4/8/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

April 8th, 2017, 7:03 am by Greg

MUSIC: James McMurtry @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Award-winning Texas singer-songwriter rambles into town with a deep well of literate, politically charged songs with country, folk, Americana and Texas influences. With Ray Mason. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Meklit @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based soul-jazz-pop singer is in the midst of a short, five-night east coast tour, and we’re fortunate enough that one of those nights is tonight right here Troy. 7pm. $15.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Roots Music Festival @ The Linda, Albany. The annual fest features Brazil-meets-Appalachia band Matuto as headliners, along with Greater Nippertown faves the Lazy Suns, the Heavenly Echoes and host band Red Haired Strangers. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The vintage Americana duo of Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay perform “The Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors” with special guests Mike Kelley (piano) and John Lapi (percussion). $12.

MUSIC: Frank Wakefield Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A truly legendary mandolin player and innovator whose shows are famous for the power and raw beauty of his mandolin playing and for his liveliness and humor on stage. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It’s amazing what two banjos can sound like in the hands of this husband-and-wife duo.

EVENT: Capital Region Guitar Show @ Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs. Guitars, guitars, guitars… buy, sell, trade or just drool… 10am-5pm. $7; Free kids age 10 & under.

MUSIC: The subdudes @ The Egg, Albany. John Magnie (accordion), Tommy Malone (guitar), Steve Amedee (tambourine) and Tim Cook (bass) perform their signature blend of blues, folk, R&B, country, Cajun, funk, gospel and rock n’ roll. 8pm. $34.

MUSIC: Twisted Pine @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. Led by guitarist Rachel Summer and fiddler Kathleen Parks, the bluegrass quartet are FreshGrass Award-winners. 9pm.

MUSIC: Miracle Legion @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. Reunited! Mark Mulcahy is back in the saddle with Miracle Legion, a band whose sublime jangly guitar rock made them college radio stalwarts from the mid-’80s to the late-’90s. With Lou Barlow and Sebadoh. 8pm. $18 in advance; $24 at the door; $30 preferred; $12 students.

THEATER: “The Sound of Music” @ Proctors, Schenectady. “The hills are alive…” 2 & 8pm. $20-$90. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: More Than Human @ the Low Beat, Albany. With My Last Mile and Under the Den. 8:30pm. $5.

COMEDY: Matthew Broussard @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7 & 9:45pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. Celebrating the music of Miles Davis’ classic album Kind of Blue. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Hilltown Ramblers @ the Woodman’s Hall, Westerlo. A fundraiser for cancer survivor Ruth Savino with raffles, refreshments and plenty of great music. 7pm.

THEATER: “ChipandGus: A Comedy With Balls” @ Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery, Schenectady. It’s the story of two friends, oddball acquaintances. Set in a rundown game-room of a rundown sports bar in Schenectady, their monthly ping pong game uncovers buried secrets in this moving comedy. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: BHC Organ Trio featuring Jeff Nania @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Beethoven’s Ninth! 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 8pm.

MUSIC: Strange Machines @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Lord Electro. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Kris Allen Quartet @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The saxophonist-composer leads his jazz combo in selections from his latest album, Beloved. 7pm. $25; $15 students.

CABARET: Tom Andersen’s “My Favorite Sings!” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The theater’s cabaret series kicks off with an evening of tunes from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, country music and more. With Jumbo Bungalow. 8pm. $25; $10 students age 21 & under.

MUSIC: Dyer Switch @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Swamp Funk @ Parish Public House, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Rumours @ the Upper Room, Albany. Fleetwood Mac tribute band. 8pm. $15 & $35.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 10:30pm. $15.

READING: Writers Omi: Reading @ 3rd Floor Gallery, Hudson. Art Omi’s Spring 2017 international writers and translators read and share their work with an intimate, live audience. Refreshments provided by Hudson Wine Merchants. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: David Grover @ The Garage, Pittsfield. A children’s music concert by the Berkshires fave who led Arlo Guthrie’s band for many years. Accompanied by his daughter Jessica on bass. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: David Kraai @ Station Bar & Curio, Woodstock. With Chris Macchia. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “They Built America: The Workers of the Erie Canal” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. One performance only – the story of a young Irish immigrant named Kelly McPherson, a teenage girl who disguises herself as a boy to work on the Erie Canal. 11am. $11; $9 students age 17 & under.

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. 2 & 8pm. $25; $15 age 18 & under. Through Sunday, April 9.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Warren Sieme @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. A benefit concert for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Shot! The Mick Rock Documentary” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Delve into the mind and work of one of the great rock photographers. 7pm. $9; $6 students.

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