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Ironweed

Ironweed

Valentine’s, Thursday

Be careful what you Google when looking up info on Ironweed—we had absolutely no idea that there was a book with the same name! And it’s about Albany! How quaint! Anyhoo . . . there’s a new band ’round town called Ironweed, featuring three former members of the recently disbanded Great Day for Up, plus vocalist Rocco DiDonna of Idols Never Die. Judging by the demos they’ve been posting on their MySpace page, the band aren’t taking too many chances with the tried-and-true Great Day formula—creepy, sludgy stoner-rock—and that’s just fine by us. Catch the band in one of their first area performances tonight (Thursday), along with We’re All Gonna Die and Raise the Red Lantern. (May 31, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Colleen Pratt

Jazz on Jay, Thursday

Proctor’s Theatre’s free-music summer program Jazz on Jay will begin its 12th season today with a performance from Colleen Pratt. The local jazz vocalist has been a continuous presence on the music scene for years as a solo artist, singing primarily jazz and swing numbers. She also performs with her band, Colleen Pratt & Friends, and popular vocal group Jazz Voices. Pratt just released her third CD, I Thought About You, in April; the disc features songs from the big-band era, with help from the Empire Jazz Orchestra. Jazz on Jay performances are scheduled to occur every Thursday throughout the summer (check our concert listings for more information). Though some seating is available, concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs. The rain location is the Schenectady Public Library (99 Clinton St., Schenectady). (May 31, noon, free, the Circle, State Street, Schenectady, 382-3884)

Summer Slaughter

Northern Lights, Friday

Brutal! It’s an exclamation that every stoned-out metalhead in the Capital Region uses in extreme immoderation to describe each and every latest faux death-metal band who somehow learned to play a breakdown and has a lead singer who can squeal like a pig. There should be a ban on the word, but not until after the Summer Slaughter tour, because finally, true brutality has come to thin the herd of upstate’s burgeoning metal population. There is one band on this bill with the word carnage in their title. Brutal! And another with the word massacre. Super brutal! There are two bands on this bill with some variation of the word decapitation in their title. Double brutal! That does not even account for the headliner, Germany’s legendary death-tech-metal purveyors Necrophagist. In fact, if you make it through this entire bill with spleen intact, you have earned yourself the right to say the word brutal till your heart explodes. (June 1, 6 PM, $18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Mountain Jam Music Festival

Hunter Mountain, Friday-Sunday

Grab a blanket and some grilled-cheese sandwiches, because the 3rd Annual Mountain Jam Music Festival is set to gather the vibes at Hunter Mountain this weekend. Among the highlights are two performances by Gov’t Mule (the festival’s organizer is Mule leader Warren Haynes), plus the only scheduled 2007 appearance by Dead guy Phil Lesh. Other acts on the jam-heavy bill include G. Love and Special Sauce, Earl Greyhound, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Ozomatli. As is the norm with this type of festival, there will be vendors galore, camping, and (hopefully) tons of sun. Advance tickets are still available (if you act fast) but take note, if you want to attend Friday’s portion of the show, you have to purchase a full three-day pass. Now go forth and twirl. (June 1-3, check Web site for times, $65-$150, Hunter Mountain, Hunter, mountainjamfest.com)

George Hamilton IV

Glens Falls Civic Center, Wednesday

This show is all about old-school country. George Hamilton IV, who is no relation to the equally legendary tanner and actor, came up through the country-music ranks in the late 1950s, when it was still called “country & western.” Singing in the classic style, Hamilton had a slew of hits all through the 1960s, including “Before the Day Ends,” “Steel Rail Blues” and his biggest, “Abilene.” Later, as the music changed, Hamilton hit the international trail and performed all over the world. (He became especially big in England.) So if you want to take a trip back to one of country’s golden ages, this is for you. Fritz Henry, a singer-songwriter who also incorporates a fair share of covers into his repertoire, will open the show. (June 6, 7:30 PM, $20-$12, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366)


Also Noted
Ollabelle

CBGB&G (country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel) collective Ollabelle will make two stops in Western Massachusetts this week: Tonight (Thursday), they’re at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton (7 PM, $15, 413-584-0610); Friday, they head down to Club Helsinki in Great Barrington (9 PM, $20, 413-528-3394). . . . Feel the acoustic breeze when Larry Chernicoff and Windhorse take the stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., on Saturday (8 PM, $16-$29, 413-997-4444). . . . Rocky Velvet celebrate the release of their first-ever CD this Saturday at Savannah’s; see Listen Here (p. 21) for more on the band (9:30 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . Washington, D.C.-based band Deleted Scenes continue the coastal swing of their spring tour on Saturday at Valentine’s (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Anything-goes avant-folk-rockers Akron/Family return to Valentine’s on Wednesday, with Scientific Maps and Baltimore’s Lexie Mountain Boys opening; the latter provide an experience, we’re told, that is “a hundred times greater than the sum of its parts as eardrums, personal space comfort zones, and the traditional music concert expectations get are smashed together and lit on fire”—so, uh, don’t say we didn’t warn you (7:30 PM, $8, 432-6572).


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