7/29/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Spampinato Brothers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Joey and Johnny – one-half of the previous NRBQ incarnation – land in the Spa City in support of their debut album, “Pie in the Sky.” 8pm. $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Emmy and Tony Award winning actor (and Saratoga native) David Hyde Pierce brings his distinctive voice to the narration of Britten’s classic “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Charles Dutoit returns to SPAC’s stage to conduct this performance. 8pm. $20-$72.50. BUT WAIT…We’ve got a pair of FREE LAWN TIX that we’re giving away to a lucky reader. Just go here…

MUSIC: David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars @ Riverfront Park, Athens. Versatile guitarslinger Malachowski and his band – featuring keyboardist Pete Levin, drummer Gary Burke, bass master Tony Levin, vocalist Machan Taylor, violinist-vocalist Lorenza Ponce, keyboardist Daniel A. Weiss, saxman Erik Lawrence and harmonicat Dennis Gruenling – promise to tear it up. 7pm. FREE.

FAIR: The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair @ Schoharie County Fairgrounds, Cobleskill. The midway, fried dough, harness racing, the Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show, the Garcia Brothers Circus, Melody Farm Follies and so much more… 10:30am. $12; seniors $10; children 12 and under free. Through Saturday, August 6.

MUSIC: Proctors Summer Jazz Institute Concert @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The two-week Summer Jazz Institute culminates with a performance by the students and instructors – including all-star trombonist Wycliffe Gordon – led by saxman Keith Pray. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mountain Man @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of the breakthrough acts from last year’s Solid Sound festival, the scintillating trio of young women will dazzle you with their (mostly) a cappella selections. With Bobby. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: John Sebastian @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The former frontman for Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Lovin’ Spoonful heads into the Spa City for a solo show that includes selections from the Spoonful, Sebastian’s solo work and some old jugband blues classics. 8pm. $48.

COMEDY: Joan Rivers @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. “Can we talk?” SOLD OUT.

MUSIC: The Kurt Elling Quartet @ the Otesaga Hotel & Resort, Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues with a concert by the great jazz vocalist featuring standards, as well as selections from his latest album, “The Gate.” Just how good is he? Last month, the Jazz Journalists Association named his Male Singer of the Year – for the seventh time in the past decade. Meanwhile, the DownBeat Critics’ Poll named him Best Male Vocalist – for the 12th time in a row. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Slam Allen Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The soulful blues singer and guitarist headlines this fundraising concert for the Capital Region Blues Network. With the Foy Brothers. 8pm. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Bluegrass and great singer-songwriter selections. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Murali Coryell Band @ Shepard Park, Lake George. The blues guitarist leads his trio into Vacationland, USA. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Senior Moments” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Tony nominated actor Rudy Tronto stars in the world premiere of a new musical from the Salem writing team of Al Budde (book) and Jay Kerr (music and some lyrics). 8pm. Through August 5.

MUSIC: KJ Denhert @ Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort, Highmount. The urban folk-jazz singer-guitarist-songwriter and her band – saxophonist Aaron Heick, keyboardist Adam Klipple, bassist Mamadou Ba and drummer Ray Levier – land in the Catskills in support of her latest CD, “Album No. 9.” 8pm. $26.

MUSIC: New Red Scare @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Killerados and the Chase Bastards. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Hellvar @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The Icelandic electronica rockers go unplugged? 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Mike & Ruthy @ the Kleinert James Arts Center, Woodstock. The hometown folk-rockers perform as part of the World Beyond the Woods concert series. 8pm. $15.

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