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Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel, Tommy Tutone

Bogie’s, Friday

Hop into the wayback machine and set the dial for 1982—we’re going to Club 1980s! This is one of the most unexpected Capital Region club bookings we can think of, and it’ll probably be a blockbuster. The Dale Bozzio-led Missing Persons headline, having morphed through about a dozen lineups over the years. (Bozzio may, in fact, be the only original member touring with the group.) Gene Loves Jezebel, once led by identical twins Michael and Jay Aston, are now the Gallagher of the music world, with each brother touring with a version of the band. (This appears to be the Michael version.) And Tommy Tutone, the man and the band, bring along the most famous bathroom-wall ditty of all time. The John Morse Band and Dead Serious are also on Friday’s awesome—yes, awesome—bill. (March 19, 8 PM, $19.80, 297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393)

Duke Robillard

The Van Dyck, Friday

Ace guitarist Duke Robillard is a walking history of the modern blues. For example, he cofounded Roomful of Blues back in ’67, when so many were under the evil spell of the hippies and their Summer of Love. He replaced Jimmy Ray Vaughn in the Fabulous Thunderbirds and has toured with Tom Waits; and he’s a multiple winner of the W.C. Handy Award for, we think, general bluesy awesomeness. And there’s no slowing down for him, either: Robillard released not one, not two, but three CDs last year, including the live set Stomp! The Blues Tonight (on Stony Plain Records). Of this, a Web critic at the FAME acoustic-music site wrote that his licks “sting like a pack of hornets, and his vocals . . . are 100-percent whiskey-soaked and righteous.” Say amen! (March 19, 9 PM, $20, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999)

Black 47

Revolution Hall, Saturday

Looks like we can finally rest easy. After a couple months of uncertainty regarding the fate of Revolution Hall, a perennial contender for Best Live Music Venue in our Readers’ Picks issue, it appears that the schedule has filled out and we’re in for another season of great shows. For proof, look no further than Saturday’s appearance by the classic Celtic rock band Black 47. Before there were Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys, the New York band were busy fusing their love of rock, folk, blues and jazz with traditional melodies on flute and uilleann pipes. March is the perfect time to see these guys, too, with St. Paddy’s Day fresh in their memory and a boatload of new politically charged tunes from their latest Bankers and Gangsters under their belts. (March 20, 8 PM, $15, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

House of Pain

Northern Lights, Sunday

“Jump around/Jump around/Jump up, jump up, and get down/Everybody jump/Jump/Jump/Jump/Jump/Jump.” If that’s not enough to make you crack a Mickey’s and start a fight, how about this: Multi-million-selling artist Everlast apparently has stopped selling multiple millions and decided to revisit the group that brought him fame. Not a bad move, actually—we’d much rather hear him and Danny Boy rap “On Point” than ever hear “What It’s Like” again. Fans will have the luck of the Irish with them for this one: House of Pain spinoff La Coka Nostra is also on the bill, as well as enough local talent to serve your ass like John McEnroe. (March 21, 7 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Bassekou Kouyate

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Wednesday

Do you speak Fula? You will after Wednesday night. Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate and his group, Ngoni Ba, are coming to Troy to show the Capital Region the roots of string music. Kouyate and his assembled band of family members all play the ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo. It’s a percussive and distinctive melodic instrument, of which Kouyate is the recognized master. Having performed with Bela Fleck, Bono, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Majal, he’s now out to capture the world with his own music; his new release, I Speak Fula, is of a quality that has us thinking “massive world-music crossover.” (March 24, 7 PM, $10, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390)


Also Noted
Julia Brown

Jam and eggs! The Disco Biscuits play a sold-out show tonight (Thursday) at the Egg (8 PM, $31, 473-1845). . . . New York singer-songwriter—and she wears both titles very well—Julia Brown performs at Bread and Jam Cafe tomorrow (Friday); Bryan Thomas is also on the bill (8 PM, free, 326-2275). . . . Two big, horn-driven bands set up shop just a few blocks apart in Troy on Friday: At the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, it’s the zoot-suit-tootin’ Big Bad Voodoo Daddy doing a tribute to Cab Calloway (8 PM, $29-$42, 273-0038); and at Revolution Hall, it’s funky, psychedelic rock band Rustic Overtones with special guests Nautilus (7:30 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . Amos Lee tries out some music from his yet-to-be-released fourth record at the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock on Friday night (8 PM, $30, 845-679-4406). . . . Time & Space Limited will present the family-friendly sounds of Dog On Fleas on Saturday afternoon ($12.50, 1 PM, 822-8448). . . . The College of Saint Rose pitches in to help raise funds for Haiti relief and anti-hunger organization 16,000 Children with a concert Saturday; Try Sarah Tops and NinePin are among the performers (5 PM, $10, 454-5178). . . . Saturday night, the Marketplace Gallery in Albany hosts a multimedia event featuring music from Disposable Rocket Band and My Robot Friend, among others (8 PM, $10, 971-207-8937). . . . Also Saturday night, Jeff “Siege” Siegel performs as a trio at Justin’s with pianist Francesca Tanksley and bassist Rich Syracuse (9:30 PM, $5, 436-7008). . . . Finally, Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada do their Christian metalcore thing at Northern Lights on Tuesday (6:30 PM, $15, 371-0012).

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