3/4/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

March 4th, 2017, 8:15 am by Greg

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Riverfront Center, Amsterdam. Yes, Mardi Gras has already come and gone, but we’ll make an exception for the son of zydeco godfather Clifton Chenier. The Mardi Gras Dance Party benefits the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation, and also features a Cajun buffet dinner, masks and, of course, beads. Dooras at 5:30pm; 7pm dinner; 8pm music & dancing. $70 includes dinner.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Fourth Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Brown’s Revolution Hall, Troy. Featuring Emerald City; the Ernie Williams Tribute Band with Jeremy Walz; Scotty Mac & Bill Harrison with Luke McNamee; Tony Perrino’s Killer B with Pete Sweeney, Lucas Ruedy, Matt Hatfield, Tom Murphy, Trish Anderson, Dave Max, Chris Busone, Todd Hanhurst, Kenny Hohman & Lori Friday; Kyle Bourgault Band; and Matt Mirable Band with Frank Daley. Proceeds benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club and Companion Animal Placement Program. 6pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

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MUSIC: “Rain on a Conga Drum: The Songs of Townes Van Zandt” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. As performed by The Sea The Sea, Cloud Lifter, John & Orion Kribs, John Kruth and host Michael Eck. 8pm. $22. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: C.K. Flach @ the Parish Public House, Albany. It’s the album release party for the singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist’s Empty Mansions, one of the most impressive Greater Nippertown efforts of the year. With Michaela Lane and Stephen Stewart. 8pm.

MUSIC: Lee Reh @ The Linda, Albany. The R&B/pop singer of the award-winning Young Noble Gentlemen celebrates the release of his solo debut with “black tie event, catered dinner, live band, DJ, guest performances and much more…” 6pm. $49.95; $29.99 students.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. David Alan Miller conducts a program of Bach, Mozart and the world premiere of a new Michael Torke composition. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “Resilience” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Tania Asili’s multimedia production featuring the reclamation, resistance and resilience stories of five women of color from our community through original music, drawings, videography and projection. 7:30pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: BarrelFest @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. 10 bands – from the LateShift to Skeeter Creek – keep the music flowing all day, just like the beer. 1pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Ja Rule @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With D3V, Three Kings Entertainment, Nemesis and DJ IROC. 8pm. $28. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Dar Williams @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The celebrated singer-songwriter-activist returns to the Step. With Trevor Gordon Hall. 7:30pm. $28 & $40.

DANCE: Bill T. Jones @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Performing in Nick Cave’s expansive installation “Until,” the iconic choreographer-dancer will present a new solo work, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: A Call and Response.” 8pm. $75; $45 students.

MUSIC: Mail the Horse @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Viking Moses and the Inch Band. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: The Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet @ Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs. One of the northeast’s premier classical guitar ensembles features Joel Brown, Brett Grigsby, Sten Isachsen and Paul Quigley. 2pm. $10; children under age 16 free.

THEATER: “Wicked” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The hit Broadway musical looks at what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrived. 2 & 8pm. $38-$153. Through Sunday, March 12.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. The jazz singer is accompanied by Bob Warren, Sam Zucchini, Mallory Donnelly, Tony Markellis and Scott Bassinson. 9pm.

THEATER: “Godspell” @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Park Playhouse kicks off its year round residency with a production of Stephen Schwartz’s classic musical as presented by Greater Nippertown teens. 2pm. $25; $15 students age 18 & under. Through Sunday, March 12.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. Having weathered last year’s death of pedal steel guitarist Rick Morse, the Americana roots ‘n’ roll band carries on… 9pm.

OPERA: “The Bremen Town Musicians” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. Opera Saratoga performs John Davies’ children’s opera based on the Brothers Grimm folk tale, featuring the music of Offenbach, Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi. 2:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Teri Roiger @ the Thirsty Owl, Saratoga Springs. The jazz singer is joined by pianist Wayne Hawkins and bassist John Menegon. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Berkshire Symphony @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. A family concert with conductor Ronald Feldman, who leads the orchestra through excerpts from Holst’s “The Planets” and more. 2pm. FREE.

THEATER/MAGIC: The Naked Magicians @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Nothing up my sleeve. Nothing up my pantsleg. Nothing under my belt… 6 & 8:30pm. $41.50.

COMEDY: Ted Alexandro @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Bassh @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “Fragments” @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. Shea Leavis directs the play by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through March 8.

MUSIC: Big Medicine @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Multibeast @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Phish tribute band. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Mister F. 10pm. $15.

THEATER: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” @ Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy. Celese Raspanti’s concentration camp drama is directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Stripped @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Rolling Stones tribute band. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: The Audiostars @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bryan Edwards @ the Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…