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Proctors Theatre, Thursday

As soon as they start popping them out, some parents dream of fielding a baseball team with their offspring. Bassist Jere Cherryholme and his mandolin-picking wife Sandy Lee had a different idea. With their four kids on guitar, banjo, and fiddles, they’ve rounded out one of the most traditional and acclaimed bluegrass bands around. Their mix of hard-picking bluegrass with old-time clawhammer banjo, yodeling, and Irish step dancing have earned them a Grammy nomination and regular appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. Chops aside, with six members, their only other option would have been to form a hockey team—and these are not hockey-playing folk. (April 2, 8 PM, $20-$30, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Pearl Street Nightclub, Friday

Dig! was one of the great music films, in part because it accurately portrayed the competitive nature of a local music scene, but also because it introduced the world to mad genius Anton Newcombe, leader of neo-psychedelic rock outfit the Brian Jonestown Massacre. But if your only exposure to BJM was via the 2004 documentary, you might be surprised to actually hear the band’s music: Filmmaker Ondi Timoner doted so much on Newcombe’s fractured antics, she all but forgot to highlight his rather impressive catalog of songs. Thankfully, Newcombe is still with us (well, he lives in Berlin now, but still) and he’s got the BJM on the road working out tunes from a soon-to-be-released new record. Dig in. (April 3, 9 PM, $20, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

The Flatlanders, Joe Pug

The Egg, Saturday

The Flatlanders don’t much mind if you approach their music with certain assumptions. In press materials, Butch Hancock is “the cerebral folk singer,” Jimmie Dale Gilmore is the “mystic with the classic country voice,” and Joe Ely is the “street-wise rocker.” But it makes sense that the three should be described by their individual merits. Decades passed after the band first formed and disbanded, sending the three on successful solo careers before their reconvening in 1998. Ever since, the friends tend to get together from time to time and bring their collective brand of country music on the road. Joe Pug, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter, opens. (April 4, 8 PM, $29.50, Empire Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Bret Michaels

Northern Lights, Saturday

Sweet Creamy Jesus, would you look at this: The Rock of Love Bus is coming to town! Poison frontman Bret Michaels took his truck full of sluts on the road for the current season of his VH1 Celebreality show, and the Capital Region is lucky enough to be on the itinerary. Now there’s no guarantee concertgoers will get an eyeful of the booze-fueled catfights that make the show so, er, entertaining, but you can be sure that Michaels will bring the hits to life in something of a preview of his band’s July appearance at SPAC. Leave your self-respect at the door. (April 4, 8 PM, $35, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

Caffe Lena, Sunday

When you think “acoustic duo,” you normally conjure images of fingerpicked guitars and fragile, chiming harmonies. Like Simon and Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts, Tenacious D. New York’s Two Man Gentlemen Band are out to shatter that image. The duo, together since 2005, create a mix of Vaudeville showmanship and Grand Ole Opry musicianship whenever they hit the stage. Their latest release, Drip Dryin’ With the Two Man Gentlemen Band, is being called a “feel-good party record,” and comes complete with a new dance, the Drip Dry, which the guys will teach to audience members at the show. (April 5, 7 PM, $14, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)



Also Noted

Grownup Noise

Pop-punk vets the Queers return to Valentine’s tonight (Thursday) atop a jam-packed bill (7 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . It’s a mostly local superbill at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday), with Eric Margan and the Red Lions, the Ashley Pond Band, the Grownup Noise, Jared Funari, and Jets and Snakes (8 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Hudson Valley-based rockers the Trapps headline Savannah’s on Friday (8:30 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . The Schenectady Musical Union presents a concert in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month this Sunday at the Muddy Cup in Schenectady; it features a rock-solid lineup of local jazz acts including the Steve Lambert Sextet, Brian Patneaude Quartet, Al Haugen Group, and George Muscatello Group—and it’s free (3 PM, free, 881-4515). . . . It’s not Blues Appreciation Month, but considering the current economic climate, it may as well be Blues Appreciation Year. On Sunday the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society presents “The Blues Go to Church” at the Saratoga Springs Unitarian-Universalist Church; the show features the Gospel Train among others (3:30 PM, $10, 859-7629). . . . Jazz fans will definitely appreciate this: The Lee Shaw Trio will perform at the Egg on Sunday with special guest John Medeski (of Medeski Martin and Wood); Medeski studied piano with Shaw when he was a teenager, so this is a special event for all involved (7:30 PM, $29.50, 473-1845). . . . The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents an Irish Homecoming on Sunday, featuring Cherish the Ladies, Maura O’Connell, and a host of other musicians and dancers (7 PM, $15-$32, 273-0038). . . . The Wood to Stone to Sea Tour takes root at the Free School in Albany Wednesday; co-sponsored by the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, the concert features transgender performers Modern Day Pinocchio (aka AJ Bryce), A Stick and a Stone (aka Elliott Harvey) and Adelaide Windsome (7 PM, $5 donation, 462-3402).

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