7/28/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 28th, 2016, 7:31 am by Greg

MUSIC: Alive at Five @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. It’s Country Night with LoCash (led by Preston Brust and Chris Lucas) and Local 518 faves Skeeter Creek. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Those Darn Accordions @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The self-described “polka punk” band hails from San Francisco and straddles the fine line between novelty and inspiration with a repertoire that includes squeezebox-fueled covers of rock classics the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” With cabaret-rock performers Ryder Cooley and Heather Fisch. 8pm.

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MUSIC: Dog on Fleas @ Barker Park, Troy. A great kids’ music band led by Grammy Award winner Dean Jones. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Factory Radio @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Immune Fiction and Ludica. 8pm.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Performing “Jewels” at 2pm and the George Balanchine Black & White program at 8pm.

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. Featuring works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces, the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances and a night market that features local food and craft vendors. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Aurora @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 20-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter who W Magazine has described as “the mythical love child of Bjork and Grimes.” 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The free lunchtime concert series continues with the Brian Patneaude Quintet featuring guitarist George Muscatello, pianist Rob Lindquist, bassist Mike DelPrete and drummer Danny Whelchel in addition to the saxman. 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC: Doobie Decibel System @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi), Roger McNamee (Moonalice), Pete Sears (Moonalice), Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO) and Jay Lane (Ratdog). With Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh (yes, the son of Phil Lesh). 9:30pm. $15.

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. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 7. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Wolf! @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring Scott Metzger. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

THEATER: “Passage” @ Shire City Sanctuary, Pittsfield. Kickwheel Ensemble Theater premieres a new satirical climate change romance that links past, present and future. 8pm. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Dave Liebman’s Expansions @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The jazz sax great leads his band – featuring pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz – in support of his new album, The Puzzle. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Gordon & Noyes Duo @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. Trumpet and guitar twosome. 9pm.

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

MUSIC: A3 @ Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Bluz House Rockers @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 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: Wyld Blu @ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The NYC Ballet Musicians & Friends @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Chamber music concert. 12noon. $7.

MUSIC: Fresh @ Rascals, Guilderland. 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Scotia Glenville Community Band @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…