9/16/11: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Terell StaffordDick Oates Quintet @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place For Jazz kicks off its new season with trumpeter Stafford and saxman Oates in support of “Bridging the Gap,” on the Planet Arts label. 8pm. $15; students $7; children under 12 free.

BENEFIT/MUSIC: Tropical Storm Relief Benefit Concert @ The Linda, Albany. Two of Woodstock’s finest – John Sebastian and Happy Traum – headline a benefit for the American Red Cross. 7pm. Two tix for $100. Related story.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ the Albany Public Library Garage, Albany. The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series wraps up its 2011 season, as the Suns welcome new guitarist Larry Winchester (Coal Palace Kings, Sidewinders). With the Heddy Brothers. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pony in the Pancake @ Valentine’s Music Hall Hall, Albany. It’s a happy hour celebrating the end of summer and the release of their latest CD, “Back to Yesterday.” 6pm.

MUSIC: Deni Bonet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Back by popular demand just two months after her latest appearance, the singer-songwriter-electric violinist and her band return for their CD completion party for “It’s All Good,” which won’t be released until next year, but Lena’s gets the scoop tonight. 8pm. $18. Related story.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s Day One of the two day fest featuring Emish, the Fenians, Carbon Leaf, Seven Nations, Gaelic Storm and Enter the Haggis. 5pm. $20; children under 10 free. $3 parking fee. Related story and schedule of performances.

MUSIC: Blink 182 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. SPAC’s longer-than-usual summer concert season finally comes to a headbanging close with the Honda Civic Tour, also featuring My Chemical Romance and Matt & Kim. 7pm. $35, $55 and $69; lawn $25.

MUSIC: Matthew Carefully @ Salem Art Works, Salem. It’s Music & Pizza Night. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The 7th Squeeze @ Bogie’s, Albany. You’ve seen the TV commercials, now catch the soul-rockin’ band live… With J Plus. 9pm. $10.

ARTS WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schenectady. Lots of free visual arts, music and fun, including the opening reception for the 8th International Acquisitions Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities at Proctors. 5pm. FREE. Related story.

MUSIC: Jim Weider’s ProJECT PERCoLATor @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The former guitarist for the Band and current Telecaster master with the Levon Helm Band leads his allstar line-up, featuring drummer Rodney Holmes, guitarist Avi Bortnick, keyboardist Jason Crosby and bassist Steve Lucas. And maybe some special guests, too. With the Connor Kennedy Band. 9pm. $20.

STORYTELLING/COMEDY: Dylan Brody @ Skidmore College’s Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. The award-winning playwright, humorist, author, radio raconteur and regular contributor to The Huffington Post takes the stage at Skidmore in support of his third CD, “A Twist of the Wit.” 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ashana @ Calvary United Methodist Church, Latham. The Center for Integrative Psychotherapy presents recording artist Ashana in support of her latest album, “the infinite heart,” her shimmering vocals couple with the luminous sound of more than 20 crystal singing bowls. 6:30-9pm. $40.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Blisterz. 9pm.

MUSIC: Barefoot Truth @ Jillian’s, Albany. With Loon Suit. 9p.m. $15.

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