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Bryan Adams

The Egg, Friday

This may not be the summer of ’69, but clearly these have got to be the best days of Bryan Adams’ life, as the musician, philanthropist and photographer (you had no idea, right?) is celebrating his most successful album in years, 11. The disc debuted at No. 1 in several countries on its release in March; thanks to Wal-Mart, it’ll debut here in the States this Tuesday. To recap: Adams has been a resident of Canada, England, and France; won countless international awards; captured many a romantic’s heart; recorded a duet with Tina Freaking Turner; been awarded the Order of Canada; and, yes, even shot photos for Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. What hasn’t this dude accomplished? He even sold out the Egg, where he’ll perform a solo set tomorrow night. (May 9, 8 PM, $25, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845).

Geoff Muldaur

Caffe Lena, Friday

We’ve had a lot of Woodstock transplants in the area lately, and Friday’s show at Caffe Lena is no exception. Geoff Muldaur—a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, guitarist for one of the many Paul Butterfield bands, and an accomplished songwriter and guitarist in his own right—comes to town Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate the family spirit . . . or something like that. Really, this is only notable because it seems that anybody with the surname Muldaur seems to have gotten into the music biz: His former wife, Maria, is the singer behind “Midnight at the Oasis”; his daughters, Jenni and Clare, are also singer-songwriters. What a line of work—here’s hoping dad put some food on the table, because the girls are going to be hungry! (May 9, 8 PM, $20, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

The Electric Prunes

Pearl Street Nightclub, Friday

While some bands go on hiatus, the Electric Prunes just plain shut down—for 30 years. The psychedelic-rock outfit had a decent enough run in the late 1960s; one of their songs was even played over the Mardi Gras drug-trip scene in Easy Rider, a paramount placement for a band of their ilk. But in 1970, following a period of lineup changes, commercial disappointments, and legal wrangling, the group packed it in. Reinvigorated, for lack of a better term, by cult interest in the band, most of the original members re-formed for touring and recording in 2001, and now here they are, in all their glory: the Electric Prunes! Freak out! (May 9, 8:30 PM, $20, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)

The Trapps

The Trapps

Red Square, Saturday

Finally, a band with an identity, a reason for their moniker. The Trapps are named after a mountain range in New Paltz (the home ground of the band) known for its excellent rock climbing. Follow us here: Rock climbing can be done only with rock-and-crust collision, and this serves as the symbolism for many different musical influences, so, um, the Trapps rock. (Ah well, it made sense when we started.) Luckily their sound makes a bit more sense: a roots-rock blend with a jam influence that manages to both relax and ignite, matched with heavy-duty lyrics. These semi-local boys have already built themselves a following here and downstate; this weekend at Red Square they’ll share the stage with the Jamie McLean Band and Alta Mira. (May 10, 8 PM, $8, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)


Mother-Daughter String Band

Old Songs, Saturday

Break out the brunches and Hallmark cards, because it’s Mother’s Day again. Thankfully, the folks at Old Songs saw it coming and programmed accordingly. Saturday’s performance by the Mother-Daughter String Band is just what it says it is: Folk performers Lyn Hardy and Abby Newton will perform alongside their daughters, Ruth Ungar Merenda and Rosie Newton. The quartet will include in their instrumentation fiddles, cello, guitar, ukelele, and banjo—and, of course, plenty of sweet vocal harmony. Bring your mom and enjoy the traditional and contemporary folk. If you can hate on this, you’re more heartless than we are, and that is saying a lot. (May 10, 8 PM, $17, $5 children, 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, 765-2815)

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Don Mclean

It’s a great weekend for folk fans, beginning tomorrow (Friday) night at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio, where the annual Phil Ochs Song Night, led by Sonny Ochs and Wanda Fischer, will feature performances by Magpie, Pat Wictor, John Flynn, and Greg Greenway (8 PM, $18, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . On Saturday, folkies get their pick of the litter: “Warm and inviting” Canadian songstress Eve Goldberg performs at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park (8 PM, $15, 674-2007); the Eighth Step presents folk trio Herdman, Hills, Mangsen at the Proctors GE Theatre (7 PM, $21, 434-1703 or 346-6204); and legendary “American Pie” guy Don McLean and his band will play the Egg (8 PM, $34.50, 473-1845). . . . There’s plenty out there for other tastes this weekend, too: New York band the Dig, whose new EP Good Luck and Games was helmed by famed producer Bryce Goggin, will play Valentine’s, with local chamber-pop geniuses the Red Lions (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Medeski, Martin and Wood offshoot the Wood Brothers play Revolution Hall on Saturday (8 PM, $14, 274-0553). . . . Thrice, Circa Survive and Pelican will make some noise at Northern Lights on Monday (7 PM, $21, 371-0012). . . . Even more noise will be made at Revolution Hall Wednesday night by Tiger Army, the Unseen, and the War Tapes (7 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . Also Wednesday, the Chapel + Cultural Center in Troy closes out its spring music residency with Brian Melick and Globetrotting (7 PM, free, 274-7793).

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