8/30/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

August 30th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: “Brooklyn @ Belleayre” @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. It’s the last concert of the summer at Belleayre, and it’s the Hold Steady headlining in support of their latest album, Teeth Dreams. Also performing straight outta the hipster borough are Big Data, Lily and the Parlour Tricks and Joni Fatora, turning it into a mini-fest. 6pm. $36, $46, $56 & $66; lawn $26; students half price.

MUSIC: Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 Band @ The Egg, Albany. The master drummer serves up a special evening of muscular jazz fusion in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his debut solo album, Spectrum. With Gary Husband (keyboards), Dean Brown (guitar) and Ric Fierabracci (bass). 8pm. $29.50.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Solid Smoke, Scotty Mac & the Goldtops, Rich Ortiz, the Marc Berger Band, the Hollows, Breaking the Silence and lots more. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule… Also at 7pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Josh Groban @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: This Renaissance @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for the band’s new EP, Phoenix. With Stellar Young, So Last Year, City Under Seige and Good Guys Bad Guys. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Audio Agents @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. CD release party for Scott Chambers’ album. Shyste hots with performances by Animal Cracker, Mic Lanny, Marcus Malk, Mike Arson, Big Rush, Dubbz and lots more. 9pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s Day Two of moe.’s 15th annual bash with performances today by Gogol Bordello, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Conehead Buddha, American Babies, Twiddle and of course moe. Music officially starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Fred Hersch @ Windham Civic Centre Concert Hall, Windham. The Windham Chamber Music Festival presents a solo concert by the acclaimed jazz pianist. 8pm. $25; $22 seniors; $5 students.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Uncle Sam Jam @ Powers Park, Troy. Featuring Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers, Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Emerald City. 1pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hangar Hangout @ the Harriman-and-West Airport, North Adams. A music and arts fest featuring tunes from the Beau Sasser Trio, Kidd Ryddim, Sean Byrne, Honeycomb, Frido-Lay, Phifer, Political Animals, the Romano Project, Outer Stylie, Rebel Alliance and Fungus Amungus. 12noon. $25; Free kids under age 15.
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FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: Capital District Scottish Games @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Music by Colin Grant-Adams, the McKrells, the Brigadoons, Aaron Drescher, the American Rogues and lots and lots of pipers. Gates open at 10am. $22; FREE children age 12 and under. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Pete Wagula @ the Athens Cultural Center, Athens. For his solo instrumental performances Wagula creates live loops to fill the room with sound, a full musical backdrop for his bottleneck guitar. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

THEATER: “Tomorrow in the Battle” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. The drama by British playwright Kieron Barry had its world premiere here in August, 2012 and was a smash hit. Now it’s back for a return engagement. 2pm ($24) & 8pm ($29). Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Anthony Wilson Guitar Quartet @ Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock. Wrapping up the summer’s Jazz at the Maverick concert series is Wilson’s “Seasons: A Song Cycle for Guitar Quartet,” a work that combines jazz, American roots music and traditional Brazilian samba. Downbeat described the work as “Nothing short of gorgeous… as close to understanding the marriage of artist and instrument as we’ll get in this lifetime.” Additionally, the program will feature music by Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley and Joni Mitchell, as well as arrangements of traditional songs. 8pm. $25.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Wall Street Jazz Festival @ Wall and North Front streets, Kingston. Featuring the Laura Dubin Piano Trio, All-Star All-Play, the Virginia Mayhew Quartet, the Roberta Piket Sextet and Estrella Salsa Etc. – all with female bandleaders at the helm. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete performance schedule…

MUSIC: MaryLeigh Roohan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Her latest album Skin & Bone proved that she was one of the Local 518’s finest singer-songwriters, but now she’s leaving town for the Big Apple, so it seems appropriate that today’s send-off is on the very same stage where she played her first professional gig, back about six years ago. 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: EMEFE @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Led by bandleader-singer-composer Miles Arntzen, the 10-piece soul-funk-everything band is on a mission to prove that there are no bad days, only days that need a new soundtrack. It’s gonna be a courtyard dance party to remember. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jorma Kaukonen @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of the original early-’60s blues and roots revivalists who went on to co-found two of the most influential rock groups of all time, Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna – plays a rare, intimate solo show showcasing his legendary fingerstyle guitar picking. 9pm. $45 & $45.

MUSIC: Corrin Campbell @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Two Guys. 8pm.

MUSIC: Thumpers @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The London-based pop duo makes their Nippertown debut in support of their new Sub Pop album, Galore. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The bruisin’ blues-rock behemoth. With the Flurries. 7pm.

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

DANCE: Parsons Dance @ PS21, Chatham. The internationally acclaimed contemporary American dance company features new works that celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, as well as some classic pieces. 8pm. $40; $25 students 18 and under.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Alan Chartok & the Berkshire Ramblers @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Bigger Boat @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. Blues-based rock formerly known as BOB. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bronte Roman Jazz Ensemble @ Taste, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

CABARET: “Celebrating the Music of William Finn” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Featuring Michael Linden, Anne L. Nathan, Amanda Savan, Sally Wilfert, Michael Winther and Chip Zien. 8pm. $20, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. With Ben Vita. 9pm.

MUSIC: John Sauer @ the Williams Inn Tavern, Williamstown. Piano. 8pm.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.