9/27/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

September 27th, 2014, 8:08 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Bowtie, Cousin Clyde, Mister Eck and Wild Bill bring their fun ‘n’ funky old Americana songs to one of Nippertown’s brand new theaters. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Anais Mitchell @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. In recent years, she’s given us a folk opera, an album written from the perspective of a young man, and a new take on the Child Ballads, for which she won a BBC Folk Award last year. Now the sublime singer-songwriter returns to the Caffe in celebration of her brand new CD, XOA. With Dietrich Strause. 8pm. $24.

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MUSIC: Rory Block @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The five-time Blues Music Award-winner and Chatham’s own queen of the acoustic blues takes the stage, and if we’re lucky, she’ll be previewing some selections from her upcoming album, Hard Luck Child, a salute to Skip James, due out next month on Stony Plain Records. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: 10,000 Maniacs @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. With Mary Ramsey handling the vocal chores (and viola, too), Jamestown’s 10,000 Maniacs keeps on keepin’ on featuring the core of the band’s original line-up – drummer Jerome Augustyniak, keyboardist Dennis Drew and bassist Steven Gustafson. 8pm. $20, $35 & $45.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: StoryHarvest @ Freedom Square, Troy. The fourth annual community celebration features free food, art activities and, of course, music by Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra (3:30pm) and Nation Beat (5pm). 3:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Flakjacket @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a CD release party for the rockers’ brand new live album, Platypus. With Last Daze, Noise Between Stations and Gordon Street. 9pm. $7.

MUSIC: Street Corner Holler @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic and electric traditional Delta Blues and contemporary originals from guitarist Mark Tolstrup, drummer Dale Haskell and bassist Tony Markellis. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. The world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer has been called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by The Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students.

MUSIC: Tweedy @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy, his son Spencer and their play their brand new album, Sukierae, in addition to Jeff solo playing songs from Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. With Hospitality. 8pm. $39.50 & $49.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Gypsy Joynt Pizza Party @ the Gypsy Joynt Cafe, Great Barrington. Free pizza and live music all day featuring Jordan Weller & the Feathers, the B.T.U.’s, the Interlopers, Rocksteady, the Blindsiders, more. 11am-10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Five Finger Death Punch @ the Times Union Center, Albany.It’s been a while since the TU Center hosted a truly headbangin’ evening, but that’s what’s on tap tonight. With co-headliner Volbeat, as well as Hellyeah and Nothing More. 6:20pm. $25 & $39.75.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melt Away Cancer Benefit @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Featuring Monk, the Hoodoo Dare, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade and Uneven Steven. 9pm. $15.

READING: Kirsten Gillibrand @ UAlbany’s Campus Center Ballroom, Albany. She’s not just a U.S. senator, but also the author of the new book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World (2014), a memoir about growing up in Albany in a political family, and “a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA.” 4pm. $27 (includes a copy of the book); FREE students.

MUSIC: Battle of the Bands @ corner of Broadway & Liberty Street, Schenectady. Performances by the bands Where’s Alex, Thirsty!, Saving Atlantis, the Snook Bros., Crush and the Stockade Kids. 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dopapod @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Consider the Source. 9:30pm. $18. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sly Fox & the Hustlers @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Carly Aquilino @ The Egg, Albany. She’s a stand-up comedian described by audience members as “funny” and by her father as “a huge mistake.” As seen on MTV’s “Girl Code.” 8pm. $30 & $55.

MUSIC: BritishMania @ The Egg, Albany. Yup, it’s another Beatles tribute band. 8pm. $29.50–$39.50.

MUSIC: Who Are You @ The Linda, Albany. The Who tribute band plays the music of Tommy. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Out On the Tiles @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. Led Zeppelin tribute band. 9pm.

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.

THEATER: “A Couple of Blaguards” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. An Irish comedy, Frank and Malachy McCourt’s two-character play is a boisterous barroom autobiography full of humor, poignancy and insight. “Sanford and Son” regular Howard Platt directs and stars, while Jarlath Conroy also stars. 2:30 & 7:30pm. $20, $30 & $45.

READING: Yes! @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. Featuring Daniel Nester, Nate Brown and Thea Brown. 7pm. $5 suggested donation.

COMEDY: The Mop and Bucket Co. @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Improve sketch comedy. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18.

MUSIC: Driftwood Soldier @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. With Matt Hecker of Deep Chatham. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Quartet @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Groovestick @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Hard-hitting Hammond Organ group laced in deep-pocket rhythms and progressive funk layers, Groovestick’s music brings a straight funk and soul vibe, along with progressive and unique style. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Hard Luck Souls @ River Street Pub, Troy. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. An evening of baroque and classical favorites, including Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Bach’s vibrant “Orchestral Suite No. 2” and Mozart’s “Divertimento” in D Major. 7:30pm. $25-$70.