5/14/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

May 14th, 2016, 8:39 am by Greg

MUSIC: Rory Block @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. Queen of the Acoustic Blues plays an all-too-rare hometown-ish concert. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Rosanne Cash @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Combining influences from country, folk, pop, blues and more, the Grammy Award-winner was an Americana artist before there even was such a term. She’s just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded 15 albums and has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, eleven of which reached No. 1. Accompanied by her husband-guitarist-producer-so-songwriter John Lenenthal. 9pm.

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MUSIC: Phil Woods Memorial Concert @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The tribute concert features a gathering of the late saxmaster’s quintet, with Brian Lynch (trumpet), Bill Mays (piano), Steve Gilmore (bass) and Bill Goodwin (drums) joined by Woods’ protégé Grace Kelly on alto saxophone. 8pm. $25, $30 & $35.

MUSIC: Judy Collins @ The Egg, Albany. Modern day Renaissance woman Judy Collins performs her unique blend of interpretive folk songs and contemporary themes to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world. 8pm. $39.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Jocelyn and Chris Arndt @ The Linda, Albany. The Fort Plain brother-sister team (and their band) crank out some mighty serious rock & roll as they celebrate the recent release of their album Edges. With the Holly & Evan Band. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Dave Maswick & Joel Brown @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. What could go wrong when the Stony Creek Band’s bassist teams up with the classical guitarist? Nothing. Nothing but good… 8pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Spring into Uke @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. A one-day intensive for ukulele players featuring Joel Eckhaus, Jim Beloff and host Ron Gordon. Workshops begin at 11am with a 7:30pm concert. $40 for the full day & day; $15 for the concert only.

THEATER: Gidion’s Knot @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Directed by John Sowle, Johnna Adams’ play is a shattering contemporary drama about bullying, freedom of expression, and the ever-present threat of violence in our schools. 7:30pm. $20; $10 age 21 and under. Through Sunday, May 22.

MUSIC: Scuzz @ the Low Beat, Albany. Record release party. With Narcoleptics, Male Patterns and Rogue Trooper. 8pm.

MUSIC: Gary “Nesta” Pine @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The former lead vocalist of the legendary reggae band, the Wailers. With the Big Takeover. 9pm. $20.

THEATER: “The Producers” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Directed by Suzanne Rayome, this Mel Brooks stage adaptation of his classic 1968 comedy film stars Eric Shovah as Max Bialystock and Brendan Brierley as Leo Bloom. 8pm. $18-$28. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: CB Smith & the Lucky Devils @ Beattie-Powers Place, Catskill. Original. Acoustic. Americana. 5pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Afro-Cuban Jazz Saxtet @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Front line saxophone quartet with Afro-Cuban percussion featuring arrangements by Onel Mulet Roman Diaz, employing some of NY’s best horn players. 7pm. $20.

FILM/TALK: “Nuts!” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Penny Lane’s award-winning documentary focuses on Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. With a Q&A with the director. 8pm. $10 suggested donation; $5 student/low-income.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra, @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Albany Pro Musica. 7:30pm. $19, $36, $48 & $60.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ the Ale House, Troy. With the North & South Dakotas. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. The all-star band re-imagines tunes by Carole King, the Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Sergio Mendes and more. 9pm.

THEATER: “Once” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Based on the charming, Oscar-winning film of the same name and featuring the music of the Swell Season (Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard), the acclaimed stage musical won eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical), as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. 2 & 8pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Big Black Delta @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Mellowdrone’s Jonathan Bates celebrates the recent release of his sophomore album Trágame Tierra, featuring Debbie Gibson, Kimbra and Dhani Harrison. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: Rusted Root @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. You remember “Send Me on My Way,” right? 8pm. $40.

MUSIC: Desafinado @ Parish Public House, Albany. EP release party for Hyper\\Garden. With Danny & Caroline, Darling Valley, Boy Go Fast and Benjamin John. 9pm.

MUSIC: U.S. Girls @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With She-Devils. 8pm.

THEATER: “A Trip to Bountiful” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Join the inspiring pilgrimage to the small town of Bountiful, Texas with Carrie Watts, the charming, aging widow who escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time. 3 & 8pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, May 15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Fuld Blues Band @ the Low Beat, Albany. Steve Fuld tribute/fundraiser. 2pm.

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

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “South Pacific” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical directed by Deborah Dorman. It’s gonna be “Some Enchanted Evening”… 8pm. $20; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, May 22.

FILM: “UHF” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Weird Al Yankovic’s feature film about the zany goings-on at a fictional public TV station. With David Bowe, Fran Drescher, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, Gedde Watanabe, Billy Barty, Anthony Geary, Emo Philips, more. 7pm. $9; $6 students.

MUSIC: Eli Catlin @ Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Roost music. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Hairband Riot @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.