2/3/12: Today’s Tips: Friday


MUSIC/FILM: Zammuto @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Nick Zammuto of the Books unveils his new four-piece band, playing songs from Zammuto, as well as classic and never-before-performed tracks from the Books and a screening of Emily McMehen & Geoffrey Sautner’s short film “Achantè.” 8pm. $24; students $10. Related story.

MUSIC: Branford Marsalis @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Grammy Award-winning saxman took a classical turn with the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC last summer, but he’s back in his jazz bag with this double-barreled concert which finds him playing with his quartet, as well as in a duo with pianist Joey Calderazzo. 8pm. $20, $30, $35, $45 & $55. Related story.

MUSIC: Bluegrass Gospel Project @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Vermont band features fiddler Gene White, Jr., two-time Vermont state banjo champ Dr. Steve Light, vocalist Colby Crehan, guitarist Paul Miller, mandolinist Taylor Armerding and bassist Kirk Lord. 8pm. $18. Related story.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Nippertown’s soulful singer-songwriter plays a hometown gig before heading out to Los Angeles for the final mix of his upcoming sophomore album. With Festina Lente. 9pm. $15. Related story.

MUSIC: Fred Hersch @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The sublime and endlessly inventive jazz pianist offers a solo performance. 8pm. FREE. Also a free master class at 1pm. Related story.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Gallery and museum art exhibits, live music, food and other events of cultural interest. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes Trio @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Tenor saxman Dan Faulk makes his debut with the band. 9pm.

MUSIC: TN4 @ the University Club Grille Room, Albany. Todd Nelson’s instrumental band plays in conjunction with First Friday. 8pm.

MUSIC: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Jillian’s, Albany. With HipDrop. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: New York Voices @ Voorheesville High School, Voorheesville. Grammy Award winning jazz vocal ensemble featuring Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan and Shaker High School alum Kim Nazarian. 7:30pm. $25.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Slavery by Another Name” @ UAlbany Peforming Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. Director Samuel Pollard’s film is based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the abuse of black laborers in the United States from the end of the Civil War through the middle of the 20th century. Douglas A. Blackmon and Sheila Curran Bernard, who wrote the film, will participate in a Q&A session following the screening. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Knyghts of Fuzz @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Happy hour garage rockin’. With special guest vocalist Erin Harkes. 6pm.

BURLESQUE: Burlesque Paradiso 1920’s Revue @ Ristorante Paradiso, Albany. Host and star Miss Roxxi Tart welcomes Honey Commings, Lily Allure, BabyDGirl, Shirley Tramp, Noelle Reign, Fortutious Francine, Miss Erin Harkes and Becienz & Heather. $12.

MUSIC: Misty Blues @ Public Eat and Drink, North Adams. It’s the first night of the seventh annual MCLA Blues and Funk Festival. Also featuring MCLA’s Student Jazz Band and Chantel Baptista. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Doc Scanlon Trio @ Provence at Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ The Linda, Albany. With the Whip-it Outskirts live shadowcast. 8pm. $8.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Music by Sonny & Perley’s Jive Five. Free beginner swing dance lesson at 7:30pm. Music and dancing at 8:30pm. $15; seniors/students $10.

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