3/31/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

March 31st, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters and a longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences brings his band back to Hudson in support of his fab new album, Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins. With the Bottle Rockets. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Brubeck Brothers Quartet @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Brothers Chris & Dan Brubeck and their bandmates play original jazz tunes as well as the music of their iconic father, Dave Brubeck. 7:30pm. $27. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Rock for Ray” @ the Low Beat, Albany. Ray Allen, the longtime doorman at Valentine’s Music Hall and the Low Beat, is in need of some financial assistance to cover medical bills, and a bunch of bands – Jouska, Prison, Silver Dagger, Neutron Rats and the debut of New Life – are donating their talents to help out. 7pm. $5 minimum donation.

MUSIC: Dan Bern @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The critically acclaimed, award-winning singer-songwriter – recently relocated to Saratoga Springs – plays a solo show at the recently renovated, iconic coffeehouse. 8pm. $20. GO HERE to read an interview…

MUSIC: SFJAZZ Collective @ The Egg, Albany. The ever-shifting jazz collective features saxmen Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire playing the music of Miles Davis and original compositions inspired by the iconic trumpeter. 7:30pm. $34.

MUSIC: The Levin Brothers Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Pete & Tony Levin join forces with reedman Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff Seigel. 7 & 9pm. $22. GO HERE to read a recent review…

MUSIC: Elsa Nilsson @ the Madison Theater, Albany. The Swedish jazz flautist and her band make their Greater Nippertown concert debut. With Robert Lindquist. 7pm. $15. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

FESTIVAL/COMEDY: High Mud Comedy Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Day One of the fest features headliner Aparna Nancherla with Erin Markey, Dave Hill, Maggie Crane, Ryan Shea, Thomas Attila Lewis, Mike Lebovitz, Thomas Attila Lewis. 7pm. $12; $10 student; $24 preferred. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: John Mayer @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The pop/blues singer-songwriter-guitarist and founding member of Dead & Co. kicks off his The Search for Everything Tour in downtown Albany. 7:30pm. $35.75, $55.75, $75.75, $89.75.

MUSIC: The Zombies @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The four original surviving members of the British Invasion band perform their classic album The Odessey & Oracle, plus a selection of hits and favorites from throughout their career. 8pm. $35, $49.50 & $65. UPDATE: Due to illness, this concert has been postponed to Wednesday, May 10…

MUSIC: Simone Dinnerstein @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed pianist offers a solo recital of Schubert and Glass. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; free for students & children.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Robert A. & Mark Laustrup Scholarship and Brain Tumor Foundation Fundraiser @ Brown’s Brewing’s Revolution Hall, Troy. Music by the Kyle Bourgault Band. 7pm. $10.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. the theme of this month’s arts walk is “Hustle into Health & Wellness.” 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bad Mothers @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. EP release party for Why Bother? With Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Lucy (formerly Better by Morning). 9pm. $12.

DANCE: Pilobolus Dance Theater @ The Egg, Albany. More than a dance company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre offers a spectacular, colorful display of movement, collaboratively creating, and continually exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. The internationally acclaimed collective presents a retrospective of its ground-breaking repertoire. 8pm. $34.

THEATER: “An Iliad” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s great epic tale fuses words and music in a spare, modern production starring David Barlow. 8pm. Through Sunday, April 2.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ the Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs. Roots ‘n’ roll. 6pm.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. Bluegrass/Americana. 9pm.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Talking Heads tribute band. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Graham Tichy Band @ The Ruck, Troy. 7pm.

THEATER: “REBEL/Sister” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. It’s the world premiere of the new rock musical by Chad Larabee, Jonathan Michael Weber and Anna Ebbesen. Inspired by Sophocles’ “Antigone,” the musical follows two sisters as they find the courage to face a powerful opponent during a post-apocalyptic civil war. 3pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Through Wednesday, April 5.

THEATER: “Into the Woods” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Park Playhouse presents a production of Stephen Sondheim musical with a cast of 15 Park Playhouse II students ranging in age from 13-18 years old. 8pm. $25; $15 age 18 & under. Through Sunday, April 9.

PERFORMANCE: SaratogaArtsFest @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. “Gotta Dance!” features nine of the area’s leading dance organizations each performing short works showcasing tap, ballet, swing, salsa, contemporary and multicultural dance traditions. 6-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Fenimore Blues @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “Girls Night: The Musical” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The feel-good musical comedy follows five girlfriends as they go from heartbreak to happiness during a wild night of karaoke. 8pm. $20-$45.

THEATER: “Graeme of Thrones” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, it’s an original and un-authorized parody on the international phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones.” See it before the inevitable lawsuit. 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “Wait Until Dark” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. A Circle Theatre Players’ production directed by Val Gray. 8pm. $18; $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, April 2.

MUSIC: Henry’s Rifle @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Coffin Salenman, County Mike and Mike Moak. 8:30pm. $5.

THEATER: “The Women” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. The NorthEast Theatre Ensemble presents Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 play, directed by Suzanna Bornn. 8pm. $20; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday, April 2.

READING: Rigoberto González @ UAlbany Milne Hall’s Fossieck Room, Albany. The award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer and poet draws much of his writing from the experience of being gay, Chicano and poor in the United States. 6pm. FREE.

ARTIST TALK: Stacey Robinson @ Union College Learning Commons’ Schaffer Library, Schenectady. The artist discusses his exhibit, “Branding the AfroFuture.” Followed by a reception. 12:22pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Nick Bisanz @ the Merry Monk, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

COMEDY: Craig Carmean @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $15. Also on Saturday.

THEATER: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. Gaslight Theater Company’s production of the popular comedy, which uses just three actors and some clever parody to tell the Bard’s tales. 6:30pm. FREE. Through Saturday.

MUSIC: Kitchen Jazz @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. 6pm community pot luck dinner; 7pm music.

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…