8/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Khalif Neville @ the Low Beat, Albany. The keyboardist, composer and son of New Orleans saxman Charles Neville brings his trio to the Low Beat for his Greater Nippertown debut in advance of his new album, Wishin’. With Victory Soul Orchestra. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Mile Twelve @ the Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant, Galway. Straight outta Boston, the fresh, hard-driving young band deftly walks the line between original and traditional bluegrass. 8:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Erotics @ Mean Max Brew Works, Glens Falls. It’s a double-header CD release party celebrating the release of the Erotics new album, United We Can’t Stand and Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band’s Bastard. With Frances Dean and Jason Irwin. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bill Staines @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran, true-hearted troubadour returns to the Caffe. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ Riverfront Park, Athens. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: In the Valley Below @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. 9pm. $15.

COMEDY: Bret Ernst @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30 & 10pm. $15. Also on Saturday.

MUSIC: Stoker @ the Albany Public Library Main Branch Parking Lot, Albany. The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series continues… With Sun Natives. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

OPERA: “Xerxes” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Last chance! Countertenor John Holiday returns in the title role of one of the most brilliant scores in the Baroque repertory. History’s fierce Persian conqueror turns his attention to domestic affairs in a plot in which romantic attraction threatens to obliterate fraternal loyalty. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Day Two of the French Festival with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. With guest pianist Louis Lortie. 8pm.

THEATER: “Screenplay by Stalin” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Williamstown Theatre Festival actors present a reading of Tom Fontana’s play featuring Lora Lee Gayer, Austin Pendelton and Dean Winters. 3pm. $5.

MUSIC: Cro-Mags @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Brick by Brick (celebrating the release of their new CD Thin the Herd), All Out War, Cold as Life and Wrong Move. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Chris Busone @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Hill Hollow Band @ Stephentown Town Hall, Stephentown. 6pm.

THEATER: “At Home at the Zoo” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Directed by Eric Hill, Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story)” joins Albee’s classic 1959 play, “The Zoo Story,” with its prequel, “Homelife” (2004) written 45 years later. 8pm. $52. Through Saturday, August 26.

MUSIC: Rusticator @ S&S Brewery, Nassau. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jazz Jam Session @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Arch Stanton Quartet @ Pivot Ground Cafe, Kingston. 7pm.

THEATER: “Hypnosia: The Wondershow of the Universe” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Part old-style magic show, part social commentary and part boundary-pushing live theater experience. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: Dialysis @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Maggot Brain, Grizzlor, Scavengers. 8:30pm. $8.

THEATER: “Avenue Q: The Musical” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Local Actors Guild performs the Tony Award-winning, R-rated puppet musical. 8pm. $20. Through Sunday, August 27.

MUSIC: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. “I’ve Got A Little Twist” mixes Gilbert & Sullivan with a twist of Broadway. It’s where “The Mikado” meets “The Music Man.” 8pm. $25, $35 & $45.

DANCE: Monica Bill Barnes & Company @ PS21, Chatham. A two-night preview performance of “One Night Only” from the New York City-based dance company. 8pm. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ the Desmond Hotel, Albany. 4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Brendan O’Shea @ Colony, Woodstock. With Jenna Nicholls. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: Up All Night @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jarrod @ Greenport Town Park, Greenport. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

WORKSHOP: West African Dance & Drum Workshop Performance @ PS21, Chatham. A high energy display of West African dance with choreographer-dancer Jamal Jackson, drummer Frank Malloy IV and kids from the dance and drum workshop. 1pm. FREE.

FILM: “I Am the Blues” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Featuring interviews and performances with many of the genre’s luminaries including recent Grammy winner Bobby Rush. Raw and true to the bone, the film is at its best when profiling musicians who enjoyed only fleeting fame and success. 2, 4:30 & 7pm. $5.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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