4/21/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Saturday


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OPERA: Oyster @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Joe Diebes’ experimental multimedia opera about folklorist Alan Lomax and his Cantometrics system of categorizing world music, set in the lull between the McCarthy era and the advancing information technology age. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Cactus Blossoms @ The Linda, Albany. Guitarists-singers Page Burkumand and Jack Torrey are brothers whose voices fit together in a very special way. Imagine the Everly Brothers for the 21st century. In support of their debut album, You’re Dreaming, released on the Red House label and produced by J.D. McPherson. 8pm.

MUSIC: Jerry Douglas @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The 14-time Grammy Award winner is simply the best Dobro player on the planet. With Nick Panken (of Spirit Family Reunion). 9pm. $40, $50 & $60.

MUSIC: The Mountain Goats @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Indie folkster/singer-songwriter John Darnielle and friends. With Dead Rider. 8pm. $23.

MUSIC: The Young@Heart Chorus @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. A senior citizen chorus with a different spin – instead of singing music from the big band era or golden oldies from the ’50s, Young@Heart sings contemporary rock tunes from the likes of Sonic Youth and Coldplay in their hometown before heading out on a European tour next month. 8pm. $20-$35.

MUSIC: Red Molly @ The Egg, Albany. Known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting and warm, engaging stage presence, Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro) and Molly Venter (guitar) – are back together after taking a hiatus to work on solo projects. The Americana trio weaves together their folk roots with bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk. 8pm. $34.

MUSIC: Travis Tritt @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. WGNA’s Classic Country Hall of Fame Show features the veteran country music hitmaker with a southern rock bent. 8pm. $35.50 & $45.50.

MUSIC: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style. 8pm. $22.

READING/OPEN MIC: Readings Against the End of the World @ the UAlbany Downtown Campus’ Husted Hall Café, Albany. The biggest event of the 2018 Albany Word Fest is the 24-hour marathon reading to benefit the South End Children’s Cafe. All word-lovers and writers are invited to share readings – original work or favorite passages, poems and rants, raps and stories, spoken word and personal visions. It started at 7pm on Friday and continues all day today til 7pm.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Both old-timey and timeless, the bluegrass quartet brings together sparkling musicianship, wry songwriting and a wicked sense of humor. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10.

MUSIC: The Sea The Sea @ The Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Led by Chuck & Mira Costa, the indie folk-pop quartet is simply one of Greater Nippertown’s best bets – not just for tonight, but for anytime. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Nite Train @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Led by bassist-vocalist Ken Briggs, the band took home two trophies – Best Blues Band and Best Original Blues Lyrics – at the recent Capital District Original Music Awards show. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC/COMEDY: Nancy Tucker @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery, Schenectady. The versatile and hilarious singer-songwriter-guitarist-comedian looks at the world with a slight tilt, nothing escaping her insatiable curiousity. She backs her intelligent, belly laugh-inspiring humor with virtuoso guitar chops. 7:30pm. $27 & $40.

MUSIC: Tom Ingersoll @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Berkshire singer-songwriter hits the stage with his all-star band to perform and celebrate the release of his third album of original music, Friday. 7pm. $15 & $25.

MUSIC: The Northway @ Chrome, Waterford. The self-described “musical misfits” celebrate the release of their new album, A Good Taste in Life. With Electric Sense, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Hubris Djinn. 7pm. $10.

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