5/18/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Friday (#518Day)

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MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany. Another homecoming concert. The acclaimed power-pop trio returns home to rock the house as a benefit for popular bartender Mike McGrath. 8pm. ALSO: A happy hour show featuring Gay Tastee and Arctic Parka at 6pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: 518 SongFest @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The fourth annual Local 518 music showcase celebrates the art of songwriting. The artists – Moriah Formica, Super 400, Sydney Worthley, Sandy McKnight’s Pop-Clique and special Grammy Award-winning guest Julie Gold (“From a Distance”) – perform their songs, as well as talk a bit about their music and experiences as creators and musicians. A fundraiser for WEXT-FM and Columbia Arts Team. 7pm. $9.77, $15 & $20.

MUSIC: Vilray @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Following his Caffe debut with Lake Street Dive’s Rachael Price during the winter, Vilray returns as a solo artist. He sings, whistles and plays guitar with a sound that recalls both the warmth of radio’s golden age and the intimacy of parlor concerts in a time before recordings. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Sawyer Fredericks @ Drury High School, North Adams. Greater Nippertown’s own winner of “The Voice” celebrates the release of his new album, Hide Your Ghost. 7pm. $10; students $5.

MUSIC: Stephen Clair & the Pushbacks @ The Linda, Albany. It’s a homecoming concert. The former Albanian singer-songwriter returns to town with his new band and a new self-titled album, too. 8pm. $18. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled…

THEATER: Leni @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. What happens to artists when they allow themselves – knowingly or unknowingly – to become cogs in a propaganda machine? This and other fascinating and complex moral and ethical issues are explored in Sarah Greenman’s play which uses the life of Hitler’s chosen filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl as a springboard. Directed by John Sowle; starring Roxanne Fay and Olivia Howell. 7:30pm. $22; students $10. Through Sunday, May 27.

MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 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. $30.

MUSIC: Terrapin Flyer @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. Organist Melvin Seals leads the all-star jam band. With the Melting Nomads. 9pm. $20.

COMEDY: Nick Swardson @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The stand-up comedian bring his Too Many Smells 2018 Tour to Greater Nippertown. 7pm. $42.50.

MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The husband-and-wife Americana favorites. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: A Life in the Theatre @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Bob Goepfert directs Theater Voices’ staged reading of David Mamet’s play. 8pm. FREE. Through Sunday.

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 Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Starman @ the Glove Theater, Gloversville. David Bowie tribute band. 7:30pm. $26.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Fort Orange Brewing, Albany. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: The Seagull @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction. NorthEast Theatre mounts an intimate, site specific production of Chekov’s classic directed by Sandra Boynton. 7pm. $20; students & seniors $15. Through Sunday, May 27.

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. steve shashok says

    For fans of male choral music, The Mendelssohn Club of Albany performs their spring concert, “The Joy of the Journey,” at Chancellors Hall in Albany tonight at 7:30. $20 at the door

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