7/8/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 8th, 2017, 7:12 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: WGNA’s CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke. Featuring Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Michael Ray, Rodney Atkins and Walker McGuire. 11am. $35.

MUSIC: Happy Traum & Del Rey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Happy Traum brings new life to the standards of folk music with his distinctive fingerpicking, welcoming vocals, and a style that is both laid-back and bluesy. Del Rey, one of the most sublime guitarists of today, has a sound that combines elements of country, blues, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie. 8pm. $26.

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MUSIC: NEQ @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Led by guitarist Todd Nelson, the recently expanded five-piece band makes its Albany debut. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE to read concert review…

OPERA: “Zémire et Azor” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga’s production of André Grétry’s operatic adaptation of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. 2pm. $50, $72.50 & $95.

MUSIC: The Paul Green Rock Academy @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Youngster whip through the Frank Zappa songbag with Zappa alum Ike Willis. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Super 400 @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Troy’s terrific power-trio plays a night of Jimi Hendrix music. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Young Trae Boogy @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Royelle, Clear Mind, Mirke Arson, Malicious Dee, T Cutta and more. 7pm.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The company’s Saratoga summer residency continues with two performances – a 2pm All Balanchine program and the 8pm Gala featuring an All Richard Rodgers program. Pre-performance talk at 1pm.

MUSIC: I Draw Slow @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. The Dublin-based band fuses American folk and Irish storytelling traditions with close-harmony vocals, intriuging instrumentation and compelling subject matter. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Brian Dewan @ Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake. Stories unfold by means of whimsical and engrossing paths in Brian Dewan’s songs and film strips. Working through music, visual art and performance, he creates a surreal world provoking at times laughter while also conjuring tales of dire circumstances. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. A mother’s bitterness colors the lives of her two high school-aged daughters in Paul Zindel’s 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama directed by Steven Patterson. 7:30pm. $25; $10 for students age 21 & under. Through July 16.

THEATER: “Oklahoma!” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical revolutionized the genre with its closely integrated book and score, in which a diverse assortment of individuals struggle to create lives for themselves in the newly settled Oklahoma Territory. Hit tunes include “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” 8pm. Through August 22.

MUSIC: Reelin’ in the Years @ The Falcon, Marlboro. An all-star Steely Dan tribute band led by bassist Scott Petito. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Downstairs” @ Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset. Last chance! Sibling actors Tyne Daly and Tim Daly appear together onstage for the first time in the world premiere by Theresa Rebeck. 2 & 7:30pm. GO HERE to read review…

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

MUSIC: “Locals Only” @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. Featuring KEN3TIC, Rome Thrasher, Hazeyy, BassBullets, G-Wiz, K-Stylz, Moshington and more. Doors at 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Spektral Quartet @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. Making their Maverick debut with a program of Augusta Read Thomas, Gerard McBurney, Philip Glass and Ravel. 8pm. $25 & $45.

THEATER: “Ragtime” @ Washington Park Lakehouse Stage, Albany. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, “Ragtime” is a soaring, epic, culturally-important musical chronicling the lives of three families from three different worlds at the start of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American Dream. 8pm. FREE, $16, $18 & $24. Through Saturday, July 29.

MUSIC: Diva & the Dirty Boys @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Bluz House Rockers @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Sun Parade @ Colegrove Park, North Adams. With Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Guster @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. $50 & $75. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Virtue Falls @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Virus of Ideals and Kill All Betrayers. 8:30pm.

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). 2 & 8pm. $65. Through Saturday, July 15. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Blue Wilder @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. Veteran singer-songwriter. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “Moonlight and Magnolias” @ Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington. A slapstick comedy about the creation of the classic film, “Gone With the Wind.” 7:30pm. $19.50, $25 & $50. Through Sunday, July 9. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Kyle Bourgault Band @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. It’s the CountryFest after-party place to be. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Lindsey Webster @ Colony, Woodstock. 9pm. $25.

FILM/TALK: “Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul” @ Upstate Films, Woodstock. Followed by a Q&A with director John Edginton and Michael Lang, the co-creator of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival and Joe Cocker’s manager. 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Adirondack Theatre Festival hosts PB&J Cafe, a dinner theater for kids. 12noon. $15. Through Thursday, July 20.

PARTICIPATORY FILM: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. With The Kids of Albany shadowcast. 8pm & 12midnight. $10.

OPEN MIC: The Second Saturday Singer-Songwriter Throwdown @ the Low Beat, Albany. Hosted by Ben Escoe. 1pm.

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…