12/31/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday (New Year’s Eve)

December 31st, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: moe. @ Palace Theatre, Albany. The jam band faves are back for their annual end o’ the year stand. 8pm. $50. Also at 7:30pm on Friday.

MUSIC: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The New Orleans piano master and new Grammy nominee brings his rompin’ band to town for a New Orleans-style New Year’s Eve bash. A special Big Easy menu will be available prepared by bayou-born-and-bred Helsinki executive chef Hugh Horner. 9pm. $45, $55 & $75.

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MUSIC/MORE: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. NRBQ, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, MaryLeigh Roohan, Michael Jerling, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Sirsy, Better by Morning, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Jack Grace, Hot Club of Saratoga, JV & the Cutters, North & South Dakotas, more. 6pm. $15.

COMEDY: First Night of Funny: Uncensored @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Featuring Jaye McBride, Ray Harrington, Patty Rosborough and Probing Digit. 9pm. $40.

MUSIC: Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. $50 & $75.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Lucid. 9:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: New Year’s Eve Bash @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Featuring Grass Roots Rebels, the Kindness, Jasper, Nobody for President, Victory Soul Orchestra and Desafinado. Two venues, six bands, one $7 cover charge. 8pm.

COMEDY: The First Night of Funny @ Proctors, Schenectady. Four professional stand-up comedians with unique perspectives on the world. 8pm. $25-$40.

MUSIC: Rustic Overtones @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Mirk. 9:30pm. $15.

BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920s Burlesque Revue @ North Albany Studios, Albany. The gang of flappers, swells, gangsters and bootleggers offer a fun-filled, bathtub gin-infused, speakeasy-styled celebration. Hot and cold buffet, midnight champagne toast and two hours of Roaring ’20s-styled burlesque. 8pm. $40; $75 per couple.

MUSIC: The Simi Stone Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Come ring in the New Year with the delightful Simi Stone and her band. With the soulful Eric Redd. Includes a Prosecco toast at midnight. 9pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Pine Baron @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Rodeo Barons James Gascoyne and Sam Zucchini team up with George Muscatello, Eric Margan and other special guests. 9pm.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Hats, noisemakers and moonshine punch toast at midnight. With DJ Mikey C spinning 2015’s top country hits. 9pm. $40.

COMEDY: Chris Rich @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Hudson River Music Hall Rockin’ New Year’s Eve @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Featuring Elizabeth Woodbury, Catherine Reid’s Resolutions, the Jonathan Newell Quartet, Led Zepplin tribute band Out on the Tiles and a preview of Rene Roberge’s Caravan Theatre’s latest musical theater project. 6pm. $35.

MUSIC: George Boone Blues Band @ Circus Cafe, Saratoga Springs. 10pm.

MUSIC: The Alchemystics @ Pearl Street, Northampton. With Fear Nuttin Band and lespecial. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Midtown Tap & Tea Room, Albany. With guest vocalist Ruth Sadinsky. 6pm. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled…

MAGIC: Alan Edstrom @ Circus Cafe, Saratoga Springs. 5pm.

MUSIC: Enter the Haggis @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Dicey Riley opens the first show. 7 & 10pm. $30.

MUSIC: Johnny & the Triumphs @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 10pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Mike Gaffney @ the Comedy Works, Albany. Show, four hours of open bar, dinner, champagne toast, hotel room for two, more. 8pm. $399 per couple.

MUSIC: Jordan Weller & the Feathers @ the Gypsy Joynt, Great Barrington. 10pm.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Grizzly’s at Stratton Mountain, Stratton. With Let’s Be Leonard and West End Blend. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ubuntu @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ Broadalbin Hotel, Broadabin. Beatles tribute band. With hors d’oeuvres, party favors, champagne toast. 9pm. $75 dinner & show; $50 show only.

MUSIC: 1964 @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Beatles tribute band. 8pm. $25, $35 & $50/

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & Azzaam Hameed @ the Crown Grill, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Mark Viera @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Big Takeover @ the Falcon, Marlboro. With special guest Lucky Peterson. 8pm.

MUSIC: Franklin Micare @ Blu Stone Bistro, Loudonville. With five course dinner and psychic readings. 5pm. $85; $115 with wine pairing.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. Complimentary pulled pork sliders and champagne toast at midnight. With Tophenjamin. 8pm.

MUSIC: Rattlesnake @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. 10pm.

COMEDY: New Year’s Eve Comedy @ the Pearl Street Pub, Albany. Frank Vignola headlines. With Angela Cobb, Tony Rogers and Michael Raive. 6pm. $55 for dinner & show; $20 for show only.

MUSIC: New Years Groovin’ Eve @ the Albany Marriott, Albany. A tribute to the music of the ’60s & ’70s. 8pm dinner buffet; 9:30pm show.

MUSIC: Berkshire Bach Ensemble @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Under the direction of harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, the ensemble brings together Eugene Drucker, Benjamin Luxon and an array of steller guest soloists for a celebratory evening of Vivaldi, Corelli and, of course, Bach. 6pm. $40, $65 & $85.