2/12/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
Drawing of Nathan Williams by Charles Haymes
MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ The Egg, Albany. Perhaps best known for his work as lead guitarist for the reconstituted Black Crowes, Phil Lesh & Friends and Trigger Hippy, roots-rock singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is touring behind his critically acclaimed new album, Back to Birth, his first solo album in five years. With Hollis Brown. NOTE: The Fairground Saints – previously announced as the opening act – will not be performing. 8pm.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas @ the Century Club, Amsterdam. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Nathan Williams and his Louisiana zydeco kingpins fire up a belated Mardi Gras dance party for the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation to raise funds for the 2016 Riverlink Park Concert Series. Cocktail hour at 6pm; Cajun buffet catered by Dan’s Backyard BBQ at 7pm; music at 8pm. $50 in advance; $60 at the door.
MUSIC: Jill Hughes @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The Local 518’s super soul/jazz singer serves up a special show focusing on the music of Stevie Wonder and providing the perfect soundtrack to kick off Valentine’s Day weekend. 7:30pm. $15.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/DANCE: The Flurry @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. A smorgasbord of music and participatory dance with more than 200 events stretched out over three days. Featuring the Gaslight Tinkers, Spare Parts, George Wilson, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Quickstep, Graham Tichy Band, more. 7pm.
MUSIC: Foghorn Stringband @ The Linda, Albany. Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American stringband music known for “reaching into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place.” Or as they describe it – “ass kickin’ redneck stringband music.” With special guests Mike + Ruthy. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Jack Grace Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The New York Times called him “Cole Porter meets Gene Autry.” Jack Grace spices up his rootsy country numbers with a sense of humor that is laugh-out-loud absurdist. 8pm. $20.
THEATER: “Heathers: The Musical” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Yes, it’s something different for Club Helsinki – a stage musical based on the 1988 cult film that recounts the story of three girls named Heather, who rule Westerberg High with an iron fist. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime when she falls for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place: six feet under. 7:30pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: “What’s Going On: An Anthology of the Music of Marvin Gaye” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A tribute to the great Motown soul singer. “Let’s get it on…” 8pm. $20-$35.
THEATER: Big Dance Theater @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. “This Page Left Intentionally Blank” brings the galleries to new light in this performance-based museum audio tour. Manipulating the norms of the guide/visitor dynamic, participants don headphones and embark on an adventure through the galleries to discover what lies beyond the blank page of existence. Space is extremely limited. 12noon & 3pm. Gallery admission plus $5. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Jacqueline Wright & Paul Quigley @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Troy. Flutist, active recitalist and freelance musician Jacqueline Wright is joined by guitarist Paul Quigley as they perform works by Beaser and Pujol. 12noon.
MUSIC: The Singing Anchors @ the Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park. A four-course dinner and music by Jerry Gretzinger, Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn in the Singing Anchors’ Valentine’s Day Show. 6pm. $68. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
MUSIC: Nate Wooley @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The trumpet player caps his EMPAC recording residency with the performance, “For Kenneth Gaburo,” blending traditional trumpet techniques with mouth shapes and sounds common to ordinary speech. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 8pm. Through Sunday, February 14. GO HERE to read review…
DANCE: Gerard & Kelly @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. In this score-based, thought-provoking performance installation originally commissioned by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, the performers transmit and transform the instructions for a kiss into a machine-like production of unscripted representations of intimacy. Doing away with fixed seating, the artists place the audience in a “catch-as-catch-can” interactive experience inviting them to roam freely to watch the action or stay out of its way. 7 & 8:15pm. $20; $15 students & seniors.
MUSIC: The Jody Shayne Trio @ Athos Restaurant, Albany. The singer is joined by pianist Scott Bassinson and bassist Russ Brooks for an evening of romantic ballads and love songs, including music from her new CD, Firefly Rides. 7pm.
MUSIC: Ensemble ACJW @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The program features music by Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel, as well as the world premiere of a new work, “Baby,” by Ted Hearne. 8pm; 7pm pre-performance discussion.
MUSIC: Williams Chamber Players @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Performing the Mozart Trio in B flat, K. 502, Zachary Wadsworth’s song cycle, “Present and Future,” Chen Yi’s “YangKo for Solo Violin and Two Percussionists: Elastically,” and Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2. 8pm. FREE.