6/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

June 30th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Tom Russell @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. One of the great under-rated singer-songwriters, Tom Russell has been called the “greatest living folk-country songwriter” by Rolling Stone and the “best songwriter of the generation following Bob Dylan” by the Montreal Gazette. And he’s rolling into town in support of his best album yet – the double-CD cowboy opera, The Rose of Roscrea: A Ballad of the West, which Folk Roots has hailed as “a work of rare ambition and rare brilliance.” 7:30pm. $30 & $40.

MUSIC: Funk Night @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. Alive at Five fires up some dancin’ in the streets as horn-powered jazz-funkateers the Chronicles pay tribute to Earth Wind & Fire. With Thump Gospel paying tribute to Michael Jackson. 5pm. FREE.

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DANCE: Twyla Tharpe Dance @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. One of the great choreographers of our time presents “Country Dances,” “Brahms Paganini” and the world premiere of “Beethoven Op. 130.” 8pm.

MUSIC: Fear of Strangers @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. One of Albany’s all-time great bands – featuring Val Haynes, Todd Nelson, Al Kash and Steve Cohen – reunites for one night only. 9pm. $15. UPDATE: This show has been postponed due to injury. New date TBA… GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Adam Siegel Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The lunchtime Jazz on Jay concert series continues with the super saxman and his band – George Muscatello on guitar, Matt Niedbalski on drums and Rich Syracuse on bass. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more inf and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Rad Scientist @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Calliope Musicals and Miles. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” @ the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Tennessee Williams’ classic directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn. 7pm. $62. Through Saturday, July 16.

THEATER: “The Rose Tattoo” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. It’s opening night! Obie Award-winner Trip Cullman directs Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in this new production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating comedy. 8pm. $40-$68.

CABARET: Orchard Project Cabaret @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring poet/spoken word artist Amy Leon, “The Sizzling Sultan of Swing” Julian Fleisher and more. 8pm. $25; $15 students.

MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Septet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Scott Wendholt (trumpet), Jimmy Greene (tenor saxophone), Michael Dease (trombone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Vic Juris (guitar), Doug Weiss (bass) and John Riley (drums). 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. Art exhibit openings, music, people-watching and more. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Old Trellis @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Local 518 on the outdoors on the patio for the Alive at Fiver after-party. 7:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “American Son” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield. Christopher Demos-Brown’s explosive new drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Over the course of one evening, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving their son, the police and an abandoned car. 8pm. Through Saturday, July 9. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ Bethlehem Middle School, Delmar. Beatles tribute band. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Imunuri @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s the Phish weekend kick-off party… 11pm. FREE.

MUSIC: True Grit Outlaws @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Contemporary country band. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Cost of Living” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage, Williamstown. It’s opening night! Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney directs the world premiere of Martyna Majok’s play about four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Featuring Wendell Pierce, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan and Rebecca Naomi Jones. 8pm. $58. Through Sunday, July 10.

MUSIC: Jazz Vibes @ Twisted Vine, Delmar. Featuring Michael Benedict-vibes; Dave Gleason-piano; and Mike Lawrence-bass. 8pm.

MUSIC: String Theory @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Big Sky Country @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Kimberly Akimbo” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. Starring Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show”) and set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, David Lindsay-Adaire’s hilarious and heartrending play focuses on a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than normal… and her dysfunctional family. 3 & 7:30pm. Through Saturday, July 16. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: E.B. Jeb @ Canal Square, Cohoes. Southern rock vets. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: David Kraai @ Uncle Willy’s, Kingston. Country-folk music. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Island Song” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its season with the new musical from Sam Carner and Derek Gregor examining the struggle of finding love, the struggle of finding success, and above all, the struggle of finding yourself in a big city where everyone seems somehow interconnected. Directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter. 7:30pm. $32, $38 & $45. Through Saturday, July 2.

MUSIC: Tooty & the Mother Plucker @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Fiorello!” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. What is a progressive politician? Look no further than Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical “Fiorello!,” a big-hearted look at Mayor LaGuardia and his battle for the people of New York City. Directed by Bob Moss. 7pm. $60. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read review…

FILM: “Bayou Maharajah” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A documentary film by Lily Keber that explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” 7:45pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Loose Change @ Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ballston Spa Community Band @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…