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Chuck Wicks

Columbia County Fair, Friday

It just wouldn’t be a county fair without some racing pigs, a demolition derby, baby kangaroo petting, a monster tractor pull, watermelon-eating contests, and a hearty slice of Amurrican country myoosic. Jo Dee Messina will be coming through on Sunday, but the one we’ve got our eyes on is Chuck Wicks. Wicks has covered compulsory territory with his patriotic hit “Man of the House” and father/daughter devotional “Stealing Cinderella,” but this guy’s a true triple-threat. That is, he sings, strums, and dances with the stars. (Sept. 4, 8 PM, free with $10 fair admission, Route 66, Chatham, 392-2121)

MacTalla Mór

Guthrie Center, Friday

It must be tempting, as a performer at the Guthrie Center, to play a version of the song that immortalized the venue. No doubt, the Old Trinity Church has heard many a rendition of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” written for Alice Brock, who lived there in the ’60s. Likely, few of those incorporated the bagpipes, though. MacTalla Mór, a family Celtic fusion band from New York City could change that. Known for their high-energy synthesis of traditional and original music, they’re liable to take their show in almost any direction. For this they offer a disclaimer: “The pipes are calling . . . resistance is futile.” (Sept. 4, 8 PM, call for price, 4 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-1955)


Snow Ridge Ski Area, Friday-Sunday

It’s the tenth year for the music festival bearing the oddly punctuated name of a certain () jamband. And sure enough, to celebrate the milestone, moe. has put together a bill that’s as eclectic as they are. Aside from five sets from the host band, moe-goers will get some post-ironic irony (Cake), a ’90s power-popper (Matthew Sweet), two stars of the Hollywood blockbuster How High (Method Man and Redman) and one righteous babe (Ani DiFranco), along with the regular stash of jam acts, both national (Umphrey’s McGee) and regional (Ominous Seapods). This has all the makings of a great summer weekend—don’t let the fact that the concert takes place on a ski resort get you down. (Sept. 4-6, $140, times vary, 4173 West Road, Turin, 315-348-8456)

Abba the Tour

Belleayre Music Festival, Saturday

Trust us, there are a bajillion Abba tributes out there, from Abbamania to Abbacadabra, Abbalution to Abbacab, Black Abba-th to Banana-abba. We’ve seen them all, because that’s just how we like to spend our free time. And you can bet we’ll be in Highmount on Saturday—because it’s the last concert of the Belleayre Music Festival, and the Catskills are friggin’ beautiful this time of year. But also, it’s Abba the Tour! This is a nationally touring 12-piece band, featuring original members of Abba’s live band—which means authenticity, which is what you look for in an Abba tribute act. You always judge them on four points: looks, costumes, singing, and pedigree. Bonus points for decent Swedish accents. Trust us, we’ve seen a billion of ’em. (Sept. 5, 8 PM, $15-$65, Route 28, Highmount, 800-942-6904)


Down, Melvins

Northern Lights, Wednesday

The Melvins’ march to All Tomorrow’s Parties, next weekend’s indie-rock festival extraordinaire, takes them through Clifton Park this week. The legendary sludge-packers have been on a hot streak these last few years, with last year’s Nude With Boots ranking among their best, and their live shows are typically deafening—and, recently, drum-heavy (heavier than usual, that is). This time around the Melvins are paired up with metal supergroup Down, which should push the show from deafening to life-threatening. The band will reportedly return to the studio this fall to record the follow-up to 2007’s Down III: Over the Under, so there just may be some new songs in their set. Weedeater and Evil Army begin the evening. (Sept. 9, 7:30 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted
Eric Hutchinson

Labor Day weekend is not the most lively time for live music, but we’ll take one kickass show over a dozen mediocre ones any day. This here oughta do the trick: Certifiably kickass New Orleans band Dash Rip Rock blow into Valentine’s tonight (Thursday) like a miniature Hurricane Katrina, with Albany’s own Grainbelt set to open (9 PM, $8, 432-6572). . . . Get some kickass blues at the Van Dyck tonight, with the George Boone Blues Band (7 PM, $5, 348-7999). . . . Brooklyn Americana act Proud Simon have a couple area appearances this weekend, in support of their brand new Anchors Aweigh CD: Tonight, they share a bill with Restys at Red Square (PM, call for price, 465-0444); and Friday they’re at Bread and Jam Café (8 PM, free, 326-2275). . . . At MASS MoCA on Friday, composer-beatmaker Son Lux performs music from his At War With Walls & Mazes album, accompanied by live visual improvisation from Joshue Ott; anyone who downloads a special iPhone app (go to for details) can participate in Ott’s performance (8 PM, $14, $10 students, 413-662-2111). . . . At PS/21 this Sunday, you can hear Scottish fiddle tunes performed without a fiddle—that’s the promise of duo New Rigged Ship (3 PM, $20, 392-6121). . . . Soul man Eric Hutchinson and his band are at Revolution Hall Wednesday night (8 PM, $14, 274-0553).

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