7/27/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Five Strings, Five Pickers: Banjo Masters In-the-Round @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Banjos, banjos, banjos… Banjo pickers, pluckers and strummers gather together, including Bob Altschuler (Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass, Dyer Switch), Hilary Kostanoski-Hawke (M Shanghai Stringband), David Kiphuth (Apple Country, Chestnut Grove), Lorraine Lee Hammond and Jerry Oland. 8pm. $20. Also four banjo workshops throughout the day…

MUSIC: Bang On a Can All-Stars @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Performing Julia Wolfe’s mesmerizing evening-length art ballad, “Steel Hammer,” inspired by the composer’s love for the legends and music of Appalachia. Pulling from both the music and oral traditions of the region, the text is taken from over 200 versions of the ballad of “John Henry.” 8pm. $24; students $15.

MUSIC: Pete Donnelly @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s Part Two of WEXT-FM’s sixth anniversary bash featuring the Figgs’ Donnelly, who is also offering a sneak preview of his upcoming sophomore album, Face the Bird. With Bear Grass and Olivia Quillio.

MUSIC: Michael Eck @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The multi-talented singer-songwriter and member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders plays a rare solo show, paying homage to Woody Guthrie. With Ampersand. 8pm.

MUSIC: Cicely Parnas & Louis Lohraseb @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The cello and piano music of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and more… 7pm. $20; students $10.

MUSIC: Bopitude Organ Trio @ the Palmer House Café, Rensselaerville. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Hootenanny @ Capital Repertory Theatre’s Cafe, Albany. Following tonight’s performance of “The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” the band and cast will gather in the Cap Rep cafe for a hootenanny. Area musicians are invited to bring an instrument and sit in. 10:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yes @ Mountain Park, Holyoke. Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Alan White and Chris Squire perform three classic Yes albums in their entirety – The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One. 8pm. $35, $55 & 75.

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MUSIC: Neutron Rats @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Celebrating the release of their seven-inch vinyl, The Bomb Worship EP. With Aggressive Response, Blood Rites, more. 7pm. $6.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Caramoor Jazz Festival @ the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah. Day Two of the three-day fest features the Adam Makowicz Trio, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Vijay Iyer, Benito Gonzalez and Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. 2pm. $15, $25, $40 & $55. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/FUN: Pittsfield City Hoopla Festival @ Springside Park, Pittsfield. Hoopla is about all things hula hoop releated – a full day of hoop-related classes, contests, jams, art, vending and performance. Workshops on the main lawn are free. There will also be more focused smaller workshops available for a fee. It all wraps up with the 7pm grand finale – “Enchanted Illuminated Spin Extravaganza,” featuring live drumming by Aimee Gelinas & the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers, fire hoop and dance performances by Angyl Fyre and Tiny Lion and illuminated aerial dance by Abigail Elwood. 10am-10pm. FREE. More info here…

MUSIC: The Mallett Brothers Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the release of their new album, Land. With Lara Hope & the Arktones and Jo Henley. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Greg Caputo Big Band @ the Mainstage Lee Meeting House at the First Congregational Church, Lee. Not only will the 16-piece band will be serving up “A Salute to the Big Bands: Benny Goodman to Gordon Goodwin,” but just to make the evening a bit more enticing, veteran sax master and four-time Grammy Award-winner Phil Woods will be featured with the band. 7:30pm. $25. More info here…

MUSIC: Michael Powers Frequency @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by the dynamic singer-guitarist Michael Powers, this Club Helsinki favorite is the missing link among Southern porch-blues, down-and-dirty Chicago blues, and the hard-rocking R&B of British invasion-era rock groups. Michael Powers carries on the legacy of such blues greats as mentors Jimmy Reed and James Cotton on his own compositions as well as on choice renditions of classic blues by the likes of Willie Dixon, Etta James. Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix. Joined by Cameron Melville (aka Fletcher Bo Hammond) on Helsinki’s vintage 1938 Hammond organ. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Jim Sande Ensemble @ the Yoga Loft, Albany. 8pm. Donation $10, more if you can, less if you can’t.

MUSIC: Manhattan Transfer @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 10-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal group. 8pm. $35, $55 & $75.

MUSIC: Jim Weider @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. “A Night of Guitar Ballads & Songs by the Band, Dylan & More” featuring the Big String Orchestra, Rodney Holmes, Avi Bortnick, Steve Lucas and Clifford Carter. 8pm. $30 & $50. UPDATE: This show has been postponed…

MUSIC: Betty & the Baby Boomers @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Veteran folk group. 7pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Hootenanny @ Noble Farm, Pittsfield. The 8th annual Noble Farm Pig Roast. Music starts at 12noon with Blackwater, Cover Me, Four Down Band, Dan Gingras, the Shane Daoust Experiments and much more. Coolers are welcome, and there is limited space for campers. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund. 12noon-8pm. $15; kids FREE.

OPERA: “Carmen” @ Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. 8pm. $56, $66 & $76; lawn $26.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Spice Dragon, Pittsfield.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Time Rush @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Catch the current crop of teen-popsters before the oldtimers bring “The Package” into town next week… With Victoria Justice and Olivia Somerlyn. 7:30pm.

CABARET: Joe Iconis @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield. The composer and lyricist of “The Black Suits,” the TV show “Smash” and last year’s sold-out cabaret concerts returns with another evening of his sly, mischievous, toe-tapping songs. Featuring Molly Hager, Lance Rubin, Jason SweetTooth Williams and more. 10:30pm. $25. Also at 8pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Doc Scanlon’s Hot 4 @ Druthers, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lindsey Webster Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Rattail Jimmy @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Featuring guitarist Alan Payette. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Music Man” @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. The Not So Common Players. 8pm. FREE. Also 8pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: The Peg Delaney Trio @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Betsy & the ByeGons @ the Pig N Whistle at the Grove, Burnt Hills. 6pm.

THEATER: “Guns Along the Mohawk” @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. Historical theater. 5pm. $10. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

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