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Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

Nothern Lights, Friday

While summer makes its way reluctantly out the door, many of us are still hanging on to its pantleg, scorning the brevity of it all and pleading not to be left alone with the soon-to-be staggering cold of upstate New York. Enter our savior, Ziggy Marley! He makes his entrance just in time to safeguard us, if only temporarily, from all that isn·t sunny, positive and full of love. (That is, if you can discern any of it through the mounting tide of tie-dye and billows of pot smoke you·ll be soaking up.) His latest album, 2009·s Family Time, does more than just broaden his audience from those guys you see shopping at the Dancing Bear in the mall; Marley·s official website promises that Family Time ·resonates with themes of love, responsibility, unity, freedom and fun.· The kiddies will thank you for the CD, but maybe leave them home for the night while you attempt to keep summer around just a bit longer. (Sept. 17, 7:30 PM, $25, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Irish 2000 Festival

Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Friday-Saturday

St. Patrick·s Day only comes around every March. Pessimists would say that·s a long way away. Optimists would say we·re halfway there. We say that·s reason enough to party today! For two days this weekend, the Saratoga County Fairgrounds will become Disneyland for the green-blooded. Separate stages will cater to lovers of traditional and contemporary Irish music, featuring acts such as Gaelic Storm, Enter the Haggis, Hair of the Dog, Flatfoot 56, the McKrells, Great Big Sea, the Fighting 86·s, Young Dubliners, the Screaming Orphans and the Mighty Ploughboys. Also featured will be pipe bands, traditional step dancing, storytelling and children·s events. Should be enough to tide us over. (Sept. 17-18, $28, $20 single-day, 162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa, 888-414-3378)

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Mia Riddle, Eureka Birds, the Loom

Valentine·s, Saturday

Usually it·s one or two bands that cause us to highlight a show, but we feel the light should be cast on all four acts on this lineup. Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned have done a great deal of work to cultivate a scene around themselves here in the Capital Region (see our Community Organizers nod in this summer·s Best of the Capital Region issue), but on Saturday they·ll joined by some of their out-of-town friends·and they·ll return the visit in both of those friends· cities this weekend with a three-day mini-tour. Brooklyn·s Mia Riddle, the singer and the band, specialize in windswept alt-country, while Baltimore·s Eureka Birds speak their orchestral pop gems with a whisper. Also on the bill are Brooklyn sextet the Loom, whose mature chamber-folk sound has recently landed them opening gigs for indie lights the Antlers and Local Natives. (Sept. 18, 8 PM, $7, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Bret Michaels

Northern Lights, Wednesday

We like to think of Bret Michaels as a working-class hero. Sure, he made a fortune off his band Poison, but his persona has always been that of the clock-punching rocker, a guy who wants to make sure the job is done right on time, every time. To wit: Poison·s summer-tour sets are usually culled entirely from their triple-platinum albums of the late ·80s, because who wants to hear new material, right? Those reality-TV appearances are merely Michaels putting in the hours, keeping the brand name out there·but honestly, he really worked for his win on The Celebrity Apprentice, and we can respect that. He·ll likely play a bunch of tunes from his recent solo effort, Custom Built, at Wednesday·s show, but you want to hear ·Every Rose Has Its Thorn·? He·ll be happy to play it for you. (Sept. 22, 7:30 PM, $32.50, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry

Times Union Center, Wednesday

Everything he touches turns to multi-platinum. Talking, of course, about Robert John ·Mutt· Lange, the legendary record producer who took the already outrageous success of Nickelback to ridiculous heights with the band·s latest, Dark Horse. Perhaps that·s overselling it·it·s actually the band·s fourth consecutive album to sell in the several-million range, and that·s all post-Napster. But the band·s union with Lange, basically the Phil Spector of hockey-rink rock, is a match made in 96-track heaven. And America has spoken: Dark Horse hasn·t left the Billboard Hot 100 in almost two years, and so the band is back in town on Wednesday. They·re joined by two other heavyweights of the Active Rock format: Three Days Grace, currently hot from a Geico commercial, and Buckcherry, who seem perfectly content with the label Music Strippers Listen To. (Sept. 22, 6:15 PM, $59.50-$79.50, 51 N. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT)

Also Noted
American Bang

Tonight (Thursday) the Nashville-based rock & roll outfit American Bang returns to Albany for a show at Jillian·s (9 PM, $5, 432-1997). . . . The Albany Public Library wraps up this year·s Garage Bands in the Garage series on Friday with sets from the Union Boots and Complicated Shirt (6 PM, free, 427-4300). . . . The Todd Nelson Trio bring their improv-fueled instrumental roots music to life at Franklin·s Tower on Friday; see a review of Nelson·s latest album in this week·s Recordings section (7 PM, free, 431-1920). . . . Like a wax museum, incarnated: The Beatles act known as Britishmania plays the Egg on Saturday, with a four-part show that should cover everything but ·Piggies··and possibly that, too (8 PM, $25-$38, 473-1845). . . . (8 PM, $62-$82, 512-5203). . . . The Linda hosts father-son jazz-guitar duo Bucky and John Pizzarelli on Sunday, in a special benefit concert for WAMC (6 PM, $100, 465-5233). . . . Tess Collins and much of her Lark Tavern staff are back in action at McGeary·s; so, too, is the Ramblin Jug Stompers· monthly residency, which kicks off in its new home this Monday (7 PM, free, 463-1455). . . . California heavies Bleeding Through storm Northern Lights on Monday; they·ll be joined by After the Burial, For Today the World Alive, Stray From the Path, and Dust and Ashes (7 PM, $17, 371-0012). . . . Two generations of indie greats share a bill at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass., on Tuesday: Broken Social Scene and the Sea and Cake (8 PM, $25, 413-586-8686).

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