7/23/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A true all-star team featuring Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Linda Pitmon playing odes to the Great American Pastime. Yes, it’s the world where REM meets RBIs… 8pm. $18.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rock Star Mayhem @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Four stages. 21 bands. One headbangin’ good time. Headliners by Main Stage bands Trivium (6:30pm), Asking Alexandria (7:15pm), Korn (8:15pm) and Avenging Sevenfold (9:45pm). Music starts at 1pm.

MUSIC: Quickstep Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. Fiddle tunes, folk songs and fancy footwork from the southern Appalachians to the northern Adirondacks featuring John Kirk and Sara Milonovich (fiddles), Trish Miller (banjo), Greg Anderson (guitar) & Ed Lowman (bass). 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

READING: Rick Moody @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues. With Tom Healy. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Bergson @ Shepard Park, Lake George. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: Due to the weather, this concert has been moved to King Neptune’s Pub.

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $20; $25 if under 21.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ NaNola, Malta. 7:30pm.

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THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through July 26.

MUSIC: ZBTB @ Green Island Bridge Parking Lot, Troy. Rockin’ On the River’s parade of tribute bands continues with an homage to the Zac Brown Band. With opener Molly Durnin. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Yankee Holler @ the Olde English Pub, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn’s play about an architect who struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects, while his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. Directed by Eric Hall. 7pm. $48. Through July 26.

MUSIC: The All Paul Show @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Joey Thomas Big Band @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes Duo @ the Mill, Round Lake. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

MUSIC: The Accents @ River Park’s Green Island Gazebo, Green Island. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: New York Players @ Taste, Albany. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Phil N the Void @ Windsor Lake, North Adams. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Winchester & Young @ North End Firehouse, Rensselaer. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

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