1/4/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

January 4th, 2013, 9:00 am by Greg

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rock for Recovery @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. A big benefit show for the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School featuring performances by Conehead Buddha, Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets, Skunk Hostage, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Timbre Coup and Way Down. 8pm. $10. More info here…

MUSIC: David Wax Museum @ the Garage, Pittsfield. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of David Wax Museum and, together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. 8pm. $10 & $18.

MUSIC: Little Feat @ The Egg, Albany. Bringing together strains of blues, R&B, country and rock & roll, Little Feat has been an American roots music institution since 1969 – performing their classics such as “Dixie Chicken” and “Sailin’ Shoes” to songs from their new recording Rooster Rag. 8pm. $34.50. More info here…

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MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. The kick-off of the Lustre Kings’ annual Elvis Birthday Bash tour featuring special guests Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Bobby Henrie, Ian Carlton and more. Dance lesson at 8pm; music at 8:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: A Celebration of Tape Drift Records @ the soundBarn, Valatie. It’s a mini-fest of experimental music celebrating a banner year for the Tape Drift Records label (which launched 11 new releases in 2012) and a farewell for label founder-musician Eric Hardiman (who is headed to Scotland for six months). Performing will be Matt Weston, Jason Cosco, Parashi, Fossils from the Sun, soundBarn, Hardiman himself and others. 8pm. $8; students $5.

ART WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Art exhibitions, receptions, live music, shopping social events and plenty of other fun all around town… 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Charlie Smith @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. It’s a big blues birthday bash. Yes, the veteran bluesman celebrates his 62nd birthday in typical blues fashion. 8pm. More info here…

MUSIC: Guy Davis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues great. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

FILM: “Chasing Ice” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Jeff Orlowski and acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog explore the Earth’s evolving climate change at the Arctic. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Everest Rising @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Folk presents the progressive acoustic quartet led by Dale Wade-Kesey. 8pm. $16; students $14; family rate – add $2 per child accompanied by a parent.

ART WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Art exhibitions, receptions, live music, shopping social events and plenty of other fun all around town… 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Shadowland @ Finnbar’s Pub, Troy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE.

FILM/MUSIC: “A Late Quartet” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The renowned string quartet (Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener) are about to launch their 25th anniversary tour when one of the members decides to make the tour his last. The Edgewater Flute Quartet performs for 30 minutes at 7:30pm followed by the film screening at 8:15pm. $7; students $5.

FILM: “Any Day Now” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. An award-winning film directed by Travis Fine about a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) who takes in an abandoned teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) and becomes the loving family he’s never had. 8pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Long Time Courting @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The Boston-based Celtic quartet features exquisite vocal harmonies and the formidable instrumental prowess of Sarah Blair (fiddle), Valerie Thompson (cello), Shannon Heaton (flute), and Liz Simmons (guitar). 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Chris Webby @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With J.M.B. and Jae Mitch. 7:30pm. $20. NOTE: Postponed from last week. Tickets for the original date will be honored tonight.

MUSIC: Formula 5 @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Luca Sigurta @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With Alexander Turnquist & Loren Dent. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Lindsey Webster & the Big Ass Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ O’Brien’s Public House, Troy. With Moriah Formica. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ Provence Restaurant, Albany. 7pm. FREE.