9/23/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: The Acoustic Strawbs @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Along with such bands as Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, the Strawbs were pioneers in the fusion of folk and rock on the British scene back in the ’60s. Spanning genres from bluegrass to prog-rock, the band’s current line-up – David Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk – is the same formidable front-line as it was back in the band’s classic ’70s heyday. 7:30pm. $25

MUSIC: The New Deal @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Rave meets rock when the Canadian electro-beat combo brings their Ginormous tour to Clifton Park. Blowing out of Chicago, down-tempo techno bands Orchard Lounge and Future Rock open the show. Doors at 8pm; showtime is 9pm. $22.

THEATER: “Plantanos y Collard Greens” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A romantic hip-hop comedy satire that shoots down prejudice and urban myths. The New York Times calls it “a modern-day ‘West Side Story.'” 8pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: The Al Haugen Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Nippertown’s master of the jazz accordion squeezes out sparks in the Electric City. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kath Bloom @ the Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. The sad-voiced indie-folk singer-songwriter headlines a bill that includes the duo of Ember Schrag & Philip Gayle and an acoustic incarnation of Bunnybrains. 7pm. $5.

ART EXHIBITION: Chris Duncan’s “Sculptures and Drawings” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Teaching Gallery, Troy. Duncan explores the human form in bronze, slate, plaster, gouache and acrylic in his one-person exhibition. Artist talk at 3pm; reception from 4-6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Young Dubliners @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. No Flea, and no, it’s not a typo. It’s the Red Hot Chilli Pipers are the hard-rocking Scottish bagpipe band who won the BBC’s “When Will I Be Famous” competition. Expect to hear such tunes as Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Coldplay’s “Clocks.”7pm. $18.

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