12/7/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

December 7th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Mountain Snow & Mistletoe @ The Egg, Albany. The annual down-home concert of holiday songs and stories led by Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball accompanied by the Mountain Snow Orchestra featuring fiddler John Kirk, guitarist Kevin McKrell and percussionist Brian Melick. 2pm. $24.

MUSIC: Floodwood @ NaNola, Malta. Progressive newgrass string band featuring Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe. 7pm. $18.

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MUSIC: Hot Tuna @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady are joined by mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, guitarist Larry Campbell, vocalist Teresa Williams and drummer Justin Guip as they plug in for an electric set of blues and originals. Jam-band roots-rockers Donna the Buffalo open the show. 7pm. $36.50.

FESTIVAL: The Victorian Stroll @ various locations, Troy. In its 32nd year, the stroll enlivens downtown with trolley tours, antique fire engine rides, lots of live music and entertainment, activities for kids, outdoor concessions, arts & crafts and so much more. 11am-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Gibson Brothers Duo @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Leigh and Eric Gibson – the International Bluegrass Music Association’s two-time Entertainers of the Year – leave the band behind for an intimate duo perofrmance paying tribute to the great brother harmonies of bluegrass. 3pm. $27. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

THEATER: “Livingston v. Moore: ‘The Night Before Christmas’ Trial” @ the Rensselaer County Courthouse, Troy. Did Clement Clark Moore really write “Twas the night before Christmas?” Or was it written by Major Henry Livingston? Find out the facts for yourself in the posthumous trial. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ O’Brien’s Public House, Troy. With Erin Harkes. 3pm.

MUSIC: Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Twangmaster’s Holiday Honky-Tonk Tour makes a stop in Bearsville with lots of songs for good little girls and boys, including “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas,” “Silent Surfin’ Night” and “Truckin’ Trees for Christmas.” With Billy Rogan opening. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Self Defense Family @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Soft Powers, Blood of Spain and Broken Field Runner. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Ben Lane & the Groove Train @ the Ale House, Troy. The post-Victorian Stroll place to be… 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Winterpills @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The haunting acoustic ensemble lands in Kingston in support of their brand new covers album, Echolalia. With Jesse Marchant and County. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Shtreiml @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Montreal/Philly-based band offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music, led by harmonica virtuoso Jason Rosenblatt. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s their annual “Magic of Christmas” concert. 3pm. $25 & $40; $14 & $20 children.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 2pm. $20-$65. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: The Nellies @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. As part of the Victorian Stroll, Peggy LeCuyer and Karen Ann Gilpin lead the rollickin’ roots band. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Diva & the Dirty Boys @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 4pm. FREE.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of the Christmas classic with choreography by Madeline Cantarella Culpo. 1:30 & 4:30pm. $23, $31 & $37; $16.50 & $25 children.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Northeast Ballet’s production of the Christmas classic under the artistic direction 
of Darlene Myers, featuring Lauren Lovette and New York City Ballet star Gonzalo Garcia. 2pm. $20-$40.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ Flowers by Pesha, Troy. Roots music as part of the Victorian Stroll. 11am. FREE.