Universal Preservation Hall has a mix of up-and-coming stars of music and comedy –
as well as a few established artists – announced for the fall and holiday season. 

Musical artists that deserve your attention include KAINA (Oct. 1) who expresses her Chicago roots with influences from her Venezuelan and Guatemalan heritage. If a mashup of R&B, Latin, pop, and soul is your thing, check her out; LI & the Little Idea opens. The all-female group Flor de Toloache (Nov. 4) is another; the Latin Grammy winners break boundaries with an edgy, fresh take on traditional Latin American music. And Americana singer-songwriter Valerie June (Nov. 12) is coming to UPH on the heels of a 2022 Grammy (Best American Roots Song) and 2021 Americana Awards (Album and Song of the Year) nominations.

If comedy is your thing, check out Ryan Hamilton (Oct. 8), star of a recent one-hour Netflix special, “Happy Face.” One of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, you may have caught him making the rounds of the major late-night shows. Maria Bamford (Nov. 5) follows; revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness, she starred in the Netflix comedy series “Lady Dynamite,” as well as several stand-up TV specials. 

A familiar face to many is Megan Hilty (Dec. 3), who portrayed seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” and who rose to prominence for Broadway musical roles as Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked,” Doralee Rhodes in “9 to 5: The Musical,” and her Tony Award-nominated role as Brooke Ashton in “Noises Off.”  

Other highlights:

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 23) returns to UPH for another collaboration with Skidmore College, Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw,” described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas. SSO follows up with a return appearance for a “Poinsettia Pops” (Dec. 2) for the holidays. Justin Roberts (Nov. 19) brings his “Not Ready for Naptime” show for families to Saratoga. A four-time Grammy nominee, the artist – accompanied by his 5-piece rock band – helps kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up while inspiring parents to remember their own childhoods with get-stuck-in-your-head pop songs. The Queen’s Cartoonists (Dec. 22) are touring with their “Holiday Hurrah: Yule Love It!” show, playing music from classic holiday cartoons and contemporary animation. Their performances are synchronized to video projections and the band leads audiences through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy. Samara Joy (Dec. 23), who burst onto the New York jazz scene in 2019 when she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, rounds out 2022 programming.

For information on these shows and many others visit universalpreservationhall.org


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