6/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The 40th annual edition of the two-day fest kicks off with Chaka Khan, Jacob Collier, Jean-Luc Ponty, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Suffers, Dave Stryker Organ Quartet, Barbara Fasano, Jack Broadbent, Shabaka & the Ancestors, the Arub Ortiz Trio. 12noon. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Day Two of the three-day folk fest features Anne Hills, Fiesta del Norte, Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, Archie Fisher, Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet, Alash, Pat Donohue, the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, the Press Gang, more. 9am. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Hutton Brickyards, Kingston. The Never Ending Tour settles in for the second of a two-night Hudson Valley stand. 8pm. $75 & $125.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MOCA, North Adams. Yes, it’s back. Day Two of Wilco’s three-day features the band performing along with Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Kurt Vile & the Violators, the Robert Glasper Experiment, Television, Kevin Morby, Bread & Puppet Theater, Peter Wolf, Deep Sea Diver, Big Thief, The Shaggs, Joan Shelley, Kacy & Clayton, the Jeff Parker Trio, the Alloy Orchestra, John Hodgman, Nick Offerman, Jim Elkington, DJ Funkhauser, Michelle Buteau, Eugene Mirman, the Show Show with Jean Grae and DJ Quelle Chris, the Story Pirates, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Max Hatt & Edda Glass, Hari Kondabolu, more. 12noon. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/FILM/MUSIC: QWERTY: The Second Annual Festival of Type & the Letter Arts @ the Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. Live music by the Boston Typerwriter Orchestra and a screening of the documentary, “California Typewriter.” Gates & snack bar open at 3:30pm. $15; $8 for kids 15 & younger. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

MUSIC: John Paul White @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One half of the Grammy Award-winning duo the Civil Wars brings his country-flavored neo-folk music to town. With pop-noir singer-songwriter Lera Lynn, of TV’s “True Detective” fame. 9pm.

MUSIC: International Blues Challenge @ The Linda, Albany. The Capital Region Blues Network presents the Amy Ryan Band, Misty Blues, Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Wyld Blu, competing for the privelige of representing Greater Nippertown at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. 7pm. $12.

ART RECEPTION/PERFORMANCE: “The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness” @ The School, Kinderhook. Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The opening reception will feature drinks, music and a performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB. 2-6pm.

MUSIC: Chris Botti @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The contemporary jazz trumpeter returns to the Koussevitzky Music Shed for a concert with the Boston Pops and guest conductor Lawrence Loh. 8pm. $23-$124.

MUSIC: Maswick & Brown @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Renowned Saratoga guitarist Joel Brown has been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Tanglewood, with the Boston Pops, and on stages around the globe. Dave Maswick was in the early MTV hit band Blotto, and has long played bass for The Stony Creek Band, a progressive country-bluegrass outfit. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: NEQ @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Following the debut of their new five-piece line-up last week, Todd Nelson & Co. return to their trio format tonight. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Big Idea @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Guitarist-vocalist Bert Pagano leads the band. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Big Mean Sound Machine @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Hannah Gill & the Hours. 9:30pm. $15.

COMEDY: Tom Arnold @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 5pm, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Searson @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. From Ottawa Valley, Canada, Searson blends Celtic traditions with Canadian old-time sounds combining spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Ziggy Bates @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. A blend of Gypsy jazz, folk, funk and R&B. 9pm.

THEATER: “Upon This Rock: The Magdalene Speaks” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Roxanne Fay (“Home Fires Burning,” “Dream Child”) returns to BST with a new solo show, a fascinating and imaginative reconstruction of the life of Mary Magdalene, follower of Jesus of Nazareth. 7:30pm. $20; students $10. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Ethel @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The forward-thinking string quartet plays music inspired by the likes of Stevie Nicks and Aretha Franklin, as well as works by Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe. 8pm. $25 & $45. Also a Young People’s concert at 11am. $5; under age 16 free.

THEATER: “Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. An electronic pop musical by Nikko Benson & Benjamin Halstead. Directed by Marshall Pailet, the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s season-opening production turns up the volume on one of history’s most influential and controversial innovators, Nikola Tesla. 7:30pm. $34-$45. Through Saturday, July 1.

MUSIC: Society High @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Savage Randys, Nine Votes Short and the Addison Boys. 8pm. $7.

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Oblivion Saints and Vicious Rotten Hell Bastards. 8:30pm. $8.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. Featuring headliner Tony Deyo. 8pm. $20.

FESTIVAL: Shmaltz Brewing Company Beer Festival @ Shmaltz Brewing Company, Clifton Park. It’s a fourth anniversary party with beer, food, games and live music by Avenue of the Pines. 1-5pm. $25; designated driver $10.

MUSIC: Hopkins & McEvoy @ the Schoharie River Center, Esperance. “Grass fed folk” from banjo man Scott Hopkins and guitarist Karen Ann McEvoy. With Drew Jacobs. 7pm. $12 or $25 per family.

THEATER: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical delivers an evening of rock ‘n roll classics featuring Brycen Katolinsky (as Elvis Presley), Colin Summers (as Carl Perkins), Gabriel Aronson (as Jerry Lee Lewis) and Bill Sheets (as Johnny Cash). 2 & 8pm. $65. Through Saturday, July 15.

MUSIC: Rock Steady! @ Mount Washington House and Tavern, Hillsdale. Danceable, horn-infused mix of R&B, rock’n’roll, reggae, blues and New Orleans-style funk. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Given to Fly @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Pearl Jam tribute band. 9:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Rip Van Winkle” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The California-based Rose Center Repertory Troupe performs their brand new old-fashioned musical comedy, under the direction of Tim Nelson. 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar, Malta. 6:30pm.

COMEDY: Ed Smyth @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. With Patrick Holbert and Jerry Dymond. 8pm. FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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