3/30/16: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

MUSIC: The Down Hill Strugglers @ The Linda, Albany. Performing songs from the Alan Lomax Library of Congress Music Collection. With the Four O’Clock Flowers and Meredith Axelrod. Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar, multi-instrumentalist and bon vivant Michael Eck. 8pm. $18. PS: Can’t make it to the show? Listen to the live radio broadcast on WAMC-FM. GO HERE to read a concert review.

MUSIC: Straight No Chaser @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, the cappella group brings their New Old Fashioned Tour to town – and they still ain’t got no band… Expect to hear voices-only renditions of songs be everyone from Bob Dylan to Radiohead, from the Zac Brown Band to the Weeknd. 7:30pm. $29.50, $39.50 & $49.50.

THEATER: “The Lion King” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is helmed by director Julie Taymor, who brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Also featuring the choreography of Garth Fagan and the music of Elton John and Tim Rice. 7:30pm. $20-$170. Through Sunday, April 17.

MUSIC: Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Jeff Nania & Lecco Morris @ Speakeasy 518, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Rising Appalachia @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With Kuf Knotz. 7:30pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Capital Trio @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. For the all-Beethoven program, pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hilary Cumming and cellist Şölen Dikener will perform Sonata in D major, Op. 12 No. 1; Sonata in A major, Op. 69 and Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1 No. 2. 7:30pm. $8; $4 students & seniors.

THEATER: “The Blue Sky Boys” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Deborah Brevoort’s play is an exhilarating romp through the creative minds of the maverick engineers who stopped at nothing to get a man to the moon and back. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. 7:30pm. $20, $30 & $50. Through Sunday, April 3.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Mio Vino, Altamont. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: David Kraai @ Harmony Music, Woodstock. Honky-tonkin’ country folk music with Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle. 8:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: Comedy Pet Theater @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. A blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his pets performing a variety of stunts and skits – an extravaganza of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and balancing acts and very talented dogs, cats, mice and more. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats. 10pm.

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