2/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

February 28th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

GALA FUNDRAISER: The Upstate Artists Guild’s Black & White Gala @ Normanside Country Club, Delmar. It’s the fourth annual benefit bash featuring a fabulous array of local artwork for sale, as well as silent and ticket auctions, 50/50 raffle, hors d’ oeuvres. Live music by Off the Record, Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Jesse Cohen and not an Airplane; poetry by Dan Wilcox and Steven Minchin; spinning by DJ Duane Major and DJ Jay Clarke. With emcee George Doody. 6-10pm (champagne preview 5-6pm). $50. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Bridge Jazz Festival @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. It’s Night Two of the fest featuring the Fred Hersch Trio, Cecile Mcloran Salvant and the Gretchen Parlatto/Alan Hampton Duo. 6pm. $40; $30 students. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Super 400 @ the Ale House, Troy. The Trojan rock power trio of drummer Joe Daley, bassist Lori Friday and guitarist Kenny Hohman celebrates their 19th anniversary. 9pm.

MUSIC: Kate Campbell @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery, Schenectady. The celebrated Southern singer-songwriter’s award-winning music is inspired by the contemporary characters and culture of the South with a distinctive storytelling flair. With John Kirk. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Brooklyn stand-up comedian James Goff headlines. With Ethan Ullman and Thomas Attila Lewis. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Country Con 2015 @ the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. It’s Day One of the two-day fest, featuring Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), the Spurs USA, Big Sky Country and Chelsea Cavanaugh. $35 & $90. Also on Sunday. UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Sean Watkins @ the Parlor, Northampton. From his days with Nickel Creek to his new collaboration with Fiona Apple.. With Jill Andrews. 7pm.

DANCE: Storyboard P & the Warriorz @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Storyboard P and his crew of smooth-moving Brooklyn street dancers take over the intimate club for a raw and visceral performance that promises to be kinetic, fluid and utterly mesmerizing. 8pm. $18 & $24; $8 students.

MUSIC/THEATER: Rain @ Proctors, Schenectady. Beatles tribute band that proudly boasts, “Together longer than the Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.” 2 & 8pm. $20, $35, $45, $55 & $70. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Greg Trooper @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran troubadour returns in support of his latest album, Incident on Willow Street. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Sha’ar @ Art Omi Visitor Center, Ghent. A candlelight concert with the quartet – drummer/percussionist David Freeman, guitarist Oren Neiman, clarinetist Iván Barenboim and bassist Doug Drewes – that fuses jazz sensibilities with global Jewish musical traditions. 6:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Fences @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Last weekend, August Wilson’s play “Fences” was at The Egg. Tonight, the Seattle indie rock project Fences, led by vocalist and guitarist Christopher Mansfield, plays a free concert in the Spa City, sneak-previewing their upcoming album, Lesser Oceans. With Stellar Young. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The RPI Jazz Ensembles @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The bands are joined by special guest vocalist Janice Pendarvis for the pops concert, “Heroes, Heartache and One-Hit Wonders.” 6pm. FREE.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by Guy Smiley. Doors open at 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade @ River Street Pub, Troy. It’s an ’80s Synthtacular! 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mirk @ RPI’s McNeil Room, Troy. With Bell’s Roar. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mirk @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. It’s the second half of Mirk’s free Troy double-header. With Carl Daniels & the Black Box. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Harold Ford & the Spirit of Johnny Cash @ the Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. The Johnny Cash tribute band plays a benefit for Saratoga VETHELP. 7pm.

MUSIC: Lady Moon & the Eclipse @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With King Holiday. 9pm. $7.

MUSIC: Jubilee Riots @ The Egg, Albany. The Canadian Celtic-flavored folk-rockers (formerly known as Enter the Haggis) return to Nippertown in support of their new album, Penny Black. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: Melissa Ferrick @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Indie singer-songwriter. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

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.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A night of blues and soul music. With Joe Beesmer. 9pm. $15.

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

MUSIC: The Midnight Ramble Band @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. $50.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch @ the Across the Street Pub, Albany. 8pm.

OPERA: “Three Little Pigs” @ Schenectady Civic Playhouse, Schenectady. Opera Saratoga’s Opera-To-Go program provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal. 2:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jimkata @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With the way-cool, harp-rockin’ Mikaela Davis. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Power’s Inn & Pub, Clifton Park. 8pm.

READING: Bruce Piasecki @ Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs. The local author reads from his new book, “Missing Persons: A Life of Unexpected Influences,” about the power of memory. 7pm.

FILM: “On Animation and Workflow” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Looking back upon a century’s worth of image production, this screening program presents moving images from Georges Méliès’ pre-digital compositing techniques at the turn of the 20th century to contemporary CGI, and artists’ experiments with gaming software, to investigate the technical and aesthetic conditions that are manifest through the processes of constructing moving images. 8pm. $6.

MUSIC: The Genki Spark @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. A multi-generational, pan-Asian women’s arts group that utilizes Japanese taiko drumming and personal stories. 8pm. FREE.

CIRCUS: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena and Kinko the Clown, Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly adult-oriented cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. 9pm. $25; $15 if in clown make-up or costume.

MUSIC: All That Jazz @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Comedy Night @ the Comfort Inn, Schodack. Featuring Linda Belt and Nick Marra. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Schwag @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Grateful Dead tribute band. 9:30pm. $10. Also on Sunday.

COMEDY: Mike p. Burton @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With Mark Demayo. 8:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: Legendary Losers @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.