1/12/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Chris Smither @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran acoustic bluesman takes over the Caffe stage for the first evening of a two-night stand. 8pm. $32.

MUSIC: Elvis Birthday Bash @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings lead the annual tribute concert to the King of Rock & Roll with Ian Carlton, Mike Kelley, Mike “Chops” LaConte and Graham Tichy, plus additional special guests. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Ja Rule @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With PaPa Shallah, Nemesis of Mind Over Matter, Youseff Milad and DJ IROC. 8pm. $28.

OPERA: I/O Festival @ ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterStage, Williamstown. Kate Soper’s “Here Be Sirens” is an opera in one act, performed by Fresh Squeezed Opera. The opera blends beautiful music, terrifying noise, screwball comedy and Aristotelian tragedy to present the mythological sirens as real beings, invested in their own origins and obsessed with the possibility of escape from the tedium of endless irresistible desire. 8pm. FREE. ALSO: A free pre-concert talk with Kate Soper at 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC: Ominous Seapods @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The jam-band faves take the stage for reunion and celebration of bassist Tom Pirozzi’s 50th birthday. UPDATE: This show (and Saturday’s show, too) is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Kevin McKrell @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Society High @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Noncompliants, the Addison Boys and Lame. 8pm.

MUSIC: Let Go Daylight @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. With Blase DeBris. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ The Fountain, Albany. Early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz. 10pm. Also at 9:30pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Saratoga City Tavern, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Senor Sway @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: Sun House @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Ferriday and Scotchka. 8:30pm. $7.

MUSIC: Aimee Winz @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. With Honey Slider. 9pm.

MUSIC: Mammal Dap @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. 8pm.

MUSIC: Stone Soup @ the People’s Pub, Chatham. 9pm.

MUSIC: Skeleton Keys @ Centre Street Pub, Schenectady. 9pm.

MUSIC: Nite Train @ Phigans, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Peg Delaney Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Shania Twain and Tim McGraw Tribute @ Rivers Casino Events Center, Schenectady. 8pm. $10.

COMEDY: Controlled Chaos @ Eden Cafe, Loudonville. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ Kraverie, Saratoga Springs. 6:30pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

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