6/6/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

June 6th, 2015, 7:52 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FLY 92.3’s Summer Jam @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring “The Voice” winner Sawyer Fredericks, Charli XCX, B.O.B., Walk the Moon, Echosmith, Jake Miller, All Time Low. 2pm. $25, $35, $45, $65; lawn $20.

MUSIC: Rory Block @ ChurchLIVE!, Chatham. The Local 518’s Queen of Acoustic Blues plays the inaugural concert at her new venue, the Old Methodist Church. A benefit performance for the restoration of the building. 7:30pm. $20.

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MUSIC: Richard Barone @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The former Bongos frontman digs into his folkie roots for selections from his upcoming album, Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s. 8pm. $24. GO HERE to read an interview…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. Day Three of the four-day fest features the Black Keys, Gov’t Mule, Big Gigantic, Rebelution, Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker, the Wailers, Dopapod, Rusted Root, the Budos Band, Arc Iris, Burnell Pines, Matt Andersen, Jocelyn Arndt and more. 10am. $99. GO HERE for more info…

ART/MUSIC/FILM: “Heliocentric Omni Verse” @ CR10, Linlithgo. The opening reception for the sculptural installation by artist Reginald Madison, which pays tribute to Sun Ra, the late jazz visionary and bandleader. Featuring Sun Ra music performed live by the Star Gazers, as well as screenings of “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,” the 1980 film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by the Sun Ra Arkestra. The exhibit remains on view through June 21. 4-6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Natalia Zukerman @ MASS MoCA’s Dre Waapenaar Pavilion, North Adams. The slide, lap steel and dobro wizard Natalia Zukerman shapes folk, jazz and blues sounds into songs of intense beauty. Her “voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth,” according to The New Yorker. She’ll be accompanied by handlebar mustachioed bassist Zacharia Hickman. 8pm. $18 & $24 preferred; $12 students. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Sculpture Park Party @ Salem Art Works’s Cary Hill Sculpture Park, Salem. A party celebrating the opening of Salem Art Work’s 11th season and the opening of the Cary Hill Sculpture Park. There are sculptures on display, tours, a scavenger hunt and entertainment by the North & South Dakotas, Steve Roggenbuck, Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band and Rusticator. 3-9pm. $10; $5 kids age 12 & under; FREE kids under age two. FREE overnight camping. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany. Arts and craft booths line both sides of Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues. With two stages of live music from Anthony Fallacaro, the WonderBeards, Candy Ambulance and Erin Powers throughout the day. 10am-5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Americade Concert @ the Festival Space at Wood Park, Lake George. Staind’s vocalist Aaron Lewis headlines the show, which also features Citizens Band Radio, Matt O’Ree, the Lazy Suns and Funkalicious. 4pm. $30. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Graham Alexander @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Fusing together elements of pop, rock and fun, the singer-songwriter and his band showcase selections from his new album, Repeat Offender. With the Holly & Evan Band. 8pm. $15.

GALA/FUNDRAISER: 2015 Museum Gala @ the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. 6pm. Tickets atart at $225.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Irish 200 Summer Fun-Raiser @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Featuring the Brothers Flynn, Frank Jaklitsch & Friends, the Mckrells, Get Up Jack and Emish. 12noon-7pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Club Helsinki, Hudson. Carrying on the musical and activist legacy of his father, the late King of Afro-Beat Fela Kuti, four-time Grammy nominee Femi Kuti raises the torch high. Expect of combination of a seamless dance party, a jazz extravaganza and a political rally. 9pm. $38 & $65.

MUSIC: Michael Jerling Trio @ 70 Main, Greenwich. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Buddy Guy @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. With the recent passing of B.B. King, the six-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist-singer-songwriter and showman extraordinaire wears the crown as the reigning King of the Blues. With Tom Hambridge. 8pm. #38.50, $48.50 & $58.50.

ARTIST TALK/RECEPTION: Arturo Herrera @ the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with the opening of his exhibition, “Opener 29: Arturo Herrera: Day Before,” the Berlin-based artist gives a talk about his newest abstract paintings, which he makes on books found at flea markets. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The blues ‘n’ soulman celebrates the release of his new CD, Feel These Blues! with Soulworkers Joe Beesmer on guitar, Jeff Anderson on bass and Mike Moss on drums. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Mysteios @ the Low Beat, Albany. Garage-rock kingpins. With Motorhome. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jon Woodin @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist from the band Wilber Forest performs in support of his album, The Dreamer. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Once again the world’s zaniest (and most adventurous) big band melds the music of rock iconoclasts Frank Zappa and Todd Rundrgen into five-star big band performances. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Milkweed @ the Ale House, Troy. Americana, Binghamton-style. 8:30pm.

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: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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…

COMEDY: Bill Maher @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. For more than 20 years, he’s set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” and for the last 12 years on HBO’s “Real Time,” his combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 32 Emmy nominations. And in addition to his television program, he’s written five bestsellers. 8pm. $54-$89.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Schenectady Celtic Heritage Day @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction. The sixth annual fest features live music from Celtic faves Triskele, Dublin Train Wreck and the Fiddler’s Tour, along with dance performances by the Braemor Highland Dancers and the Farrell School of Irish Dance. With food and drink; kids’ games; blacksmithing, sheep-shearing, boat building and wool demonstrations; craft fair; historic exhibits from the Schenectady County Historical Society and the Irish American Heritage Museum; genealogy workshops; tours; and more. 11am-7pm. $10 per car.

MUSIC: The College of Saint Rose Alumni Jazz Ensemble @ Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose, Albany. In celebration of Professor of Music Paul Evoskevich’s 30th year as director, the special alumni reunion ensemble features saxophonists Brian Patneaude, Joseph Dragone, Tim Veeder and John Savage; pianist Cliff Brucker; bassist Mike Lawrence; drummer Bob Halek; and many more. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Anita Antoinette @ the Waterworks Pub, Albany. Pop-reaggae singer from season three of “The Voice.” Doors open at 10pm.

MUSIC: Crazy Head Mazie @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Opera Saratoga’s Stars of Tomorrow @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A showcase for members of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ Harmony Music, Woodstock. 9:45pm.

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. 4 & 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 13. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Triple XXX @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 9pm.

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.

COMEDY: McQueen @ the Garage, Pittsfield. The mixed-media comedian’s new show incorporates his improvisational voice-overs while recreating movie and television scenes as well as plenty of oddities live on stage. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Tonic Train @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Experimental electronic music and sound art. 8pm. $5.

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.

THEATER ON FILM: “Show Boat” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The classic Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical. 1, 4 & 7pm. $10 & $15.