Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters to play the historic Cohoes Music Hall this summer

Popular rock group featuring Thornton to hit the Music Hall stage August 6, 2021

Cohoes, N.Y. (June 30, 2021) — Playhouse Stage Company, the management entity of Cohoes Music Hall, announced today that Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters will play the intimate and historic Spindle City venue on August 6, as part of the Summer 2021 “Light Rays” Tour. The show will kick off at 8:00pm, with doors opening at 7:00pm. Tickets, priced from $19.00 — $58.00 go on sale this Friday, July 2 at 11:00am both online and via the Music Hall box office phone line at (518) 434–0776.

Anxious to return to the road, The Boxmasters’ J.D. Andrew and Bud Thornton (the name under which the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor and writer performs as in his musical career) began to announce dates for their Summer 2021 “Light Rays” Tour in May. Released in October of 2020, Light Rays led off with the single “Breathe Easy” which was a song that was very personal to Bud. “I wrote it to my daughter Bella, explaining that someday she’ll understand why I’m so over-protective. I think it is a song any parent can relate to.” Light Rays also includes the cuts “Satellite Guy”, a song that owes a sonic debt to the legendary Los Angeles band War, the title track “Light Rays” — about a person in an institution singing to the object of their infatuation, and “Learn To Be”, a song that says people are not born to hate.

The lone cover on Light Rays is “Come What May” written by The Yardleys’ Larry Byrd and Bucky Griggs, an Arkansas band that was popular when Bud was young. The Yardleys have been featured in the classic compilation Lost Souls (1960’s Garage and Psychedelic Rock’n Roll from Arkansas). Byrd is set to join The Boxmasters as the keyboard player on the “Light Rays” tour.

Formed in 2007, The Boxmasters have recorded an impressive and diverse catalogue of music that touches on their love of a wide array of influences, but most importantly, the rock and roll of the 1960’s. Listening to The Boxmasters, one can hear obvious odes to the Beatles, Byrds and Beach Boys, but also important to The Boxmasters are The Mothers of Invention, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Big Star.

Since forming The Boxmasters, several long-time friends have contributed to the sound of the band, but the core of The Boxmasters has always been Andrew and Thornton. As primary songwriters, the sound of the Boxmasters has been an evolution as the duo constantly strive to find new inspiration, new sounds and new ways of expressing what is in their hearts and on their minds. But at the core, there is a backbeat, a lyric with meaning and music played with emotion.

As a touring band, The Boxmasters have cultivated a rabid cult fanbase across the United States and Canada. Opening for the likes of ZZ Top, Steve Miller, George Thorogood and Kid Rock, The Boxmasters have proven to win over large audiences. As a headliner, frequent stops in Kansas City at “Knuckleheads”, Springfield, Illinois at “Boondocks” and “Merrimack Hall” in Huntsville, Alabama have shown dedicated yet still growing audiences. Two appearances at Levon Helm’s “Midnight Ramble” in Woodstock, New York were highlight performances for the band, as well as the “Ramble at The Ryman” that Levon hosted in 2008. The Boxmasters performed on “The Grand Ole Opry” in 2015, another in a growing resume of must-play venues.

For more information on Light Rays, their discography, and to view tour dates, please visit The Boxmasters website: More information about their Music Hall tour date can be found at


About Playhouse Stage Company. Park Playhouse & Playhouse Stage Co. augment the quality of life for a diverse audience in the Capital District by producing FREE theatre in an outdoor setting, presenting high quality events productions at the historic Cohoes Music Hall, and providing arts education programs to young people in the region. By providing free and affordable admission at our productions, we make theatre an all-inclusive art form, accessible to people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. Our education programs teach valuable life lessons about collaboration and teamwork, while helping to train the area’s next generation of theatre artists. Park Playhouse takes a leadership role in enhancing the cultural landscape of New York’s Capital Region.



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