7/22/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

July 22nd, 2016, 6:52 am by Greg
The field leaves the starting gate for the first race of the 2015 season, 7/24/2015

“And they’re off…”


Photograph by Martin Benjamin

TRACK: Opening Day @ Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs. Post time for the first race is 1pm.

MUSIC: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band @ The Egg, Albany. The singer-songwriter performs with his band in support of his latest album, Sermon on the Rocks. With Darlingside. 8pm. $28, $34 & $45.

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MUSIC: Bumper Jacksons @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American musical traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Augie Meyers with Cindy Cashdollar @ The Falcon, Marlboro. His classic Vox Continental has been one of the most distinctive keyboard sounds around since his days with Sir Douglas Quintet. With Austin indie blues-rock duo the Sideshow Tragedy. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. It’s Day Two of the 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday with performances by Eastbound Jesus, Formula 5, Lord Electro, Teddy Midnight, Space Carnival, Let’s Be Leonard and
Dr. Magnum. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…

MUSIC: Joe Ely @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The veteran super songwriter has been named the official Texas State Musician for 2016. With the Cactus Blossoms. 8pm. $30. UPDATE: Sadly, this concert has been cancelled….

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quintet @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saeratoga Springs. The UpBeat on the Roof concert series gets jazzy with Terry Gordon (trumpet, flugelhorn), Eric Walentowicz (saxophones), Michael-Louis Smith (guitar), Bill Lawrence (bass) and Pete Sweeney (drums) 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Ampevene @ Parish Public House, Albany. It’s a release party for the new Ampevene EP. With Bushicks, The Phryg and Veils of the Void. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Wheel @ the Low Beat, Albany. With special guest Brian Bean on bass. 8:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Five stages in down Saratoga featuring Porch Fire, Hot Club of Saratoga, Sirsy, Bluz House Rockers, Racing City Chorus and Alan Darcy. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC: The High Rollers @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Led by guitarslinger Matt Mirabile and powerhouse vocalist Jill Hughes. 9pm.

MUSIC: Triple Play @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Over the past decade, Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone, piano), guitarist Joel Brown and multi-instrumentalist Peter “Madcat” Ruth have honed a vast and vivid repertoire encompassing Delta Blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems and incisive originals. 7:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: Songhoy Blues @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The self-described “desert blues” group from Mali combines Afropop rhythms with a guitar-heavy punk-rock sound. 9pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Rattail Jimmy @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Followed by fireworks. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 8pm.

CIRCUS: Tinderbox Circus Sideshow @ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. One of the last traveling “ten-in-ones” in the country, bring you the best of classic 20th century and modern 21st century sideshow acts including Trashique, Captain Darron, Hashtag Tucky and Devereaux Dollface. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

DANCE: Paul Taylor Dance Company @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Performing “Snow White,” “Profiles,” “Sullivaniana” (new work) and “Spindrift.” 8pm. $25, $50 & $65. Also at 3 & 7:30pm Saturday.

MUSIC: Bassh @ Lucky Strike Social, Guilderland. Indie duo Jimmy Brown and CJ Hardee. Doors open at 7pm. $10.27.

THEATER: “A Night With Janis Joplin” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Kelly McIntyre stars as the electrifying blues-rock singer in the play written and directed by Randy Johnson. 8pm. Through Sunday, August 7. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “A Kind Shot” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. An autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Terri Mateer, a six-foot, one-inch former pro basketball player, model, stripper, designer and actor. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ Athens Riverfront Park, Athens. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Karma Darwin @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With the Dub Mob. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Second Coming: The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers (Commonly Called Shakers)” @ the Shaker Meeting House at the Shaker Heritage Society, Colonie. A new play-with-music, written and directed by local playwright Bruce Cornwell. 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday, July 24.

MUSIC: Good Sir @ Arvin Hart Pavilion, Stillwater. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Chicago” @ Washington Park Lakehouse, Albany. Park Playhouse presents the Kander & Ebb musical about murderers Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly, who try to turn crime into fame. 8pm. FREE-$24. Through Saturday, July 30.

MUSIC: Flame @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Comedy of Manors” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Last chance! “Downton Abbey” meets “Noises Off.” Adirondack Theatre Festival presents a laugh-a-minute farce of stately proportions. 7:30pm. $32, $38 & $45. Through Friday, July 22.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With AfterFab. 4pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concerts series schedule…

MUSIC: Side Show Willie @ Lyons Lake, Nassau. 8pm.

THEATER: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. “Feeeeed meee…” 8pm. $25, $50 & $65. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read the review…

MUSIC: White Ford Bronco @ Canal Square, Cohoes. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC/DANCE: Vanaver Caravan @ PS21, Chatham. “Turn, Turn, Turn: Celebrating Pete Seeger in Song and Dance” is a full-length, multimedia production inspired by Livia & Bill Vanaver’s 40-year relationship with the legendary music maker and activist. 8pm. $30; $15 students. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Southbound @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Guardians of the Treasure” @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. The Creative Place International presents the play adapted and directed by Mary Jane Hansen. 7:30pm. $25; $10 children. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Brother Tadpole @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

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. 8pm. $60. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Whiskey Highway @ Rascals, Guilderland. 9pm. FREE.