3/19/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

March 19th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Freedy Johnston @ the Low Beat, Albany. On the strength of such now-classic albums as Can You Fly and This Perfect World, he was named Songwriter of the Year by Rolling Stone in 1994. And he hasn’t looked back since. Now he’s back with his new one, Neon Repairman. With Ray Mason. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Particle @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Oodles of livetronica and electrofunk. With Greenhouse Lounge. 9:30pm. $15; $20 if under age 21.

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MUSIC: Rushad Eggleston @ Upstate Films, Woodstock. The madcap bluegrass cellist takes on Woodstock. With Mike + Ruthy. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Phil Henry @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The Rutland singer-songwriter showcases his new album Aberdeen in a duo performance with Gary Moon on percussion and vocals. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Marshall Tucker Band @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The only remaining original member Doug Gray sings “Heard It in a Love Song,” “Can’t You See,” “Fire on the Mountain” and more. 9pm. $20. NOTE: This show is now officially sold out.

COMEDY: The Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy @ The Egg, Albany. Three Italians walked into a theater… Fill in your own punchline. Featuring Frank Spadone, Micheal “Wheels” Parise and Mike Marino. 7:30pm. $30, $40 & $50.

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at the Ritz Carlton. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 5pm.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:15pm.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the Local 518 music showcase featuring performances by Space Peanut, Acid Reins and Benjamin Zoleski. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Brass Bash 2015 @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Under the direction of David Wharton, the Williams Brass Ensemble offers a varied program of works for solo and chamber brass, including a quintet performing Ludwig Maurer’s “Three Pieces,” Michael Kamen’s “Quintet” and Lew Pollack’s “That’s a Plenty.” 7pm. FREE.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts with Andy Fogle as the featured poet. 7pm open mic sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

OPEN MIC: Eighth Step’s Third Thursday Open Mic & Jam @ Proctors’ Apostrophe Cafe, Schenectady. Hosted by Cathy Winter. 6:45pm sign-up; 7pm open mic; 8:15pm jam. FREE.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

FILM: “Alive Inside” @ The Linda, Albany. In this joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. 7pm. $8.