4/15/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: Martin & Eliza Carthy @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The internationally renowned British father-daughter folk duo plays an intimate concert in support of their 2014 collaborative album, The Moral of the Elephant, in which they interpret powerful, traditional songs. Martin recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Folk Awards at Royal Albert Hall. Eliza is the only folk musician to have been nominated twice for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize. 7pm. $26.

MUSIC: Sufjan Stevens @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The unpredictable, unclassifiable, Brooklyn-based alt-popster takes the stage in support of his new album, Carrie & Lowell, a stunning collection of songs that address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. With Cold Specks. 8pm. $30, $35, $40 & $45.

READING: Alice McDermott @ RPI’s Biotech Auditorium, Troy. The winner of the National Book Award for her 1998 novel, “Charming Billy,” is also the author of the 2013 novel, “Someone,” the story of one woman’s “ordinary” life across the decades of the 20th century in an Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pierre Bensusan @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The internationally acclaimed French-Algerian guitar master has been heralded as a guitarist’s guitarist since making his debut album in 1975 at the age of 17. He has racked up numerous awards, including the Grand Prix du Disque for his first album upon his debut at Switzerland’s Montreux Festival. And he was named Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008 in Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers’ Choice poll. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Jazz Night @ Herberg Middle School, Pittsfield. The Herberg Middle School Jazz Band performs with special guests Andy Kelly and the Neville Brothers’ saxman Charles Neville. 7pm. Donation encouraged.

READING: Poetry, Music and Spoken Word Showcase @ the Women’s Building, Albany. The Albany Word Fest presents a special evening that will showcase the talents of local and regional poets, musicians, and spoken word artists. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 9:30pm.

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