

---Judah & The Lion, after taking a tour of the UK, Europe and Russia, will come back to the U.S. for another leg, including regional stops in Toronto ON on 3/9…Boston MA on 3/10…Montreal QC on 3/11…Clifton Park NY on 3/13…Stroudsburg PA on 3/14…and Philadelphia PA on 3/16!

---Suicide Silence is fleshing out the rest of their 2017 package tour with Winds Of Plague, Upon A Burning Body, Prison and Slaughter To Prevail…which will also stop in Toronto ON on 11/30…Erie PA on 12/1…Rochester NY on 12/2…Providence RI on 12/3…Reading PA on 12/5…and Baltimore MD on 12/7!

---Joywave has announced new tour dates for November, including a festival in Buffalo on 10/14…Rochester NY on 11/11…Boston MA on 11/13…NYC On 11/14…Philadelphia PA on 11/15!

---Psychostick (remember the Beer song?) returns with little more than a few dates…Philadelphia PA on 12/6…Amityville NY on 12/7…Rochester NY on 12/8…and Pittsburgh PA on 12/9!

---Aimee Mann, formerly of ‘Til Tuesday, has booked three shows in PA just in December alone…Phoenixville PA on 12/14…Harrisburg PA on 12/16…and Pittsburgh PA on 12/17!

---Black Veil Brides have announced tour dates that include Asking Alexandria and Crown The Empire, the tour will start in January 2018…at Pittsburgh PA on 1/17…Worcester MA on 2/2…Montreal QC on 2/4…Toronto ON on 2/5…NYC on 2/8…Baltimore MD on 2/9…and Philadelphia PA on  2/10!

---Marco Benevento and Moon Hooch are teaming up to invade our region…NYC on 10/18 & 10/19…Philadelphia PA on 10/20…and Washington DC on 10/21!

---NRBQ has announced a small ten-date tour with two shows in our region…Norfolk CT on 11/25…and Pawling NY on 11/26!

---Tokio Hotel has confirmed a handful of dates, but only one for us…Philadelphia PA on 2/11!

---Jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis (not to be confused with his sax playing brother, Branford) is making a lot of holiday plans for the rest of 2017…and a lot of that time will be spent at the Rose Theatre in NYC!  Marsalis is coming to…Morristown NJ on 10/1…Hanover NH on 10/3…Worcester MA on 10/4…Portsmouth NH on 10/5…Burlington VT on 10/6…Troy NY on 10/7…Cranston RI on 10/8…then a five-night stint in NYC on 10/20, 10/21, 11/9, 11/10 and 11/11…with a date in Englewood NJ on 10/22 in between…then, five more dates in NYC with Catherine Russell, on 12/13-12/17!  …but that’s not all!  Marsalis then has twelve more shows booked in 2018, after a two month European tour…on 3/9 & 3/10…then,4/6 & 4/7…4/26 thru 4/28, 5/18 & 5/19…and 6/7 thru 6/9!  Whew!

---Finally, blues fans looking for a festival in the fall can check out the Reading Blues Festival on Friday 10/6 thru Sunday 10/8!  The highlight of the fest is the Robert Cray Band on Saturday night 10/7 and Jonny Lang will play on Sunday 10/8!


---Umphrey’s McGee have booked a one-off in advance of a five-night residency in the Dominican Republic…the show is on 10/20, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY!

---Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker have booked what is essentially a one-shot show…in Philadelphia PA on 1/12!

---Neon Trees have booked three fall shows…one in Japan…one in Florida…in between is one at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 10/10!

---The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s will play one show east of the Mississippi this fall…at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn NY on 11/7!

---Wheatus books a one-time-only show at the Knitting Factory in NYC on 12/7!

---Michael Schenker is playing one show in eastern U.S. in the next six months…NYC on 3/10 at Irving Plaza!

---Binghamton University alum, Ingrid Michaelson will play Terminal 5, one-time-only in NYC on 12/14!


---Sarah McLachlan will play a one-off in Niagara Falls ON on 11/9 at the Niagara Fallsview Casino!

---The Temptations and The Four Tops add Poughkeepsie NY on 10/14!

---Rusted Root adds Lebanon NH on 10/22…and Norfolk CT on 12/1!

---Best Coast adds Brooklyn NY on 10/8!

---Enuff Z’nuff adds Easton PA on 11/5!

---John Sebastian adds Woodstock NY on 10/28…and Buffalo NY on 11/3!

---Buddy Guy’s show in Wilmington DE on 10/9 moves from the Grand Opera House to Copeland Hall!

---Micheal McDonald’s show at Carnegie Hall in NYC on 10/19 has been moved to the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ!

---Jr. Jr. adds Toronto ON on 11/8!

---The Breeders add NYC on 11/5!

---Gin Blossoms adds NYC on 12/3!

---Nothing More adds NYC on 2/6!

---Gov’t Mule adds Atlantic City NJ on 12/29…and NYC on 12/30 & 12/31!  Happy New Year!


---Adelita’s Way/ Hinder/ Josh Todd & the Conflict (5)

---Aimee Mann (3)

---Bela Fleck/ Abigail Washburn (12)

---Best Coast (1)

---Black Veil Brides/ Asking Alexandria/ Crown The Empire (7)

---Bleachers/ Bishop Briggs/ Misterwives/ Welshly Arms (1)

---Buddy Guy (1)

---Camper Van Beethoven/ Cracker (1)

---Cheap Trick (5)

---Enuff Z’nuff (1)

---Gin Blossoms (1)

---Gov’t Mule (3)

---Grand Funk Railroad (3)

---Hedley (5)

---Ingrid Michaelson (1)

---John Sebastian (2)

---Joywave (5)

---Judah & The Lion (6)

---Jr. Jr. (1)

---Marco Benevento/ Moon Hooch (4)

---Michael Schenker Fest (1)

---Morrissey (4)

---Neon Trees (1)

---Nothing More (1)

---NRBQ (2)

---Psychostick (4)

---Robert Cray Band (4)

---Rusted Root (2)

---Sarah McLachlan (1)

---Suicide Silence (6)

---The Breeders (1)

---The Mid-Town Men (15)

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

---The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s (1)

---Tokio Hotel (1)

---Tony Orlando (4)

---Wheatus/ Math The Band/ Evaride (1)

---Wynton Marsalis (30)

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


Music News for 092317:

---Mike Hampton of Parliament-Funkadelic, also known as Kidd Funkadelic, is coming to The Spotlight in Binghamton NY on 9/29, with Dave Robbins, (who has played with Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Fela Kuti,) and Mike Burrell of Thoughts As Devices!  No ticket price yet, but the show is being sponsored by 93.3 WJOB. 

---We followed-up with Brian Wolff on the re-release of “Strong” which has now become a fund raiser for Houston flood victims…but Wolff could only say that the song raised more money than was expected.  The song was originally meant as a fund raiser for flood victims in the greater Binghamton area following the flood of 2011!

---Zarni de Wet’s (formerly of Johnson City NY, now a professional songwriter living in Nashville TN) songwriting prowess is already paying off at SNG Music!  One of the label’s artists, Britty was at number two on Amazon Music’s Brand New Playlist on 9/18 with a song that she and Britty co-wrote, called “Unveiled!” Congrats on the success Z!

---Talk about a very cool tour of guitarists…Joe Satriani, already a rocker of great repute, is teaming-up with John Petrucci of Dream Theatre and Phil Collen of Def Leppard and the show is coming as close as Syracuse NY!  It will play the Landmark Theatre on 2/9, as well as…Wallingford CT on 2/8…Albany NY on 2/10…Greensburg PA on 2/11…Washington DC on 2/14…Boston MA on 2/15…NYC on 2/16…Philadelphia PA on 2/17…Newark NJ on 2/18…Rochester NY on 2/20…and Toronto ON on 2/21!  Wow…that’s a lot of bloody, callused fingers!

---Folk singer, David Rawlings has been confirmed for State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 12/3!  Rawlings had recently been featured on NPR for his upcoming album, “Poor David’s Almanack.”

---Kid Rocks protégé, Uncle Kracker announces an nine-date tour…only two shows for us…Ridgefield CT on 10/12…Malden MA on 10/14…and a local stop at The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 10/15!

---It was ten years ago this week that the first Radio2.0 music news report was posted!  I’d like to think that this little website has grown over the years, but since I still haven’t begun to properly market it, the school is out on that…still it has been fun and is a major reason that I haven’t gotten into any trouble with the federal authorities in the last decade, as researching all this info keeps me out of trouble!  I promise I’ll re-post the report at the end of this one!


---The biggest regional news this week is the Phish four-night , year-end residency at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Thursday 12/28 thru Sunday 12/31!  Jam on!

---Break out pop star, Bebe Rexha has announced a 24-date, theatre tour that will make some regional stops…Freehold NJ on 11/5…NYC on 11/6…Silver Spring MD on 11/7…Philadelphia PA on 11/8…Pittsburgh PA on 11/10!

---Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience flies again and while it won’t be coming into our local area…it will be making several stops at destinations within our region, for now, the tour actually begins in…Bethlehem PA on 11/24…Hershey PA on 11/25…Ridgefield CT on 11/26…Boston MA on 11/28…Montreal QC on 12/2…and Toronto ON on 12/3!

---Spoon have added a late 2017 leg to their tour which includes a new set of regional dates…Brooklyn NY on 11/28 & 11/29…Poughkeepsie NY on 12/1…Stroudsburg PA on 12/3…Clifton Park NY on 12/5…South Burlington VT on 12/6…and Washington DC on 12/30 & 12/31!

---90’s alt-pop darling, Jewel, returns to the road with nearly two-dozen dates in late 2017, but less than a handful for us…NYC on 10/8…Englewood NJ on 12/19…Westbury NY on 12/20…and Hershey PA on 12/21!

---80’s techno-pop band, O.M.D. (also known as orchestral manoeuvres in the dark—and trust me I looked up the spelling) are coming back around in Spring 2018…Washington DC on 3/6…Philadelphia PA on 3/7…Boston MA on 3/9…NYC on 3/10…and Toronto ON on 3/12!

---The Outlaws have announced some pre-cruise terrestrial tune-up dates in our region…Westbury NY (with Molly Hatchet and Black Oak Arkansas on Long Island)…Plymouth NH on 10/27…Shirley MA on 10/29…and NYC on 11/9!  Green Grass and High Tides Forever, dudes!

---The English Beat have announced nine late-fall dates that will bring them into our region twice…Philadelphia PA on 11/3…and NYC on 11/11!

---The Strawbs have added a couple of pre-cruise terrestrial tune-up dates this fall…NYC on 11/12…and Vienna VA on 11/20!

---Shemekia Copeland plays the blues this fall in…NYC on 12/14 & 12/15…Albany NY on 12/16…and Washington DC on 12/21, 12/22 & 12/23!

---Diana Krall has booked regional November dates that will bring her into our region a handful of times…and mostly in Canada!  Krall will play…Hamilton ON on 11/23…Toronto ON on 11/24 & 11/25…and Montreal QC on 11/29 & 11/30!

---Hispanic pop singer, Jon Secada has booked two shows near the city and inside our region…Westbury NY (long island) on 2/23…and Rahway NJ on 2/24!


---50 Cent has booked a one-off in NYC at the HighLine Ballroom on 9/30!

---Foxy Brown will play a one-off in NYC on 10/20 at B.B. Kings Blues Club!

---Disco survivor, Gloria Gaynor, will also play a one-shot at B.B. Kings on 10/27!

---Morris Day & The Time have also been booked for one show only at B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 11/10!

---It appears that B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC is announcing their fall line-up of one-shots all at once…Leslie West of Mountain has been booked for 11/11!


---Skid Row adds on…Hummels Wharf PA on 11/4…and Uncasville CT on 11/10!

---Meanwhile Queensryche taps Skid Row for a date in Atlantic City NJ on 10/14!

---Trapt adds Pittsburgh PA on 12/14!

---Cherry Poppin’ Daddies add Sellersville PA on 1/11!

---Todd Rundgren adds Peekskill NY on 11/19…Londonderry NH on 11/22…Red Bank NJ on 12/1…Glenside PA on 12/3…and Beverly MA on 12/7!

---Paul Anka adds Waterloo NY on 9/22…Uncasville CT on 10/21…and Lincoln RI on 4/20!

---Spyro Gyra adds Albany NY on 11/16!

---.38 Special adds Greensburg PA on 10/11!

---Broken Social Scene adds Brooklyn NY on 10/4…and Toronto ON on 11/3 & 11/4!

---Darlene Love adds NYC on 10/9!

---112 adds NYC on 10/17…and Baltimore MD on 11/4!

---Highly Suspect add Pittsburgh PA on 11/5!

---The Bleachers and Bishop Briggs add Brooklyn NY on 11/21!


---.38 Special (1)

---112 (2)

---50 Cent (1)

---Bebe Rexha (5)

---Broken Social Scene (3)

---Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (1)

---Darlene Love (1)

---Diana Krall I5)

---Foxy Brown (1)

---Gloria Gaynor (1)

---Highly Suspect (1)

---Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (6)

---Jewel (4)

---Joe Satriani/ John Petrucci/ Phil Collen (11)

---Jon Secada (2)

---Leslie West (1)

---O.M.D. (5)

---Paul Anka (3)

---Phish (4)

---Queensryche/ Skid Row (1)

---Skid Row (2)

---Spoon (8)

---Spyro Gyra (1)

---The Bleachers/ Bishop Briggs (1)

---The English Beat (2)

---The Outlaws (4)

---The Strawbs (2)

---Todd Rundgren (5)

---Trapt (1)

---Uncle Kracker (3)

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


This was the first Radio2.0 post back on 092007!  Pretty short, by todays standards:



---Just found out about some new shows for Lifehouse that are coming up next week!  Including Tuesday night 9/25 in Verona at Turning Stone and Wednesday night 9//26 in the Clifton Park suburb of Albany. 

---Foo Fighters continue to expand the list of towns on their fall tour.  They’ll be in Wilkes-Barre on October 8th and Glens Falls on 10/9.


That’s it!  Seriously!


Music News for 091617:

---Great new for fans of the old Bobby’s Place in Endwell…the venue is re-opening with a new name, under old management…it will now be known as The Pub @ North & Main and will be run by former owner, Bobby Larnerd, who seemed to keep the place on an even keel during his earlier tenure.  Grand opening events start on Thursday 9/21 with Super Radical playing a show at 8p!  The ribbon cutting will be held the next day, at 2pm on Friday 9/22, followed by a Virgil Cain show that night at 9p!  Parlor City round out Grand Opening weekend with a show on Saturday 9/23 at 930p!  Welcome back…and break a leg!

---Binghamton folk rockers, Driftwood, have booked Fall dates for 2017…Hopewell NJ on 10/12…Walton NY on 10/13…Washington DC on 10/18…Syracuse NY on 11/3…Rochester NY on 11/4…two nights at their home base in Apalachin NY, the Ransom Steele Tavern on 11/24 & 11/25…Northampton MA on 12/7…Marblehead MA on 12/8…Erie PA on 12/15…and Cooperstown NY on 12/16…as well as some out-of-region dates…Roanoke VA on 10/19…Charlotte NC on 10/20…Wilson NC on 10/21…Atlanta GA on 10/22…Stuart FL on 10/25…Boca Raton FL on 10/26….and Sarasota FL on 10/27!  Way to represent!

---Regional folk superstars, Donna The Buffalo (they’re from Trumansburg NY if ya didn’t know) returns to the BGA with a date at Touch Of Texas (formerly Magic City Music Hall) in Nimmonsburg NY (just north of Binghamton!) on Friday 10/20!  DTB will also make stops in Tarrytown NY on 10/21…Cohoes NY on 12/1…Boston MA on 12/2…Syracuse NY on 12/8…Rochester NY on 12/9…Washington DC on 1/19…Saranac Lake NY on 2/8…Buffalo NY on 2/9…and Pittsburgh PA on 2/10!

---Randy McStine is throwing us all a curve and enjoying it!  Here’s a recent post from McStine on facebook, “…And now for something completely different...

I have been in Niagara Falls, NY for the past few days rehearsing for a new tour. The show is called The Simon and Garfunkel Story, and I am contributing bass, percussion, and vocals to the proceedings.

Rehearsals are coming along great, and the song list includes some deeper nuggets among the obvious. These are undeniably some of the greatest songs ever written, and I have set out to showcase them with authenticity, while giving it my own stamp in the process.

I'll be out until the end of November. Come say hello...”

…Can’t wait to hear this one Randy!  Hope you can bring it home to the Southern Tier!

---Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, who also did a guest vocal on a Bon Jovi song, will play the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/30…as well as Morristown NJ on 12/1!

---Congrats to Anubis Spire’s Bill MacKechnie, who became a grandfather on 9/11!  Enjoy, dude!

---Here’s one for the Rumors & Innuendo category…it was overheard that the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY might be on the market, although our same spies failed to find any reference to that actually being true.  If so, it is shocking, but we hope it’s not!  We love the Cyber Café West…and Jeff Kahn, too!  Hang in there, Jeff!


---The post Grateful Dead version of what left of The Grateful Dead…Dead & Company, which includes Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge (of the Allman Brothers) and Jeff Chimenti (of Weir’s RatDog)…is going back on the road and they’ll make at least a half dozen stops in our region…NYC on 11/12 & 11/14…Philadelphia PA on 11/16…Boston MA on 11/17…Washington DC on 11/21…and Hartford CT on 11/22!  Look for tickets thru the website Verified Fan, which has had a lot of success getting around scalpers!  Tickets pre-sale as of 9/7!

---Talk about dealing a hot hand…former One Direction star, Niall Horan has already booked new dates thru next September…yeah, that’s right…September 2018!  Buy your tickets now before they sell out…Washington DC on 8/31/18…Allentown PA on 9/2/18…Toronto ON on 9/5/18…Darien Center NY on 9/7/18…Mansfield MA on 9/8/18…Camden NJ on 9/11/18…Wantagh NY on 9/12/18…Hartford CT on 9/14/18…and Holmdel NJ on 9/15/18!

---Dua Lipa is planning her own solo tour, outside of warming up on some dates for Bruno Mars…Boston MA on 11/20…Toronto ON on 11/22…Montreal QC on 11/23…NYC on 11/24…and Silver Spring MD on 11/28!

---Looks like those two Spoon dates that we thought were tag on’s last week…are actually the beginning of a new leg, which has now been more fully fleshed out and includes…Poughkeepsie NY on 12/1…Stroudsburg PA on 12/3…Clifton Park NY on 12/5…South Burlington VT on 12/6…and two nights in Washington DC to close out the year, on 12/30 & 12/31!

---Todd Rundgren has announced a solo tour following his stint on the Yes tour with new shows in…Salisbury MA on 11/17…Staten Island NY on 11/25…Jim Thorpe PA on 12/2…Montclair NJ on 12/8…and Westbury NY on 12/9!

---Former members of Dio, Last In Line, have announced a four-date tour that is totally within our regional confines…Clifton Park NY on 11/2…Stroudsburg PA (best bet) on 11/3…Wantagh NY on 11/4…and Derry NH on 11/5!

---cKy will book a few solo dates following their warm-up stint on the HIM farewell tour…Lancaster PA on 10/18…Pittsburgh PA on 11/18…and Easton PA on 11/19!

---Seether is teaming up with Shaman’s Harvest for a Fall 2017 tour…Stroudsburg PA on 11/28…Sayreville NJ on 11/29…Worcester MA on 12/1…Hartford CT on 12/2…and Silver Spring MD on 12/3!

---Jefferson Starship is booking dates in…Baltimore MD on 9/16…Salisbury MA on 10/20…Morristown NJ on 11/9…and Niagara Falls ON on 11/11…in addition to the already announced Brookville NY on 11/10!  Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad warms-up on 10/20…Blue Oyster Cult on 11/9 & 11/10!

---Bruno Mars adds more Fall 2017 dates which include Dua Lipa and will bring the pop star to…NYC on 9/22 & 9/23…Newark NJ on 9/26…Buffalo NY on 9/27…and Washington DC on 9/29 & 9/30!

---Clutch have booked a national package tour that also includes The Obsessed and the Devin Townsend Project coming into our region…but only twice…Clifton Park NY on 12/27…and Sayreville NJ on 12/28!

---Dance fans, The Crystal Method is touring in clubs and concert halls later this month…Montreal QC on 9/21…Toronto ON on 9/22…Brooklyn NY on 9/23…and Ardmore PA, also on 9/23!

---Benmont Tench, of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, has booked a two-night stand at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC on 11/8 & 11/9!

---Modern metal band, Whitechapel is taking four other bands; Carnifex, Entheos, Rings Of Saturn and So This Is Suffering,  on a national fall package tour!  Regional stops include...Baltimore MD on 11/16…Poughkeepsie NY on 11/17…Reading PA on 11/18…Providence RI on 11/19…Rochester NY on 11/22…and Toronto ON on 11/23!

---George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, is launching a seven-date mini-tour in November, but only two stops for us…Brooklyn NY on 11/6…and Washington DC on 11/7!

---The Head And The Heart are jumping back on the road this month with fresh dates in our region thru the Fall…NYC on 9/21…Philadelphia PA on 9/22…Shelburne VT on 9/24…Toronto ON on 9/26…and Washington DC on 10/27!

---Lyle Lovett and John Haitt are tour partners again and touring into the holidays with stops in…Keene NH on 11/8…Providence RI on 11/9…Stroudsburg PA on 11/10…Wilmington DE on 11/11…NYC on 11/12…Derry NH on 11/14…Alexandria VA on 11/15 & 11/16…Baltimore MD on 11/17…and Princeton NJ on 11/18!

---Taylor Hicks, of American Idol fame, will do a half-dozen-date mini-tour spread out over three months, but only two stops for our region…Danbury CT on 10/21…NYC on 11/14!

---The Jesus And Mary Chain are taking a long route to the east coast…starting in Europe…before hitting the west coast of America and working back east…Baltimore MD on 11/14…Boston MA on 11/15…Asbury Park NJ on 11/16…and NYC on 11/17!

---The Story So Far, which has already leaked a stop in Syracuse (on 11/28 at The Lost Horizon) is fleshing out their tour announcing the full tour which includes…Washington DC on 11/17…Asbury Park NJ on 11/18…Amityville NY on 11/21…Boston MA on 11/24…Brooklyn NY on 11/26…Pittsburgh PA on 11/29!

---Seether returns to the road with stops in our region just after Thanksgiving…Stroudsburg PA on 11/28…Sayreville NJ on 11/29…Worcester MA on 12/1…Hartford CT on 12/2…and Silver Spring MD on 12/3!

---Jazz artist, George Winston has announced some regional stops…Northampton MA on 10/27…Sellersville PA on 11/9…Mamaroneck NY on 11/17!

---Modern English continues to milk “I Melt With You,” but that’s ok…we still wanna hear it!  Hear it for yourself at…Toronto ON on 11/8…Asbury Park NJ on 11/10…Philadelphia PA on 11/12…Boston MA on 11/13…Washington DC on 11/21…and Brooklyn NY on 11/22!

---Kenny Rogers is adding onto is farewell tour with a few more dates…Ocean City MD on 11/3…Hampton Beach NH on 11/4…Bethlehem PA on 12/10…and Wallingford CT on 12/15!

---Echosmith returns with a new nationwide tour that will bring them back into our region this fall and into 2018…Boston MA on 11/10…Toronto ON on 4/22…Boston MA on 4/26…Philadelphia PA on 4/27…NYC on 4/28…and Washington DC On 4/29!

---The Ronnettes, Ronnie Spector has booked two nights at the City Winery in Manhattan NY on 12/20 & 12/21!

---J.D. Souther, the singer/ songwriter long associated with The Eagles, James Taylor and other SoCal country-rockers, is going on a solo tour that will bring him around to these towns in our region…Vienna VA on 11/8…South Orange NJ on 11/12…NYC on 2/16…Bay Shore NY on 2/17…and Rockport MA on 2/18!

---Silverstein’s Canadian tour will come into our greater region, but only marginally…Kingston ON on 11/1…and Montreal QC on 11/2!


---The Global Citizen Fest in NYC on 9/23 has a powerhouse line-up this years with something for everyone…The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers and Andra Day!

---Phil Lesh is also on the road, just like Dead and Company…the former Grateful Dead member has announced a one-off on 10/26 with Robert Randolph and Nicki Bluhm at the Asbury Park NJ Convention Hall!

---Jukebox The Ghost will play a one-shot show for the east coast…at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NY on 11/16!

---Hip hop star, Felly, has booked handful of dates across the U.S. but will only make one stop in our region…NYC on 11/16 at American Beauty!

---The Posies have booked a one-off at the City Winery in Manhattan NY on 1/25!


---Marc Cohn adds Albany NY on 10/14…Pawling NY on 10/19

---The Killers add NYC on 9/22!

---The Eagles Of Death Metal play a solo show on an off-day from the Mastodon tour in Asbury Park NJ on 10/8!

---West Virginia prog-rockers Wishbone Ash add Bordentown NJ on 9/24!

---Zedd adds a second night in Philadelphia PA on 10/20…and Washington DC on 10/21!

---The English Beat adds Philadelphia PA on 11/3…and NYC on 11/11!

---Hanson adds Toronto ON on 11/25…and two nights in NYC on 11/28 & 11/29!

---Matisyahu isn’t slowing down for the holidays…he just added…Pittsburgh PA on 12/15…Philadelphia PA on 12/16…Boston MA on 12/21 & 12/22…Port Chester NY on 12/23…and Huntington NY on 12/29!

---Michael McDonald adds Tarrytown NY on 2/7!

---War adds Peekskill NY on 3/9…Uncasville CT on 3/10!

---Bruce Cockburn adds Port Washington NY on 4/24!

---The Grass Roots add Lakewood NJ on 4/28!


---Benmont Tench (2)

---Bruce Cockburn (1)

---Bruno Mars (6)

---cKy/ Lionize (3)

---Clutch/ The Obsessed/ Devin Townsend Project (2)

---Dhani Harrison (2)

---Donna The Buffalo (10)

---Driftwood (10)

---Dua Lipa (5)

---Echosmith (6)

---Felly (1)

---George Winston (3)

---Global Citizen Fest (1)

---Hanson (3)

---J.D. Souther (5)

---Jefferson Starship (4)

---Jennifer Nettles (2)

---Jukebox The Ghost (1)

---Kenny Rogers (4)

---Last In Line (4)

---Marc Cohn (1)

---Matisyahu (6)

---Michael McDonald (1)

---Modern English (6)

---Niall Horan (9)

---Phil Lesh/ Robert Randolph/ Nicki Bluhm (1)

---Ronnie Spector (2)

---Seether/ Shaman’s Harvest (5)

---Silverstein (2)

---Spoon (6)

---The Crystal Method (4)

---The Eagles Of Death Metal (1)

---The English Beat (2)

---The Grass Roots (1)

---The Head And The Heart (5)

---The Jesus And Mary Chain (4)

---The Killers (1)

---The Posies (1)

---Todd Rundgren (5)

---War (2)

---Whitechapel (6)

---Wishbone Ash (1)

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


Music News for 090917:

[Note: Here’s the final full report…after Labor Day weekend off, a wedding in Dallas TX and another weekend being sick as a dog…I finally get to post it all!  Sorry it took so long, but y’know it’s not like I get paid for this.  Enjoy and rock on!]

---The line-up for the annual Blues On The Bridge fest has finally been announced!  Here’s the breakdown for the 2017 show, which is set for the Riverside Drive bridge over the Chenango River at Confluence Park in Binghamton NY:

12:00 - Humble Beginnings Band
12:40 - Home Brew
1:15 - The Blue Jays
1:40 - The Boogiemen
2:40 - Rebecca and the Soul Shakers 
3:50 - The Parlor Cats
4:30 - Slow Burn
5:30 - The Edward P.Maloney Pipe Band
5:50 - Mark Doyle and the Maniacs
6:50 - City Limits
8:00 - The Gravelding Brothers (75% of frostbit blue)
9:00 - The Gunpoets

Be advised that the timings are rough, as shows usually run long. The event is totally free, with the rain date scheduled for the following week on 9/17…and yes the rain date is sometimes necessary as even the bands and their equipment are exposed!

---Former leader of the Brian Wolff Band, Brian Wolff moved away to Austin TX years ago now and has a new band, Fair City Fire…but due to the horrific flooding in nearby, Houston TX, Brian is re-releasing his flood song, “Strong,” (remember that following the twin 100-year floods of the greater Binghamton area in 2006 and 2011?).  100% of the profits from the re-released song will go the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas, but you have to acquire the song from their bandcamp website for a dollar ($1.00) before the end of September for the contribution to be enacted…and as if that isn’t enough Wolff also played a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank on 8/30!  Here’s the link for the song:

---Equinox Broadcasting is bringing Battle Of The Bands back!  It will be the third annual local music competition and Equinox radio station, 100.5 The Drive is accepting band submissions until September 24th!  Wanna submit your band?  Click on the link for info, the form and good luck:!/battleofthebands-the-best-original-music-comes-out-of-binghamton

---Congrats to Tommy Szedlock, formerly from Citizen 5 and most recently was in a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band called, Scuttlebutt, has moved onto a new band, for him anyway, Bobby G & Timeless!  Szedlock says it was purely a money move, as well as a chance to play, “Elvis and The Beatles…all 50’s and 60’s music!” …which he clearly loves!  Rock on brother!

---Regional and local sweethearts, folk singers, The Burns Sisters have booked a two night stand in Ithaca NY at the Hangar Theatre on 11/10 & 11/11!  Bobby Sweet will open. 

---Dave Matthews Band member and cohort, Tim Reynolds & his band TR3 are taking advantage of some downtime to play their own tour dates…they’ll play the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 11/6…as well as…Pittsburgh PA on 11/5…and NYC on 11/7!

---Rising alt-blues rockers, Welshly Arms will play the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/2…as well as at least one other regional date…Uncasville CT on 10/8…and the Thrival Festival in Swissvale PA (near Pittsburgh) on 9/30!

---Local concert promoter and musician, the late Bill McStine was the subject of a recent story in the  Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.  McStine, who died on June 28th, at age 53 was featured in Sundays “A Life Lived” column on 8/27!  The article features input from Fred Coury, his sons Randy and Jared McStine, and Paul Tauteroff. To get a look at the story just click on the link below:

---Former Yolk member, Jeff Pettit played a solo album preview party on 9/2 at Callahan’s Sportsmen’s Club in Binghamton NY!  Pettit’s forthcoming album will be called, “Pretty Not Terrible,” and was available at the show!  Jeff says he’ll be taking the album on tour soon!

---Got one of those facebook memories robo-posts last week that reminded me that it’s been five years since Monkey’s Typing played their last regular gig of their long Thursday night residency at the Cyber Café West!  That officially ended on 8/29/2012!  Since then we’ve had other incarnations of Jeff Khan bands…the rotating Thing One and Thing Two, as well as their replacement, Ugly Dolphin!  Still miss Monkey’s Typing though…

---Congrats to local jam-band Raibred!  The Nate Calzetoni led outfit has (thru complicated mathematical analysis and the use of high-level, sophisticated computer programs) determined that they will play their 200th show on 9/16 at the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY!  Quite the milestone, guys! 

---Modern rockers, Secondhand Serenade have booked a Fall 2017 tour that will play as close as Syracuse NY on 10/9 at Westcott Theatre…and Stroudsburg PA on 10/5…as well as…Buffalo NY on 10/4…Asbury Park NJ on 10/6…NYC on 10/11…and Toronto ON on 10/12!  Also on the bill is He Is We and Ronnie Winter!

---Folk singer, Arlo Guthrie is coming to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on Friday 10/27, as well as…Torrington CT on 9/16…Greensburg PA on 10/20…Easton MD on 10/26…Toms River NJ on 11/9…Cranston RI on 11/11…Plymouth NH on 11/16…Beverly MA on 11/17…Great Barrington MA on 11/17…and NYC on 11/25!

---Sonny Weeks, lead singer and guitarist for Wreckless Marci and V.A.P.E. is making connections…as a fanboy!  Weeks was one of two fans invited on stage by Green Day during their show last week in Camden NJ…and he wasted no time in stealing the show, and crowd surfed off the stage!  What a ham!  What a moment!  Hope you gave them your phone #/ email address/ facebook…something!  The video is on our facebook page @

---Speaking of impromptu videos, did you see Ayanna D’s penthouse level video shoot in NYC?  Ya gotta check it out here: or on our facebook page @

---Speaking of Ayanna, her sister Taina Asili, also a product of the Maine-Endwell school district but now based in the Albany NY area, and her group y banda Rebelde, will hit the road next week with stops within our region…and beyond…Troy NY on 9/10…Rochester NY on 9/13 & 9/14…Albany NY on 9/15…Philadelphia PA on 9/16…Canton NY on 9/20-9/24…Saratoga Springs NY on 9/25…Worcester MA on 10/7…Oakland CA on 10/8…Atherton C on 10/9…Stanford CA on 10/10…Great Barrington MA on 10/21…Troy NY on 10/29…and Rohnert Park CA on 11/30!  She should get out to Cali more…her band should be well received there!

---Remember Baauer?  It’s been five years since he had a hit with “Harlem Shake,” and he’s finally back with a follow-up tour that will bring him into our region…Washington DC on 10/19…NYC on 10/20…Pittsburgh PA on 10/21…Philadelphia PA on 10/23…South Burlington VT on 10/24…and The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 10/25!

---Get well wishes to Denny Dorwat, of Raised On Radio and Black Hat, who fell down the steps and broke three ribs, plus he displaced his elbow. He says he’d had to cancel two gigs so far while recovering.  I hope he’s got his insurance paid up!  Get well soon, dude!


---The Script are taking their new album, “Freedom Child” on the road this fall with new dates including four in our greater region, including…Mashantucket CT on 9/28…NYC on 9/29…Boston MA on 9/30…and Washington DC on 10/2!

---Sing with me now, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays…”  both the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller have both already announced their tours for 2017…now, The Wizards Of Winter have joined them!  See them in…Red Bank NJ on 11/25…Warrendale PA on 12/14…Londonderry NH on 12/15…Englewood NJ on 12/16…and Easton PA on 12/17!

---Raekwon (formerly of Wu-Tang Clan) has announced what is so far, an eleven-date tour that will have three stops in our region…Buffalo NY on 9/7…East Durham NY on 9/8…and Brooklyn NY on 11/4 for a huge package tour appearance that also includes: Slick Rick, Rakim, Mr. Cheeks, N.O.R.E., Ghostface Killah and Big Daddy Kane!

---Speaking of Ghostface Killah he’s touring, both in package tours as seen above…and solo with an appearance in Brooklyn NY on 9/15!

---Marshall Tucker Band just keeps on rolling!  MTB has announced a new December leg for 2017 that will bring them through our area…Niagara Falls NY on 12/1…Lakewood NJ on 12/2…Irwin PA on 12/3…Huntington NY on 12/7…Hanover PA on 12/8…and NYC on 12/16!

---Jazz rockers, Steely Dan undertake a small tour that passes thru our region…Buffalo NY on 10/17…Baltimore MD on 10/24…and Oxon Hill MD on 10/25…the question is, how will the death of the bands bass player and co-lyricist, Walter Becker on 9/3 effect these dates, if at all!

---Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, is embarking on a six-date solo tour with two dates penetrating our regional area…both at Niagara Falls ON at Fallsview Casino on 11/6 & 11/8!

---Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction, is embarking on a solo tour ahead of the release of his debut solo album…The Flicker Sessions 2017” tour will regionally stop at…Philadelphia PA on 10/29…NYC on 10/31…Toronto ON on 11/1…Boston MA on 11/3…and Silver Spring MD on 11/4!

---Hip hop star, Azealia Banks will tour North America, including our areas here in the northeast and mid-atlantic…Philadelphia PA on 10/29…NYC on 10/31…Toronto ON on 11/1…Boston MA on 11/3…and Washington DC on 11/4!

---Buddy Guy has announced the rest of a tour that goes along with the leaked date at The Birchmere in Alexandria VA on 10/10…so he’s got some additional regional dates…Londonderry NH on 10/7…Peekskill NY on 10/8…and Wilmington DE on 10/9!

---Doyle Bramhall II, who has played with Eric Clapton and Roger Waters and announced what was initially thought to be a one off in our last report (Syracuse NY at The Westcott on 11/15) is expanding his initial bookings and is now set to play more regional show as well…Buffalo NY on 11/9…Pawling NY on 11/10…Norfolk CT on 11/11…Washington DC on 11/12…Fairfield CT on 11/14…Londonderry NH on 11/17…Westerly RI on 11/18…NYC On 11/19…and Boston MA on 11/21!

---Justin Townes Earle is coming back around this fall and you can find the singer/ songwriter in…Arden DE on 11/14…Vienna VA on 11/15…Norfolk CT on 11/16…Fairfield CT on 11/17…and Rockport MA on 11/18!

---10,000 Maniacs have announced a series of dates that run through Spring 2017 and a handful will land in our region…Londonderry NH on 9/7…Hartford CT on 9/8…Kennett Square PA on 9/9…Alexandria VA on 10/13…and Irwin PA on 11/25!

---Bill Sheehan’s alternative project The Fell have booked a seven-date tour with at least three of those stops falling inside our region…Rochester NY on 9/9…Niagara Falls NY on 9/10…and Toronto ON on 9/11!

---Jr. Jr.--formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.--have returned!  The alt-pop band is set to play in…Washington DC on 11/2…Philadelphia PA on 11/3…NYC on 11/4…Cambridge MA on 11/5…Buffalo NY on 11/7…and Toronto ON on 11/8!

---The Moody Blues aren’t on tour…but their guitarist John Lodge is!  He’s playing ten dates nationwide and eight will play in our region…Vienna VA on 10/26…Albany NY on 10/28…Peekskill NY on 10/29…Sellersville PA on 10/30…Plymouth NH on 11/2…Hartford CT on 11/3…Wilmington DE on 11/5…and NYC on 11/8!

---The Dead Milkmen rise again and deliver in…Warrendale PA on 9/16…and Philadelphia PA on 10/28!

---Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown are set to return to America for the holidays and into 2018 with three new bookings in our region…Shirley MA on 12/15…Pawling NY on 12/16…and Uncasville CT on 5/13!

---Willie Nile has booked a trio of dates for the rest of 2017 and two of them fall into our greater region…NYC on 10/10…and Pawling NY on 12/30!

---Graham Bonnet, formerly of Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, is trying out his own band, with two dates…Baltimore MD on 1/15…and Pawling NY on 1/17!

---Lana del Rey has announced a two night stand in NYC at Terminal 5 on 10/23 & 10/24!

---King Crimson adds a second night in Washington DC on 10/28!

---All Time Low will take a month off after their European tour, in October and come back in September with a three night stand at the Starland Ballroom, in Sayreville NJ on 12/19 & 12/20 & 12/21!

---They Might Be Giants have announced a two-night stand to close out 2017 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn NY on 12/30 & 12/31!

---Delbert McClinton is already booking dates for 2018…Alexandria VA on 5/18…and NYC @ B.B. Kings on 5/19!

---Breaking Benjamin is launching an acoustic tour that is set to roll thru our region in…Boston MA on 9/29…Hampton Beach NH on 9/30…Montclair NJ on 10/2…Wilmington DE on 10/3…and Silver Spring MD on 10/4!

---John Hall of Orleans will play a three-date mini-tour in October with stops at…Sellersville PA on 10/5…North Salem NY on 10/7…and Harvard MA on 10/14!


---Pop singer, Demi Lovato, has booked a one-off at the Cadillac House in NYC on 9/21!

---R&B star Tyga is also set to play a one-shot show in NYC on 9/22 at Stage 48 with Honey Cocaine, Chief Keef and RJ!

---Felly will play the one-date tour in NYC at American Beauty on 11/16!

---Alt-pop singer, Freedy Johnston has just one onlyl, scheduled stop in Bordentown NJ on 9/23!

---80’s rockers, China Crisis will play a one-off in Pawling NY on 12/6!

---Musiq Soulchild has booked a handful of national dates, but only one in our greater region…Philadelphia PA at the Electric Factory on 10/13!

---Mumford & Sons book a half dozen shows for the Fall of 2017, but only one in our greater region…NYC on 9/18!

--- The Alarm have booked three dates…only one in for our region…NYC on 5/11!


---Tommy James & The Shondells keep on booking…Lancaster PA on 2/11…and Woonsocket RI on 3/24!

---70’s soft rockers, America add Jim Thorpe PA (at Penn’s Peak) on 9/17…and  Ridgefield CT on 11/12!

---Spyro Gyra has booked another American leg for their 2017 tour….Buffalo NY on 11/15…NYC on 11/17…and Norfolk CT on 11/18!

---Pop singer, Neil Sedaka, adds Niagara Falls ON on 5/25!

---Bruce Springsteen adds another 40 more shows at the Kerr Theatre in NYC, that run from 12/5 thru 2/3!

---Don McLean adds Red Bank NJ on 9/28 with Pure Prairie League…and Alexandria VA on 4/14!

---Beyonce’s sister, Solange, adds Boston MA on 9/28…and a second night in NYC on 10/3!

---Lee Ann Womack, currently on another package tour, has added a solo date in NYC on 11/7!

---David Lindley, guitarist for Jackson Browne, adds two more dates for 2018…Vienna VA on 4/4…and Wilmington DE on 4/5!

---Atlas Genius and Magic Giant add Buffalo on 10/10!

---Magic Giant also will play a solo date on the Atlas Genius tours off night on 9/16!

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy adds Pawling NY on 9/20…and Beverly MA on 9/23!

---Aaron Carter, who just survived a car crash in which he broke his nose, adds NYC on 9/12!

---Ten Years After are adding on to their meager tour…which expands their tour to six total dates with new stops in…Sellersville PA on 920…Pawling NY on 9/24…and two nights in West Springfield MA on 9/25 & 9/26!

---Musiq Soulchild adds Philadelphia PA on 10/13!

---Steve Forbert adds NYC on 9/15…and Sellersville PA on 10/14!

---Average White Band adds Pawling NY on 10/6!

---Michael McDonald adds Lynn MA on 10/26!

---Meanwhile, McDonald’s tour mate, Marc Cohn adds two dates in March 2018 on 3/16…and 3/17!

---Rik Emmett, formerly of Triumph, adds Boston MA on 6/2!

---King Crimson adds a second night in Washington DC on 10/28…and Newark NJ on 10/31!

---Spoon tags their 2017 with two dates in Brooklyn NY on 11/28 & 11/29!

---Taking Back Sunday adds a second night at Starland Ballroom on 12/16!

---Steve Forbert adds Sellersville PA on 10/14 & City Winery in NYC on 9/15!

---Charlie Daniels Band adds  St. George Theatre in Staten Island NY on 9/24!


---10,000 Maniacs (5)

---Aaron Carter (1)

---America (2)

---Arlo Guthrie (3)

---Average White Band (1)

---Azealia Banks (5)

---Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (2)

---Breaking Benjamin (5)

---Bruce Springsteen (40)

---Buddy Guy (3)

---Charlie Daniels Band (1)

---China Crisis (1)

---David Lindley (2)

---Delbert McClinton (2)

---Demi Lovato (1)

---Don McLean (2)

---Doyle Bramhall II (9)

---Felly (1)

---Graham Bonnet Band (2)

---John Hall (3)

---John Lodge (8)

---Justin Townes Earle (5)

---Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown (3)

---King Crimson (2)

---Lee Ann Womack (1)

---Magic Giant (1)

---Marc Cohn (2)

---Marshall Tucker Band (6)

---Michael McDonald (1)

---Musiq Soulchild (1)

---Neil Sedaka (1)

---Niall Horan (5)

---Rik Emmett (1)

---Roger Daltrey (2)

---Secondhand Serenade (6)

---Solange (2)

---Spoon (2)

---Spyro Gyra (3)

---Steely Dan (3)

---Steve Forbert (2)

---Ten Years After (4)

---The Alarm (1)

---The Dead Milkmen (2)

---The Fell (3)

---The Spill Canvas (6)

---The Wizards Of Winter (5)

---They Might Be Giants (2)

---Tim Reynolds & TR3 (3)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (2)

---Tyga/ Honey Cocaine/ Chief Keef/ RJ (1)

---Welshly Arms (2)

---Within The Ruins/ Currents/ Aversion Crown (8)

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


Music News for 082617:

---The line-up for “Rock & Roar” at the Ross Park Zoo Amphitheatre in Binghamton NY on 9/3 has been announced and for a free concert, it’s bringing the cream of local bands…Devinne Meyers will appear at 1pm and 2:20p…Next To Kin @ 1:20p…Woodshed Prophets @ 2:40p…Bess Greenberg @ 3:40p & 5:40p…Voodoo Highway @ 4p & 5p with one set devoted to the Grateful Dead…and Raibred headlines the fest @ 6p!  If you get there early you can also check out Pool, a band of BU

---Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats will make a stop at the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 9/13!  The band will playing there on an off night from their festival tour, in fact their only other posted regional date is in Camden NJ on 9/17 when the Outlaw Festival plays there.

---Roger Waters and Eric Clapton session and/or road guitarist, Doyle Bramhall II is coming to the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 11/15!  Make sure not to miss him as this will be his only trip, east of the Mississippi as of this writing. [note: more were being announced at presstime…will be included on next report, but will show up on the concert pages.]

---Still some disappointment about the Bon Jovi show delay on Friday night, 8/18 at the Dicks Sporting Goods Open at EnJoie in Endicott!  Social media was filled with negative comments like, “Non Jovi” and “Is Bon Jovi a no show?”  Many fans left early, not all heard the announcement that his flight was delayed, (ala the Hole One big screen that had no audio and once the show was underway there were also reports that audio was out of synch) which it’s been said that the bands management didn’t want the delay in arrival to be announced, and on top of that there were reports that, lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi didn’t even apologize to the 25-thousand fans about being late.  Sounds like The Dicks Sporting Goods Open has some work to do smoothing the ruffled feathers of this mini-controversy…after all Bon Jovi did show up and they did play until nearly midnight, and they put on a decent show, too (…for example, one other post found declared, “biggest  sing-a-long event ever in Broome County going on tonight…”)…but posts like this were few, and the customer is always right.

---Former Brian Wolff Band star, Brian Wolff, now living and playing in Austin TX with his new band Fair City Fire, was pretty jazzed this week about playing Antone’s in Austin.  Not being familiar I asked him what the big deal was and he responed by explaining, “Totally fair question being unfamiliar with the Austin scene. Our drummer Joe Valadez put it best so I'm gonna steal from his status about it! Antones is a super legendary place. ‘This place opened in 1975 so Clifford Antone could see the blues greats before they passed. The likes of Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sunnyland Slim and Big Walter Horton have played under that Antone's sign.  The list goes on though.. James Brown and Ray Charles have also graced that stage’."

---NEPA folk-rockers, Cabinet are launching a southern tour next month that will take them to…Charlotte NC on 9/7….Asheville NC on 9/8…Raleigh NC on 9/9 & 9/10, before returning for more regional dates…on 9/28 in New Haven CT…9/29 in Ithaca NY at The Haunt…State College PA on 10/13…Buffalo NY on 10/14…and Norfolk CT on 11/2!

---Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop is coming to The Haunt in Ithaca NY on 10/2!  Stinson, if of course an original member of The Replacements and also more recently a member of Guns N’ Roses!  You can also catch them opening for The Psychedelic Furs in…Alexandria VA on 10/4…Tarrytown NY on 10/6…Montclair NJ on 10/7…Clifton Park NY on 10/8…Philadelphia PA on 10/10…Red Bank NJ on 10/11…Pawtucket RI (solo) on 10/12…Toronto ON on 10/16…and Brooklyn NY on 10/22!

---Colin Hay, former lead singer of Men At Work, is returning to our region, with a local date…The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca NY on 10/25…as well as…Concord NH on 10/14…Northampton MA on 10/15…Washington DC on 10/21…and Oakmont PA on 10/26!

---David Lindley, guitarist for Jackson Browne’s band, is off on a solo tour again this Spring that will bring him back to our area…Bel Air MD on 4/6…Jim Thorpe PA (at Mauch Chunk Opera House) on 4/7…and Greenwich CT on 4/8!

---Condolences to Jane Train, the local Scranton area musician who was also manager of Adrenaline Mob and was a passenger in the crash that recently killed the bands bass player…she died from injuries also sustained in that accident.

---Congrats to Kadima’s drummer, Evan McNamara, as he welcomes the birth of a baby…unfortunately that means the band had to dropped out of the Allsiders Festival @ Rec ParkV.A.P.E. stepped up to fill the gap…

[Note: there will be no Music News report and no new Charts next weekend as we will be off for the Labor Day weekend!  Our next report will be dated 090918!]


---Pentatonix have added a December leg to their 2017 tour…presumably for holiday shows in…Upper Darby PA on 12/7…Uncasville CT on 12/9…three in Boston MA on 12/12, 12/13 & 12/14…Washington DC on 12/17…and three more in NYC on 12/19, 12/20 and 12/21!  There are plenty of dates between cities and more shows can be, and probably will be, added!

---Z.Z. Top has announced an intimate theatre-styled tour that is coming to our region in October & November…Baltimore MD on 10/15…Red Bank NJ on 10/24…Port Chester NY on 10/25…Boston MA on 10/27…Hampton Beach NH on 10/28…Reading PA on 10/29…Morristown NJ on 10/31…and Greensburg PA on 11/1!

---Hip hop fans will be happy to know that Tyler The Creator is playin’ the circuit again…NYC on 11/13…Worcester MA on 11/15…Sayreville NJ on 11/16…and Lancaster PA on 11/17!

---Culture Club is coming to America and Boy George and the guys will plant their flag in…Huntington NY on 11/14…Uncasville CT on 11/16…Atlantic City NJ on 11/18…before heading to South America and Australia (where they’re touring in a package with Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins!  They should do that in the U.S. too!)

---Bill Corgan, lead singer and songwriter of Smashing Pumpkins, has booked a solo tour, as he releases a solo album (anybody remember his last one?  Zwan?), but only four shows out of thirteen in our region…two nights in Brooklyn NY on 10/14 & 10/15…Wilmington DE on 10/18…and Toronto ON on 10/20!

---Need a little hair metal action?  Y&T is back on the road this winter and coming soon to a theatre in our greater region…Sellersville PA on 2/20…NYC On 2/21…Poughkeepsie NY on 2/23…Londonderry NH on 2/24…and Warrendale PA on 2/27!

---Robyn Hitchcock, formerly of the db’s and The Soft Boys is set to play a handful of dates in the US and a couple in Canada for a total of 4 within our region…Woodstock NY on 9/2…Brooklyn NY on 9/3…two nights in Toronto ON on 9/21 & 9/22…NYC on 11/18…and Newburyport MA on 2/17/18!!

---The Tedeschi Trucks Band had booked a six-night residency at the Allman Brothers Band’s old hang-out, the Beacon Theatre in NYC!  They’ll be hanging out there starting on 10/6-7, then 10/10-11 and 10/13-14!  North Mississippi Allstars will open on 10/11!

---Tricky is stepping out with an October tour…South Burlington VT on 10/5…Montreal QC on 10/6…Toronto ON on 10/7…Brooklyn NY on 10/9…and Washington DC on 10/11!

---Breakout alt-rockers, The Revivalists have booked a late Fall tour…Washington DC on 11/15 & 11/16…Philadelphia PA on 11/17…and Boston MA on 11/18!

---David Archuleta of American Idol fame, is going on an 11-date tour that unfortunately for his regional fans only plays in our greater area twice…Sellersville PA on 10/25…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/26!

---Beyonce’s sister, Solange, will play two dates in our region on a limited tour…Washington DC on 10/1…and NYC on 10/2!

---Dillinger Escape Plan has booked a two night holiday stand at Terminal 5 in Manhattan NY on 12/28 & 12/29!  So far, these are the only U.S. dates for the remainder of 2017, following their tour to Australia, New Zealand and Japan!

---Say Anything have launched a major U.S. tour doubling up on consecutive nights in most cities…two nights in Baltimore MD on 1/12 & 1/13 (at different venues)…two nights in NYC on 1/14 & 1/15…two nights in Boston MA on 1/16 & 1/17…and Philadelphia PA on 1/19 & 1/20! 

---The Shins, a great punk-rock band have booked some dates to support a new music video…Washington DC on 11/2…Brooklyn NY on 11/3…and Philadelphia PA on 11/4!

---Gavin DeGraw’s RAW Tour, which features his songs being played in a stripped-down trio, instead of a full band, is coming this Fall…Montreal QC on 10/24…Toronto ON on 10/25…Montclair NJ on 10/27…Washington DC on 10/28…Boston MA on 10/29…and Philadelphia PA on 10/30!

---Balance & Composure will play some solo dates outside of the Thrice/ Circa Survive tour this fall…11/21 in Lancaster PA!


---Blackmore’s Night is returning to North America…the acoustic duo of Ritchie Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow) and his wife, Candace Knight, play medieval folk music; which really doesn’t get all that much exposure in the 21st Century!  So whether you want to check out the music, or bask in the presence of one of the most iconic guitarists of the last 60 years, so far they are only playing one date…10/7 in Stroudsburg PA at the intimate Sherman Theatre!

---Mike Doughty, formerly of Soul Coughing, has booked a one-off for the City Winery in Manhattan NY on 10/12!

---The Wallflowers have booked a one-time only show at the Samuel Adams Octoberfest at Pier 16 in the Seaport District of NYC on 10/21!

---Lana del Rey plays a one-shot show in NYC on 10/23 at Terminal 5!

---Lisa Lisa is playing a Retro night show with Rob Base, Lisette Melendez and some others at the Bergen Center in Englewood NJ on 11/24!

---Dee Dee Sharp (remember Mashed Potato Time?)…has booked a one-off in Philadelphia (which makes sense because she used to record for Gamble & Huff, the Sound of Philadelphia songwriting duo) at the World Café Live in Philadelphia PA on 11/18!


---No sooner did Katy Perry announce her tour dates then she delayed them for two weeks due to production delays which led to a lack of rehearsal time, so the follow dates have been pushed back…Montreal QC on 9/9 to 9/19…Toronto ON on 9/12 to 10/31 (…and the just added 11/1)…Buffalo NY on 9/16 (not yet rescheduled)…Philadelphia PA on 9/18 to 10/12…Uniondale NY on 10/3 (…not yet rescheduled)…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/19 to 9/22! 

---The BulletBoys add Manchester NH on 11/1…and Easton PA on 11/4!

---Sponge adds Easton PA on 12/15…and moves their Amityville NY show from 12/8 to 12/16!

---Former Alcatraz guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen has added a few dates…Stroudsburg PA on 10/24…Londonderry NH on 10/27…Rochester NY on 10/28…Ridgefield CT on 10/29…Peekskill NY on 11/9…and moved the Philadelphia PA show from 10/27…to 11/7!

---Thrice have added Balance & Composure to their package tour with Circa Survive, which puts them on the bill for all eight regional dates!

---The Spinners add two nights in Niagara Falls ON on 1/19 & 1/20!

---The Grass Roots add Niagara Falls NY on 2/16!

---Wishbone Ash adds a second night in Norfolk CT, but it unfortunately comes a month before the original date…on 8/28!  Just a heads up there!

---Tommy James & the Shondells add Lancaster PA on 2/11/18…and Woonsocket RI on 3/24/18!

---Kix adds Camp Hill PA on 11/24…and Warrendale PA on 12/16!

---Tower Of Power adds Warrendale PA on 1/18!

---The National have booked what seems to be a tune-up before the head to Europe in Philadelphia PA on 9/5…they also added Washington DC on 12/5!

---alt-J adds Philadelphia PA on 10/31!

---War adds Washington DC on 11/4…and Wilmington DE on 11/9!

---Two Door Cinema Club adds Brooklyn NY on 9/15!

---Insane Clown Posse adds Brooklyn NY on 10/23!

---Los Lonely Boys adds Londonderry NH on 11/9…and changes their 11/8 show from the City Winery in Boston to the City Winery in NYC!

---Blues rockers, Hot Tuna have turned their two-night residency into a four-night residency at the City Winery in Manhattan NY, 11/21-22 and 11/27-28!

---Taking Back Sunday adds Sayreville NJ on 12/15!

---Janet Jackson adds Washington DC on 11/16!


---alt-J (1)

---Balance & Composure (1)

---Billy Corgan (4)

---Blackmore’s Night (1)

---BulletBoys (2)

---Cabinet (5)

---Colin Hay (5)

---Culture Club (3)

---David Archuleta (2)

---David Lindley (3)

---Dee Dee Sharp (1)

---Dillinger Escape Plan (2)

---Doyle Bramhall II (1)

---Gavin DeGraw (6)

---Hot Tuna (2)

---Insane Clown Posse (1)

---Janet Jackson (1)

---Kix (2)

---Lana Del Rey (1)

---Lisa Lisa/ TKA/ Rob Base/ Lisette Melendez (1)

---Los Lonely Boys (1)

---Mike Doughty (1)

---Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (1)

---Pentatonix (9)

---Robyn Hitchcock (6)

---Say Anything (8)

---Solange (2)

---Sponge (1)

---Taking Back Sunday (1)

---Tedeschi Trucks Band (6)

---The Grass Roots (1)

---The National (2)

---The Revivalists (4)

---The Shins (3)

---The Spinners (2)

---The Wallflowers (1)

---Thrice/ Circa Survive/ Balance & Composure (8)

---Tommy James & The Shondells (2)

---Tower Of Power (1)

---Tricky (5)

---Two Door Cinema Club (1)

---Tyler The Creator (4)

---Y&T (5)

---Yngwie Malmsteen (5)

---War (2)

---Wishbone Ash (1)

---Z.Z. Top (8)

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


Music News for 081917:

---The breakdown on the Bon Jovi show at En Joie Golf Course in Endicott is out…it was a record setter with an estimated 25-thousand people in attendance for the show that is the annual climax for the night of the first round of the Dicks Sporting Goods Open…and it was a restless crowd as the bands plane was delayed two hours due to thunderstorms in Newark NJ, so the band didn’t even take the stage until just before 10pm…and played until nearly midnight!  Some ticket holders were a bit upset that they waited almost seven hours (as many concert goers arrived early to get a good view) and that no announcement was made to the waiting crowd, until approximately 9pm, but word is that the show itself was great!

--- The basic line-up for the third annual Binghamton Porchfest has been announced as of Monday 8/14…in addition to the 108 bands on 42 porches, the third annual Porchfest, which will be held on Sunday August 27th will also include a karaoke porch and an open mike porch!  The full line-up is posted on the local concert page on this site and if you need more, here’s a link to the festival’s facebook page: …and btw, all the shows are also listed on our concert pages…just sort by venue to see all the events listed together.

---The line-up for the Fourth annual Rock Against Suicide 4 benefit has also been announced and it’s pretty awesome…Wreckless Marci, Odd Man Out, Drama Scream, Hating Amy and Project Z will gather at the Choconut Inn in Friendsville PA on Saturday October 14th to raise money for this important cause!  The cost of a ticket is $10.00 and the show starts at 5pm!

---Driftwood has announced that they’ll be making the trip to Gatlinburg TN to play at the Sugarlands Mountainfest on 9/29!  The local/ national touring folk-rockers are also set to play at the Eastbound Throwdown on 9/9 in Salem NY…the Rusty Nail in Mifflinburg PA on 9/15…and The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 11/3!

---Is local jam-band/ cover band, Raibred prepping a mini-regional tour?  It looks like they’re hitting the road for a week in December, beginning with a two-night stand with Astro Collective and Fordham, at the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY on 12/15 & 12/16…before taking both bands on the road with them to…Buffalo NY On 12/17…Syracuse NY on 12/20…and Rochester NY on 12/21!

---Dark Star Orchestra (the grateful dead cover band) will return to State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 11/19, but they’ve also added an entire leg on their 2017 tour that comes into our region in…Montclair NJ on 11/10…Albany NY on 11/11…Peekskill NY on 11/12…Northampton MA on 11/14…New Haven CT on 11/17…Worcester MA on 11/18…Concord NH on 11/21…Jim Thorpe PA (at Penn’s Peak) on 11/22…two nights in Huntington NY on Long Island on 11/24 & 11/25…Washington DC on 12/2…Montclair NJ on 12/28…and three nights in Philadelphia PA on 12/29, 12/30 & 12/31!

---Trans-Siberian Orchestra has finally posted their holiday schedule for 2017 and, as usual, it’s massive…and it will impact our local region on 11/19 in Wilkes-Barre PA, at the Arena at Casey Plaza, as well as…Erie PA On 11/16…Baltimore MD on 11/17…Allentown PA on 11/18…Rochester NY on 11/22…Worcester MA on 11/24…Manchester NH on 11/25…Uncasville CT on 11/26…Washington DC on 12/14…Hershey PA on 12/15…Buffalo NY on 12/16…Philadelphia PA on 12/17…Pittsburgh PA on 12/22…Newark NJ on 12/26…and Albany NY on 12/27!

---The I Love The 90’s Tour is coming back with a line-up that will increasingly rotate, but is still very cool every time…and this time the tour is coming to Scranton PA at Montage Mountain on 8/26…as well as…Essex Junction VT on 8/25…Gilford NH on 8/27…Camden NJ on 9/1…Uncasville CT on 9/2…and Vienna VA on 9/3!  Bands or musicians rotating thru the tour include…Snap!...Rob Base…Mark McGrath…C&C Music Factory…All-4-One…Coolio…Naughty By Nature…Color Me Badd…Montell Jordan…Biz Markie…and Kid N Play!  Consult your local venue for any permutation of the above line-up!

---Blood Sweat and Tears (featuring American Idol singer, Bo Bice) has announced that they will play a show at Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono PA on 9/1!  This show is a late add to their itinerary, but as it turns out, will bring them into our area three months earlier than planned as they have stops planned beginning 12/1 in Millville NJ and including…Wilmington DE on 12/2…Hartford CT on 12/9…East Greenwich RI on 12/10…Plymouth NH on 12/14…Beverly MA on 12/15…Huntington NY on 12/16…and NYC on 12/17!

---NYS FAIR UPDATE: Post Malone has withdrawn from the Fair and is being replace by Lynyrd Skynyrd!  The show is set for 2pm on Sunday 8/27!  Stephen Marley @ 2pm and Symphoria @ 8pm have also been added on 8/26 replacing DJ Khaled!  DNCE has also been added on 9/2 @ 2pm and Kool & the Gang will play on 9/4 @ 6p!

---Condolences to Ed Hickey on the passing of his mother, Mary Hickey on 8/9 in Naples, Florida.  She was 74.


---Shania Twain has announced her comeback and final tour for 2018 this week and there are plenty of regional dates in it…Montreal QC on 6/26…two nights in Toronto ON on 7/6 & 7/7…Boston MA on 7/11…Philadelphia PA on 7/12…NYC on 7/14…Washington DC on 7/15…and Pittsburgh PA on 7/17!

---Metro Station is adding another leg of shows for Fall 2017 that include…Pittsburgh PA on 10/10…Niagara Falls NY on 10/11…Easton PA on 10/12…Providence RI on 10/13…Stanhope NJ on 10/14…and Baltimore MD on 10/15!

---BulletBoys (remember their hair metal cover of The O’Jays “For The Love Of Money”?)…have announced a dozen-date tour with two shows in our region…Pittsburgh PA on 11/3…and Easton PA on 11/4!

---Merry Christmas Darling: A Carpenters Christmas has announced initial dates and there will be at least a few in our region…Uncasville CT on 12/3…Elmsford NY on 12/5…and Easton PA on 12/14!  I can’t believe there won’t be more announcements coming in the next few weeks or months.  Stay tuned.

---The Dirty Heads are expanding their current tour to include new dates with a changing cast warming up for them…or abandoning warm-up bands altogether…Silver Spring MD on 11/2…Providence RI on 11/3…Lancaster PA on 11/4…New Haven CT on 11/5…Montreal QC on 11/8…Toronto ON on 11/10…Clifton Park NY on 11/11…and Niagara Falls NY on 11/12!

---Rick Springfield has announced a Fall 2017 series of shows many of which fall into our region…Wallingford CT (w/ Richard Marx) on 9/7…Gilford NH (w/ Richard Marx) on 9/8…Vienna VA (w/ Richard Marx) on 9/10…Jim Thorpe PA (at Penn’s Peak) on 9/21…Montclair NJ on 9/22…Atlantic City NJ on 9/23…and Verona NY on 10/1!

---Prog rockers, Wishbone Ash have expanded the few dates previously leaked for Fall 2017 with new dates in…Sellersville PA on 9/27…Norfolk CT on 9/28…Londonderry NH on 9/29…Bay Shore NY on 9/30…Pawling NY on 10/1…Buffalo NY on 10/5…Pittsburgh PA on 10/7…and Jim Thorpe PA on 10/8!

---Dave Brockie may be gone, but Gwar keeps plodding on with a fresh Fall tour and a bunch of stops inside our region…Toronto ON on 10/22…Pittsburgh PA on 10/23…Baltimore MD on 10/26…New Haven CT on 10/27…Worcester MA on 10/28…Philadelphia PA on 10/29…NYC on 10/31…Buffalo NY on 11/1!

---Death From Above (formerly death from above 1979) have announced a Fall set of dates the will intersect with our greater region…Montreal QC on 10/20…Boston MA on 10/21…Clifton Park NY on 10/23…Brooklyn NY on 10/25…Philadelphia PA on 10/27…Silver Spring MD on 10/28…and Toronto ON on 12/1!

---Kid Cudi has confirmed upcoming regional tour dates for Fall 2017…Philadelphia PA on 9/30…Boston MA on 10/1…Wallingford CT on 10/3…Toronto ON on 10/4…NYC on 10/6…and Washington DC on 10/8!

---10 Years is on a nice little package tour with Red and Otherwise that will bring them to…Pittsburgh PA on 10/17…Lancaster PA on 10/19…and NYC on 10/21!

---Brand New is back with a “brand new” tour that is coming to our region…Philadelphia PA on 10/18…NYC on 10/19…Boston MA on 10/20…Upper Darby PA on 10/21…and Baltimore MD on 10/23!

---Highly Suspect is expanding their break thru tour and hopefully their success so far, which will bring them back around to our region…Lancaster PA on 10/31…Philadelphia PA on 11/1…Providence RI on 11/3…and Asbury Park NJ on 11/4!

---98 Degrees are back together for their 20th Anniversary…releasing a new X-mas album and taking it on the road!  “Let It Snow” will be released on 10/13…it will be their second X-mas album, their first in a century (…or since 1999)…and your can see them in Mashantucket CT on 11/24…Atlantic City NY on 11/25…and Westbury NY on 11/26!

---Evanescence is releasing a new album soon, “Synthesis” and they aren’t just taking the album with them on tour…they’re taking the concept too…While “Synthesis” will feature some new music, it will mainly reimagine a selection of Evanescence classics with a full orchestra and electronics to augment the bands dynamic.  Regional dates on this tour include…Pittsburgh PA on 10/30…Oxon Hill MD on 10/31…Upper Darby PA on 11/2…Mashantucket CT on 11/3…Boston MA on 11/5…Bethlehem PA On 11/7…Baltimore MD on 11/8…NYC on 11/10…and Toronto ON on 12/8!

---Papa Roach cancels tour while singer, Jacoby Shaddix has vocal surgery!


---Hip hop star, K. Michelle will play a one-off in Westbury NY on 9/9 at The Space!


---Sponge adds Stanhope  NJ on 11/17…Poughkeepsie NY on 11/18…and Amityville NY on 12/8!

---Graham Nash extends his Fall 2017 tour with Canadian dates, including…Kingston ON on 10/11!

---Simple Plan add St. Catherines ON (near buffalo) on 9/15!

---The Hispanic Dylan, Rodriguez, adds Westbury NY on 9/27!

---Katy Perry adds Montreal QC on 9/19…she also adds Noah Cyrus to the bill on all regional dates!

---America adds Westbury NY on 9/14!

---Matthew Sweet adds Havertown PA on 9/9!

---Bleachers add Brookville NY on 10/12

---Rickie Lee Jones adds Mamaroneck NY on 10/20…and Boston MA on 10/21!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out adds Westbury NY on 11/10!

---Night Ranger adds West Springfield MA on 9/29 (with Fastball)…and Englewood NJ on 12/14!

---Suzanne Vega adds Mamaroneck NY on 4/27!

---Minus The Bear is playing a headlining show of their own on an off-night from the Silversun Pickups tour…in Lancaster PA on 11/13!

---Puddle Of Mudd adds Amityville NY on 10/28!


---10 Years/ Red/ Otherwise (3)

---98 Degrees (3)

---America (1)

---Bleachers (1)

---Blood Sweat & Tears (1)

---Brand New (5)

---BulletBoys (2)

---Dark Star Orchestra (16)

---Death From Above (7)

---Dirty Heads (8)

---Driftwood (4)

---Evanescence (9)

---Get The Led Out (1)

---Graham Nash (1)

---Highly Suspect (4)

---I Love The 90’s (6)

---K. Michelle (1)

---Katy Perry (1)

---Kid Cudi (6)

---Matthew Sweet (1)

---Metro Station (6)

---Merry Christmas Darling: A Carpenters Christmas (3)

---Minus The Bear/ Cymbals Eat Guitars/ Pet Symmetry (1)

---Night Ranger (2)

---Puddle Of Mudd (1)

---Rodriguez (1)

---Rick Springfield (7)

---Rickie Lee Jones (2)

---Shania Twain (8)

---Simple Plan (1)

---Suzanne Vega (1)

---Sponge (3)

---Trans-Siberian Orchestra (15)

---Wishbone Ash (8)

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


Music News for 081217:

---Local TV station, Fox 40 has been scooping the market on a lot of new local music stories and last week they found another…13-year-old Noor Hila of Vestal, was the winner of the 2017 EPAC’s Got Talent Showcase, and not only can she sing…she can also write (songs of course) and play piano!  In fact she can play piano so well, that she’s already outgrown at least one of her piano teachers!  She has recently been working with Damian Cornwell of OnPoint Productions, in Binghamton NY who calls her singing soulful!  To see the report, click on the link below:

---First Stephen Stills is coming to town, then Graham Nash announces dates…now David Crosby of CSN (…and sometimes Y) and The Byrds, is ready to play the State Theatre in Ithaca on 11/8!  Crosby has announced a huge, yet intimate theatre tour that includes a lot of regional dates as well…Munhall PA on 11/7…Montreal QC on 11/10…Boston MA on 11/13…Londonderry NH on 11/15…Albany NY on 11/17…Rutland VT on 11/18…Ridgefield CT on 11/20…Collingswood NJ on 11/21…NYC on 11/25…Morristown NJ on 11/26…and two nights in Vienna VA (near Washington DC) on 11/28 &11/29!

---The Original Monarch’s are coming to Binghamton!  The doo-wop band from Louisville Kentucky had their first chart hit in May 1964, but it was largely ignored due to Beatlemania and the British invasion.  They had minor hits with “Look Homeward Angel,” “Over The Mountain,” and “This Old Heart,” and you can hear them (…and dance to them…) for yourself on 9/2 at American Legion Post #1645!  Tickets are $10.00.

---Binghamton Porchfest posted a notice on facebook this week that they are sending out a tentative schedule to bands and hosts Friday evening (8/11)…presumably to reduce any conflicts…and that it be finalized and made public on Monday 8/14!  The stated goal this year…108 bands…42 porches!  Sounds like fun to me!  The third annual Porchfest will be held on Sunday August 27th!

---Congrats to local musician Paul Taurterouff, who just released his solo album, “Audio Chocolate!”  Catch him in the local and regional clubs for a copy!  Just $10.00 and it apparently comes with a compilation CD!  Very cool!

---Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Quiet Riot and Warrant tour coming to Tags, in Big Flats NY on 9/24 $24-75.00,. Tickets may be two-for-one.  Keifer’s other tour stops include…NYC on 10/11…Derry NH on 10/12…Chester PA on 10/13…and Warrendale PA on 10/14!  Tickets went on sale this weekend for $25.00 general admission, $50.00 reserved seating and $75.00 for gold circle seating!  A little birdy tells me they might be two-for-one, so make sure you ask!

---State Theatre in Ithaca NY scores another great show as Dinosaur Jr. and Easy Action have announced that they will play there on 9/30!  The tour has also added some other dates…Pawtucket RI on 9/27…Lancaster PA on 9/28…Philadelphia PA on 9/29…and two in Brooklyn NY on 10/2 & 10/3!

---Tauk is making a Fall run of theatre-sized venues that will pass thru our local region on 9/16 at The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 9/16…as well as…Burlington VT on 9/15…Baltimore MD on 11/3…Ardmore PA on 11/4…and NYC on 11/24!

---Former Journey lead singer, Steve Augeri, will play the Kallet Theatre in Pulaski NY (near Syracuse) on 10/13…it’s an off tour day for Augeri who is opening for War (8/19), Asia (9/2) and Lou Gramm (1/20) in other appearances in our region!

---The line-up has been established for next weekends Fools Hill Festival at Fools Hill Farm in Spencer NY, (near Elmira NY) so here’s the full three day break out:

Friday 8/18:

5p: Technicolor Trailer Park

7p: Noon Fifteen

9p: Kitestring

11p: Friends With Bennys

Saturday 8/19:

3p: Thee KinFolk

5p: The Ghost Peppers

7p: Dapper Dan

9p: The Blind Spots

11p: Boogie Low

Sunday 8/20:

3p: Garlic Band

5p: Knotty North

7p: The Ilium Works

9p: Plasm

---Mary Chapin Carpenter tour comes to Lackawanna College in Scranton PA on 10/24!  The pop/ country singer has also added solo shows in Northampton MA on 10/26…Hartford CT on 10/27, following her tour with Lucinda Williams!


---Bruce Springsteen is going to Broadway…no he’s not starring in a musical…he’s the star of a one-man show, an intimate theatre experience that will take place in the Walter Kerr Theatre in Manhattan NY for a total of 40 nights, starting 10/3 and running thru 11/26!  Specific dates are Tuesdays thru Saturdays (with Sundays and Mondays off obviously) 10/3-7, 10/10-10/14, 10/17-21, 10/24-28, 10/31-11/4, 11/7-11/11, 11/14-18 and 11/21-26!  The shows promise to be intimate indeed as capacity at the Kerr Theatre is around one-thousand seats!

---Speaking of Springsteen, his E-Street Band guitarist, Little Steven, is also making a road trip, including…Holmdel NJ on 9/21…Port Chester NY on 9/23…NYC on 9/25…Staten Island NY on 9/27…Boston MA on 9/29…Philadelphia PA on 10/1…Baltimore MD on 10/2…Huntington NY on 10/4 and Toronto ON on 10/9!

---Hip hop superstar, Macklemore is going on the road, but for a change, without his longtime partner in crime, Ryan Lewis…look for the paired down show to hit theatre sized venues instead of arena’s this time…Pittsburgh PA on 11/7…Toronto ON on 11/8…NYC On 11/10…Silver Spring MD on 11/11…Philadelphia PA on 11/13…and Boston MA on 11/14!

---Mutemath, Colony House and Romes are taking a package tour on the road and it will come thru our greater region in September, including…Boston MA on 9/14…New Haven CT on 9/15…Pittsburgh PA on 9/16…Philadelphia PA on 9/19…Brooklyn NY on 9/20…and Silver Spring MD on 9/22!

---Here’s a modern christian metal package tour…I Prevail, Escape The Fate, The Word Alive and We Came As Romans…are taking an extensive road trip that will pass thru our region several times…Toronto ON on 10/15…Niagara Falls NY on 10/16…Montreal QC on 10/17…Sayreville NJ on 10/19…Worcester MA on 10/20…Hartford CT on 10/21…Baltimore MD on 10/23…Philadelphia PA on 10/24…NYC on 10/25…Stroudsburg PA on 10/28…and Pittsburgh PA on 11/28!

---Hip hop stars, Ja Rule and Ashanti will embark on a 10 date tour, spread out over four month, beginning in the US with a stop in Buffalo NY on 8/26…and ending in NJ with a show at Harrah’s in Atlantic City on 11/22!

---Alt-country band, the Gin Blossoms, are setting off on a late Summer tour that will bring them to…Clayton NY (near watertown) on 8/10…Middletown PA on 8/26…and Buffalo NY on 9/23!

---The remaining music making member of Outkast, Big Boi, takes to the road in September with fresh dates in Silver Spring MD on 9/11…South Burlington VT on 9/12…Pittsburgh PA on 9/14…NYC on 9/16…and Boston MA on 9/17!

---Kip Winger has booked a three-date tour…two of which fall into our greater region…Asbury Park NJ on 9/29…and Poughkeepsie NY on 9/30!

---British industrial band, Ministry, is coming to America to distract their fans from all the chaos in Washington DC…maybe.  Check ‘em out in…Philadelphia PA on 10/14…Brooklyn NY on 10/16…NYC on 10/17…Silver Spring NY on 10/19…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/21!

---Iron & Wine will return this Fall for a half dozen shows in our region…Washington DC on 11/9…New Haven CT on 11/10…Boston MA on 11/11…Northampton MA on 11/12…NYC on 11/13…and Brooklyn NY on 11/14!

---Hot Tuna is back with a handful of holiday shows in our region…NYC on 11/21 & 11/22…Asbury Park NJ on 12/7…Port Chester NY on 12/8…and Huntington NY on 12/9!


---How weird is this?  Of the 15-dates on the latest jaunt by Saliva, the alt-metal band is making only one in our greater region…in Niagara Falls NY on 9/7 with Breath Of The Valkyrie, Ritual Walk and Shadow Siren at the Evening Star Concert Hall!

---Terry Reid (the singer Jimmy Page originally wanted for Led Zeppelin, before he found Robert Plant) has booked a one-off in Piermont NY on 11/19!

---The late Harry Chapin’s brother, Tom Chapin has booked two nights in Piermont NY on 12/27 & 12/28 at the Turning Point!


---Judah & the Lion add Pittsburgh PA on 10/4!

---Paula Cole adds Philadelphia PA on 4/20…and Jersey City NJ on 4/21!

---Sara Evans adds Stroudsburg PA on 12/7!

---Huey Lewis & the News add Uncasville CT on 11/1…and two nights in Niagara Falls ON on 11/2 & 11/3!

---Blues guitarist, Jonny Lang adds Alexandria VA on 8/20…and moves his 9/29 show at Huntington NY to 10/19!

---Suzanne Vega adds Hudson NY on 8/11…and Londonderry NH on 8/12!

---Los Lobos adds Fairfield CT on 9/12…Tarrytown NY (w/Steve Earle) on 9/13…and Huntington NY (again with Steve Earle) on 9/14!

---Blondie adds East Meadow NY on 8/19…and Englewood NJ on 10/14!

---The National adds Pittsburgh PA on 10/7!

---Add CkY to the HIM farewell tour…and subtract the 11/16 show in Worcester MA from the tour, which is being switched to a date in South America!


---Big Boi (5)

---Blondie (2)

---Bruce Springsteen (40)

---David Crosby (13)

---Dinosaur Jr. (5)

---Gin Blossoms (3)

---HIM (-1)

---Hot Tuna (5)

---Huey Lewis & the News (3)

---I Prevail/ Escape The Fate (11)

---Iron & Wine (6)

---Ja Rule/ Ashanti (2)

---Jonny Lang (1)

---Judah & The Lion (1)

---Kip Winger (2)

---Little Steven (9)

---Los Lobos (3)

---Paula Cole (2)

---Macklemore (6)

---Mary Chapin Carpenter (3)

---Ministry (5)

---Mutemath (6)

---Saliva/ Breath Of The Valkyrie/ Ritual Walk/ Shadow Siren (1)

---Sara Evans (1)

---Steve Augeri (1)

---Suzanne Vega (2)

---Tauk (5)

---Terry Reid (1)

---The Monarchs (1)

---The National (1)

---Tom Chapin (2)

---Tom Keifer/ Quiet Riot/ Warrant (4)

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


Music News for 080517:

---Blues On The Bridge has confirmed that the 2017 festival will take place on Sunday September 10th…with Sunday September 17th serving as the rain date.  The line-up has yet to be announced!  The annual festival will be held on the Riverside Drive Bridge over the Chenango River, just off Confluence Park where the Chenango flows into the Susquehanna!

---Nice to see local promoter and dedicated baseball fan, Bill McStine remembered by having the Endicott Sertoma Field’s Press box dedicated to him.  Fox 40 covered this story!  Read the script or watch the video by clicking on this link:

---Alternative band, Modest Mouse, just released their itinerary for Fall 2017 and it is confirming a stop in Ithaca NY at the State Theatre on 10/6, as well as…Northampton MA on 10/7…Providence RI on 10/10…Sayreville NJ on 10/11…and Port Chester NY on 10/13 & 10/14!

---Felicia’s Hive 45 in Trumansburg NY has rebranded itself and is now known as Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery, according to an article in the Ithaca Journal, which I am shamelessly paraphrasing.  The good news is that old-time styled musicians will still play the venue on Fridays.  Read all about it by clicking on this link:

---Ray Lamontagne is coming to the State Theatre in Ithaca on 10/14!  LaMontagne’s “Just Passin’ Thru” tour will be acoustic and only in intimate theatre style venues!  It’s also set to play a bunch of regional dates, including…Buffalo NY on 10/13…Troy NY on 10/15…Waterbury CT on 10/17…two nights in Portsmouth NH on 10/18 & 10/19…Providence RI on 10/21…two more nights in Red Bank NJ on 10/22 & 10/23…Baltimore MD on 10/25…Morristown NJ on 10/27…Atlantic City NJ on 10/28…and Hershey PA on 10/29!  That’s 13 dates in our region…so if you want to see LaMontagne, this tour would be a great time!

---The alt-religious, iMatter Music Festival has posted it’s line-up, which is pretty good this year…Sleeping Giant, Hawthorne Heights, Vanna, Vessels, Balance & Composure, I See Stars, Phinehas, We Came As Romans, Veil Of Maya, Convictions and Bungler!  The festival will be held Sunday 8/13 at the Chemung County Faigrounds!

---Miss May I will go on a solo headlining tour following all of it’s festival commitments, and a lot of those dates will be in our local and regional zones…Erie PA on 9/8…Corning NY (at Landos) on 9/9…Syracuse NY on 9/10…Albany NY on 9/11…after that they’ll hook up with the Motionless In White tour!

---Graham Nash (formerly of The Hollies and CSNY) will play Bethel Woods in Bethel NY 9/24…and several other regional shows…Stroudsburg PA on 9/21…Mount Tabor NJ on 9/22…West Long Branch NJ on 9/23…Boston MA on 9/26…Rutland VT on 9/27…Keene NH on 9/28…Portsmouth NH on 9/30…and Buffalo NY on 10/1!

---The Buffalo Head in Conklin NY has changed it’s name to Jumbo’s! Please make a note of it!  …haven’t heard yet if there will be a grand re-opening or not, so stay tuned!

---Ingrid Michaelson’s stint on Broadway is over!  It came to an end on Sunday 8/13!  She played the Signature Sound Center Stage in the show “The Great Comet,” which features Michaelson’s newest music and the vague “more.”  Ingrid’s commitment to the show began five weeks ago.  She played the part of Sonya.  Michaelson is a Staten Island NY native who attended and graduated from Binghamton University.

---Are we hearing Wedding bells for Tommy Szedlock, who has played in several local bands…Wreckless Marci…Citizen 5…Scuttlebutt?  Info is private for now, but if true, best of luck on the big day to the happy couple…whenever that is!

---NYS Fair Update: DJ Khaled has been added to the Fair’s series of FREE shows on The Court! Producer, record label owner and DJ, Khaled  will play the fair on Saturday 8/26 @ 2pm!

---Bandcamp, a website used by many local and regional artists took a stand for Trans-Rights on Friday (8/4), and we were so struck by this idea that we just had to share it, even if would be over by the time this report was filed, we still wanted to let you know about it and that we stand with them, so here’s a link:


---The Killers have announced a tour in support of their new album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” that will come out sometime in September!  See them in…Toronto ON on 1/5…Laval QC (near montreal) on 1/6…Boston MA on 1/7…NYC on 1/9…Washington DC on 1/10…NYC on 1/12…and Philadelphia PA on 1/13!

---The Outbreak Tour has announced it’s line-up and itinerary and the basic joining of Waterparks, As It Is, Chapel and Sleep On It, is coming to…Toronto ON on 11/26…Montreal QC on 11/27…Boston MA on 11/29…NYC on 11/30…Philadelphia PA on 12/1…and Baltimore MD on 12/2!

---Squeeze will tour the US in Fall 2017 with several stops in our greater region…Glenside PA on 11/17…NYC on 11/19…Boston MA on 11/21…Red Bank NJ 11/22…Port Chester NY on 11/29…and Huntington NY on 12/2!

---Bash & Pop, ft. Tommy Stinson of The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses, has only booked three shows nationwide but two of them fall into our greater region…Pittsburgh PA on 9/19…and also Baltimore MD on 10/1, where they’ll warm-up for The Psychedelic Furs!

---The Hooters (remember this pop band from the 1980’s?  They had hits like “And We Danced,”)…have booked a two night reunion just outside of their hometown, Philadelphia PA at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on 11/3 & 11/4!

---Flogging Molly has announced Fall dates in…Niagara Falls NY on 10/31…Sayreville NJ on 11/2…Philadelphia PA on 11/3…Clifton Park NY on 11/4…Worcester MA on 11/5!  Anti-Flag and Jon Snodgrass will open!

---Zakk Wylde, former Ozzy Osborne guitarist, has booked some solo dates…Toronto ON on 10/4…Philadelphia PA on 10/5…Poughkeepsie NY on 10/6…Cambridge MA on 10/7…Eatontown NJ on 10/8!

---Paul Anka is still going at age 75…he’s headed back out on the road with a Fall 2017 that will bring him into our region…Greensburg PA on 9/14…Atlantic City NJ on 9/23…Bloomsburg PA on 9/25…Englewood NJ on 9/27…Morristown NJ on 9/28…and Ridgefield CT on 4/19/18!

---In addition to their stop at the NYS Fair in Syracuse on 8/27, hip hop troop, Post Malone will also go on their own headlining tour, following their spot on the Future tour this Spring and Summer…Boston MA on 9/12…Philadelphia PA on 9/15…Silver Spring MD on 9/16…and NYC On 9/19!

---Nick Lowe (“Cruel To Be Kind”) has booked some solo headlining dates this fall, aside from a show with Blondie on 10/13 in Brookville NJ…see Lowe in Montclair NJ on 10/14…Sellersville PA on 10/16…and Alexandria VA on 10/18!

---Trivium is going on a big package tour with Arch Enemy, Fit For An Autopsy and While She Sleeps and it’s coming this fall to a major market near you…Baltimore MD on 10/31…Philadelphia PA on 11/1…NYC on 11/3…Montreal QC on 11/5…and Toronto ON on 11/7!

---Future Islands have announced a major new leg on their world tour, which is in Europe now, but coming to the US in September and our region in October…Toronto ON on 10/6…Montreal QC on 10/7…Boston MA on 10/9…and wrapping it up with three nights in Brooklyn NY on 10/10, 10/11 and 10/12!

---George Clinton & P-Funk have booked a few dates for Fall & Winter of 2017 within the friendly confines of our greater region…NYC on 10/31…Washington DC on 11/3…Washington DC again on 2/10…NYC on 2/13…and Boston MA on 2/17!

---The Justin Bieber tour barely got expanded before it got cancelled, due to Biebers state of exhaustion for touring for nearly a year!  Expanded dates would have been…East Rutherford NJ on 8/23 & 8/24…Foxboro MA on 9/29…and Toronto ON on 10/5 & 10/6…but, just a reminder for true Beliebers…the tour has been totally cancelled!

---Pop band Echosmith, who played the NY State Fair last year, are going on a Fall tour that will include a few regional stops…Toronto ON on 11/5…NYC on 11/8…Philadelphia PA on 11/9…and Boston MA on 11/10!

---Guns N’ Roses have added an October leg to their “Not In This Lifetime” Tour, including…Philadelphia PA on 10/8…NYC on 10/11, 10/15 & 10/16…Newark NJ on 10/12…Washington DC on 10/19…Boston MA on 10/22…Hartford CT on 10/23…and Toronto ON on 10/29 & 10/30!

---Jay-Z has not only returned with a new album, “4:44,” but new tour dates as well…Montreal QC on 11/21…Toronto ON on 11/22…Boston MA on 11/25…Brooklyn NY on 11/26 & 11/27…Washington DC on 11/29…and Uniondale NY on 12/2!

---Silversun Pickups have announced Fall 2017 tour dates…Rochester NY on 11/10…Montreal QC on 11/11…Toronto ON on 11/12…Washington DC on 11/14…NYC on 11/15…Brooklyn NY on 11/17…New Haven CT on 11/18…and Philadelphia PA on 11/19!

---Art Garfunkel, formerly of Simon & Garfunkel, has confirmed book signing dates (that will also feature a short intimate performance) have been scheduled, but so have additional concert dates…Doylestown PA (book signing & a song) on 9/25…Cambridge MA (book signing & a song) on 9/27…NYC (book signing & a song) on 9/28…Washington DC (signing & a song) on 10/2…in our region, only the 9/26 date in NYC will be a book signing only…previously announced concert dates are Boston MA on 10/26 & 10/27…and Woonsocket RI on 10/28!  Garfunkel’s book, “What Is All But Luminous,” arrives in stores on 9/26!

---Phoenix will be play a short intimate schedule to support their new album, “Ti Amo,” with appearances in Montreal QC on 10/13…New Haven CT on 10/15…Washington DC on 10/16…and Providence RI on 10/18!

---White the rift between Nancy and Ann Wilson continues to keep Heart off the road, but not the Wilson sisters…both have touring solo projects, with the announcement of Nancy’s new band, Roadcase Royale, which is coming to…NYC on 9/10…Rochester NY on 9/12…Boston MA on 9/14…Uncasville CT on 9/16…and Pittsburgh PA on 9/28!

---Kesha has announced tour dates as her fans grab glitter and tickets…Boston MA on 10/4…Silver Spring MD on 10/6…Philadelphia PA on 10/7…NYC on 10/9…and Toronto ON on 10/16!


---Punk band, The Dead Milkmen will play what appears to be a one-off, just outside of Pittsburgh PA on 9/16!

---Alt-metal package tours used to be long, theatre-styled showcases for rising talent…so, unless this is a leaked pre-tour date, this apparent one-off is a sad testament to what used to be…Suicide Silcence, Upon A Burning Body, Prison and Slaughter To Prevail have booked Pittsburgh PA on 11/28 at the Diesel Club.

---Joe Walsh (of The Eagles and The James Gang) has announced a VetsAid benefit concert, set for 9/30 at the Arena in Fairfax VA and the show will also include some special guests…the Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban.

---Starship ft. Mickey Thomas have booked a few solo shows following the Replay America tour, but only one for our region…Ridgefield CT on 3/15/18!


---Dennis Tufano, of The Buckinghams, has added Schnectady NY on 4/7!

---Red Jumpsuit Apparatus adds Warrendale PA (just outside Pittsburgh PA) on 9/17!

---Randy Newman adds Glenside PA on 9/24!

---The Pixies add Northampton MA on 9/20…Buffalo NY on 10/1!

---Gary Numan adds Buffalo NY on 12/2!

---All-4-One adds Niagara Falls NY on 2/10!

---Bleachers (ft. Jack Antonoff of fun. remember them?) add Asbury Park NJ on 9/10…and Washington DC on 10/8!

---Eddie Vedder will join Pete Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia” tour!


---All-4-One (1)

---Art Garfunkel (8)

---Bash & Pop (1)

---Bleachers (2)

---Blondie/ Nick Lowe (1)

---Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (5)

---Dennis Tufano (1)

---Echosmith (4)

---Flogging Molly/ Anti-Flag/ Jon Snodgrass (5)

---Future Islands (6)

---Gary Numan (1)

---George Clinton & P-Funk (5)

---Graham Nash (8)

---Guns N’ Roses (10)

---Jay-Z (7)

---Joe Walsh/ Zac Brown Band/ Gary Clark Jr./ Keith Urban (1)

---Kesha (5)

---Modest Mouse (6)

---Nick Lowe (3)

---Paul Anka (6)

---Phoenix (4)

---Post Malone (4)

---Randy Newman (1)

---Ray LaMontagne (13)

---Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (1)

---Roadcase Royale (5)

---Silversun Pickups (8)

---Squeeze (6)

---Suicide Silence/ Upon A Burning Body/ Prison/ Slaughter To Prevail (1)

---The Dead Milkmen (1)

---The Killers (7)

---The Pixies (2)

---Trivium/ Arch Enemy/ Fit For An Autopsy/ While She Sleeps (5)

---Zakk Wylde (5)

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


Music News for 072917:

---Local rapper Chris Perry has caught the attention of fans around the world…and that has made him the focus of local news outlets in the greater Binghamton area!  Perry who goes by the nickname GQ is a Johnson City (which has already spawned Zarni de Wet, Fred Coury and Lyza) native and a graduate of Seton Central…but it was a song called, “Differences” that has made him a social media star, gathering over a million likes on facebook.  Find out more by clicking this link to a report about the GBA’s (greater Binghamton area’s) latest rising star on Fox 40:

---World music/ hip-hop pioneer, Matisyahu, will spend a weekend in Jefferson NY (just south of Cobleskill) for the Camping Trip Festival, from Friday 8/4 thru Sunday 8/6! 

---Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s is going on a ten-date solo tour, to promote her new solo album, “Change,” the first two of which were this month in Florida…the rest are scheduled for September and include at least one “local” stop…Funk & Waffles in Syracuse NY on 9/8…plus six regional dates…Pittsburgh PA on 9/5…two nights in Toronto ON on 9/6 & 9/7…Cambridge MA on 9/9…and two nights in Brooklyn NY on 9/10 & 9/11! 

---For those of you who can’t make the Stephen Stills/ Judy Collins show at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University on 8/28…the pair have announced another show that’s still within our “local” region…at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 9/27…and also adding an additional date in Lebanon NH on 9/28!

---Former Babys and Bad English singer, John Waite has booked some solo dates with local and regional implications…Plymouth NH on 9/15…Rockville Centre NY on 9/17…North Bethesda MD on 9/21…New Hope PA on 9/22…Pawling NY on 9/23…Newton NJ on 9/24…Irwin PA on 9/29…and Auburn NY, just outside of Syracuse NY, at the Public Theatre on 9/30!

---Dawes at State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 9/19!  After the John Mayer tour, which runs thru 9/3, Dawes will launch a solo tour that also includes…Northampton MA on 9/15…Burlington VT on 9/16 & 9/17, as part of the Grand Point North Festival!

---Tauk will play the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 9/16 as part of a small headlining tour in Fall 2017 that will also include Baltimore MD on 11/3! 

---If the recent tour stop at Bethel Woods with The Doobie Brothers wasn’t enough for you, Chicago returns to our area on 11/19 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY!  The pop/rock band will also play …Stamford CT on 9/28…Morristown NJ on 11/12…Red Bank NJ on 11/13…Englewood NJ on 11/14…Shippensburg PA on 11/16…and Baltimore MD on 11/18, which means the stop at Turning Stone is actually the last date on the tour!  It ought to be a fun time!


---Alice Cooper is taking Hollywood Vampires out for a major Fall tour, with fellow vampires, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, and of course, they’ll be stopping more than a few times in our greater region…Pittsburgh PA on 10/10…Rochester NY on 11/17…Clifton Park NY on 11/19…Stroudsburg PA on 11/21…Worcester MA on 11/22…Sayreville NJ on 11/24…Lancaster PA on 11/25…and Baltimore MD on 11/26!

---Theory Of A Deadman is back and they’ve booked a tour for the Fall 0f 2017 that includes a handful of dates in our region…Stroudsburg PA on 10/13…Clifton Park NY on 10/14…Philadelphia PA on 10/17…Sayreville NJ on 10/18…and Baltimore MD on 10/20!

---Thrice and Circa Survive are stepping out on a combo tour that will come into our region in late fall…Silver Spring MD on 11/16…NYC on 11/17…Sayreville NJ on 11/18…Philadelphia PA on 11/24 & 11/25…Boston MA on 11/26…Toronto ON on 11/29…and Rochester NY on 12/1!

---Dream Theater is back and touring the US and Canada with a passion, coming into our region at least nine times…Greensburg PA on 11/8…Niagara Falls NY on 11/10…Toronto ON on 11/12…Albany NY on 11/14…Boston MA on 11/15…NYC on 11/16…Asbury Park NJ on 11/18…Philadelphia PA on 11/19…and Baltimore MD on 11/27!  No opening act has been announced yet!

---Atlas Genius & Magic Giant are joining forces (mostly) for a large scale Fall 2017 tour that will include…Lewiston NY on 8/19 (atlas genius only)…Buffalo NY (again atlas genius only) on 10/10…Albany NY on 10/11…NYC on 10/13…Somerville MA on 10/14…Philadelphia PA on 10/15…and Washington DC on 10/16!

---Alt-rockers, Unwritten Law take to the road for a Summer 2017 tour that includes five stops in our region…Toronto ON on 8/23…Pittsburgh PA on 8/24…Philadelphia PA on 8/25…Brooklyn NY on 8/26…and Cambridge MA on 8/27!  Lost In Society will open.

---Smooth jazz woodwind player, Kenny G is adding a new leg on his Fall 2017…Atlantic City NJ on 11/4…St. Catherines ON on 12/13…Toronto ON on 12/14…and York PA on 12/18!

---Softer rocker, Melissa Manchester has confirmed dates for late Summer thru Winter 2018, but only two show in our region…NYC on 9/11…and Brookville NY on 2/17!

---Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze will play two solo shows in NYC during a two-night stand at the City Winery in Manhattan NY on 8/14 & 8/15!

---A$AP Mob, the amalgamation of all A$AP artists, including A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, etc.…plays Lowell MA on 9/23…Central Park in NYC on 9/25…Philadelphia PA on 9/26…and Washington DC on 9/27!

---Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy is adding on it’s own headlining tour following it’s stint on the Yes tour!  Look for them in October…Fall River MA on 10/4…NYC on 10/6...NYC on 10/7…Ridgefield CT on 10/8…and St. Catherines ON on 1012!

---Tom Keifer of Cinderella has announced a dozen date Fall 2017 tour with four of the shows on the itinerary dropping into our region…NYC on 10/11…Londonderry NH on 10/12…Chester PA on 10/13…and Warrendale PA on 10/14!

---Motionless In White and Miss May I have teamed up for a small, but global, package tour that will stop in…NYC on 10/12…Uncasville CT on 10/13…Baltimore MD on 10/15…Pittsburgh PA on 10/17…and Philadelphia PA on 10/31!  Motionless In White will also appear at the Rock & Shock Festival in Worcester MA on 10/14!

---Max Weinberg’s (of the E-Street Band) Jukebox has booked a seven-date Summer into Fall tour, including…Warrendale PA on 9/7…Pawling NY on 10/12…East Greenwich RI on 10/13…Boston MA on 10/16…and Jersey City NJ on 10/18!

---Following the Happy Together Tour, 60’s pop family band, The Cowsills, will play a few shows on their own…Greensburg PA on      11/11 (with Gary Puckett & the Union Gap)…NYC on 11/17…and Uncasville CT on 11/19!  After that they’ll be playing mostly cruises out of Florida or Seattle in 2018!

---Our Lady Peace is back following their stint warming-up for Guns N’ Roses, with a solo, headlining tour that will bring them near us…Clifton Park NY on 10/20...NYC on 10/23…Boston MA on 10/24…Atlantic City NJ on 10/28…and Uncasville CT on 10/28!

---Cannibal Corpse has joined forces with Power Trip and Gatecreeper for a modern metal package tour that is coming this fall to at least a few cities in our greater region…Boston MA on 11/28…NYC on 11/29…and Philadelphia PA on 11/30!

---SZA is also playing some solo shows in between her headliners…New Haven CT on 8/18…Montreal QC on 8/22…Boston MA on 8/25…Baltimore MD on 12/9…and Brooklyn NY on 12/10!

---Portugal. The Man has booked an extensive world tour with regional ramifications in light of their breakout hit, “Feel It Still”…two nights in Toronto ON on 8/17 & 8/18…Philadelphia PA on 8/20…then, after a European and Mexican tour…Port Chester NY on 10/24…and Sayreville NJ on 10/25!

---European metal outfit, Danzig, have booked a US tour that will include us in the northeast and mid-Atlantic…Hampton Beach NH on 9/7…Philadelphia PA on 9/8…Montclair NJ on 9/9…Huntington NY on 9/11…and Lewiston NY on 9/12!

---Alt-metal band, (hed) p.e. is taking a Fall 2017 jaunt thru our region…Pittsburgh PA on 10/16…Niagara Falls NY on 10/17…Halethorpe MD on 10/18…Laconia NH on 10/19…Lawrence MA on 10/20…Providence RI on 10/21…Sayreville NJ on 10/22…Reading PA on 10/23!


---Bob Seger adds Blue Cross Arena in Rochester NY on 9/12!

---Yes (ft. steve howe/ alan white/ geoff downes/ jon davison/ billy Sherwood…and to answer your question there are two different touring versions of the band right now, so just be aware) has added the Dome Arena in Rochester NY on 9/15!  Todd Rundgren will open.

---Bleachers add Lewiston NY on 9/8…Rochester NY on 10/11…Toronto ON on 11/14…Philadelphia PA on 11/16…Boston MA on 11/17…and NYC on 11/20!

---Willie Nelson is adding solo dates in between Outlaw Music Festival dates…regionally added solo dates include…Bethlehem PA on 9/12…and Poughkeepsie NY on 9/13!

---Jonny Lang adds Thornton NH on 8/19…and Reading PA on 10/8!

---The Ataris and The Queers add Jersey City NJ on 9/26…and Baltimore MD on 9/27!

---George Clinton & P-Funk add NYC on 10/31…and Washington DC on 11/3!

---The Subdudes have added a second leg of their 2017 tour with new dates in…Irwin PA on 11/11…Hartford CT on 11/18…NYC on 11/19!

---Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes add NYC on 3/17…and Rutland VT on 4/6!


---(hed) p.e. (8)

---Atlas Genius (2)

---Atlas Genius/ Magic Giant (5)

---Bleachers (6)

---Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band (1)

---Cannibal Corpse/ Power Trip/ Gatecreeper (3)

---Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (5)

---Chicago (7)

---Cindy Wilson (7)

---Danzig (5)

---Dawes (2)

---Dream Theater (9)

---George Clinton & P-Funk (2)

---Hollywood Vampires (8)

---Kenny G (4)

---John Waite (8)

---Jonny Lang (2)

---Matisyahu (3)

---Max Weinberg’s Jukebox (5)

---Melissa Manchester (2)

---Motionless In White/ Miss May I (5)

---Our Lady Peace (5)

---Portugal. The Man (5)

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

---Stephen Stills/ Judy Collins (2)

---The Ataris/ The Queers (2)

---The Cowsills (3)

---Theory Of A Deadman (5)

---Thrice/ Circa Survive (8)

---Willie Nelson (2)

---Yes/ Todd Rundgren (1)

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


Music News for 072216:

---Eamonn Is Pitch Perfect!  Eamonn Hubert the 8-year-old child guitar prodigy has the ability to recreate any pitch…and not just with musical instruments in his band Doug & Eamonn and his side-project, Hot Dogs And Gin!  Fox 40 has continued to focus on this popular young boy and aired this report on Thursday 7/20!  Here’s a link:

---As you read this local drummer, Mike Ricciardi is on the West Coast with Joey Molland’s Badfinger! They played Oakland CA on 7/25…Seattle WA on 7/26…and Phoenix AZ on 7/28!  Now that’s living right!

---Steve Forbert is set to play a show in Ithaca at The Dock on 11/3!  Forbert, who had a top ten hit in the 70’s with “Romeo’s Tune,” has also been booked at Geneseo NY on 11/4…Pawling NY on 11/5…Kennett Square PA on 11/10…and Washington Township NJ on 11/11!

---Aztec Two-Step has been confirmed to play the Nelson Odeon in Nelson NY, (…near Cazenovia NY and a little bit further east from Syracuse NY on Rt. 20.) on 4/27 and has also announced additional dates in our greater region, including…Philadelphia PA on 8/11…Vienna VA on 8/13…NYC on 8/31…Salem CT on 9/16…Boston MA on 9/24…Schenectady NY on 10/14…Auburn NY on 10/21…Buffalo NY on 10/22…South Orange NJ on 10/27…Hartford CT on 11/4…East Greenwich RI on 11/18…Piermont NY on 11/25…Bay Shore NY on 12/2…Pawling NY on 12/9…Willimantic CT on 3/4…

New London NH on 3/22…Nelson NY on 4/27…Saratoga Springs NY on 4/28…and Port Washington NY on 5/19!

---The village of Endicott began it’s Free Summer Concert Series this past Wednesday!  Here’s a report from local TV station, Fox 40…just click on the link:

---Congrats to the FarmHouse Brewery, in Owego NY, for celebrating it’s third year of business!  Local TV station, Fox 40 recently noted the anniversary on their newscast!  Here’s a link:

---While we’re speaking of Fox 40, they also put together a nice report on the Grassroots Festival this year! Check it out here…

---Talk about your brush with greatness: Todd Evans posted on facebook this week (7/23) about a plane ride he shared with Jack Russell’s “Great White!”  According to Evans, they’re all “Super nice!”  Sweet!


---Following Chester Bennington’s suicide this week (on 7/20) it seems pretty obvious that the Linkin Park tour, which was set to begin next week will be cancelled…postponed at least until the band can retool, if it decides to carry on at all.  For now, we expect that all dates are cancelled, but should that change, we’ll let you know. [Note: Live Nation officially cancelled the tour on Friday morning 7/21, even though tickets were still on sale at one particular venue until Saturday morning.]

---Guns N’ Roses were teasing America last week with billboards all over New York City that read  #Appetite30th, hinting at a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Appetite For Destruction, the bands break thru album…while we’re not getting a full fledged new tour the band has added onto their current “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which had already announced a handful of regional shows in October!  Now the band is adding new shows in Newark NJ on 10/12…a third night at MSG in NYC on 10/16…Washington DC on 10/19…Hartford CT on 10/23…and a second night in Toronto ON on 10/30!  Happy early Halloween!

---The Prophets Of Rage (formerly Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave) have announced some solo theatre-style shows before they hit some of the Fall Festivals…Boston MA on 9/7…Asbury Park NJ on 9/9…Philadelphia PA on 9/10…and NYC on 9/12!

---Stone Sour has announced Fall 2017 tour dates…but only two that are Bingo-centric…Bethlehem PA on 10/3…and Niagara Falls NY on 10/4!

---Prog-rockers, King Crimson have announced a Fall 2017 tour that will include some extensive touring in our region…Washington DC On 10/28 & 10/29…Newark NJ on 10/31…Philadelphia PA on 11/2 & 11/3…Boston MA on 11/6…Albany NY on 11/8 & 11/9…Allentown PA on 11/11…and NYC on 11/17 & 11/18!

---Alt-folk stars, Blackberry Smoke is hitting the road with Aaron Lewis (of staind) this Fall and the tour will come to…Oxon Hill MD on 10/27...Indiana PA on 11/8…NYC on 11/14…Salisbury MD on 11/15…and Upper Darby PA on 11/16!

---The alt-swing outfit, The Brian Setzer Orchestra has booked their annual holiday shows…Philadelphia PA on 11/17…Englewood NJ on 11/18…Ridgefield CT on 11/19…Red Bank NJ on 11/21…Westbury NY on 11/22…Montclair NJ on 11/24…and Washington DC on 11/25!

---Poco has announced a 15-date tour (half of which will be on a cruise ship) but only one regional date for us…NYC on 9/13!

---Rising alternative band, Nothing But Thieves has confirmed new tour dates…Toronto ON on 10/27…Montreal QC on 10/29…Boston MA on 10/30…Washington DC on 10/31…NYC on 11/1…and Philadelphia PA on 11/2!  Airways will open on shows in Canada…in the US Airways will be joined by Missio!

---Cypress Hill has confirmed a paltry few dates in the US following their European tour…NYC on 10/30…Boston MA on 10/31…and Silver Spring MD on 11/1!

---The Church is confirming the Fall touring schedule…Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 9/27…Brooklyn NY on  9/28…Boston MA on 9/29…Newton NJ on 9/30…Washington DC on 10/1…and Philadelphia PA on 10/3!

---Superjoint have booked a package tour including DevilDriver, Child Bite, King Parrot and Cane Hill…but have announced fewer than a handful of tour dates thru our region…NYC on 10/11…Reading PA on 10/13…Worcester MA (with Motionless In White) on 10/14…and Sayreville NJ on 10/15!

---British prog-rockers, Renaissance have booked a half-dozen Fall 2017 tour dates in the US…and lucky us…five of them are within our greater region…Ridgefield CT on 10/26…Glenside PA on 10/27…NYC On 10/28…Albany NY on 10/29…and Boston MA on 11/1!

---UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, Mickey & Astro finally announces the rest of their Fall 2017 tour dates…Toronto ON on 9/5…NYC on 9/8…Philadelphia PA on 9/9…and Washington DC on 9/12…this in addition to their previously announced shows on 9/4 at the NYS Fair in Syracuse NY…and Ridgefield CT on 9/10!

---Pop rockers, The Script have announced their Fall schedule with stops included in…Mashantucket CT on 9/28…NYC On 9/29…Boston MA on 9/30…Washington DC on 10/2…and Philadelphia PA on 10/4!


---Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze has booked a one-off at City Winery in NYC on 8/15!

---Jake Clemons is set to play a one-shot show in NYC at City Winery on 9/16!

---British band, The Plimsouls are playing only one date in the US this year (so far)…NYC on 9/20!

---Willie Nile has booked a one-off in NYC on 9/6!


---The Maine is set to headline their own tour, following their stint on the Dashboard Confessional tour, with Dreamers and Night Riots…in Buffalo NY on 11/4…and Baltimore MD on 11/10!

---Soil & Saving Abel adds Poughkeepsie NY on 9/28!

---Yes (steve howe/ alan white/ geoff downes/ jon davison/ billy sherwood) adds Hershey PA on 8/14…London ON on 9/14…Boston MA on 9/17…Huntington NY on 9/18 & 9/19!

---LCD Soundsystem adds…a second night in Washington DC on 10/18…and a third night in Philadelphia PA On 12/7!

---Rik Emmett adds New Hope PA on 10/20…Niagara Falls ON on 11/11…Irwin PA on 11/18…Plymouth MA on 12/2…Alexandria VA on 1/4…and two nights in Pawling NY on 5/19 & 5/20!

---Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience adds Ardmore PA on 9/14…Falls Church VA on 9/15… South Burlington VT on 11/30…Boston MA on 12/20…Providence RI on 12/21…Carlisle PA on 2/2…and Pittsburgh PA on 2/16!

---Bastille adds Sundara Karma to their Pittsburgh PA show on 9/9!

---The Strumbella’s add NYC on 7/31!

---Foster The People add Boston MA on 9/13…Philadelphia PA on 9/18…and Washington DC on 10/8!

---Shelby Lynn and Allison Moorer add Fall River MA on 8/21!


---Aztec Two-Step (20)

---Bastille/ Sundara Karma (1)

---Blackberry Smoke/ Aaron Lewis (5)

---Brian Setzer Orchestra (7)

---Cypress Hill (3)

---Foster The People (3)

---Glenn Tilbrook (1)

---Guns N’ Roses (5)

---Jake Clemons (1)

---King Crimson (11)

---LCD Soundsystem (2)

---Nothing But Thieves (6)

---Poco (1)

---Prophets Of Rage (4)

---Renaissance (5)

---Rik Emmett (7)

---Shelby Lynn/ Allison Moorer (1)

---Soil/ Saving Abel (1)

---Steve Forbert (5)

---Stone Sour/ Steel Panther/ The Cherry Bombs (2)

---Superjoint (4)

---The Church (6)

---The Maine (2)

---The Plimsouls (1)

---The Script (5)

---The Strumbella’s (1)

---UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, Mickey & Astro (4)

---Willie Nile (1)

---Yes/ Todd Rundgren (5)

---Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (7)

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


Music News for 071517:

---Fred Coury…Zarni de Wet…and now, Lyza Durgala!  Johnson City keeps pumping ‘em out!  Durgala is a singer, songwriter who has been at number one on New Music Weekly’s Indie Pop chart for six weeks (she’s down to #2 this week) with her song, “On Top Of The World.” She came home last weekend and performed at the American Legion Post #1305 in the Town of Dickinson and reached out to the local media for coverage.  Fox 40 showed up and produced a great story on her, which reportedly brought her mom (who of course still lives here) to tears.  Her debut recording is an EP called, “Lyza,” recorded at Mansion Audio in 2016, which means another local musician, Jeff DaBella helped shape it! 

Here’s a link to buy her EP:

Here’s a link to her song:

Here’s the link to the story about her that ran on Fox 40:

---Congrats to Lila Ignite who are returning home after a tour which saw them head south to Houston and San Antonio TX…then Nashville TN, Columbus and Marietta GA…west to Indiana and Illinois and then east to NYC and Long Island NY!  Tour mates for our local pop-punkers were PA band, Above The Mendoza, as well as Coasting On Potential and Nameless Children!  The tour is set to end Sunday 7/23 at the Pines Pavilion in Endicott NY, on Route 26, as the band returns no worse for wear…well except for Adam’s sprained toes and a hairline fracture in his foot from a bad jump on stage!  Where is Dave Grohl’s throne when you need it?

---Congrats to the Diversion Brewing Company in Chemung NY, on their first anniversary!  They’re planning a party to celebrate on 7/22, starting at noon with BBQ and music from Sam Swanson and the Amphersand Project!

---Whoa.  Have you checked out this article from Society of Rock?  They’ve found audio of late metal legend, Ronnie James Dio, raised in nearby Cortland NY, belting out doo-wop at age 19!   Here’s the link, thanks to Bill MacKechnie of Anubis Spire who posted this:

---For fans of 50’s & 60’s pop crooners, Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, will be delighted to know that their tour (Dick Fox’s Golden Boys Tour) is coming to Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols NY on Sunday, September 3rd!  This is one of only three stops presently booked, the next closest stop is Philadelphia PA on 7/21, so the tour coming this close is an incredible opportunity to see these stars up close!

---Canadian folk singer, Bruce Cockburn, is coming to the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca NY on Monday, 11/6, and has other regional stops planned as well…Montreal QC on 9/19…Hamilton ON on 9/30…Albany NY on 11/5…Northampton MA on 11/7…Boston MA On 11/9…Glenside PA on 11/10…NYC on 11/11 & 11/12…and Alexandria VA on 11/14!

---Congrats to Ithaca’s Big Mean Sound Machine who have been booked to play at American Beauty in NYC on 7/28!  You can also find them playing night #2 of the Fringe Festival in Rochester NY on 9/16!

---Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real will play Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen NY on 8/4…Nelson will also bring his band to a few other regional venues…Amagansett NY on 8/31…and NYC on 9/5!

---NYS Fair Update: Plenty of music news from the Fair this week, which added…The Family Stone on 8/24 @ 2p…Daya on 8/29 @ 8p…Bret Michaels of Poison on 8/30 @ 8p…and UB40 on 9/4 @ 2p!  All of these shows are FREE on The Court so the price of Fair admission is all you pay…buy you will have to jockey for a place to stand or sit, as The Court can get very packed!

---Condolences for Ken Wilson of local band, Odd Man Out, who lost his sister, Luanne Rose on 7/12. 


---Former One Direction star, Niall Horan is taking his “Flicker Sessions 2017” on the road this fall, with a handful of stops on this tour falling into our larger region, including…Philadelphia PA on 10/29…NYC on 10/31…Toronto ON on 11/1…Boston MA on 11/3…Washington DC on 11/4!

---Jay-Z is taking his “4:44” tour on the road in a big way and piling up shows across North America and in our greater region…Montreal QC on 11/21…Toronto ON on 11/22…Boston MA on 11/25…two nights in Brooklyn NY on 11/26 & 11/27…Washington DC on 11/29…and Uniondale NY on 12/2!

---British pop icon, Petula Clark will make one stop in our region on her American tour…Buffalo NY on 12/16…then, another stop within our larger region during her Canadian tour in Montreal QC on 5/10!

---Four Year Strong has booked a Fall 2017 tour that includes…The Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia PA on 9/7…and the Brooklyn Bazaar in NYC on 9/8 and 9/9…The Ballroom in New Haven CT on 9/10…Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 9/12…and the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore MD on 10/20…along with Grayscale, Like Pacific, Seaway and Life Lessons!

---The remnants of The Bar-Kays, most of the band died in a plane crash with Otis Redding in 1967….will play B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 7/25!.

---“The Killer” is still killin’ it!  Jerry Lee Lewis plays B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 7/29…and Friday 9/29!

---Americanafest in NYC is planned for Saturday 8/12 (with headliner, The Jayhawks) thru Sunday 8/13 (with headliner Bonnie Raitt) with two stages at Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan!

---R&B band, Tank has announced late summer and fall dates, which include B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 9/9…Boston MA on 9/10…Buffalo NY on 9/12…and Pittsburgh PA on 9/27!

---Suzanne Vega has been added to the Newport Folk Festival on 7/30…and has announced solo dates, including the Mile Ex End Musique Montreal Fest on 9/3…the City Winery in Manhattan (NYC) on 9/19…and two nights in Boston MA on 10/11 & 10/12!

---The Church (remember “Under The Milky Way?”) will play Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on 9/27 and The Bell House in Brooklyn NY on 9/28…City Winery in Boston MA on 9/29…Newton Theatre in Newton NJ on 9/30…9:30 Club in Washington DC on 10/1…and Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 10/3!

---Marilyn Manson has announced the ‘Heaven Upside Down” tour which will rock our greater region in the Fall, including…Silver Spring MD on 9/27…Pittsburgh PA on 9/29…NYC (at the Hammerstein Ballroom) on 9/30…Boston MA on 10/2…Huntington NY on 10/3…and Toronto ON on 10/5!

---The Breeders have scheduled Fall 2017 dates for America and that means at least a few stops in our greater region, including…The Sinclair in Cambridge MA on 11/3…the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on 11/5…and Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 11/6!

---American Football & Pure Bathing Culture are set for…Howard Theatre in Washington DC on 11/18… Brooklyn Steel in NYC on 11/19…Union Transfer in Philadelphia PA on 11/20…and the Royale in Boston MA on 11/21!

---Modern metal band, Children Of Bodom with Carach Angren, Uncured and Lost Society are booked to play…the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia PA on 11/22... the Theatre @ Times Square in NYC on 11/24…The Palladium in Worcester MA on 11/25…Anthology in Rochester NY on 11/26…Toronto ON on 11/28…and Montreal QC on 12/1!

---Alt-folk singer, St. Vincent has booked Fall 2017 dates which will bring her into our region a handful of times, including…Washington DC on 11/27…Philadelphia PA on 11/28…Boston MA on 11/30…and a two night stand in Brooklyn at Kings Theatre on 12/2 & 12/3!

---R&B band, 112 is only playing a half-dozen dates in America and only two in our greater region, so if you’re a fan you will have to travel to…Blue Cross Arena in Rochester NY on 7/29…or Royal Arena in Baltimore MD on 11/4!

---Adrenaline Mob (who just lost band member, bass player David Zablidowsky in a car crash), along with Righteous Vendetta and Dark Sky Choir, are back on the road in September and set to play…89 North Music Venue in Patchogue NY on 9/7…Sherlock’s in Erie PA on 9/19...Chrome Food & Spirits in Waterford NY on 9/20…Voltage in Philadelphia PA on 9/21…the California Brew Haus in Rochester NY on 9/22…and Providence RI on 9/23!

---Rochester’s Fringe Fest has announced their schedule, and here’s how the downtown festival breaks down:

9/15: Teagan & the Tweeds/ Noble Vibes

9/16: The Demos/ Big Mean Sound Machine

9/17: Judah

9/22: Sirsy

9/23: Prime Time Funk/ Mosaic Foundation

---Silverstein & Seaway have planned a tour of their own after the Warped Tour is done!  They trek across Canada with stops in our greater region including…The Mansion at Kingston ON on 11/1…La Tulipe in Montreal QC on 11/2…and Club Alsinthe in Hamilton ON on 11/23!

---Darlene Love of The Crystals has announced a sizable tour…larger than she’s done in recent years…and it will bring her to our region a lot…Lyndhurst NJ on 7/15…Bridgewater NJ on 7/16…NYC on 8/3…Frederick MD on 10/6…Uniontown PA on 10/7…Bayside NY on 10/15…Hillside NJ  on 10/21 & 10/22…Peekskill NY on 11/17…(the previously announced) Ridgefield CT on 11/18…East Greenwich RI on 11/19…Beverly MA on 11/25 & 11/26…as well as the previously announced three night stand in Manhattan at B.B. Kings Blues Club on 12/21, 12/22 & 12/23!

---Classically trained metal guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen, formerly of Alcatraz, has booked a Fall tour that is bringing him back to our region…Worcester MA on 10/25…Huntington NY on 10/26…Ridgefield CT on 10/29…Philadelphia PA on 11/7!

---Aaron Neville has announced a major Summer tour with shows scheduled into December…Truro MA on 7/29…NYC on 8/6…Cape May NJ on 8/6…Portsmouth NH on 8/11…NYC on 8/27…Atlantic City NJ on 10/20…NYC on 12/15…and Fairfield CT on 12/17!

---Reggae band, Culture ft. Kenyatta Hill will play a few American dates on their world tour…NYC on 8/22…and Wakefield RI on 8/25!

---The Timeflies will stroll thru our greater region in October…Philadelphia PA on 10/6…Providence RI on 10/8…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/15!


---Jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis has booked a one-off in North America on 9/29 at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo NY!


---American Idol Season 10 Winner, Scotty McCreery adds South Woodstock CT on 9/4…Verona NY on 9/15…Philadelphia PA on 9/16…and Columbia MD on 9/24!

---Phantogram adds Buffalo NY on 7/31!

---Los Lonely Boys add NYC on 7/18…Newton NJ on 8/25…New Hope PA on 8/26…Bethel NY on 11/5…Boston MA on 11/8…and Fall River MA on 11/11!

---Parachute adds the City Winery in Manhattan (NYC) on 9/14…and Pittsburgh PA on 9/21!

---Fastball & The Machine add West Springfield MA on 10/1!

---Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie have added two dates in our region…NYC on 8/10…and Bethlehem PA on 8/11!

---John Sebastian, formerly of The Lovin’ Spoonful, adds YC on 8/8!

---Sheryl Crow adds NYC on 9/6!

---Patti Smith adds NYC on 9/14!

---Soil & Saving Abel add NYC on 9/26!

---Charlie Puth has been added to all the remaining dates on the Shawn Mendes tour!  Please make a note of it!


---112 (2)

---Aaron Neville (8)

---Adrenaline Mob/ Righteous Vendetta/ Dark Sky Choir (6)

---American Football/ Pure Bathing Culture (4)

---Big Mean Sound Machine (2)

---Breeders (3)

---Bruce Cockburn (10)

---Children Of Bodom (6)

---Culture ft. Kenyatta Hill (2)

---Darlene Love (12)

---Fastball/ The Machine (1)

---Four Year Strong (6)

---Jay-Z (7)

---Jerry Lee Lewis (2)

---John Sebastian (1)

---Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie (2)

---Los Lonely Boys (6)

---Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (3)

---Marilyn Manson (6)

---Niall Horan (5)

---Parachute (2)

---Patti Smith (1)

---Petula Clark (2)

---Phantogram (1)

---Scotty McCreery (4)

---Sheryl Crow (1)

---Silverstein (3)

---Soil/ Saving Abel (1)

---Suzanne Vega (4)

---St. Vincent (5)

---Tank (4)

---The Bar-Kays (1)

---The Breeders (3)

---The Church (6)

---The Timeflies (3)

---Wynton Marsalis (1)

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


Music News for 070817:

---Congrats to Eamonn from Doug & Eamonn and their electric counter part, Hot Dogs & Gin…Eamonn recently tried out for the lead role in the broadway musical “School of Rock,” and while he didn’t get the part, he was recognized by the producers for his talent and encouraged to return when he is a little bit older.  Very cool!  Fox 40 recently did a feature on young Eamonn…here’s a link:

---Congratulations to the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY, who, as of July 1st have been open for twenty years!  It was on July 1st, 1997…that the Café came under the control of current owner, Jeff Kahn.  The iconic venue was a former speak easy during prohibition!

---Also, this week…local jam band, RaiBred has announced that on Saturday July 8th at the very same, Cyber Café West, the band will play their 200th show!  Nice milestone guys!  Here’s hoping the next 200 shows are just as special!

---Irma Thomas and The Blind Boys Of Alabama are coming to Binghamton University’s Osterhout Theatre in Vestal NY on 11/2!  Tickets prices will run from $18.00 to $45.00 and the show will start at 7:30pm.

---Blue Oyster Cult, in addition to be coming to Spiedie Fest at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton NY on 8/5, is also rumored to be coming to the 2017 NY State Fair in Syracuse on Saturday, September 1st!  One band we know for sure will be playing the fair this year is Earth, Wind & Fire who !  BOC/ Jefferson Starship also at Morristown NJ on 11/9…and Brookville NY on 11/10!

---The Chenango Blues Festival just got more interesting with the announcement of the North Mississippi Allstars being added to night #2 on Saturday 8/19!  Still waiting for festival organizers to build night #1 one up some more…so far just one act has been named to the Friday night portion of the festival. 

---O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) have announced a Fall leg to their 2017 tour with new dates in our region…and even a show in our generous local region…on 10/25 at the Crouse-Hinds Theatre in Syracuse NY…and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA on 10/29, as well as regional shows in…Niagara Falls NY on 10/22…Providence RI on 10/27…and Atlantic City NJ on 10/28!

---Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary will play the Earlville Opera House in Earlville NY (near Sherburne, north of Norwich) on 8/12!  Yarrow has also announced dates this week in…Sellersville PA on 7/22…Riverhead NY on 8/6…Flushing NY on 10/28…and the previously announced Pittsburgh PA on 11/3!

---Rusted Root is set to come back around this summer, with a new date in our local region in Ithaca NY at The Haunt on 8/31!  In addition, the band has also announced more new shows in…Falls Church VA (near Washington DC) on 8/13…Strattan VT on 9/2…Pound Ridge NY on 10/14…and Tarrytown NY on 10/21!

---NY State Fair Update:  Lots to report--Migos (who had their break out hit, “Bad And Boujee” this year) will play FREE on The Court on Sunday 9/3 @ 8pm…Post Malone have also been announced for 8/27 FREE on The Court @ 2pm!

---Night Ranger will headline Night #1 of Harbor Fest in Oswego NY on 7/28!  In addition they’ll be teaming-up with Loverboy for a couple of nearby dates following their tour of Japan and the Dominican Republic…in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/24…and Easton PA on 11/25!

---Pop-alt darlings, Fitz & the Tantrums have announced a lengthy Summer tour that includes a bakers dozen stops in our region, including an additional local date…Burgettstown PA on 7/18…Washington DC on 7/21…Camden NJ on 7/22…Darien Center NY on 7/25…Scranton PA (at Montage Mountain) on 7/26…Holmdel NJ on 7/28…Wantagh NY on 7/29…Dewey Beach DE on 7/30…Saratoga Springs NY on 8/1…Hartford CT on 8/2…Mansfield MA on 8/4…Gilford NH on 8/6…Montreal QC on 8/11…and Toronto ON on 8/12!

---Los Lonely Boys have finally announced a show in Bethel NY at Bethel Woods on 11/5!  Previously announced shows include…Plymouth NH on 7/13…Shirley MA on 7/14…Uncasville CT on 7/15…Pawling NY on 7/16…NYC on 7/18…Rochester NY on 7/20…Westbury NY on 7/21…Vienna VA on 8/23…Newton NJ on 8/25…New Hope PA on 8/26…Amagansett NY on 8/27…Boston MA on 11/8…and Fall River MA on 11/11!

---The line-up for the annual Humane Society benefit, Woofstock, has been announced!  The festival will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at the Pines Pavilion in Endicott NY, from 2p until 9p and will include…Hi-Way Fruitmarket, Project Z, The KiiL, Two Dollar Pistol and V.A.P.E.!

---Condolences to guitar superstar, Randy McStine, who lost his father, legendary local promoter, Bill McStine, last week at age 53. Check out Randy’s facebook page for a touching statement on his loss.


---Joan Osborne has confirmed a bunch of solo shows…North Adams MA on 7/7…Truro MA on 7/23…Annandale NY on 8/11…Pittsburgh PA on 9/23…York PA on 10/13….Toms River NJ on 10/14…Cambridge MA on 11/3…and two nights in Fairfield CT on 11/1 & 11/2!  She was also added to a few Shawn Colvin shows…in Red Bank NJ on 7/30…and Ocean City NJ on 7/31!

---Boz Scaggs will start a new solo leg to his summer tour in September and shows in our region will include…Rutland VT on 9/7…Baltimore MD on 9/9…New London CT on 9/10…Tarrytown NY on 9/14…and Easton PA on 9/15!

---Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis and Beady Eye, is set to tour North America this fall and he’ll be straying into our greater region at least a handful of times…Toronto ON on 11/23…Boston MA on 11/25…NYC on 11/27…Washington DC on 11/29…and Philadelphia PA on 11/30!

---Gordon Lightfoot has announced late summer and fall 2017 dates, including…Alexandria VA on 8/4…Lincoln RI on 8/5…Englewood NJ on 8/8…Boston MA on 8/9…Londonderry NH on 8/10…Worcester MA on 9/20…Plymouth MA on 9/21…Reading PA on 9/22…New London CT on 9/23…and previously announced dates in Saint Catherines ON on 11/8…Mississauga ON on 11/10…and Burlington VT on 11/11!

---Marc Cohn has announced a few dates before his UK and European tour…Jersey City NJ on 8/3…Hudson NY on 8/4…and Londonderry NH on 8/5…and then two new nights with The Blind Boys of Alabama, following his stint on the Michael McDonald tour…Morristown NJ on 3/16/18…and Collingswood NJ on 3/17!  …and I thought I was busy!

---The Devil Wears Prada has just posted tour dates for Summer and Fall of 2017 and stops include…South Burlington VT on 7/14…Pittsburgh PA on 9/29…Toronto ON on 10/2…Montreal QC on 10/3…NYC on 10/5…Worcester MA on 10/6…Philadelphia PA on 10/7…and Baltimore MD on 10/8!

---Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, is set to play a solo one-off in Philadelphia PA on 10/17…meanwhile his band project, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox has booked shows in NYC on 7/16 & 7/17…Pawling NY on 10/12…East Greenwich RI on 10/13…and Boston MA on 10/16!

---Howard Jones is coming off the RetroFutura tour with a bunch of solo dates…East Greenwich RI on 10/19…Peekskill NY on 10/20…Fairfield CT on 10/21…Londonderry NH on 10/22…Wilmington DE on 10/25…and Uncasville CT on 10/29!

---Electronic music superstar, Gary Numan has announced a late Fall tour of America including…Toronto ON on 12/1…Boston MA on 12/4…Philadelphia PA on 12/6…NYC on 12/7…and Washington DC on 12/9!

---Hips Don’t Lie!  Latin pop sensation, Shakira has already announced tour dates for 2018, with regional stops including…Washington DC on 1/16…NYC on 1/17…Montreal QC on 1/19…and Toronto ON on 1/20!

---Here’s a new retro tour…50 Summers Of Love w/ Micky Dolenz, of The Monkees, Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere & The Raiders, along with a Beatles cover-band called, The Fab Four!  The tour has only booked seven cities nationwide so far…and only two dates in our greater region…Morristown NJ on 7/27…and Westbury NY on 7/28!

---The Beach Boys have announced more summer shows for 2017 and beyond…East Providence RI on 8/9…Nantucket MA on 8/12…Ocean Grove NJ on 8/19…Schenectady NY on 11/14…Indiana PA on 11/16…and Pittsburgh PA on 11/18!

---The Strumbellas have announced a half-dozen shows for Fall 2017, four of which fall into our general region…Washington DC on 11/9…Philadelphia PA on 11/10…

on 11/11…and Buffalo NY on 11/14!

---Soil and Saving Abel team-up for a late Summer tour announcing just a portion of dates for now…Worcester MA on 9/27…Stanhope NJ on 9/29…Reading PA on 9/30…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/1, with more stops expected to be announced!

---70’s pop-rockers, Firefall have announced a few regional dates, including…NYC on 8/2…Pulaski NY on 8/5…and Staten Island NY (with Don McLean) on 10/6!

---Pop singer, Rachel Platten (she sang at a recent Spiedie Fest, remember?) has announced a half-dozen shows, including a few shows in our region…Niagara Falls ON on 7/6…and Stamford CT on 7/27!

---Iron Butterfly have announced a three-date tour with the entire schedule planned to happen within an easy driving distance…Pawling NY on 8/13…NYC on 8/15…and Sellersville PA on 8/16!

---Former Simon & Garfunkel vocalist, Art Garfunkel, has confirmed some regional dates for both the Summer and Fall of 2017, including…Washington DC on 7/8…two nights in NYC on 9/11 & 9/12…two more nights in Boston MA on 10/26 & 10/27…and Woonsocket RI on 10/28!

---Alt-Folk rockers, Old Crow Medicine Show are expanding their Summer dates…Schwenksville PA on 8/18…Cockeysville MD on 8/19…Brooklyn NY on 8/21…Northampton MA on 8/24…Rhinebeck NY on 8/25…and Sunbury PA on 8/26!

---Paramore added some new dates to their previously announced tour this week…they also added an opening act…Best Coast…and by the same token, Best Coast also added some solo shows on “off” nights on the Paramore tour!  New Paramore/ Best Coast dates include…New Haven CT on 10/5…new Best Coast dates are…Baltimore MD on 9/12…New Haven CT on 10/5…NYC on 10/8…and Jersey City NJ on 10/11!


---Loverboy and Kim Mitchell will play their only show together, and Loverboy’s only show in the Northeast on 7/11 in Lewiston NY (near Buffalo NY) at ArtPark! 

---The Greg Kihn Band will also play only one show in the Northeast…Canalside in Buffalo NY on 7/29!

---Jen Chapin (yes, she’s Harry’s girl) will play Club Helsinki in Hudson NY on 8/13!

---Howie Day has announced a one-off in NYC at the City Winery on 7/29!

---Pop-alt, soft-rocker, George Ezra is playing a one-off at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan NY on 7/31!


---Fastball adds Westerly RI on 7/31…and Rochester NY on 8/4!

---Randy Newman adds Morristown NJ on 9/15…and Troy NY on 9/16!

---Ana Popovic adds Shirley MA on 9/21…Hudson NY on 9/22…Jim Thorpe PA on 9/23…and Warrendale PA on 9/24!

---Speaking of Ana Popovic, she’s also been added to the Morristown Jazz & Blues Fest bill, in Morristown NJ on 8/19, with headliner, Walter Trout!

---The Subdudes have announced new dates for their Summer/ Fall 2017 tour…Truro MA on 7/13…East Greenwich RI on 10/5…Pawling NY on 10/7…and Norfolk CT on 10/8!

---BulletBoys add Haverhill MA on 7/27…and Reading PA on 7/29!

---Puddle Of Mudd adds Hartford CT on 7/14…and Warrendale PA on 8/25!

---Post Malone adds NYC on 7/16!

---Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes add Tarrytown NY on 10/20…Alexandria VA on 12/16…Red Bank NJ on 12/31…and Wilmington DE on 2/17!

---Fuel has posted additional Summer dates…Rochester on 7/8…Erie PA on 7/9…Clifton Park NY on 7/13…Poughkeepsie NY on 7/14…Lancaster PA on 7/15…Brigantine NJ on 7/16…Baltimore MD on 7/25…and Kingston MA on 7/26!

---Dark Star Orchestra add a second night in Hampton Beach NH on 7/29…and Buffalo NY on 8/3!

---Creedence Clearwater Revisited (which features two former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival) adds two nights in Niagara Falls ON on 10/4 & 10/5!

---Ted Nugent adds Poughkeepsie NY on 8/14!

---Rascal Flatts adds Westbury NY on 8/31!

---Spyro Gyra adds Hartford CT on 8/25…Fairfield CT on 9/27…Pawling NY on 9/29…East Greenwich RI on 9/30!

---John Sebastian, formerly of the Lovin’ Spoonful…adds Philadelphia PA on 8/10!

---Will Hoge also adds Philadelphia PA on 9/20!

---Alt-pop singer, Alex Clare adds…Philadelphia PA on 11/12…Washington DC on 11/13…and Toronto ON on 11/16!

---Good Charlotte adds NYC on 8/6!

---Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin, adds King Of Prussia PA on 8/10…Holyoke MA on 8/12…Hagerstown MD on 9/30…NYC on 12/22 & 12/23…and Baltimore MD on 1/4!

---Alabama adds Bridgeport CT on 9/10…Reading PA on 10/27!

---Buddy Guy adds Westhampton Beach NY on 8/13…Albany NY on 8/15…Lowell MA on 8/18…and Alexandria VA on 10/10!

---Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy plays a solo show on an off night from the Yes tour in…Hershey PA on 8/14!

---Pure Prairie League adds Newton NJ on 7/21…Irwin PA on 7/29…and Mamaroneck NY on 11/4!

---Bush is expanding their 2017 tour with new dates and two in our region…Asbury Park NJ on 8/9…and Bethlehem PA on 8/12!


---50 Summers Of Love (2)

---Alabama (2)

---Alex Clare (3)

---Ana Popovic (4)

---Art Garfunkel (6)

---Boz Scaggs (5)

---Buddy Guy (4)

---BulletBoys (2)

---Bush (2)

---Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (1)

---Creedence Clearwater Revisited (2)

---Dark Star Orchestra (2)

---Fastball (2)

---Firefall (3)

---Fitz & the Tantrums (14)

---Gary Numan (5)

---Good Charlotte (1)

---Gordon Lightfoot (9)

---Greg Kihn Band (1)

---Howard Jones (6)

---Howie Day (1)

---Irma Thomas/ Blind Boys Of Alabama (1)

---Iron Butterfly (3)

---Jen Chapin (1)

---Liam Gallagher (5)

---Loverboy/ Kim Mitchell (1)

---Marc Cohn (5)

---Migos (1)

---Night Ranger/ Loverboy (2)

---O.A.R. (5)

---Old Crow Medicine Show (6)

---Peter Yarrow (4)

---Post Malone (1)

---Puddle Of Mudd (2)

---Pure Prairie League (3)

---Rachel Platten (2)

---Randy Newman (2)

---Rascal Flatts (1)

---Rusted Root (6)

---Shakira (4)

---Soil/ Saving Abel (4)

---Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (4)

---Ted Nugent (1)

---The Beach Boys (6)

---The Devil Wears Prada (8)

---The Strumbellas (4)

---The Subdudes (4)

---Walter Trout Band/ Ana Popovic (1)

---Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin (6)

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


No report this week due to 4th of July weekend!


Music News for 062417:

---Local folk-rockers, Driftwood, are have left on what is becoming an increasingly frequent national tour that includes some dates that will take them far across the country, including…Owensboro KY on 6/21…Columbus OH on 6/22…Winter Park CO on 6/29…Denver CO on 6/30…Fort Collins CO on 7/1…Steamboat CO on 7/3…Victor ID on 7/6…Park City UT on 7/8…and Huntsville UT on 7/9…before returning to our region with a show in Vienna VA (near Washington DC) on 7/13…Mount Salon VA on 7/14…Thomas WV on 7/15…and then the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg NY, where they’ll play two shows…on Thursday 7/20 and Saturday 7/22…then, take a few weeks off before playing Johnstown PA on 8/5!  The gist is, if you don’t see this band for awhile, they’re busy representin’ Binghamton and building a national reputation that continues to grow.

---The music scene in the 607 always turns out to support their own and Jake McKinney is no exception.  McKinney, a local drummer who has played for (or with) The Look, Ashley Lux, Tim Ruffo, She’s A Spy, and Daddy Like; recently had major surgery and needs financial help to offset the cost and items not covered by insurance, so a gathering of his friends will play to help him raise the needed money on July 23rd at the Buffalo Head in Conklin NY!  The bands expected to play include…Stephen Lawrenceson, Brady Goldsmith, Jack Bastard, Sonny Weeks, Gene Hummel, Tim Ruffo Band, StreetLegal, Coasting On Potential, Revelation Now and Beard Of Bees!  Sounds like a great time for a great cause!

---Modern rockers, A Perfect Circle, have announced a Fall leg to their sold-out 2017 tour that now includes Syracuse NY, at the OnCenter, on 11/12…as well as plenty of other dates around the region…Fairfax VA on 11/1…Brooklyn NY on 11/2…Reading PA on 11/4…Uncasville CT on 11/5…Camden NJ on 11/7…Boston MA on 11/8…Albany NY on 11/11…Montreal QC on 11/14…Toronto ON on 11/15…and Pittsburgh PA on 11/17!

---Bumped into Joe Alston of Milkweed at the Bess Greenberg show at the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY on Wednesday night (6/21)…Alston is in the process of mixing down the debut Adam Ate The Apple album, which he also produced…and btw, the band is still deciding on an album title (but we hear it could be “No Flying Cars!”)…we’ll stay on top of it!  Meanwhile Alston is in the middle of producing no less than four local bands this year, including the recently released, “Kindergarden”…the debut album by Next of Kin.

---Fastball has announced the bulk of their Summer and Fall 2017 dates, including a new date within our local region…at The Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 7/29, as well as…Exton PA on 8/1…Harrisburg PA on 8/2…Ardmore PA on 8/3…NYC on 10/2…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/5!

---Hip Hop star, Future has announced he’ll play Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse NY on 8/26…as well as…Baltimore MD on 8/21…Saratoga Springs NY on 8/23…Atlantic City NJ on 8/24…Uncasville CT on 8/27…and at the Meadows Music & Arts Festival on 9/16!

---Sure enough, The Peach Festival announced this week that there will be an All-Star tribute to both Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks at this years festival!  Former Allman Brothers Band members, Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, Jaimoe, Marc Quinones and spin-off band, Les Brers will provide “classic Allman Brothers Band jams,” according to a press release posted on their website this week!  For more info, including phase two of this year’s festival line-up, just click on this link:

---Finally, get well soon wishes to Benny Fiacco of bass player for Frostbit Blue, The Gravelding Brothers, Parts Unknown and of course, beloved owner of Music City, as he’ll be hopping around for a few weeks after injuring his ankle last Sunday (6/18) on a motorcycle.  He finally relented and had surgery after a few days, but is still hoping to play the Parts Unknown show at the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY on Saturday night (6/24) inspite of his doctors orders to stay off his feet for a few weeks. 

---Another local singer/ song-writer/ guitarist, Jamie Willard is amongst the walking wounded…he suffered a dislocated shoulder, torn rotator cuff and a broken arm, in three places!  All this because he had the leash when his dog decided to try and chase another canine and dragged him along for the ride!  Just how big was that dog, anyway?


---LCD Soundsystem has planned a huge 10-night Fall 2017 stand in Brooklyn NY…plus a few other dates in our region…Washington DC on 10/17…Montreal QC on 12/2…Toronto ON on 12/3…two nights in Philadelphia PA on 12/5 & 12/6…Boston MA on 12/8…followed by that ten night residency at Brooklyn Steel on 12/11-12, 12/14-15, 12/17-19 and 12//23!

---Soul Asylum and Cracker have teamed-up for seven dates in our greater region…Toronto ON on 7/18…Albany NY on 7/19…Westbury NY on 7/20…Peekskill NY on 7/21…Englewood NJ on 7/23…Brigantine City NJ on 7/24…and Port Chester NY on 7/26!

---80’s post-modern pop stars, Midnight Oil have booked a modest tour in North America…NYC on 8/21…Montreal QC on 8/23…and Toronto ON on 8/25!

---Hip hop star, Raekwon has booked several dates over the next month that include an almost constantly changing support bill!  Check out the…Newark NJ on 6/30…NYC on 7/9…Baltimore MD on 7/13…and Pittsburgh PA on 7/20!

---Jim Messina, formerly of Poco and Loggins & Messina, has booked a small ten-date tour, with four shows in our greater region…Plymouth NH on 7/21…Rockport MA on 7/23…Natick MA on 10/6…and NYC on 10/8!

---Modern rockers, The Toadies along with Local H, have launched a fall tour together that will visit our region during October…Pittsburgh PA on 10/15…Washington DC on 10/17…NYC on 10/18…Philadelphia PA on 10/19…Boston MA on 10/20…and Asbury Park NJ on 10/21!

---R5, a pop band of brothers, fronted by Ross Lynch, formerly of the Disney Channel TV show Austin & Ally, has booked a handful of shows in our region as Spring turns to Summer…Toronto ON on 6/28…Boston MA on 6/30…Darien Center NY on 7/1…Philadelphia PA on 7/2…and Baltimore MD on 7/4!

---The Stephen Stills/ Judy Collins tour is proving so popular that it’s being extended with a Fall leg being added this week, and that means more dates in our greater region…Atlantic City NJ on 9/9…Torrington CT on 9/30…Cranston RI on 10/7…Albany NY on 10/8…Lancaster PA on 10/11…Tarrytown NY on 10/12…and Englewood NJ on 10/13!

---Bluesman, Jim Lauderdale has confirmed the bulk of his Summer itinerary…Buffalo NY on 7/3…Rochester NY on 7/4…Dover NH on 8/18…Plymouth MA on 8/19…and Beacon NY on 8/20!

---Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals have announced some fresh tour stops…Rochester NY on 8/20…Port Chester NY on 8/23…Atlantic City NJ on 8/26…and Montauk NY on 8/27!

---Buffalo Metal Festival is confirmed for Mohawk Place on Saturday & Sunday 7/22 & 7/23!  No line-up has been announced yet.

---Ten Years After has announced a two-date tour…both shows will be in our greater region…NYC on 9/19…and Plymouth NH on 9/23!

---Zedd announces an 11-date tour for the Fall of 2017…only two dates near us…Boston MA on 10/17…and Philadelphia PA on 10/19!

---Halestorm extends their 2017 tour in Rochester NY on 10/6…and Westbury NY on 10/8!


---Former American Idol, Ruben Studdard, will play a one off in NYC at B.B. Kings Blues Club on 7/8!

---Firefall will play a one-shot show in NYC on 8/2 at B.B. Kings Blues Club!

---The Bar-Kays will play one-time-only, at B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC on 6/27!

---Former American Idol contestant, Fantasia Barrino and Babyface will jointly play a one-off in Brooklyn NY on 8/4 on the Coney Island Boardwalk!

---Dru Hill will play a one-shot show in NYC on 8/17 at B.B. Kings Blues Club!

---The Whispers will play B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC, one-time-only on 10/6!

---Get The Led Out (now also known as “The American Led Zeppelin”) adds Utica NY on 7/21…Hampton Beach NH on 8/11…Lakewood NJ on 11/25…Northampton MA on 1/26…a second night in Reading PA on 2/17…and a second night in Collingswood NJ on 4/14!

---They Might Be Giants will play a one-off in Pawling NY on 8/11!

---Dee Snider (formerly of Twisted Sister) has only one booked show in the Northeast…just three in the country so far, for 2017…Ridgefield CT on 9/22 at the Ridgefield Playhouse!


---Phantogram adds Pittsburgh PA on 8/1!

---Men Without Hats will play a solo show on an off night of the Retro Futura Tour in Pittsburgh PA on 8/8!

---Blues Traveler adds Pittsburgh PA on 8/11!

---The Ataris & The Queers add Pittsburgh PA on 9/20, following their tour with Reel Big Fish!

---Clean Bandit add Pittsburgh PA on 10/10!

---Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer add a second night in NYC on 8/20…and Alexandria VA on 8/27!

---Average White Band adds NYC on 8/4!

---Sheila E. adds NYC on 8/18!

---Wishbone Ash adds NYC on 10/2!

---Air Supply adds NYC on 10/12…and Stroudsburg PA on 10/14!

---Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals play a terrestrial tune-up before departing for the high seas on the “Flower Power” cruise in NYC at B.B. Kings Blues Club on 8/19!

---Rising Alternative darlings, Magic Giant add…Buffalo NY on 7/6…and Washington DC on 7/27!

---George Thorogood adds Ridgefield CT on 7/24!

---Drive-By Truckers add Jersey City NJ on 10/5…and Port Chester NY on 10/6!

---Bruce Hornsby adds Ridgefield CT on 10/23!

---Martha Davis & the Motels add Ridgefield CT on 11/1!

---Kenny G adds Ridgefield CT on 11/2!

---John Legend has re-scheduled the 3 shows he postponed due to illness this past week…Camden NJ is now 7/24…Columbia MD on 7/25…and Mashantucket CT on 7/27!

---Sir Sly adds NYC on 7/11!

---Steve Forbert adds Asbury Park NJ on 8/25…and Vienna VA on 12/2!


---A Perfect Circle (11)

---Air Supply (2)

---Average White Band (1)

---Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (4)

---Blues Traveler (1)

---Bruce Hornsby (1)

---Buffalo Metal Festival (2)

---Clean Bandit (1)

---Dee Snider (1)

---Drive-By Truckers (2)

---Dru Hill (1)

---Fantasia/ Babyface (1)

---Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals (1)

---Firefall (1)

---Future (5)

---George Thorogood (1)

---Get The Led Out (6)

---Halestorm (2)

---Jim Messina (4)

---John Legend (3)

---Kenny G (1)

---LCD Soundsystem (16)

---Magic Giant (2)

---Martha Davis & the Motels (1)

---Men Without Hats (1)

---Midnight Oil (3)

---Phantogram (1)

---R5 (5)

---Raekwon (4)

---Ruben Studdard (1)

---Sheila E. (1)

---Shelby Lynne/ Allison Moorer (2)

---Sir Sly (1)

---Soul Asylum/ Cracker (7)

---Steve Forbert (2)

---Ten Years After (2)

---The Ataris/ The Queers (1)

---The Bar-Kays (1)

---The Toadies/ Local H (6)

---The Whispers (1)

---They Might Be Giants (1)

---Wishbone Ash (1)

---Zedd (2)

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


Music News for 061717:

---Congrats are again in order for Taina Asili’s, “No Es Mi Presidente,” is selected by Billboard magazine as one of the top ten songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino artists!  Asili is an M.E. grad (…and sister of a proud, Ayana Del Valle, who if you didn’t know is a local singer with the jazz project Enerjee and runs the Del Valle School of Voice!) who currently lives near Albany and often performs with her band, la Banda Rebelde.  The song has already been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine!  Here’s a link to the article: and here’s a link to the song:

---Togethernessfest at Fools Hill Farm, in Spencer NY, is nearly upon us (not be confused with the Fools Hill Festival which is August.) and the daily line-up has been established!  This years edition takes place from June 30th thru July 2nd and features a few local bands:

Fri. 6/30:         Jaynie Crash & The Tall Men

                        Dirty Blanket

                        The Hilltoppers

                        The Dishonest Fiddlers

                        Still Hand String Band

Sat. 7/1:          The Well Bottomers

                        Tylor Hubbard & Friends

                        Millers Wheel


                        Free Grass Union

                        Steel Guapo

                        Dirty Blanket

Sun 7/2:         Queen Of Fools

                        Pigeon Post String Band

                        Don Baragiano

                        The David Greybeard Band

                        Technicolor Trailer Park

                        Bug Tussle

                        Damn Tall Buildings

---Rock Against Suicide 4 has been booked for Saturday October 14th at the Choconut Inn in Friendsville PA from 5p to 11p! 

---Talk about the intricacies of recording contracts…Bill MacKechnie of Greene NY area prog-rock band, Anubis Spire posted this, on his facebook page, during this past week and it is eye opening…

“… was bound to come up sooner or later. Today someone asked me "What ever happened to that solo album you mentioned way back when you were bitching about your imploded record deal?"

Ahem....yes, I did mention I was working on one of those, didn't I?

Well, at the time, I had signed a deal for a few more Anubis Spire albums and a solo album (or two...) as well, with a company that really seemed to have their act together. Unfortunately, after delivering a finished master of the solo album, the company was acquired by a larger musical entity, that to put it frankly, wanted nothing to do with guitar oriented "old school" stuff.

They promised to release me from the contract and return the master (I ALWAYS get a reversion clause...I've been doing this crap and dealing with these types of weasels for a LONG time...) and two years later I'm still waiting.

So, I am seriously thinking of just releasing the material myself. I no longer have a copy of the final, mastered album but I really wasn't happy with a lot of it anyway, and now I might have the chance to fix what bothered me.

My only problem is I'd probably want to let the other A.S. members have a whack at it, and if I do that, do I call it an Anubis Spire album? A Bill and A.S. album, or just put it out under my name and rake in all the millions for myself while continuing to pay the band members in Popsicles, hair pomade and usual?

Decisions, decisions!”

Good luck, Bill!

---Binghamton City Limits returns this coming weekend (6/25) as McGirks in Chenango Bridge NY was closed for Father’s Day.  Tim Ward and the rest of the McGirks staff are still raving about the previous weeks performance by Jonathan Scales, Tom Wescott and friends!  Marv William’s ELIXIR will be hosting this weekend’s Binghamton City Limits @ 2pm on Sunday 6/25!

---Annie Burns has posted that she (and we assume The Burns Sisters) will again be playing the Woody Guthrie Festival in Oklahoma from 7/12 thru 7/14!  Way to represent!

---Lively debate on facebook this week about the metal scene in Binghamton.  Some blame the bars for cutting their support of it…some say they grew up…others blamed poser punks and self-loathing hipsters!  Recycled Zombies, DramaScream, Hells Winter, Break Of Agression, Human Powered Aggression and Ruination were credited with keeping the scene alive and that the best chance to catch local bands in this genre was at the Bundy Museum.  In the meantime, it sounds like there might be a new HPA (Human Powered Aggression) project on the way…keep it here!

---Ayanna D is rumored to be starting a new project called ELLAments, a soul, funk, pop, latin, 6 piece band!  Hoping it’s true as we’d love to see Ayanna performing more!  We’ll let you know what we hear. 

---If you missed the electric Milkweed show last weekend at the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY…singer, Jackie Columbo says that they’re already talking about having another one, so cross your fingers…

---The line-up for Ithaca’s Reggae Festival has been set!  The annual festival will be next weekend on June 24th at Stewart Park and it includes…John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, J-San & The Analogue Sons and Thunder Body!


---New Zealand singer, Lorde is taking her new album, “Melodrama,” (now on sale) on a major worldwide tour with dates set for our greater region in Spring 2018…Toronto ON on 3/29…Philadelphia PA on 4/2…Boston MA on 4/3…Brooklyn NY on 4/4…Newark NJ on 4/6…Uncasville CT on 4/7…and Washington DC on 4/8!

---Mastodon rocks American this Fall, but with only a few dates in our regional area! First is their addition to the Rock Allegiance Festival in Camden NJ on 10/7…followed by solo dates in Montreal QC on 10/9…and Rochester NY on 10/10!  Russian Circles and the Eagles Of Death Metal will also be on the bill!

---In addition to adding a date to their Summer tour in Niagara Falls NY on 6/22, this week…Queens Of The Stone Age have announced a late Summer/ early Fall 2017 tour that brings them back into our region on…9/6 in Port Chester NY…Philadelphia PA on 9/7…Toronto ON on 9/9…Pittsburgh PA on 9/13…Boston MA on 10/21…and NYC on 10/24!  Royal Blood will open all shows starting on 9/6!

---50’s (…and 70’s) pop singer/ songwriter, Neil Sedaka is still going and still touring!  He is set to hit the road this summer with a half-dozen dates in our region…Westhampton NY on 7/30…New Brunswick NJ on 8/11…Ocean Grove NJ on 8/12…Staten Island NY on 11/3…Waterloo NY on 11/10…and St. Catherines ON on 12/4!

---Rusted Root, a band that never seems to stop touring, has announced the rest of their Summer and into Fall 2017 itinerary…Pittsburgh PA on 6/23…New Haven CT on 6/24…Salisbury MA on 7/6…Westerly RI on 7/7…Brigantine City NJ on 8/14…Rochester NY on 9/1…and NYC on 10/13!

---Ani DiFranco has announced a moderate touring schedule for Fall 2017…Glenside PA on 10/1…NYC on 10/3…Somerville MA on 10/5…and Poughkeepsie NY on 10/6!

---Former leader of the Youngbloods (remember the 60’s anthem “Get Together?”), Jesse Colin Young has announced a solo tour that extends from Summer into Fall…Amenia NY on 7/9…Patchogue NY (part of the Great South Bay Music Festival) on 7/16…Harrisburg PA on 10/14…NYC on 10/15…and Bethesda MD on 11/3!

---Cowboy Mouth has announced a Summer tour on seemingly short notice (although I think this is really a local promoter waiting to make a national announcement to favor local ticket buyers.)…Shirley MA on 6/17…East Greenwich RI on 6/18…Fairfield CT on 6/21…Huntington NY on 6/22…and Washington DC on 6/24!

---Modern rockers, Bayside have announced new Fall 2017 dates…Baltimore MD on 9/6…Philadelphia PA on 9/7…Asbury Park NJ on 9/8…Huntington NY on 9/9…Boston MA on 9/10…NYC on 9/12…Pittsburgh PA on 9/13!

---Rising alt-pop stars, Sir Sly have booked a new round of tour dates, including…Washington DC on 7/12…Pawtucket RI on 7/14…Philadelphia PA on 7/15…Pittsburgh PA on 7/16…and NYC on 9/11!  Shaed will open the tour!

---The HIM farewell tour is now coming to the Northeast…Silver Spring MD on 11/9…Toronto ON on 11/13…Philadelphia PA on 11/15…Worcester MA on 11/16…NYC on 11/17!

---A Day To Remember has booked a Fall leg to their 2017 tour starting in Pittsburgh PA on 9/12…Buffalo NY on 10/8…Montreal QC on 10/10…and Toronto ON on 10/11!  Moose Blood and Wage War will open.

---Alt-folk band, Deer Tick has announced a Fall 2017 leg for their current tour and it includes at least a half-dozen stops in our greater region…three nights in Providence RI (at two different venues) on 1124, 11/25 & 11/26…New Haven CT on 11/29…Washington DC on 11/30…Philadelphia PA on 12/1…and NYC on 12/2!

---(hed) p.e. adds Pittsburgh PA on 10/16…and Niagara Falls NY on 10/17!

---50’s pop crooner, Pat Boone will play three nights in Niagara Falls ON on 6/27, 6/28 & 6/29!


---Farm Aid was announced this week for Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown PA, near Pittsburgh PA on 9/16!  So far, the list of performers includes: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Blackberry Smoke, The Avett Brothers, Insects Vs. Robots, Valerie June and Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real!

---Leslie West, legendary guitarist of Mountain, has booked a one-off in NYC on 6/24!

---Soil, Saving Abel and Gabriel & The Apocalypse have teamed-up for a one-shot show in Pittsburgh PA on 10/1 at the Diesel Club Lounge!   Sounds like a great night of alt-metal/ alt-rock!

---Ben Harper adds one U.S. date so far, following his European tour…Dome Arena in Rochester NY on 8/20…just a one-off, or a hint of more to come?  …we’ll see.


---Katy Perry adds Buffalo NY on 9/16!

---Atlas Genius adds Pittsburgh PA on 7/17, on an off-day from the Incubus tour!

---Graham Nash adds Stroudsburg PA on 9/21!

---Ana Popovic adds Jim Thorpe PA on 9/23!

---Kix add Allentown PA on 8/4…and Verona NY with Vixen on 9/23!

---Queens Of The Stone Age add Niagara Falls NY on 6/22!

---Boz Scaggs adds Troy NY on 9/12…and Glenside PA on 9/16!

---Bruce Hornsby adds Troy NY on 10/21!

---Marshall Crenshaw adds Woodstock NY on 8/12!

---Rodriguez adds Troy NY on 9/25!

---Avenged Sevenfold adds Camden NJ (philly area) on 6/21!


---A Day To Remember/ Moose Blood/ Wage War (4)

---Ana Popovic (1)

---Ani DiFranco (4)

---Atlas Genius (1)

---Avenged Sevenfold (1)

---Bayside (7)

---Ben Harper (1)

---Boz Scaggs (2)

---Bruce Hornsby (1)

---Cowboy Mouth (5)

---Deer Tick (7)

---Farm Aid (1)

---Graham Nash (1)

---(hed) p.e. (2)

---HIM (5)

---Jesse Colin Young (4)

---Katy Perry (1)

---Kix (2)

---Leslie West (1)

---Lorde (7)

---Marshall Crenshaw (1)

---Mastodon/ Russian Circles/ Eagles Of Death Metal (2)

---Neil Sedaka (6)

---Pat Boone (3)

---Pepper/ Tribal Seeds/ Fortunate Youth (6)

---Queens Of The Stone Age (1)

---Queens Of The Stone Age/ Royal Blood (6)

---Rodriguez (1)

---Rusted Root (7)

---Sheryl Crow

---Sir Sly/ Shaed (5)

---Soil/ Saving Abel/ Gabriel & The Apocalypse (1)

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


Music News for 061017:

---The Rec Park Music Fest has announced their 2017 line-up!  The nearly annual fest, named for Recreation Park in Binghamton, where it is held, was rained out twice, last year…here’s hoping that the rains stay away long enough to squeeze it in this year!  The festival date is set for Sunday August 20th, totally FREE, with an amazing local and regional line-up:

1:30p: Bess Greenberg/ Devinne Meyers

2:30p: The Tomahawks

3:30p: Grace’s Ghost

4:30p: Raibred

5:30p: Woodshed Prophets

6:30p: Home Brew (grateful dead tribute band)

8:00p: The O’Neill Brothers

---Dates for July Fest have been confirmed!  The annual fest, which always coincides with the Binghamton Music & Jazz Festival in downtown Binghamton will run from Friday, July 14th thru Sunday July 16th and feature some great bands, but so far there have been no bands scheduled! 

---The list of bands participating in the 2017 Fools Hill Festival in Spencer NY has been released and the dates have been confirmed!  This years festival will run from Friday August 18th thru Sunday August 20th at the Fools Hill Farm, and while we don’t know the day-to-day schedule of performers, here’s the list of who will be there during the three day festival…The Blind Spots, Boogie Low, Knotty North, The Ghost Peppers, Thee Kinfolk, Garlic Band, The Ilium Works, Plasm, Technicolor Trailer Park, Dapper Dan, Noon Fifteen, Kitestring and Friends With Bennys!

---A bit surprised by the crowd funding for the new Randy McStine album, “Anachronism” so far.  With 27 days left McStine has only raised 24% of his needed goal!  Does that mean there is a declining interest in this type of artist funding?  …or is it just assumed that McStine will reach his goal simply because he is so good?  We will be watching this more closely over the next month to see if McStine indeed meets his goal, and if not…what then?  Wanna pledge?  Here’s a link:

---Night Ranger and Loverboy may be pairing-up for a Fall stop in Wilkes-Barre PA at the Kirby Center on 11/24!  The question now is, will this be just a one-off, or is it part of a larger tour that hasn’t been announced yet!  Stay tuned!  [Btw, there maybe a change in start time, from 8pm to 9pm, for this show.  Check with the venue.]  Red alert…some Night Ranger dates were posted this week…but only one so far for our region…Oneonta NY on 6/28…which isn’t what we were expecting at all.  Waiting for more!

---National touring act, Two Door Cinema Club are coming back to Ithaca NY for a show at the State Theatre on Thursday 9/14!  While they’re in this neck of the woods they’ll also appear at Citi Field for the Meadows Music & Arts Festival on 9/15…then they’ll double back for Philadelphia PA on 9/30…and New Haven CT on 10/1!

---Highly Suspect will come to Syracuse NY on 8/8 at the Lost Horizon!  They’ll also make a stop in South Burlington VT on 8/10…and Boston MA on 8/12!

---Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Tommy Szedlock who recently had foot surgery to reset a broken foot! I guess he’ll be playing the bass sitting down for a few months…where’s Dave Grohl’s throne when ya need it?


---Roger Waters is expanding his Summer 2017 tour, in coordination with the release of his new album, “This Is The Life We Really Want?  Waters has added a second night in Washington DC on 8/5…a third night in Philadelphia PA on 8/11…Buffalo NY on 9/9…a third night in Toronto ON on 10/13…and a second night in Montreal QC on 10/17!  Check with the venues to find out when tickets go on sale!

---Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, is teaming-up with Kacey Musgraves for a huge, worldwide 2018 tour!  The tour is set to visit our little corner of the world as well…Philadelphia PA on 6/15/18…Toronto ON on 6/16/18…Boston MA on 6/18/18…NYC on 6/21/18…Washington DC on 6/24/18…as well as adding a stop  on the current 2017 tour…Washington DC on 10/1 with Muna!

---Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band are heading out, “one more time,” and they’ve booked some dates in our area…Rochester NY on 9/12…Boston MA on 9/14…Uncasville CT on 9/16…and Pittsburgh PA on 9/28!  So far, that’s only four out of 24 dates…I’m guessing there will be more in our region in the days to come.

---Nas and Lauryn Hill (…of The Fugees) have teamed-up for a massive Hip Hop double-bill that is coming within our greater region at least a few times…Toronto ON on 9/10…Boston MA on 9/12…Camden NJ on 9/14…and Bristow VA on 9/15!  Also on the bill…Chronixx and Hannibal Buress!

---Shawn Colvin has announced a major Fall 2017 tour and she’ll be coming into our greater region nearly a dozen times…two nights in Alexandria VA on 10/31 & 10/31…Philadelphia PA on 11/1…two more nights in Boston MA on 11/3 & 11/4…two more nights in NYC on 11/5 & 11/6…Fall River MA on 11/8…New Haven CT on 11/9…Albany NY on 11/10…and Lebanon NH on 11/11!  Most shows will be opened by Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams.

---Arcade Fire has announced a major tour that runs from September thru November, and comes into our region, beginning on day #2…in Montreal QC on 9/6…NYC on 9/12…Boston MA on 9/15…Washington DC on 9/16…and Philadelphia PA on 9/17!  Wolf Parade will open up on most dates!

---Marc Anthony has announced tour dates for the second half of 2017 and he’ll be coming back near to and into our region…Bridgeport CT on 8/25…NYC on 8/26…Fairfax VA on 11/9…and Reading PA on 11/10!

---The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has announced the rest of the Fall leg of their 2017 tour and it more than includes our region, again…Baltimore MD on 10/3…Norfolk CT on 10/5…Ardmore PA on 10/6 & 10/7…Westbury NY on 11/2…Port Chester NY on 11/3…Hartford CT on 11/4…South Burlington VT on 11/5…and Providence RI on 11/9!  The 11/10 show in Niagara Falls NY was previously announced. Robinson is, of course, the former lead singer of The Black Crowes!

---Blue October will play The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY on 10/10…which btw is a pretty small venue for them!  You can also catch them in Boston MA On 10/14!

---New Found Glory has announced a Fall leg to their current tour, which includes…two nights in Brooklyn NY on 10/28 & 10/29…New Haven CT on 10/31…Providence RI on 11/1…Buffalo NY on 11/3…Toronto ON on 11/4…Pittsburgh PA on 11/5 & 11/6…and Jersey City NJ on 11/7!

---80’s alt-techno band, The Fixx, have announced Summer tour dates that will bring them nearby at least a half-dozen times…NYC on 8/5…Alexandria VA on 8/7…Londonderry NH on 8/9…Peekskill NY on 8/10…Fall River MA on 8/11…and New Hope PA on 8/12!

---The Make American Rock Again Tour is returning for another swing across America, but with a slightly modified line-up!  The tour now includes Scott Stapp (formerly of Creed and presently with Art Of Anarchy), Adelita’s Way and Drowning Pool, as well as Sick Puppies and Trapt!

---Paula Cole has announced Summer 2017 dates that bring her back into our area…NYC on 6/19…East Hampton NY on 6/30…Rockport MA on 7/28 & 8/12…Kingston RI on 8/11…Londonderry NH on 8/13…North Bethesda MD on 10/19…NYC on 10/20…and Natick MA on 12/16!

---Wait a minute…is Billy Joel taking a month off from his residency at MSG?  Joel just announced a new show in November NY, without announcing an October show!  Joels September show is on 9/30…then followed by his November 11/18!  We’ll see if this holds or if something is necessitating this “month off.”

---Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia an orchestral rendition of the 1973 rock opera will play a four date tour of the US, three of which are within our greater region…9/2 in Lenox MA…and 9/9 & 9/10 in NYC!  Billy Idol will handle the vocals and an orchestra will also be involved…The Boston Pops in Lenox MA…and Robert Ziegler will be conducting a yet to be named orchestra in NYC!  Ziegler conducted Royal Philharmonic for the London production of Classic Quadrophenia which opened there in 2015…and if you’re wondering what the performance will sound like, there’s actually a DVD and CD of that performance that was released two years ago.  Here’s a link:

---U2 is extending it’s 30th Anniversary of the Joshua Tree tour with not only new legs in South America and Mexico, but a new date in Buffalo set for September 5th!  No opening act has been announced for it yet!

---Renaissance returns to America, with a very abbreviated schedule…Ridgefield CT on 10/26…Glenside PA on 10/27…and Albany NY on 10/29!

---The Psychedelic Furs have booked a theatre-sized tour for the Fall of 2017 and they’ll be playing our region more than a dozen times…Baltimore MD on 10/1…Alexandria VA on 10/4…Tarrytown NY on 10/6…Montclair NJ on 10/7…Clifton Park NY on 10/8…Philadelphia PA on 10/10…Red Bank NJ on 10/11…Northampton MA on 10/13…Boston MA on 10/14…Toronto ON on 10/16…Buffalo NY on 10/20…Huntington NY on 10/21…and Brooklyn NY on 10/22!

---Pop singer, Johnny Mathis is playing limited tour dates with two appearances in our greater region…Reading PA on 7/20…and Newark NJ on 4/13/18!

---80’s New Wave artist, Marshall Crenshaw, is opening a new leg of his tour that will come into our region in August…Fall River MA on 8/16…Cambridge MA on 8/18…New Haven CT on 8/19…Bethlehem PA on 8/23…New Hope PA on 8/24…Rehoboth Beach DE on 8/25…Brigantine City NJ on 8/27…and Succasunna NJ on 10/14!

---Jon Bellion is announcing Fall 2017 dates this week with a few in our region…Philadelphia PA on 9/8…Washington DC on 9/10…and Toronto ON on 10/24!

---2 Chainz is breaking out a huge hip hop tour with more than a few stops in our region…Toronto ON on 9/4…Boston MA on 9/5…NYC on 9/6…Philadelphia PA on 9/10!

---Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, will conclude his worldwide tour with six dates in North America…Toronto ON on 7/17…Montreal QC on 7/18…Cambridge MA on 7/20…NYC on 7/21…Philadelphia PA on 7/22…and Washington DC on 7/23!


---Sean Paul is headlining a festival-style line-up at Bethel Woods, in Bethel NY, that also includes Aaron Carter, Jason Derulo, Tinashe, Clean Bandit, Austin Mahone, Jon Bellion and Dua Lipa!  The show is set for 6/17!

---Rickie Lee Jones will play a one-off in Philadelphia PA On 10/19 at the World Café Live!


---War adds Lewiston NY, near Buffalo, on 7/28!

---New Found Glory adds Clifton Park NY on 7/15!

---UB40 ft. Ali Campbell & Mickey Astro adds Ridgefield CT on 9/10!

---Uncle Kracker adds Ridgefield CT on 9/13!

---Zebra adds two shows in Wantagh NY on 12/1 & 12/2

---Quiet Riot adds Jim Thorpe PA on 9/7!

---Adrenaline Mob changes their 6/16 show from Easton PA to Poughkeepsie NY!  They still have one other stop in Easton PA planned on 7/21!

---R. Kelly adds Camden NJ on 6/24!

---Conor Oberst adds Wilkes-Barre PA on 7/27!

---Fuel & Marcy Playground add Niagara Falls NY on 7/12!

---Mondo Cozmo adds Buffalo NY on 7/30…Washington DC on 9/12…Philadelphia PA on 9/13…NYC on 9/14…Boston MA on 9/15…and Baltimore MD on 10/23!

---Cracker adds Albany NY on 7/19!

---The Black Crowes spin-off, The Magpie Salute, adds Fairfield CT on 11/14…NYC on 11/15 & 11/16…and Atlantic City NJ on 11/17!

---The Plain White T’s add Harrisburg PA on 7/29…White House Station NJ on 7/30…and Stamford CT on 8/3!

---Kansas adds Westbury NY on 7/26…and Reading PA on 12/16!

---1910 Fruitgum Company adds Oakmont PA near Pittsburgh PA on 10/14!  Dennis Tufano is also on the bill!

---Hip Hop star, Khalid adds a second night in Silver Spring MD on 8/4…and a second night in Philadelphia PA on 8/11, but at a different venue!

---The Isley Brothers add Washington DC on 7/15…and Bethlehem PA on 10/22!

---Z.Z. Top adds Reading PA on 10/29!

---Nick Lowe adds NYC on 6/11!

---Mighty Mighty Bosstones adds NYC on 7/25…and Sayreville NJ on 7/29!

---Will Hoge adds Philadelphia PA on 9/20…Cambridge MA on 9/21…NYC on 9/22…and Washington DC on 9/23!

---Dokken adds Wantagh NY on 7/22…and Jim Thorpe PA on 10/14!

---Linkin Park adds two dates…7/28 in NYC at Citi Field with blink-182 and Wu-Tang Clan…and Hershey PA with blink-182 only!


---2 Chainz (4)

---1910 Fruitgum Company/ Dennis Tufano (1)

---Arcade Fire (5)

---Billy Joel (1)

---Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (4)

---Conor Oberst (1)

---Cracker (1)

---Dokken (1)

---Fuel/ Highly Suspect (1)

---Harry Styles/ Kacey Musgraves (5)

---Highly Suspect (3)

---Johnny Mathis (2)

---Jon Bellion (3)

---Kansas (2)

---Khalid (2)

---Linkin Park/ blink-182/ Wu-Tang Clan/ Machine Gun Kelly (1)

---Linkin Park/ blink-182/ Machine Gun Kelly (1)

---Make America Rock Again (3)

---Marc Anthony (4)

---Marshall Crenshaw (8)

---Mighty Mighty Bosstones (2)

---Mondo Cozmo (6)

---Nas/ Lauryn Hill/ Chronixx/ Hannibal Buress (4)

---New Found Glory (10)

---Nick Lowe (1)

---Night Ranger/ Loverboy (1)

---Paula Cole (9)

---Plain White T’s (3)

---Psychedelic Furs (13)

---Quiet Riot (1)

---R. Kelly (1)

---Renaissance (3)

---Rickie Lee Jones (1)

---Roger Waters (4)

---Sean Paul/ Aaron Carter/ Jason Derulo/ Tinashe/ Clean Bandit/ Austin Mahone/ Jon Bellion/ Dua Lipa (1)

---Shawn Colvin (11)

---The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (9)

---The Fixx (6)

---The Isley Brothers (2)

---The Magpie Salute (4)

---Thurston Moore (6)

---Two Door Cinema Club (4)

---UB40 ft. Ali Campbell & Mickey Astro (1)

---Uncle Kracker (1)

---War (1)

---Will Hoge (4)

---Zebra (2)

---Z.Z. Top (1)

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


Music News for 060317:

---Spiedie Fest 2017 at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton NY has confirmed their plans last week with an announcement of the musical headliners on the each of the festivals specific nights!

Night #1 (Friday 8/4): The free night at the festival will feature former Styx lead singer, Dennis DeYoung!

Night #2 (Saturday 8/5): Eddie Money @ 5pm, followed by Blue Oyster Cult @ 630pm

Night #3 (Sunday 8/6): Kellie Pickler (former American Idol finalist) and Sara Evans @ 4pm!

Admission buttons for Saturday and Sunday are $20.00 until 7/9, after that the prices go up!  Buttons are available at Weis Markets, Lupo’s, The Oakdale Mall office, Sidney Federal Credit Union and Wegman’s!

---Also announced this week was the return of the Broome Bands Together Concert series, Tuesday nights at 6pm, at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton NY! Scheduled to play this Summer are:

06/06: Voodoo Highway

06/13: Blue Velvet Big Band

06/20: Dirt Farm

06/27: rain out date

07/04: off for holiday

07/11: Basin Street Blues

07/18: The Shambles

07/25: Hot Dogs & Gin

08/01: rain out date

08/08: off following Spiedie Fest for clean-up.

08/15: Katie Scott w/ Persuasion

08/22: The Yada Yada’s

---Came across an interesting write up while researching this weeks column!  It seems that local bass player, our own Jeff Howell has formed something of a “supergroup,” with Paul Nelson, former guitarist for the Johnny Winter Band…and drummer Marty Richards of the J. Geils Band!  The call themselves the Paul Nelson Band and they are playing (tomorrow) in Yarmouth MA on Sunday June 4th!  Check out the link here if you don’t believe me:

---Local guitar god, Randy McStine is again going the crowd funding route to finance his next project, “Anachronism!’  If you want to pledge some cash (or credit) to the fund being raised, here’s a link:

---More concert announcements from the great NYS Fair in Syracuse!  Mike Love’s touring version of the “Beach Boys” will perform for FREE on The Court on Friday, August 25th @ 7pm…and alt-rockers, Chevelle will also play a FREE show on The Court on Thursday August 24th @ 8pm!   Get to The Court early to reserve a good spot for the show!

---If you’re a George Thorogood fan and Friday night (6/2) at Tags doesn’t work for you, a new option has presented itself…Sunday 6/11 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe PA…and a few other dates as Thorogood expanded his tour last week!  Also on the list are some regional shows, including…Mashantucket CT on 6/3…Concord NH on 6/4…New Bedford MA on 6/6…Tarrytown NY on 6/7…Staten Island NY on 6/9…Atlantic City NJ on 6/10…Rutland VT on 7/25…Lynn MA on 7/26…Vienna VA on 7/30…and Lewiston NY on 8/1!

---Blackberry Smoke has announced tour dates that will bring them into the margin of our generous local area…The Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA on 6/23…as well as Buffalo NY on 6/24…Salisbury MA on 6/29…and Milford CT on 8/19!

---Break thru alternative band, MISSIO are set to play the Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY on 6/24, as well as some other regional venues…Lancaster PA on 6/20…Albany NY on 6/21…Northampton MA on 6/26…South Burlington VT on 6/27…Pawtucket RI on 6/30…and .Bethlehem PA on 6/30!

---Local musicians have weighed-in on the death of Gregg Allman in a big way:

Bill MacKechnie, guitarist for Anubis Spire: R.I.P. Gregg....and thanks for all the great music.

Joe Stento, singer/ guitarist: Man... this news hurts... Another icon gone~ RIP Gregg Allman

Victor Lay of Black Apple Currant: RIP Gregg Allman, dead at 69. I'm sure we all have many fond memories of his music, this is prolly my favorite, great lyrics and video! (a link to “I’m No Angel” attached.) Enjoy~

Ken Foster, of Magnolia Drive, Thing Two and The Smokin’ Crows: I used to play this song for my daughter to help her sleep at night. I changed the name from Melissa to Sweet Carissa …RIP Greg Allman

Annie Burns, of The Burns Sisters: RIP Greg Allman. This album blasted through the Burns family house. So beautiful. Back in the day, embroidery was all the rage. I remember my brother Tommy, had the cover of the 'Eat a Peach' record beautifully embroidered on the back of his jean jacket. It was so cool.

Robby Perez of Beard Of Bees, The Acoustabees and Rob & Rob: He spoke the truth in his writing and sang it with conviction and soul as only he could. He wrote some of the greatest songs of all time and taught all of us aspiring musicians how to sing, feel and play the blues. No flashy gimmicks, no trashy distasteful antics ect just more or less speaking the truth in a way that touched our soul. 

Benny Fiacco, bass player for Frostbit Blue and former bass player for Allman Brothers cover band, Brothers of the Road, even appeared in an interview on Fox 40 describing Allman’s impact!  Here’s a link:

…and btw, Allman’s death will turn the Peach Festival in Scranton PA into a celebration of his life this year, which it should.

---Have you find yourself missing Milk Weed?  Don’t.  The band is playing fewer dates recently, but they’re making big plans.  Singer/ guitarist, Joe Alston has been producing albums for several local bands, including; Devinne Meyers, Bess Greenberg and Adam Ate The Apple.  Meanwhile the band have an electric set planned to play the Cyber Café West in Binghamton NY on 6/3! …a rarity considering that they’ve made their reputation as a mostly acoustic band.

---Congrats to Jeff Petit, who was warming up for Steely Dan at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, got an even bigger surprise, as per this facebook post: “… Opening for Steely Dan was awesome! BONUS :Their regular touring guitarist John Harrington is on the road w Madeleine Peyroux in Europe, so they had Larry Carlton sit in for the gig... the guy who played some of the best solos on their records... Kid Charlemagne etc...”

---A fond farewell to Doug Day of The Gents, who is moving to Nashville TN!  Day played his last show with the band on Friday night 5/26 at Toppers in Endicott NY!


---Guns N’ Roses have indeed announced US dates for Fall 2017 as anticipated (they’ve only been teasing it for days, so we knew something was coming)…Hershey PA on 8/13…Philadelphia PA on 10/8…NYC on 10/11 & 10/15…Boston MA on 10/22…and Toronto ON on 10/29!  These dates are well spaced out in anticipation of adding extra shows in larger markets, so expect more additions to this schedule!

---Pop/alt band, Bastille finally storms the US after spending the summer touring Europe and Asia, but there will be pitifully few stops and only in smaller, theatre-styled venues…Pittsburgh PA on 9/9…Albany NY on 9/12…Providence RI on 9/13…and Philadelphia PA on 9/14!

---Award winning trumpeter, Herb Alpert has booked another ten night residency at the Café Carlyle in NYC set for September!  Alpert will play five consecutive nights over two consecutive weeks, performing from Tuesday 9/5 thru Saturday 9/9…then again from Tuesday 9/12 thru Saturday 9/16!

---Alt-pop singer, Matthew Sweet (remember “Girlfriend”?) has announced Summer tour dates that will bring him around to our region more than a half dozen times in September…Boston MA on 9/16…Norfolk CT on 9/17…Fall River MA on 9/19…Hudson NY on 9/20…Wilmington DE on 9/21…Tarrytown NY on 9/22…Port Washington NY on 9/23…and South Orange NJ on 9/24!

---After the joint tour with The Doobie Brothers, Chicago has announced a series of solo shows for the Fall of 2017, including…Bristow VA on 7/29…Shelbyville DE on 8/1…Hyannis MA on 8/2…the previously announced,  Bethlehem PA on 8/5…Bloomsburg PA on 9/27…Gilford NH on 9/30…and Brooklyn NY on 9/29!

---Paramore are back on the road in September six dates in our region…Washington DC on 9/13…NYC on 10/4…Boston MA on 10/7…Bethlehem PA on 10/10…Montreal QC on 10/12…and Toronto ON on 10/13!

---Sevendust have confirmed a tour in honor of the 20th Anniversary of their debut album and all five dates are inside our coverage area…Baltimore MD on 6/21…Sayreville NJ on 6/22…Philadelphia PA on 6/23…Westbury NY on 6/24…and Worcester MA on 6/25!

---Mary J. Blige has booked a 21-date Summer tour that will come to our region at least four times…Buffalo NY on 8/4…Baltimore MD on 8/13…Brooklyn NY on 8/18…an NYC on 8/19!

---English punk band, Wire have booked US dates for September that include…Toronto ON on 9/20…Montreal QC on 9/21…Cambridge MA on 9/23…Washington DC on 9/25…Philadelphia PA on 9/26…and three nights in Brooklyn NY on 9/28, 9/29 & 9/30!

---The touring version of The Wailers have added summer dates for 2017 that include…Rochester NY on 6/16…Hampton NH on 6/25…Brigantine City NJ on 7/12…Wilmington DE on 7/29…Amagansett NY on 7/30!

---Alternative band, Bad Suns are thinking past Summer to Fall however…Buffalo NY on 10/23…Montreal QC on 10/24…South Burlington VT on 10/25…Boston MA on 10/27…NYC on 10/28…Washington DC on 10/29!

---Randy Newman is playing a handful of dates this Summer, but so far only two in our region…Lowell MA on 7/7…and Tarrytown NY on 7/9!

---Southern rocker, David Allan Coe has announced about a dozen show tour for 2017, with only two dates inside our region…NYC on 7/13…and Stafford Springs CT on 7/14!

---Wow.  Gene Simmons of Kiss, has a side project that isn’t a reality show!  The Gene Simmons Band makes a six date run around the US, but it’s quite spread out, with only two dates in our region…Philadelphia PA on 6/2…and Lynn MA on 11/1!


---Don Dokken, leader and namesake of the iconic metal band, Dokken, has booked a solo show in our greater region…Philadelphia PA on 6/3 at Underground Arts!

---Fans of Hip Hop listen up…Wendy Williams Mix Tape Block Party set for 7/23 at the Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island will assemble some rap icons…Remy Ma, Naughty By Nature, Fat Joe, Big Daddy Kane and more!

---The Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival in NYC is gathering some big name firepower…Fetty Wap, Young M.A. and Rick Ross will headline just on the first day, on Friday 6/9 at The B.C.!

---Digable Planets returns but only for a June one-off in Philadelphia PA at the Electric Factory on 6/22!  They won’t surface again until a festival in Long Beach CA in October.


---Sonny Landreth adds Philadelphia PA on 7/20…Blairstown NJ on 7/21…Belmar NJ on 7/27…Fall River MA on 7/28…and Pawling NY on 7/29!

---Mondo Cozmo adds South Burlington VT on 5/30…Syracuse NY (at the Lost Horizon) on 6/2…and Toronto ON on 6/20!

---We Came As Romans add Reading PA on 6/10…and Erie PA on 6/11!

---Finally, Lupe Fiasco’s one-off in Dallas has expanded into a few dates, both of which fall into our greater region…Washington DC on 6/2…and NYC On 6/3!

---Bush adds Asbury Park NJ on 8/9…Brooklyn NY on 8/10…and Boston MA on 8/11!

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone add Alexandria VA on 10/3…Topsfield MA on 10/4…Westbury NY on 10/21…and Toms River NJ on 11/25!

---Nonpoint adds Easton PA on 6/12…then adds Easton PA again on 5/31…not sure what’s going on here, but I’m guessing they may have had a scheduling conflict!  I’ll try and figure it out.

---Mushroomhead adds Easton PA on 7/9…but that will only bring them to a total of four dates in the US on this tour, but they did just have a trailer crash in Europe, so give them a break.

---Lynyrd Skynyrd adds Lewiston NY on 8/15…Bethel NY on 8/26…and York PA on 9/14!

---Robert Cray’s been busy…adding New London CT on 5/26…Lexington MA on 5/27…Fall River MA on 5/30…Northampton MA on 5/31…Philadelphia PA on 6/2…Burlington VT on 6/3…Westhampton Beach NY on 6/10…Tarrytown NY on 8/11…Greensburg PA on 8/19…Reading PA on 10/7!

---Cracker adds Peekskill NY on 7/21!

---Alejandro Escovedo adds Tarrytown NY on 6/16, with Nick Lowe warming-up!

---Meanwhile, Nick Lowe has added more dates to his own solo tour…NYC on 6/8…and South Orange NJ on 6/15!

---Graham Nash adds Port Chester NY on 7/15!

---Rocker Will Hoge finally adds a show in our region…Pittsburgh PA on 9/19!

---The Buzzcocks add NYC on 6/9!

---Dionne Warwick adds NYC on 6/12…and NYC again on 7/29!

---Los Lobos adds NYC on 7/6…Maplewood NJ on 7/8!

---Spyro Gyra adds Allston MA on 6/2 & 6/3…Jamesport NY on 8/26…and Londonderry NH on 8/27!

---Lou Gramm adds Westbury NY on 1/20/18!

---Rick Ross adds Washington PA on 6/9…Wallingford CT on 6/16…and Baltimore MD on 7/22!

---Dick Dale adds Brooklyn NY on 8/19…and Pawling NY on 8/23!

---Spin Doctors add New Bedford MA on 8/3…and NYC on 10/7!

---Kendrick Lamar adds Toronto ON on 8/23…Montreal QC on 8/24…and Newark NJ on 8/25!


---Alejandro Escovedo/ Nick Lowe (1)

---Bad Suns (6)

---Bastille (4)

---Blackberry Smoke (4)

---Bush (3)

---Chicago (6)

---Cracker (1)

---David Allan Coe (2)

---Dick Dale (2)

---Digable Planets (1)

---Dionne Warwick (2)

---Don Dokken (1)

---Gene Simmons Band (2)

---George Thorogood & the Destroyers (11)

---Graham Nash (1)

---Guns N’ Roses (6)

---Herman’s Hermits ft. Peter Noone (4)

---Kendrick Lamar (3)

---Los Lobos (2)

---Lou Gramm (1)

---Lupe Fiasco (2)

---Lynyrd Skynyrd (3)

---Mary J. Blige (4)

---MISSIO (7)

---Mondo Cozmo (3)

---Mushroomhead (1)

---Nick Lowe (2)

---Nonpoint (1)

---Paramore (6)

---Randy Newman (2)

---Remy Ma/ Naughty By Nature/ M.O.P./ Fat Joe/ Big Daddy Kane/ Charly Black (1)

---Rick Ross (3)

---Robert Cray Band (9)

---Sevendust (5)

---Sonny Landreth (5)

---Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Festival (1)

---Spin Doctors (2)

---Spyro Gyra (4)

---The Buzzcocks (1)

---We Came As Romans (2)

---Will Hoge (1)

---Wire (8)

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


Music News for 052017:

---Next week’s 2nd annual Marathon Music Fest, the musical accompaniment of the Herald of Victory Marathon 3-person relay race (both half and full-marathon, if you care.), and will be great for any local music lovers who are up early on Sunday morning, May 28th!  Many of the bands will start playing as early as 9am at several points along the race route!   Highlights of the Music Festival have been posted on the local and regional concert pages, so please check them out to find out where you have to go to see who you want to hear!

---Music City move update: The new location of Music City in Vestal NY, opened up on Wednesday May 17th…although Benny, Nate and company were still moving inventory from the old location on Friday.  It will be fun to see Benny’s vision for the store come together over the next several weeks.  It already looks very cool…and that’s just the guitars on the wall!

---Here’s an announcement that will make the Summer like heat seem a little more bare-able…Mannheim Steamroller has released their Winter time schedule of shows and not only is the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse NY right in it’s cross hairs on 12/7…so is The Clemens Center in Elmira NY on 12/6!  Other stops on the tour include…Buffalo NY on 12/1…Morristown NJ on 12/2…Mashantucket CT on 12/3…Manchester NH on 12/5...Reading PA on 12/8…and Wilmington DE on 12/10!

---Broken Social Scene has booked the State Theatre in Ithaca NY for a local show on 9/16!  The band has also announced more regional dates, such as…NYC on 9/17…Washington DC on 9/19…Pittsburgh PA on 10/1…Philadelphia PA on 10/3…New Haven CT on 10/5…and Boston MA on 10/7!

---Folk singer, Tommy Emmanuel, is also coming to the State Theatre in Ithaca NY on 11/11!

---Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been added to night #2 of the Chenango Blues Festival in Norwich NY on 8/19 at the Chenango County Fairgrounds!  Check the Local or Regional Concert pages for the full line-up so far!  More adds expected though…especially as Friday night is a little slim yet.

---Two  more NY State Fair music announcements this week…Country/ blues/ pop singer, LeAnn Rimes will play a FREE show on The Court on Thursday 8/31 @ 8pm…and on Monday 8/28 @ 8pm, prog-rockers, Kansas will also play a FREE show on The Court!  The line-up for the Fair continues to build but there are still many more performances to be announced!  Please stand by!

---Isn’t it enough that the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown has great beer…now they have Cake!  The 90’s era alternative band will play the amphitheatre on 5/26!  As far as we can tell it’s the only date they will play in 2017, at least so far, so miss it at your own risk!

---Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival may not be coming home to Montage Mountain in Scranton PA, but it will get close…playing HersheyParkStadium in Hershey PA on 9/10!  The very first Outlaw Music Festival was held at Montage Mountain last year, but this year it’s turned into a touring version with various guests in and out of the line-up!  Willie is set to play with The Avett Brothers so far, but more guests are expected to be added!  On top of that…Holmdel NJ on 9/8…Wantagh NY on 9/9…and Camden NJ on 9/17!  Stay tuned!

---Katy Perry, who was just confirmed to be a judge on the new American Idol is doing a victory lap around America, including a stop in Wilkes-Barre PA on 9/21!  On top of that Perry will also be scheduling stops in…Montreal QC on 9/9…Toronto ON on 9/12…Philadelphia PA on 9/18…Washington DC on 9/25…Boston MA on 9/29…NYC on 10/2…Uniondale NY on 10/3…Newark NJ on 10/8…Brooklyn NY on 10/11…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/19!


---Khalid has announced a Summer 2017 tour that brings him into our region…Silver Spring MD on 8/5…Boston MA on 8/6…Montreal QC on 8/8…Toronto ON on 8/9…Philadelphia PA on 8/10…and NYC on 8/13!

---Blue Oyster Cult isn’t just stopping in Binghamton NY to play Spiedie Fest (on Saturday 8/5, if you didn’t read last weeks entry yet)…they announced a bunch of other dates as well, including…Allentown PA on 5/26…Englewood NJ on 5/31…Putman NJ on 6/3…East Greenwich RI on 6/8…Copiague NY on 8/4…Eric PA on 8/18…King of Prussia PA on 9/29…Beverly MA on 10/13…and Plymouth NH on 10/14!

---Rookie alternative band, Magic Giant are playing off two days of exposure at the Firefly Festival next month to book a solo tour with stops at…NYC on 6/20…Philadelphia PA on 6/21…Washington DC on 6/22…Asbury Park NJ on 6/27…and Boston MA on 6/28!

---The Greg Kihn Band is playing a half-dozen dates or so, across American this year, including two in our region…Harrisburg PA on 6/16…and Warrendale PA on 6/17!

---Sebastian Bach may not be getting back together with Skid Row, but he’s still got some solo tour dates, only a handful though and just two in our area…Warrendale PA (near Pittsburgh) on 6/19…and NYC on 6/20!

---Rag N’ Bone Man has announced Summer dates and he’ll be making four more stops in our greater region…Washington DC on 8/1…NYC on 8/2…Boston MA on 8/3….and in Montreal QC on 8/4 for the Osheaga Festival!

---Dinosaur Jr. will walk the earth again with a new tour that will bring them back into our region…NYC on 6/10…Cambridge MA on 10/4 & 10/5…and Pittsburgh PA on 10/29!

---On top of Jonny Lang’s recent adds (see below)…he’s also booked a Fall leg onto his 2017 world tour, with new stops in our region…Huntington NY on 9/29…Hartford CT on 9/30…Fairfield CT on 10/1…Boston MA on 10/3…Cranston RI on 10/6…and Hampton Beach NH on 10/7!

---Michael McDonald will follow up his tour with Boz Scaggs by launching a Fall leg with Marc Cohn warming up on most dates, such as…New London CT on 10/15…NYC on 10/19…and Washington DC on 10/28!

---The Charlie Daniels Band has lined up some festivals and fairs for a Summer jaunt that includes…Augusta NJ on 6/24…Plattsburgh NY on 7/19…Lowville NY on 7/21…as well as announce a Fall leg where they pick up regional shows in…Ridgefield CT on 9/8…Jim Thorpe PA on 9/22…and Amesbury MA on 9/23!


---Art of Anarchy ft. Scott Stapp seem dead set on booking shows one at a time…this time in Warrendale PA at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille on 7/19!

---Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (of modern rock band, The National) and James McAlister have team-up for three shows only, but two are on the West Coast and only their 7/18 show at Prospect Park in Brooklyn NY will play the East Coast!  They’re taking their epic “Soundtrack To The Cosmos,” Planetarium out on the road for the first time in four years!

---We Came As Romans have booked German House Theatre in Rochester NY on 6/8!  So far it looks like a one-off, but I’m thinking it’s really a leaked package tour date.  We’ll see…

---Sergio Mendes just announced a modest eight date tour, but so far only one show on the east coast…Ridgefield CT on 10/17!  Won’t be surprised if this expands a bit…

---Glen Burtnik, formerly with Styx, will play one show only in New Brunswick NJ on 6/24!

---Juliana Hatfield will play a one-off in NYC at The Bowery Ballroom on 7/22!

---John Doe of X, has booked a tiny, four-date tour…only one of which is east of the San Andreas fault line, in NYC on 8/11!

---Neil Sedaka may still be playing, but not so much in the way of touring…He’ll play State Theatre in New Brunswick NJ on 8/11…before departing for a show in the UK in September, then coming back to the US for a show near Chicago in October.  See him while you can.


---Daniel Lanois adds Kingston ON on 11/14!

---The Smithereens add Tarrytown NY on 6/23…Riverhead NY on 6/24…Brigantine NJ on 6/25…Scituate MA on 12/1…and Fall River MA on 12/2!

---Fuel is adding a few solo shows on off nights from their headlining tour with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla…7/4 at Dewey Beach DE…and Warrendale PA on 7/6!

---The Gin Blossoms add Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg PA on 7/7!

---Matisyahu adds NYC on 8/2…and Rochester NY on 8/3!

---Phantogram adds New Haven CT on 7/25…Schaghticoke NY on 7/27…Pittsburgh PA on 8/1…and South Burlington VT on 8/7!

---Jonny Lang adds NYC on 8/22…Philadelphia PA on 8/23…Toronto ON on 8/25!

---John Popper of Blues Traveler, adds Sellersville PA on 9/19!

---The Spinners and Little Anthony & The Imperials seem to work well together…they’ve booked three more shows…Shippensburg PA on 10/5…Glenside PA on 10/7…and Westbury NY on 10/8!

---The Wallflowers add Ridgefield CT on 6/29!

---Don Felder adds Greensburg PA on 8/6…and Ridgefield CT on 8/8!

---Mary Wilson of The Supremes adds Ridgefield CT on 10/20!

---Carbon Leaf adds Ridgefield CT on 11/9!

---America adds Ridgefield CT on 11/12!

---Keith Sweat adds New Brunswick NJ on 6/16…a rare east coast show, most are in Vegas!

---Taking Back Sunday adds a second night in NYC on 7/15…and Baltimore MD on 9/8!

---Tower o