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Ricky Nelson Remembered

Colonial Theatre, Friday

Nearly 25 years after their father died tragically in a plane crash, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson have taken to the road to celebrate the late Ricky Nelson’s legacy with a multimedia tribute show. “But wait,” you might say, “aren’t Matthew and Gunnar better known for their work as circa-’90 lite-metal act Nelson?” Well, marginally, yes—in fact, they still perform as Nelson from time to time. (By some strange turn of fate, their current lead guitarist is Mark Slaughter of “Fly to the Angels” fame.) But this show is about dear old dad, and you can bet the Nelson boys will bring the same undeniable talent and energy to “Hello Mary Lou” and “Lonesome Town” as they did to their own . . . um, whatever their hit song was. (July 30, 8 PM, $35-$50, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-997-4444)


Honda Civic Tour

Glens Falls Civic Center, Sunday

The PR firm behind the Honda Civic Tour trumpets the major acts that have toured under the banner, and a line of consistency shows: Past itineraries spell out a practical who’s-who of crossover hitmakers, from bands who slowly drifted from emo to mainstream pop (Fall Out Boy) to others for whom the corporate teat shines brighter than the light of the sun (Black Eyed Peas). This year’s crop of Honda-endorsed rockers is led by Paramore, the young Tennessee band coming to town in support of last year’s Brand New Eyes. The varied support card includes Tegan and Sara, with their funny, quirky, enveloping indie-pop; former tour headliners New Found Glory, returning with music from their first album for the Epitaph label; and Sri Lanka-based electro-rock upstarts Kadawatha. (Aug. 1, 7 PM, $31-$37.50, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366)

Doc Watson

The Egg, Sunday

Simply put, Doc Watson is one of the greatest fingerstyle and flatpicking guitarists ever to live and has influenced more country, folk and bluegrass musicians than would fit on this page. What’s more: He’s also one of the best bullshitters in the land. At his grandson (and sideman) Richard Watson’s prompting, the 87-year-old is liable to fill as much stage time telling yarn after hilarious yarn as he is playing the great American songbook. In fact, if his chops ever finally go, Doc could probably tour on the basis of his charm alone. But, by the sounds of his recent playing, that day’s still a ways off. (Aug. 1, 7:30 PM, $34.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Valentine’s, Monday

When selecting a cool abbreviation for your band name, you’ve got to be careful about that particular combination of letters and numbers. When California punk band Channel 3 first formed in 1980, they didn’t have to worry about this little thing called the Internet, but now a Google search for the group first pulls up a chemical profile for the methylium ion CH3+—which is kind of rockin’, given its ability to increase a compound’s lipophilicity. . . . But if you know about CH3 (the band), it’s probably because of some photocopied flier stapled to a telephone pole. Dudes are all about the fast and loud, not this preppy information-superhighway crap. (Aug. 2, 8 PM, $7, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Ryan Cabrera

Rockin’ On The River, Wednesday

We admit to finding the inclusion of Ryan Cabrera among the crop of tribute acts and local rockers on this year’s Rockin’ on the River to be a little strange. We wonder, who is such a performance intended for? Cabrera, a Texas native, had a flirtation with major success in 2004 with his single “On the Way Down” but seems somehow more famous for having dated Ashlee Simpson. Still, “On the Way Down” was a Top 10 single—yes, way!—and though only hardcore Cabrera fans would know that he’s since released two more albums, we’re pretty sure “Down” is the number that secured this booking. (Aug. 4, 5 PM, free, Front Street, Troy, 270-4624)

Also Noted

Maggot Brain

To borrow a phrase from David Cross, Saratoga stays white out later tomorrow (Friday) when Maroon 5 and Guster play the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (7:30 PM, $15-$56, 587-3330). . . . In with the new: The Dirty Stayouts celebrate the release of their first album, . . . And Then There Were None, at Valentine’s on Friday, with guests Black Sun and Bourbon Scum (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . This dude’s got enough amazing songs to fill a weeklong stand, but you’ll have to settle for two nights of Jimmy Webb at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass., this Friday and Saturday (8 PM, $35, $30 members, 413-528-1955). . . . Clifton Park native and current New Yorker Christine Santelli returns to the Van Dyck with her band on Friday (8 PM, $12, 348-7999). . . . Phoebe Henry, another Capital Region expat currently living in the Big Apple, returns to the area for a show at Brown’s Brewing Company on Saturday, though we’re pretty sure she’s still too young indulge in the venue’s titular offerings (9 PM, free, 273-2337). . . . Salem Art Works presents this year’s edition of SAWfest on Saturday; the slate of live music includes Horse’s Mouth, the Troy Chainsaw Ensemble, Beware! The Other Head of Science, and the reliably on-point (or on-decimal?) Mathematicians (6 PM, $15 donation, 854-7674). . . . The 2010 Hudson Harbor Fest kicks off on Saturday at Hudson’s Waterfront Park, with music from Bella’s Bartok, or “Western Massachusetts’ premier Gypsy Balkan Rockabilly Fusion Party in a Box” (6:30 PM, free, 822-8448). . . . Perhaps you’d rather just have your ass handed to you. For that, we recommend the decidedly un-Funkadelic Maggot Brain, playing the week’s heaviest bill at Valentine’s on Saturday with Wasteform and Tentacles (6:30 PM, $8, 432-6572).

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