J. B. Scott’s Reunion May 5. Until a fire closed it in 1982, J. B. Scott’s was the hub of Albany’s underground rock scene. The nightclub hosted early area appearances by U2, the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Go-Go’s, the Specials, the Tourists (starring a pre-Eurythmics Annie Lennox), and others, and gave local acts a place to kick out the home-grown jams. Co-headlining this new wave nostalgia night at Michael’s Banquet House are reunited punk pranksters Blotto and pop-wavers Fear of Strangers, both prefaced by the Penny Knight Band, the Lazers, the Last Conspirators (with Tim Livingston of pioneering Capital punks the Morons), an Ernie Williams tribute, and more. Proceeds aid animal rescue group Noah’s Kingdom. 6pm. $33, $40. Cohoes. (518) 785-8524.
Tal National will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro on April 3 at 7pm (donation requested; (845) 236-7970; Liveatthefalcon.com); the Half Moon in Hudson on April 4 at 8pm ($10; (518) 828-1562; Thehalfmoonhudson.com); the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, on April 9 at 7pm ($10, $13; (413) 586-8686; Beta.iheg.com); and the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on April 12 at 7pm ($10; (518) 272-2390; Mediasanctuary.org).
With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.