7/18/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 18th, 2015, 8:16 am by Greg

MUSIC: Cheick Hamala Diabate @ MASS MoCA’s Dre Waapenaar Pavilion, North Adams. The Grammy nominated Malian n’goni master melds storytelling and music as he creates joyous, danceable grooves on multiple instruments. 8pm. $18; $12 students; $24 preferred. NOTE: The performance by Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang that was originally scheduled for this date has been cancelled due to a family emergency.

MUSIC: Owl @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The hard rock power trio offers a sneak peek at their new album Things You Can’t See, due out on July 28. Featuring Albany’s Dan Dinsmore (drums), former Nippertonian Chris Wyse (bass, vocals) and Jason Achilles Mezilis (guitar). With Vinyette and Angels On the Fourth. 9pm. $10; $15 if under age 21. GO HERE for more info…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s Day Three of the fab bluegrass fest featuring Main Stage performances by Caribou Mountain Collective, Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Lonely Heartstring Band, Billy Strings & Don Julin, I Draw Slow, the HillBenders, Hot Rize, the Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Greensky Bluegrass. Music starts at 11am. $75. GO HERE for more info…

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Two performances today – the Danish Delight program at 2pm and an all-Balanchine repertoire at 8pm.

MUSIC: Bang On a Can: Kids Can Too! @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The brilliant, adventurous musicians and composers of the Bang On a Can summer residency share their talents with the kids, who have the opportunity to play along. 11:30am. $8. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rosendale Street Festival @ Main Street, Rosendale. One street; two days; six stages; 74 bands, including Deni Bonet, Pitchfork Militia, Bloom, the Last Conspirators, Gutter Cat, Fuzzy Lollipop, the New Lazy Boys and lots more. 12noon. $5 suggested donation.

FESTIVAL: Art in the Park @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Arts sponsors the day-long outdoor celebration featuring an exhibition and sale of original fine art by more than 40 artists, dances performance by Nacre Dance Company, art activities for kids, great food and live music by Erin Powers (1pm), Dan Johnson (2pm) and Michael Jerling (3pm). 10am-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: State Champs @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Get a sneak peek of the Nippertown rockers’ upcoming album, Around the World and Back, due out on October 16. With Hit the Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen and Northbound. 7pm. $17.

MUSIC: Delicate Steve @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Chris Maxwell. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Roy Hurd @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed singer-songwriter of the Adirondacks is joined by fab fiddler Frank Orsini. 8pm. $18.

THEATER: “The unCivil War” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Last chance! 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.

MUSIC: The Villalobos Brothers @ PS21, Chatham. The contemporary Mexican music ensemble blends the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. 8pm. $25; $15 students.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Philly Bar & Grill, Latham. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Getdown @ Powers Park, Troy. Jazz-meets-funk. 6pm. FREE.GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Tony’s Polka Band @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. It’s polka time! Led by accordionist-vocalist Tony Banewicz. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Murder for Two” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Scott Schwartz directs the new musical murder mystery-comedy. 3 & 8pm.

MUSIC: The Heydaze @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The rock-infused, modern-pop band – featuring Jesse Fink (vocals, guitar), Andrew Spelman (guitar), Alexander Glantz (bass) and Tyler Matte (drums) – serve up guitar-centric music in support of their new, self-titled EP. 8pm. $14.

MUSIC: The Session Brothers @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ the Fuze Box, Albany. It’s time for Xmas in July: A Punk Metal Paradox. With Blase Debris and Heavy Necker. 8pm.

MUSIC: Lindsey Webster @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The singer and her band – featuring guitarist Tony DePaolo, keyboardist Keith Slattery, saxman Ken Gioffre, bassist Charlie Knicely and drummer Dan Hickey – celebrate the release of her new album, You Change. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

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

BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Speakeasy Revue @ the Low Beat, Albany. Roxxi leads her assemblage of bohemians, bootleggers, flappers and swells as they entertain. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Analog Heart @ Parish Public House, Albany. Led by guitarist-vocalist Liz Bills. With Accents, Myron James, Ian Mellencamp and Desafinado. 9pm. $10.

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. 2 & 8pm. $62. Through July 25.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bobby T’s Sports Grill, Albany. 8pm.

OPERA: “La Cenerentola” @ SPAC’s Spa LIttle Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga presents Rossini’s magical opera starring mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy. 2pm.

READING: Paul Pines & Karen Schoemer @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. The Poets in the Park series of readings continues with a pair of music-oriented poets. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of readings…

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.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Beyond Iconic” @ The Linda, Albany. A documentary about the late legendary photographer (and longtime Woodstock resident) Dennis Stock, who captured the Hollywood Golden Era, jazz greats, the hippie generation and stunning images of landscapes and nature. With a musical score by John Menegon and Teri Roiger. Followed by a discussion with director Hannah Sawka. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Triskele @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Acoustic Celtic music. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

ARTIST TALK: Pamela Fraser @ Art Omi, Ghent. The artist has used The Fields at Omi as her canvas in her piece for “The Crayon Miscellany,” Omi’s summer show. Best known for her playful, brightly colored abstract paintings, Fraser created over 200 vibrant glazed ceramic arrangements letting the landscape and existing sculptures be her guide. 4pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. A Pushing the Limits production. 7pm. $12. Also at 2 & 8pm on Saturday, July 25.

MUSIC: Johnny Drama @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 9pm.