11/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Windham Hill: A Winter’s Solstice @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Musicians who made their names on the Windham Hill label – pianist Liz Story, singer/multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness – have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. 7:30pm. $27 & $34.

MUSIC: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Mothership is landing! The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer leads the combined funk circus that revolutionized ’70s funk by splicing in such influences as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone and earning more than 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. 8pm. $28. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s Night Two of the charmingly eclectic band’s two-night stand to celebrate the release of their new CD, Tonal Indulgence. 8pm. $22. GO HERE and HERE for CD reviews…

MUSIC: Steel Guitar Extravaganza @ The Hangar, Troy. Cindy Cashdollar teams up with Kevin Maul and the Lustre Kings for terrific night of twang-filled fun. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Let’s Be Leonard @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the release of their debut album, Cow. 9:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: Don Byron & Friends @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The woodwind wizard brings an allstar band to the stage – vocalist Dean Bowman, keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Scott Petito, guitarist Matt Finck and drummer Zachary Alford – play the music of Junior Walker, Ray Charles and more. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. It’s her Winter Acoustic Tour. 8pm. $50.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: David Bromberg @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Guitar great. 8pm. $20, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. With He Bird She Bird and Jim Barbaro. 8pm.

MUSIC: Club d’Elf @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Moroccan-centric fusion jazz-rockers team up with keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist Reeves Gabrells (David Bowie, the Cure) for one wild night. 9pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC: The Irish Rovers @ The Egg, Albany. The Celtic favorites are back with their ongoing “Farewell to Rovin’ Tour,” playing their hit records “The Unicorn,” “Wasn’t That a Party,” “Drunken Sailor” and more. 7:30pm. $34.

MUSIC: Roomful of Blues @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Hammo’s Brewpub & Lodge, Hensonville. 8pm.

MUSIC: Crazy Swedes @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Bump and Belle-Skinner. 8pm.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors, Schenectady. Andrew Ginsburg is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer, champion bodybuilder and fitness expert who has performed in comedy clubs and colleges across the country. With Maria Heinegg, Ethan Ullman and Thomas Attila Lewis. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Phyllis Chapell & SIORA @ the Madison Theater, Albany. 8pm. $12.

MASTERCLASS: Chuck D’Aloia @ Rocky’s Music Studio, Rensselaer. The world class guitarist, composer and educator presents a masterclass. 3pm. $20.

MUSIC: Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 10pm.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ Geno’s On the Ave, Schenectady. 9pm.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Katie O’Byrne’s, Schenectady. With Horror Business and Ike’s Wasted World. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Dolly Dagger Hendrix Experience @ the Tavern at the A, Pittsfield. Guitarist Arthur Holmes leads the Hendrix tribute band. With Raw Energy. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Maurizio @ the Towne Tavern, Acerill Park. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Mary Verdi @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. It’s the sixth annual Mary Verdi Christmas Show, a high-energy, fun-filled performance that will have the entire family singing along to their favorite carols. Featuring her band, Billy Keane, the Dalton Ballet Troupe, a children’s choir, Berkshire Music School violinists, the Berkshire Concert Choir and, of course, Santa Claus. 2 & 7pm. $27; $10 children.

MUSIC: Handel’s Messiah Sing @ First Congregational Church, Great Barrington. Frank Nemhauser conducts the Berkshire Bach Players. Sing along – bring your own score, borrow one or buy one for $15. 4pm. Donations welcome.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Child Bite @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Skeptic and Outnumber the Living. Doors open at 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jazz Caravan @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Road Kings @ the Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Randy & Craig @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 8pm.

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