4/10/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
*MUSIC: The Charlie Watts Riots @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s been a looong time since dynamo power-pop trio grabbed the spotlight for a hometown show. Too long. With the debut of the Sidd Finch Project. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Sweet Plantain Quartet @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Sweet Plantain brings classical training and instruments to bear on jazz and Latin compositions with virtuoso percussion and a touch of hip-hop. 8pm. $27 & $37.
DANCE: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Bill T. Jones returns to his avante-garde roots with “Body Against Body” – a evening of duets that revive and reconsider the challenging, ground-breaking works that provide the most significant examples of the postmodern aesthetic that changed the face of American dance. 7:15pm pre-performance talk; 8pm dance. $32.
MUSIC: Garnet Rogers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. He brings his haunting baritone voice to vivid songs full of cinematic detail, accompanying himself on guitar and spicing things up with a lightning-quick wit. Canada’s Garnet Rogers is literate, passionate, and deeply purposeful as he sings about the small victories of everyday life, and how people find their way through an often imperfect and wearying world. 8pm. $26.
COMEDY/MUSIC: Christine Lavin @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Talk a walk on the funny side of the acoustic music street with the former Caffe Lena waitress-turned-folk star. With Don White and Grammy Award winner Bill Harley providing additional laughs. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.
MUSIC: Duncan Sheik @ the Drury Performing Arts Center at Drury High School, North Adams. The Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter. With singer- songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Michael Rothberg. 7pm. $20-$25, available here.
MUSIC: Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. With compositions that tell a story of miles, landscapes and the search for a sense of place, the Colorado-based singer-songwriter performs in support of his recent album The Weatherman. Americana favorite Jolie Holland opens the show. 7:30pm. $34.50.
MUSIC: Gene Ween Does Billy Joel @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Yes, the former Ween-man tackles the Piano Man’s songbook. This should prove to be mighty interesting… With the Paul Green Rock Academy. 9pm. $20 & $45.
MUSIC: Gospel Jubilee @ Ptoctors, Schenectady. Dove and Stellar Award nominee Earnest Pugh headlines the fourth annual jubilee, topping a night filled with singing, praise dancing, tribute and honors. With the Jubilee Mass Choir, the Jubilee Praise Dancers of the Capital Region and more. 7pm. $20.
MUSIC: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Rochester-based band slides into town in support of their new album In These Times on the Controlled Substance Sound Labs. With Black Mountain Symphony. 9:30pm. $15.
THEATER: Out of This World @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts presents two visionary performance artists from opposite ends of the country in their signature pieces – Dan Carbone’s “Up From the Ground” (a Southern Gothic science fiction story) and Alexandra Tatarsky’s “Sign Felt!” (adapted from Goethe’s classic novel of adolescent angst and artistic striving, “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship.”) 7:30pm. $15; $10 students.
MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. It’s Jazz Appreciation Month, so come on down and soak up the traditional New Orleans jazz sounds of the clarinetist-bandleader with Tim Coakley, drums; Rich Skrika, piano; Crick Diefendorf, banjo, vocal; Bernie Mulleda, guitar; Richard Downs, cornet, vocals; Ken Olsen, trombone. 10pm. Also at 9:30pm on Saturday.
THEATER: “Blood Wedding” @ Skidmore College’s the Janet Kinghorn Theatre, Saratoga Springs. Carolyn Anderson and Will Bond co-direct Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetic play about a family vendetta that erupts when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. 8pm. $12; $8 students & seniors. Through April 19.
DANCE: “Sleeping Beauty” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The Skidmore College Orchestra and Dance Department team up for their ambitious collaboration on the renowned Tchaikovsky work. 8pm. $10; $7 seniors; FREE students & children. Through Sunday.
STORYTELLING: “Stories of Spring Green, Fair Winds & Flowers” @ the Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany. An evening with Bairbre McCarthy, the County Clare storyteller and author acclaimed for her knowledge of Irish mythology, folklore and language. With multi-instrumentalist Frank Orsini. 7pm. $10; $25 per family.
TELEVISION ON STAGE: The Price Is Right Live! @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The live, interactive stage version of the venerable TV game show. Can you guess the closest price without going over? 7:30pm. $32.75, $42.75, $52.75 & $82.75.