6/29/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

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MUSIC: Ray LaMontagne @ Joe’s Field at MASS MoCA, North Adams. The singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts makes his MASS MoCA debut in support of his new album, Part of the Light. With Neko Case. 7pm. $66.

MUSIC: Mark Tolstrup @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Spa City bluesman celebrates the release of his new album Northstar with a special hometown concert. He’ll be joined by a stellar group of musicians including Jessica Wern (drums/vocalS), James Gascoyne (bass), Sharon Bolton (vocals), Chris Carey (keyboards), Dave Lambert (sax), Woody Strobeck (trombone), Oona Grady (fiddle) and others. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Al Di Meola’s Notorious-Opus Electric Tour @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner brings his band to town to perform music from Elegant Gypsy to Opus and more. With Brand-X. 8pm. $39.50, $59.50 & $79.50. UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Brand X will not be performing tonight…

MUSIC: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Lenox. The banjo master brings his innovative band to Lenox. 8pm. $20-$79.

THEATER: The Sound Inside @ Williamston Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker stars in this world premiere drama by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, directed by David Cromer. 8pm. Through Sunday, July 8.

OPERA: The Merry Widow @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Opera Saratoga’s 2018 summer season kicks off with Franz Lehár’s popular operetta. 7:30pm. $50, $72.50 & $95.

THEATER: The Closet @ Williamstown Theater Festival, Williamstown. Tony Award winner and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Matthew Broderick stars in this world premiere comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw. 8pm. Through Saturday, July 14.

DANCE: Urban Bush Women @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts isn’t waiting for its new home to be finished to present its inaugural summer season. Instead, the dance organization kicks off its 2018 season at Club Helsinki with a three-night stand of the world premiere performance of Scat!, a dance-driven musical that takes place in a fictional nightclub. 9pm. $35. Through Sunday.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. The last-Friday-of-the-month arts walk features music, visual arts, shopping, food & drinks, people watching and more. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Imagine Dragons @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s the Evolve Tour. With Grace Vanderwaal. 7pm. $39.50, $59.50, $79.50 & $129.50; lawn $35. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out, and no more tickets will be available at the venue…

THEATER: The Royal Family of Broadway @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The world premiere of a brilliant musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores. 2 & 8pm. Through Saturday, July 7. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George. “The Voice” contestant Moriah Formica kicks off the weekend with a rockin’ show in America’s vacationland. With the Jonathan Newell Band. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: The Mallett Brothers Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The six-piece, southern-infused rockers from Maine are on tour in support of their new album, Vive L’Acadie! 9:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Peter Van Keuren @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. Part of the Stockade Jazz Festival. 7pm.

MUSIC: Kimono Dragons @ River Street Pub, Troy. With Eternal Crimes and The Jagaloons. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Junior Toots @ Colony, Woodstock. The son of reggae great Toots Hibbert. 8pm. $20; VIP $50.

MUSIC: Chris Busone Band @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rusticator @ Freedom Park, Scotia. An acoustic band with an Americana spirit. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: Morning After Grace @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. Regge Life directs the New England premiere of Carey Crim’s hilarious, heartwarming and unconventional new comedy that tackles love, loss and second chances. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, July 15. GO HERE to read review…

EVENT/MUSIC: The Red, White & Brew Festival @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Sample beers from more than 30 breweries, taste great food and enjoy live music by Cryin’ Out Loud. 5pm. $35; designated driver $15.

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…

2 Comments
  1. tim says

    Imagine Dragons or Kimono Dragons you make the call.

  2. Scott Ziegler says

    No Brand X tonight!

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