12/12/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 12th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear @ The Hangar, Troy. The mother-and-son folk duo make their Greater Nippertown debut in support of their recently released debut album, Skeleton Crew. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany. The boys are back in town! And it’s always a serious rockin’-around-the-Christmas-tree time when the Figgs play their annual holiday show. With the Charlie Watts Riots. 9pm. $10.

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Fruit of the Spirit Benefit Concert@ TJ’s Flightline Pub, Glenville. Featuring music by Rhett Tyler, the Heavenly Echoes and JV & the Cutters. 8pm.

MEMORIAL: Memorial Services for Dick Quinn @ McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, Troy. The Local 518 music scene lost one of its biggest supporters last month. 2pm.

MUSIC: “The Many Moods of Christmas” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Albany Pro Musica presents a moving program anchored in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ powerful “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and Robert Shaw’s beautiful collection, “The Many Moods of Christmas,” under the baton of APM Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo. 7:30pm. $25 & $35; $15 students.

MUSIC: The Security Project @ Chrome, Waterford. A tribute to the music of Peter Gabriel led by Jerry Marotta (of Peter Gabriel’s band) and Trey Gunn (of King Crimson) with Michael Cozzi, David Jameson and Brian Cummins. With a reunion of the Penny Knight Band. 7pm. $20 in advance; $30 VIP; $45 VIP with meet-and-greet.

MUSIC: Joe Crookston @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Artist, writer, guitar picker, filmmaker, clawhammer banjo player, eco village member and believer in all things possible, Crookston returns to pull you into the rich, mesmerizing musical world he creates. With guitarist Peter Glanville. 7:30pm. $26 & $35. GO HERE for an interview with Joe Crookston…

MUSIC: “Mountain Snow & Mistletoe” @ The Egg, Albany. All good things must come to an end, and after 25 years of performing their cozy, homespun holiday show, Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball are calling it quits after this weekend’s set of shows. With long-time Mt. Snow pals John Kirk, Kevin McKrell and Brian Melick as the Mountain Snow Orchestra, and special guests Tony Markellis and Trish Miller. 7:30pm. $25. Also at 2pm Sunday. GO HERE for an interview with Chris Shaw… UPDATE: Both shows are now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Robinson & Rohe’s Lightbox Christmas @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The folk duo of Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe presents an evening of lesser known folk carols and solstice songs, as well as unusual takes on the Christmas story by modern songwriters. It’s part performance, part sing-along. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Prof. Louie & the Crowmatix @ The Linda, Albany. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Formula 5 @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $25 & $35.

THEATER; “Matilda: The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. 2 & 8pm. $20-$90. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Lord Electro @ the Parish Public House, Albany. With Ampevene and Uneven Steven. 9pm. $12.

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

MUSIC: Holidelic @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The holiday funktacular is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor and dancer Everett Bradley. 9pm.

MUSIC/FILM: “Nari” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Producer Dave Liang, filmmaker Sun Yunfan and musician Gingger Shankar’s documentary project combines animation and archival photos with live music to tell the story of Gingger’s mother and grandmother, whose collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison helped bring Indian music to the West. 8pm. $18 & $24; $8 students. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. It’s opening night for Berkshire Theatre Group’s 10th annual community production of the Charles Dickens classic co-directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly. 7pm. $37; $27 age 16 & under. Through Tuesday, December 22. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Let’s Be Leonard @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Binger and Sammich. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC: The Reverberators @ the Valatie Bar & Grill, Valatie. In conjunction with the Valatie Winter Walk. 6pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: Maurizio @ the Black Cat Ale House, Cohoes. 9pm.

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: Soyeon Kate Lee & Ran Dank @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The classical piano duo plays “Music for Four Hands.” 6pm. $25 & $45.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Peg Delaney @ Provence Restaurant at Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Playing early-style New Orleans and Chicago jazz. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: The Bluebillies @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. Country, bluegrass, folk and Americana music. 7pm. $12; $10 seniors.

MUSIC: Dead Ahead @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Protohype @ the River Street Pub, Troy. With Helicopter Showdown, Evac Protocol, more. 8pm.

THEATER: “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Directed by John Trainor, the Circle Theatre Players present Neil Simon’s comedy about Barney Cashman, a 47-year-old faithful husband who tries to keep the 1960’s sexual revolution from passing him by. 8pm. $18; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, December 20.