11/14/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


PARTY/FUNDRAISER: Jason Martin Benefit Concert/Party @ the Takk House, Troy. A benefit bash for Local 518 musical maverick Jason Martin’s medical fund emceed by Aaron Smith and featuring performances the Allstar Coconut Show, Bunnybrains, C Lavender, David Russell, DJ Goldee Dust, DJ Mercy, Georgia O’Peach, Persephone Pomme, Swamp Baby and more. 7pm doors; 7:30pm performances. $20 suggested donation. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Marshall Crenshaw @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Simply one of the finest pop songwriters around. 6:30 & 8:30pm. $22.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “A Great Notion: The Alan Lomax Century” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Lost Radio Rounders host this benefit for the Caffe, as they pay tribute to the great folk song collector Alan Lomax. With Annie & Jonny Rosen (of Annie & the Hedonists), Mark Tolstrup, George Wilson and Rich Bala. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The quartet brings their unique mix of literate songwriting, bluegrass fire and classical training featuring fiddle phenom Megan Gugliotta, Berklee-trained bassist Bill Strohm and mandolin master Brendan Donovan. 4pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. ALSO: A songwriting workshop led by C.B. Smith from 10am-12noon. GO HERE for their CD review…

MUSIC: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. They’re back in the Spa City for the first time since their knock-out performance at SPAC during Farm Aid 2013. With Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band and Rich Ortiz. 9pm. $17. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Bill Staines @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The true-hearted troubadour returns with a deep songbag that he’s accumulated during more than 40 years on the road. With Eric Washburn. 7:30pm. $16; $10 under age 18.

MUSIC: ScumFest 3 Record Release/Listening Party @ the Low Beat, Albany. Celebrating the release of the ScumFest 3 live compilation album recorded in 2014 in Duanesburg. With live performances by Lumpen Proles, Chloroform Party and Phantom Signals. 7pm doors; 8pm bands. $5. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Della Mae @ Hinge, Northampton. Five women playin’ some blazin’ bluegrass in support of their self-titled third album on Rounder Records. With Eavesdrop. 9:30pm. $17.

THEATER: Sundance Theatre Lab @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Work-in-progress peeks at three new stage musicals in development – Obie Award-winning writer Kirsten Childs’ “Buffalo Bella: An American Tall Tale;” Cory Hinkle, Victoria Stewart, Jeremy Wilhelm and David Wilhelm’s “Clandestino;” and Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Adam Guettel and Obie Award-winning bookwriter Craig Lucas’ still untitled new work. 8pm. $15 & $22; $5 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Amy Ryan Band @ the Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. Winners of the Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Band Showdown, Amy Rayn and the boys are raising funds for their trip to Memphis to represent Greater Nippertown in the International Blues Challenge. With the Reverberators and SideShow Willie. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Fred Eaglesmith @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. The Canadian alt-country singer-songwriter heads to Troy. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: “GROOVIN’: A ’60s & ’70s Musical Journey” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A three-hour time-trippin’ tribute to the sounds of Van Morrison, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Joe Cocker, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond and more featuring performances by Lou Chitty, Krista David, Jenna DeBrino, Katie DePalma, Scott Garling, Pat Ginnelly, Kevin Hendricks, Paul Jenkins, Neil Laya, Collette, Donna Lee, Mick Murdick, Gregory Nash, Bryan O’Neill, Heather Quinn, Baily Theresa and Lenny Thomas. 7pm. $20-$35.

MUSIC: Bopitude Drum Battle @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Yes, the Cohoes Music Hall is hosting concerts again! The jazz concert features four drummers – Michael Benedict, Pete Sweeney, Brian Melick and Bob Halek doing battle, accompanied by Bopitude. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students.GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Cole Swindell @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The country star steps into the Clifton Park spotlight. With Adams sanders. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

DANCE/MUSIC: Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. The award-winning guitarist Paco Pena performs “Flamencura” with his hand-picked company of dancers, guitarists and singers, dramatically illustrating the razor-sharp precision and emotional spontaneity that comprise flamenco dance. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: The Hot Club of Saratoga @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Swingin’ Gypsy jazz from the Spa City. 8pm. $12.

THEATER: “Polina” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Michael Viktor Butler’s play, telling the tale of a beautiful young woman who steps nightly from the paintings her son obsessively renders, to murder and feast upon the genitals of young, male virgins. Starring Butler, Irene McMahon and puppet master Erica Johnson. 8pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.

MUSIC/PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Bumper Jacksons @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Last week the Washington, DC-based band played an intimate concert at Caffe Lena. Now they’re playing a swing dance in Kingston. Now that’s versatility… With free swing dance lesson at 7pm; dance at 9pm. $10.

THEATER: “BOND: The story of a soldier and his dog” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. East coast premiere. The one-man/one-dog show show written and performed by Logan Black tells the story of his experiences as a Specialized Search Dog Handler, training and later working alongside his bomb-sniffing K-9 partner Diego in Iraq. 7:30pm. $15; $10 for students, seniors & veterans. Through November 15.

MUSIC: Starstruck @ the River Street Pub, Troy. With Code Blue, the Hotel View and J.J. Savage. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Royal Concept @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. In support of their Smile EP, the Swedish alternative-pop quartet takes the stage at the Hollow. With Parade of Lights and NYC alt-rockers Tribe Society. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Alvin Youngblood Hart @ The Falcon, Marlboro. One of today’s finest country blues players. With Dante DeFelice. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Sinatra Centennial @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Jerry Gretzinger of the Singing Anchors pays tribute to the vast Frank Sinatra songbook. 8pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Towne Tavern, Averill Park. 9pm.

BURLESQUE: S.P.A.M. @ the Low Beat, Albany. Scooter Pie at Midnight. 12midnight.

MUSIC: Art Garfunkel @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The taller half of the Simon & Garfunkel duo. 8pm. $74 & $84. GO HERE to read a review of his recent show at The Egg…

MUSIC: Sandy McKnight @ the Dream Away Lodge, Becket. The power-popsmith turns in an acoustic duo performance with bassist Chris Wisniewski. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Unlikely Hero @ the Parish Public House, Albany. The eclectic Maryland quartet makes a tour stop in Albany in support of their debut EP, The Road That We Travel. 9pm. $8.

MUSIC: The New Christy Minstrels @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Still led by founding member Randy Sparks, the Grammy Award-winning folk music group from the ’60s sings such faves as “Today,” “Saturday Night,” “Denver,” “Mighty Mississippi” and “Green, Green.” 7pm. $25, $45 & $55.

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

MUSIC: Dopapod @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With the Nth Power. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Jamband Invasion @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Featuring DJ Neo, Sundaze and Upstate Jam Company. 9:30pm. $6.

THEATER: “Holy Laughter” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. WAM Theatre’s production of Catherine Trieschmann’s play follows an Episcopal priest who finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. 2 & 7:30pm. $35. Through Sunday, November 22.

MUSIC: Groovestick @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Big Sky Country @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Tenors @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. All proceeds benefit the make-A-Wish Foundation. 2pm. $10.

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