6/4/13: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

June 4th, 2013, 8:00 am by Greg

THEATER: “Billy Elliot the Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true as a dancer, trading in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. With music by Elton John, the musical won 10 Tony Awards. 7:30pm. $20, $40, $45, $50, $55, $60, $65, $70 & $75. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Steel Wheels @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Their soulful Blue Ridge Mountains music marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound on their new album, No More Rain. Featuring guitarist-vocalist Trent Wagler, fiddler Eric Brubaker, bassist Brian Dickel and mandolinist Jay Lapp. 7pm. $18. UPDATE 6/4/13 at 3pm: This show is now officially sold out.

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MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectatdy. The 21st century big band is joined by special guest trombonist/composer/arranger Alan Ferber for a concert that features many of his compositions and arrangements. 8pm. FREE.

RADIO: “Jazz 2K” @ WSPN (91.1-FM). Nippertown’s own J Hunter pulls his regular “Jazz 2K” column off your computer screen and brings it to you live on his new weekly radio show which debuts tonight on Skidmore College’s radio station. Tune in… 6-8pm. More info here…

MUSIC: Fast Company @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack. The classic rockers kick off the weekly Music in the Park concert series. 6pm. FREE. More info here…

MUSIC: Ryan Cabrera @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Jason Castro and Deleasa. 7pm. $20.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Sign-up at 7pm; open mic at 7:30pm; slam at 8pm. $5; students $3.

PERFORMANCE/READING: WXW Tuesday Project Big Top @ yBar, Pittsfield. Part variety show, part poets-gone-wild, the monthly Big Top debuts with poet/performer Curtis Asch as ringmaster. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Easy Ridin’ Papas @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. Music from a bygone era. 8pm. FREE.