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REACHING A TURNING POINT

Concert set is not just another album for Virginia Coalition

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A concert album can do wonders for an artist’s career.

For Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, theirs from the 1970s made them superstars.

For Virginia Coalition, 2006’s two-disc Live at the 9:30 Club could mark the start of multiple changes for the jam band.

“Personally, I am a sucker for live albums,” says singer Andrew Poliakoff. “We had never done a live album before, and I want to do more of them now.”

A new studio album will arrive first, and Poliakoff says the Live at the 9:30 Club experience may influence the way in which Virginia Coalition records it.

“I think we may . . . have an audience of 10 or 20 people come into the studio when we’re cutting the album,” says Poliakoff.

The band, scheduled to begin a tour in mid-February, is writing and demoing new material for that next studio disc, which will be released on Bluhammock.

“I would imagine we’re going to start recording as early as late spring into summer,” says Poliakoff. “I hope to have it out by the end of the year.”

— By Chris M. Junior

Virginia Coalition on tour (schedule subject to change):

* Feb. 15: Abbey Road — Gainesville, Fla.
* Feb. 18, 19: Skipper’s Smokehouse — Tampa, Fla.
* Feb. 20: The Beta Bar — Tallahassee, Fla.
* Feb. 22: Music Farm — Charleston, S.C.
* Feb. 23: Variety Playhouse — Atlanta
* Feb. 24: Orange Peel — Asheville, N.C.
* Feb. 27: Satellite Ballroom — Charlottesville, Va.
* Feb. 28: Recher Theater — Towson, Md.
* March 1: Irving Plaza — New York
* March 2: World Cafe Live — Philadelphia
* March 3, 4: Harpers Ferry — Allston, Mass.