10/4/11: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 17 members strong, saxman Pray’s BSE is a thoroughly modern big band that balances power and grace. 8pm. FREE.

PERFORMANCE/READING: Nitty Gritty Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Word! Poetry slam hosted by poets Dain Brammage and Mojavi. Sign-up at 7pm; Open mic at 7:30pm; Slam at 8pm. $5; students $3.Related story.

MUSIC: Bill Healy’s Bluegrass Jam @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. It’s time for some pickin’ and singin’ led by the Stringdusters’ multi-talented Healy. Bring your instrument and join in the music, or just sit back and listen. 8pm. FREE.

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