10/4/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Jazz Festival @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The first-time-ever, all-star quartet of John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier headlines. With RedCred (featuring Ben Perowsky, Chris Speed and John Medeski) and an opening solo piano set by Uri Caine. 7:30pm. $25-$75. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
FESTIVAL: Queen Mab’s Enchanted City Street Faire @ River & First streets, Troy. A steampunk-inspired day of music, games, performance, food and fantasy for the whole family. The festival will host historic tours, street performers and peddlers, storytelling, dancing, puppet shows, magic acts and more, while the main stage features an eclectic mix of indie rock from This Way to the Egress, Rival Galaxies, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Hammer Hawk, Neighborhood of Make Believe. 10am-6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The rip-roarin’ big band has dubbed this show called “Zodd Zundgren 2,” a sprawling mash-up of the music of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren – plus a few other gems from the likes of Duke Ellington, King Crimson, Leonard Bernstein, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Green Day. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. One of today’s outstanding troubadours takes the stage to kick off the Eighth Step’s new concert season. Featuring guitarist Peter Glanville. 7:30pm. $24; $30 Gold Circle.
MUSIC: People’s Champs @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. With 20 hands, the band synthesizes rhythms from all over the world, from Rio to Lagos to Detroit to Budapest. Slinking synths and electronic riffs fold in to traditional rhythm and blues orchestration. 8pm. $18 & $22; $10 students.
MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ the Parish Public House, Albany. It’s the CD release party for the band’s new sophomore CD, Drawn in the Sand. With Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies and Carl Daniels & the Black Box. 9pm. $7. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/THEATER: “My Voice Has an Echo in It” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A six hour performance by Temporary Distortion inside a fully enclosed 24′ x 6′ capsule made of two-way mirrors. All performers are completely confined within this freestanding, soundproof box. The audience can see them inside, but the performers see only their reflections in the two-way mirrors. 4pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Mick Barr @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Mick Barr presents a solo performance of his electric guitar works. A guitarist of the highest technical caliber, Barr makes music that exists somewhere between progressive black metal, hardcore and avant-jazz. 9pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE: “Empathy School” @ EMPAC at RPI and various other locations, Troy. Aaron Landsman and Brent Green have concocted an immersive performance set on a bus driving through post-industrial landscape surrounding Troy. You will board at sunset and hear stories about time and separation. The stories will be accompanied by an ambient score that respond to the movement of the bus, subtly changing with shifts in speed and direction. 6:30 & 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Tribute to Mike Bloomfield @ Levon Helm’s Barn, Woodstock. The Midnight Ramble honors the memory of blues guitar great Michael Bloomfield with an evening of music by Al Kopper & the Rekooperators (featuring Jimmy Vivino, Jessie Williams and Mark Texiera) and the Barnburners (featuring Jimmy Vivino, Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, Byron Isaacs, Brian Mitchell and Felix Cabrera). With a screening of “Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield” at 6:30pm. 8pm music. $75.
MUSIC: Marc Broussard @ The Egg, Albany. The singer-songwriter performs his distinctive mix of soul, blues, R&B, rock, pop and Southern roots music in support of his new album, A Life Worth Living. With Mingo Fishtrap and Andy Suzuki. 7:30pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Jerry Rasmussen @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The veteran folksinger/songwriter performs original, sometimes poignant and humorous songs as part of the Squire Jacobs Coffehouse Concert Series. With the Nassau fiddle-and-guitar duo of Alex & Paul Peters. 7:30pm. $16; $10 under age 18.
THEATER: “A Couple of Blaguards” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. An Irish comedy, Frank and Malachy McCourt’s two-character play is a boisterous barroom autobiography full of humor, poignancy and insight. “Sanford and Son” regular Howard Platt directs and stars, while Jarlath Conroy also stars. 2:30 & 7:30pm. $20, $30 & $45.
MUSIC: Roy Book Binder @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. He’s been an ambassador of the acoustic blues since the late ’60s, having learned directly from the Delta and Piedmont masters. Jeremy Lyons opens the show with a blend of rockabilly, New Orleans R&B and Delta-infused slide. 8pm. $22.
THEATER: “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy/drama about prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays after six years away and announces plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Directed by Michael Bush. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, October 19.
CABARET: An Evening With Cristina & Dan @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. A mix of older and newer musical theater solos and duets, along with classic rock tunes, jazz standards, dueling piano bits, audience involvement and comedic banter. 8pm. $10; $8 students & seniors.
THEATER/FUNDRAISER: “American Muse” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. An original musical by Elaine Kuracina about the life of Audrey Munson, who posed for the “Spirit of Life,” the sculpture by Daniel Chester French placed in Saratoga’s Congess Park June 27, 1915. A benefit for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. 2:30 & 7:30pm. $15; $10 seniors; $7 students. Also at 2:30pm Sunday.
MUSIC: Steve Gunn @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The singer-songwriter and virtuosic guitarist heads into Hudson in support of his acclaimed new album, Way Out Weather. With Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler. 8pm.
MUSIC: Sean Hayes @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter brings his contemporary mix of folk, blues, soul and rock. With North Carolina-based dream-pop duo Eric + Erica. 9pm. $7.