6/2/18: Today’s Top 15 Tips: Saturday

MUSIC: Rachelle Garniez @ Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. Accompanied by bassist Derek Nievergelt, the singer-songwriter-accordionist performs story songs that slip between pop, polka, country, ska, jazz, yodeling and more. 7:30pm. $20; students $10.

FESTIVAL: Kids Arts Festival @ Jay Street, Schenectady. Imaginative performers and student groups – including Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Puppet People, the School of Performing Arts at Proctors, the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band, Mopco Improv Theater, Dance Me Elite Performers and more – offer free, hands-on arts performances, with lots of learning thrown in, to children across Greater Nippertown. 12noon-4pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Black Mountain Symphony @ Centre Street Pub, Schenectady. The six-piece indie rock group from Greater Nippertown celebrates the release of their new six-song EP Peacetime, showcasing a wide range of styles and influences. 10pm.

MUSIC: Freddi Shehadi & the Expressions @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Emmy Award-winning guitarist-composer is joined by Bill Ware on vibes and drummer extraordinaire Dan Tiechert for an evening of high-powered music, including selections from his new album Welcome. 8pm. $22.

THEATER: La Ronde @ the Frear House, Troy. Troy Foundry Theatre presents a site-specific adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial play directed by Brenna Geffers, who has been hailed for her immersive theater direction. Originally written and banned in 1890’s Vienna, this new production reexamines the original hypocrisy and nihilism while deconstructing assumptions of gender and orientation. 8pm. $15; students and seniors $10. Through Saturday, June 9.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Wrapping up the full day of concerts as part of the American Music Festival, David Alan Miller and the orchestra will be joined by soprano Hila Plitman for a program featuring works by Del Tredici, Loiacono, Steven Burke and Theofanidis. 7:30pm.

FESTIVAL: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square, Troy. The sixth annual fest serves up an afternoon of free food, free art activities and free music by bells’ roar, donfons and the Chill Smith Collective. 3-6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie. Singer-guitarist Mark Gamsjager leads the veteran rockabilly/swing favorites. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Dan Bern @ Ndakinna Education Center, Greenfield Center. A family-friendly evening of music, food and drink by the singer-songwriter, who has released some two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his first CD on Sony/Work in 1997. 6pm.

THEATER: On Your Feet! @ Proctors, Schenectady. The musical true-life tale of Emilio & Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, who broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. 2 & 8pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Sweetback Sisters @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. The renegade retro band offers a modern take on country music, pushing their timely take on country’s golden age into more adventurous territory that includes blazing leads, charging rhythms and playful lyrics. With Izzy Heltai. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Start Making Sense @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Talking Heads tribute band. 8pm. $22 & $27.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival @ Lake George Forum, Lake George. Round Two of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest kicks off today’s festivities at 10am. GO HERE for the complete festival schedule of events…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Adirondack Bluegrass League’s Bluegrass Round-Up @ McConchie’s Heritage Acres Campground, Galway. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest. $20. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/FILM: Berkshire International Film Festival @ various locations, Great Barrington and Pittsfield.

DANCE: Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott @ PS21, Chatham. “Places Please” is a zany backstage look at the final moments before the curtain goes up. 7 & 9pm. $35.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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