8/17/11: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: C. Ryder Cooley @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, performance artist, ukulele player, accordionist and musical saw player shares the spotlight with Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. 8pm. $5.

FESTIVAL/FOOD/MUSIC: The Empire State Plaza Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. More than 50 specialty food vendors take over the plaza, with lunchtime music by Slick Fitty and the Chris Dukes Band between 11:30am-2pm. The music kicks back in at 5pm with the Chris Busone Band, Ten Year Vamp (6:15pm) and headliner Eddie Money (7:45pm). 11am-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Sweetback Sisters @ Shepard Park, Lake George. The Brooklyn-based honky-tonkers sing vintage country classics and original tunes that sound like they should have been hits. Highlighted by the sweet, girl-on-girl vocal harmonies of Zora Bode and Emily Miller. 7:30pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: Downtown Celebration @ Main Street, North Adams. The 16th annual street festival takes place with Main, Holden and Eagle streets closed to traffic as more than 75 particiapants enliven downtown with food, drinks, crafts, games and plenty of family fun. Bands include Boomstick!, C.J. Field, Champagne Jam, Jack Waldheim and Kardia. Other peerformers include Jane Peck, Berkshire Dance Theater, Berkshire Line Dancers, J Star Gymnastics, Zumba of the Berkshires and a few surprises, too! 5:30-9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Game” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. It’s opening night as the sexy musical based on “Dangerous Liaisons” returns to BSC, where it had its world premiere in 2003. Directed by Julianne Boyd. 7pm. $15-$60. Through Sunday, August 28.

MUSIC: The Two Man Gentlemen Band @ the Lantern, Pittsfield. As part of the Word X Word Festival, the Gents – tenor guitarist-vocalist Andy Bean and string bassist-vocalist Fuller Condon – serve up an evening of hot, raucous retro-swing and all-around entertainment. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Arborea @ Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson. The latest installment of the Hudson.Water.Music. concert series continues as Shanti & Buck Curran return to Hudson to ply their unique blend of instruments (guitar, harmonium, dulcimer, banjo, ukulele, flute and beyond) and share their sometimes engaging, sometimes disarming songs. With Szelrozsa. 6pm. FREE

MUSIC: The B Street Band @ Hedley District Riverfront, Troy. In the past three weeks, the Rockin’ On the River concert series has hosted tributes to the Grateful Dead (Blues for Breakfast), Talking Heads (Start Making Sense) and Michael Jackson (Who’s Bad). This week it’s Bruce Springsteen’s turn in the imitation-as-sincere-flattery barrel as the tribute band trend continues. 5pm. FREE.

ART RECEPTION: “Robert Cartmell: Cyclone Melodies” @ the Viewpoint Gallery at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Schenectady. Curated by Sarah Martinez and Gail Nadeau. 4:30-6:30pm. FREE. Exhibit continues through Friday, September 16.

MUSIC: Sensemaya @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Sparkling Latin jazz with pianist David Gleason at the helm… 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The G.T.O.’s @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush. Vintage a cappella doo-wop. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Stone Revival Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Vinnie Amico of moe. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jericho Joe @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Post-Rockin’ On the River rockin’. 9pm. FREE.

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