9/3/10: Today’s Tips: Friday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: All Tomorrow’s Parties @ Kutscher’s Country Club, Monticello. This holiday weekend there’s a a music fest just about everywhere you go. ATP kicks today with Iggy & the Stooges rampaging through their classic “Raw Power” album. Gadzooks! (Through Sunday) (Related story: Preview)

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Gelston Castle Estate, Mohawk. Yup, another Labor Day weekend music fest. The three-day moe.down – which has moved considerably closer to Nippertown this year – kicks off tonight with tune-age from the Macpodz, Nas, Damian Marley, Tortoise and – yes, you guessed it – moe. All-weekend tix are $150 at the gate. (Through Sunday) (Related stories: Preview; moe. Halloween concert review)

MUSIC: Joe Louis Walker @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Walker was just named the winner of the 2010 Living Blues Awards – Critics’ Poll as “Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar).” And, his latest CD, “Between A Rock & The Blues” took home the 2010 Blues Music Association’s top honor as Album of the Year. Murali Coryell adds to the blues guitar fireworks tonight. The Winterlings open. 9pm. $20.

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ART: First Friday arts walk @ various locations, Albany. Yes, Nippertown’s monthly arts walk celebrates its fourth anniversary. Come on out and soak up a little culture, art and music. Or just go people-watching… 5pm. FREE.

THEATER: “John Brown: Trumpet of Freedom” @ the Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock. The one-man drama featuring veteran actor Norman Thomas Marshall is part of the Woodstock Fringe Festival. Co-written by Marshall and director George Wolf Reily, the play features Marshall portraying the legendary abolitionist and 30 other Civil War period characters. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Two of the founding members of the classic Jim Kweskin Jug Band of the ’60s are back together again, and the music never sounded sweeter. 7pm. $25. (Related story: Concert review)

MUSIC/THEATER: “Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. A cast of five Broadway singers introduce you to new musical talent. Narrated by William Finn, the Tony Award-winning writer-composer of “Falsettos” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” 8pm. $25, $35. (Also 8pm on Saturday)

MUSIC/DANCE: The Berkshire Bop Society @ PS21, Chatham. It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and cut a rug. Lincoln Mayorga, Otto Gardner, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and Sam Zucchini play swing dance music. Professional instruction to live music from 7:30-8pm, followed by the swing dance. $10 includes snacks and soft drinks.

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