4/16/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 16th, 2016, 8:27 am by Greg

It’s Record Store Day! Support your local record store and enrich your life with some new tunes…

MUSIC: The Brad Mehldau Trio @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The master jazz pianist and his band – bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard – is at home performing Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker jazz gems, American Songbook standards by Cole Porter and Harold Arlen, contemporary tunes by Paul Simon and Radiohead and equally stunning originals. 8pm. $29.50. GO HERE to read a concert review…

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MUSIC: Jason Martin @ the Low Beat, Albany. Jason Martin returns to the spotlight for the album release party celebrating The Power Animal System Methods, combining the species and gender queer trans-missional-dimensional themes with deftly crafted pop tunes, folk tales of inter-dimensional space travel, laser gun battles, personal stories of love, loss, shame, cross-species romance and more. 8pm. $10 advance tickets only; no tickets sold at the door.

MUSIC: Johnny Morse’s 51st Birthday Bash @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring Tom Harding, Moriah Formica, the Va Va Voodoos, Acoustic Trauma, the John Morse Band & Kristen Capolino, the Erotics and Code Blue. 3pm. $10.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra with Evelyn Glennie @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The last time that David Alan Miller & the ASO teamed up with the powerhouse percussionist, the result was a Grammy Award. Can lightning strike twice with Michael Daugherty’s “Dreammachine”? 7:30pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60. Also at 3pm on Sunday.

MUSIC: “Reelin’ in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An all-star group of Woodstock-based rock ‘n’ roll talent paying tribute to the legendary group that was birthed right here in the Hudson Valley at Bard College. Featuring Jerry Marotta, Jonny Rosch, Scott Petito, Peter Primamore, Jesse Gress, Matt Finck, Erik Lawrence, Chris Pasin, Leslie Ritter and Joey Eppard among others. 9pm. GO HERE to read a concert review…

MUSIC: The Ukuladies @ Art Omi, Ghent. The four members of the Ukuladies don’t simply play ukuleles. They also play fiddle, spoons, flute, trombone kazoo, pennywhistle, cymbal, toy concertina, musical saw, doorbell, harmonica, toy flute, washboard, glockenspiel, banjo, ocarina, coconuts, toy piano and tap shoes. And they’re not simply a musical act – they’re a full-scale entertainment featuring singing, dancing, acting, comedy and equine fire-breathing. 5:30pm. $10. GO HERE to read a concert review…

FESTIVAL/FILM: Madison Film Festival @ the Madison Theater, Albany. It’s opening night of the local film fest, and admission is free to see “The David Dance.” Director Aprill Winney tells the tale of David, the host of a local, gay radio show in Buffalo, who struggles with self-doubt when his single sister asks him to be the father figure for her soon-to-be-adopted Brazilian child. Past and present intertwine in this bittersweet winter’s tale of a man learning to love and accept himself. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Parquet Courts @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Soda. 9pm. $18. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out…

MUSIC: Bella’s Bartok @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. CD release party and masquerade ball for the Gypsy-punk band’s new album, Change Yer Life. With Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and DJ BFG. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Roy Zimmerman @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. Hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs poking fun at almost anything politically sacred. His lyrics have a decidedly lefty slant, but he doesn’t spare the Liberals. 7:30pm. $25 & $30.

MUSIC: Greg Klyma @ the Ale House, Troy. An old-school troubadour with contemporary savvy, the Buffalo-born prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer brings a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. With Kevin Maul on dobro. 9pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Bash @ the Bayou Cafe, Glenville. The fundraiser features a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and music by the Chris O’Leary Band with the Andrew Wheeler Electric Blues Band. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Griffin House @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. An amber smooth voice with a subtle grit, driving country rock guitar, and an unassuming stage presence are the backdrop for Griffin House’s deliciously catchy and utterly personal original songs. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

MUSIC: Amy Rigby @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. A smart, unflinchingly honest pop singer-songwriter. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Sarah McGowan @ the Parish Public House, Albany. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter-producer rolls into town in support of her debut album, For Whom They Sing, released in December. With 3rd Floor. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Heavy Pets @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With the Magic Beans. 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Between the Buried and Me @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With co-headliners August Burns Red and special guests the Faceless and Good Tiger. 6:30pm. $25.

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: Debo Band @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. The 11-piece band takes the golden era of Ethiopia’s groove-based Afro-pop as a starting point and takes off from there. 8pm. $22 & $28; $10 students.

FASHION: Electric City Couture @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm. A showcase/runway show of different signature collections by New York designers, including Claudia Crisan Calabria (Albany), Ane Amour (Manhattan), Eenvoud (Brooklyn), Khymanyo Studio (Saratoga Springs) and Gamakache Black (Brooklyn). 7:30pm. $25. Also at 3pm on Sunday.

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: Skeleton Keys @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An experiment in Deadtronica featuring Todd Stoops (RAQ, Kung Fu) and Alex Mazur (Gratefully Yours). 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “A Day in a Life: Lucky Lindy” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. In Dick D. Zigun’s sideshow romp through the life of Charles A. Lindbergh, Molly Parker Myers and Steven Patterson play over 100 roles in this wacky (and ultimately moving) examination of the pleasures and pitfalls of celebrity. Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 under age 21. Through Sunday, April 24.

PERFORMANCE: The Peking Acrobats @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control, performing daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. For 30 years they have pushed the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability, agility and grace. 3pm. $18; $12 children.

READING: William Stratton @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Duncan D. Campbell. 4pm.

MUSIC: The Good Time Charlies @ the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. The Band/Levon Helm tribute band. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “This Joyful Eastertide” @ Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville. The combined choirs of Immaculate Conception and First Presbyterian Church present a program seasonal music including the Vivaldi Gloria with string quintet, oboe and trumpet and harpsichord. 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation.

THEATER: “Commander” @ the First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Mario Correa’s play that poses the question, “Is America is ready for a gay president?” 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Saint Rose Camerata @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Featuring selections by Roter, McKenna Lee and more. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lef @ the Low Beat, Albany. 1pm.

MUSIC: Eya Ensemble @ Williams College’s Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown. Medieval music vocal ensemble Eya offer a unique program titled “Heartform.” 8pm. FREE.