6/8/16: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday
MUSIC: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ The Egg, Albany. After a four year hiatus, one of the most inventive bands on the planet returns with their signature fusion of jazz, bluegrass, funk, rock and classical music and their original members – banjo phenom Bela Fleck, bassmaster Victor Wooten, harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy and the other-worldly percussionist Futureman. Hold onto your hats. 7:30pm. $44.50 & $49.50.
MUSIC: International Orange @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Their original jazz-funk fusion unites the slide guitar of the American south with the rhythmic sensibilities of India, Africa and Brazil, featuring Todd Isler (drums, hand drums), David Phelps, (guitars), Gaku Takanashi (bass) and Dan Stein (keys). 12noon. FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Directors @ First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Schenectady. Capital District Jazz, Ltd. presents a scholarship fundraising concert to benefit the All Ears Summer Jazz Camps, featuring Keith Pray (alto sax), Brian Patneaude (tenor sax), Arthur Falbush (trumpet), Mark Kleinhaut (guitar), Scott Bassinson (piano), Mike Lawrence (bass) and Bob Halek (drums). 6:30pm. $15; $10 students.
MASTERCLASS: Composers’ Masterclass @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Composers Jacob Cooper and Ted Hearne of Sleeping Giant, a celebrated collective of six brilliant young composers, will provide insight into the world of composition, while mentoring young composers. Recognized for their daring innovations, stylistic range, and acute attention to instrumental nuance, Cooper and Hearne will share the secrets behind composing and creating their art. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Bob Warren Trio @ the Little Theater on the Farm, Fort Edward. The Greenwich master singer-songwriter gets down on the farm… 7pm. $10; $7 students & seniors. GO HERE for a recent concert review…
COMEDY: Andy Sandford @ the Garage, Pittsfield. Hailed as “one of New York’s comedic gems” by The Village Voice, the stand-up comic rolls into town for the latest installment of the Wednesday Night Laugh Lounge Series. 8pm. $15.
THEATER: “Presto Change-O” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The new musical by Eric Price and Joel Waggoner tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 11.