12/16/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

December 16th, 2017, 6:47 am by Greg

MUSIC: Shemekia Copeland @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. In 2017, the powerhouse vocalist won the 2017 Living Blues Readers’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year. 8pm. $35; students $10.

MUSIC: Boy Named Banjo @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Tennessee-based Americana rockers. With the fab banjo & fiddle duo of Richie & Rosie. 8pm. $20. GO HERE to read an interview…

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MUSIC: “Sing Solstice” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. It’s the annual celebration of the season with Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie. With the Pokingbrook Morris Dancers. 7:30pm. $28 & $40.

MUSIC: Lord of the Flys Album Release Party @ Lost & Found, Albany. Hosted by MC Graffiti and featuring Abs01ute & Shyste with DJ White Lotus, Mic Lanny, Xkwisit and Sime Gezus. 9:30pm. $12.

EVENT: Mikrokosmos @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. Composer Justin Hicks and artist Steffani Jemison perform the U.S. debut of their project Mikrokosmos, mapping vocal pitches and gestures to the syllables of various pop songs, including Gil Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit.” An artist talk follows. 3pm.

MUSIC: Vice @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Iüdica and Immune Friction. 7pm. $7.

MUSIC: Jeremy James & the Villianeers @ Scarlet Seven Gallery, Troy. With Sergio Sericolo. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Music of Traffic @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An all-star group of Hudson Valley rockers – including drummer-vocalist Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Bruce Katz, woodwinds player Bill Harris, vocalist Joey Eppard, bassist Scott Petito and guitarist-vocalist Andy Stack – pay tribute to the legendary English jam-rock band Traffic. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Joe McPhee & Billy Stein @ Hudson Valley Vinyl, Beacon. An in-store performance the
legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, performing in a duo with the veteran guitarist Billy Stein. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge’s “Merry Christmas, Baby” @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. With her full band, she’ll perform her greatest hits, as well as a few holiday tunes. 8pm. $43, $65, $75 & $105.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Fruit of the Spirit Christmas Concert @ TJ’s Flightline Pub, Glenville. Featuring the Heavenly Echoes and JV & the Cutters. 8pm. GO HERE for more info…

EVENT: North Central Justice & Peace Holiday Celebration @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The seventh annual year-end festivities, featuring free food, music, arts activities, portraits by internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, a tree lighting and more. 3pm.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Elixir 16, Troy. The Collar City Players bring a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story to the pubs of Greater Nippertown. 12noon. $10.

MUSIC: The Wallies @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. Featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with special guests the Joey Thomas Big Band, Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. 7pm. $25 & $15. Through Sunday.

THEATER: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The romantic musical is a Broadway classic with six Tony nominations garnered by its recent NYC revival. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the show features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, December 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Legend @ Chrome, Waterford. With the Penny Knight Band. 8pm. $10.

COMEDY: Mark Normand @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7 & 9:45pm. $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Lord Electro @ Parish Public House, Albany. With The Edd and Sun House. 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Park Playhouse presents their holiday production. 2 & 7pm. $25; age 12 & under $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Dashboard Anthem @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jay Collins & the Northern Resistance @ Colony, Woodstock. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Celebrate a timeless holiday tradition with the community production for the whole family. 2 & 7pm. $38; age 16 & under $28. Through Friday, December 22.

MUSIC: Leap the Dips @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 6:30pm.

COMEDY: Company Men @ the Low Beat, Albany. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Forthlin Road @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 10:30pm. $15.

THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “American Soup” @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Andy Warhol is back in Mary Jane Hansen’s a theatrical celebration of pop culture and the landmarks of history on the evolution of the American spirit, set to iconic music from the last 50 years. 7:30pm. $50. Through Saturday, December 23.

MUSIC: Poor Dead Molly @ Wicked, Clifton Park. With Dazed and Confused. 8pm.

MUSIC: Carmen Lookshire @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. Holiday music concert. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “A Tuna Christmas” @ The Linda, Albany. J.J. Buechner directs Confetti Stage’s holiday production. 7:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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