6/15/13: Today’s Tips: Saturday

FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: River Street Festival @ River Street, Troy. We’re havin’ a party… Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes headline the day-long street fest with three stages featuring Local 518 faves Holly & Evan, Erin Harkes, Jocamo, Molly Durnin, Emerald City, Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh, Rich Ortiz and lots more… Music starts at 10:30am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square, Troy. The inaugural Freedom Fest is a community celebration of Juneteenth and the brand new Freedom Square stage, featuring plenty of outdoor activites, food and music, including M.A.K.U. Sound System and Taina Asili y la Bande Rebelde. 3-8pm. FREE. (Rain location: Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy). GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson. Day One of the fest features Mavis Staples, Hot Tuna (acoustic), Judy Collins, the David Bromberg Quartet, the Lone Bellow and lots more. Gates open at 9am; music starts at 11am. $75. More info here…

MUSIC: Audra McDonald @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Last Sunday, she was featured on the Tony Awards, channeling Alicia Keys to Neil Patrick Harris’ Jay Z – now there’s the sentence I never thought I’d see – but tonight the uber-talented singer-actress- steps into the spotlight in Pittsfield, accompanied by pianist Andy Einhorn. 8pm. $50, $95, $125.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington and Hunter Hayes headline Day Three (the final day, too) of the new country music fest. Also on today’s schedule are Joe Nichols, Gloriana, the Hop City Hellcats, Dustin Lynch, Tumbleweed Highway and more. Music starts at 12:15pm. $109. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. With Zak Trojano. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Orchard Tavern, Albany. Bluegrass under the stars… 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Bubble @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. The soulful pop-rock band offers a kid-friendly concert of tunes from the Beatles songbook. 2pm. $5.

MUSIC: Why? @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Sarah Jaffe. 8pm. $13.

MUSIC: Stephen Kellogg @ The Linda, Albany. The popster leaves gis band the Sixers behind for a new solo album, Blunderstone Rookery. With Seth Glier. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Pistolwhips @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Bourbon Scum and Inflatable Best Friend. 8pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: The Whipple City Festival @ various location, Greenwich. All sorts of family-fun activities and music in Mowry Park by Harold Ford & the Cash Band and Bucky2Fifty. FREE. More info and schedule here…

FESTIVAL: Sand Lake Kiwanis Summerfest @ Butler Park, Averill Park. Parade (9am), amusement rides all day, tennis tournament, food & beverages, performances by the APHS Jazz Warriors, Passion for Fashion, Kristina Lachaga and the Audiostars. And, of course, fireworks. 9am.

MUSIC: Cantrip @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. This trio of Scottish traditional musicians has been delighting audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with driving fiddle, bagpipes and guitar. 8pm. $17.

COMEDY: Erin Harkes @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Hair of the Dog @ Hibernian Hall, Schenectady. 8pm. $20.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” @ Proctors, Schenectady. One screening only of the Local 518 documentary about the weekend warriors who play pick-up basketball in Albany’s Washington Park. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. 7pm. $10; students $6. More info here…

FESTIVAL: Juneteenth Celebration @ Washington Park, Albany. A community event featuring a wide variety of family friendly entertainment, educational opportunities, food and beverages for sale and more. 12noon-6pm. FREE.

BURLESQUE: Burlesque Paradiso 1920’s Revue @ Ristorante Paradiso, Albany. Hosted by Miss Roxxi Tart. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Refrigerators @ Bootleggers on Broadway, Troy. It’s the River Street Festival After Party. With the Ill Funk Ensemble. 5pm.

MUSIC: Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With the Big Takeover. 10pm. $8 (includes first drink).

MUSIC: Black Abbey @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm

MUSIC: Timbre Coup @ Red Square, Albany. With Assortment of Crayons. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: The Jon Herington Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Led by long-time Steely Dan guitarist. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Party Boat @ the Parlor Cafe, North Adams. The Spa City surf band invades North Adams. 8pm. $3 suggested donation.

MUSIC: Peg Delaney Trio @ Provence, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Rob Sanzone & Boss Nifty @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. 9pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: Upper Union Street Strawberry Fest @ Upper Union Street, Schenectady. The eighth annual fest features a 5K race, art exhibits, family fun and plenty of music along the street, including the Gypsy Scholars (10am), Frank Lessard (12noon), Everest Rising (1pm) and Doc Springs’ Rehabilitated Dixieland Band (1pm). 10am. FREE.

MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quartet @ 74 State, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Michael-Louis Smith & John Menegon @ Bread Alone, Rhinebeck. 2-4pm.

MUSIC: TAPESTRYquartet @ the Eagle Bridge Inn, Eagle Bridge. 7:30pm.

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