5/17/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday
MUSIC: Al Kooper @ The Egg, Albany. From the Blues Project to Blood, Sweat & Tears, from Bob Dylan to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the multi-talented Kooper has been-there, done-that like a musical Zelig. Now he’s bringing his 70th birthday tour to town with his band, the Funky Faculty, guitarist Jimmy Vivino and maybe some special guests, too. 7:30pm. $35.
MUSIC: Holly Near @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The veteran singer-teacher-peace activist and women’s music pioneer showcases music from her new album, Peace Becomes You, to wrap up the Eighth Step’s spring season. Emma’s Revolution opens the show. 7:30pm. $30; $50 Gold Circle.
MUSIC: Willie Nile @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The Buffalo-born rockin’ singer-songwriter brings his whole band – Johnny Pisano on bass, Matt Hogan on lead guitar and Alex Alexander on drums. As Willie says, “These are my A-list guys, the guys who I made American Ride with. The Linda folks are going to have to call the fire department because we’re going to blow the roof off the place. Can’t wait…” With the Jefferson Gizzard Band. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: American Music Festival @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Master percussionist Evelyn Glennie re-teams with the Albany Symphony for the first time since their Grammy win. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: B3nson Does Blu3 @ the Low Beat, Albany. A special B3nson band honoring a special album – Eric Krans (the Parlor), Stephen Stanley (Careers), Matt Ferguson (Rival Galaxies), Dan Maddalone (Barons in the Attic) and Tim Koch and Adam Zurbruegg (Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned) play Weezer’s “Blue Album” in its entirety. With the Pistolwhips. 8pm.
MUSIC: Cover to Cover @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. This time around guitarslinger Connor Kennedy and his band’s monthly album tribute is Little Feat’s self-titled 1971 debut. And they’ll do it with Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne. 9pm. $20.
THEATER: “The God Game” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s powerful, three-character play that tackles the topics of religion and politics head-on. The bold, thought-provoking play is directed by Kristin Coury and stars Yvonne Perry, Laurence Lau and Jeffrey Binder. 3 & 8pm. $20, $50 & $60. Through May 25.
CABARET: “Let’s Fall in Love” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Amanda McBroom returns to BSC with her accompanist Michele Brourman to present an evening filled with songs of romance by such fabulous songwriters as Cole Porter, Jacques Brel, Sammy Cahn, Jerome Kern and, of course, Amanda McBroom. 8pm. $45. Through Sunday.
THEATER: “Psycho Beach Party” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Local Actors Guild presents a theatrical high-camp mash-up of Frankie and Annette beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers. 2 & 8pm. $15.
THEATER: “The Dixie Swim Club” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dianne O’Neill directs the hilarious and touching comedy about five southern women who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their friendships. 8pm. $23. Through June 22.
MUSIC: Nostalgia @ Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Pittsfield. Hip-hop group Nostalgia celebrates the release of their debut full-length CD, Timeless. With rockers Order of the Circle. 10pm. $5; $8 if under 21.
MUSIC: The Moon @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The duo of guitarist Adam Caine and drummer Federico Ughi takes a highly individual approach to experimental music, playing improvised music that is influenced in equal parts by contemporary classical composition, jazz, noise and psych-rock. 8pm.