6/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

June 25th, 2015, 7:43 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/ARTSWALK: DownStreet Art Festival @ various locations, North Adams. The evening will include permanent and pop-up gallery exhibition openings, performances, community events and a free concert on Main Street featuring Fantastic Negrito, the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, beating out more than 7,000 submissions. 6-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: J. Roddy Walston & the Business @ Jennings Landing, Albany. Veterans of such acclaimed festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo, the band – described as “AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis” – takes over Alive at Five in support of their new album, Essential Tremors. With Avers. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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ART/BOOK EVENT: “Truro Light: A Journey from Ocean to Bay” @ the Perfect Blend, Delmar. The book launch for the photo book by the late photographer Joseph Schuyler. 5-7pm.

MUSIC: Papa Mali @ the Parish Public House, Albany. The iconic New Orleans-based singer-songwriter-guitarist (and front man for 7 Walkers) roars into Nippertown with his full, roots-rockin’ band in support of his 429 records debut album, Music Is Love. 9pm.

FESTIVAL: Ohana: Luau On the Lake @ Tiki Resort, Lake George. It’s the pre-fest bash – the Bedrock A-Go-Go Kick-Off Party featuring the primal garage-rockin’ sounds of the Neanderthals. 6:30pm. $25. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Aged in the Hills @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. the veteran country band kicks off the free Ballston Spa summer concert series. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Chronicles @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Keep the party rollin’ after Alive at Five. 8pm.

MUSIC: Dennis Stronghmatt et l’Espirit Creole @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. Playing the music of the upper Louisiana Creole culture, the band mixes up a vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and old time sounds that bridge the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun musical styles. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Outta Sites @ the Beer Belly, Albany. Chris Sprague leads the vintage beat band. 8pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: The Harley Rendezvous Classic @ the Indian Lookout Country Club, Pattersonville. With music by Ron Jones and Joe Roy Jackson beginning at 8pm. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Los Lonely Boys @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Texas blues-rock power trio of brothers takes over the Woodstock stage to fired up their Texican rock ‘n’ roll. The Contenders open the show. 8pm. $35 & $55. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

DANCE: Jacobs Pillow, Becket. It’s the kick-off to the fest’s 83rd season. Featuring Ballet BC in the Ted Shawn Theatre at 8pm, and New York Theatre Ballet’s production of “Cinderella” in the Doris Duke Theatre at 8:15pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Wee-B3 @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz On Jay lunchtime concert series continues with organist Mike Lamkin, drummer Cliff Brucker, guitarist Mike Novakowski and guest saxophonist Brian Patneaude. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “The Lift” @ 703 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield. Rogue Angel Theatre present their site-specific new ritual theater production… in an elevator. Audience limited to 20. 6 & 9pm. $25. Through June 28. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Crazy Swedes @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Instrumental rock fusion sounds from brothers guitarist Will Severin and drummer George Fortune with keyboardist Rob Lindquist and bassist Eric Schwankegroup. 9:30pm. $5; $10 if under age 21.

THEATER: “Thoreau or, Return to Walden” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. In the world premiere, playwright-actor David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet and philosopher as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. 7pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Shining City” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. Actor Mark H. Dold (stunning in last year’s production of “Breaking the Code”) returns in Conor McPherson’s drama about a Dubliner who seeks help from a counselor after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. As their sessions unfold, secrets are exposed in this thriller where a simple tale turns out to be anything but. 4 & 7:30pm. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Blues ProJam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The 11th Blues ProJam features special guest performers Billy “The Kid” Evanochko and John Ginty, backed by the Club Helsinki House Band, anchored by Sonny Rock (drums), Cameron Melville (Hammond B-3 organ), Petey Hop (guitars/vocals) and Vinny Leggiere (bass). All working musicians are welcome to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam. 8pm.

THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 8pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Carla Metz & Larry Acunto @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. 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: Erin Harkes @ Hibernian Hall, Albany. 5pm.