8/4/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

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FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: Black Arts & Cultural Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Featuring headliner Faith Evans and the Powerhouse Funk Band. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Hi-Risers @ the Hangar on the Hudson, troy. Guitarslinger Greg Townson – Eddie Angel’s ax-mate in Los Straitjackets – brings his power-pop trio to town. With Kimono Dragons. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Brother Roy & the Human Hands @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. He’s back once again, and this time he’s bringing along his friends Phoebe Hunt, Dave Sparanza and Brother Sam Reider for a casual, unplugged evening. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Greg Farley @ Parish Public House, Albany. The former fiddler with the Felice Brothers previews selection from his upcoming solo debut, Taker Easy. 9pm.

MUSIC: Che Guevara T-Shirt @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. CD release party. With Hill Haints, Eternal Crimes, Haunted Cat and Bunnies. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Banjo Revelry @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the annual big banjo bash featuring Bob Altschuler, Martin Grosswendt, Jerry Oland and Sara Grey. 8pm. $22. ALSO: Banjo workshops through the day beginning at 11am. GO HERE for details and schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day Two of the three-day fest features Patti-O & the Swingsters, Great Bear, Tracy Grammer, John Gorka, Nerrissa & Katryna Nields, Dar Williams, Vance Gilbert, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and more. Music starts at 12noon. $55. GO HERE for more info and the complete main stage schedule…

THEATER: Saratoga Shakespeare Company @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! It’s Henry IV, Parts I & II, directed by David Girard. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Squirrel Nut Zippers @ The Egg, Albany. Visionary creator Jimbo Mathus and his band serve up an eclectic fusion of Delta blues, Gypsy jazz and swing in celebration of their first studio recording in 18 years – Beasts of Burgundy. 8pm. $36.

MUSIC: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and her band bang out the hits – “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Crimson and Clover” – and more. 8pm. With Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones. $59, $75, $89 & $99.

MUSIC: Jesse Colin Young @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. The former frontman for the fabulous Youngbloods takes the Woodstock stage. With Matt Sucich. 8pm. $55 & $75.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ART: O+ Poughkeepsie Festival @ various locations, Poughkeepsie. Day Two of the fest features performances by Bear Grass, The Warp/The Weft, Royal Khaos, Luis Mojica, the Dub Mob, more. 1pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FILM: Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Justin Freer conducts the symphony as they play the live score to accompany the screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” 8pm.

MUSIC: Fred Hersch & Gilad Hekselman @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. Pianist-composer Fred Hersch is joined by guitarist Gilad Hekselman for an evening of jazz and more. 8pm.

MUSIC: Riverlink Concerts @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Featuring Grammy Award-winning bluegrassers Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy. Featuring the Matt Mirabile Band. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Harbor Jam @ Rivers Casino & Resort’s Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Schenectady. Featuring California Transit Authority with Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin, formerly of Chicago. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series…

DANCE: “Why I Dance” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Bridge Street Belly Dance returns to Catskill with an auxiliary program featuring California-based multi-faceted artist, Mira Betz. 8pm. $25.

DANCE: Parsons Dance @ PS21, Chatham. Parsons Dance is known for its energized, athletic, ensemble work, and has collaborated with iconic artists across all disciplines. Parsons Dance, is internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance that is accessible to diverse audiences. 8pm. $40; students $10. 8pm.

THEATER: Aida @ Proctors, Schenectady. The School of the Performing Arts presents the Elton John/Tim Rice musical. 2 & 7pm. $10.

DANCE: Jodi Melnick Dance @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. Lumberyard presents another off-site dance performance. Through Sunday. UPDATE: These performances have been cancelled…

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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