2/5/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

February 5th, 2016, 8:02 am by Greg

MUSIC: Mark & Maggie O’Connor @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Mark O’Connor is no stranger to Greater Nippertown, having played jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical music at various venues around town. This time around the multi-instrumental virtuoso is joined by his wife, an acclaimed violinist in her own right for an evening of soaring American Classic music. 8pm. $29 & $24.

MUSIC: Mardi Gras Festival @ Proctors’s GE Theatre, Schenectady. It’s Mardi Gras weekend, so let the good times roll! The party starts at 6pm with authentic Cajun cuisine, Hurricanes & cocktails, Beads, traveling music, a drag queen parade… Then at 8pm two powerhouse bands straight out of Louisiana – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole – will keep the dance floor hoppin’. $40 (includes a $5 coupon for any food or drink).

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MUSIC: Soul Brass Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s another Mardi Gras celebration! The party kicks off at 4pm at the Woodstock Village Green where the New Orleans brass band leads a parade and second line (come join in) down Tinker Street. Then at the theater, grab some free jambalaya and gumbo from 7-9pm before the band takes the stage at 9pm. $15 includes jambalaya & gumbo.

MUSIC: Doug Irving @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. CD release party. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Ariana Gillis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Canadian singer-songwriter. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Red Haired Strangers @ the Palmer House Cafe, Rensselaerville. Showcasing their brand new album, Doc Roots Elixir Guaranteed to Satisfy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ the Madison Theater, Albany. In NYC, Andy Stack spent 13 years gigging every venue he could. He later moved to Hudson, NY, and things really began to happen. In 2014 the stars aligned for the formation of a new band, Buffalo Stack, poised to capture the hearts of anyone who loves old-school rock & roll, blues & Americana music.” 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Record Company @ the Low Beat, Albany. The LA-based blues-rockers offer a sneak preview of their debut album, Give It Back to You, slated for release on the Concord label on February 12. With the Further Unsound. 8pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Normal Instruments @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. They’re back for their fifth annual winter tour – guitarist Mike Carter (from the Indobox), drummer Jules Jenssen (from Ross Jenssen and the Indobox), bassist Matt Beckett (from Cosmic Dust Bunnies) and keyboardist Jeff Bujak. With Lord Electro. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC/FILM: “Modern Times: Live Jazz and Moving Images” @ Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson. An all-star jazz quartet – pianist Tony Kieraldo, drummer Otto Hauser, bassist Terrence Murren and flutist Stuart Quimby – pays tribute to filmmaker-composer Charlie Chaplin. Accompanied by a screening of Chaplin’s “Modern Times,” in celebration of its 80th anniversary. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Flood Road @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Sea the Sea @ the Tavern at the Williams Inn, Williamstown. Previewing their upcoming CD In the Altogether. With Popotam. 7:30pm. $12.

THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 8pm. Through Sunday, February 14. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Hey Jude… The Tribute @ Normanside Country Club, Delmar. A buffet dinner (6:30pm) and concert (7:30pm). $50 (also includes one drink). GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller directed by Rachael Sheffer. 8pm. $22, $24 & $28. Through February 7.

MUSIC: Morris Code @ the Parish Public House, Albany. With Hasty Page. 10pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ Elks Lodge, Albany. Swing dance lesson with Jason Fenton at 7pm. Dance featuring the El Dorados starts at 8pm. $15; $10 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. $12.

THEATER: “Slow Dance on the Killing Ground” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. What will happen when an anxious young black man, an old German immigrant and a pregnant white teenager are thrown together on a strange, dark, fateful night in Brooklyn? Find out at Soul Rebel Performance Troupe’s production of the drama by William Hanley. Directed by John-Remy Monnay. 8pm. $18. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Junk Rocket @ Stoney’s Irish Grill, Schnectady. Acoustic rock/blues/soul trio. With opener Steve Kissinger. 7:30pm. FREE.

ART RECEPTION: Kate Teale @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. The opening reception for the new exhibit “The Housed” includes a walk-through with the artist at 5:15pm. Reception 6-8pm.

MUSIC: Upstate Rubdown @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Cobblestone. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Acoustic Inc. @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Beatin’ the Odds @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Blackouts @ the Dutch Haven Golf Course, Buskirk. 9pm. FREE.