5/14/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Washboard, banjo, jug, guitar and more: Funky junkyard jug band music with back-porch attitude and a wry sense of humor. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

MUSIC: Disposable Rocket Band @ Troy Bike Rescue, Troy. “The story of the Disposable Rocket Band is as old as rock n roll itself – charismatic frontman travels to other dimension through freak particle collider accident, is enslaved by a panda-like race of amazon aliens, serenades them by day while stealing their secrets in bed at night, crafts a make-shift rocket ship with the help of his space ninja sidekick Razaksat and escapes to Albany NY where ever since he’s been warning the world of the ‘Apocalyptic Propulsion Unit.'” Expect the weekend’s wildest intergalactic CD release party. With Brooklyn’s Thy Burden and Saratoga’s Ghoul Poon. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Mother Daughter String Band @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Old-timey, Celtic and contemporary folk quartet featuring Lyn Hardy and her daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda alongside Abby Newton and her daughter Rosie. 7pm. $18.

SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS/MUSIC: The Hudson Valley Songfest 6 @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An all-day fest of seminars, workshops and showcases touching on all aspects of the music industry and songcraft. With Cindy Bullens, Tim Moore, Andy Pratt, Anna Cheek, Marc Black and many more. 9am-6pm. $50.

MUSIC: Council Fire @ Jillian’s, Albany. It’s the release party for the self-titled debut album from the new band co-led by Rob Beaulieu and Todd Hanhurst. With the McLovins. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Christopher Shaw @ the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. Fab Adirondack singer-songwriter-storyteller. 7pm.

CABARET: Jessica Layton @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The Channel 13 newscaster (and member of the Singing Anchors) goes solo with a one-woman show, “Somewhere Out There: Lesson Learned While Looking for Love,” with her musical director Jay Kerr. Expect to hear tunes from the songbags of Madonna, Jewel, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon and Celine Dion. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jake Holmes @ Elf Parlor, North Adams. He not only wrote “Dazed and Confused,” but also “Be All You Can Be” for the U.S. Army. Now that’s range… With violinist Todd Reynolds and vocalist-percussionist Amanda Homi. 8pm. FREE; donations suggested.

MUSIC: Clint Holmes @ Proctors, Schenectady. The year was 1973, and Clint Holmes’ hit single “Playground in My Mind,” was No. 2 on the Billboard charts, nestled between Paul McCartney (“My Love” at No. 1) and Elton John (“Daniel” at No. 3). Now 65 years old, the multi-talented, award-winning Las Vegas showman heads into the Electric City for a pair of concerts with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra to benefit Proctors and the symphony. With Susanna Gabbiano. 2pm. $10.

COMEDY: Nobodies of Comedy @ Proctors, Schenectady. Pat Dixon, James Johann, Mark Viera, Mike Whitman and Rachel Feinstein. OK, maybe you’ve never heard of them, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t make you laugh your ass off.

MUSIC: Black Violin @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. What happens when a pair of classically trained violinists team up with a DJ? Find out when violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B join forces with DJ TK for a concert that blends, jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical music. 2pm. $15.

MUSIC: John Pizzarelli & Friends @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The jazz guitarist-singer plays a benefit for the Berkshire Music School. $35; students $15; VIP $70.

THEATER: The O Solo Mama Mia Festival @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. Leigh Hendrix’s “How to be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” and “Performing Therapy” performed by Camilla Schade. 2pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: The Grand Slambovians @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Joziah Longo leads his longtime freaky folk-rock band – formerly known as Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ The Linda, Albany. Local music showcase featuring the Jason Alpern Band, the Museum Guards, Boyish Good Looks and Frank Palangi. 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

DISCUSSION: Ballad Singers Summit @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. A roundtable discussion on the art of ballad singing with Colleen Cleveland, Elizabeth & Sandy LaPrelle and moderator George Ward. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Colleen Cleveland @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Carrying on the folk ballad tradition. With Elizabeth and Sandy LaPrelle. 8pm. $20; age 12 and under $5.

THEATER: The O Solo Mama Mia Festival @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield. “Stories of Hell and High Water” and Robin Gelfenbien’s “My Salvation has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey.” 7:30pm. $25; students $15.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The new alt-country band led by former Tern Rounder Marc Clayton. With Holly & Evan and Tom McWatters & the Philo Beddoe Band. 9pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Soñando @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A benefit concert for Corazon de Dahlia’s Community Development Center in Peru. With a silent auction, raffle and more. 8pm. $20, $30.

MUSIC: Hed P.E. @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. With Mushroomhead co-headlining. With Better Left Unsaid and the Power.

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