12/8/18: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: The Weight Band @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Led by veteran Woodstock guitarist Jim Weider, the former members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band serve up selections from their debut album, World Gone Mad, as well as nuggets from the rich song catalog of The Band. With Kerri Powers. 8pm. $27, $34 & $39; VIP $79. GO HERE to read our interview with Jim Weider…
MUSIC: The Western Den @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Bright Series is all about shining a light on the rising stars you haven’t yet heard of like this sophisticated, Boston-based band of chamber popsters. With Golden Oak.8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Ras Moshe & the Music Now! Unit @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The saxman leads a multimedia performance of “Peace Be With You: Letters from Rap,” a musical evening based on letters written by his father during deployment in Vietnam from 1968-1970. 7pm. $20.
MUSIC: Super 400 @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Troy’s hometown heroes are entering their 23rd year together as a band. The power trio has performed all over Europe and the States, but nothing brings out their unique energies like a hometown show. With Motorbike. 8pm. $12.
DANCE/MUSIC: “The Day” @ Lumberyard, Catskill. Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser join forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create an evening-length work-in-progress, with evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. 8pm. $100.
MUSIC: “CBGB’s at Colony” @ Colony, Woodstock. Featuring The ReLaTiVeS playing the music of Blondie, Talking Heads, Television, Patti Smith, the Dead Boys and more. With Ramones tribute band Rocket to Ruin. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: fOUR @ Quinn’s, Beacon. The virtuosic solo project by celebrated drummer Nate Wood features one-take performances exclusively, with no pre-recorded backing tracks, overdubs or click track, and features Wood on drums, keyboards, bass and vocals — often simultaneously. 9pm. $10.
THEATER: Wonderland @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer are all set to your favorite holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra. 7:30pm.$45, $50 & $60; children $15.
MUSIC: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow @ The Linda, Albany. The collaborative band brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters – Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, David Tanklefsky, Greg Smith and Chris Merenda in the vein of Americana, rock and roots-folk. With Sam Luke Chase. 8pm.
EVENT: Athens Victorian Stroll @ various locations, Athens. A family holiday event featuring music, dance, art, food, craft vendors, carolers and more. 12noon. FREE.
BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920’s Burlesque Revue @ Hudson Harbor Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Albany. Roxxi Tart and her troupe perform a night of hot, fun-filled, hi-jinx-infused burlesque from the golden age of jazz. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Blackberry Smoke @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The band serves up a heaping helping of crunchy southern rock in support of their album, Find a Light, and their new EP, The Southern Ground Sessions.
MUSIC: “In Praise of Christmas” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Songs and carols of Christmas and mid-winter celebrations by John Roberts, Lisa Preston and Armand Aromin. 7:30pm. $25; youth ages 13–18 $12; children 12 & under free.
THEATER: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill invites you to spend the holiday season with your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters, as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. 3 & 8pm. $22-$65. Through Sunday, December 23. GO HERE to read review…
DANCE: Albany Berkshire Ballet @ The Egg, Albany. Choreographed by Artistic Director Madeline Culpo, “The Nutcracker” brings the wonderment of timeless holiday magic. 1:30 & 5:30pm. $41; children $26. Also at 1pm Sunday.
THEATER: A Christmas Carol @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic directed by Brian Sheldon and Melanie Douglas. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, December 16. GO HERE for more info…
EVENT: Valatie Parade and Winterwalk @ various locations, Valatie. Featuring music by The Reverberators, Side Show Willie, Abby Lappen, Marilyn Miller and Dawn Danis, as well as performance by KJ’s Gymnastics, the Flach Gymnastics Academy, the Heldeberg Marionettes, Roger the Jester, assorted carolers and, of course, Santa Claus. 5-9pm. FREE.
THEATER: A Christmas Carol @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic celebrates the joy and redemptive power of Christmas. 7pm. $39; children age 16 & under $29. Through Saturday, December 22.
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