7/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

July 17th, 2015, 7:56 am by Greg

MUSIC: David Amram & the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. In a joint production with Caffè Lena, the legendary composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist teams up with the young, colorful and seriously talented 12-piece band for a one-time-only collaboration on swing and jazz from the 1920s to ‘40s, as well as Amram’s own improvisational pieces. 7:30pm. $30.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. Day Two of the fab bluegrass fest features Twisted Pine, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Joe Craven, Front Country, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Chatham County Line, Michael Daves & Friends, Balsam Range, Della Mae, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and a Grey Fox Super Jam with Darol Anger & Friends. Music starts at 11am. $75. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Neil Young & Promise of the Real @ Bethel Woods, Bethel. Young teams up with Willie Nelson’s son Lukas (a powerhouse in his own right, as anyone will attest who saw him at Farm Aid in SPAC) and his band. With Puss N Boots (featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper). 7:30pm. $52-$204.50.

MUSIC: Moon Worship @ Albany Public Library Parking Lot, Albany. The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series kicks off in the parking lot behind the Washington Avenue library. With Yoma and lastdayshining. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mary Fahl @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The former frontwoman for the October Project returns to the Spa City’s venerable coffeehouse. With Jesse Terry. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: The Gene Bertoncini/Paul Meyers Quartet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Two veteran jazz guitarists team up with bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Michael Benedict. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel-Tones @ Athens River Front Park, Athens. Firing up the blues. Featuring guest harmonica great Steve Guyger and special guests. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Royal Blood @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. A mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm, the band draws influences from Queens of the Stone Age to Led Zeppelin to early blues pioneers. With Northern Faces. 8pm. $23.

OPERA: “The Long Walk” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga presents the world premiere of a new opera by composer Jeremy Howard Beck, a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq. 2pm.

MUSIC: The Flurries @ the Low Beat, Albany. Jerry Kitzrow leads his rock trio for a happy hour happening. 6pm. $5.

MUSIC: Decoda: Skidmore Chamber Music Institute @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat on the Roof concert series continues the NYC-based chamber ensemble. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ Casey Finn’s, Albany. 7pm.

DANCE/DISCUSSION: “Secrets & Seawalls” @ Art Omi, Ghent. A collaboration between choreographer Melissa Riker and architect Lee Skolnick, inspired by storms and disruption. Followed by a panel discussion led by Jeremy Williams and Erin Reck on the nature of the collaboration. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Last Gold Tooth @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Zachary Cale, Wes Buckley and Alexander Turnquist. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Arch Stanton Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Dan Johnson @ the Palmer House Cafe Courtyard, Rensselaerville. The Rensselaerville Library sponsors a concert by the former Nippertown singer-songwriter, now based in Vermont. Cocktails with the artist at 6pm; music at 7pm. $10.

THEATER: “The unCivil War” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Yes, it’s a bluegrass musical comedy at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. 150 years after the final gunshot, the Civil War’s six lone survivors grab their banjos, washboards and what’s left of their sanity to retell the story of the infamous conflict. Starring J. Robert Spencer (Tony Award and original cast member of “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal”) as Abraham Lincoln. 7:30pm. $32-$45. Through July 18.

MUSIC: Jeffrey Gaines @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The singer-songwriter – who Rolling Stone called “the voice of a new generation” – plays a solo acoustic show. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Romeo & Juliet” @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s timeless and tragic tale of star-crossed lovers stars 17-year-old Joey LaBrasca and 18-year-old Fiona Barnett-Mulligan. 8pm. FREE. Through August 2.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bentley’s Tavern, Malta. 9pm.

THEATER: “Murder for Two” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Scott Schwartz directs the new musical murder mystery-comedy. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ Grappa 72, Albany. 6:30pm.

THEATER: “Deathtrap” @ BTG’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated comedy-thriller stars Gregg Edelman, Alison Fraser, Eric Hill, Tom Pecinka and Debra Jo Rupp. 8pm. $62. Through July 25.

MUSIC: High Peaks Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Yamn. 9:30pm. $7.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Performing La Sylphide (Løvenskjold/Martins after Bournonville) and Bournonville Divertissements (Paulli, Lumbye, & Helsted/Bournonville staged by Williams). 8pm.

MUSIC: Georgie Wonders Orchestra @ Canal Square, Cohoes. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of concerts…

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. 7pm. $20; $10 students and seniors. Through July 19.

MUSIC: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix @ Grace Park, Hudson Falls. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Little Red Riding Hood, A Feminist Ecological Musical” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. A delightfully original take on the classic fairy tale. 8pm. $30; $27 seniors; $10 ages 12 & under. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Workingman’s Dead @ the Low Beat, Albany.

MUSIC: Harold Ford @ NBT Bank Lawn, Canajoharie. The Main On Main Street concert series offers a rare Friday night show with the Johnny Cash tribute show. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Big Eyed Phish @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Dave Matthews tribute band. doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: 18 Strings of Trouble @ the Holiday Inn Express, Latham. 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: South Bound @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Beatin’ the Odds @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. Southern rock cover band. 10pm.