6/16/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

June 16th, 2016, 6:58 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Joy Formidable @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. For Week Two of the Alive at Five concert series, the Welsh rockers return to town in support of their third album, Hitch. With Local 518 rockers Good Fiction. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Esperanza Spalding @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The four-time Grammy Award winning jazz bassist-vocalist-composer has performed at the Oscars, the Nobel Prize Ceremony, the White House, and with Prince and Herbie Hancock. This performance is a fundraiser for the Orchard Project. 8pm. $55 (standing); $80 (seating); $130 (VIP). GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: The Lonely Heartstring Band @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Boston-based bluegrass quintet celebrates the release of their new Rounder Records album Deep Waters. With Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Dryer @ the Low Beat, Albany. Saratoga rock. With Angels on the Fourth and the Spirit of Violence. 8pm.

MUSIC: Lewis Del Mar @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The experimental folk-pop duo of singer/guitarist Danny Miller and drummer/producer Max Harwood. With Coupons. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. It’s the NY premiere of the new play written and performed by Roxanne Fay, commissioned by Florida’s Salvador Dali Museum, where it premiere last month. 7:30pm. $20; $10 age 21 and under. Through Sunday, June 19.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Canal Square, Cohoes. The Rock the Block concert series continues with the horn-fueled party-rock favorites. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FILM: “Iggy Pop: Live in Basel 2015” @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One night only. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jazz 4 U @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The lunchtime Jazz on Jay concert series continues with GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. Bluegrass and more… 6:15pm.

MUSIC: The Wheel @ Twisted Vine Wine & Tap, Delmar. Goin’ acoustic… 8pm.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Dock Brown’s, Saratoga Lake. Acoustic blues. 6pm.

OPEN MIC/POETRY: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the open mic with featured poet Karen Fabiane. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm readings. $3.

MUSIC: JNB @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Alt-rockers. With Everfate. 9pm.

OPEN MIC: Caffe Lena Open Mic Night @ Creative Sparks, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm showtime. $3.

FILM: “Minimalism” @ The Linda, Albany. How might your life be better with less? Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives — clearing the clutter from life’s path so we can make room for the most important things. 7pm. $8.