5/8/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ the Madison Theater, Albany. It’s the CD release party for the band’s new CD, None of the Above. Formerly known as TN3, they’re sporting a new name but the same intoxicating instrumental sound that deftly walks the tightrope between jazz and rock. The reconstituted Seven Rabbit Stew, featuring saxman Will Zwink and drummer Al Kash (Todd Nelson’s former bandmate in Fear of Strangers). 8pm. $10, which includes a copy of the new CD. 8pm. $10. Go HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The YouTube sensations sold out the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall back in October, and now they’re headed back to town with an evening full of contemporary pop hits inventively performed in the the style of vintage pop hits of the past. 8pm. $28. GO HERE to read a review of their Troy Savings Bank Music Hall concert…

MUSIC: Cécile McLorin Salvant & the Aaron Diehl Trio @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-the-Hudson. Grammy-nominated vocalist Salvant was the undisputed star of the Troy/Albany Bridge Jazz Festival in March. This time around she’s serving up a centenary tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday. 8pm. $25-$45.

MUSIC: Blue Factory @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s a happening happy hour bash, as the band celebrates the release of their new CD, The Chief, on Kranepool Records. It’s their fourth CD, and it’s a 19-song whopper recorded at Edie Road Studio with Marc Fuller. Admission charge includes a copy of the CD. 6pm.

MUSIC: Apollo’s Creed @ the Low Beat, Albany. Celebrating the release of their self-titled album. With Flakjacket (celebrating the release of their new album, Shatter Patterns) and power trio the Hotel View. 9pm.

MUSIC: Othello Molineaux & Manolo Badrena @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The acclaimed jazz steel drum player joins forces with the former Weather Report percussionist and Rich Lamanna & the Last Word, including drummer Dave Calarco, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia and bassist Jack Kulp. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Connor Garvey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. First-time listeners get hooked by his intimate and sunny performance style, accomplished musicianship and memorable melodies. But there’s abundant meaning beyond the catchy hook… With Sarah Blacker. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Blu Stone Bistro, Albany. Mark Gamsjager leads the swingin’ rockabilly combo in support of their new CD, Go Green. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Mister F @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With ELM. 9:30pm. $12.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Soundout – The Music of Neil Young” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Happy Traum hosts this benefit for the Woodstock Day School with local luminaries – A.C. Newman, Marco Benevento, Nicole Atkins, Larry Campbell, Burnell Pines, Adrien Reju, Simi Stone, Dave Dreiwitz and many more – digging into the vast and varied Neil Young songbook. 8pm. $25, $45, $75 & $99.

PERFORMANCE: Ellie Ga’s “Eureka, a lighthouse play” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A narrative performance that centers on the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria. Since its destruction in a series of earthquakes during the Middle Ages, many people have tried to reconstruct the lighthouse, searching for its remains in an effort to reconstruct the histories of one of the lost wonders of the ancient world. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

COMEDY: Brian Regan @ Palace Theatre, Albany. Need a laugh? A family-friendly laugh? 8pm. $35.75, $39.75 & $49.75.

THEATER: “Hamlet” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Kevin McGuire. “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” 8pm. $20-$60. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Zuill Bailey @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The virtuoso cellist serves up an evening of glorious music by J.S. Bach and much more. 8pm. $25 & $35.

THEATER: “Rapunzel, Rapunzel a Very Hairy Fairytale” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The evil enchantress Lady Za Za has banished Princess Rapunzel to the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest in this snappy, hilarious, music-filled twist on the classic fairy tale. 7pm. $20; $10 ages 17 & under.

MUSIC: Moonalice @ The Linda, Albany. They’re a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. With a special acoustic performance by Doobie Decibel System. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Heather Maloney @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The sublime singer-songwriter brings her unique blend of folk, rock, jazz and pop to Hudson in support of her just-released new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sound Recordings. With Will Dailey. 8pm. $18.

THEATER: “The Night of the Iguana” @ Albany Civic Theatre, Albany. Carol King directs Tennessee Williams’ classic drama. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through Sunday, May 17.

MUSIC: Oz Noy/Vic Juris @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Smokin’ guitar from Oz Noy with a powerhouse band featuring Vic Juris with Doug Weiss and Adam Nussbaum. With NYC-based multi-instrumentalist/looper/pop-rocker Aaron Zimmer. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Celestial Shore @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With Slowshine and the Black Ships. Doors open at 7:30pm. $5.

MAGIC: “Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Sieger” @ the Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. The master of sleight-of-hand magic presents his new live show. 7:30pm. $25. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Gordon St @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Monk. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, Albany. Early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz featuring reedman Parsons with Tim Coakley, drums; Rich Skrika, piano; Bernie Mulleda, guitar; Richard Downs, cornet, vocals; and Ken Olsen, trombone. 10pm. Also at 9:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

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