5/11/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based alt-country pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas-bred darlings, the True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Alejandro Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two. With Kris Gruen. 8pm. $25, $30 & $35.
COMEDY: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood @ Proctors, Schenectady. Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, the two stars from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” take to the stage with their live improv show The Scared Scriptless Tour. 8pm. $30.75-$40.75.
FILM/TALK: “Dawson City: Frozen Time” @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Another masterful found-footage film compiled by the always imaginative director Bill Morrison. With discussion to follow, moderated by David Gersten. 6pm.
MUSIC: Gurf Morlix @ the Argyle Brewing Company’s Cambridge Depot, Cambridge. The Buffalo-born, Texas-bred singer-songwriter kicks off the brewery’s new Road Rambler concert series. 7:30pm. $10 & $20.
THEATER: “Last Train to Nibroc” @ the Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. Lora Lee Ecobelli directs the Kaaterskill Actors Theater’s production of Arlene Hutton’s intimate and touching play about a headstrong young couple in rural Kentucky in the days just prior to WWII. Starring Ida Joy and Logan Rando with music by Ramblin Jug Stompers. 7pm. $15; students $10. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: The Jeremy Wallace Trio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Dave Van Ronk, Wallace’s gritty folk-rock-blues is edgy, dangerous and very exciting with a repertoire of great new arrangements of traditional songs and stop-you-in-your-tracks originals. With Sunny War. 8pm. $24.
MUSIC: Oddy Gato & Andy “Ayo B” O’Brien @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. The duo celebrates the release of their new album Cannonball River. With DJ Grandmasta Vic, DJ Paul Nice and singer Tara Merritt. 8pm. $10 (includes a copy of the new album).
THEATER: “Appropriate” @ Albany Civic Theater, Albany. Patrick White directs Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ drama. After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the children’s reunion takes a for the explosive. 7:30pm. $18; students $10. Through May 20.
MUSIC: Lil Rev @ Old Songs, Voorheesille. The ukulele master is a protector of old songs, playing a variety of styles including early blues, Tin Pan Alley, old-time, Yiddish and American folk styles. 7:30pm. $22.
MUSIC: The Rhythm is Gonna Get You: Salsa Dance Night @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Featuring sizzling salsa music by Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, a half-hour dance lesson by Dance Fire Studio & Fitness, authentic Cuban food provided by Carmen’s Café and dancing all night long. 6:30pm. $35.
MUSIC: The Huntress and Holder of Hands @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, MorganEve Swain (formerly of Brown Bird) and her band build unique harmony, string and bass-driven songs influenced by Eastern European, Americana and Middle Eastern music, offering an intense experience that explores love, loss, power and strength. With Last Good Tooth. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Brand X @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The prog-rock pioneers are touring in support of their new album Locked & Loaded, with founding members John Goodsall and Percy Jones still guiding the ship with newcomers Chris Clark (keyboards), Scott Weinberger (percussion) and Kenny Grohowski (drums) bringing their own creative style of playing that make Brand X such a magical live act. 9pm.
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