7/4/14: Today’s Tips: Friday (Independence Day)

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. Music by Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Gedeon Luke & the People, the North & South Dakotas, Diva & the Dirty Boys, the Nellies, Black Rock Zydeco, more. 3pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s Day Two of their three-night SPAC stand. 7:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza @ Pauly’s Hotel & the Low Beat, Albany. Two venues. Eight bands. And one free CD compilation. All for one low price. Featuring the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Charmboy, the Kimono Dragons, Caddywhompus, the End Men, the Pistolwhips, Henry’s Rifle and Straitjacket Escape. 7pm. $7. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: James Taylor @ Tanglewood, Lenox. It’s JT! No, not Justin Timberlake, the other JT. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out….

MUSIC: Pre-Phish BBQ @ Saratoga Spa State Park’s Columbia Pavilion, Saratoga Springs. Pre-show party with Zappa tribute band the Z3, Fikus and the Jauntee. 1pm. $40.

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MUSIC: Twiddle @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Post-Phish after-party. $10.

MUSIC: Waylon Speed @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Post-Phish after-party. $10.

MUSIC: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion @ the Dream Away Lodge, Becket. With Milton, Dennis Crommett and Winterpills. 6pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Working on a Special Day” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The New England premiere of an unexpected love story between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor directed by and starring Ana Graham and Antonio Vega. 3pm.

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & the Goldtops @ Riverfront Park, Athens. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Street Corner Holler @ the Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs.

MUSIC: Terry Gordon Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The trumpeter is joined by guitarist Michael-Louis Smith, bassist Eric Margan and drummer Nate Coyne. 9pm.

READING: Howard Norman @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute readings continue… With Jane Shore. 8pm.

THEATER: “Kiss Me, Kate” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Joe Calarco directs the classic Shakespeare meets Cole Porter romp. 2pm. Through July 12.

MUSIC: Steve Katz @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. Founding member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears and American Flyer… 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute’s Student Concert @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The students step into the spotlight… 1pm. FREE.

THEATER: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful @ Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is directed by Aaron Mark, and stars Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. 8pm. $42, $52 & $62. Through July 19.

MUSIC: Low ‘n Lonesome @ One Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: Brian Tiernan @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Craig Todd @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

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