- Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi perform at the Bardavon on November 5.
Jenny Linn Plays Bolcom, Glass | October 2
This excellent event at the architecturally and acoustically magnificent Hudson Hall presents world-class pianist Jenny Linn giving the world premiere performance of Grammy-winning composer William Bolcom’s newest work, “Suite of Preludes.” Linn, who was born in Taiwan, raised in Austria, and finally moved to New York, has drawn steep praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Grammophone, and other critical outlets and is further known for her affinity for and artistic ties to Phillip Glass, whose music will also be part of the concert program. (Tony Kieraldo tickles the ivories October 8; the Orrin Evans Trio appears October 16.) 7pm. $25, $40 ($150 or $300 for sponsor tables). Hudson.
King Yellowman | October 7
Larkin Poe | October 14Georgia roots rock group Larkin Poe, led by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, have that elusive, innate musical quality that seems to belong only to sibling acts raised on pure music, such as the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, or the Everly Brothers—those sweet familial harmonies. During lockdown, the sisters, who’ve performed as backing musicians on tours and recordings by Keith Urban, Elvis Costello, Steven Tyler, Conor Oberst, Billy Gibbons, and others, released their fifth album, the covers collection Kindred Spirits. In support of the set, they emerge from the woodshed to bring their sisterly magic to Empire Live for this much-anticipated show. (The Indigo Girls visit October 18; Caroline Rose croons October 21.) $25, $30. Albany.
Iris DeMent | October 15Country folk artist Iris Dement is one of America’s true jewels of song, a master singer and songwriter whose moving, gospel-steeped craft is the link between the Carter Family and her own late friend, mentor, and collaborator John Prine. Called “the best singer I’ve ever heard” by the great Merle Haggard, the Arkansas-born chanteuse staked her standing with her sublime 1992 debut, Infamous Angel, an album that’s worth it alone for the cherished “Our Town”; multiple Grammy nominations would come with 1993’s Words and Music and 1994’s My Life. This rescheduled date finds her within the welcoming walls of the Towne Crier. Anna Egge opens. (The Willie Nile Band returns October 2; Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White weave songs October 17.) 8pm. $40. Beacon.
Door Daze Festival | October 15-16
Organized to premiere and celebrate Doors at Seven, local filmmaker Noelle Janasiewicz’s new documentary about the New Paltz underground DIY house show music scene of recent years, the Door Daze festival is set to run this month at outdoor Kingston venue BLUEprint (AKA the old Tech City site). With a whopping 21 bands connected to the movie’s subject matter—including Alliteration, Blue Chips, Elephant Jake, Furnace Creek, Genghis Krist, Grampfather, Greenhouse Lake, Happenstancery, Imposters, Johnny Manna, Mononeko, New Vision, No Momentum, Run for the Whales, Salutations, Screaming Meemies, Serena Hope, Tiny Blue Ghost, Withr, and 7 on Pump 1—the two-day event will culminate with a screening of the film. $12 for each day or $20 for a two-day pass in advance; $15 one day or $25 two-day pass at the gate.
Spoon | October 19
With their blend of pop and postpunk, Austin, Texas rockers Spoon made the journey from the indies to the majors and back again, ate up the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s with revered releases like 1996’s Telephono, 2001’s Girls Can Tell, and 2005’s Gimme Fiction. “[We] make the record we like on our own first and just see what happens from there,” founding front man and guitarist Britt Daniel said about the group’s work ethic when he was interviewed for Chronogram in December 2017. Daniel and his bandmates come back to the Hudson Valley for this very fine fall date at the Chance Theater. With Nicole Atkins. (Geoff Tate revisits Empire and Rage for Order November 14; Yngwie Malmsteen and John 5 shred November 20.) 7pm. $30. Poughkeepsie.
Postmodern Jukebox | October 28Famed for their reworkings of modern popular songs into a pre-World War II jazz-swing format, Postmodern Jukebox was formed by New York pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2011. The orchestra’s versions of tunes by artists ranging from Lady Gaga to the White Stripes, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Outkast, and the Strokes made them a hit on YouTube in short order (check their rendition of New Order’s “Blue Monday”), winning them fervent fandom from the likes of Neil Gaiman, among others. Here, the outfit’s Grand Reopening Tour takes them to the suitably opulent setting of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. (Chris Thile picks October 16; Ben Folds bops by October 17.) 7:30pm. $29.50-$54.50. Troy.
Daddy Long Legs | October 29
Everyone’s favorite blues punk killers once again make their annual late-October pilgrimage to Colony for another frightfully fun night of hollerin’, harp-wailin’, Halloween-season hellaciousness. Still riding high on the release of their third album, 2020’s Lowdown Ways, the Brooklyn trio of Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Aturk (slide guitar), and Josh Styles (drums, maraca) was recently spotted in our neck of the woods recording that disc’s forthcoming followup, and their bluesy blend of Son House, the Sonics, Dr. Feelgood, Howlin’ Wolf, the MC5, Little Richard, et al. always sees their local gigs blowing away Americana lovers as well as garage punkers. With the Trash Bags. (Sam Amidon strums October 15; the Feelies fall back November 5.) 7pm. $20-$25. Woodstock.
Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi | November 5
Giddens is a multiple Grammy Award nominee for her solo records and collaborative work with the influential Carolina Chocolate Drops; more recently, she has been a member of the acclaimed trio Our Native Daughters. The singer and banjoist, who performs at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in November, just unveiled a new solo album, They’re Calling Me Home, and in 2019 released there is no Other, a cooperative effort with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, who joins her for the event. (The Hudson Valley Philharmonic holds forth on October 2 and 30.) 8pm. $43, $58. Poughkeepsie.
TC Superstar/Johnny Dynamite | November 6Masterminded by singer Connor McCampbell and made up of several of his fellow University of Texas graduates, Austin synth pop collective TC Superstar are sure to delight diggers of ’80s dance sounds. “Everyone pitches in in different ways and everyone has their own talents that they contribute to the group,” McCampbell told KVUE-TV in 2019. “So in that regard, it is kind of a collective, but also any band is. We’re a self-described dancy [sic] band.” Joining the youthful troupe, which features dancers as well as musicians, for this engagement at Tubby’s is fellow synth-oriented artist Johnny Dynamite, who heads up from his home base of Brooklyn. (Chris Brokaw comes back October 8; hip hop artist MIKE raps October 29.) 8pm. $10. Kingston.