4/2/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Spottiswoode & His Enemies @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. They were the first band to play at the Hudson Helsinki nearly a year ago, and now they’re headed back to celebrate the release of their new album, “Wild Goosechase Expedition,” on Old Soul Records. Highly recommended. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Hendrik Meurkins & Bob DeVos @ Flights of Fantasy, Colonie. Jazz guitarist DeVos joins jazz harmonicat extraordinaire Meurkins for an intimate duo performance. With special guest Yuko Kishimoto. 8pm. $10.
READINGS/WORKSHOPS: The Empire State Book Festival @ the Empire State Plaza Meeting Rooms 1-6, Albany. Discussions, workshops, readings, including a keynote speech by Rosanne Cash at 3:45pm. 10am-4:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The David Bromberg Big Band @ The Egg, Albany. A smashing double bill with two great veteran sidemen who has become stars in their own rights. With Al Kooper & the Funky Faculty. 7:30pm. $34.50, $39.50.
MUSIC: The Danny Kalb Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A guitar hero who has played with everyone from the Blues Project to Pete Seeger. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
MUSIC: Scars on 45 @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Alta Mira. 8pm. $5.
ROLLER DERBY: The Albany All Stars vs. Central New York Roller Derby @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. It’s a double-header! Not just the gals, but guys, too, as the Capital District Trauma Authority makes its debut against the Utica Quadfathers. With music by Slick Fitty. 6pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door; children under 12 $4.
MUSIC: Consider the Source @ Red Square, Albany. The New York City-based trio – featuring Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, John Ferrara on bass, and Justin Ahiyon on drums – describes their sound as “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Funk.” With the Israeli visual arts rock band Eatliz opening the show. 9pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
MUSIC: Sixties Spectacular @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s flashback time with Johnny Rivers (“Secret Agent Man,” “Poor Side of Town”), Gary Puckett (“Young Girl,” “Woman, Woman”) and the Association (“Windy,” “Cherish”), along with Gene Pitney tribute artist Tony Lee. 7:30pm. $34.75, $42.75, $49.75.
MUSIC: NRBQ @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Formerly known as the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, they’re reclaiming the NRBQ name with the release this weekend of their new CD “Keep This Love Goin’.” With the Willy Amrod Band. 9pm. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
CRAFT SHOW: Spring Craft Show @ the Woman’s Club, Albany. The fourth annual craft fair showcases handmade work by such local artists and craftspeople as Nancy Miller, Sugi Pickard, Teresa Berger, Ben Karis-Nix, Ali Herrmann, John Visser, Meredith Butler and more. 11am-5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Phil Teumim @ B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, Albany. The singer-songwriter (and president of Old Songs) celebrates the release of his debut CD, “All Over the Map.” He will be joined by several guest musicians. 7:30pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door; maximum $25 per family in advance; maximum $30 per family at the door; children 5 and under free.