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7 walkers

7 Walkers

Revolution Hall, Thursday

Calling all Deadheads: 7 Walkers are the new band from Grateful Dead co-founding drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Louisiana-born slide- guitar wiz Papa Mali. While that alone should be enough to fill the room, skeptics might want more of a taste before they buy. So, add bassist Reed Mathis (of Tea Leaf Green) and instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (of Willie Nelson’s band) to the mix, toss in a batch of brand new tunes co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, sprinkle with a selection of Dead classics and songs from the Papa Mali catalog, and you’ve got a pretty good trip ahead of you. The band will be in Troy tonight, with McLovins opening. (May 27, 7:30 PM, $25, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Keith Kane Band

Bread and Jam Cafe, Friday

It seems like a huge coup that Bread and Jam Cafe was able to book the solo project from a member of a platinum-selling alt-rock band. Though, honestly, it would be more of an event if it were Vertical Horizon main singer and songwriter Matt Scannell playing Cohoes this weekend. Rather, we get Keith Kane, the band’s guitarist and sometimes vocalist, who brings along a solid catalog of his own tunes, backed by a band featuring members of the Pat McGee Band. As for Kane’s regular band, Scannell is currently off touring the country with poof-haired ’80s hitmaker Richard Marx. (May 28, 8 PM, $10, 130 Remsen St., Cohoes, 326-2275)

Steve Lehman Octet

EMPAC, Friday

We’d use this space to try and describe for you precisely how alto saxophonist Steve Lehman reconciles jazz with “the esoteric math- and computer-driven compositional principles of ‘spectral harmony,’” but we’ve only got 67 words left. So, just understand that Lehman is one of few players around genuinely concerned with taking the form forward. A student of Anthony Braxton, he’s been named a “rising star” in Downbeat four years running, received accolades in The Wire and The New York Times, performed with Braxton, Dave Burrell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Vijay Iyer, and composed pieces for large orchestras, chamber ensembles, and electro-acoustic showcases. His octet’s sound is a cacophonous mixture of horns, drums and vibraphone. (May 28, 8 PM, $15, 110 8th St., Troy, 276-4135)

East Durham Irish Festival

East Durham, Saturday-Sunday

For us Albanians, St. Patrick’s Day marks the moment when it’s OK to finally emerge from our winter hovels, wear plastic hats, kiss red-headed lassies, and get shit-canned in the great outside. The East Durham Irish Festival is our opportunity to do all the same, and get sunburned in the process. OK, it’s about a lot more than that. The two-day Irish heritage festival features plenty of live music by the likes of Black 47, Hair of the Dog, Barleyjuice, and the Kitty Kelly Band, pipe bands, step dancing performances, food and craft vendors, free camping, and a children’s area called “Land of the Leprechaun.” All this and a proper mass on Sunday morning, which should clear your conscience from the night before. (May 29-30, $13-$16, Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Center, East Durham, 634-2286)


Bogie’s, Monday

We can’t be the only ones who wanted to fuck shit up when we read that Dirty Rotten Imbeciles were coming to Albany. But it’s entirely possible—the Houston-based thrashcore band never quite crossed over to the mainstream metal scene, despite recording the influential 1987 album (Crossover) that was responsible, in many eyes, for the early melding of hardcore punk and heavy metal. This Memorial Day, the band—whose lineup still boasts original singer and guitarist (respectively) Kurt Brecht and Spike Cassidy—will headline the Dirty Rotten BBQ at Bogie’s, with a half dozen other bands. (May 31, 4 PM, $13, 297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393)

Also Noted

Tonight (Thursday) at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam, it’s the first of this year’s Howlin’ at the Moon concerts, featuring the Riverview Ramblers, Mike Poulopoulos, and Kyle Miller (7 PM, free, 887-5073). . . . Casper Land in Troy is the spot for the experimental sounds tomorrow (Friday) night, with nontraditional performances by Mark Denardo, NonHorse, and Loud Objects (7:30 PM, free, . . . Artists align at the Wood Theater on Friday night to raise funds for the Center for Recovery, a drug and alcohol counseling center in Glens Falls; Recovery Rocks features performances from George Walsh, Mike LaPoint, and Tom Burke (8 PM, call for price, 798-9663). . . . The Bearsville Theatre hosts a benefit concert for the Woodstock Day School on Friday, with performances by Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Tracy Bonham, and several more (8 PM, $40, 845-679-4406). . . . Saturday at Mass MoCA, catch the new-old-school sounds of Carolina Chocolate Drops along with the Duke and the King, the rootsy outfit headed by Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers (8 PM, $22, $10 students, 413-662-2111). . . . Saturday marks the release of the Don Fury-produced first album from “hardcore skater punk” outfit Buzzard; they’ll mark the occasion with a show at Divinyl Revolution (formerly Last Vestige) in Saratoga Springs (9 PM, free, 306-5167). . . . A lot of things slow down for Memorial Day weekend, but mall punk never rests: Sunday at Northern Lights, it’s an emo parade with Mayday Parade, Sing It Loud and Sparks the Rescue (6 PM, $14, 371-0012). . . . The artistic fallout from the fire at Tess’ Lark Tavern continues: On Tuesday, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble will move their monthly stand (which they’ve held for nearly four years) to the Van Dyck, where they’ll remain until the Lark reopens (8PM, free, 348-7999).

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