7/30/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: PINKtank @ Justin’s, Albany. The adventurous all-star improvisational music trio – featuring guitar great David Torn, drummer Dean Sharp and trumpeter Russ Johnson – makes its Nippertown debut. This one should be good… 9:30pm.

ART FAIR: NADA Hudson, the Bascilica, Hudson. A large-scale exhibition of more than 50 site-specific sculptures and art installations, as well as performances. 11am-7pm. FREE. Also Sunday.

MUSIC: The Head and the Heart @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The six-piece Seattle-based folk-popsters land in Woodstock in support of their self-titled debut on Sub Pop. With Kelli Scarr and Cat Cosentino. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Bang On a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The centerpiece of Bang On a Can’s annual summer residency, it’s a wild ‘n’ wooly six-hour extravaganza of adventurous, cutting-edge music performed by the fellows and teachers. 4pm. $24.

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Charles Dutoit returns to SPAC’s stage to conduct this performance, featuring pianist Emanuel Ax in Mozart’s elegant “Piano Concerto No. 22.” It’s also “Celebration of an Artist” Night, where visual artists are invited to set up their easels on SPAC’s lawn and let their creativity flow. 8pm. $20-$72.50.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Bluegrass along the Mohawk… 7pm. FREE.

FEST/FOOD/MUSIC: Taste of Country BBQ Nationals @ Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Saratoga Springs. 11 hours of barbecue, bands and beer with Nashville country singers Phil Vassar and James Wesley headlining the musical portion of the festivities. 11am. $20.

FEST/MUSIC: The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent. It’s the third and final day of the big bash with music by EOTO, Dopapod, RAQ, Twiddle, Higher Organix, Kung Fu and lots more. 11am-6am. $65.

MUSIC: Frank Fotusky & Will Scarlett @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With the Buskers. New Jersey acoustic bluesman Fotusky is joined by veteran harmonica master Scarlett, who established his reputation back in the ’60s with Hot Tuna. 8pm. $10.

FILM/THEATER: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam. Here’s something different – an outdoor screening of the 1975 cult classic film with the Whip-It Outskirts shadow cast in a benefit performance for A Thousand Moms. Gates open at 4pm; showtime at dusk. $10.

MUSIC: The Ruddys @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Who’s Bad @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Michael Jackson tribute band. 8pm. $25, $36, $44.

MUSIC: Sleeper Agent @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With 1,2,3, Viva Brother, Kitten. 9pm. $5.

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