9/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

September 25th, 2015, 7:54 am by Greg

MUSIC: Amir Vahab Ensemble @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. The Massry Center kicks off its fall Premiere Performance series with a Turkish cultural evening featuring Sufi music and traditional whirling dervish dancers. Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, Amir Alan Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composer-vocalists of sufi and folk music, singing in many languages with a unique mystical style. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Sarah McQuaid @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The sublime British singer-songwriter performs her new album, Walking Into White, song by song during the first half of her concert. 8pm. $20; $5 children age 12 & under.

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MUSIC: Wishbone Ash the Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady. Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is led by Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finnish guitar master Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson. 7 & 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Rocky Velvet @ the Ruck, Troy. They’re baaaack… 7pm.

MUSIC: Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald Quartet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The foursome fuses the fiery sound of the Scottish Border pipes with rich Cape Breton fiddle, ethereal Scottish harp and rhythmic acoustic guitar. 8pm. $18.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Visual art, music, shopping, people-watching and all-around fun… 5-9pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Barry Crimmins @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. Comedian, political activist and the subject of “Call Me Lucky,” the new award-winning documentary by Bobcat Goldthwaite, Barry Crimmins steps into the Local 518 spotlight in person for a night of stand-up. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Charlie Mars @ The Linda, Albany. He’s been a journeyman artist with all the ups and downs that entails, from uncertainty to redemption. Along the way, he’s had major label releases and high profile gigs – opening for the likes of R.E.M., K.T. Tunstall and Steve Earle among others. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Conehead Buddha @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Lord Electro. 9:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by singer-songwriter Andy Stack, one of the most acclaimed new bands on the Americana music scene returns to Hudson to celebrate the release of their new EP, Hammer and Nails. With Adrien Reju opening the show. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Schoemer Formation and Cold Flavor Repair. 8pm.

MUSIC: “Down with the Rent: The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York State” @ Westerlo Town Hall, Westerlo. The Old Songs production is a performance of authentic songs & stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors in the 1840s. 7pm. $15

THEATER: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The 2014 Tony Award-winner as Best Musical. The zany musical farce tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by — you guessed it — eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. 8pm. $20-$80. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Pig ‘n Whistle, Burnt Hills. 7pm.

MUSIC: Marty McDermott @ the Chicken Run Family Restaurant & Steakhouse, Windham. The Reverberators’ frontman plays solo and acoustic. 6pm.

MUSIC: Cosmic Dust Bunnies @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Turbine. 9:30pm. $10; $15 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Noise Between Stations @ the Parish Public House, Albany. With the Holy Thunderheads and Shoebox Mojo. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC/COMEDY: Saturday Night Liv @ Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Hosted by Liv Cummins, it’s a live variety show where almost anything can happen — great singers and songwriters, sketch comedy, musical theater moments — in short, variety. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students & seniors. Also 7:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Tim Farrell @ Landis Arboretum, Esperance. With In Spite of Ourselves. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Hasty Page @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 10pm.

FILM: “Detropia” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Co-directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, the 2012 feature length documentary is a visually stunning exploration of the disintegration of Detroit. Followed by a discussion with Grady. 7pm. FREE.