- Garcia Peoples will get into their technicolor, triptastic groove at Colony in Woodstock on November 19.
Rick Wakeman | November 1
Unfurl thy flowing robe, get thy Roger Dean-fantasy vision on, and make thyself ready when fabled Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman descends on the humble Bearsville Theater for his self-proclaimed “Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour.” The solo Wakeman will hold forth not with tales of topographic oceans—well, maybe a few—but with startling and even amusing anecdotes from across the arc of his 50-plus years in music, revisiting not just his Yes years, but also his work with David Bowie, his interpretations of Beatles classics, and more. (The Blues Project wails November 6; the Psychedelic Furs play to benefit John Ashton November 22.) 8pm. $60-$95. Bearsville.
Joe McPhee 82nd Birthday | November 3Music venue Quinn’s marks its long-awaited return to the live stuff on an auspicious occasion: the 82nd birthday of legendary and internationally influential Hudson Valley jazz icon Joe McPhee, who will perform. Potential collaborators for the event were yet to be announced at the time of this writing, but it’s a safe conclusion that the evening will attract some other leading names to help the multi-instrumentalist rejoice with some free blowing—or at least by sharing in some drinks and savory food from Quinn’s kitchen. (Ate Bit and Social Standards rock November 6; members of Knock Yourself Out and other bands celebrate the Butthole Surfers November 13.) 8:30pm. $20. Beacon.
Gil Shaham and Julia Perry | November 13,14This two-night stand at Bard College’s Fisher Center has celebrated violinist and Bard Conservatory of Music faculty member Gil Shaham joining The Orchestra Now for the world premiere of “Birds of America,” a bespoke new piece composed by the award-winning Scott Wheeler. Also set to be performed are Julia Perry’s arresting “Stabat Mater” for solo contralto and string orchestra, which contains moments of dissonance but remains within the tonal-music tradition, and George Bristow’s rarely played Arcadian Symphony No. 4. (“Songs from the Real World: The French Cabaret” is served November 6; Thomas Wilkins conducts the Bard Conservatory Orchestra December 4.) November 13 at 8pm; November 14 at 2pm. $25-$40. Annandale-on-Hudson.
The Flaming Lips | November 13
If you were a follower of the Oklahoman musical psychonauts during their early tours, in the latter half of the 1980s, when they were eating dirt, sleeping on floors, and grinding away at the road from the back of a dust-caked van, their rise to the hit-making big time might still be a little mind blowing to you. But here they are, regularly appearing on TV, winning Grammys, placing songs in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical,” collaborating with Miley Cyrus, and headlining huge halls—like the Palace Theater, to which they pay this visit on the US wing of their current American Head tour. With Particle Kid. (Ryan Montbleau strums and sings November 6; Opeth and Mastodon stomp November 19.) 7:30pm. $34.50-$39.50. Albany.
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quintet | November 13
With his flat cap and sharp suit, saxophonist and flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, a long-time member of funk ensemble the Roots, is a familiar sight to viewers of “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.” But outside of that gig, the New York-based musician has long been a steady force on the jazz, soul, and rock scenes, working with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Phish, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, St. Vincent, and others, as well as leading and recording with his own bands. His 2020 album The Lowdown even rose to number 7 on the national jazz charts. Hendrickson-Smith hits the Falcon for this November night. (Ricky Ford flies in November 7; Don Byron blows by November 28.) 7pm. Donation requested; reservations recommended. Marlboro.
Garcia Peoples | November 19With their name, New Jersey-by-way-of-New York band Garcia Peoplesshow their psychedelic influences right up front: The group’s free-ranging sound openly and deeply inhales from the edgy, more experimental early daze of the Grateful Dead and their West Coast contemporaries. Add to that some prime Pink Floyd circa late ’60s/early ’70s, a hit of classic Krautrock, and a few dashes of the output of their recent collaborators Chris Forsyth and Ryley Walker and you’ll get a pretty good glimpse of the People’s meandering, technicolor trip—a trip that takes them to Colony for this jam-tastic journey. (The Feelies find their way back November 5; the Slambovian Circus of Dreams drifts in November 27.) 7pm. $15-$20. Woodstock.