7/31/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ City Beer Hall, Albany. CBH is back with its second big Country Boil of the summer. Boil, beer and banjos… what’s not to like? 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Manchester Orchestra @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Singer-guitarist Andy Hull leads the Atlanta-based indie rockers in support of their fourth album, Cope. With the Mowgli’s and Brick + Mortar. 8pm. $21. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

OPERA: “An American Tragedy” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras. 7:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

MUSIC: Grand Funk Railroad @ Jennings Landing Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Albany. They’re comin’ to your town, they’ll help you party it down… Founding members Don Brewer (drums) and Mel Schacher (bass) are joined by vocalist Max Carl, guitarist Bruce Kulick, keyboardist Tim Cashion to power through such hits as “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” “The Loco-Motion” and of course, “We’re an American Band.” With Wild Adriatic. 5pm. FREE. NOTE: This Alive at Five concert has been moved to the rain site. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Bang On a Can @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. “Music by Steve Reich” @ Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective – a concert of Reich’s works, including “Electric Counterpoint,” followed by a talk by the composer. 4:30pm. ALSO; Recital in the Dark: George Friedrich Haas @ the Chalet. 8pm.

DANCE: Bolshoi Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming… It’s Day Three of their SPAC debut with a four-night stand of “Don Quixote.” 2pm – yes, it’s a matinee.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

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MUSIC: Slowshine @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Beaked Whale, And the Kids and Careers. 9pm.

MUSIC: Steve Lambert & the Little Big Band @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The lunchtime Jazz On Jay concert series continues… 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. 6-9pm. FREE.

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. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Hard Soul @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

THEATER: “Ring of Fire” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. It’s the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s production of Richard Maltby’s musical tribute to the late great Johnny Cash. Starring David Lutken, the creator and star of ATF’s hit musical, “Woody Sez.” 7:30pm. $35 & $45 & $50.

MUSIC: Perry Beekman & Lou Pappas @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. The guitarist-vocalist celebrates the recent release of his new album, Bewitched: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Rodgers and Hart. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “West Side Story” @ Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. Sharks vs. Jets… 8pm. $32, $36 & $40. Through August 10.

MUSIC: HalfStep @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Grateful Dead tribute band. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Flutes in the Drawing Room” @ Hyde Hall, Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents a flute choir of 21 flutists from the NYSMF International Flute Institute. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rakish Paddy @ Coeymans Landing Park, Ravena. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: Ivy Vine Players @ Barker Park, Troy. The cast includes more than 75 puppets, but only one human being performing stories and songs to capture the imagination of children of all ages. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: Blue Soul 7 @ Dutchmans Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: The Pipe Kings @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Greylock @ Noel Field, North Adams. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

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

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