5/16/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 16th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Raise the Rafters!” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. A benefit concert celebrating the 55th anniversary of Caffe Lena and the 20th anniversary of Sarah Craig’s leadership in carrying on the tradition and expanding upon it. Featuring Sara Milonovich & Greg Anderson, the Suitcase Junket, the Wiyos, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys and Beaucoup Blue. 7pm. $30; $45 VIP includes premium seating & after party. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Ryley Walker @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The Chicago singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire conjures up the ghosts and inventive spirits of Tim Buckley, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Davey Graham and others with his spellbinding new album Primrose Green. With Pigeons. 8pm. $5.

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Rebuild Nepal Benefit Concert @ the Low Beat, Albany. An all-star collection of Local 518 bands and musicians join forces to raise funds for the Nepal recovery efforts. Featuring Troy power trio Super 400, surf-fuzz supergroup Kimono Dragons, rock wunderkinds Dearest Vendetta, funk powerhouse Victory Soul Orchestra, country-blues troubadour Henry’s Rifle and indie favorites Bear Grass. 1pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Baseball Project @ the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Concert Series presents the rock ‘n’ roll supergroup – featuring Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Linda Pitmon (Zuzu’s Petals) and Mike Mills and/or Peter Buck (R.E.M.) – singing rock songs about baseball at the Hall o’ Fame. How cool is that?!? 7:30pm. $20; $15 seniors & students; $8 students ages 13-18.

MUSIC: Willie Nile @ The Linda, Albany. The veteran singer-songwriter and true rock ‘n’ roll believer returns in support of his recent albums American Ride and If I Was a River. And this time he’s bringing along a full band. With Jefferson Grizzard. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: American Music Festival Orchestra @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Featuring two world premieres – Andrea Reinkemeyer’s “Liquid Heart” and Clint Needham’s “We Are All From Somewhere Else” – and special guests the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Amy Porter. With a 6:30pm pre-concert talk. 7:30pm. $19, $36, $50 & $61.

EVENT: Rock-n-Roll Flea Market @ Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, Kingston. Featuring a variety of vendors offering vintage and new vinyl records, CDs, memorabilia, vintage toys, collectibles, outsider art, handmade jewelry, guitars, t-shirts and more.. 10am-4pm.

MUSIC: Maire NiChatahasaigh & Chris Newman @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Two of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music, the Irish harpist and British acoustic guitarist perform traditional Irish music, swing jazz, bluegrass and baroque music. 8pm. $23; $5 age 12 & under.

THEATER: “Mamma Mia!” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! Any way you add up the numbers, the colorful, frothy jukebox musical based on the irresistibly catchy pop canon of ABBA is a smash hit – 6,000 performances on London’s West End, and 5,000 performances (and counting) on Broadway, making it the tenth longest running show in the history of the Great White Way. 1 & 7pm. $20-$85.

MUSIC: The Cutaways @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. The relatively new rockin’ little combo features Todd Nelson, Leo Kachidurian, Mike Kelley, James Kirk and Pat Conover. 9pm.

MUSIC: Capitle @ the Low Beat, Albany. Jim Romano’s recently reunited vintage punks are back with another blast of short, fast, loud tunes. With Phantom Signals, Vicious Rotten Hell Bastards, Shrapnal Warning and Rochester’s Flip Shit. 7pm doors. $8; $10 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Bernard Purdie & Friends @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Simply one of the world’s greatest funk drummers. Period. 7pm. Donations encouraged. ALSO: Bernard Purdie Drum Clinic from 1-3pm.

MUSIC: Hey Jude @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Beatles tribute band. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Young Buffalo @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. This Oxford, Mississippi-based indie rockers hit the stage in support of their recently released debut album, House. With Carl Daniels & the Black Box. 8pm doors. FREE.

MUSIC: Jen Durkin & the Business @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The former Deep Banana Blackout singer gives ya the business. With Turbine. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Drunken Logic @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Boston-based indie folk-punk band in support of their sophomore album, Long Day’s Journey to the Middle. With the Hart Strings. 9pm. $10.

BURLESQUE: S.P.A.M. @ the Low Beat, Albany. Rock ‘n’ roll burlesque with Scooter Pie and her pals. 12midnight. $8; $10 if under age 21.

THEATER: “The Night of the Iguana” @ Albany Civic Theatre, Albany. Carol King directs Tennessee Williams’ classic drama. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Bing Futch @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. He’s back by popular demand, playing Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele and drums, layered with electronic effects, as he fuses the traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit and a genuinely huge heart for sharing music with a crowd. With KeBam, members of the Brunswick Steel Drummers. 7:30pm. $16; $10 under age 18.

THEATER: “Home Fires Burning” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two short haunting plays – “Everlasting Moon” and “Paradise Whiskey” – written and performed by Roxanne Fay about the fierce fight to reclaim and hold on to that most elemental human need – a place of one’s own. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday, May 24.

WORKSHOPS/FILM: “Down & Dirty: A Celebration of Soil” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. It’s a party to educate, inspire and celebrate the UN’s International Year of Soils — featuring workshops on bio-remediation, composting and soil testing (1-4pm); lot reclaimers presentation (4:30-5:30pm); community pot luck dinner (5-6:30pm); and environmental documentary filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia screens “Symphony of the Soil!” (7pm).

MUSIC: Vainglorious @ The Egg, Albany. Heart tribute band. 8pm. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Mohawk Valley Collective’s Summer Music Series @ Unity Hall, Fort Plain. Raising funds for the restoration of Unity Hall and the former West Hill School in Canajoharie. Featuring Pat Ruddy, City of the Sun, the Rusty Doves, Ramblin Andy and the American Honey Band. 6pm. $10.

MUSIC: Watchdog @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Diary of Anne Frank” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Produced by the Local Actor’s Guild. 2 & 8pm. $20. Through May 24.

TALK: “Mad House” @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. A book talk and signing with Michael T. Keene, historian and author of “Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York.” 2pm. $5.

READING: The Omi Spring Writers-in-Residence Reading @ Art Omi, Ghent. A distinguished group of nine writers will read and share their work with a public audience, followed by a barbecue feast for which donations are appreciated. 5pm. FREE.