6/21/10: Today’s Tips: Monday

It’s the First Day of Summer!

MUSIC: Sam Amidon @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. His album, “All Is Well,” was my fave album of 2008. Here’s what I wrote back then: “The story goes that Vermont’s Amidon went over to Iceland armed with a guitar and a banjo, and landed at a studio in Reykjavik in the middle of the night. With a bottle of whiskey by his side, he recorded these 10 traditional folk songs (most from the catalog of old-timey master Dock Boggs) in two hours. Then some pals – most notably arranger-pianist Nico Muhly – overdubbed some horns, strings and what have you. Imagine Nick Drake, Bjork, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Red House Painters holed up for the winter in an Appalachian cabin. At other times it sounds like Steven Reich jamming with the Carter Family. It’s the most hypnotic music I’ve heard in a long, long time.” With David Wax Museum. 7pm. $13.

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. With Tess’ Lark Tavern in limbo, the Jug Stompers will be stompin’ at the Cap Rep Cafe again tonight. All tips and donations will go directly to Tess Collins and her staff. 7pm. Free.

THEATER: “The Daughter of the Father of Time Motion Study” @ the Albany Free School, 8 Elm St., Albany. Adventurous, anarchistic experimental theater company the Missoula Oblongata creates and tours original work like this one. What’s it about? Well, according to the ensemble’s website: “Once there was a time when people knew the difference between sacrifice and compromise. Which is to say, they knew the difference between a walrus and a robot. Which is to say, they knew the difference between a hole in the ice and the ice itself. They knew each of the 18 hand movements prescribed by Time Motion Study, and they knew how to use them in a way that was restful. This play is a television mini-series about that remarkable period of time.” 8pm. Suggested donation $5; children $2.

MUSIC: Tuba Skinny @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Direct from the streets of New Orleans, this combo delivers vintage jazz, old-timey blues and traditional Dixieland music with banjo, trumpet, violin, washboard, vocals, guitar, trombone and – of course – tuba. 8pm. $10.

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