7/28/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

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MUSIC: Bang on a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The legendary 6-hour BOAC Marathon returns spotlighting works by Steve Reich, this year’s featured guest composer. The marathon includes additional works by Andy Akiho, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Bailey Holland, David Lang, Gyorgy Ligeti, Missy Mazzoli, Finola Merivale, Dobrinka Tabakova, Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis, Pamela Z, and more. 4pm. $22 & $36; students $12.

ART/EVENT/FUNDRAISER: The MAD Collar Party @ Collar Works, Troy. Tasty food, great people, and creative energy all come together to help raise some mad cash for the gallery. BBQ-style eats, art yard sale, fun, games, indoor mini golf, late night DJ, mad collar contest. 6pm. $35.

MUSIC/FOOD/FUNDRAISER: Monterey Fire Company’s Steak Roast @ Monterey Fire Company, Monterey. Yup, a steak dinner (or swordfish if you choose) with music by Ramblin’ Jug Stompers, Roger the Jester and more. 5pm. $35.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival @ Seed Song Farm, Kingston. An eclectic batch of eight brass bands from up and down the East Coast – whose influences range from New Orleans second line to brasspunk to activist anthems – play a benefit for the farm. 1pm. $30; students $20; ages 12-18 $10; under age 12 FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ART/COMEDY/FILM: GEM Festival @ various locations, Glens Falls. Music, visual art, film and comedy all throughout the city. Featuring music by Tambourelli & Her SuperTrips, Paradox Saints, William Hale, Brain Medicine and lots more. 12noon. FREE (mostly). GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

DANCE: “Dark Matter Messages” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Lumberyard presents d. Sabela Grimes’ new work, a collection of live poetry, video projections and music interwoven with improvisational movement meditations that realize AfroFuturism as a means to play within the nowness of impending futures. 8pm. Through Sunday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SuperTone Music Festival @ Roeliff Jansen Park, Hillsdale. A one-day festival of roots, rock and honky tonk featuring Bat Fangs, Thelma & The Sleaze, the Lonesome Doves, the Nice Ones, the Jon Hatchet Band, Donny & The Drag, Nature Films and more. 4pm. $30; kids 14 & under FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Lindsey Stirling @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. With Evanescence and a full orchestra. 7pm. $25-$99.50.

MUSIC: Mary Fahl @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The former vocalist with October Project. Boston Globe critic Steve Morse remarked “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms.” 8pm. $32.

MUSIC: Society High @ the Low Beat, Albany. Celebrating their 15th anniversary! With Mordwolf, Girth Control and Nine Votes Shorts. 8pm.

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.” 3 & 8pm. Through Sunday, August 12. GO HERE to read our review…

MUSIC: Kitt Potter & Bright Moments Ensemble @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. Celebrating the music and words of Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt, Josephine Baker, Diahann Carroll, James Baldwin and more backed by Pete Levin, piano; Ira Coleman, bass; Arti Dixson, drums; Joe Giardullo, sax. With special guest Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson, Dutchess County Poet Laureate. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Meltasia’s Great Meltdown Funnabration @ Uncle Pete’s Campground, Phoenicia. Featuring the Black Lips, the Brooklyn Bluebirds, Surfbort, the Nude Party, Ultraam, Velveteen Rabbit, Gnarcissists, Paint Fumes and more. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: This festival is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Riverlink Concerts @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Featuring Hudson Valley ska and reggae faves the Big Takeover. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Ice Cream Social with Front Business and The Age. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Trio @ Panza’s Restaurant on Saratoga Lake, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.

MUSIC: Blues for Breakfast @ Wood Park, Hoosick Falls. Burlington-based blues rockers. 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Harbor Jam @ Rivers Casino & Resort’s Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Schenectady. Featuring the Lords of 52nd Street featuring former members of Billy Joel’s band. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series…

READING: Poets in the Park @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. The summer reading series concludes with poetik and Bob Sharkey, hosted by Dan Wilcock. 7pm. FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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