8/2/10: Today’s Tips: Monday

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the North Albany Studios, Albany. Wry singer-songwriter Gaudet and his harmony-laden bluegrass-flavored band the Railroad Boys fire it up for their first Monday of the month residency. It’s a BYO party – your own chairs, food and beverages. (Related story: Performance review) 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Counting Crows @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. This one’s for the folks who don’t show up for the Big Rock Show until an hour and a half after the starting time ’cause they don’t want to bother with the opening acts. Well tonight, opening act Augustana and headliners Counting Crows both hit the stage at the same time for the Traveling Circus and Medicine Show. 7:30pm. $37-$57.

MUSIC: The Naughtons @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. Two-time Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton and his son singer-songwriter Greg Naughton performed together at the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Late Night Cabaret sessions back in the ’80s. They’re returning to the Main Stage tonight for a concert to benefit WTF. 7pm. $25, $40, $50.

MUSIC: CH3 @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Springing up in Cerritos, California in 1980, veteran west coast punksters Channel 3 celebrate their 30th anniversary. Have they mellowed out? Don’t count on it. With Bulldog Courage, Cancer, Deviant Loners. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Chamber Music Festival kicks off with the winning threesome of pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, as they tackle Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms. 8pm. $41.50.

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