With the weather taking a turn for the warmer, making late-night plans sounds much better — literally. In the next few months, a handful of top-tier musicians get ready to flock to the Hudson Valley’s epic music venues for springtime shows that don’t require a trip to Manhattan or Brooklyn. Check out the lineup, then score tickets while they’re still available.
Saturday, 4/20: Lettuce
For solid funk and celebratory punk, pay a visit to Lettuce’s performance at the Capitol Theatre. Known best for their single featured on All Song’s Considered, “The Love You Left Behind,” the six-piece jazz rockers will be sure to energize Port Chester’s Saturday night. Tickets available here.
Monday, 3/11: Hozier
With his sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby!, out on March 1, Hozier’s visit to Albany is sure to be memorable. The Irish singer-songwriter has been creating cathartic folk hits since the release of his debut self-titled album in 2015. Tickets available here.
Thursday, 3/14: Weezer and Pixies
For a truly rock-filled night, check out two bands with incredible discographies. Hailing from Boston, Pixies formed in 1986, creating influential albums like Surfer Rosa and Doolittle. In the case of Weezer, its brand of rock is punchy and fast, serving up hits like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Hash Pipe.” Tickets available here.
Wednesday, 3/20: Fleetwood Mac
Possibly the most important musical act to see this year, Fleetwood Mac will grace Albany with its legendary rock. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear “The Chain” and “Dreams” with your own ears. Tickets available here.
Charly Bliss / Photo by Shervin Lainez
Thursday, 3/7: Charly Bliss
Serving up charming indie-pop tracks such as “Ruby” and its latest single, “Capacity,” the New York City-based group has had an exciting career, having already toured with Death Cab for Cutie and Wolf Parade. Check out the music video for “Scare U” to see just how much fun the alt-rockers can have. Tickets available here.
The Felice Brothers / Photo provided by Ground Control Touring
Saturday, 5/11: The Felice Brothers
Having already toured with the Avett Brothers, the Felice Brothers perform a cathartic brand of folk rock – plus, they hail from the Catskills. Formed in 2006, the band of three brothers will take you on a therapeutic journey through their inner monologues. Tickets available here.
Saturday, 3/16: Natalie Merchant
A member of alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs until 1993, when she began her solo career, Merchant pens beautiful folk ballads. She is an inspiring activist as well, and has organized a concert to protest gas fracking in New York in 2012. Tickets available here.
Friday, 5/17: Gordon Lightfoot
This Canadian singer-songwriter has been churning out hearty folk ballads since the 1970s. Best known for hits like “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Carefree Highway,” his performance at Tarrytown Hall will certainly be a journey through song. Tickets available here.
Friday, 3/15: Lucy Dacus
Last year, Lucy Dacus released her sophomore album, Historian, a beautiful album breaking down the hardest parts of heartache. Not only has Dacus written her own emotionally raw albums, but she collaborated in 2018 with fellow singer songwriters Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker to create the Boygenius EP. Tickets available here.
Sunday, 4/14: Yeasayer
Delivering a boost of energy through quirky electronic music, this Brooklyn-based band’s tracks are sure to make all of Woodstock dance. To prepare yourself, be sure to give the latest record, Amen & Goodbye, a thorough listen – preferably not sitting down. Tickets available here.