11/29/13: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Grainbelt @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. As they sing in “Fiddler On the Roof,” “Tradition!” 6pm.

MUSIC: Darlene Love @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The voice of “He’s a Rebel,” the star of the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” and a bona fide Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, the veteran singer brings her full band to town for her “Love for the Holidays” concert. 8pm. $30, $45 & $80.

MUSIC: Toby Walker @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Winner of the Best Performer Award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the high-energy Piedmont-style picker is one of the finest acoustic blues gauitarists on the scene today. 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

MUSIC: Michael Benedict’s Jazz Vibes @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

THEATER: “We Will Rock You” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night! Two dozen songs by British classic rockers Queen woven into a hit-filled jukebox stage musical by British comedian Ben Elton. 8pm. $20, $40, $50, $60 & $70.

MUSIC: The Groovebarbers @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The a cappella quartet features Sean Altman, Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes (all formerly of Rockapella), as well as Kevin Weist. They’ll be joined by beat-boxing vocal percussionist Jon Ryan of Ball in the House. 8pm. $17-$47.

MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. Also at 7pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Shmaltz Brewery, Clifton Park. Solo. 4pm.

COMEDY: Erin Harkes @ DiDonna’s, Malta. Shifting gears, the multi-talented Erin Harkes serves up some stand-up laughs. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Michael Bush directs Broadway and Cap Rep fave Kevin McGuire star in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, at once funny and poignant. 8pm. $20-$60; $16 students. Through December 22.

MUSIC: Pascal Tiger & John Musall @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. The Friday night TSL Coffeehouse features performances of music, poetry, manifestos and other madness. 8pm. FREE.

COMEDY: MOPCO’s Spontaneous Broadway @ Proctors, Schenectady. Improv comedy. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Jimy Graham Band @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Franklin Eclectric @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Singer-songwriter-pianist-trumpeter Jon Matte leads the Montreal-based rootsy chamber-rock collective. 9pm. $12.

MUSIC: Probing Digit @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 10pm. $8.

MUSIC: The Doornails @ Smith’s Tavern, Cohoes. 8pm.

MUSIC: Big Leg Emma @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Black Fox River Project. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Don’t Dress for Dinner” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Circle Theatre Players present the saucy farce written by Mark Camoletti and directed by Sky Vogel. 8pm. $16; $10 students under 18. Through December 8.

MUSIC: The Matty Carl Project @ Red Square, Albany. The former Shu saxman brings the jazz-funk fusion. 9pm.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ the Barrel Saloon, Albany. 10pm.

MUSIC: Sludge Factory @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Trivium @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Co-headlining with Devil Driver. Support acts include After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Decay Sequence @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. 9pm.

FILM: “Muscle Shoals” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Greg “Freddy” Camalier directed this new documentary about Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Rick Hall, who overcame poverty and tragedy to bring black and white musicians together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. 7:30pm. Also at 3pm on Sunday. $7; $5 students.

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