12/31/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday (New Year’s Eve)
MUSIC: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The New Orleans piano master and new Grammy nominee brings his rompin’ band to town for a New Orleans-style New Year’s Eve bash. A special Big Easy menu will be available prepared by bayou-born-and-bred Helsinki executive chef Hugh Horner. 9pm. $45, $55 & $75.
MUSIC/MORE: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. NRBQ, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, MaryLeigh Roohan, Michael Jerling, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Sirsy, Better by Morning, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Jack Grace, Hot Club of Saratoga, JV & the Cutters, North & South Dakotas, more. 6pm. $15.
MUSIC: New Year’s Eve Bash @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Featuring Grass Roots Rebels, the Kindness, Jasper, Nobody for President, Victory Soul Orchestra and Desafinado. Two venues, six bands, one $7 cover charge. 8pm.
BURLESQUE: Roxxi Tart’s 1920s Burlesque Revue @ North Albany Studios, Albany. The gang of flappers, swells, gangsters and bootleggers offer a fun-filled, bathtub gin-infused, speakeasy-styled celebration. Hot and cold buffet, midnight champagne toast and two hours of Roaring ’20s-styled burlesque. 8pm. $40; $75 per couple.
MUSIC: The Simi Stone Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Come ring in the New Year with the delightful Simi Stone and her band. With the soulful Eric Redd. Includes a Prosecco toast at midnight. 9pm. $30.
MUSIC: The Pine Baron @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Rodeo Barons James Gascoyne and Sam Zucchini team up with George Muscatello, Eric Margan and other special guests. 9pm.
MUSIC: Hudson River Music Hall Rockin’ New Year’s Eve @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Featuring Elizabeth Woodbury, Catherine Reid’s Resolutions, the Jonathan Newell Quartet, Led Zepplin tribute band Out on the Tiles and a preview of Rene Roberge’s Caravan Theatre’s latest musical theater project. 6pm. $35.
MUSIC: Berkshire Bach Ensemble @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Under the direction of harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, the ensemble brings together Eugene Drucker, Benjamin Luxon and an array of steller guest soloists for a celebratory evening of Vivaldi, Corelli and, of course, Bach. 6pm. $40, $65 & $85.