5/1/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Troy troubadour returns to Hudson, lending his sometimes booming, sometimes tender baritone voice to selections from his latest album, Madman, and his brand-spankin’ new EP, Her Songs, a collection of covers from the songbags of Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Sade and others. Tonight’s show also celebrates the fifth anniversary of Club Helsinki in Hudson. With Matthew Folwer. 9pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: K. Michelle @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Originally scheduled for March at the now-concertless Washington Avenue Armory, the award-winning R&B singer finally makes it to town in support of her sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? 8pm. $35 & $40; VIP $65 & $175.
MUSIC: Roosevelt Dime @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. This Brooklyn band’s bedrock of New Orleans rhythms involves melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies and deliciously dirty R&B vocals for a groove The New York Times has called “a perpetual crowd pleaser.” 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ the University Club, Albany. Formerly TN3, guitarist Todd Nelson, bassist Kyle Esposito and percussionist Manuel Quintana make the debut with their new, more democratic moniker, but the same captivating instrumental sound that walks the tightrope between jazz and rock. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar. Vintage Americana. With special guest Amaal Yehia. 7pm. Donations encouraged to benefit Friends of Five Rivers.
MUSIC: Bruce Cockburn @ The Egg, Albany. A solo, acoustic evening with the Canadian tunesmith whose music explores urban, political and social issues in a poetically and rhythmically unique style that has produced classic songs such as “Wonderin’ Where the Lions Are,” “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “If I Had A Rocket Launcher.” 8pm. $34. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. The monthly arts walk featuring art exhibits, receptions, music, fun and more. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Wombats @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The British rockers roll into town in support of their recently released third album, Glitterbug. With Philly power-popsters Cheerleader, previewing their debut album The Sunshine of Your Youth, slated for release later this month. 9pm. $18.
MUSIC: Tiny Resistors @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The all-star band features Jenny Scheinman (violin), Rob Reich (accordion), Alan Ferber (trombone), Ben Perowsky (drums) and Todd Sickafoose (bass). Scheinman will also step into the spotlight to showcase tunes from her latest album, The Littlest Prisoner. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: The Simi Stone Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Another all-star band featuring drummer Zachary Alford (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen), bassist Sara Lee (David Bowie, Gang of Four, B52’s, Ryuichi Sakamoto), guitarist Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Tears For Fears), keyboardist David Baron (Michael Jackson, also the album’s co-writer and producer) and Danny Blume (Lounge Lizards). With Twin Danger, led by Sade collaborator Stuart Matthewman. 9pm. $20.
THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 8pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday, May 10.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Club, Albany. 7:30pm East Coast Swing lesson by Bob Englert. Demo by Lauren’s Capital Applejacks & Jills. 8:30pm music by Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys. $15; $10 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Williams Jazz Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Under the direction of Kris Allen, the jazz ensemble is joined by up-and-coming special guest trumpeter Tanya Darby for a tribute to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson come from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands respectively. They have blended three individual styles from these three Nordic regions but still allow their three distinct flavours to come through in a sound that is unique, meaningful, intense and invigorating. 8pm. $23; $5 age 12 & under.
READING: William Wellman, Jr. @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The actor and author of “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel” will discuss the works of his father, acclaimed film director William Wellman. 7:30pm. FREE.