9/20/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

September 20th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s Day Two of the three-day bluegrass-and-beyond fest. Today’s featured acts include the Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, the Gibson Brothers, Valerie June, Alison Brown, Claire Lynch and lots more. Gates open at 10:30am. $55; $45 students; $32 kids.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany. It’s the massive end-of-summer/back-t-school street bash. Featuring two stages and eight bands – the Graham Tichy Trio, the Chris Dukes Band, the Chronicles, Conehead Buddha, Holly & Evan, Wild Adriatic, Titanics, Mirk. 10am-5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands… GO HERE for a look back at LarkFest through the years…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: American Music Festival for the Lake @ the Festival Space at Charles Wood Park, Lake George. Featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ, Wild Adriatic, North & South Dakotas, Rich Ortiz, Paranoid Social Club. Benefiting the S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership. Gates open at 11am; music starts at 12noon. $15 & $25; FREE ages 13 & under. GO HERE for a complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Wreckless Eric @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Stiff Records legend Wreckless Eric will perform a special solo set. Drag City’s Scott & Charlene’s Wedding opens. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Music From the Heart” @ Pauly’s Hotel & the Low Beat, Albany. A benefit concert for the Center for Disability Services features eight bands (four at each venue), and a $10 donation gets you into both clubs. Featuring Blue Factory, Andrew Wheeler, Krak Sabbath, From the Heartland, Chris Dukes, more. 7pm doors; 8pm music. $10.

MUSIC: Tyranize @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. CD release party. With Tentacles, Incontinence, Declension and Foaming at the Mouth. 7:30pm. $10.

RADIO: “Jazz2K with J Hunter” @ 88.3FM WVCR “The Saint.” Previously heard on Skidmore radio station WSPN-FM, J Hunter’s cutting edge jazz show makes its debut tonight on Siena College’s radio station. 12midnight-2am. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Circle of Willis @ O’Toole’s, Albany. It’s a Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day party. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Three-O @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Stranger at Home @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm. FREE.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Colin Quinn’s “Once Upon a Time In New York” @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Headlining the second annual Woodstock Comedy Festival Colin Quinn brings his special brand of razor-sharp comedy to town with “Once Upon a Time in New York.” Benefiting Family of Woodstock, for domestic violence and Polaris Project for human trafficking. 7:30pm. $40-$75.

MUSIC: Larry Hanks & Deborah Robbins @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Unpretentious and solid-as-a-rock, these stalwarts of the lively San Francisco folk scene take you through the great American folksongs by Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, cowboy and work songs and many other classics. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Mysteios @ River Street Beat Shop, Troy. 1pm. FREE.

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

MUSIC: Lost Leaders @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock. CD release party. With Lindsey Webster. 8pm.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: “Whiplash” @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. As part of the Woodstock Comedy Festival, Leo Allen hosts stand-up comedians Aparna Nancherl, Myq Kaplan, Dan Soder and special guests. Benefiting Family of Woodstock, for domestic violence and [16]Polaris Project, for human trafficking. 9:30pm. $20 & $30.

MUSIC: Cassie & Maggie MacDonald @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Unique blend of original and traditional Celtic music with piano and fiddle. 8pm. $23; $5 ages 12 & under.

COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Latham. Host Greg Aidala welcomes headliner Mike Vecchione with Joanne Filan, Stephen Murray and Dan Geurin. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Character Man” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu stars in a salute to the memorable character actors of Broadway, filled with hilarious backstage stories and touching personal recollections about Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Charles Nelson Riley, Jackie Gleason and more. With music by Meredith Willson, Kander & Ebb, Stephen Sondheim. and others. 3 & 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Derrick Horton & the Jay Street Band @ The Linda, Albany. The nine-piece pop-R&B band serves up “Motown and More.” Benefiting the HIV Program at Whitney M. Young Health Center. With CJ Colt. 8pm. $12; $6 students.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ the Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. After their LarkFest show, tt’s a trip up the Northway for the second stop on their whirlwind triple-gig day. 3pm.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ American Glory BBQ, Hudson. It’s down south to Hudson for the third and final stop on their iron-man three-gig day. 8:30pm.

THEATER: Psychic Sideshow @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Magic, mind-reading, carnival cons, and sideshow stunts by Colleen the Sideshow Queen and Evil Dan. 7pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Mister F @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 9:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ Taste, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jimy Graham Blueslosophy @ River Street Pub, Troy. 9pm. $5.

FILM: “Walker” @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Followed by Q&A with director Alex Cox. 7pm. $10.

FILM: “Repo Man” @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: Given to Fly @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Pearl Jam tribute band. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Camerata Wind Quintet @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The program includes Opus Number Zoo: Children’s Play for Wind Quintet by Luciano Berio, where musicians will narrate witty texts by Rhoda Levine; Three Preludes by George Gershwin; Aires Tropicales by Cuban composer Paquito D’Rivera, which features movements dedicated to dance types and famous musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Laura and Ernesto Lecuona; and Six Bagatelles by Hungarian composer Gy├Ârgi Ligeti. 7:30pm. FREE.

CABARET: Ron Ramsay & Sam Talora @ Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. An evening of show tunes and other favorites. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Midtown Men @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. A quartet of singers from the original cast of “jersey Boys.” 7:30pm. $52.