6/16/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

June 16th, 2017, 8:06 am by Greg

ART/FUNDRAISER: Downtown Is Pawsome Party @ Albany City Hall, Albany. A celebration of the creatively customized Nipper sculptures that populate downtown Albany this summer. Music by the Arch Stanton Quartet. A benefit for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and the Downtown Albany BID. 5:30pm. $65; $40 for those under age 30. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: NEQ @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Todd Nelson, Kyle Esposito and Manuel Quintana debut the band’s newly expanded line-up, now featuring percussionist Carlos Valdez and keyboardist Mike Kelley. With Average Bear. 8pm. $10. GO HERE to read a new interview…

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MUSIC: Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Kicking off a two-night stand of stripped-down, acoustic concerts. 7:30pm. $40.50. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday…

MUSIC: Dom Flemons @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. The American songster (and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) kicks off the new Shaker Barn Music concert series. 7pm. $20. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. It’s Day Two of the four-day fest featuring Hollis Brown, Brothers McCann, Muddy Magnolias, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Simi Stone, Amy Helm, Elephant Revival, The Revivalists, Chuck Prophet, White Denim, The Head and the Heart, String Cheese Incident, Sinkane. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands for the fest…

SPOKEN WORD: Carl Hancock Rux @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The acclaimed poet/performer presents an evening of spoken word amidst Nick Cave’s dazzling “Until” installation. 8pm. $15.

ART EVENT: 2017 Exhibition of the Hudson Mohawk Region @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. The opening reception and awards ceremony for the annual regional exhibit. 6-8pm; 7pm awards. $10.

MUSIC: Cowboy Mouth @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. Rockin’ and raucous, drummer-singer-bandleader Fred LeBlanc leads New Orleans band to kick off Shake the Lake. 9pm. $10.

LISTENING PARTY: Kyle Albano @ Foster House Records, Albany. Pre-release listening party for Albano’s sophomore album, Kings With Queens. 7pm.

MUSIC: Hot Sardines @ Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall @ Lenox. Snappy retro jazz. And the band even features a tap dancer… 8pm. $20-$66.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. Last chance to catch the Spa City boys before they hit the road again… With Roots of a Rebellion. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jimy Graham @ On Tap Sports Bar Patio, Latham. The blues, man… 5:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ariana Gillis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Jouska @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Summer Legs, Broken Field Runner and Hate Club. Summer Legs is celebrating the release of their debut EP, We Don’t Talk at All, on CD and cassette. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Selwyn Birchwood Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The Florida bluesman is celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Pick You Poison, and if you caught him and his band at Pearl Street Pub last night, your head is probably still spinning. With Albert Castiglia. 7pm. $20. GO HERE to read a new interview…

MUSIC: Bobby Whitlock @ The Egg, Albany. Whitlock’s songwriting, vocals and keyboard work were immortalized on the classic Derek & the Dominos album Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, and he also lent his soulful vocals to Delaney & Bonnie, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, George Harrison, John Lennon, Dr. John and the Rolling Stones before embarking on his solo career. 8pm. $29.50.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Stand with Planned Parenthood @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Dryer, Olivia Quillio, Edith Pop and Pony in the Pancake. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Eric Redd @ Colony, Woodstock. CD release party for Don’t Cha Know. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jill Hughes & the High Rollers @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

FESTIVAL: Whipple City Festival @ Mowry Park, Greenwich, Featuring Buck2Fifty. 6pm. FREE. Also on Saturday.

THEATER: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical delivers an evening of rock ‘n roll classics featuring Brycen Katolinsky (as Elvis Presley), Colin Summers (as Carl Perkins), Gabriel Aronson (as Jerry Lee Lewis) and Bill Sheets (as Johnny Cash). 8pm. $55. Through Saturday, July 15.

MUSIC: Opera Saratoga @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Hosted by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins, the Spa City opera company presents “Marc Blitzstein: A Life in Song,” “I’ve Got the Tune,” “Juno,” “No for an Answer” and “Regina.” 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: E.B. Jeb @ Riverfront Park, Athens. The southern rock veterans kick off one of the more overlooked and under-rated free summer concert series in Greater Nippertown. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete summer concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Big Eyed Phish @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s a Dave & Tim after-party with a DMB tribute band. 12:30am. $10.

DANCE: “Trevor” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The Stephen Petronio Company presents a solo dance by Nicholas Sciscione in the exhibition, “Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle.” 4:30pm. FREE. Also at 4:30pm on June 16 and at 7pm on June 22 (followed by a Q&A Stephen Petronio and Nicholas Sciscione).

MUSIC: The Nervosity Concert @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Altamont. The 2017 Jammin’ at GPAC free concert series kicks off his a high school battle of the bands. See the future… 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Accents @ Shepard Park, Lake George. It’s the launch of the Fridays at the Lake: Bands and Brews Concert Series. With Saving Bottles for Johnny. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Marty Wendell @ The Little Theater, Fort Edward. 7pm. $10; $7 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Church Girls @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Haley Moley, the Plastic Faction and Trees Take Ease. 8:30pm. $7.

DANCE: Riverdance @ Proctors, Schenectady. The international Irish dance phenomenon is back for its 20th
Anniversary World Tour. 8pm. $25-$75. Also Saturday & Sunday.

MUSIC: Red Haired Strangers @ S&S Brewery, Nassau. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. 6:30pm.

FESTIVAL: Sand Lake SummerFest @ Butler Park, Averill Park. 4pm. FREE. Featuring the Kyle Bourgault Band.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Diamond Dance @ the Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. With live music by Nitro Jive. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The 217 Band @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. The Music at Sunset concert series continues. GO HERE for more info and the complete consert series schedule…

MUSIC: Sonny & the Suspicions @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. ’60s cover band. 7:30pm. $10; $8 for seniors.

THEATER: “Taffeta Memories” @ Cook Park, Colonie. Take a spin back to America of Happier Days with the musical tale of the reunion of the sister singing group, the Taffetas. Directed by Michael C. Mensching with musical direction by Alex Malsan. 7:30pm. FREE. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Wanda Burch & John Kenosian @ Conservancy Hall, Glen. Presenting “Home Voices: the American Civil War Experience through Words and Music.” 7:30pm. $10.

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…