3/10/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

March 10th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Garth Brooks @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The 2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year is back in town for a whopping three-night stand. With his wife, Trisha Yearwood. 7pm. $70.98.

MUSIC: Capitle @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. It’s an EP release party for a pair of discs – Greatest Hits and Melodies of Capitle” – from Albany first true hardcore punk band. With Murderers Row, Early Grabs, DJ Johnny OH!, burlesque acts and go-go-girls, including Scooter Pie, Maxine de la Obscene, Redd d’Noir and Chevie Supernova. 8pm doors. $5; $10 with EP; $20 with EP & t-shirt.

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MUSIC: Ilusha Tsinadze @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze, a native of the nation of Georgia (the one on the Black Sea), brings along his Brooklyn-based trio for their Greater Nippertown debut. 8pm. $20. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Trey Anastasio @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. It’s a solo acoustic evening with the Phish guitar hero. 7:30pm. $65, $70, $75.

MUSIC: Lord Electro @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Celebrating the release of their new studio album, Business. With Normal Instruments and Solaris. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Druids @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Let’s get the St. Patrick’s Day party started! With Kevin McKrell. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Joe Jencks, Si Kahn & Maria Dunn @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. An all-star evening of songs of hope, courage, love and triumph. 7:30pm. $23; $5 children ages 12 & under.

MUSIC: The Blind Boys of Alabama @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. Living legends of true gospel music. 7:30pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Matt Durfee @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a happy hour happening. With Tom McWatters. 6pm.

THEATER: “Wicked” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The hit Broadway musical looks at what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrived. 7:30pm. $38-$153. Through Sunday, March 12.

MUSIC: Tab Benoit @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Bayou-soaked blues master. 8pm. $20, $30 & $40.

MUSIC: Diz @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The eclectic, multi-talented singer-guitarist is back in the house. 7pm.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “Into the Woods” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Director Brian Sheldon helms the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical that explores wishes, family, and the choices we make as told through familiar fairy tale characters by the Brothers Grimm. 8pm. $18-$28. Through Sunday, March 19.

TALK: Tobias Wolff @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. The renowned author of “This Boy’s Life,” “Our Story Begins” and more was presented a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in 2015. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: Alexis P. Suter Band @ The Linda, Albany. The powerhouse Brooklyn singer artfully blend the lines between blues, soul and rock with her five-piece band. With the Andrew Wheeler Duo. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Charlie Hunter @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The eight-string guitar wizard is joined by drummer Carter McLean and a special mystery guest. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Bare Mattress @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Yellow House, Jake McKelvie and Metum. 8pm.

COMEDY: Ryan Hamilton @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & p:30pm. $20. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Kitchen Jazz @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. 7pm.

THEATER: “Into the Woods” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Brian Sheldon directs Stephen Sondheim’s musical inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. 8pm. $22, $24 & $28. Through Sunday, March 19.

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

COMEDY: The Irish Comedy Tour @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Featuring stand-up comedy from Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, Damon Leibert and Derrick Keane. 7:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Ten Tenors @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. With six platinum albums under their collective belt, Australia’s internationally acclaimed singing group lands in Pittsfield. 8pm. $25, $40 & $75.

THEATER: “The Book Club Play” @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. The award winning playwright Karen Zacarias’ comedy focuses on the fun, frivolity and deeply serious politics found in our beloved book clubs. 7:30pm. $25; $10 students ages 22 & under. Through Sunday, March 19. GO HERE for review…

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ The Barrel Saloon, Albany. 11pm.

MUSIC/COMEDY: Ed & Randall’s Maugerville @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. The off-beat comedy of Ed Smyth and the sweet original acoustic music of Randall Mauger. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “Our Town: A New Media Theatrical Experience” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A new media re-imagining of Thornton Wilder’s American theater classic. 8pm. FREE. Through Saturday.

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. 8pm. $25; $15 students age 18 & under. Through Sunday, March 12.