4/13/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Friday

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MUSIC: Africa Unplugged @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Music Haven’s Passport Series presents a double bill featuring South African guitarist Derek Gripper and Mali’s Trio Da Kali – three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Black Violin @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The genre-bustin’ band is led by violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive “classical boom” sound. 7:30pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50 & $49.50.

EVENT: Capitol Region Guitar Show @ Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs. Vendors and dealers in all things with strings from around the country. 5-9pm. $7; kids under age 12 admitted free; bring a guitar for a $2 discount. Also 10am-5pm Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Eric Andersen @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A star of the ’60s folk era, his songs have been covered by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. He’s also collaborated with Lou Reed, Townes Van Zandt and Rick Danko. He takes the stage tonight in support of his brand new 2-CD career retrospective compilation, The Essential Eric Andersen. 8pm. $37. GO HERE to read an interview…

MUSIC: Neutron Rats @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s not just an album release party the band’s new album, Primitive Past​/​/​Nuclear Future. Sadly, it’s also the Rats’ farewell show. With Dirt Church and Postage. 7:30pm. $13 (including a copy of the new LP).

MUSIC: Moriah Formica @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Shaker High School student made a big splash on NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” Tonight she’s headlining an all-female line-up of Greater Nippertown talent. With Madison Vandenburgh, Margo Macero & Sydney Worthley. $12.

MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The return of the 21st century one-man band. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Paul de Jong @ Time + Space Ltd., Hudson. Formerly with collage-pop duo The Books, the Dutch cellist-composer performs selections from his new sophomore album, You Fucken Sucker. 7pm. $12.50; students $10.

MUSIC: Floodwood @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Featuring the all-star rhythm section of Vinnie Amico (moe.) and Tony Markellis (Trey Anastasio Band). With Black Mountain Symphony. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ the Upper Room, Albany. He’s been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” he’s been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous playing has never been more powerful. 8pm. $15 & $25.

MUSIC: Jane Monheit & Frank Vignola @ The Egg, Albany. Vocalist Jane Monheit’s sincere and romantic interpretations of songs and the tasteful virtuosity of guitarist Frank Vignola have straddled the worlds of jazz, swing, standards, pop and show tunes. Tonight they join forces with the John DiMartino Trio to celebrate the music of Leonard Bernstein. 8pm. $34. UPDATE: This show has been postponed to October 20…

THEATER: “Blithe Spirit” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. One highly spirited wife is fun, but two is fertile ground for this smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages from the witty pen of Noël Coward. Meet cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine (Gary Lindemann), re-married to Ruth (Brenny Rabine) but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira (Yvonne Perry), who has been conjured up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati (Eileen Schuyler). 8pm. Through Sunday, May 6. GO HERE to read a review…

MUSIC: Friday the 13th Beach Party @ the Franklin Alley Social Club, Troy. Music by avant-surf band the Jagaloons, contests, prizes, etc. Beachwear of camp counselor attire recommended. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Enter the Haggis @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. The Toronto-based Celtic folk-rockers return. With the Wagar Brothers. 9pm. $15.

COMEDY: David Sedaris @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, best-selling author David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. 8pm. $40 & $65.

MUSIC: The Third Annual Phillips Head, Sheen and C-Toe Show @ JP Bruno’s, Glens Falls. Three original rock bands that roamed the Glens Falls scene in the ’90s are back for more. 10pm. FREE.

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