10/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ City Beer Hall, Albany. It’s a Saturday happy hour in conjunction with the Local Yokel. Grab a bite (and a few tunes) before the show. 4:30pm.

MUSIC: The subdudes @ The Egg, Albany. With their signature blend of blues, folk, R&B, country, Cajun, gospel and rock n’ roll, the classic lineup of John Magnie (accordion), Tommy Malone (guitar), Steve Amedee (percussion) and Tim Cook (bass) returns. 8pm. $34.50.

COMEDY: Wanda Sykes @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. She’s been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different directions. 8pm. $20, $35, $55 & $75.

MUSIC: Mikaela Davis @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Lookin’ for something a little different? How about the unique and captivating sound of the indie pop-rock harp-playing singer-songwriter and her band? With Olivia Quillio and Blueberry. 9pm. $15.

THEATER: “Grinder’s Stand” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts offers Oakley Hall III’s play about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark expedition). Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Through October 18.

FEST/FUNDRAISER: Oktoberfest @ Revolution Hall, Troy. Delicious German fare, special seasonal beers and live music by Flood Road (1pm), Chilly Nickels (3:30pm) and Eastbound Jesus (6pm). Proceeds benefit the Rensselaer Land Trust. Doors open at 12noon. $20.

MUSIC: The Sixties Spectacular @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s flashback time with performances by Jay & the Americans, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Paul Revere’s Raiders, the 1910 Fruitgum Company and the Bronx Wanderers. 7pm. $39.75-$54.75.

MUSIC: Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The rootsy singer-songwriter headlines this old-fashioned roadshow, which includes an opening set by singer-songwriter Tiffani “Tif” Ginn, who is also a member of Eaglesmith’s band. His loyal and dedicated fans, Fredheads, call him Canada’s answer to Jimmy Buffett. 9pm.

MUSIC: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Two very amazing guitar players playing jazz and all kinds of great stuff. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Jack Williams @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. The exciting singer-songwriter, storyteller and master guitarist introduces his newest CD, Four Good Days. 7:30pm. $26 & $30.

ICE SHOW: Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween On Ice @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Headlined by two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, five-time World Champion Kurt Browning and three-time U.S. national Champion Johnny Weir. With Alissa Czisny, Jozef Sabovcik, Nicole Bobek and more. 7pm.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Collective Soul @ The Egg, Albany. Born during the rise of grunge and alt-rock, the band broke into mainstream popularity in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet rolls into town in support of their new album See What You Started by Continuing. With King Washington. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Lonesome Brothers @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Ray Mason and the boys celebrate three decades together – eight albums, nearly 115 original songs and 30 years. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The feature concert of the annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival finds the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra teaming up with trumpet titan and six-time Grammy Award winner Randy Brecker. With the Herberg Middle School Jazz Ensemble and the Rock On Music Camp Jazz Ensemble. 8pm. $20 & $35.

THEATER: “The Homecoming” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter, it’s a knotty, classic piece of theater, directed by Eric Hill. 2 & 7pm. Through Sunday, October 25.

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Cousin Earth. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Marco Benevento @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jack Empie & Friends @ The Linda, Albany. He’s a regular performer at the Food for Thought film series, and now he has a night in the spotlight to himself. 8pm.

MUSIC: Michael Sweet @ Chrome, Waterford. The voice of ’80s Christian rock band Stryper plays an intimate, up-close show, including the hits “Calling On You,” “Free,” “Honestly,” “To Hell With the Devil” and more. With Moriah Formica. 9pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Front Bottoms @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With the Smith Street Band and Elvis Despressdly. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Shakespeare in the Alley @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Dennis D’Asaro leads the band through a set of Irish music, followed by one of disparate retro-folk rock, reggae, bluegrass, rock ‘n roll, silliness and more. With Geri DeSeve. 7:30pm. $16; $10 under age 18.

MUSIC: Sharel Cassity Quartet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Jazz saxophonist-composer Sharel Cassity will be joined by Michael Benedict on drums, Larry Ham on piano and Mike Lawrence on bass. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Riches to Rags Benefit @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring the Ameros, Wall Dogs, the Purple Curfew and Inertia. 7pm.

THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 3 & 8pm. $20-$50.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $11.

MUSIC: Goldroom @ Parish Public House, Albany. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Chris Busone Band @ the Ale House, Troy. 9pm.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Harvest Fest @ Lark Tavern, Albany. Featuring live music by Morris Code (1pm) and Mirk (4pm). 11am-7pm.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Carson’s Woodside Tavern, Ballston Spa. Acoustic blues. 7pm.

MUSIC: That Trio Thing @ the Castle Street Cafe, Great Barrington. Jazz from Rennie Crain, Tim Coakley and Skip Parsons. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Randy Kaplan’s Music for Families @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The exceptional songwriter Randy Kaplan “doesn’t dumb it down for kids, he just expects them to come along for the ride… and they do.” (TimeOut New York) His genre-bending, fingerpicking antics are in full bloom on his latest record, Jam on Rye. 2pm. $7.

MUSIC: Unforgettable Fire @ the River Street Pub, Troy. U2 tribute band. 9:30pm.

FILM/MORE: “Strange Brew” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Beer tasting (4-7pm) and movie (7:30pm). $20.

FILM: “Despicable Me” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Minions take over downtown – well, the Palace Theatre anyway. 11am. FREE.

FILM: “The Loss of Nameless Things” @ Bridge Street Theatre’s Speakeasy, Catskill. Fascinating documentary about the tragic life of Oakley Hall III, the playwright of “Grinder’s Stand,” currently onstage at the theater. 4pm. FREE.

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