6/13/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: J.T. Taylor @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Celebrate! The long-time lead singer for Kool & the Gang takes the stage as the Alive at Five concert series moves indoors to the rain site. With the Ill Funk Ensemble. Doors open at 4pm; music starts at 5pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. The one and only Willie Nelson headlines Day One of the new country music fest. Also on today’s schedule are LoCash Cowboys, Parmalee, Weston Burt and Hop City Hellcats. Music starts at 6:30pm. $59. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC: Boxer Brown @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Celebrating the release of their new three-song EP, Teenaged Sickie. With New Red Scare and 9 Votes Short. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Dropkick Murphys @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. 8pm. $29.50. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Andrea Bocelli @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The popera singer rolls into town with vocalists Fantasia Barrino (2004 “American Idol” winner) and Maria Aleida, as well as the New York City Opera Orchestra conducted by Eugene Kohn. 7:30pm. $58, $78, $128, $198, $248 & $353.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. A solo Celebration of Life concert. 6:30pm.

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MUSIC: Terri Roben @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. With New Hampshire acoustic bluesman Zak Trojano. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Street Corner Holler @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. Roots, blues & raw Americana. 8pm.

MUSIC Jazz 4U @ Jay Street, Schenectady. 12noon. FREE. Rain location: Robb Alley at Proctors, Schenectady.

MUSIC: Nightmares for a Week @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Fort Street. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Bob’s Monte Carlo @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Classic blues/jam sound. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Agnostic Front @ Bogie’s, Albany. With Lionheart, Brick By Brick, Aggressive Response. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Matt Cusson @ the Garage, Pittsfield. Award winning jazz-pop singer-songwriter-pianist. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Al Haugen @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Accordion jazz. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jeff Gonzales @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. Ragtime country & blues. 8pm.

MUSIC: Dave Render @ the Celtic Knot, East Greenbush. 4pm.

MUSIC: You, Me & the Radio @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Cello, guitar and voice trio showcases free improvisation and experimental songwriting. With Korean Jeans. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Mirk @ Taste, Albany. 7pm. $5.

THEATER ON FILM: “The Audience” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. In London’s National Theatre production, Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. 7pm. $25; $18 students. Also at Clark Art Institute, Williamstown at 2pm ($18; $15 students).

FILM: “Saratoga” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga 150 Film Festival features the 1937 film starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. 7:30pm. $5; FREE with ArtsFest.

FILM: “The Place Beyond the Pines” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Director Derek Cianfrance filmed in Schenectady, examining the unexpected consequences of stunt rider Luke Glanton’s (Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child, an incident that puts him in the crosshairs of eager young cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper). 7:30pm. $7; $5 for students. Also at 7:30pm on Friday & Sunday.

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