9/16/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

September 16th, 2016, 7:58 am by Greg

COMEDY: Jim Breuer @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. It’s the return of the former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman, making his third TSBMH appearance as a stand-up comic since 2013. 8pm. $27; $24 students.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s Day One of the three-day fest featuring FreshScores with Stephane Wrembel and Darol Anger, Old Salt Union, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Glen Hansard and the Devil Makes Three. 6pm. $39. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Basilica SoundScape @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. It’s Day One of the adventurous music-art-and-more fest featuring the Utter Nots, Mary Lattimore, Deantoni Parks, Youth Code, Xylouris White, Angel Olsen and Wolves in the Throne Room. 6:30pm. $40. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s Day One of the two-day fest featuring the Druids, the Peelers, Screaming Orphans and Gaelic Storm. 5:45pm. $20. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

MUSIC: Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Swamp Baby and Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies are featured in the final concert of the series.

MUSIC: John Mayall @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The Godfather of the British Blues comes to town, playing in a trio format for the first time in his 50+ year career. 8pm. $38. GO HERE to read an interview…

MUSIC: The Alex Skolnick Trio @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The Testament guitarist/co-founder and his trio crank out the metal-shredding jazz style they call “shrazz,” blurring the stylings of Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. 7:30pm. $19.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Amy Ryan Band @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. The Local 518 blues combo was the 2015 winner of the Capital Region Blues Network band showdown and went to Memphis to represent Greater Nippertown at this past January’s International Blues Challenge. Andrew Wheeler and Stone Soup will also perform at the benefit for the theater’s Building Improvements Fund. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. A benefit for the Albany Maritime Ministry featuring special guests Phil Drum and Sonny Speed. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: 3 Doors Down @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Us And The Night Tour. With Pop Evil and Red Sun Rising. 8pm. $39.75, $59.75, $69.75 & $79.75.

MUSIC: Edmar Castaneda Quartet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The acclaimed Columbian jazz harpist is joined by drummer Dave Silliman, trombonist Marshall Gilkes and vocalist Andrea Tierra. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “The Power of Song” @ Mabee Farm Historical Site, Rotterdam Junction. A celebration of the connection between music and politics featuring music by Emma’s Revolution and Magpie. With host Sonny Ochs. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: John Brown’s Body @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Thunderbody. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Yellow Montego @ the Low Beat, Albany. Happy hour with former members of Even the Odd. 6pm.

THEATER: “The Tavern” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Steven Patterson directs George M. Cohan’s vintage melodrama as the first production on the Bridge Street Theatre’s new Mainstage. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students age 21 & under. Through Sunday, September 25.

MUSIC: Vieux Farka Toure @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Often referred to as the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” the Malian guitar master is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on his instrument, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile. 9pm. $22 & $28.

MUSIC: George Muscatello Group @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The adventurous guitarist is joined by bassist Rich Syracuse, drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel and saxman Brian Patneaude. 9pm.

MUSIC: Leyla McCalla @ The Parlor, Northampton. The singer-songwriter-cellist (and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) makes a Greater Nippertown tour stop in support of her new album, A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Ameros @ the Low Beat, Albany. 8pm.

THEATER: “American Son” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Christopher Demos-Brown’s explosive, award-winning drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Directed by Julianne Boyd, it had its world premiere at Barrington Stage earlier this summer, and now it’s back for an encore run. 8pm. $49. Through Sunday, September 25. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Midtown Men @ Proctors, Schenectady. The original stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” – Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer – sing the music of the ’60s, from the Beatles to the Turtles to the Four Seasons. 8pm. $20-$60.

VARIETY: “Saturday Night Liv” @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Starring Broadway and TV star John Davidson, magician Carl Seiger, comic Danny Bloom, Berkshire Children’s Theater and sketch comedy troupe the Really Convincing Players. Hosted by Liv Cummins. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students & seniors. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ CRAB Club, Troy. 6pm.

MUSIC: Zepparella @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. All-female Led Zep tribute band. 9pm. $20 & $25.

MUSIC: Cara Gorman @ S&S Brewery, Nassau. 6pm.

THEATER: “Addams Family” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Presented by Staging Youth’s Future, Inc. 7pm. $15. Also at 2 & 7pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Knot Dead @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Accents @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The New York Flyers @ Rascals, Guilderland. 9pm. $5.