1/6/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo & the Burn Something Beautiful Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. In support of his killer new album, Burn Something Beautiful, the acclaimed Texas rocker/troubadour brings an all-star band, featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, Kurt Block of Fastbacks and Linda Pitmon of the Baseball Project. Opening the evening is the indie-rock supergroup the Minus 5, the personnel of which bears a remarkable resemblance to the Burn Something Beautiful Band. 8pm. $25 & $30.
COMEDY: Mike Birbiglia @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. The stand-up comedian rolls into town to try out some new material with “Working It Out.” 7:30 & 10pm. $25. UPDATE: The 7pm show is now officially sold out… Also at 7 & 9:45pm Saturday.
MUSIC: Evie Ladin Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The San Francisco-based trio has wowed crowds from “A Prairie Home Companion” to Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. With Red Tail Ring. 8pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Stand With Standing Rock Benefit Concert @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Performances by William Hale, Asa Morris & the Mess, Hill Haints, Shane Sanchez, Mon Ampere, Loren Swears and Michael Labelle, as well as a raffle of various items donated from local businesses. 8:30pm. $10 suggested donation.
MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ the Williams Inn, Williamstown. Matt Lorenz – aka the Suitcase Junket – is a one-man band who plays up to four instruments at a time with his feet, arranging unique objects around himself so that he’s a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once. With Sophie Lane. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Dirkschneider @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Former Accept and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider will perform a two-hour set of Accept songs one last time on this tour. With Within the Fire and Goblet. 8pm. $30.
READING: Peter Aaron @ Inquiring Minds Bookstore, New Paltz. A reading and book-signing in support of his new book, “The Band FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana,” published by Backbeat Books. 7pm.