7/16/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

FESTIVAL/FOOD/MUSIC: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Barbecue, blues, bluegrass and more… Music schedule: Big Creek (11am), Fairview Avenue (12noon), the Lustre Kings (2pm), Bent Rail Blues Band (4pm), Sly Fox & the Hustlers (6pm), Ernie Williams (8pm). With fireworks (9:30pm). FREE. Also Sunday.

MUSIC: Buke & Gass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Brooklyn-based experimental prog-punk duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez conjure up loud, wild sounds on their homemade instruments. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Bopitude @ Palmer House Cafe, Rensselaerville. Michael Benedict slides behind the drum kit again to lead his all-star jazz ensemble in a CD release party for the band’s self-titled debut disc. 7pm.

FEST/MUSIC: Canalfest @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. With Rich Bala, Jo Henley, Everest Rising and Ramblin Jug Stompers. 11am-4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Keith Urban @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Country singer and Mr. Nicole Kidman brings his Get Closer tour to town. With Jake Owen. 7:30pm. $28, $58, $78.

FEST/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass. It’s Day One of the two-day, three-stage fest that promises to be one of the area’s best musical showcases. Today’s Main Stage line-up features Toots & the Maytals, NRBQ, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bees and much, much more. More details and schedule here. 1pm. $55.

MUSIC: Eilen Jewell @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. If Keith Urban is just too pop for you, get down with a double-barrelled, old-school country music show. With Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Twangtown Paramours @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Nashville-based Americana duo. With Nate & Kate. 8pm. $10.

ART/MUSIC: Indie Rock Craft Show @ SwordPaw HQ, Troy. Indie rock meets arts & crafts – a feast for your ears and eyes. 4-10pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Realside @ the MarketPlace Gallery, Albany. Another dose of indie rock and artwork. With Charmboy. 8pm.

FILM: “A Suitcase Full of Chocolate” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The world premiere of the 30-years-in-the-making documentary film about the life of acclaimed concert pianist Sofia Cosma. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Killerados @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Music Box, Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs and the Slaughterhouse Chorus. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Unfulfilled Desires @ the Gypsy Joynt, Great Barrington. The experimental jazz-funk sextet throws a CD release party before heading over to Europe. 8pm.

FEST/MUSIC: SAWFest @ Salem Art Works, Salem. Featuring Nathan Knowles (Americana), Lovesick Nomads (garage/post-punk), Noel Thompson (punk/rock), Eastbound Jesus (bluegrass/rock) and Kalvin Kristi (alt-reggae). 3pm. $15 suggested donation includes camping.

BURLESQUE: SPAM @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Scooter Pie at Midnight mixes up rock & roll with tantalizing burlesque. 12midnight. $5.

MUSIC: The Back 40 Band @ Powers Park, Troy. Can’t afford Keith Urban tix? Check out some homegrown country music from the band opened WGNA’s CountryFest last week… for free. 6pm. FREE.

COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Latham. Greg Aidala hosts headliners Jesse Joyce and Clayton Fletchers, as well as homegrown comedians Henda Hsu, Wanda D. Hudson and Steve Murray. 8pm. $15.

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