1/22/10: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars @ The Linda, Albany. Guitarslinger Malachowski leads a bonafide eight-piece supergroup – including drummer Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson), bassist Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), saxman Erik Lawrence (Levin Helm Band), organist Pete Levin (Paul Simon, Annie Lennox) – in a guaranteed roof-raising concert. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: DBR & the Mission @ The Egg, Albany. Violinist-composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and his group fuse together elements of classical music, rock and hip-hop in a Haitian relief benefit concert. 8pm. $24; children/students $12.

MUSIC: Jackie Washington and Bill Staines @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Caffe launches its 50th anniversary celebration with two sublime folk masters who helped kickstart the coffeehouse back in the ’60s. 8pm. UPDATE: Sold out.

BURLESQUE: Alpha Psi Ecdysia @ the Fuze Box, Albany. Director/dancer Lucida Sans brings her New Paltz troupe of tantalizing teasers to town. 10pm. $7.

MUSIC: James Taylor and Friends @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass. Sweet Baby James plays a “Help for Haiti” benefit concert. 8pm. UPDATE: Sold out. The concert will also be broadcast live on WAMC-FM and WBCR-LP. (Taylor also performs on Saturday; there may be tickets left for that show.)

MUSIC: The Carolina Chocolate Drops @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass. The funky African-American old-timey string band previews its upcoming Nonesuch album, “Genuine Negro Jig.” 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Vermont soul-rockers offer a sneak preview of their upcoming album produced by Mark Batson. The Uglysuit opens. 8:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Smithereens @ the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. The original band line-up cruises through their hits – “Only a Memory,” “Blood & Roses,” “A Girl Like You” – as well as selection from the Beatles and the Who’s “Tommy.” The Grip Weeds open. 8pm. $25, $45.

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