7/28/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

July 28th, 2017, 6:55 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Big Veg @ Capital Roots, Troy. A celebration for the 10th anniversary of the Veggie Mobile featuring the rockin’ sounds of The Parlor, Kimono Dragons, Pony in the Pancake, C.C. Vagabonds, Ragliacci en Masse, WoodchuckWood and Chill Smith Collective. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: John Prine @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There,” “Dear Abby” and so many more for more than 45 years, John Prine has been smartly crafting songs that are both heartbreaking and hilarious. With Margo Price. 8pm. $38, $52.50, $72.50, $82.50 & $102.50.

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MUSIC: The Campbell Brothers @ PS21, Chatham. Compelling, rich material from the sacred steel repertoire by the veteran Rochester-based family band. 8pm. $25; $12 students. GO HERE to read an interview with Phil Campbell…

MUSIC: Jay Collins & Friends @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Gregg Allman’s saxman leads a tribute to his late boss joined by an all-star cast of Hudson Valley-based musicians, including vocalist Amy Helm, keyboardist Bruce Katz (also an Allman sideman), Connor Kennedy and Brandon Morrison, as well as other friends and musical associates of the co-founder and longtime leader of the Allman Brothers Band. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Sweet Remains @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand are the gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Cold Chocolate @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank @ the Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. Dweezil “plays whatever the F@%K he wants” on his Cease & Desist tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mothers of Invention’s bold, audacious debut, Freak Out! 8pm. $50-$75.

THEATER: “At Home at the Zoo” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Directed by Eric Hill, Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story)” joins Albee’s classic 1959 play, “The Zoo Story,” with its prequel, “Homelife” (2004) written 45 years later. 8pm. $52. Through Saturday, August 26.

MUSIC: Joe Louis Walker @ Riverfront Park, Athens. Four-time Blues Music Awards winner. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: 420 Funk Mob/Rx @ Colony, Woodstock. P-Funk frontman Mike Clip Payne combines two of his critically acclaimed solo projects – the 420 Funk Mob and Drugs: The Mis-Americans – into one super group featuring a revolving cast of current and former P-Funk members and some all star friends. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Gay Tastee @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Day of the Jackal. 6pm.

MUSIC: Nixon’s Spirit @ the Low Beat, Albany. With The Agency, Hermetica. 8pm.

MUSIC: Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Mirk’s annual ice cream social. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Sierra @ The Linda, Albany. Heavy Canadian riffmeisters. With Witches of God and Scum Couch. 8pm.

MUSIC: Big Creek @ S&S Brewery, Nassau. 6pm. FREE.

READING: Rick Moody @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues… With Jim Miller. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Blue Hand Luke @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jim Weider’s Project Percolator @ The Falcon, Marlboro. 7pm. Donations encouraged

COMEDY: Josh Blue @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30 & 10pm. $20. Also on Saturday.

MUSIC: Anthony Fallacaro @ Centre Street Pub, Schenectady. 9pm.

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: Tiki Twins @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Drug Dogs, Eternal Crimes and Bare Mattress. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Trio @ Grappa 72, Albany. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Electric Empire Tour @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. EDM bash featuring Subtronics & Uber on their Riddim Pals Tour. With Rome Thrasher, Ken3tic, Hazeyy, G-Wiz, K Stylz. Doors open at 8pm. $20, $25 & $30.

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: Ameranouche @ the Stony Creek Inn, Stony Creek. Gypsy flamenco swing trio. 6pm.

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. 8pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

MUSIC: Shaun McCarthy @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With Saving Bottles for Johnny. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

STORYTELLING: “StorySLAM: Nature” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Peaceful Country Band @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Songs and Sounds of Freedom @ PS21, Chatham. Sheri Bauer Mayorga leads kids in song accompanied by pianist Lincoln Mayorga. 1pm. FREE.

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…