2/27/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 27th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Bridge Jazz Festival @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Nippertown’s inaugural dual-venue jazz fest kicks off tonight with the sparkling Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard. 7:30pm. $28, $36 & $42. Also at 6pm Saturday at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center. (Tickets for both nights are $60; $40 students.)

MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Ryder Cooley’s “Revival” @ the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade, Troy. Ryder & Hazel offer the new multimedia performance, melding live music, film, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. With songs by Ryder & Hazel with Karen Cole (of Dust Bowl Faeries), and short short stories by Richard Lovrich. 9pm. $5.

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MUSIC: Tom Paxton @ The Egg, Albany. One of the most influential singer-songwriters to emerge from the ’60s heyday of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, Tom Paxton has announced that 2015 will be his final year of touring. Don’t miss your last chance to hear this folk icon sing his classics one more time – “The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Bottle of Wine,” “Whose Garden Was This,” “Marvelous Toy,” “Ramblin’ Boy” and more. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell & Brian Melick @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Jazz Vibes Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Michael Benedict (vibes), David Gleason (piano), Dylan Perrillo (bass) and Pete Sweeney (drums). 9pm.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Consider the Source @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Lespecial. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Thomas Rhett @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The platinum-selling country singer just hit the top of the charts again with his new single “Make Me Wanna,” his third consecutive No. 1 hit from his debut album, It Goes Like This. 8pm. $32. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Two Cow Garage @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Grainbelt. 8pm.

MUSIC: Gospel Gala 2015 @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. An inspirational celebration of song, dance and theater featuring the Capital District Youth and Adult Mass Choirs, Macedonia Chamber Orchestra, Tonesetters, Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, Bethel Ministry Puppet Show, Spoken Word Poets, Restored and others. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Stringendi @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. an evening of some of the most beloved Beatles tunes performed by the trio of John Charles Cook (guitar), Demetria Koninis (cello) and Tania Susi (violin). 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Danielia Cotton @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Soul-rocker. With Adrien Reju. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Vance Gilbert @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Sharp Shooters Billiards, Amsterdam. With the Holly & Evan Band. 9pm. $5.

COMEDY: Nick Di Paolo @ the Comedy Works, Albany. With two Emmy nominations for writing, Di Paolo’s career took off after he appeared on “HBO’s Young Comedian Special.” He has since written and performed four stand-up specials and four CDs, most recently the hour-long Showtime special “Raw Nerve.” 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25. Also at 7:30 & 9:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: The Nth Power @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring members of Lettuce, the Warren Haynes Band, Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce, John Brown’s Body. With Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan. 9:30pm. $15; $20 if under age 21.

MUSIC: And the Kids @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Celebrating the release of their debut album, Turn to Each Other. With Breakfast in Fur and the Sun Parade. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Doctor Magnum @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Brian LaPoint & the Joints. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Crazy Head Mazie @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Azzaam Hameed @ Athos Restaurant, Albany. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Thruway: A Sing Off” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Union College Acapella faces off against three vocal groups from visiting colleges. All proceeds benefit the Schenectady Land Trust. 7pm. $15.

THEATER: “Waiting for Godot” @ Confetti Stage, Albany. It’s opening night! Samuel Beckett’s classic tragicomedy directed by Linda D. Shirey. “Nothing to be done…” 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Van Schaick Island Country Club, Cohoes. 8pm.

MUSIC: Aquanett @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. ’80s tribute band. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Resonators @ Harvey’s Pub, Saratoga Springs. It’s the blues. 9:30pm.

FILM: Lucy Raven’s “Tales of Love and Fear” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Having focused her research on the history and evolution of 3D-film technologies and animation techniques, Lucy Raven’s “Tales of Love and Fear” is a site-specific artwork for the Concert Hall, investigating the fluid cultural perception of spatial depth though an art-historical lens. 8pm, $18; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Shai Wosner @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The pianist performs works by Schubert, Chopin, Haydn and Ligeti, capped off with Beethoven’s Sonata in C Major op. 2 No. 3. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ Pinhead Susan’s, Schenectady. 9pm.

TALK: “Why Does the Juilliard Gift Shop Sell Plastic Composer Busts” @ Williams College Bernhard Music Center’s Room 30, Williamstown. Professor Mary Hunter of Bowdoin College discusses the fact that classical music culture continues to include busts of composers – often strikingly cheap and cheesy objects — while other elite arts do not. Are these objects analogous to the ideological complications of playing classical music? 4:15pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kevin Green & Douglas Chilton @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: James Hood @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.

FILM: “Beau Geste” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. As part of the William A. Wellman Film Festival, the 1939 classic action-adventure film stars stars Gary Cooper, Ray Milland and Robert Preston as three brothers under suspicion of theft who run off to join the French Foreign Legion. 7pm. FREE.