4/4/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 4th, 2015, 7:54 am by Greg

MUSIC: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. There’s no better way to kick off April as Jazz Appreciation Month than with the New Orleans torchbearers of the traditional sound. With Jay Collins & the Kings County Band. 9pm. $35, $55, $65 & $79.

MUSIC: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The sweet and quirky alt-pop singer-songwriter continues to confound with her brand new album, My Weekly Reader, a collection of ’60s covers that includes such off-the-wall selections as Moby Grape’s “Murder in My Heart for the Judge” and Frank Zappa’s “Hungry Freaks Daddy.” 6:30 & 8:30pm. $26.

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GUITARS: The Capital Region Guitar Show @ the Knights of Columbus Hall, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Guitar & Music Center is bringing together music dealers from all over the Northeast who will be on hand to buy, sell, trade and appraise your musical equipment. Because, well, you know, you can never have too many guitars, right? 10am-5pm. $7; $5 if you bring a guitar, an amplifier or a minimum of two canned goods; FREE kids age 10 & under. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: Roots Music Fest @ The Linda, Albany. The annual fest returns with Blake Christiana’s Yarn as headliners. The Mount Olive Baptist Male Chorus, Red Haired Strangers, The Doornails and Matt Durfee round out the line-up. All proceeds go to children’s charities. Hosted by Michael Eck. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/MUSIC: “Maciste in Hell” with live score by Sexmob @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Led by slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the propulsive quartet Sexmob combines mind-blowing jazz chops with a highly developed sense of wit and mischief, as they perform their brand new original score to this seminal work of the Italian silent era. The great Bartolomeo Pagano stars as Maciste, a Herculean strongman whose physical prowess and matching virtue are tested when the Devil and his minions capture him and drag him to hell. The film was cited by Fellini as one that inspired him to lead a life in cinema. 8pm. $18 & $24; $8 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Tal National @ the Half Moon, Hudson. By the time the African band Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s Kaani (their first release outside of Niger), they had spent more than a decade criss-crossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week and selling their CDs on street corners. Now they’re headed to Hudson in support of their new album, Zoy Zoy. With DJ Effie Asili. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Super 400 @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Maria Zemantauski. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Cutaways @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Rock and roll by guitarist Todd Nelson and friends. 9pm.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Yes, they’re back from China and ready to put the sizzle back on the dance floor. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $17. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ River Street Beat Shop, Troy. Rockin’ the record store. Come hang out browse the great vinyl selection. 12:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kung Fu @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Hall. The Dirty Dozen Tour is bringin’ the funk… With Twiddle and Mister F. 7:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ the Gypsy Joynt, Great Barrington. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jo Henley @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. Schenectady native Andy Campolieto leads the Boston-based roots-rock quartet. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Kyle McDonough & the Pity Party @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Bear Grass and I Can Dream. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Peedi Crakk @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Philly rapper has worked with everyone from Jay Z to the Roots. $10 before 11pm; $15 thereafter.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Laughter Saves Lives Comedy Tour @ Proctors, Schenectady. Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation presents the show. Proceeds will fund both the Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation and Laughter Saves Lives Foundation. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Separated at Birth @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Dead Nugent @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Dragon Palace. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ Geno’s On the Ave, Schenectady. With Skull Bandit. 9pm.

MUSIC: The British Invasion/American Revolution of the 1960’s @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Beatlemania in 1964 caused a British Invasion and, as a result, an American Revolution, too. Hear music from the songbags of the Dave Clark 5, Herman’s Hermits, the Animals, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Gerry & the Pacemakers, as well as the Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Monkees, Tommy James & the Shondells, the Turtles and the Box Tops. 2pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Beach Party Boys @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Beach Boys tribute band. With Neil Diamond tribute by Mark Thomas. 7pm.

MUSIC: Jukebox Killers @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, Albany. It’s the debut performance of a new metal band featuring members of Black Tooth Grin Nation, Run for Cover, Renewal of Faith and Soulcrutch. With the End of the World. 9pm. $5.

COMEDY: First Saturday Improv @ the Low Beat, Albany. Members of Dollars to Donuts and Sorry Not Sorry join forces for an afternoon of improv comedy. With Controlled Chaos. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jeff Brisbin @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.