3/13/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday
MUSIC: Snowapple @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Dutch-born, folk-inspired, indie-pop trio celebrates the release of their brand new album Illusion, melding elements of folk, jazz, kraut rock and opera. Also the Canadian quintet Fish & Bird, whose influences run from roots to Radiohead, shares the bill in support of their new album, Something in the Ether. It’s Nippertown’s Under-the-Radar Show of the Week. 8pm. $18. GO HERE to win a FREE pair of tickets…
MUSIC: The McKrells @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Springs. It’s Parade Day and St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, so you know that Kevin McKrell and his band are mighty busy – especially with the recent release of McKrell’s new solo album, I Wish I Had a Boat. 7pm. $15 general admission. GO HERE for a review of Kevin McKrell’s new album…
MUSIC: ZZ Top @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. The sharp-dressed men (and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers) bring their signature style of Southern rock, blending blues, boogie and, of course, those beards. Together since their inception back in 1969, the original trio of guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard are still rockin’. 8pm. $69-$119.
MUSIC: Voodoo Orchestra North @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The great jazz drummer-composer Bobby Previte leads a band of Hudson Valley musicians through performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, Bitches Brew. 9pm. $12.
THEATER: “Lark Eden” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts’ production of Natalie Symon’s play told in letters chronicling the enduring friendship of three small-town Southern women from the Depression Era through the early years of the 21st Century. Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Kim Simmons & Savoy Brown @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. After 44 albums and more than 5,000 gigs, founding member and guitar great Kim Simmonds is still at the helm as the British blues-rock band Savoy Brown celebrates its 50th anniversary. 7 & 9:30pm. $23.
MUSIC: New Riders of the Purple Sage @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The cosmic psychedelic country-rock band that rose from the revolutionary ’60s with such hits as “Panama Red,” “Last Lonely Eagle” and “Glendale Train” returns led by guitarists David Nelson and Michael Falzarano, pedal-steel master Buddy Cage, Ronnie Penque on bass and Johnny Markowski on drums. 8pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Beppe Gambetta & Rushad Eggelston @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. What happens when Italian acoustic guitar great teams up with the off-beat bluegrass cellist? You gotta hear it to believe it… 8pm. $23; $5 age 12 & under.
MUSIC: The Oz Noy Trio @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The guitar innovator was formerly a member of the house band on a top-rated television show in his native Israel, but these days his envelope-pushing musical partners are drummer Anton Fig and bass master Will Lee of the David Letterman Band. With the Compact. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: Donna Lewis @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. You remember her 1996 pop hit, “I Love You Always Forever,” right? Well, now she’s celebrating the release of her new album, Brand New Day, recorded with the Bad Plus and producer David Torn. 9pm. $20.
THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at the Ritz Carlton. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 8pm. $20-$60. Through March 22. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: The Talea Ensemble @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The ensemble performs the American premiere of German composer Enno Poppe’s “Speicher,” a complex structure of variations, repetitions and mictrotonal intonation, built to push its 22 players to their interpretive and technical extremes. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Catherine Calls the Cops @ the Low Beat, Albany. 5pm.
THEATER: “The Big Broadcast!” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. WWLP-TV personality Brian Lapis hosts the recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast with swing-era music by the Mount Holyoke Jazz Ensembles. A benefit for the Berkshire Theatre Group’s education program. 7pm. $15 for adults and $10 for students. UPDATE: This show has been postponed. New date TBA…
MUSIC: The Williams Chamber Players @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The chamber music program features cellist Ronald Feldman and bassoonist Stephen Walt on Sonata in D Minor by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier; violinist Joana Genova and Ah ling Neu on viola; cellist Nathaniel Parke and harpsichordist Edwin Lawrence on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. 8pm. FREE.