6/6/18: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday


MUSIC: Rockin’ on the River @ Riverfront Park, Troy. The summer’s free concert series season kicks into high gear with today’s launch of Rockin’ on the River featuring the rockin’ Moriah Formica, Greater Nippertown’s most recent representative on NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” With Margo Macero. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for the complete Rockin’ on the River concert schedule…

MUSIC: Lou Barlow @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. A founding member of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion, the champion of lo-fi plays an intimate set at the bookstore/bar. Get there early… 8pm. $10.

DANCE: National Ballet of Cuba @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the opening night of a three night stand. Based on a fairy tale about a peasant girl who falls in love with a dashing prince disguised as a commoner, “Giselle” follows its heroine through a haunting story of betrayal, heartbreak, forgiveness and redemption. 8pm. With a pre-performance talk by dance writer Toba Singer at 7pm.

MUSIC: Alta Havana @ SPAC’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs. Following the performance by the National Ballet of Cuba in the amphitheater, keep that Cuban feeling going with the opening show in the Live at the Jazz Bar series. 10pm. FREE. GO HERE for the complete Live at the Jazz Bar concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Lunchtime at the Plaza @ Empire State Plaza’s Farmers Market, Albany. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra kick off the summer’s new weekly concert series. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for the complete Lunchtime at the Plaza concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Smile Empty Soul @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. California rockers play the East Coast in support of their new album, Oblivion. With Flaw and Eve to Adam. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Misty Blues @ Windsor Lake, North Adams. The award-winning blues band kicks off North Adams’ Music at the Lake summer concert series. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for the complete Music at the Lake concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Union College Jazz Ensemble @ Union College’s Emerson Auditorium, Schenectady. Latin percussion workshop. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: IO & Titan @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Brooklyn songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Schlatter lands in Albany in support of his brand new debut EP, A Dream of Two Moons. With Sinkcharmer and Bare Mattress. 8:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

OPEN MIC/POETRY: Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Host Carol Graser welcomes featured reader Dan Vollweiler. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm readings. $5; students FREE.

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