12/5/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 5th, 2015, 7:11 am by Greg

MUSIC: San Fermin @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. San Fermin is an orchestral rock band led by Brooklyn composer songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His enchanting songs are rendered by a veritable fleet of horns, strings and singers, in what NPR calls a “feast of gorgeous chamber-pop.” Folk revivalist and MASS MoCA fave Sam Amidon opens. 8pm. $18 & $24; $12 students. GO HERE to read a recent concert review…

MUSIC: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With smart songwriting, bluegrass fire and classical chops, the band – led by guitarist-songwriter C.B. Smith and featuring fiddle phenom Megan Gugliotta, Berklee-trained bassist Bill Strohm and mandolin maven Brendan Donovan – whips through a catalog of adventurous acoustic Americana music, highlighting their latest album, Bluebird. 8pm. $18.

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MUSIC: Wanda Jackson @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Rockabilly Queen. With the Lustre Kings. 8pm. $25. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to injury…

MUSIC: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ The Egg, Albany. Led by the wailing soul sister, the band churns out a visceral R&B sound, delivering an explosive live performance in support of their latest albums, Give the People What They Want and It’s a Holiday Soul Party. With Saun & Starr. 7:30pm. $34.50, $39.50 & $49.50. GO HERE for an interview with Sharon Jones…

MUSIC: Girls, Guns & Glory @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Hawbuckees and Henry’s Rifle. 8pm.

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. It’s her Winter Acoustic Tour. 8pm. $50-$100.

MUSIC: Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Holiday Toys for Noise Show. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The roots-rock singer-songwriter is perhaps best known for his work as guitarist for Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy and Phil Lesh & Friends. Tonight, he wraps up a two-night stand in support of his first solo album in five years, Back to Birth, produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. 9pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Mike Campese @ the Madison Theater, Albany. If you’re in the mood for a heavy-shreddin’ Christmas, this is where you want to be tonight. A former member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the guitar hero serves up a not-so-Silent Night, performing songs from his 2008 CD, The Meaning of Christmas. 8:30pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The modern holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle – now with music and songs. 3 & 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Williams Jazz Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Special guest trumpet titan Ray Vega joins the “be-bop big band” and director Kris Allen, performing compositions and arrangements by Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, Jimmy Heath, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk and more. 8pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: Winter Walk @ various locations, Hudson. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan Band @ Chicken Run, Windham. 6:30pm.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Northeast Ballet’s production of the holiday classic under the direction of Darlene Myers. 7pm. $20-$65. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Maucha Adnet & the Brazilian Trio @ the Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. The vocalist (who sang with the great Antonio Carlos Jobim) is joined by Hélio Alves (piano), Nilson Matta (bass) and Duduka Da Fonseca (drums). 7:30pm. $30 ; $20 students & seniors.

COMEDY: Sorry Not Sorry @ the Low Beat, Albany. Improv and sketch comedy troupe. With Dollars to Donuts. 2pm.

THEATER: “Scrooge & Son” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The second annual Kaaterskill Actors Theater’s production takes on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, re-set in the Catskills after the Civil War. 7pm. $10; $5 children. Also at 2pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Bentley’s Tavern, Malta. 9pm.

DANCE: “The Nutcracker” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its 41st anniversary tour of the holiday classic. 2:30 & 6:30pm. Also at 1:30 & 4:30pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: True Grit Outlaws @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Aqueous. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Way Down @ Parish Public House, Albany. With ShwizZ. 9pm.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. The Big Fez Xmas Show. 7pm. $8.

MUSIC: Given to Fly @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Bob Donahue leads the Pearl Jam tribute band. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Macbeth” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. The Shakespeare classic directed by Holly L. Derr. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, December 6.

MUSIC: Capowski @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Baroque Trio @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. Featuring baroque cellist Şölen Dikener, harpsichordist Yeşim Dikener and violinist Hilary Cumming. 7:30pm. $8; $4 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Christmas With Elvis @ the Elks Lodge, Troy. Featuring Elvis tribute artist Donny Romines. 8pm. $15; $20 per couple.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Old Songs Community Dance @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Featuring caller Kathryn Wedderburn with music by the Gordon Schmidt Project. 7pm. $8; FREE children 12 & under.

FILM: “Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury” @ The Linda, Albany. At the age of 45, Laury Sacks, an ebullient actress and the doting mother, had a reputation as the quickest wit in the room. At the age of 46, she began forgetting words. Soon she could barely speak. This documentary captures one year in her fight with frontotemporal dementia. With filmmakers Pamela Hogan and Connie Shulman.