8/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

August 28th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Figgs @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The boys are back in town back a rockin’ Travers Eve bash… in support of their new album, Other Planes of Here. 9pm. $10

MUSIC: Roomful of Teeth @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Exploring new vocal territory and sharing music from their 2015 release, Render, the ground-breaking, Grammmy-winning vocal ensemble returns home to MASS MoCA to celebrate the works of composer-in-residence Ted Hearne and harnessing all sorts of colors, gestures and timbres” as they explore the vast possibilities of the human voice. 8pm. $22 & $26. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With Zak Trojano. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Frog Holler @ The Hangar, Troy. Neo-hillbillies with a twist. 9pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. Day One of the three-day fest features John & Casey Bloom, the Marks Brothers, Hot Acoustics, Depth Quartet, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, City Hotel. Music starts at 3pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $25. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Rustic Overtones @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. With Mirk. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Amy Ryan Band @ Route 66 Pub $ Eatery, Troy. The winners of the recent Capital Region Blues Network’s Band Showdown serve up a night of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. 9pm. $5. GO HERE for more info…

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

MUSIC: Chris Brown @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The only singer to be in jail and have a No. 1 hit record at the same time, according to Us Magazine. With Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap and Teyana Taylor. 7pm.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Soulworking Man has been entertaining with his unique blend of soul and blues for more than 20 years. For the past decade Allen has played an important role as lead singer and guitarist for blues legend James Cotton. A New York State Blues Hall of Fame Master Musician Inductee, Allen plays a mix of ’60s soul-blues classics by the likes of B.B. King and Otis Redding, as well as original tunes. 9pm.

MUSIC: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The blues-rock guitarist extraordinaire and his band rock the house. With the Stone Coyotes. 8pm. $25, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: The Piano Guys @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The classical-pop crossover quartet from Utah continues to ride high on their more than 50 YouTube videos… 7pm. $20-$135.

MUSIC: 420 Funk Mob Super Meltdown Tripfest @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s gettin’ mighty funky in here… With special guests Jen Durkin and Burnell Pines. 9pm. $20.

COMEDY: Ryan Hamilton @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. It’s the launch of a new Nippertown comedy club… 7:30pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Nixon’s Spirit @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Blackcat Elliot and Ten Ton Limit. 8pm.

MUSIC: Berkshire Songwriters Night @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Featuring Annie Guthrie, the Beeline Ramblers and Bobby Sweet. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor @ Athos Restaurant, Albany. The jazz singer is joined by keyboardist Cliff Brucker. 7pm.

DANCE: Parsons Dance @ PS21, Chatham. The modern dance masters return for their tenth consecutive season in Chatham. 8pm. $40; $20 students. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Mark Emanatian & Soul Sky @ Landis Arboretum, Esperance. With Mike Harmon. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Rick Surrano & the 1-4-5 Blues Band @ River Front Park, Athens. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: The performance by Scotty Mac & the Gold Tops that was originally scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra @ Canal Square, Cohoes. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete Canal Square concert schedule…

FILM: “This Is Spinal Tap” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Rob Reiner’s directorial debut has developed into a cult phenomenon. The film that invented the “rockumentary” has outlasted most of the bands it mocked. Following the ill-fated American comeback tour of an aging heavy-metal group, this film has joined the ranks of the greatest comedies ever made. “The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board – eleven, eleven, eleven…” 8pm. $7.

FILM: “Caravaggio” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Probably the closest Derek Jarman ever came to making a mainstream film, this film reveals the 17th-century painter’s complex life – his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and flirtations with the underworld. It is also a uniquely complex and lucid treatment of Jarman’s major concerns: violence, history, homosexuality and the relationship between film and painting. 8pm. $8; $6 student.