3/11/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

March 11th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

COMEDY: Marc Maron @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A legend in the stand-up community, the creator and star of IFC’s acclaimed show “Maron” and host of the insanely popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” brings his Too Real Tour to town. With Marina Franklin. 8pm. $29 & $34.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Red Baraat @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. In support of their upcoming album, Bhangra Pirates (due out on March 24), dynamic percussionist Sunny Jain and his high-energy, Brooklyn-based, party band play a benefit for the Albany Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. 7:30pm. $25 general admission.

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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. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Homemade Theater’s annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day concert. 7pm. $15.

COMEDY: Lisa Lampanelli @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The Queen of Mean is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. 8pm. $39.75.

MUSIC: Back Porch Bluegrass Night @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring Sarah Jarosz, Tim O’Brien, Tony Trischka & Michael Daves and Lula Wiles. 7pm. $22.50 & $30.

MUSIC: Cosy Sheridan @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Veteran singer-songwriter. With Sloan Wainwright. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Circle of Willis @ O’Toole’s, Keyboardist Mike Kelley leads the band in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 6pm.

MUSIC: Let’s Be Leonard @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Led by vocalist-guitarist Karl Bertrand, the Spa City quintet serves playful pop ballads, sprinkled with dashes of jazz, reggae, funk and good old rock n’ roll. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Groovin’ to the music of Jerry Garcia. With the Jamie McLean Band. 9pm. $25. NOTE: Saxman Ron Holloway (Susan Tedeschi Band, Root Boy Slim’s Sex Change Band, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet) will be joining JGB for this show.

MUSIC: Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. The Sierra Leonean singer has almost single-handedly revived the ancient tradition of Bubu, updating a form with 500-year-old roots in magic-infused folk ceremony into frenetic, hypnotic dance music with flourishes of electronica. 8pm. $22 & $28; $10 students.

MUSIC: Pony in the Pancake @ the Low Beat, Albany. Parade Day afternoon party. 1pm.

MUSIC: St. Patty’s Day Block Party @ Pinhead Susan’s, Schenectady. Featuring live music by Kevin McKrell, Screaming Orphans, Kilmaine Saints and Grassroots Rebels. 12noon. $10 in advance.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 12noon.

MUSIC: The Drunken Hearts @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Cobblestone. Colorado-based Americana quintet. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: St. Patrick’s Day Block Party @ Katie O’Byrne’s, Schenectady. Music by Patrick Sharrow, Grand Central Staion and 2096 outdoors in a heated tent. 6pm. $7.

MUSIC: The Machine @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Pink Floyd tribute band. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Uniform (OPR) @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Stoker, Ferriday and Hundred of Au. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Dan Evans @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Coming from England to SLCA, the highly accomplished and stylish acoustic guitarist also plays finger-style mountain dulcimer with precision and delicacy. 8pm. $18; $10 for students under age 18.

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: Lucy Kaplansky @ The Linda, Albany. Eclectic singer-songwriter. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Smittix @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Bad Mothers. 2pm. FREE.

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

CIRCUS/CABARET: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. It’s their adult show, hosted by Philomena and featuring Kinko the Clown. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Everest Rising @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. The Howlin’ at the Moon concert series continues… With Mark Baptiste. 7pm. $5.

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.

MUSIC: Jasper @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: The George Fletcher Blues Band @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Nite Train @ the Black Cat Ale House, Cohoes. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Last Daze Duo @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Two Guys. 9pm. FREE.

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. 2 & 7:30pm. $25; $10 students ages 22 & under. Through Sunday, March 19. GO HERE for review…

COMEDY: Ryan Hamilton @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $20.

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. 2 & 8pm. $25; $15 students age 18 & under. Through Sunday, March 12.

MUSIC: Kitchen Jazz @ Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Albany. 5pm.