9/5/14: Today’s Tips: Friday


MUSIC: Seun Kuti @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose name was nearly synonymous with Afrobeat, carries on his father’s legacy, combining swirling African rhythms and gritty textures with horn-laced funk in songs laced with social and political messages performed by his 15-piece band, Egypt 80, the combo formerly fronted by his father. 9pm. $30 & $35. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Fastball @ King Neptune’s Pub, Lake George. Remember “The Way”? The Austin, Texas-based trio grabbed the national spotlight with their 1998 break-through album All the Pain Money Can Buy. With Hard Soul. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Wild Ponies @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. In support of their new album, Things That Used to Shine, the Nashville-based duo of Doug and Telisha Williams bring their Americana sound to the Steamer in their Nippertown concert debut. With C.B. Smith. 8pm. $15. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets…

FESTIVAL: Saratoga Wine & Food Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Chef Marc Murphy (of the Food Network show “Chopped”) hosts the BBQ, Blues & Brews event featuring a “competition-style grill off in which the Capital Region’s top chefs face off against Manhattan Grill masters.” Also featuring a variety of craft beers, wines and spirits, with music by acclaimed jazz bassist Ben Williams and his band Sound Effect. 7pm. $85. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets…

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free swing dance lesson at 7:30pm, followed by a dance with live music by the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at 8:30pm. $15; $10 students and seniors.

MUSIC: Bear Grass @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Midnight Snack and the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 8pm.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibits, music, fun, people watching, food, drink, shopping… 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Beech Creeps @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The SmashCrashBash!! rock-party series continues with the Brooklyn noise-rock trio. With blues-punk duo the Luxurious Faux Furs. 9pm. $6.

MUSIC: The Trophy Husbands @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Featuring North Country favorites John Kribs (guitar, banjo), Arlin Greene (bass), Doug Moody (fiddle) and Orion Kribs (mandolin, guitar). 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: Chevelle @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Kyng and Dayshell. 7:30pm. $27.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Power’s Inn & Pub, Clifton Park. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Duo @ Athos, Guilderland. Also featuring pianist Rob Lindquist. 7pm.

READING: Pine Hills Review Launch @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Gallery, Albany. Pine Hills Review is a new literary journal featuring writing and visual art, launched by the MFA in Creative Writing program at Saint Rose. Two noted authors and contributors, Elisa Albert and Gregory Pardlo, will be featured readers. 7pm.

MUSIC: Don McGrory @ No. Six Depot, West Stockbridge. The veteran musician plays Delta blues on his National guitar accompanied by blues harp player Jeff Neumann, for an evening of stories and songs rooted in the Memphis of the 1960s.

MUSIC: Laura Stevenson @ the BSP Lounge, Kingston. Playing heart-on-her-sleeve punk songs with keyboards, acoustic guitar and tinges of Phil Spector production flourishes, she’s probably the closest thing we have to a female Bright Eyes. Emo rockers the Hotelier and local-faves Time Travels (ex-Frankie & His Fingers) open. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Doc Orloff’s Blues Elixir Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yard Sale @ Salem Art Works, Salem. It’s live Music & Pizza Night, an intimate evening of performance and homemade brick-oven pizza. Grab a slice, then sit back and enjoy the sounds of homegrown music by the old-timey trio. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: Sugar Pill @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jesus Christ & the Hallucinogenic All-Stars @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Stoner rock power trio. 9:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Brian Tiernan @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 8pm.

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