7/13/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday


Josh Ritter (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Photograph of Josh Ritter by Martin Benjamin

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield. Day One of the fest features Josh Ritter, Birds of Chicago, Amy Helm, Twisted Pine, Orquesta Akokan, Las Cafeteras and Orquesta El Macabeo. Hot air balloons, too. Music starts at 5pm. $35; age 19 & under FREE.

MUSIC: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. One of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty, R.E.M., Link Wray and Warren Zevon. With Jeremy & the Harlequins. 9pm.

MUSIC: Richard Thompson & Patty Griffin @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. An intimate acoustic evening. Wow! 8pm. $75 & $125. Also at 8pm on Saturday. UPDATE: Both shows are now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Dave Matthews Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. He’s back… 8pm. $45-$115. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rock the Dock Music Festival @ Lake George Steamboat Company, Lake George. Featuring Formula 5, Let’s Be Leonard, Strange Machines and Soule Monde. 4pm. $7; children age 11 & under FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Schenectady SummerNight @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady. The Spin Doctors headline the Electric City’s big street festival with additional performances by Lucy, Bendt, Hudsons Crew, Shoebox Dojo, Kevin Carey and City Beat. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Brother Roy @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. NYC’s rock and roll missionary. It’s impossible not to immediately like the guy when you walk into the bar. He looks like that guest who no one invited and was the last one to leave the party. But there’s something timeless about his gruff croon accompanied by an unrelenting pulse on an old battered piano. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Mammals @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Led by Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, the Americana faves are back together again. 8pm. $24.

THEATER: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Take an exuberant ride on the rails, into the backwoods and onto the wide-open highway with the music of Johnny Cash! This remarkable life story features 31 foot-stompin’, emotionally-packed songs including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” 8pm. Through Sunday, August 12. GO HERE to read our review…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: WishFest @ Bridge Street, Amsterdam. A benefit for Make-A-Wish featuring Flame, Vinnie Michaels and Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. 5pm. FREE; VIP $30.

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

MUSIC/COMEDY: Miranda Sings Live… No Offense with special guest Colleen Ballinger @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Colleen Ballinger is a multi-hyphenate – actor, comedian, vocalist, writer and executive producer – best known for portraying her character, Miranda Sings on YouTube and Netflix. 7:30pm. $39.50; VIP $81.25.

COMEDY: Andy Borowitz @ Proctors, Schenectady. The New York Times best-selling author and comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998 is taking his satirical news column on the road. 8pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

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.

MUSIC: Rick Rourke & Lost Wages @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Freddie McGregor @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The reggae great returns. 9pm. $35-$100.

MUSIC: Mixed Roots @ Albany Public Library’s Washington Avenue Branch, Albany. In the garage and parking lot at the rear of the library, it’s the kick-off of the Garage Bands in the Garage concert series. But it’s not a garage band. It’s a reggae band. 6pm. FREE.

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…

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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