8/6/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday
MUSIC: Blue Oyster Cult @ Jennings Landing, Albany. On your feet or on your knees… Founding members Don “Buck Dharma” Roeser and Eric Bloom lead the charge as Blue Oyster Cult returns to crush Albany once again, teaming up with Blotto – Nippertown’s own merry pranksters of pop – in a reunion of the classic 1983 Blot & Blue Tour. And it’s the final Alive at Five concert of the summer! More cowbell! 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Don Byron & Friends @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The jazz saxman and his pals – Dean Bowman (of Screaming Headless Torsos), Zachary Alford, Pete Levin, Scott Petito and Matt Finck – pay tribute to the music of R&B legend Junior Walker, best known for such hits as “(I’m a) Roadrunner” and “Shotgun.” 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the orchestra and conductor Stéphane Denève for an evening of Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict; Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 5 and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. 8pm.
READING: “Hiroshima” @ Townsend Park, Albany. A public reading of John Hersey’s classic story of the atomic bombing that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Members of the public are invited to sign up to read portions of the story. 11am. FREE.
MUSIC: Christopher Paul Stelling @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. The singer-songwriter and virtuosic finger-picker makes a tour stop in support of his new album Labor Against Waste on Anti- Records. With Johanna Warren and Mikaela Davis opening. 8pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” @ the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. The bewildering journey of finding love in the modern world sets the premise for Terrence McNally’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Karen Allen. 7pm. $62. Through Saturday, August 22.
MUSIC: Andy “The Music Man” Morse @ Barker Park, Troy. Mingling traditional and original songs, the veteran children’s music maker delights in involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…
THEATER: “I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s play, starring Keira Naughton as a hum-drum bookkeeper whose life is is forever altered by the arrival of her troubled niece. 7pm. $50. Through Saturday, August 15.
THEATER: “The Club” @ the Garage, Pittsfield. A musical excursion into the world of a private Edwardian men’s club, where men can be men and drink, play, smoke and talk about what’s always on their mind: women! Directed by Rocco Sisto and featuring Annette Miller and Maureen O’Flynn. 8pm. $30. Through Sunday, August 9.