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6/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

MUSIC: The Gary Bartz Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The trail-blazing alto saxman first started playing with Art Blakey and later played with such greats as Max Roach, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. The Grammy Award-winning musician has recorded more than 40 solo albums. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children.

MUSIC: Ryley Walker @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. In support of his recently released album, Primrose Green (our favorite album of the year so far), the phenomenal guitarist-singer-songwriter heads to Kingston after a mindblowing performance with his band at the Solid Sound festival. With Elijah Wolf and Liv Carrow. 8:30pm. $10. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

MUSIC: David Crosby @ The Egg, Albany. From the Byrds to CSN, the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has long, impressive resume. Tonight he’ll play a solo acoustic show. 8pm. $40.50, $50.50 & $60.50. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Lady Gaga is slated to make her Nippertown debut, sharing the stage with the venerable jazz-pop vocalist Tony Bennett, in support of their duet album, Cheek to Cheek. 8pm.

THEATER: “Shining City” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. Actor Mark H. Dold (stunning in last year’s production of “Breaking the Code”) returns in Conor McPherson’s drama about a Dubliner who seeks help from a counselor after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. As their sessions unfold, secrets are exposed in this thriller where a simple tale turns out to be anything but. 7:30pm. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Hair of the Dog @ Cook Park, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Brunswick Family Community Center Lawn, Troy. The Brunswick Summer Concert Series kicks off with the horn-fueled favorites. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Man of La Mancha” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Director Julianne Boyd puts a fresh spin of the musical tale about tilting at windmills and dreaming the impossible dream, starring Jeff McCarthy. 7pm. Through Saturday, July 11. GO HERE to read review…

FILM: “The Yes Men Are Revolting!” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. At a time when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, the Yes Men – Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno – ask how we can effect real change… Followed by a Q&A with environmental and anti-corporate activist Bonanno after the 7:30pm screening. 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30pm. $5. Also on Wednesday.

MUSIC: The Yankee Doodle Band @ Town Park, Schodack. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Thoreau or, Return to Walden” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. In the world premiere, playwright-actor David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet and philosopher as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. 7pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Sign-up at 6pm; show at 7pm. FREE.


FREE: Evenings On the Green @ Bethlehem Public Library

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Wednesday, July 1: Three Quarter North

Wednesday, July 1: Three Quarter North

Throughout the month of July, the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar is hosting its Evenings on the Green concert series on the lawn behind the library.

All concerts take place at 7pm on Wednesdays, and admission is free.

Here the complete schedule of Evening of the Green concerts for 2015:


Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca Meld Spanish Dance with Classic Greek Drama [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, return to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington from Wednesday-Sunday (July 1–5) with Antigona, their visually arresting adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone. The dance drama merges live music, theatrical spectacle and dance to create a production that propels the classic Greek play to new heights. In the production, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca bring the inherent theatricality of flamenco to bear on this classical tragedy – reigniting the theatrical potential of the Greek chorus as the lyrical and rhythmic heart of the drama.

Noche Flamenca’s lead dancer and choreographer, the celebrated Soledad Barrio, will embody Antigone, the classical Greek heroine. Daughter of Oedipus and sister of the shunned Polyneices, Antigone follows her heart and defies Creon by burying her brother. Sentenced to death, Antigone then kills herself. Ms. Barrio will bring her usual fire to the role. “Powerfully athletic,” says The Washington Post, “Soledad Barrio burst forth with a chain reaction of staccato footwork and pumping knees, whipping her head as hairpins flew. Not to join her in this captivating journey would be to lose a chance at love, both its ecstasy and its agony.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

JAZZ: Skidmore Jazz Institute Concert Series

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Friehofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is all over for 2015, but the sound of jazz is still reverberating throughout Saratoga Springs thanks to the annual Skidmore Jazz Institute.

The concert series takes place at Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall on the campus of Skidmore College. Tickets are general admission – $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children.

Here’s the schedule for the 2015 Skidmore Jazz Institute Concert Series:


FREE: The Brunswick Summer Concert Series @ Brunswick Family Center

Monday, June 29th, 2015
The Refrigerators

Tuesday, June 30: The Refrigerators

The Brunswick Summer Concert Series is being held on the grounds of the Brunswick Family Community Center in Troy throughout the summer.

The concerts take place at 6:30pm on Tuesdays, and admission is free.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 Brunswick Summer Concert Series:


UPDATE: New Bands Added to FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA

Monday, June 29th, 2015

OK, the fabulous and only slightly water-logged Solid Sound fest is over, and it won’t be back to North Adams until 2017. But that doesn’t mean that the music is over at MASS MoCA.

In fact, FreshGrassMASS MoCA’s next big music fest, scheduled for Friday-Sunday, September 18-20 – has pumped up its line-up considerably since the first round of performers were announced in February, including the new addition of Dwight Yoakam, who will make a stop at the fest in support of his new album, Second Hand Heart.

Three-day tickets are currently available for $99; student tickets priced at $89; $46 for kids age 7-16: FREE admission for kids age six and under. Single-day tickets may be offered
closer to the event, as space allows.

Here’s the brand-new, updated line-up of performers for the 2015 FreshGrass fest… with more still to be announced:


6/29/15: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

Monday, June 29th, 2015

MUSIC: Insubordination @ the Low Beat, Albany. Virginia punk. With Girth Control and Dead Radio Rebels. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Mormon Tabernacle Choir @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The performance will include a variety of songs and spoken word pieces, including repertoire from the American Songbook, Broadway tunes, American folk hymns and spirituals, and music from around the world. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: “>Jesse Kenas-Collis/Flandrew Fleisenberg Duo @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Cornet-percussion twosome from Philadelphia. With Paper Balls and Parashi. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “Thoreau or, Return to Walden” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. In the world premiere, playwright-actor David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet and philosopher as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. 7pm. $50. Through July 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Rotterdam Town Jazz Band @ the Seniors Citizens Center Lawn, Rotterdam. Big band tunes from the Swing Era. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER ON FILM: “The Audience” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Followed by a new Q&A with actor Helen Mirren. 7pm. $15; $12 for ages 12 & under. UPDATE: This screening is now officially sold out.

FILM: “The Godfather: Part II” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The early life and career of Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael (Al Pacino), expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. 3 & 7pm. $5.

6/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

MUSIC: Sam Amidon @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Direct from his performance with guitar great Bill Frisell at Solid Sound on Saturday, the Vermont-bred, England-based avant traditional folkie graces the Lena stage for an unforgettable night. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Novalima @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady. The Andes meet electronica as the pioneering Afro-Peruvian fusion band kicks off the summer season of free concerts in Schenectady’s Central Park. With GX3+. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: Due to the weather, this show has been moved to the rain location – Proctors in Schenectady.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Featuring Tweedy, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Nels Cline and Norton Wisdom’s Stained Radiance, the Autumn Defense, the Felice Brothers, William Tyler, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Mikael Jorgensen and Jeff Davis. Gates open at 10am; music at 11:15am. $65.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beacon Food & Music RiverFest @ the Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon. Featuring the Sierra Leone refugee All Stars, Tracy Bonham, Schwervon!, Decora, Gato Loco, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquints, Breakfast in Fur, What Moon Things, Shana Falana, the M Shanghai String Band, more. Three stage, no waiting… 12noon-8pm. $25; FREE for kids age 10 & under.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Workshops, mini-concerts, jam sessions and more beginning at 9am; main stage concert featuring the Andrew & Noah Band, Murray Callahan, Alan Reid & Rob van Sante, Bing Futch, Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band beginning at 3:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Sheila E., Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Heads of State, the Django Festival All-Stars, Etienne Charles, Sonny Knight & the Lakers, the Benny Green Trio, Kellylee Evans, the Yosvany Terry Quartet. 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Huey Lewis & the News @ Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed , Lenox. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, it seems only fitting that Mr. Lewis & the boys crank up “The Power of Love,” along with their other ’80s vintage hits on they’re While We’re Young Tour. With Jamie Kent. 2:30pm. $22-$69.


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