7/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 2nd, 2015, 7:29 am by Greg

Happy 85th birthday, Ahmad Jamal!

MUSIC: The Wiyos @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by multi-talented Michael Farkas, the old-timey trio the Wiyos return to Hudson with their original blend of music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, including blues, country, ragtime, gospel and swing. With Pat Linnan of Nature Films. $18.

MUSIC: Kid Rock @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. With Foreigner and the Packway Handle Band. 6:45pm.

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MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Septet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Bill Cunliffe (piano), David Wong (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) and Michael Dease (trombone). 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: “Calling All Angels: An Evening of Duets” @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring Jane Siberry, Catherine Russell, Amy Helm, Simi Stone, Rebecca Martin, Tracy Bonham, Elizabeth Mitchell and others. 8pm. $25, $50 & $75.

MUSIC: Jane Ira Bloom @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The 2015 Jazz Journalists Association’s Soprano Sax Player of the Year makes her Falcon debut with pianist Dominic Fallacaro, bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Lou Grassi with an evening of ballads & beyond. With the Out of Towners. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Bluz House Rockers @ the Crossings of Colonie, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. Kicking off the Summer Concert Series at the Crossings. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

OPERA: “La Cenerentola” @ SPAC’s Spa LIttle Theater, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night for Opera Saratoga’s season. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Peg Delaney Trio @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay lunchtime concert series continues with the acclaimed Nippertown pianist and her band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Mark Emanatian & Tom Dolan Band @ Coeymans Landing Park, Coeymans. The Evenings On the Green Concert Series kicks off the Fourth of July weekend. With Jeremy Walz and Charlie Clifford. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Tierra Coffee Roasters, Albany. 7pm.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Comedy for Indy @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Jaye McBride, Shawn Gillie, Jon Tenace, Danny Romanelli, Ellory Smith. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Black Iron Prison @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Start the Reactor, Tentacles and Purifier. 8pm. $5; $10 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: The Resonators Duo @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

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: Griffin @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Denver-based indie rock trio. With Immaculate Heart. 9pm. $7.

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 & 7pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Ballston Community Band @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

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…