7/4/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday (Independence Day)

MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Faculty Sextet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Bill Cunliffe, Todd Coolman, Dennis Mackrel, Pat LaBarbera, Bobby Shew, Mike Rodriguez, Jim Pugh and Curtis Fuller. 8pm. $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/Skidmore community, free for students and children.

FESTIVAL: New York State Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. ’60s pop music hitmaker Johnny Rivers headlines the day-long bash, which also includes performances by Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers, the Rob Skane 3, the Chris Dukes Band, the Bluz House Rockers, the United States Military Academy Band and more. Capped off, of course, with a fab Fourth fireworks display. 3pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete performance schedule…

MUSIC: Jackson Browne @ Tanglewood, Lenox. James Taylor turns over his annual 4th of July concert gig to fellow sensitive singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. With Sara Watkins. Followed by fireworks. 7pm. $23.50-$79.50.

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MUSIC: Paul Cebar & Tomorrow Sound @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Eclectic Milwaukee-based roots, rock & R&B band. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: July 4th Celebration @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. Amusement rides, art & craft exhibit, pony rides, petting zoo, community booths and displays follow the 12noon parade. Music by Sirsy (5pm) and City Rhythm (7:30pm), followed by fireworks. FREE.

MUSIC: 1Q @ Putnam Den’s outside patio, Saratoga Springs. The newest band by Burlington bassist Jon McCartan features Zach Rhoads from Funkwagon on piano/vocals and Joe Chapman on drums. 9:30pm. FREE.

READINGS: Frank Bidart @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute reading series continues… With Binnie Kirshenbaum. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sam Lasky @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Assortment of Crayons.

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

MUSIC: David Kraai @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bobby Dick’s Rock ‘n’ Roll 101 @ the Boathouse, Lake George. 5pm.

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