7/15/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

July 15th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. Day One of the three day fest features Lake Street Dive, Amadou & Mariam, Houndmouth, Pokey Lafarge, Darlingside, San Fermin, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the Suitcase Junket, Dan Bern, more. 12:45pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. Day Three of the four-day fest features Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Jerry Douglas Band, the Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, the Lustre Kings, the Lil Smokies, the Mammals, Lindsay Lou & the FlatBellys, Michael Daves & Friends, Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, Tony Trischka and lots more. 11am.

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Featuring music by M.R. Poulopoulos, Rechorduroys, the Bryan Brundige Collective, Super 400 and the Legacy Music Group. 10am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete main stage schedule of bands…

*FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beat*Shot Music Festival @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Featuring AMG (Astronaut Music Group), CLEAR MIND, Chelsea Takami, Girl Blue, Taina Asili, Climbing PoeTree, Decora, Moses Rockwell, JB aka Dirty Moses, more. 4pm. $15. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: Mary Fahl @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The expressive, emotional singer-songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The National’s Guilty Party @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. To celebrate the release of their new single “Guilty Party,” Brooklyn-based indie-rockers will throw an intimate, collaborative release party with Buke & Gase, Nadia Sirota, Mouse on Mars, Sō Percussion and others to benefit Basilica Hudson. 6pm. $50.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! The company’s Saratoga summer residency concludes with two final performances – an All Richard Rodgers program at 2pm and a Balachine Short Stories program at 8pm. Pre-performance talks at 1pm & 7pm.

MUSIC: Arc Iris @ Colony, Woodstock. Jocie Adams leads the band in a tribute to Joni Mitchell’s classic album, Blue. With Lord Youth. 8pm. $15.

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

FUNDRAISER: Summer Gala: A Taste of SAW @ Salem Art Works, Salem. A farm-to-table dinner, crafts beers & ciders, a silent auction of artwork and music by Colin Frank, Chris Paul and Lesedi Ntsane to benefit the Salem Art Works Residency Program. 4pm. $150.

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.

OPERA: “Xerxes” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Countertenor John Holiday returns in the title role of one of the most brilliant scores in the Baroque repertory. History’s fierce Persian conqueror turns his attention to domestic affairs in a plot in which romantic attraction threatens to obliterate fraternal loyalty. 8pm. Through Friday, August 18.

MUSIC: Excited Delirium Syndrome @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Neutron Rats and New Life. 8pm.

EVENT: Frances Day: Community Open House @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Celebration of art, art-making, food, music, dance and more in honor of the museum’s namesake. With performances by the Machine That Wouldn’t Die (1pm) and “Trevor” (4pm). 12noon. FREE.

MUSIC/FILM: “Mad Max” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The 1979 cult classic film with an original live soundtrack by Morricone Youth. 8:30pm. $26 & $32; $16 students.

MUSIC: Jane Lee Hooker @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Five women from New York City who infuse NYC grit and attitude into the blues. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: “Almost Unplugged” @ the Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. Acoustic music by Israel Singer, Allen B. Ballard & Craig Hancock, Andrew Wheeler, Ryan Moag, 2 Blue and MaryAnn Palermo & 1st Take. 8pm. $8.

THEATER: “The Holler Sessions” @ Ancram Opera House, Ancram. Written and performed by Frank Boyd, the play is staged as a live radio show, centering around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. 8pm. $25. Through July 23.

MUSIC: Peter Bernstein & Friends @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The forward-thinking jazz guitarist is joined by pianist Jeremy Manasia, bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Leon Parker. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Mikey Sweet @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 9pm.

EVENT: Eagle Street Beach Party & Fiesta @ Eagle Street, North Adams. 500,000 pounds of sand are spread across Eagle Street, with live music by Lita Williams at 7pm. 3:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Souvenir: The Florence Foster Jenkins Musical” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. A play with “music” about Mrs. Jenkins, the world’s most famous lousy singer. Through Sunday.

FESTIVAL: CanalFest @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. Live music with the Crabgrass Boys, petting zoo and pony rides, re-habbed wild animals, food and craft beer, art exhibition, kids activities, craft vendors, blacksmithing demonstrations and more. 11am. FREE.

MUSIC: Richard Thompson @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Solo acoustic. 8pm. $45 & $60. Also at 8pm Saturday. UPDATE: This show (and Saturday’s) is officially sold out.

FUNDRAISER: Brew House Party @ Saratoga Brewing Co., Saratoga Springs. A benefit for Saratoga WarHorse with live music by the Saratoga Strings Band and Floodwood. 12noon. $10.

MUSIC: Off the Record @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

FESTIVAL: The Chip Festival @ Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating all thing potato chip related with plenty of vendors and kids activities. 10am-4pm. $5; kids 12 & under free.

MUSIC: New Found Glory @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Can’t Swim. 8pm. $26.

OPERA: “Falstaff” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! Opera Saratoga’s production of Verdi’s interpretation of the classic Shakespeare comedy. 2pm. $50, $72.50 & $95.

MUSIC: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express @ PS21, Chatham. An evening of joyful klezmer music with violinist Alicia Svigals (of the Klezmatics), accordionist Lauren Brody and bassist Brian Glassman celebrating the opening of PS21’s 12th summer season. 8pm.

FESTIVAL: Kids Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Kids activities includes PJ Masks, Pete the Cat, live music, the Two by Two Zoo, Touch a Truck, face painting, bounce rides, puppet shows, arts & crafts, balloons and more. 12noon-5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bill Charlap Trio @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The Grammy Award-winning pianist is joined by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. 8pm. $30 & $55; students $5.

MUSIC: The Useless Cans @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs. The Live at the Jazz Bar series continues… 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Kimono Dragons @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. 9pm.

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.

READING: Poets in the Park @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. Featured readers are Karen Skolfield and Jay Wenk. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band @ the Kings Inn, Schenectady. With the Erotics’ Mike Trash unplugged. 9pm.

THEATER: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Last chance! 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. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Al Mal aka Stayup @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Adotwake, E Grizzly, Mic Lanny, Wade Wilson and Defyant. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Decoda @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. 2pm. FREE with museum admission.

MUSIC: Joe Benjamin & a Mighty Handful @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Genre-bending 10-piece NYC band. With the Stockade Kids. 8pm.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

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.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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