10/8/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday

October 8th, 2011, 9:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Keller Williams Plays for Kids @ The Egg, Albany. The loop-happy jam-band favorite plays a not-for-kids-only children’s music show, singing songs from his 2010 album, “Kids.” Drum circle starts at 2:30pm; Williams at 3:30pm. $20. Related story.

MUSIC: Keller Williams @ The Egg, Albany. His grown-up show. 7pm.

COMEDY: Wanda Sykes @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly, Sykes’ smart-witted stand-up has sent her career to the movies (“Evan Almighty,” “Monster-In-Law”) TV sitcoms (“The New Adventures of Old Christineā€¯) books (“Yeah, I Said It”) and her own talk show (“The Wanda Sykes Show” on Fox). 8pm. $20, $36, $65, $85.

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MUSIC: Floodwood @ Red Square, Albany. Led by Al Schneir and Vinnie Amico of moe., the new progressive bluegrass band also features banjo player-fiddler Nick Piccinni, mandolinist Jay Barady and bassist Zachary Fleitz. With the Sunny Side of the Street Band. 9:30pm. $15; under 21 $20.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: “Catstock” @ the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. David Kraai & Amy Laber, Catchpenny Caravan, Dan Lavoie, Down to the Bricks and the Amendments donate their music for Mid Hudson Animal Aid, a free-range, no-kill cat sanctuary. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring the Rob Skane 3, Miche Fambro, Erin Harkes, Museum Guards, the Sandy McKnight Fiasco, more. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jed Davis @ the Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. The tireless Davis offers a rare solo punk piano performance to celebrate the release of his new album “Live at CB’s Gallery.” With David Schulman and Matt Durfee. 8pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Funktoberfest @ Gelston Castle Estate, Mohawk. George Clinton lands the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership as the fest headliner. 11am. $30. Related story and full schedule.

MUSIC: The Harlem Gospel Choir @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. The world famous gospel choir raises its collective voice. 7pm. $10.

ART FAIR/MUSIC: Altamont Art in the Park @ Orsini Park, Altamont. Exhibition of 16 visual artists with music by M.R. Poulopoulos at 12noon and the 3J’s at 3pm. 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ Pinto & Hobbs Tavern, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: We’re About 9 @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The contemporary folk trio from Maryland balances whimsy and quirky with a triple shot of harmony. 8pm. $16.

COMEDY: Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Manic, inventive improv comedy. 8pm. $25 in advance; $29 day of show.

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Trumpet jazz. 9pm.

MUSIC: The John Street Jam @ the Dutch Arms Chapel, Saugerties. Singer-songwriter circle with Michael Eck, Stephen Clair, Stephanie Nilles, Luke Liddy, Nanette Benoit, Steve Beckwith, Meg Braun and John Schmitt. 7:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Harold Ford & the Cash Band @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Johnny Cash tribute band. 8pm. $20.