6/27/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

June 27th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Ryder Cooley & Hazel’s electro-acoustic, gothic-folk ensemble also features Sara Ayers and Karen Cole with new members Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos, as they fuse together other-worldy, girl-group harmonies with unique instrumentation – including accordion, musical saw, ukulele, lap-steel guitar, keyboards and percussion. With the duo of Melora Creager (Rasputina’s cellist) and Luis Mojica (pianist/vocalist of the Platte Clove Nature Theater). 8pm. $17.

FESTIVAL: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Featuring Wilco, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, the Richard Thompson Trio, NRBQ, Bill Frisell with Sam Amidon, Cibo Matto, Shabazz Palaces, Mikael Jorgensen’s Quindar, Luluc, Ryley Walker, Jessica Pratt, Story Pirates and Circus Smirkus plus John Hodgman’s Big Comedy Thing featuring Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins, Jessica Williams and Superego. Gates open at 10am; music at 12noon. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Frankie Beverly & Maze, Cassandra Wilson, the Al Di Meola Electric Band, the Christian McBride Big Band, the Pedrito Martinez Group, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Theo Croker, the Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet, Duchess, Steve Wilson Wilsonian’s Grain, the Omer Avital Quintet. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. All-day workshops, dances and mini-concerts begin at 9am with an evening main stage concert at 6:30pm featuring Runa, Martin Grosswendt, Ellis Delaney, the Yves Lambert Trio, the April Verch Band, Stu Fuchs, Brian Peters, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Garland Jeffreys @ The Linda, Albany. Fresh from performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Toronto Jazz Festival, the edgy, urban singer-songwriter-poet and his band return to WAMC-FM’s theater in support of his latest album, Truth Serum. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Mike + Ruthy Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s the hometown CD release party for the Americana combo’s new album, Bright as You Can. With special guests Happy Traum, Tracy Bonham and Adrien Reju. 9pm. $20.

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…

FESTIVAL: Harley Rendezvous Classic @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Pattersonville. The Charlie Daniels Band headlines the Rendezvous’ big bash at 10:15pm. With Ron Jones, Happy Daze, Freeballin, Mike & the Monsters, Beatin’ the Odds, Dallas Moore and Chicken Herders. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors, Schenectady. The monthly laugh-fest features headliner Kevin McCaffrey. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for for info…

RADIO ON STAGE: “A Prairie Home Companion” @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Radio host Garrison Keillor brings the Lake Woebegon gang to town for their annual Tanglewood appearance. With special musical guests Sarah Jarosz, Sara Bareilles, Peter Rowan, Rachel Manke and Nadia DiGiallonardo. 5:45pm. $24-$74.

THEATER: “Jupiter (A Play About Power)” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Superhero Clubhouse, currently artists-in-residence at Catwalk Institute in Catskill present a work-in-progress performance of their new, multi-disciplinary work exploring issues of energy policy in the face of climate change. Written and performed by Jeremy Pickard; directed by Simón Adinia Hanukai. 1pm. $10 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The perfect SPAC Jaz Fest after-party. With Manuel Quintana back from his recent Asian tour with Rachel Yamagata, NEQ is back in the spotlight in support of the excellent new album, None of the Above. 9pm.

MUSIC: NEXUS @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The oldest continuous professional summer chamber music festival in America opens its 100th season with a concert by the masterful percussion ensemble, featuring the premiere of Peter Schickele’s Percussion Sonata No. 3, “Maverick,” as well as ragtime tunes for xylophone by George Hamilton Green and Russell Hartenberger’s “Sky Ghost” (with special guest performers Amy Fradon and Kirsti Gholson) and “Persian Songs.” 8pm. ALSO: NEXUS and Sepideh Raissadat will be giving a free concert for young people at 11am.

MUSIC: San Cisco @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The western Australian indie rock/popsters play rfeturn to Nippertown. With the Prettiots MOTHXR opening. Doors open at 8pm. FREE. NOTE: The Prettiots will NOT be performing, as previously announced.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ American Glory BBQ, Hudson. 8pm.

FESTIVAL: the Summer Sizzle Block Party @ Schenectady Day Nursery, Schenectady. Live music by one of Greater Nippertown’s top party bands, the Refrigerators, as well as strolling magician Jim Snack, the Smile Monster, free balloons, carnival-style food and snacks and children’s games and activities. 10am-1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tom Rush @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. The veteran folkie, song interpreter and bluesman has still got the right stuff. 8pm. $50. GO HERE to read a recent review…

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. 2 & 8pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Mister F @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Let’s Be Leonard and Arc & Stones. 9:30pm. $8: $13 if under age 21.

MUSIC: The Lonesome Brothers @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. Ray Mason and the boys celebrate their 30th anniversary. 8pm. $15.

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: Flux Pavilion @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Eric David, Moshington and Bandikook. 8pm. $27.

COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Latham. Hosted by Greg Aidala, the laugh-filled show is headlined by Myq Kaplan. With Lance Weiss, Brendan Fitzgibbons, Stephen Murray and ABC News 10’s Heather Kovar. 8pm. $20.

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by the one and only Guy Smiley, the Bing Bamboo crew presents their patriotic “U.S. Oh!!!” show. Doors open at 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $10.

ARTIST TALK: Donald Baechler @ Art Omi, Ghent. With four monumental sculptures in the field, as well as a mural and drawings in the gallery, the artist discusses the sources for his vast collection of imagery and discuss his large scale sculptural works and public art projects. 4pm. FREE.

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: Erin Harkes @ the Lake George Boat House, Lake George. 5pm.

COMEDY: Mad Laughs Comedy Night @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Stand-up comedian Moody McCarthy headlines the show, hosted by Jon Tenace. With William Hughes and Pat DaBiere. 9pm. $12.

THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Last chance! 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. GO HERE for more
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MUSIC: Morgan O’Kane @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Vic Thrill. 9pm.

DANCE: Tom Gold Dance @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. In their Berkshires debut, the company performs Tom Gold’s “La Plage” to music of John Zorn, as well as Jerome Robbins’ seminal “Concertino.” Featuring artists of Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 8pm. $20, $40 & $55.

MUSIC: Crowbar @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. It’s the Summer of Doom Tour. With Battlecross, Lord Dying and Hammer Fight. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Bets & Frets @ BeerWinePizza, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.