6/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

June 28th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Sam Amidon @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Direct from his performance with guitar great Bill Frisell at Solid Sound on Saturday, the Vermont-bred, England-based avant traditional folkie graces the Lena stage for an unforgettable night. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Novalima @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady. The Andes meet electronica as the pioneering Afro-Peruvian fusion band kicks off the summer season of free concerts in Schenectady’s Central Park. With GX3+. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: Due to the weather, this show has been moved to the rain location – Proctors in Schenectady.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Featuring Tweedy, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Nels Cline and Norton Wisdom’s Stained Radiance, the Autumn Defense, the Felice Brothers, William Tyler, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Mikael Jorgensen and Jeff Davis. Gates open at 10am; music at 11:15am. $65.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beacon Food & Music RiverFest @ the Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon. Featuring the Sierra Leone refugee All Stars, Tracy Bonham, Schwervon!, Decora, Gato Loco, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquints, Breakfast in Fur, What Moon Things, Shana Falana, the M Shanghai String Band, more. Three stage, no waiting… 12noon-8pm. $25; FREE for kids age 10 & under.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Workshops, mini-concerts, jam sessions and more beginning at 9am; main stage concert featuring the Andrew & Noah Band, Murray Callahan, Alan Reid & Rob van Sante, Bing Futch, Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band beginning at 3:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Sheila E., Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Heads of State, the Django Festival All-Stars, Etienne Charles, Sonny Knight & the Lakers, the Benny Green Trio, Kellylee Evans, the Yosvany Terry Quartet. 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Huey Lewis & the News @ Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed , Lenox. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, it seems only fitting that Mr. Lewis & the boys crank up “The Power of Love,” along with their other ’80s vintage hits on they’re While We’re Young Tour. With Jamie Kent. 2:30pm. $22-$69.

MUSIC: The Spurs USA @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The traditional country music band teams up with the Bluebillies for a tribute to classic Americana music. 2pm. $20.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ One Caoline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. acoustic blues. 7pm.

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: Erin Harkes @ the Stewart House, Athens. 4pm.

MUSIC: Gowanus Mutant Kommandos @ the Low Beat, Albany. NYC punk. With the Mysteios and Scuzz. 7:30pm.

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. 3pm. Through July 11. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Shanghai Quartet @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. A re-creation of a concert from Maverick Concerts’ first season featuring Haydn’s String Quartet No. 66 in D Major, Op. 77, No. 1; Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, for cello and piano; and Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44, with pianist Ran Dank. 4pm. $25, $40 & $50; $5 students; FREE children under age 12.

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. 5pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: “The Joy of the Blues” @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. Sonny Speed, Ray Giguere, Dave Scheffel, Gisella-Montanez Case, Bill Martinl and tuba player Carle Kopecky present a blues revue featuring the music of Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Memphis Minnie, Reverend Gary Davis and more. 6pm. $10.

MUSIC: Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert @ PS21, Chatham. Kicking off PS21’s summer season are the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra directed by David Smith, performing a selection of Johann Sebastian Bach pieces for chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble. 2pm. $35; $20 students age 18 & under.

MUSIC: The Legendary Characters @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER ON FILM: “The Audience” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Followed by a new Q&A with actor Helen Mirren. 12noon. $15; $12 for ages 12 & under. Also at 7pm on Monday