4/9/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 9th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: WCDB-FM’s 38th Anniversary Bash @ the Low Beat, Albany. Speedy Ortiz holds down the headlining slot in support of their recently released album, Foil Deer. Rounding out the line-up are Nashville’s Daddy Issues, NYC’s Noods and Saratoga’s own Candy Ambulance. 7pm. $14. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/THEATER: Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The energetic and certainly eccentric performer presents a six-hour musical performance showcasing events and cultural highlights from 1836 to 1896. 4pm. GO HERE for more info…

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COMEDY: Comedy Get Down @ the Times Union Center, Albany. An all-star collection of stand-up comedians, including Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy. 8pm. $29.75, $49.75 & $65.75; $250 VIP.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Minus Zero Festival @ Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vermont. It’s Day One of the two-day winter sports and electronic music festival, featuring tunes from headliners deadmau5 and ATTLAS, Gorgon City, Pierce Fulton, Serge Devant, DUDEnGUY, more. 12noon. $85. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Caravan of Thieves @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Fronted by Fuzz & Carrie Sangiovanni, this high-spirited band brings a storm of Gypsy jazz to the stage. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

EVENT: Capital Region Guitar Show @ Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. Guitars, guitars, guitars… 10am. $7. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Keith Pray Quartet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The saxman-about-town will be joined by special guest pianist Enrique Haneine, whose new album Instants of Time has already reached No. 1 on the CMJ jazz charts. Rounding out the foursome will be bassist John Menegon and drummer Jeff Siegel. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Colette Michaan Quartet @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The flutist and her world jazz quartet draw inspiration from the music of North and West Africa, Cuba and other exotic locales. Accompanying her will be Luisito Quintero on percussion, Gabriel Chakarji on keyboards and Jorge Bringas on bass. 7pm. $20.

THEATER: “The Lion King” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is helmed by director Julie Taymor, who brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Also featuring the choreography of Garth Fagan and the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. 2 & 8pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC: Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. This definitely ain’t no ordinary jazz concert. The four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist-vocalist-composer brings her latest album Emily’s D+Evolution to the stage. It’s an audio portrait stretching Spalding beyond music and into storytelling through acting, staging and movement. 8pm. $36 & $46.

MUSIC: Crystal Bowersox @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The folk-country singer-songwriter was the first “American Idol” contestant in the program’s history to sing one of her original songs on the show. She has gone on to enjoy a successful post-Idol career, including co-writing and duetting with Jakob Dylan and snagging the title role in the upcoming Broadway production of Always, Patsy Cline. 9pm. UPDATE: Postponed to Sunday, October 16, due to illness…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Arc Iris @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. A benefit for the Woodstock Music Lab. With Pearl (featuring Pearl Aday and Anthrax’s Scott Ian) and the Paul Green Rock Academy. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Empire State Youth Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo conducts the orchestra in a program that will feature Michael Zhu, the talented young winner of our Lois Lyman Concerto Competition. Featuring The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams), Cuban Overture (Gershwin), Appalachian Spring (Copland), more. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students & seniors.

COMEDY: David Sedaris @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Blind Crow @ the Low Beat, Albany. 1pm.

MUSIC: Tophenjamin @ the Ale House, Troy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Hungry Jack @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Benjamin Franklin @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Hecuba” @ Skidmore College’s Bernhard Theatre, Saratoga Springs. It’s the American premiere of Marina Carr’s reimagining of the legend of Hecuba and the fall of Troy. Directed by guest artist Ian Belton. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC: The Bremners @ Via/Port Rotterdam, Schenectady. Mersybeat rockin’ in the shopping mall. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Cardi B @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Instagram personality. With DJ Self, DJ TGIF, DJ Show, DJ Rookie. 8pm. $30.

READING: W.B. Belcher @ Chatham Public Library, Chatham. Reading from his music-centric new novel, “Lay Down Your Weary Tune.” 3pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ying Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.

MUSIC: Peter Sykes & Robinson Pyle @ United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, Pittsfield. Organist Sykes and trumpeter Pyle play a concert of Baroque & modern works by Johann Heinrich Fasch, Kent Kennan and J.S. Bach. 6pm. $30-50; FREE students.

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

THEATER: “The Realish Housewives of Clifton Park” @ Proctors GE Theatre, Schenectady. 1:30 & 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Skull Bandit @ Geno’s On the Avenue, Schenectady. With the J3 Experience. 9pm. $5.

PARTICIPATORY FILM: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ The Linda, Albany. Featuring the Whip-it Outskirts shadowcast troupe. 9pm. $20.