6/16/10: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ Freedom Park, Scotia. The Capital Region’s biggest free outdoor concert series – more than three dozen performances throughout the summer – kicks off with one of the most popular bands – Rick Bedrosian and his crowd-pleasing gang of Celtic folk-rockers. 7pm. Free.

MUSIC: Rain @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. We’re still kicking ourselves for not using what would have been our favorite headline of the year – “Rain Postponed Due to Snow” – back in February, when a snowstorm interfered with the Beatles tribute band’s originally scheduled performance date of February 25. Tonight, the faux John, Paul, George and Ringo are making good on the delay however. 7:30pm. $27.50, $37.50, $47.50.

MUSIC: “Dancing On the Air” @ The Linda, Albany. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason helm the monthly live radio performance once again with the Damcing On the Air Orchestra. Joining in the festivities tonight are the husband-and-wife folk duo of Kim and Reggie Harris, as well as the Celtic folk quartet Mist Covered Mountains, led by fiddler Donna Hebert. Catch them live in person at The Linda, or listen on your radio at WAMC-FM at home.8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Nothing says New Orleans like the sound of a brass band, and the Dirty Dozen have been blowing out that second line sound for more than 30 years, as well as adding their particular horn-fueled spice to albums by such folks as David Bowie, the Black Crowes and Elvis Costello. 7pm. $19.

MUSIC: Crashing Funerals @ Savannah’s, Albany. It’s another head-banging installment of Capital Underground Live hosted by Ralph Renna. With Maggot Brian and Here Is My Obituary. 8pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Rambling Methods @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Come on over and hear some fresh new sounds as the Caffe welcomes the Rambling Methods as the latest edition of its Emerging Artists Concert Series. 7pm. $5.

FILM/OPERA: Aida @ Time and Space Ltd, Hudson. A rebroadcast of the October 24, 2009 performance of this noted Met production, complete with animals on stage and huge, gorgeous sets. 6:30pm. $15. Reservations required: 518-822-8448.

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