8/3/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Blues Band Showdown @ The Linda, Albany. Holly & Evan, Jimy Graham and Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band serve up a big blast of the blues, as they compete in the battle of the blues bands sponsored by the Capital Region Blues Network. 7pm. $12.

MUSIC: Molly Durnin @ Salem Art Works, Salem. The Music & Pizza series continues. 6:30pm. $10 includes pizza dinner.

MUSIC: Bend the Bars with Beats @ Freedom Square, Troy. The hip-hop concert for prisoner justice features Rebel Diaz, Baam Bada, S.K.A.T.E., and DJ Trumastr with DJ Cold Cut. Co-sponsored by the NYS Prisoner Justice Network. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bang On a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Six hours of non-stop music composed by Aphex Twin, David Lang, Michael Gordon, the Orchestra of Original Instruments and many others in a riveting celebration of new music featuring 50-plus musicians and composers from around the world. 4pm. $24; students $15.

THEATER: “The Disastrous Tale of Vera & Linus” @ Salem Art Works, Salem. Kipuka Theater’s 12-hour marathon production, written by Jesse Ball and Thordis Bjornsdottir. 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: Mary Fahl @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The former lead vocalist for the chamber-pop band October Project returns to the Caffe. Fahl will also be performing songs from her long-anticipated, soon-to-be-released album, Love and Gravity. With opener P.J. Pacifico. 8pm. $24.

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CABARET: K.T. Sullivan @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed cabaret singer offers her new show “Colored Lights,” dipping into the songbags of Noel Coward, Brecht & Weill, Stephen Sondheim and more. 2:15pm.

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/FUNDRAISER: The Michael Benedict Jazz Quintet @ Vanderbilt Park, Greenville. All proceeds to the Greenville Beautification Project. 6:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Riverfront Bar, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Paquito D’Rivera & the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band @ Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. 8pm. $46, $56 & $66; lawn $26.

MUSIC: Lil Wayne @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. With T.I. and Future. 7pm.

MUSIC: Beth Orton @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The award-winning British folktronica singer-songwriter makes a Woodstock tour stop. 9pm. $25, $35 & $45.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day Two of the three-day fest features performances by Mary Gauthier, Susan Werner, the Kennedys, the Grand Slambovians and more… Music starts at 10:30am.

MUSIC: C. Jane Run @ Katie O’Byrne’s, Schenectady. A one-time-only “almost 20th anniversary” reunion of the Local 518 alt-popsters, playing their first show together since 2005. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The London Souls @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With the Murali Coryell Band. 9:30pm. $10

MUSIC: The Kyle Esposito Band @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. Jerry Garcia birthday celebration. 9pm.

MUSIC: Midnight Ramble @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Maria Muldaur – best known world wide for her ’74 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis” – joins the Midnight Ramble Band. 8pm. $35.

FESTIVAL: McDonald’s African American Family Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. It’s the annual celebration of the traditions of the African American community through music, art and dance featuring a variety of family-oriented activities. Headliners include Stephanie Mills (5:30pm) and disco-funk band Heatwave (4:15pm). Numerous local choirs, dance groups, and local talent contest winners will also perform. 12noon. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. The Bear Bones Project, the Nellies and Tumbleweed Highway. 4pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Winning the Lottery” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The world premiere of a new musical by Al Budde and Jay Kerr about three women who work together in an office, continually play the same lottery numbers, and one lucky day win 44-million dollars. Starring Jesse Liebman, Gordon Hazzard, Jessica O’Keefe, Pat Reilly and Mary Skelly. 8pm. Through August 11.

MUSIC: The Spirit of Johnny Cash @ Historical Catskill Point, Catskill. Johnny Cash tribute band. 7pm.

MUSIC: Alpenglow @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The five-piece outfit has a sprawling indie-folk sound custom made for fans of bands such as Fleet Foxes or the Low Anthem. With Hand Habits. 8pm.

MUSIC: Hubbard Hall Opera Theater @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Singers perform selections from Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”). 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Cats Don’t Have Souls @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Flame @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: New York Funk Exchange @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE.

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