9/18/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

September 19th, 2014, 8:23 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s Day One of the three-day bluegrass-and-beyond fest. Today’s featured acts include Michael Daves & Tony Trischka (7pm), Aiofe O’Donovan (8pm), the Carolina Chocolate Drops (9:05pm) and the Duhks (10:30pm). Gates open at 5:30pm. $39; $29 students; $22 kids.

MUSIC: 1964: The Tribute @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A Fab Four concert by the band that Rolling Stone calls “the best Beatles tribute band on Earth.” GO HERE to enter to win FREE tickets…

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MUSIC: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony @ the Festival Space at Charles Wood Park, Lake George. Hip-hop veterans Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rock America’s vacationland at the brand new Festival Space at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George. With Saratoga Springs’ own Dao Jones. 6pm. $30; $45 VIP; $85 meet & greet. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Hammer Hawk @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. It’s time for the last bash of the season for Garage Bands in the Garage. With Hill Haints. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

READING: Jordi Herald @ Broadside Books, Northampton. The founder and long-time owner of the Iron Horse Music Hall reads from his new memoir, “Positively Center Street: My 25 Years at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 1979-2004,” with co-author David Sokol and percussionist Tony Vacca. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Probing Digit @ the Low Beat, Albany. The self-proclaimed “thegreatestfuckingbandinthegoddamnuniverse.” With Circus Life. 9pm.

MUSIC: Trout Fishing in America @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The award-winning friendly-friendly folk duo of Ezra Idlet (guitar/vocals) and Keith Grimwood (bass/vocals) amble into the Spa City in support of their latest album, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. 7pm. $16.

MUSIC: Garland Jeffreys & Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The veteran soul-rocker has made such songs as “Wild in the Streets,” “Ghost Writer,” “R.O.C.K.” and his version of “96 Tears” into staples on alternative radio. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The husband-and-wife team of Andy and Tania Stack – at the time performing as a duo called the Stacks – met bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco and guitarist Connor Kennedy to form Buffalo Stack and a new bluesy brand of roots-rock. 9pm.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Café’ NOLA, Schenectady. Got the blues? 6:30pm.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. Rollickin’ rockabilly and more. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Storyman @ The Linda, Albany. The Irish folk-pop duo of Kevin May and Mick Lynch – formerly known as Guggenheim Grotto – take on an edgier, bigger sound on their new album, This Time Round. 8pm. $17.

PERFORMANCE: “Spirit of America” @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The heritage and history of America presented by the U.S. Army. 10:30am & 7:30pm. FREE. Also at 2 & 7:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Wunderbar & Bistro, Hudson. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Spiritual Rez @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Reggae-funk-dance band. With Fikus. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Diane Cluck @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. If you missed her at Caffe Lena last week, now you get a second chance… With Liv Carrow. 8pm. $7. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Those Darlins @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The Nashville-based band is known to go from Emmylou country-dirges to Hole-like guitar-goddess goodness in an instant. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Azzaam Hameed @ Athos Restaurant, Albany. Jazz gems, old school R&B, Latin rhythms… 7pm.

MUSIC: Abraham & the Groove @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $10.

FILM/TALK: “Straight to Hell Returns” @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The 2010 director’s cut of Alex Cox’s 1987 film with a cast that includes Joe Strummer, Courtney Love and Elvis Costello. Followed by a Q&A with Cox. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/DANCE/FUNDRAISER: “Meghadootam, the Cloud Messenger” @ The Egg, Albany. An exiled man, pining for his wife, calls upon a passing cloud to carry his message of love, in the sublime classic by the celebrated 5th Century Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, in the form of an operatic ballet. A fundraiser for AIM for Seva, educating rural India through free student homes. Social hour at 6pm. 7:30pm performance. $25, $40, $225 (reserved) & $450 (VIP).

COMEDY: Mop & Bucket Co. @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv sketch comedy. 8pm. $14.

MUSIC: Lucid @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 9pm.

FILM: “I, The Worst of All” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The 1990 film by Argentinian director María Luisa Bemberg that tells the story of the embattled 17th century nun, Sor Juana. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “The Big Lebowski” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Dude abides… 7pm. $9; $6 students.