6/25/11: Today’s Tips: Saturday


FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Day Two of the three-day fest features plenty of workshops and mini-concerts throughout the day and a 7pm main stage concert emceed by John Roberts and featuring Tidal Wave, Finest Kind, Scott Anislie, Kapriol’!, the Guy Mendilow Band, Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre, the Freight Hoppers and the Outside Track. 9am. $65; seniors and students $60; youths (age 13-18) $20; ages 12 and under free. Through Sunday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Day One of the two-day fest features two stages and a parade of musicians, including Jack DeJohnette, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Wein & the Newport All Stars, Lionel Loueke, Eliane Elias, Ben Allison and more. And, oh yeah, Michael McDonald, too. 12noon. Reserved tix are $50-$75; $40-$65 for children under 12). Lawn tix are $50; children under 12 free. Though Sunday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Day Two of Wilco’s second annual festival of eclectic music featuring Wilco, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Thurston Moore, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstacy, Liam Finn, the Handsome Family and more. Also films and exhibits. 12noon. $78; kids ages 7-10 $50 for the weekend; kids age 6 and under free. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The soul-funkin’ Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bring their 40th anniversary tour to the Berkshires. Gates open at 4pm; showtime 7pm. $22-$75.

ROLLER DERBY: The Albany All Stars @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. The gals are taking on Plattsburgh’s North Country Lumber Jills in their final bout of the season. Live music by Slick Fitty. 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door; children under 12 $4.

MUSIC: Gurf Morlix @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. One of the best all-around singer-songwriter-producer-musicians of Texas-brand Americana music pays tribute to the unsung Texas songwriter Blaze Foley. Also a screening of the documentary film, “Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah.” 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Bopitude @ Justin’s, Albany. Not all of the jazz is up at SPAC this weekend. Fresh from their knock-out CD release party at The Linda for their self-titled debut CD, drummer Michael Benedict leads a slightly revised line-up featuring saxman Brian Patneaude, trumpeter Chris Pasin, pianist Yuko Kishimoto and bass man Pete Toigo. 9:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon. Yes, it’s another music festival on this jam-packed festival weekend, but this one day fest is free. Featuring the Rock Band Boot Camp Band (1pm), Milton (2pm), the Jack Grace Band (3:15pm), Gato Loco Coconino (4:30pm), the ReadNex Poetry Squad (5:45pm) and the Tao Seeger Band (7pm). FREE.

MUSIC: Tuba Skinny @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Playing traditional jazz and old blues music of the ’20s and ’30s, the bandmembers met on the streets of New Orleans five years ago and have since recorded three super albums. Vocalist Erika Lewis wails! 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Pedrito Martinez Group @ Max London’s, Saratoga Springs. On the eve of their Freihofer Jazz Fest performance, the Cuban percussionist and his band make their Spa City club debut. 10pm.

MUSIC: Eastbound Jesus @ Red Square, Albany. The Greenwich gang walked off with the top prize at last month’s SPAC Battle of the Bands. Now they’re bringing their country sounds downtown. With the Landlines. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Freedom Park is transformed into the French Quarter. 7pm. FREE.

COMEDY: The Improv Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Directed by Judi Clements, the improvisational comedy troupe goes the you-say-it, we-play it route. 8pm. $14 in advance; $16 at the door.

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