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Diane Schuur
The Van Dyck, Thursday

Direct from a gig at the Hotel Intercontinental Ballroom in Warsaw (Poland), popular two-time Grammy-winning jazz songstress Diane Schuur will settle in for two shows tonight (Friday) at the Van Dyck in Schenectady (USA). You read correctly—Schuur just finished seven shows in Spain, Austria and Poland, and we’re lucky enough to have the jet-setting singer land in our own backyard. Schuur brings her formidable songbook, which includes much-loved jazz standards as well as a raft of tunes composed just for her. For example, there are the numbers on her latest disc, Midnight. For this, Barry Manilow (yup, that Barry Manilow) teamed up with fellow composer Eddie Arkin to write a set of moody, atmospheric “jazz nocturnes” specifically crafted to fit Schuur’s formidable vocal prowess. Can you dig it? (Dec. 4, 7 and 9:30 PM, $37.50, 381-1111)

The Klezmatics
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass., Saturday

It may seem an unusual venue for a live concert, the Berkshire Museum; but, then, it’s an unusual act. According to, the Klezmatics have been described as “the planet’s only radical Jewish roots band,” and we’re guessing no one else has even laid claim to the designation—much less tried to wrestle it away from the New York City-based outfit. As befits a band who have made two albums with famed classical-violinist Itzhak Perlman and whose name is a play on self-destructive punk-rock semi- legends the Plasmatics, the Klezmatics dance to the tune of a different clarinet. So, the Berkshire Museum? Why not the Berkshire Museum? It’s all part of the museum’s holiday festivities, after all, which later in the month will also host the Trachtenburg Family Slide Show Players. (Dec. 6, 8 PM, $18, $21 at the door, 413-443-7171)

Crash Test Dummies, the Waterboys, Rhett Miller
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, Saturday

Although the Crash Test Dummies are going to be featured in an upcoming episode of VH1’s One-Hit Wonders for their popular monochrome ballad “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,” they refuse to accept the music channel’s one-hit-wonder designation. Since the 1993 album God Shuffled His Feet, on which the cut was featured, the Dummies have released six additional albums. The most recent, Puss ’N’ Boots, was released in October. The band are currently on tour supporting their new LP, and they’ll perform with the Waterboys and Rhett Miller at the Bearsville Theater on Saturday. (Dec. 6, 9 PM, $25, 845-679-7303)

We’re About 9, Danya River
The Larkin, Sunday

Baltimore’s hot folk trio We’re About 9 will make their way to our area again, this time at the Larkin on Sunday. They stopped into Caffe Lena roughly four months ago, and made quite an impression. These Falcon Ridge Folk Festival alums have been compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash in terms of their soaring harmonies, and their songwriting strikes a Barenaked Ladies vein. We’re guessing they’re also quite fun on stage, as their name is a nod to the young age—and signifies a desired break with traditional age roles. Take it from Acoustic Live!, which claims, “Inside their songs were people whose lives had broken free of their moorings, who were lost and haunted . . .” Who isn’t? Danya River will open. (Dec. 7, 7 PM, $10, 463-5225)

David Lee Roth
Northern Lights, Tuesday

Remember those slow-mo Russian splits in the “Jump” video, or enjoying Eat Em’ & Smile better in Spanish? Oh yes, it’s Diamond Dave time. This fearless former Van Halen frontman has the reputation for being an entertaining showman. And he’s apparently as bubbly and blond as ever. Courtesy of his perpetual martial-arts training, he can still wear tight pants and his shirts open, thank you very much. He survived the Sam and Dave tour, an ambitious adventure sans Halen in 2002, but in October, Roth had to cancel a bunch of tour dates after an onstage accident requiring 21 stitches. Now that he’s recovered he’s out rocking to support his new album, Diamond Dave, and will blow through Northern Lights on Tuesday. (Dec. 9, 7:30 PM, $25, $27 at the door, 371-0012)

 also noted
Hipster retro-pop bigshots Hot Hot Heat will burn through town tomorrow (Friday), with pop-rock quartet the French Kicks, performing at Northern Lights; the Unicorns open the show (7:30 PM, $10, $12 at the door, 371-0012). . . . Check out Changing Spaces this weekend for a couple of interesting shows uniting prose and music. First, tomorrow, Berkshire-based artist Laura Siersema will perform at the cozy Center Square venue, providing a heady mix of poetry and riffage (8 PM, $5, 433-1537). . . . On Saturday, the gallery will feature author and poet Simone Felice [see Art Murmur, page 40], reading from his latest work, Goodbye Amelia. Joining Felice will be avant-rocker Tom Burre, sans his Bone Oil bretheren, and soul-rock singer-songwriter Bryan Thomas, throwing down acoustic versions of songs and spoken word from his upcoming release, Babylon (7 PM, free, 433-1537). . . . Come Sunday, it’s time once again for Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, from the olden days of Hot Tuna, to visit the Egg—they sold out the venue last year, so get your tickets pronto. Mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff will accompany the legends, and guitarist Paul Curreri opens the show (7:30 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . Modern chamber ensemble Jupiter Circle will play an afternoon show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Tuesday, performing original compositions and arrangements from their acclaimed 2002 release, Shade Songs (noon, free, 273-0038).

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