7/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 25th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Beacon Jazz Festival @ Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon. A day-long celebration of jazz, distilleries, artisan crafts and culture of the Hudson Valley, featuring music by Sun of Goldfinger, Karl Berger/Ingrid Sertso Quintet, George Coleman, Jr.’s Rivington Project, International Brass & Membrane Corps, Mike Dopazo & the HV All-Stars. 12noon-6pm. $45 & $65. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Bahamas @ The Linda, Albany. Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie – a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas – writing songs about sunsets, love affairs and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. Maybe you caught his stellar Farm Aid at SPAC performance a couple of years ago… With the Sea the Sea. 8pm. $15.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga, various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Fenimore Blues, Kings English, the Hot Club of Saratoga, Lost Wages and the Racing City Chorus. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Honky-tonkin’ boogie woogie from the original Lost Planet Airman. 8pm. $20; $30 VIP.

MUSIC: The Lucky Valentines @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jocelyn Arndt @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

READING: Thomas Dimopoulos @ Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the publication of his new book, “Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss.” With music by Jeff Brisbin. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Stockade Kids @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Hiss Golden Messenger @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With Mail the Horse in support of their new CD Planet Gates.

MUSIC: Sheppard @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The co-ed Australian indie popsters roll into town in support of their latest album, Bombs Away. With Lawson. 8:30pm. $16.55.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. 9pm. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Pink Talking Phish @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The three-headed tribute band pays homage to – yes, you guessed it – Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. With Strange Machines. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Broken Field Runner @ the Low Beat, Albany. Album release party for Clear a Heaven So This Earth Can Breathe. With Royal Psalms, Blind Mice, Throat Culture and Hospital Corners. 8pm.

THEATER: “Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Adirondack Theater Festival continues its 21st season with the two-person rock musical directed by Chad Rabinovitz. 7:30pm. $32-$45. Through August 1.

MUSIC: Shinobi Ninja @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ the Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: David Wilcox @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $30.

FESTIVAL: CanalFest @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. A celebration of all things Erie Canal-related, including storytelling with Alden Doolittle, music by Cosby Gibson and Mark Baptiste, games, crafts, vendors, tastings, blacksmithing, cooking demonstrations, tours of the historic Mabee house and the grand opening of the ne exhibit “unLocked: Discovering the Erie Canal in Schenectady.” And free ice cream sundaes, too. 11am-4pm.

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. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Lake George Boat House, Lake George. 5pm.

MUSIC: The Mike McMann Band @ the Black Cat Ale House, Cohoes. 9pm.

READING: Poets in the Park @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featuring Alison Koffler and Dayl Wise. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of readings…

THEATER: “Murder for Two” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Scott Schwartz directs the new musical murder mystery-comedy. 3 & 8pm. Through August 9.

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: Ed Bear @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The Wave Farm srtist-in-residence is an American performing artist and engineer whose work with robotics, sound, video, transmission and collective improvisation investigates the questionable calibration of perception. 8pm.

THEATER: “Deathtrap” @ BTG’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Last chance! Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated comedy-thriller stars Gregg Edelman, Alison Fraser, Eric Hill, Tom Pecinka and Debra Jo Rupp. 2 & 8pm. $62.

MUSIC: The Singing Anchors’ “From San José to Broadway and Bacharach” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. A salute to the pop music iconoclast Burt Bacharach trom “Do You Know the Way to San José” to the score of the Broadway musical “Promises, Promises,” through “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and more recent collaborations with Elvis Costello and Steven Sater. Sung by Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn (both from Newschannel 13) and Jerry Gretzinger (former CBS6 anchor). 2pm. $30; $27 seniors; $15 age 12 & under.

MUSIC: Phillip the Meatbox @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 9pm.

MUSIC: Al Bruno @ Powers Park, Troy. Golden oldies. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…