6/11/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

June 11th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman @ Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany. It’s the Alive at Five concert series kick-off! The collaboration between the powerhouse jazz trio and the Grammy-nominated saxman seamlessly blends Redman’s melodic prowess with the “avant-garde populism” of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King – pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. With Local 518 jazz-funk faves the Chronicles. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Charlie Hunter Trio @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The seven-string guitar wizard brings his new funk-jazz trio – featuring Hudson’s own Bobby Previte on drums and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone – back to Nippertown in support of their new album, Let the Bells Ring On. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

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MUSIC: Harry Connick Jr. @ The Egg, Albany. The pianist-singer-songwriter-actor-“American Idol” judge has been showered with awards and recognition for his live concerts and his recordings, as well as his achievements on television, the movies and the Broadway stage. Now he’s kicking off his summer tour with a two-night stand at The Egg. Hopefully… 7:30pm. $45, $55 & $75. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out. UPDATE: This show is now cancelled due to illness. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Joshua Nelson Quintet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz On Jay concert series continues… The bright new quintet – guitarist Mike Hugo, tenor saxophonist Jake Benninger, bassist Evan Marre, drummer Matt Griffin and bandleader/alto saxophonist Joshua Nelson – mines the entire spectrum of jazz; paying homage to those that came before and contributing to the music of their time. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Disc Jam Music Festival @ Gardiner’s Farm, Stephentown. The fifth annual fest of music, camping and disc golf comes to Nippertown for the first time. Day One of the four-day fest features three stages and music by Pink Talking Fish, Aqueous, Teddy Midnight, Uncle Bob, Cosmic Dust Bunnies and more. Music starts at 6pm.

MUSIC: Cornmeal @ the Parish Public House, Albany. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers with their brand new album Slow Street. With Grassroots Rebels. 9pm. $15.

strong>MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers Burrito Bar, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the weekly Local 518 music showcase with the Orange, Thick as Thieves and Kyle Albano. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Wall Dogs @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Boys Go Fast and Long Shore. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: K. Flay @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Some happenin’ hip-hop. With Panic Is Perfect. 8:30pm. $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. 7:30pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Rich Syracuse & Friends @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz bass master. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Wolf’s 1-11, Albany. 5:30pm.

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. GO HERE to read review…

FILM/TALK: “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The 2014 documentary is the second installment of this week’s Pride Film Fest. With special guest James Clementi. 7pm. $15; $10 students. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…