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10/23/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

MUSIC: The Lonely Heartstring Band @ Caffe Lena @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The New England-based bluegrass band in support of their debut album, Deep Waters. 7pm. $24.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Day Three of the fest features Madison Vandenberg, Sirsy and Country Fresh. 1:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Check out the handiwork of 50 master guitar makers from all around the world and hear a dozen great guitarists – up close – including Larry Campbell, Kaki King, Pierre Bensusan, Cindy Cashdollar and more. 11am. $20. GO HERE for more info and the complete list of performers…

***THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Albany. A reading of Honor Student by Michael Erickson. 5pm.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Trio @ Reel Seafood Co., Colonie. Jazz brunch. 11:30am.

MUSIC: Art Song Festival @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. 1 & 4:30pm. FREE.

WORKSHOP: David Calarco Drum Clinic @ Rocky’s Music Studio, North Greenbush. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 1pm. $15.

MUSIC: John Simon & the Jazz @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Not only a fine pianist who’s played with Howlin’ Wolf, Eric Clapton and Karen Dalton, but also an acclaimed record producer who’s helmed albums for The Band, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, John Hartford, Bobby Charles, Emmylou Harris and lots more. 10am. Donation encouraged.

THEATER: “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Last chance! Steven Patterson stars in a one-man performance directed by John Sowle. 2pm. $20; $10 is under age 21.

THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Last chance! The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 2pm.

THEATER: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia @ The Egg, Albany. Three of Eric Carle’s most treasured stories – “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Papa Please Get The Moon For Me” – feature evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry. 3pm. FREE when accompanied by a child; $18 children.

THEATER: “Heathers: The Musical” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga presents the stage musical based on the 1989 film about the Heathers of Westerberg High. 2pm. $20. Through Sunday, October 30.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Threepenny Opera” @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Rory Kinnear stars as Macheath in Brecht & Weill’s raucous musical. 11am.


10/22/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

MUSIC: Amy Rigby @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The singer-songwriter celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut solo album, Diary of a Mod Housewife, with bassist Eric Goulden, drummer Doug Wygal and guitarist Alex Turnquist. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Upstate psych-rock powerhouse Shana Falana is headed to town for a release party for her new album Here Comes the Wave. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC/TALK/FUNDRAISER: Rufus Wainwright @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A concert and conversation with musician and Basilica director Melissa Auf Der Maur to benefit the Basislica. 8pm. $50.

THEATER: John Kelly @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. A work-in-progress performance of Time No Line, an autobiographical project based on his experiences as a queer East-Villager living at the height of the AIDs epidemic in the ’80s. 8pm. $15 & $21; $5 students.

MUSIC: Jerry Douglas @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. The dobro master. With Pierre Bensusan and Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub. 8pm. $40, $50 & $65.

MUSIC: “Around the World in 80 Minutes” @ the Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Saxophonist Harry White and pianist Todd Sisley perform music by composers from seven nations, including works by Ravel, Grieg and Rachmaninov. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Aztec Two Step @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The veteran folk-pop duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman are celebrating their 45th anniversary together. 7pm. $29.

MUSIC: Robbie Fulks @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. 7pm. $25. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC/COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: 10-Year Anniversary Block Party for the Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Greg Aidala hosts the evening with rock power trio Super 400 headlining the benefit with funds going towards a cure to end breast cancer. 8pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Gala Celebration of ASAC & UAG @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. A celebration of nine years of collaboration and partnership between Albany Sonic Arts Collective and Upstate Artists Guild at the venue’s final performance. Live performances by Century Plants, Luciernaga, Matt Weston, Bone and Joint Center, Urkas, Shumoto & the Byrde, CJ Champagne, Blacklight Lighthouse, Chris Bassett, Daniel Nester, Michael Peters and more. 5:30pm. $5.


FEST: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Shepard Park

Friday, October 21st, 2016


The Lake George Harvest Festival takes over Wood Park Shepard Park in Lake George this weekend, featuring food and beverages, vendors, rides and games, a Saturday night fireworks display and, of course, plenty of live music.

Tickets are $20 for the whole weekend, and children under age 12 are admitted free of charge.

UPDATE: This fest has been relocated to Shepard Park, and admission is now FREE.

Here’s the complete Harvest Festival schedule of bands:


10/21/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, October 21st, 2016

MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz is a modern-day one-man band armed with a vintage 1950s amp, a guitar he salvaged from a dumpster and a suitcase full of found-object percussion. With the Dupont Brothers. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz hosts the Local 518 faves performing “Suite Lee” dedicated to the late pianist Lee Shaw, as well as other original compositions. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Don Armstrong @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. It’s a homecoming concert for the former Saratogian, who will be singing songs of the southwest, accompanied by Tony Markellis, Ed Lowman, Teresina Huxtable and Liz Hood. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Check out the handiwork of 50 master guitar makers from all around the world and hear a dozen great guitarists – up close. 11am. $20. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info and the complete list of performers…

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ theREP, Albany. Paris Time by Steve Peterson. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are joined by special guests Jim Gaudet, Bob Ristau and Tim Wechgelaer. Benefit for the Veterans Miracle Center. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: And the Kids @ the Half Moon, Hudson. In support of their new album, Friends Share Lovers. With Palm and Battle Ave. 8pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Wood Park Shepard Park, Lake George. Day One of the three-day fest featuring Iudica and Funk Evolution. 4pm. $20 for the three-day fest. FREE. GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands… UPDATE: The fest has been re-located to Shepard Park, and admission is now FREE.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. CD release party for Here Comes the Wave. With Monogold and the Black Ships. 8:30pm. $10.

DANCE: The Koresh Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. Earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense and ostentatiously eccentric, the ensemble interprets the music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Ravel. 7:15pm pre-performance talk; 8pm dance. $28.

MUSIC: Average Bear @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Led by saxman Luke McNamee and guitarist Mike McMann. 8pm.

MUSIC: Rickie Lee Jones @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. An intimate evening with the two-time Grammy Award winner. 7pm. $55.


The Bridge Jazz Festival Announces Line-Up

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Two nights. Two different venues. Five diverse jazz bands heating up a cold winter weekend…

The third annual Bridge Jazz Festival will once again have jazz fans crossing the Hudson in February from the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy to the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany.

Here are the details for the 2017 Bridge Jazz Festival:


Tracy Morgan Is Bringing the Laughs to Crossgates

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Comedian-actor Tracy Morgan – former cast member of the hit TV shows “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” – is slated to bring his stand-up comedy show to Funny Bone in Guilderland’s Crossgates Mall.

Morgan will perform one show only at 7:30pm on Wednesday (October 26). Tickets are currently sale priced at $35 & $45.

10/20/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

MUSIC: The Record Company @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Los Angeles-based rock-and-soul trio brings their Off the Ground Tour to town. With Muddy Magnolias. 9pm. $17.

MUSIC: Chicago / Earth Wind & Fire @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Again… 7:30pm. $39.50, $49.50, $79.50 & $99.50. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled.

OPEN MIC/READING: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Charlie Rossiter – a founding member of the poetry performance group 3 Guys from Albany – will be the featured poet. Hosted by Dan Wilcox, another member of the 3 Guys from Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. 3pm.

MUSIC: John Doyle @ Caffe Lena at Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The spectacular Irish guitarist and singer will be accompanied by leading Celtic fiddler Colin Farrell. 7pm. $24.

THEATER: “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Steven Patterson stars in a one-man performance directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 is under age 21. Through Sunday, October 23. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Havana Cuba All-Stars @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The band of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians performs “Cuban Nights” on their inaugural U.S. tour. 8pm. $25, $50 & $65. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “An American in Paris” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The touring production of the four-time Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, launches with previews in Schenectady. 1:30 & 8pm. $25.75-$95.75. Through Friday, October 21.

MUSIC: Sam Moss @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. The Boston-based songwriter and string player rambles through all of the rich and various offshoots of Americana. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Trump Card” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times, monologuist Mike Daisey takes on Donald J. Trump. 8pm. GO HERE for more info…


Havana Cuba All-Stars Head to Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Havana, Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All-Stars perform “Cuban Nights” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Thursday (October 20).

The Havana Cuba All-Stars is a band comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the Havana Cuba All-Stars began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. This is their debut tour in the United States and Canada.

Drawing inspiration from their traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people. Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting. The “Cuban Nights” program is representative of the extraordinary musical legacy of this wonderful country.

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