9/26/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

September 26th, 2015, 7:23 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Wood Park, Lake George. Day One’s line-up of the two-day fest focuses on rock and jam bands including Kung Fu, Blotto, Big Mean Sound Machine, Crucail Fiya with Natty Kasha and two wunderkind 16-year-olds – “The Voice” winner Sawyer Fredericks and Buddy Guy’s blues guitarslingin’ protege Quinn Sullivan. 12noon. $35 & $45. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: The Parlor @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The CD release party for their long-awaited sophomore album, Wahzu Wahzu. With Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: Maurizio @ The Hangar, Troy. The veteran Troy singer-songwriter plays with a full band to celebrate the release of his debut album, Before the Crowd. With Eric Margan and the Rodeo Barons. 8pm. $15, includes a copy of the new CD. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Phila Street Block Party @ Phila Street, Saratoga Springs. An afternoon of free family-friendly fun and entertainment featuring music by Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues, the Flipsydz, Lost Radio Rounders, Johnny & the Triumphs and the Rich Clements Band. 12noon-5pm. FREE.

ART: “Art for All” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. Lots of fun creative activities in conjunction with the exhibit “The Capital Region in 50 Objects,” including a chance to make your own personal Nipper t-shit. Bring your own shirt. 10am-4:30pm. FREE with museum admission.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Speed of Sound Festival @ Dutchess County Airport, Wappingers Falls. A one-day fest featuring the Avett Brothers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tune (electric), Upstate Rubdown, Buffalo Stack, Elijah Wolf, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel (with Jackie Greene and Bill Payne) and Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers. 12noon. $75 & $200. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Skinless @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. In celebration of their recently released Only the Ruthless Remain, Skinless teams up with Stigmata for a co-headlbanging bash featuring two of the very best bands ever to churn out skull-crushing Troycore grooves. With All Out War, Assault on the Living and Tyranize. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Valatie Community Theater, Valatie. More music from the fertile grounds of Troy. Without the high-wattage Troycore assault, the soulful singer-songwriter delivers an evening of music that’s just as intense. 8pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: StoryHarvest Festival @ Freedom Square, Troy. Free food, art activities and music by the wild world-beat band TriBeCaStan and the jazz of the Joe Barna Quartet. 3-6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Roy Book Binder @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The return of the veteran acoustic blues master. With Todd Albright. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: HyperPlace Troy @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Musicians Ellen K. Foster, Michael Century, Dan Joseph & Andrea Williams perform works for Hyperplace Troy that address a sense of place and utilize the acoustics of the Hall. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Tommy Emmanuel @ The Egg, Albany. Certified Guitar Player. 8pm. $39.50.

MUSIC: David Roth @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. In celebration of his new CD, So Far, So Good. 7:30pm. $26 & $30. GO HERE for more info and the complete Eighth Step schedule…

MUSIC: “Reelin’ in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The all-star group of Woodstock-based rock ‘n’ roll musicians wowed the crowd in their recent Bearsville Theater debut. Now Jules Shear, Gail Ann Dorsey, Rick and Jerry Marotta, Chris Pasin, Jesse Gress, Erik Lawrence, Scott Petito and others whip up the cynical, funky, funky jazz-noir–pop-rock of Becker and Fagan. Also featuring special unannounced guests. 9pm. $35. GO HERE for a review of their recent Bearsville concert…

THEATER: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! 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. 2pm. $20-$80.

MUSIC: Max Creek @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Half Step. 9:30pm. $15.

FESTIVAL: S.A.L.T. Recovery Music & Art in the Park @ Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim. A family-friendly day of art as well as music by Tom Wadsworth (1pm), Matt Durfee (2;30pm), No Idea (4pm) and Bowery Creek (5:30pm). Donations appreciated.

WORKSHOP: Children’s Creative Music, Dance & Stories Workshop @ ChurchLive!, Chatham. Led by blueswoman Rory Block. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: iamdynamite @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The Detroir-based indie rock duo rolls into town in support of their new album Wasa Tusa. With Hard Soul. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

READING: Writers Omi @ Art Omi Visitors Center, Ghent. Reading from this year’s Writers Omi residents, featuring an array of published writers and translators from all types of literature. Followed by a barbecue feast and reception, for which donations are appreciated. 5pm. FREE.

SCREENING/MUSIC: Theater of the Absurd Red Carpet Premiere @ the Low Beat, Albany. The premiere of episode one at 8pm. With music by Kimono Dragons at 9pm.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Featuring the non-linear, loopy, micro-performance stand-up comedy of Nick Vatterott, who won the Andy Kaufman Award in 2011. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. With Lauren Shera in support of her new album, Gold and Rust. 8pm. $45 & $65. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Bobby Long @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The British singer-songwriter-guitarist known for his powerfully evocative lyrics set to haunting melodies returns to The Linda in support of his new album, Ode to Thinking. 8pm. $17.

COMEDY: The Mop & Bucket Co. @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Greater Nippertown’s premiere improv comedy troupe returns to Averill Park to make up lots of funny stuff from audience suggestions. 8pm. $16.

THEATER: “Mr. Akita” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Starring artist-comedian-performer Cliff Hengst and written and directed by Asher Hartman, “Mr. Akita” is a one-man play in which a Borscht Belt comedian and an op-art painting go “head to façade” in a reminiscence of love, sex, art, failure and the sublime. 7:30pm. FREE. Also at 1:30pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Metrohead @ the Low Beat, Albany. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Schenectady Battle of the Bands @ Schenectady Municiple Parking Lot at Broadway & Liberty St., Schenectady. Featuring Shift the Paradigm, Where’s Alex, the Two Guys Band and the Moriah Formica Band. With a performance by the 2014 winners the Stockade Kids. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Who Are You @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. With High Voltage. A tribute band double bill. 8:30. $12.

MUSIC: Velvet Tones @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. The American Music Festival for the Lake after-party? 9pm.

COMEDY: An Evening with Paula Poundstone @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. You’ve heard the stand-up comedian as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” Now see her in person doing highly improvised stand-up. 8pm. $25, $45 & $55. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The saxman is joined by Rob Lindquist (piano), Rich Syracuse (bass) and Jeff Siegel (drums). 9pm.