7/2/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Lately his setlists have been loaded with standards from his last two Frank Sinatra-inspired albums, but really, you never know what to expect from Bob these days. With the sublime soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples opening the show – and worth the price of admission by herself. 7pm. $37.50-$149.50.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The foot-stompin’, jug-blowin’ boys are back for a special Fourth of July/Sadie Hawkins extraganza – completely unplugged – as a benefit for the theater. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra @ MASS MoCA’s Dré Pavilion, North Adams. It’s a Roaring ’20s, Jazz Era dance party with the rollickin’ 11-piece band that promises everything but the cigarette smoke. 8pm. $18 & $24; $12 students. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Revelers @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Lafayette, Louisiana band whose music is a masterful mix of Cajun, zydeco and ‘50s-inflected swamp-rock. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
MUSIC: Ankie van der Meer & Nanne Kalma @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The Dutch duo performs zesty, life-affirming and often witty performances of maritime, folk and traditional songs, as well as new songs about peace, love and humorous events. 7pm. $20.
CIRCUS: “YOL” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. YOL, which means “road” or “way” in Turkish, tells the story of one girl on a mystical journey, exploring a path formed by her own curiosity and imagination. A story told through a mix between a new form of circus and theatre, YOL explores what our beliefs say about us and the possibility of returning to a childlike wonder about the world around us. 7:30pm. $20; $10 children.
THEATER: “The Rose Tattoo” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. Obie Award-winner Trip Cullman directs Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in this new production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating comedy. 3:30 & 8pm. $40-$68.
MUSIC: The Arturo O’Farrill Quartet @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. Kicking off the Jazz at the Maverick concert series this season with two Afro Latin jazz performances – a Young People’s Concert at 11am ($5; free for those under age 16) and an evening concert at 8pm ($25 & $55; $5 students).
DANCE: “Viva MOMIX” @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Presenting a collection of company and audience favorites, creating a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own. 8pm. $28 & $78. Also at 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Don Byron & Friends @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The master clarinetist/saxman and his heavyweight pals pay tribute to Junior Walker, Ray Charles and other soul-R&B greats with “Do the Boomerang.” 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: Early Elton @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Rich Pagano (the Fab Faux) teams up with Jeff Kazee and John Conte (both of Southside Johnny) to perform Tumbleweed Connection in its entirety. 8pm. $35 & $35.
MUSIC: The Yardbirds @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. OK, there’s really only one of the original Yardbirds left in this band – drummer Jim McCarty – but the newer recruits are pretty damn good – guitarist Johnny A (Peter Wolf), bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan), singer/blues harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone (Ram Jam) and guitarist/singer John Idan. With Connor Kennedy & Minstrel. 8pm. And a pre-show deck party with Professor Louie & the Crowmatix at 6:30pm. $28.
THEATER: “American Son” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield. Christopher Demos-Brown’s explosive new drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Over the course of one evening, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving their son, the police and an abandoned car. 8pm. Through Saturday, July 9. GO HERE to read review…
FILM: “Bayou Maharajah” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A documentary film by Lily Keber that explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” 5:45pm. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Merging elements of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, calypso, hip-hop and folk music, the band celebrates the recent release of their debut album, Everything Lasts Forever. 8pm.
THEATER: “Kimberly Akimbo” @ Barrington Stage Company’s Blatt Center, Pittsfield. Starring Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show”) and set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, David Lindsay-Adaire’s hilarious and heartrending play focuses on a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than normal… and her dysfunctional family. 3 & 7:30pm. Through Saturday, July 16. GO HERE to read review…
THEATER: “Cost of Living” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney directs the world premiere of Martyna Majok’s play about four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Featuring Wendell Pierce, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan and Rebecca Naomi Jones. 3:30 & 8pm. $58. Through Sunday, July 10.
THEATER: “Island Song” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Last chance! Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its season with the new musical from Sam Carner and Derek Gregor examining the struggle of finding love, the struggle of finding success, and above all, the struggle of finding yourself in a big city where everyone seems somehow interconnected. Directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter. 7:30pm. $32, $38 & $45.
THEATER: “Fiorello!” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. What is a progressive politician? Look no further than Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical “Fiorello!,” a big-hearted look at Mayor LaGuardia and his battle for the people of New York City. Directed by Bob Moss. 2 & 8pm. $60. Through Saturday, July 23. GO HERE to read review…