7/12/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

July 12th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Red Baraat @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady. Sunny Jain’s cross-cultural drum and brass ensemble pumps out an irresistible vibe, juxtaposing the Punjabi rhythms of Indian Bhangra with the exuberant second-line funk of New Orleans parade music. Maybe that’s why NPR calls them, “the best party band in years.” With the Hot Tamale Brass Band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Charlie Parr @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The acoustic folk/blues master from Minnesota rambles into the Spa City’s legendary coffeehouse in support of his new Red House Records album, Stumpjumper. He grew up in the Hormel meat-packing city of Austin, MN (population 25,000) where most of the world’s favorite tinned meat Spam is manufactured. Parr doesn’t eat meat. 7pm. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. The three-day fest wraps up with Steve Earle & the Dukes, the Punch Brothers, the Revelers, Arc Iris, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Elephant Revival, Parker Millsap, Valerie June, Sean Rowe, more. Music at 12noon. $59.99; FREE kids under age 10.

MUSIC: Jake Miller @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Ever since he began posting his original songs on YouTube a few years ago, the 22-year-old Miami-born pop artist has been building a virtual army of fans. And he’s headed back to town tonight, followed his performance at SPAC as part of last month’s FLY92 SummerJam. With Jamine V and Alex Angelo. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Phil Allen/Michael Benedict Concert Jazz Band @ the Lark Tavern, Albany. Big band music featuring Dave Fisk, Lee Russo, Nat Giroux, Rick Hambright, Scott Thompson, Chris Pasin, Sam Ponder, Ben O’Shea, Phil Allen, Wayne Hawkins, Dylan Perrillo and Michael Benedict. 7pm. $5. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

OPERA: “Dido and Aeneas” @ National Museum of Dance Lawn, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga goes outdoors for the production of Purcell’s opera starring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido. 8:15pm.

CABARET: J. Robert Spencer @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Featuring the Tony nominee and original cast member of “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal.” 7:30pm. $26. Also at 7:30pm on Monday.

MUSIC: The Stray Dogs @ North Greenbush Town Hall Gazebo, Wynantskill. Kicking off the North Greenbush Summer Concert Series. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Raga & Tala @ PS21, Chatham. Steve Gorn’s bansuri flute and Samir Chatterjee’s tabla together bring us the inspiring, age-old Hindustani tradition of raga (melodic mode) and tala (rhythmic cycle). 2pm. $25; $15 students.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Druthers, Saratoga Springs. 4pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mt. Greylock Jazz Festival @ Bascom Lodge, Adams. The second annual fest features the Ben Kohn Trio, the David Ullmann Banc, Lauren Lee’s Space Jazz, the Wes Brown Trio with vocalist Jill Connolly. 12noon-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ the Stony Creek Inn, Stony Creek. 7pm.

THEATER: “Helen of Troy, New York” @ Fellowship Hall, Troy. The 1923 comedy classic by George S. Kaufman debuts in the city that inspired it. Directed by Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek. 2pm. $20; $10 students and seniors. Through July 19.

MUSIC: Charles Barabe @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The Montreal-based line-up presented by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective also features JS Truchy and Black Givre with homegrown Parashi opening the evening’s explorations. 8pm. $5.

DANCE: The Paul Taylor Dance Company @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Wrapping up their multi-night stand with a family-friendly matinee featuring performances of – “Diggity,” “Piazzolla Caldera,” “Promethean Fire.” 2pm. $20 per family.

MUSIC: The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra @ Freedom Park, Scotia. It’s polka time! 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Opera Saratoga @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Of Arms and the Man I Sing. 2pm.

THEATER: “Five Years Later” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Last chance! Returning to Salem after two sold-out shows in the Fort’s cabaret last fall, Aja Nisenson performs the world premiere of her new one-woman show. 2pm.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “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.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Buhrmaster Barn Dance @ the Pruyn House, Colonie. Music by Stillhouse Rounders with Quena Crain. 5pm potluck dinner; 6pm dancing. $12; $10 seniors; $6 students.