7/3/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

July 3rd, 2015, 8:04 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dave Matthews Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Yes, Dave & the boys are back for another two-night stand. Two sets each night. Joined by special guest Bela Fleck. 7pm. $75 & $85 reserved; $40.50 lawn. Also at 7pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: GX3+ @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. They wowed the crowd last week at the Made in the Shade of The Egg concert series and again on Sunday’s opening night of the Music Haven Concert Series. Now Maria Zemanauski, Sten Isachsen and Ray Andrews bring it indoors to the intimate Caffe. 8pm.

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MUSIC: Moon Worship @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a cassette EP release party (yes, cassette!) for Book the Pops. (Limited edition – only 100 cassettes.) With Inch, the Mysteios and CJ Champagne. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Yes, Rockin’ On the River was postponed earlier this week, but a special Rockin’ On the River show is slated for tonight. With the Hawbuckees. Followed by fireworks. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Boston Symphony Orchestra @ Tanglewood, Lenox. It’s opening night for the symphony at Tanglewood with Jacques Lacombe conducting an all-American program with guest pianist Kirill Gerstein and actor John Douglas Thompson. 8:30pm. $22-$108.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Adirondack Independence Music Festival @ Wood Park, Lake George. Featuring Better by Morning, the ’70s Rock Experience and the Idol Kings. Gates open at 3pm. $20 per day; $30 for a two-day pass; FREE kids under age 10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Latham. With Ben Zoleski and fire-dance performers. 5pm.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ the Falcon, Marlboro. A tribute to the late great bluesman B.B. King with special guests Murali Coryell, Fred Scribner, John Redden and more. 7pm.

MUSIC ON FILM: “Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Live simulcast from Chicago. 8pm. $7; or $15 for all three nights.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Royal Jelly Jive @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, the San Fransico soul band plays a fusion of the jumpin’ jive of the 1940s, brass band music of the ’50s and ’60s, and today’s Gypsy punk. Horns, bass, drums and keyboards surround Bjelde’s vocals, recalling the elegance of Nina Simone and the grit of Tom Waits. With roots-blues musician David Jacobs-Strain. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Marty Wendell Band @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: Hudson Air Radio Theatre @ PS21, Chatham. Classic and contemporary radio theater of Booth Tarkington, Mark Twain and others performed live on stage. Directed by Andrew Joffe; featuring Lora Lee Ecobelli, Byron Nilsson, James Occhino and Nancy Rothman; music by Lincoln Mayorga. 8pm. $20; $10 students. Also at 2pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Institute Participants @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Institute Participants @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. It’s the opening night of the summer-long UpBeat On the Roof weekly concert series. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: SmashCrashBash!! @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The monthly rock ‘n’ roll party is headlined by Cellular Chaos featuring guitarist Weasel Walter, drummer Mark Edwards and vocalist Admiral Grey. With Dead Unicorn. 9pm. $6.

CABARET: Alan Cumming’s “I Bought a Blue Car Today” @ Bard College’s Spiegeltent, Annandale-On-Hudson. 6 & 8:30pm. $60-$90. GO HERE to read a recent review… UPDATE: Both shows are now sold out. Limited standing room tickets available two hours prior to showtime.

MUSIC: Given to Fly @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Pearl Jam tribute band. 8:30pm. 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. 2 & 8pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Live stream from Chicago. 8pm. FREE.

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. 7:30pm. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: B.A. Dario @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Outer Stylie. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Bender @ River Front Park, Athens. Contemporary country music. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Free East Coast Swing dance lesson at 7:30pm; dance with live music by rockabilly favorites the El Dorados at 8:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Weird Science @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. The sound of the ’80s. 9pm.

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

MUSIC: The Audiostars @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Betsy & the ByeGons @ Crandall Park, Glens Falls. 3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra @ Crandall Park, Glens Falls. Followed by fireworks. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Top Gun” @ the Harriman-West Airport, North Adams. MASS MoCA presents the action film starring Tom Cruise as Maverick, the brilliant but unstable Navy pilot whose goal is always to be the best. Food, beer, popcorn available. The first 100 kids get free gliders. 8:30pm. $14 per carload or bike posse; $7; $3 kids under 12.