5/17/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: The Slide Brothers @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The Slide Brothers – pedal steel guitar greats Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent — carry on the Sacred Steel tradition in support of their sizzling new album, produced by Robert Randolph. With Danielle Miraglia. 9:30pm. $10. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show… UPDATE: The contest has ended. Congrats to the winner!

MUSIC: The Spampinato Brothers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Carrying on the NRBQ tradition and forging some new omni-pop paths of their own… 9pm. $12. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show… UPDATE: The contest has ended. Congrats to the winner!

MUSIC: Big Daddy Kane @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s Albany Spring Fest with a solidly old-school hip-hop line-up that also features MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh. 8pm. $32 & $48.

MUSIC: Don Armstrong & Victoria Garvey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the kick-off of the Caffe’s big 53rd Anniversary Homecoming Weekend with the former Saratoga husband-and-wife duo on a visit from their home in the southwest. With bassist Tony Markellis and fiddler Ed Lowman completing the reunion of Peyote Coyote. In support of their new CD, “Telling the Tale.” 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

MUSIC: The Gibson Brothers @ the Strand Theater, Old Forge. The north country’s finest bluegrass band showcases their recently released album, They Called It Music. 8pm. $25.

THEATER: “Red” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. This is the last weekend for John Logan’s marvelous, Tony Award-winning drama, which examines the tug of war between the worlds of art and commerce through the eyes of the great American painter Mark Rothko. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and starring Kevin McGuire. 8pm. $20, $40, $50 & $60. Also 3 & 8pm on Saturday; 2pm on Sunday. READ review here…

MUSIC: The Feelies @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Spin calls ’em, “one of the best alternative bands of all time.” And we won’t argue… 9pm. $22.

MAGIC: Penn & Teller @ Proctors, Schenectady. Conceptual magicians? Anti-magicians? Or just plain old magic men? The “Celebrity Apprentice” finalist and his not-so-talkative partner will keep you wondering. 8pm. $20, $50, $60, $75 & $85.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Café’ NOLA, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: Shadowland @ Finnbar’s Pub, Troy. 7pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes & Blaze @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: 10 Years @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Saturate, Step Back Eleven and Owl (featuring bassist Chris Wyse, drummer Dan Dinsmore and guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis, celebrating the release of their new album, The Right Thing). 7:30pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Arthur Brooks Ensemble V @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The adventurous trumpeter-composer leads in band – percussionist Matt Weston with bassists Jeremy Harlos and Anthony Santor – in a concert sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. 8pm. $5 suggested donation.

THEATER: “Little Foxes” @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Theater Voices wraps up its 25th season with Lillian Hellman’s play, directed by David Baecker. 8pm. FREE. Also at 3 & 8pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Kowabunga, dude! 9pm.

MUSIC: The Tom Healey Band @ Duffy’s Lucky Charm, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Christine Spero Group @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An evening of “Spero Plays Nyro,” a celebration of the music of Laura Nyro. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Decadence @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Shu. 9pm.

MUSIC: Bev Rohlehr & John Colby @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. Louisiana-style Cajun jazz. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Dave Render @ O’Tooles Restaurant Pub, Colonie. 6pm.

MUSIC: Peg & Bill Delaney @ Athos Restaurant, Albany. 7pm.

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