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Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Karen Savoca

Eighth Step at the GE Theatre at Proctors, Friday

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart’s “drive her till she drops” tour rolls into Schenectady Friday night for another fine Eighth Step presentation. The “her” in the tour name is the duo’s 2000 Chevy Suburban, which tallied its 444,444th mile in February. (Who says GM sucks?) These singer-songwriters are even more formidable than their vehicle, combining blues, pop, country and rock into their own, southern brand of Americana. Opening the show will be singer-songwriter and drummer-vocalist Karen Savoca, who will perform her “melodic songs that probe the mysteries of the heart and soul” (Willamette Week) with guitarist Pete Heitzman. (April 9, 7:30 PM, $24, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Bernard Fowler

Northern Lights, Friday

When Bernard Fowler named his current jaunt the Friends with Privileges Tour, he was probably referring to himself. Truly, few session vocalists have had as awesome a run as Fowler. Hired in 1985 to cut backing vocals for Mick Jagger’s first solo record, he ended up singing on solo albums by all of the other Rolling Stones, and joined the rock legends on several world tours. That’s just the tip of the iceberg: He’s added vocals to albums by everyone from Herbie Hancock to Public Image Ltd., from Bootsy Collins to Philip Glass. His first solo album—the aforementioned Friends With Privileges—didn’t come until 2006. After that long a wait, who can blame him for touring on it four years later? (April 9, 7 PM, $25, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Root-a-Rama 4

Valentine’s, Friday-Saturday

Before you queue up for tickets to see the man in concert, check this out: Friday night, the first of the annual two-night Root-a-Rama Americana festival at Valentine’s, features a full performance of Neil Young’s harrowing 1975 album Tonight’s the Night by a group of area musicians calling themselves the New Santa Monica Flyers. The album was a tribute to fallen Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry (who “used to load that Econoline Van,” as the title song goes); the show will be a tribute to the tour that introduced the songs, complete with period-specific stage decorations. Day one also features Diego and Overland Gunslingers. Saturday’s bill features Esquela, Grainbelt, Roger Bryan and the Orphans, and Sumac. (April 9-10, 8 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Palace Theatre, Saturday

We know what you’re thinking: Christmas is here already? If you’re a fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, yes, Virginia, it is. The traveling roadshow best known for metallicized versions of popular holiday tunes has set off on their Beethoven’s Last Night 2010 tour, which brings them to Albany this week. And it’s a doozy, this: The production is based on a story, written by the band’s principal members, that imagines a 10th Beethoven symphony produced as the result of a deal with Mephistopheles. Right. So what you have here is something that treads the fine line between theater, classical symphony and heavy-metal concert. And to all, a good night. (April 10, 8 PM, $48.50-$58.50, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

Surprise Me Mr. Davis

Surprise Me Mr. Davis

Red Square, Wednesday

The latest incarnation of avant folk group Surprise Me Mr. Davis adds piano wizard Marco Benevento to the combination of ThaMuseMent’s Nathan Moore and the dudes from the Slip; this will no doubt add some improvisational surprises to the band’s compelling mix of the ethereal and the absurd. They’ll be cheerfully plugging their new EP, That Man Eats Morning for Breakfast. The EP was recorded in a barn in Vermont because Moore, who was en route to Montreal, was turned away at the Canadian border. (Frankly, the whole business sounds kind of shifty to us.) Psychedelic funksters Sugar Proof, featuring ex-Tree Wizard Eric Johnson and ex-Funkshop Loomis member Titian Dion, will open the festivities. (April 14, 8 PM, $15, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)


Also Noted

Soulive

If you missed ’em at the Linda, you have another chance to catch the Hold Steady tonight (Thursday), at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock (8 PM, $20, 845-679-4406). . . . Jillian’s has turned into a regular ol’ concert venue as of late; for example, tomorrow (Friday) finds long-traveling jammers New Riders of the Purple Sage on the North Pearl Street stage (8 PM, $17, 432-1997). . . . The aforementioned New Riders are just one of the many acts slated to perform at this weekend’s Rock the Resort Festival, running Friday through Sunday at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson; KRS-One and Soulive are also in the mix (call for times and prices, 866-565-8351). . . . Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents another show that treads the fine line between music and noise: Saturday’s bill at Upstate Artists Guild features Marko Timlin and thenumber46 (8 PM, $5, 426-3501). . . . Canadian ensemble Le Vent du Nord will blow into Old Songs on Saturday; that joke is funnier if you know what their name means in French (8 PM, $25, 765-2815). . . . On Sunday, Woodstock musician and storyteller Mark Rust plays a concert at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Schenectady (7 PM, $16, 393-4169). . . . Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo: Third Eye Blind keep on keepin’ on at Northern Lights on Wednesday; Alpha Rev will open (6:30 PM, $28, 371-0012).


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