7/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

July 19th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Joe Louis Walker @ Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. The Made in the Shade of The Egg lunchtime concert series rolls on with the powerhouse guitar virtuoso and four-time Blues Music Award winner and his band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Soul Asylum @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of their triple platinum, Grammy Award-winning album, Grave Dancers Union. Veteran indie rockers Cracker open the show. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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EVENT/FUNDRAISER: Bio-Art After Dark: A Sanctuary Sustainer Soirée @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Music by the Dust Bowl Faeries, an insect symposium by bio-artist Brandon Ballengée and light refreshments (including artisanal bug pizza). 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Western Centuries @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Old-school country music band led of Jim Miller, co-founder of Donna the Buffalo. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Straight No Chaser @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s a double-bill as the popular a cappella group is joined by Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox for some neo-vintage mash-ups. 7:30pm. $29.95, $39.95, $49.95, $59.95 & $79.95.

MUSIC: Born of Osiris @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Now this sounds like a head-bangin’ good time. With Volumns, Betraying the Martyrs and Widowmaker. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. Swingin’, singin’ and rockabilly boppin’. 6pm.

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: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Rockin’ on the River pays tribute to the self-proclaimed King of Pop. With Kristen Capolino. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ Coeyman’s Landing Gazebo, Ravena. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Malta Community Center Lawn, Malta. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

READING: Charles Simic @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues… With Victoria Redel. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jo Henley @ Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. 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. 2 & 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Dixieland and All That Jazz @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Scott Reynolds @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Postage and Mystery Girl. 8pm.

READING/TALK: “Heaven’s Ditch”: An Evening with Jack Kelly
@ Shaker Heritage Society, Albany. Join author-historian Jack Kelly for a discussion and book signing of his newest book, “Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal.” 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Steal Your Peach @ Chalybeate Park, Sharon Springs. Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers tribute band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Under the Den @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Rockin’ on the River after-party. 9pm. FREE.

THEATER: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Wesley Broulik directs the opening production of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s 2017 summer season. 6pm. FREE. Through July 29.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

MUSIC: Masters of Nostalgia @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Dave Pedinotti leads the band in classic rock and folk rock. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Marty Wendell & His Tour Band @ Warrensburg Bandstand, Warrensburg. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Swing Docs @ the River Park Gazebo, Green Island. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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

MUSIC: Donny “Elvis” Romines @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: Mr. Twisty’s Super Silly Magic Show @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

JAM SESSION: Bluegrass Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Mandolinist Alan Epstein leads the monthly session. 7pm. $5; FREE students.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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