8/12/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Festival @ various locations, Hudson. All kinds of music is everywhere in Hudson this weekend beginning at 5pm today through Sunday evening, and most of it is absolutely free. Here are some suggestions of who not to miss… 5pm. (Mostly) FREE. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Catbirds @ the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Straight-up four-piece rock ‘n’ roll from Chandler Travis and his latest band. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Q-Ruption Play for the Stage Finals @ Savannah’s, Albany. Pipebomb, Tamerlane and Selfish Needy Creatures face off in the final round of the battle of the bands. The winner plays at SPAC on Friday, August 19. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Rent” @ Schenectady Light Opera, Schenectady. Through Sunday, August 21. The hit rock musical comes to the Electric City, directed by Matthew T. Teichner. 8pm. $18, $22, $28, $38.

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The final weekend of the orchestra’s summer residency kicks off with “Broadway to Hollywood” guest vocalists Ashley Brown and Ryan Silverman singings songs from such hit Broadway shows as “Wicked,” “Gypsy,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Sweet Charity” and more. Conducted by Steven Reineke. 8pm. $31, $41.50, $49.50, $65.50, $72.50; lawn $20.

MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center, Bethel. Dylan at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival. With Leon Russell. Read our review of Dylan’s Tuesday night show in Canandaigua. 8pm. $55, $75 & $125; lawn $25.

MUSIC: These Are the Hits @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. They’re back! The allstar Nippertown power trio of Albie, John Brodeur and Bob Buckley will rock yer sox. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Ten Cents a Dance” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. Tony Award winner John Doyle directs Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie and Tony nominee Malcolm Gets in the musical featuring the great tunes of Rodgers & Hart. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The former Fear of Strangers guitarist leads his instrumental trio in a happy hour performance. 6pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Royal Family Affair @ Stratton Mountain, Bondville. Jazz-funksters Soulive host Day One of their weekend-long fest. Today’s line-up: The Sam Kininger Band, the London Souls, Lettuce, Chromeo, Kraz and Paper Diamond. Read more here. And read our interview with Soulive’s Alan Evans. Gates open at 5pm; music starts at 6pm. Three-day pass $89.50; admission per day $34.50.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the MarketPlace Gallery, Albany. Nippertown’s rapidly rising soulful songster plays an increasingly rare hometown show. 8pm. $10. UPDATE: Sold out.

MUSIC: Red Hen String Band @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Fiddler Jane Rothfield leads the old-timey band in a concert on the museum’s roof, as they showcase selections from their brand new sophomore album, “Birds of a Feather.” 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jamcrackers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Singer-songwriters Peggy Lynn and Dan Berggren team up with national hammered dulcimer champion Dan Duggan for an evening of great acoustic music. 8pm. $18.

COMEDY/FILM: “This Is Spinal Tap” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Yes, the M. Ward concert originally slated for tonight has been CANCELLED. Go here for details. Instead, the museum is serving up the classic 1984 rock-mockumentary, as well as several stand-up comedians, including Dan Schilling and Rob Gorden. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: The Christine Ebersole Quartet @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Two-time Tony Award winner and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member showcases selections from her new album of Noel Coward songs. 8pm. $45, $65.

MUSIC: Timbre Coup @ Jillian’s, Albany. Prog-minded jam band. Read our review of the band’s recent Rockin’ On the River show. With Solaris. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, Brunswick. Acoustic blues duo. 8pm.

MUSIC: WeMustBe @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The duo of multi-instrumentalists Christine Dominguez and T. Xiques serve up sultry acoustic pop. With the marvelous singer-songwriter Eric Wood. 9pm. $10.

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