5/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

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

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival @ various locations. Lake George. The opening night ceremony and concert for the 10th annual fest takes place in Shepard Park at 7pm. FREE. Plus other festival events around town… GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: Jonah Parzen-Johnson @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The experimental baritone saxman celebrates the release of his new solo sax/synth album, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, which includes a cover of Neil Young’s “On the Way Home.” With Destroyer of Worlds and Chrisman/McLaughlin Duo. 8pm. $5.

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MUSIC: Steve Forbert @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter – best known for hit songs “Romeo’s Tune” and “Goin’ Down to Laurel” – was touted as a “new Dylan” when he burst upon the scene in downtown New York in the mid-1970s. Now he’s in the midst of a creative revival with Compromised, his first album of new songs in several years, due out this summer, and his memoir, “Steve Forbert: Beyond the Chandelier,” scheduled for publication in the fall. 8pm.

THEATER: “Pippin” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a sparkling score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Wicked”), the classic musical tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and stars Adrienne Barbeau, Sam Lips, John Rubinstein, Sasha Allen and others. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

MUSIC: Dan Berggren & Alex Smith @ the Georgi On the Battenkill, Shushan. The folk duo kicks off the new Caffe Lena On the Battenkill concert series. 7pm. $12.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Local 518 music showcase featuring Galaxy Overdrive and Lame. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky nod to Chekhov. Directed by Chris Foster, the Nippertown premiere production stars Kris Anderson, Roseann Cane, Ryan Davis, Mary Darcy, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves. 7:30pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Tough Day Tubing @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents Al Margolis (violin, clarinet, contact mics), Steve Norton (reeds, electronics), Crank Sturgeon (vocals, guitar, violin, contact mics) and Walter Wright (drums). With Blacklight Lighthouse. 8pm.

MUSIC: America @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Grammy Award-winning folk-rockers Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell – and their band – play such hits as “A Horse With No Name,” “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and “Sister Golden Hair.” 7:30pm. $50, $95 & $125.

THEATER: “Butler” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. It’s the New England premiere of the uproariously funny, witty and very moving play based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves during the Civil War. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 13.

MUSIC: Gay Mayor @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Pointblank and the Rigs. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Bennett Jazz Ensemble @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 7:30pm. $20; FREE students.