7/23/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Mamadou Kelly & Ban Kai Na @ Freedom Square, Troy. The Malian blues virtuoso and his band bring an encyclopedic knowledge of Mali’s music and new sophistication to the sounds from Niafunke. With free food and arts activities. 5pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. It’s Day Three of the 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday with performances by Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets, Mister F, School Bus Yellow, Black Mountain Symphony, the Blind Owl Band, the Hornitz, Ampevene and Brian LaPoint & the Joints. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…

MUSIC: Jack & Amanda Palmer @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Amanda Palmer and (her father) Jack Palmer celebrate their brand new album You Got Me Singing, featuring covers of tunes from such diverse songbags as Tom T. Hall, Leoneard Cohen and Kimya Dawson. With Thor & Friends. Doors open at 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: White Denim @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Austin rockers ride into town in support of their new album, Stiff. With Mirk. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Roomful of Blues @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. The veteran horn-fueled band has been pumping out swingin’ jump blues and high-voltage R&B for nearly a half century now. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Jean Rohe & the End of the World @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. With the all-star acoustic trio Haas Kowert Tice. 7pm. $22. GO HERE for an interview and more info…

MUSIC: Bang On a Can Allstars @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Playing Brian Eno’s ambient music classic, “Music for Airports,” as well as works by Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gabriella Smith, Rene Lussier and more. 8pm. $18 & $22; $12 students.

THEATER: “A Kind Shot” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. An autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Terri Mateer, a six-foot, one-inch former pro basketball player, model, stripper, designer and actor. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through Sunday.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Performing “A Misummer Night’s Dream at 2pm and the 50th anniversary gala featuring the world premiere of Peck’s “Scherzo Fantastique” and the SPAC premiere of Wheeldon’s “Rhapsody in Blue “at 8pm.

MUSIC: Angels on the Fourth @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The CD release party for the band’s debut EP, Breaking Skin. With the Black Ships, the End Men and Machete. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. 8pm. $45. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Music on six stages throughout downtown including Porch Fire, Fenimore Blues, Sirsy, Erin Harkes Band, the Racing City Chorus and Alan Darcy. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC/DANCE: Vanaver Caravan @ PS21, Chatham. “Turn, Turn, Turn: Celebrating Pete Seeger in Song and Dance” is a full-length, multimedia production inspired by Livia & Bill Vanaver’s 40-year relationship with the legendary music maker and activist. 8pm. $30; $15 students.

THEATER: “A Night With Janis Joplin” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Kelly McIntyre stars as the electrifying blues-rock singer in the play written and directed by Randy Johnson. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, August 7. GO HERE to read review…

FAIR: Saratoga County Fair @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s the first fair of the year! Fried dough, racing pigs, chainsaw sculptors, amusement rides and music by Big Sky Country, John Kribs & Friends and the Spurs USA. 8:30am.

MUSIC: Society High @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s Whiskey Shot Records fifth annual Punk Rock Summer Slam. With Girth Control, the Savage Randys and Lame. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Vijay Iyer @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The extraordinary musician presents a solo jazz piano concert as part of the New Century, New Voices III series. 8pm.

DANCE: Paul Taylor Dance Company @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 3 & 7:30pm. $25, $50 & $65.

MUSIC: Marty McDermott @ the Valatie Bar & Grill, Valatie. 8pm.

THEATER: “Chicago” @ Washington Park Lakehouse, Albany. Park Playhouse presents the Kander & Ebb musical about murderers Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly, who try to turn crime into fame. 8pm. FREE-$24. Through Saturday, July 30.

MUSIC: Pete Sweeney Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Michelle Shocked @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $20. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

THEATER: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Last chance! “Feeeeed meee…” 2 & 8pm. $25, $50 & $65. GO HERE to read the review…

MUSIC: reaLation @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Walking Tree and Under the Den. 9pm. $8.

THEATER: “Fiorello!” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Last chance! 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. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Triskele @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Celtic folk band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The E-Block @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Hasty Page. 7pm. $8.

THEATER: “Second Coming: The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers (Commonly Called Shakers)” @ the Shaker Meeting House at the Shaker Heritage Society, Colonie. A new play-with-music, written and directed by local playwright Bruce Cornwell. 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday, July 24.

MUSIC: ChaosChaos @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Sisters Asy and Chloe Saavedra, formerly known as Smoosh. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Let Go Daylight @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With the Further Unsound and Bent. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Al Bruno @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Guardians of the Treasure” @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. The Creative Place International presents the play adapted and directed by Mary Jane Hansen. 7:30pm. $25; $10 children. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Gideon Putnam Restaurant, Saratoga Springs. 6-9pm.

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