5/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The iconic ’60s folk singer-songwriter brings her band with her to celebrate the release of her new album, Power in the Blood, in addition to playing her vintage classics like “Universal Soldier,” “Until It’s Time for You to Go” and the hit, “Up Where We Belong.” With Samantha Crain. 7:30pm. $25, $40 & $60. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Seattle-based Americana singer-songwriter makes a return to Nippertown in support of her new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. With blues-soul-Americana artist Anderson East. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.
MUSIC: Brass & Blues @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The dixieland jazz-meets-delta blues trio celebrates the release of their new self-titled CD featuring Saratoga’s own Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar and tenor banjo; Ernie Belanger on tuba; and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music, moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional New Orleans jazz. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Lone Bellow @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. On the heels of their sophomore record And Then Came the Morning (produced by Bryce Dessner of the National), FreshGrass alumni and rising stars of Americana bring sublime harmonies and foot-stomping anthems back to North Adams to kick off MASS MoCA’s summer season. With Arc Iris. 8pm. $24 & $40.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SummerSound @ Tanglewood, Lenox. In support of their new album, One Lost Day, the Indigo Girls headline the opening day of the festival, which also features Adam Ezra, Bella’s Bartok, West End Blend and the Whiskey Treaty Rebellion. 12noon. $30.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Smell the Love” @ the Low Beat, Albany. The fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society features performances by the Maraca Incident, Jillian “Keezamonkee” Matundan & Friends, the Sidd Finch Project and Message From Vega. With door prizes and a silent auction. Doors at 7pm. $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Strangecreek Campout @ Camp Kee-wanee, Greenfield. Day Two of the four-day fest features Max Creek, Cornmeal, the Alchemystics, the William Thompson Funk Experiment, Rebel Alliance, Gang of Thieves and many more. Three stages. 11am. $160 all-fest.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Concerts and workshops with featured performers include Brooks Williams, Lorraine & Bennett Hammond, Tumbling Bones and Windborne Singers. Followed by an 8pm barn dance with Trish Miller & Quickstep. 10:25am. $35; $25 ages 19-22; FREE under age 19 with paying adult. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Phil Ochs Songs Night @ The Linda, Albany. Sonny Ochs and Wanda Fischer co-host the celebration of the music of the late singer-songwriter Phil Ochs with performances by Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Greg Greenway, Kim & Reggie Harris, Sharon Katz and Colleen Kittau. 8pm. $18.
THEATER: “Home Fires Burning” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two short haunting plays – “Everlasting Moon” and “Paradise Whiskey” – written and performed by Roxanne Fay about the fierce fight to reclaim and hold on to that most elemental human need – a place of one’s own. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday.
MUSIC/FILM: Dan Zanes Does “Steamboat Bill Jr.” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Grammy Award-winning children’s music performer performs his original score to accompany the classic 1924 Buster Keaton silent film. 3pm. $25; $20 children under age 12.
THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky nod to Chekhov. Directed by Chris Foster, the Nippertown premiere production stars Kris Anderson, Roseann Cane, Ryan Davis, Mary Darcy, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves. 8pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…
FESTIVAL: The Craft Beer Boogaloo @ Cantine Field, Saugerties. Featuring over 150 craft brews from more than 75 local, regional and national breweries. Plus local farm-to-table food vendors, Hudson Valley craft artisans and live music by the Grape & the Grain (2pm), Elijah Wolf (3:30pm) and the Big Takeover (5pm). 2pm. $55; $35 designated driver.
MUSIC: The Who’s Tommy @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Castaway Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Who’s classic rock opera in its entirety. With Remember Jones presenting “Back to Back to Black”, a live performance of the Amy Winehouse’s classic album Back to Black. 8pm. $30.
THEATER: “Butler” @ Barrington Stage Co.’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. It’s the New England premiere of the uproariously funny, witty and very moving play based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves during the Civil War. 4 & 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 13.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Interlopers @ the Garage, Pittsfield. Drawing upon the uplifting sounds of classic R&B/soul, as well as ’70s era rock and pop music, the Berklee College of Music stand-outs create a unique and fresh approach to feel-good music. A benefit for the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Richie duPont Award to enable children to pursue their dreams of being on stage and afford them the opportunity to attend one of BTG PLAYS! camp sessions. 7pm. $20; $15 under age 18.
FILM: “Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray” @ Art Omi, Ghent. A work-in-progress screening of two-time Academy Award nominee Kristi Zea’s film about the life and work of contemporary artist Elizabeth Murray, whose work is currently on exhibit at Omi. 4pm. FREE.