7/13: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 13th, 2017, 7:24 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Funky Meters @ the Corning Preserve Boat Launch Parking Lot, Albany. Yes, sadly, tonight’s Alive at Five concert has been moved to the dreaded rain site, but it’s the Funky Meters! With Wurliday, who just released their new EP, Bedtime Blazer. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. Day One of the fab four-day bluegrass fest features the Del McCoury Band, the Mark O’Connor Band, the Infamous Stringdusters, Cabinet, the Steeldrivers, the Mammals, Balsam Range, Compton & Newberry, the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Quickstep and more. 11am.

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MUSIC: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Festivals aren’t your thing, but you love bluegrass? How about the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year at Lena’s? What more do you need to know? 7pm. $30.

OPERA: “The Cradle Will Rock” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga’s production of Marc Blitzstein’s jazzy allegory on corruption and corporate greed is both timely and timeless. 7:30pm. $50, $72.50 & $95. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Blue Hand Luke @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. It’s a sax-fueled Alive at Five after-party. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bleeker @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. It’s the final fling for the inaugural season of Brown’s Summer Sessions. With Northern Faces and Stellar Young. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos @ Pearl Street Pub, Albany. Alive After Five party. 7:30pm. FREE.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The company’s Saratoga summer residency continues with two performances – a 21st Century Choreographers program at 2pm and an All Robbins/Chopin program at 8pm. Pre-performance talks at 1pm & 7pm.

MUSIC: Western Centuries @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. Featuring Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of-punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake and bassist Dan Lowinger. With Wes Buckley. 7pm. $20. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Andy the Music Man @ Barker Park, Troy. Engaging, interactive music for kids. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz On Jay lunchtime concert series continues… GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Body Creative” @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. In conjunction with Richard Lovrich’s photography exhibit “The Makers: 365 Capital Region Creatives,” it’s a panel discussion featuring dominatrix Mistress Couple, dancer/multidisciplinary artist Alexandra Lindsay, tattoo artist Courtney Covino, burlesque performer Persephone Pomme and filmmaker/performance artist Adam Van Buren. 7pm. FREE.

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.

MUSIC: Hospital Corners @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Hidden Hospitals and Lung. 8pm.

MUSIC: Hans Tutschku @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. As part of EMPAC’s Spatial Audio Summer Workshop, Hans Tutschku will present four multi-channel electronic compositions arranged for a large array of loudspeakers. 7pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ BSP Kingston, Kingston. With Me Like Bees. 9pm. $10.

COMEDY: John Morgan @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $12. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Fuel @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Marcy Playground, Frank Palangi and One Day Waiting. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: E.B. Jeb @ Canal Square, Cohoes. The Rock the Block concert series welcomes the southern rock veterans… 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Mamma Mia!” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The smash hit jukebox musical is jam-packed with those sunny, irresistibly catchy songs of ABBA. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

MUSIC: Frank Murray @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Upstate Rubdown @ The Chalet at MASS MoCA, North Adams. With Izzy Heltai and Secret Creature. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Spurs USA @ Windsor Lake, North Adams. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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: Decoda @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Kicking off the annual Upbeat on the Roof Concert Series. 7pm. FREE. NOTE: The concert will move indoors in the case of inclement weather. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Blues Pro Jam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring keyboardist Bruce Katz, drummer Randy Ciarlante, saxophonist Jay Collins, guitarist Chris Vitarello, bassist Rick Knapp and drummer Sonny Rock. 8pm.

MUSIC: Two Dark Birds @ Colony, Woodstock. With Sandy Bell. 8pm. $10.

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). 7pm. $65. Through Saturday, July 15. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Emily Teller @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Tooty & the Mother Plucker @ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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.

MUSIC: Sonny and Perley @ LaSerre, Albany. Performing for the Bastille Celebration Dinner. 6pm.

READING: Lionel Shriver @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute reading series continues… With Allan Gurganus. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Holly McCormack @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Guilderland Town Band @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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…