8/5/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Slaid Cleaves @ Caffe Lena in the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter born in Maine with the heart and soul of a Texan spins earthy ballads with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. 7pm. $24.
MUSIC: The Midnight Ramble Band @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. The Ramble vet will be joined by special guests Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin for a musical celebration in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Band’s Last Waltz. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day One of the folk fest features Brother Sun, the Gaslight Tinkers, Heather Maloney, the Mike + Ruthy Band, Patty Larkin, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, SONiA disappear fear, Vance Gilbert and lots more. 12noon. GO HERE for more info and the daily schedule of performers…
MUSIC: Red Haired Strangers @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Country blues under the stars as the UpBeat on the Roof concert series continues. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: S.A.V.E. the Lake Festival @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Day One of the fourth annual fundraising fest features music by Meet the Mockers (4pm) and Grand Central Station (6pm). $10; free for ages 16 & under.
MUSIC: Shelley King @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Austin’s reigning queen of Americana-blues is joined by Cindy Cashdollar, Brandon Morrison and Perry Drake in support of her latest album, Building a Fire, recorded with members of the subdudes. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Stéphane Denève conducts some Ravel and Tchaikovsky and the world premiere of a new Michael Torke composition. With dancers from the New York City Ballet. 8pm.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. The monthly arts and culture event. 5-9pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. The monthly arts and cultural event also features music by the Matchstick Architects, James O’Neill and the Tuesday Trio Plus Two. 5-8pm. FREE.
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. 8pm. Through Sunday, August 7. GO HERE to read review…
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring live music by Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers with dance lessons and demos by Emily Vanston & Ray Davis. 7pm lesson; 8pm dance. $15; $10 students & seniors.
THEATER: “Comedy of Errors” @ the Ten Broeck Mansion Garden, Albany. Confetti Stage presents the Shakespeare classic directed by John A. Nickles. 7:30pm. $15; $8 kids age 12 & under. Through Sunday, August 14.
THEATER: “All Shook Up” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley—is a hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical comedy, rocking straight out of ’50s middle America, replete with a guitar-strumming roustabout riding into a small town square and changing everything. 7pm. $10. Also at 2 & 7pm Saturday.
THEATER: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” @ the First Congregational Church, Williamstown. Directed by Brandon Burns, the Starlight Stage Youth Theatre celebrates its 41st season with a stage adaptation of Douglas Adams’ sci-fi gem. 7pm. $10; $7 children. Through Saturday.
THEATER: “The Last Chance Diner” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The SLCA Youth Theatre Players present the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy written and directed by Val Kavanaugh and Sue Frost, with music by Jim Holmes. 7pm. $4. Also at 2:30pm Saturday.