11/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

November 7th, 2015, 7:33 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dave Rawlings Machine @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Featuring the brilliant musicianship of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch – and quite ably abetted by bassist Paul Kowert (of the Punch Brothers), guitarist-vocalist Willie Watson (formerly of the Old Crow Medicine Show) and fab fiddler Brittany Haas (formerly of Crooked Still) – the band heads into The Egg in support of their new album Nashville Obsolete. 8pm. $35. GO HERE to read an interview with Rawlings…

MUSIC: The Tani Tabbal Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Hudson Valley jazz percussion icon is joined by Troy native Michael Bisio on bass and Greater Nippertown saman-about town Adam Seigel for an adventurous evening of modern jazz in support of their recently released album, Mixed Motion. 7pm. $10. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

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MUSIC: The Bob Warren Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The prolific Greenwich singer-songwriter brings his band to the Caffe for two shows to celebrate the release of his new album, All the Days of the World. 4:30 & 8pm. GO HERE to read a review of the new album…

MUSIC: Blue Machine @ the River Street Pub, Troy. Last chance! Yes, we’re sad to report that this show bids a fond farewell to the band. Stop by and wish bon voyage to lead singer Tommy Love before he leaves town to relocate to sunnier climes. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Keith Pray Quartet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The versatile and busy Local 518 saxophonist Keith Pray leads the Big Soul Ensemble in their first-Tuesday-of-the-month residency, but tonight he pares it back, joining forces with pianist Pete Tomlinson, bassist Lou Pappas and very special guest saxman Jerry Weldon. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Mulebone @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. The high-wire roots-blues duo of guitarist Hugh Pool and multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa return to the Step in support of their latest album, Keep On Movin’. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

COMEDY: Beth Stelling @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. This rising stand-up star’s “razor-sharp wit combined with her girl-next-door aesthetic make for a powerfully funny combination” (Nerdist). Stelling’s track record — appearances on “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “@midnight” and “Chelsea Lately”; opening sets for Sarah Silverman and Kristen Schaal; and a Comedy Central special in the works — doesn’t lie: she’s the real deal. 8pm. $20 & $26; $10 students.

TALK/THEATER: “A Celebration of Women in the Arts” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. Tina Howe, 2015 recipient of the Master American Dramatist Award of the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation, will be the featured speaker for the evening, which will also include a choral performance by students, and a staged reading of Howe’s 2000 short comedy, “Water Music.” 7pm.

MUSIC: Jr Jr @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Detroit indie-popsters formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr race into downtown Albany in support of their new self-titled album. With Brooklyn-based Brothertiger (aka, John Jagos) in support of his new album Out of Touch. 8pm.

THEATER: “Ragtime” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The two-time Tony Award-winning musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed book lands in the Electric City for a short, two-day run. 3 & 8pm. $20-$55. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Joey Pucci & the American Longboards @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The oldies band plays a benefit concert for Greyhounds as Companions. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Charlie Hunter Trio @ the Parish Public House, Albany. The ever-restless jazz-jam guitar explorer leads trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer extraordinaire Bobby Previte in support of their new album, Let the Bells Ring On. 9pm. $20.

THEATER: “BOND: The story of a soldier and his dog” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. East coast premiere. The one-man/one-dog show show written and performed by Logan Black tells the story of his experiences as a Specialized Search Dog Handler, training and later working alongside his bomb-sniffing K-9 partner Diego in Iraq. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students, seniors & veterans. Through November 15. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Punk Tribute Night @ the Low Beat, Albany. Corduroy Shotgun plays the Misfits; Nine Votes Short plays NOFX; Boyish Good Looks plays the Offspring; Shrapnel Warning plays Alkaline Trio. 7:30pm. $5.

TALK: Neil Gaiman & Armistead Maupin @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. Bard arts professor and acclaimed author Neil Gaiman chats onstage with activist and best-selling writer Armistead Maupin, as they discuss their heroes Charles Dickens and Christopher Isherwood, the craft of storytelling, and whatever else strikes their fancy. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Trio Los Pajaros @ the Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The mariachi band returns to the intimate stage, playing traditional Mexican instruments, including the guitaron and requinto. 8pm. $10; $5 children age 12 & under.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Guest soloist Benjamin Beilman (violin) joins the ASO for a program that features Steven Stucky’s Radical Light, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. 7:30pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

MUSIC: 420 Funk Mob @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s the Super Meltdown Tripfest. With Drugs. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Holy Laughter” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. WAM Theatre’s production of Catherine Trieschmann’s play follows an Episcopal priest who finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. 2 & 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday, November 22.

MUSIC: Natalie MacMaster @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The married fiddling tandem of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (and their children) are featured in the aptly concert titled, “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration.” 8pm. $35, $55 & $65.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Talking Heads tribute band. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Fat Vegan @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Splat, Eternal Crimes and Bare Mattress. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Tommy Trash @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Head banging and fist in the air, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical dance music icon. Armed with an arsenal of his own carefully created anthems, he has rejected the clean-shaven no-nonsense image of many a peer. 8pm. $25. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Whiskey Highway @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

PERFORMANCE: Marvel Universe Live @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Superhero cartoons come to life in the arena. 3 & 7pm. Through Sunday.

CABARET: Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsey @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Cappella Pratensis @ Williams College’s Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown. 8pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Old Songs Community Dance @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. With caller Fern Bradley and music by Fennig’s All-Stars. 7pm. $8.