6/5/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

June 5th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ City Beer Hall, Albany. Funky and acoustic, Cousin Clyde, Bowtie, Mister Eck and Wild Bill serve up vintage Americana. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Charlie Wilson @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The former Gap Band singer brings his Charlie Forever Tour to town. With Kem and Joe. 8pm. $48, $68 & $88.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. Day Two of the four-day fest features Robert Plant & the Sensation Space Shifters, Gov’t Mule (performing Dark Side of the Mule), Grace Potter, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Trigger Hippy, Nikki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Dopapod, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, the Mother Hips, Spirit Family Reunion, Nikki Lane, Zepparella, the Mike + Ruthy Band, EMEFE and the Compact. 12noon. $99. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: “Reelin’ in the Years” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A special tribute concert to the music of Steely Dan featuring the all-star band of Jerry Marotta, Scott Petito, Gail Ann Dorsey, Jesse Gress, Jules Shear, Leslie Ritter, Erik Lawrence, Chris Pasin and more. 8:30pm. $20, $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Martin Sexton @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The singer-songwriter performs a singular blend of folk, soul, jazz, gospel and pop in support of his new album, Mixtape of the Open Road. He is a dazzling guitarist and virtuoso vocalist with an extraordinary range and blend of textures. 9pm. $45 & $55.

MUSIC: The Josh Berwanger Band @ the Low Beat, Albany. Formerly of acclaimed indie rockers the Anniversary and the Only Children, Kansas rocker Josh Berwanger brings his latest band to town. With Adam & the Conglomerates. 8pm. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Americade Concert @ the Festival Space at Wood Park, Lake George. Eagles tribute band Eaglemania headlines Day One of the fest. With the Audiostars and the Stony Creek Band. 6:30pm. UPDATE: This event is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. Bluegrass on wry. 8pm.

MUSIC: Michael Allman Band @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. Yup, Gregg Allman’s son… 9pm.

MUSIC: Jonathan Edwards @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. “We gonna lay around the shanty, mama, and put a good buzz on…” 8pm. $27. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Blu Stone Bistro, Albany. 8pm. Swingin’ rockabilly from Mark Gamsjager and his bandmates. 8pm.

MUSIC: Hooray for the Riff Raff @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. Alynda Lee Segarra and her band land in Northampton. With Hannah & Maggie. 8pm. $20 & $25.

MUSIC: Quiet in the Head @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany. Record release party. 9pm. UPDATE: This show has been postponed to Friday, July 10.

MUSIC: SmashCrashBash!! @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The monthly rock ‘n’ roll party is back at the Half Moon with the Rats of New York and the Piggies. Doors open at 9pm. $6.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibitions, music, fun, shopping, people-watching… 5-9pm. FREE.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “Three by Tennessee” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Blue Horse Repertory Company presents a concert reading of three of Tennessee Williams masterful short plays, “The Frosted Glass Coffin,” “Portrait of a Madonna” and “The Strangest Kind of Romance.” A benefit for Kaliyuga Arts and Bridge Street Theatre. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Eternal Summers @ the Treehouse, Albany. Singer Nicole Yun leads the trio in celebration of their brand new album Gold & Stone on Kanine Records. And Rolling Stone just named them one of the “10 New Artists to Watch.” With Beth Isreal, Green Dreams and Prince Daddy & the Hyena. 7:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ Landis Arboretum, Esperance. 7pm. $15.

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. 8pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Off the Record @ the University Club, Albany. ’60s futurist trio. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ill Funk Ensemble @ the Centre Street Pub, Schenectady. 9pm.

THEATER: “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” @ the Albany Barn, Albany. Directed by Aaron Holbritter, Creative License presents its sophomore production, a dark and emotional comedy by Bert V. Royal that won the Excellence Award from the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival. 7:30pm. $15. Through Saturday, June 13.

MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ the Shaker Meeting House, Albany. The sixth annual “Pops! Goes the Chorus” cabaret features the full chorus, small ensembles and soloists singing such favorites as “Shenandoah,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Forever Doo-Wop,” “Speak Low” and “Blue Skies.” 7:30pm. $20 & $35. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday.

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. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Fenimore Blues @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free East Coast swing dance lesson with Jason Fenton at 7:30pm. Live music by the King Cohen Quartet at 8:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Completely Different @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Driving Miss Daisy” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Written by Alfred Uhry and directed by CarolLynn Langley, the warm and inviting play explores the universal issues of prejudice, aging and the sometimes surprising course that true friendship can take over the course of 25 years. 8pm. $16.

MUSIC: The Session Brothers @ the Holiday Inn Express, Latham. 5:30pm. FREE.