9/8/12: Today’s Tips: Saturday


FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Restoration Festival @ St. Joseph’s Church, Albany. It’s Day Two of the third annual three-day indie music festival. Today’s line-up features Barons in the Attic (1:15pm); Careers (2:15pm); Dryer (3pm); GoldTooth (4pm); Hop Along (5pm); Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned (6:45pm); Mount Eerie (8pm) and Sharon Van Etten (9:30pm). Doors open at 12noon. $40; children under 14 FREE. More info here…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Port of Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park, Albany. Wow! Delfeayo Marsalis, Charlie Hunter, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project (with Nona Hendryx and Gretchen Parlato) and lots more… 12noon-9pm. FREE. More info and complete schedule here…

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Troy’s soulful singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his fab new CD, “The Salesman and the Shark.” With Railbird. 8:30pm. $10.

FILM: “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Cinema” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Filmmaker Pip Chodorov offers his affectionate overview of some of the leading figures of 20th century experimental film, combining film clips (and entire films) with conversations with the likes of such greats as Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage. 4pm. $7; students $5.

FESTIVAL/FOOD/WINE/MORE: The Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Italian wine, food and cars… Really, what more could you want? Various events throughout the day, including the Cast Iron Chef Challenge (11am, $10) and the Grand Tasting (1-5pm, $75). More info here…

MUSIC: Fred Hersch @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The dazzling jazz pianist offers a program titled, “Autumn in Paris: Reflections on Debussy and Ravel.” 6:30pm. $25 & $40; students $5; children 12 and under FREE.

FESTIVAL/FILM/EVENT: Kingston Film Festival Awards @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The Kingston Film Festival awards ceremony also features a screening of “Marwencol” followed by a Q&A with director Jeff Malmberg and documentary star Mark Hogancamp. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Debra Cowan @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $16.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: MusicFest 2012 @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. A day-long music fest to help save the sports program at the Middleburgh Central School system, which still hasn’t recovered from the effects of last year’s devastating tropical storms. With Black Mountain Symphony, Erin Harkes, Happy Birthday Dr. Jim, Matt Durfee, Counrtney Blackwell and many more. 12noon-12midnight. $30; students $20; children under six FREE. More info and complete schedule here…

FILM: “The Queen of Versailles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Lauren Greenfield’s documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges as they attempt to construct the biggest house in America in the wake of the economic crisis. 8pm. $7; students $5.

STORYTELLING/PERFORMANCE: Risk! True Tales Boldly Told Live @ The Linda, Albany. Intense, inpsiring and often hilarious true-life tales as told by Dave Hill, Mandy Morpurgo, Brian Cirmo and Ethan Ullman. 7:30pm. $17.

MUSIC: James Keeleghan @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. One of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters kicks off the fall Squire Jacobs concert series. 8pm. $16; under age 18 $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Local Legends Live @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Michael Doughty headlines the day-long music fest featuring John Brodeur & Charmboy, Eastbound Jesus, Catching Cadence, Olivia Quillio, the Chronicles and lots more on two stages. 1:40-9pm. FREE. More info and complete schedule here… UPDATE: Local Legends Live has been cancelled due to the weather…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Tugboat Roundup @ New York State Canal, Waterford. Featuring music by Yesterday’s News, Flood Road, the Nisky Dixie Cats, Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers and more. With fireworks. Rain or shine. 9am-9pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: BarrelFest @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. Featuring country and rock music by Yard Sale, the Ernst Project, Bobbie Van Detta, E.B. Jeb and the Tom Dixon Band. 12noon-8pm. $12. More info and complete schedule here…

MUSIC: Hard Soul @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Smittix and Bone Thrower. 9pm.

MUSIC: Bob Weir @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Solo acoustic show from the Grateful Dead singer-guitarist. 9pm. $60, $75 & $90. UPDATE: This show is SOLD OUT.

FESTIVAL: Gathering of the Tribes @ Brown’s Farm, East Greenbush. It’s Day One of the two-day Native American Pow Wow featuring fire dancers, flute players, dancing, drumming, arts and crafts vendors, jewelry, animals, teaching, storytelling, raffles and more. 10am. $5; kids 12 and under FREE.

MUSIC: Kevin Greenspon @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Another adventurous music concert from the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. With Century Plants and Mensheviks. 8pm. $5.

FILM: “Neil Young Journeys” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Another Neil Young documentary from Jonathan Demme. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Knee Benders @ the Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. Ska-punk. With Safety Nets, Drew & the Grand Spectacular and Nine Votes Short. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Williams Chamber Players @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Themed “The insidious popular vein in the early 20th century,” the chamber music program features the works of Shostakovich, Poulenc, Cage, Strauss and Lehár. 8pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/FOOD/MUSIC: Little Italy Street Fest @ North Jay Street, Schenectady. Craft booths, amusement rides, childrens’ activities, lots of food and plenty of music, including such main stage performers as Grand Central Station (12noon), Norm Fredericks & the Italian Stage & Street Revue featuring Pat Decaesare, Dan Bobek, Maria Pflegel and more (2pm), the Pat Andreoli Quartet (5pm) and Happy Daze with Gianni Russo (7pm). 12noon-9pm.

MUSIC: Seed @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Playing with Sound and Dead Horse Beat. 9pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: Cornutopia 2012 @ Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock. A celebration of local music, food, drinks and art featuring BBQ, open bar, auction and the sounds of the New Zion Trio, Blue Food, Simi Stone and Gilbane Peck. 7pm. $40.

  1. TL says

    What, no festivals?!?!?

  2. Andrew Gregory says

    As someone said, as relayed to me, “There’s so much going on (this weekend) to choose from, it’s as if Albany became a real city!”


    According to our intrepid reporter on the scene, J Hunter, the Riverfront Jazz Festival was shut down around 3 p.m. by Mayor Jennings because of public safety concerns.

  4. Richard Brody says

    There is the obvious question to ask. Why was the Riverfront Jazz Festival not moved to its rain site Sunday morning. The morning forecast called for a threat of severe thunderstorms with the possibilities of large hail as well as a tornado warning for the immediate area.

  5. Susan says

    The Producer would have had to make the decision to change venue by Friday afternoon for Saturday’s event. Festivals can’t be moved on a dime – usually the alternate venue needs 24 hours notice for set up and staffing, etc.

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