4/27/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Matt Flinner Trio @ the Cock ‘N Bull, Galway. The mandolin master continues to push the envelope with his band, which is augmented by fab fiddler Darol Anger this time around. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Ensemble Signal @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Wrapping up the season, composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang presents his orchestral work darker performed by Ensemble Signal with live projections by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra. 7:30pm. $18; students/seniors $13. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Tom Chapin @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The New York Times calls the three-time Grammy Award winner “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.” He’s a renowned singer-songwriter for both family and adult audiences with a career that spans Broadway, TV, documentary and feature films and, of course, the concert stage. With 24 albums and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Chapin delivers an irresistable concert of ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. 8pm. $32.

MUSIC: Patti LuPone @ Proctors, Schenectady. The two-time Tony Award winner and bonafide legend of the the Great White Way returns to Proctors with “Don’t Monkey with Broadway,” exploring — through indelible interpretations of classic show tunes by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and more – how her life-long love affair with Broadway began, and her concern for where it’s going today. 8pm. $25-$85.

MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ Or Gallery & Tavern, Hudson. Ryder Cooley leads her ethereal dark-carnival ensemble in a hometown show. With Aaron Martin. 6pm. Donations welcome.

MUSIC: Solidarity: Charlie King, Magpie & George Mann @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground, Schenectady. Singing “Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People” in celebration of International Workers Day. 7:30pm. $28 & $40.

MUSIC: “Shadows & Light: The Music of Joni Mitchell” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Bassist Scott Petito leads a Hudson Valley all-star contingent of musicians – including Gail Ann Dorsey, Veronica Nunn, Leslie Ritter, Jay Collins, Danny Blume, Roberto Rodriguez, Travis Shook and Rachel Z – in an evening of Joni Mitchell’s mesmerizing music. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Hartley’s Encore @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany.Vocalist-keyboardist Luke Malamood and his crew of funkateers celebrate the release of their eponymous debut album. With Victory Soul Orchestra. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Alaskan @ Chrome, Waterford. Last chance! The Alaskan bids us farewell with one final gig and a party celebrating the release of their new EP Fools Gold. With Pry, Sleepers, Adhara, Beneath the Skyline and Beast. 7pm. $12.

ARTISTS TALK: Artists Talk @ Collar Works, Troy. A discussion of their work and process by Ed Atkeson, Lionel Cruet, Valery Jung Estabrook, Rachel Frank, Hana van der Kolk and Jack Magai, the artists featured in the current exhibit, “Transactional Days.” 6pm.

MUSIC: Daymé Arocena @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. From Havana, Cuba, Daymé Arocena’s powerful singing and buoyant music defy expectations, drawing on the rhythms of Afro-Cuban traditions, the nimble athleticism of jazz and the catchy hooks of pop melodies. With exceptional warmth and a powerful presence to augment her virtuosity, she has emerged as one of today’s foremost ambassadors of contemporary Cuban music. 8pm. $28.

THEATER: “Love in Firenze” @ The Addy at Proctors, Schenectady. The Greater Nippertown songwriting team of Herb Weisburgh of Albany and Ed Munger of Schenectady presents the world premiere of the first stage musical. Directed by Steve Suriano. 7:30pm. $22.50. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Kansas @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, 15 studio albums and five live albums, Kansas has racked up eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of Kansas), one platinum album (Two for the Show) and and two million-selling gold singles, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.” 8pm.

DANCE: Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s “Rob Day” @ PS21, Chatham. This evening-length dance production explores gun culture and our connections to it, merging contemporary dance forms with traditional West African dance movement. Rob is a 9mm pistol, and the relationships formed on his travels reveal a charisma and influence that is undeniable. 8pm. $35. Also at 8pm Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: Erin Harkes @ Savoy Taproom, Albany. Leaving the guitar behind, the ever-popular Ms. Harkes goes for the laughs. 8pm. FREE.

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