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click to enlarge AKRON/FAMILY Plays Jason's Upstairs Bar September 14.
  • AKRON/FAMILY Plays Jason's Upstairs Bar September 14.


Wall Street Jazz Festival

September 5.
Now in its sixth year, Uptown Kingston’s Wall Street Jazz Festival has become a firm favorite among those who live for sounds hot and swinging. Organized by musician Peggy Stern and producer John Bilotti, the decidedly female artist-dominated program this year includes duos led by Veronica Nunes and Donna Antonow, the Francesca Tanksley and “Sweet” Sue Terry trios, Stern’s Latin-tinged Estrella Samba y Salsa, and special guest Claire Daly. In the case of rain, the event will be held inside Backstage Studio Productions. 5pm. Free. Kingston. (845) 246-4106; www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com.

The Feelies
September 12.
The granddaddies of Hoboken, New Jersey’s famously fertile post-punk scene, the Feelies have left their mark on legions of subsequent outfits, R.E.M. chief among them. Full of jittery, twitchy tempos and alternately scratchy and jangly guitars, Crazy Rhythms, the band’s 1980 debut on Stiff Records, is rightly hailed as an alt-rock touchstone. Recently reunited for the second time, the group is doing a rare run of dates that reprise Crazy Rhythms in its entirety, and the Bearsville Theater is among the lucky stops. Not to be missed. (Stoney Clove Lane and Toshi Reagon play on September 5; Phish’s Mike Gordon appears on September 11.) 8pm. $25. Bearsville. (845) 679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com.

Akron/Family
September 14.
Akron/Family stands as a leading light of the current freak folk wave. After releasing three acclaimed albums on ex-Swans leader Michael Gira’s Young God label under the Akron/Family name and backing Gira himself as Angels of Light, the band moved to Dead Oceans Records for 2008’s Set ’Em Wild, Set ’Em Free. In the studio the group weaves pastoral acoustics with odd electronics, but its live power recalls the rocking heights of Crazy Horse—so best leave the lawn blanket at home for this show at Jason’s Upstairs Bar. With Jeffrey Lewis and Slaraffenland. (Albany Invasion II on September 19 brings Blackcat Elliot, the Last Conspirators, and the Blisterz.) 8pm. $13. Hudson. (518) 828-8787; www.jasonsupstairsbar.com.

Drum Boogie Festival
September 19.
Designed to raise awareness for the Woodstock Chimes Fund, the inaugural outdoor Drum Boogie Festival, which takes place in the Kingston Rondout’s Cornell Park, looks to be a royal bash—in more ways than one. Celebrating the diverse styles of world percussion, the event promises some of the foremost drummers and percussionists from the spheres of jazz, rock, Native American, Balinese gamelan, Trinidadian steel pan, and more. Topping the bill are the Jack DeJohnette Trio (featuring keyboardist David Sancious), Jerry Marotta (with bassist Tony Levin), and New York ensemble NEXUS. Noon. Free. Kingston. (845) 594-6518; www.drumboogiefestival.com.

Margaret Cho
September 26.
Button-pushing comedienne Margaret Cho has been performing since she was 16, bringing her uniquely raunchy, socially relevant, and politically charged fare to best-selling books and CDs and sold-out tours; her fifth concert film, Beautiful, recently aired on cable and she’s also starring in the new dramatic series “Drop Dead Diva.” Cho’s latest stage show, which hits the Egg this month, is described as “a work in progress and a healthy mix of new stand-up and live music.” This uncommonly intimate appearance offers a sneak preview of her forthcoming comedy music album, tentatively titled Guitarded (brilliant!), which features guest performances by Patty Griffin, Jon Brion, Grant Lee Phillips, and others. (Son Volt visits on September 18; Railroad Earth steams in on September 19.) 8pm. $24. Albany. (518) 473-1845; www.theegg.org

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