3/10/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday


MUSIC: David Byrne @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. Performing with a 12-piece, untethered band, the ex-Talking Head says, “We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. I’m excited. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense,’ so fingers crossed.” 8pm. $74, $89 & $99. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Dumpstaphunk @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Keyboardist Ivan Neville – son of Aaron Neville and former member of Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos – leads his New Orleans funk-jam outfit through their syncopated Crescent City grooves. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The 5th Annual Dustin Mele Benefit for Suicide Prevention @ Brown’s Revolution Hall, Troy. Veteran Troy guitar hero Joe Mele has once again organized an all-star benefit bash to raise funds for suicide prevention in memory of his son. Featuring Soul Sky, Super 400, Emerald City and a reunion of the original line-up of the Burners UK. A benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health Intervention Services. 6pm. $20 suggested minimum donation.

MUSIC: Chip Taylor @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Yes, he wrote “Wild Thing.” And “Angel of the Morning,” too. Yes, he’s a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Yes, he’s Jon Voight’s brother. Yes, he was once a professional gambler. And, oh yes, he’s at Caffe Lena at 8pm tonight. $27. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming Kennedy Center concert featuring works by Tower, Daugherty, Chang and Torke. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: NEQ @ Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. Guitarist Todd Nelson leads one of Greater Nippertown’s most defiantly eclectic (and danceable) bands. The all-instrumental combo also features bassist Kyle Esposito, drummer Manuel Quintana, keyboardist Mike Kelley and percussionist Carlos Valdez. 7:30pm. $20; students $10.

MUSIC: Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Post-rock kingpins. With Tashi Dorji. 8pm. $33; students $26; preferred $45.

MUSIC: Amy Rigby @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. the sublime singer-songwriter celebrates the release of The Old Guys, her first solo album in a dozen years. With Ray Mason. 7pm. $15.

THEATER: “The Humans” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play, the angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed – then shoved – into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. The cast is led by Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”) and Pamela Reed (“Parks and Recreation”) with the entire creative team from the Broadway production, including Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello and including Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Zinn. 2 & 8pm. $20–$70. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Jorma Kaukonen @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. From Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna and beyond, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and roots guitar great goes solo tonight. 8pm. $75 & $85. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: The Druids @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Get a jump on your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Direct from Ireland, the fine, four-piece rebel band will seriously rock the room. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Crowder @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Christian singer-songwriter brings his American Prodigal Tour to town. With the young escape. 7pm. $25; students $20; VIP $75.

MUSIC: Roots of Creation @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Grateful Dub Tour. With Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets. 9:30pm. $15.

ART/FASHION: Re-Imagined: A Fashion & Art Collaboration @ Hyde House, Glens Falls. Electric City Couture and 2440 Design Studio present fashion designs inspired by the Hyde Collection’s exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau on living mannequins contextualized in Hyde House in homage to the artist. The works of three regional stylists – Kim Vanyo of Khymanyo Studio, Tara Holmes of Tiane Novati and Yvonne McEachron of layered design, will be featured. 7:30pm. $20, includes light fare and a cash bar.

MUSIC: Nixon’s Spirit @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Society High and CFCQ Lacking the Piss of Assurance. 8pm. $5.

THEATER: “Curtains” @ Schenectady Light Opera, Schenectady. Directed by Adam M. Coons, the musical mystery “whodunit” follows the story of a theater as they cope with a murder on opening night. Chaos and comedy ensue… 8pm. $22-$28. Through Sunday, March 18.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ The Fountain, Albany. Traditional New Orleans and Chicago-style jazz. Parsons is joined by Tim Coakley, drums; Rob Hunt, piano; Crick Diefendorf, banjo & vocals; Pete Toigo, bass; Richard Downs, cornet, vocals; and Ken Olsen on trombone. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: The Stapletons @ Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy. The Pittsburgh-based husband and wife duo features a Celtic harpist and a Mexican guitarist performing blues-driven ballads about Civil War battles in support of their 2017 debut album, Ballads and Battles. 7pm. $20.

THEATER: “Alice in Wonderland” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Down the rabbit hole we go! The On-The-Go! school touring program serves up a juggling Mad Hatter, a unicycling White Rabbit, a breakdancing Caterpillar and more. 11am. $11; children 17 & under $9.

MUSIC: Riff Raff @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. The Houston rapper brings along DJ Afterthought, John Sisco, Podeezy & DollaBillaGates and 2Stoned. Doors at 6pm. $25.

THEATER: “The Velocity of Autumn” @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. Christine Decker and Oliver Wadsworth star in David Snider’s comedy about what happens when life becomes too hard to handle. 2 & 7:30pm. Through Sunday, March 11. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Eli Young Band @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With the Chelsea Sulkey Band. 8pm. $23.

MUSIC: Brian Dunne @ The Linda, Albany. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter returns to WAMC-FM’s theater. With Girl Blue. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Bear Tread @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. Dave Hebert (of JGB), Greg Koerner (of Dark Star Orchestra), Vinnie Amico (moe.) on drums and Alex Mazur (Gratefully Yours). 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Lemon of Choice @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Lame, The Northway, the Backseat Bullets, Scotchka and Stillwaterspecs. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Dashboard Anthem @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Fox Nuz @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Crimson Tips. 8:30pm. $7. W

BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Revue @ Hudson Harbor Steak & Seafood, Albany. Roaring Twenties-inspired hot burlesque. 8pm. $20.

THEATER: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Park Playhouse continues its 30th anniversary season with a production of the funny and touching Tony Award-winning musical by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman about a group of elementary and middle school students who come together for the County’s 25th annual spelling competition to decide which student will be sent to the National Bee in Washington, DC. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Owen Smith. 2 & 8pm. $25; students 18 & under $15. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Beatlemania Again @ Colony, Woodstock. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Hey Nineteen @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. With Peter J. Newland & RadioX. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Tropic Rhythm @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

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  1. carol says

    look at the wide array of entertainment available . We live in an amazing place– reasonable pricing, tickets often available close to showtime- decent venues and dedicated local talent and entertainment lovers like Nippertown who perform and promote the arts

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