7/16/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s opening day of the fab four-day bluegrass bash featuring the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Wood & Wire, the Stray Birds, Mr. Sun, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, the Gibson Brothers, the SteelDrivers, the Del McCoury Band and the Infamous Stringdusters. And that’s just on the Main Stage… there are also four more. Music starts at 1pm. $75. GO HERE for more info and a schedule…

MUSIC: Atlas Genius @ Jennings Landing, Albany. It’s Alt-Rock Night at Alive at Five featuring the Australian band takes the stage in support of their debut album When It Was Now, as well as a peek at the sophomore album Inanimate Objects, due for release next month. With Rival Galaxies. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Reptar @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The energetic new wave foursome injects a vivid and artful feeling into their eclectic electro-guitar-pop sound with their newly released sophomore album Lurid Glow. With Stranger Cat. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: ElectriCity AfroCuband @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz On Jay lunchtime concert series welcomes this new group that explores the Latin and Afro Cuban side of jazz. Featuring saxman Jeff Nania, pianist David Gleason and percussionists Dr. Eddie Ade Knowles and Kristin Diotte. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Scotty Mac & Mark Emanatian @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Alive at Five after-party. Duelin’ guitarslingers. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Harpeth Risng @ the Georgi on the Battenkill, Shushan. The “Caffe Lena on the Battenkill” concert series presents the fab female folk trio performing newgrass, rock and classical music in the Community Room. 7pm. $12.

MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Romeo & Juliet” @ the First Street Common, Pittsfield. It’s opening night. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s timeless and tragic tale of star-crossed lovers stars 17-year-old Joey LaBrasca and 18-year-old Fiona Barnett-Mulligan. 8pm. FREE. Through August 2.

MUSIC: The Devil Wears Prada @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Vocalist/frontman Mike Hranica leads the band into Clifton Park offering a sneak peek of their upcoming six-song concept EP Space. With Whitechapel, Assault on the Living and Declension. 7:30pm. $20.

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Two performances today. The 2pm matinn features Symphonic Dances (Rachmaninof/Martins); The Four Temperaments (Hindemith/Balanchine); and Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine). The 8pm performance is an all-Robbins program.

THEATER: “Murder for Two” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Scott Schwartz directs the new musical murder mystery-comedy. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Brothers Comatose @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The high energy, San Francisco-based string band blends old-time folk and bluegrass with a decidedly contemporary edge. Expect to hear everything and anything from Norman Blake to Cake and more. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “The unCivil War” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Yes, it’s a bluegrass musical comedy at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. 150 years after the final gunshot, the Civil War’s six lone survivors grab their banjos, washboards and what’s left of their sanity to retell the story of the infamous conflict. Starring J. Robert Spencer (Tony Award and original cast member of “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal”) as Abraham Lincoln. 7:30pm. $32-$45. Through July 18.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Druthers, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: The Christine Spero Group @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Performing “Spero Plays Nyro,” a heartfelt tribute and celebration of the music of singer-songwriter sublime Laura Nyro. Featuring pianist-vocalist Christine Spero, saxophonist Elliot Spero, bassist Scott Petito and drummer Peter O’Brien. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Alfie Beers @ the Low Beat, Albany. 8pm.

THEATER: “Deathtrap” @ BTG’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated comedy-thriller stars Gregg Edelman, Alison Fraser, Eric Hill, Tom Pecinka and Debra Jo Rupp. 2 & 7pm. $62. Through July 25.

TALK: “Van Gogh and Nature” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. A lecture by Richard Kendall, the Clark Art Institute’s curator at large. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Micah Scott @ Putnam Den Outside, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE.

READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Dan Wilcox hosts the monthly open mic for poets. This month’s featured poet is Melody Davis, whose most recent book is “Holding the Curve.” Sign-up at 7pm; reading at 7:30pm. $3.

THEATER: Dr. Marmalade Puppet Show @ Barker Park, Troy. In this kids’ puppet show, the world traveling vet tends to animals in distress with her charming remedies. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of Barker Park performances…

MUSIC: Chamber Music from the NYC Ballet Musicians & Friends @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. 12noon. $5.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:15pm.

MUSIC: The Paul Josephs Blues Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Performing an all-star tribute to B.B. King. 9:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Opera Saratoga @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Baritone John Brancy sings “A World War I Tribute.” 8pm.

MUSIC: Holly McCormack @ the Crossing at Colonie 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ the Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

MUSIC: Colleen Pratt @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm.

MUSIC: Cryin’ Out Loud @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: The Guilderland Town Band @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center in Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

FILM: “Ivory Tower” @ The Linda, Albany. As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), this documentary film asks: Is college worth the cost? 7pm. $8.

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