8/5/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. A double-barreled blast of instrumental firepower with the Chick Corea Elektric Band. 7:30pm. $59, $69 & $79. GO HERE to read a new interview with Bela Fleck…

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Dom Flemons @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The multi-instrumental American songster – formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops – is a one-man folk festival. 8pm. $27. PS: Rhiannon Giddens – another former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops – performs at The Egg on Sunday…

MUSIC: Bang on a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. More a musical happening than a concert, the six-hour marathon features an eclectic program including works by Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Vanessa Lann, Julia Wolfe, Jeffrey Brooks and more. Adventurous stuff. 4pm. $18 & $24; $12 students.

EVENT/FUNDRAISER: The MAD Collar Party @ Collar Works, Troy. The Art Yard Sale, fun, games and beats, tailgate-style eats, cash bar, great people and creative energy. Come decked out in your own eccentrically designed, detachable collars and enter the MAD Collar Contest for trophies and prizes. And the 8pm after-party with the North & South Dakotas and the Abyssmals at the Hangar on the Hudson. 6pm. $30 for it all; $10 8pm concert only.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ART: O+ Poughkeepsie, Main Street, Poughkeepsie. Music starts at 1pm. $20 suggested donation includes a t-shirt and admission to more than 25 bands – including Holly Miranda, Dust Bowl Faeries, Continental, Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Funk Junkies, Monogold – playing at various locations throughout the day and night. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Va Va Voodoos @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s the CD release party for Spook House. It’s bandleader Johnny Mystery’s 60th birthday. And it’s a wild garage-rockin’ party. With Wreckless Eric, 61 Ghosts and Two Percent.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest. Today’s line-up features Rod MacDonald, Great Bear, Joe Crookston, Adam Ezra Group, Brother Sun, Upstate Rubdown, Sawyer Fredericks, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and lots more. Music starts at 12noon. $55. GO HERE for more info and the complete main stage schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: Black Arts & Cultural Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Featuring music by Brooklyn United Marching Band (2:15pm), Dr. Ferguson & the Capital District Youth Mass Choir (2:50pm), Kay Hollywood (3:30pm), Young Paris (3:45pm), Wassa Pan Afrika (4:45pm) and headliners Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded (5:30pm). FREE.

MUSIC: Greensky Bluegrass @ Stratton Mountain, South Londonderry. With Saints & Liars. 6pm. $30; children ages 10 & under are free. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Stone Sour @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With the Dead Deeds. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

FESTIVAL: Coxsackie Riverside Festival @ Riverside Park, Coxsackie. Featuring music by Dusk to Dawn (11:30am), Grey, Wyld & Blues (2pm), Side Show Willie (4:30pm) and Rick Surrano & the 1-4-5 Blues Band (7pm). With fireworks at 9pm.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake. 8pm. $15.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: Gloversville Railfest @ Trail Station Park, Gloversville. Featuring music by Dreamcatchers (10am), Silver Wolf Tribe Belly Dance (11:20am), Emily Smith (12:40pm), Vinny Saj Band (2pm), Junk Rocket (3:40pm) and Perfect Landing (5:30pm). Fireworks at dusk. 10am.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 9pm.

CABARET: Steve Ross @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The cabaret star pays tribute to Fred Astaire. 8pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Special guests Michael Allman and Duane Betts join in a tribute to the music and legacy of Gregg Allman. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC/FILM: Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Steven Spielberg’s cinematic triumph “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will be shown on four HD screens and accompanied by a live performance of John Williams’s Academy Award-winning score with Stéphane Denève conducting. 8pm.

COMEDY: Berkshire Comedy Festival @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The third annual fest features host Paul Anthony, along with Andy Pitz, Rich Walker, Carie Karavas and John Santo. 8pm. $35 & $40.

EVENT: Northampton Record Fair @ The Deuce (World War II Club), Northampton. 30 tables of dealers selling vinyl, CDs and more. $5 from 9-11am; FREE thereafter.

THEATER: “At Home at the Zoo” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Directed by Eric Hill, Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story)” joins Albee’s classic 1959 play, “The Zoo Story,” with its prequel, “Homelife” (2004) written 45 years later. 2 & 8pm. $52. Through Saturday, August 26.

MUSIC: Don Byron & Friends @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The jazz legend brings his group of Woodstock-area musician friends – including Bruce Katz, Joey Eppard, Mike Nappi, Scott Petito and Matt Finck for “An Evening of Early Soul Music,” a jazz-funk tribute to the music of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Junior Walker and others. 9pm. $20.

COMEDY: Sorry Not Sorry @ the Low Beat, Albany. Improv comedy. With Down the Rabbit Hole. 1pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Winter’s Tale” @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! Elizabeth Carlson-Guerin directs the second production of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s 2017 summer season. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Martin Sexton @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The singer-songwriter extends his tour in support of his ninth studio album, Mixtape of the Open Road. 9pm. $30-$50.

MUSIC: Thomas Doncker & the True Groove All-Stars @ Colony, Woodstock. Celebrating the vinyl release of The Mess We Made. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Mamma Mia!” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The smash hit jukebox musical is jam-packed with those sunny, irresistibly catchy songs of ABBA. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, August 13.

MUSIC: Alta Havana @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Vishtèn @ Kymar Winery and Distillery, Charlotteville. The multi-instrumental powerhouses Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse bring their enchanting traditional Acadian music. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “Oklahoma!” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical revolutionized the genre with its closely integrated book and score, in which a diverse assortment of individuals struggle to create lives for themselves in the newly settled Oklahoma Territory. Hit tunes include “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” 1:30m. Through August 22.

MUSIC: Probing Digit @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. With Angels on the Fourth. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Steve Gorn @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. The bansuri flutist is joined by Sanjoy Banerjee (vocals) and Samir Chatterjee (tabla) for a program of Indian ragas. 8pm. $25-$45.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes Duo @ Kings Tavern, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jasper String Quartet @ Templeton Hall, Cooperstown. Kids and their families can use their musical imagination to find the story within music in this fun and engaging performance. 11am. $5.

DANCE: Parsons Dance @ PS21, Chatham. Parsons Dance, a perennial favorite at PS21, returns to present a breathtaking program of energized, athletic ensemble work. 8pm.

MUSIC: Cryin’ Out Loud @ Powers Park, Troy. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Wheel @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Clear Mind @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Ozymandias, Promise the Unbreakable, Chris Cool Peeples. 8pm.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Alan Courtis @ Or Gallery & Tavern, Hudson. The prolific Buenos Aires-based composer has straddled the international noise underground and the academic-centered modern composition scenes since the early 1990s. With Rambutan, Luciernaga. 8pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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