6/22/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

The audience at Old Songs

Photograph of the Old Songs audience by Michael Seinberg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music & Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Day One of the three-day folk fest. Featuring emcee John Roberts with 3 Ravens, Stu Fuchs, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, Low Lily, Choc’late with the Gaslight Tinkers, Joel Mabus, Alderson, Foley & Murray, more. Music starts at 3pm. Through Sunday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Friday @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Jazz is all around town throughout the day and evening including the Chuck Lamb Quintet with Jorge Gomez & Ria Curley at Caffe Lena, the Jon LeRoy Trio at 9 Maple Avenue and peformances by the George Muscatello Trio, the Hot Club of Saratoga, the Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Trio, Keith Pray, Shiri Zorn, Out of the Box, more. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “A Night on Bourbon Street” @ Congress Park’s Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs. Bourbon Street-inspired revelry begins at 7:30pm featuring gourmet catering, gaming tables, exciting prizes and sumptuous cocktails at the open bar with the main event – award-winning trumpeter-vocalist Bria Skonberg and her band – performing at 9pm. In support of SPAC’s educational programs. $150.

MUSIC: Aimee Mann @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Formerly the voice of Til Tuesday, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success. She recently won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, and NPR named her one of the world’s top 10 greatest living songwriters. With Jonathan Coulton. 8pm. $30, $50 & $70.

MUSIC: Rechorduroys @ River Street Pub, Troy. Celebrate the release of Rechorduroys’ self-titled debut full-length album on Five Kill Records. With the Abyssmals and Sun Natives. 9pm. $5.

THEATER: Chess Match, No. 5 @ Skidmore College’s Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, Saratoga Springs. SITI Company members Will Bond and Ellen Lauren star in this theatrical homage to avant garde composer John Cage featuring Cage’s own words shaped into a conversation about the purpose, shape and proper interpretation of music and art taking place in a single night over a chess game. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Rockers Wild Adriatic take the stage to kick off your weekend. With Drew Polsun. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Jim Kweskin @ Unison Arts Center, New Paltz. The Godfather of the Great ’60s Jug Band Revival. With David Kraai. 8pm. $15-25.

MUSIC: Houndmouth @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The alt-blues band from New Albany (in Indiana) rolls into town in advance of their new album, Golden Age. With Liz Cooper & The Stampede. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Ashanti @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. She became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously in 2002 when “Always on Time” and “What’s Luv?” were at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. With Ja Rule and Lloyd. 8pm. $38, $48, $63, $70, $78 & $123.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Devastation of the Weekend Death Metal Fest @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disemtombed, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Signs of the Swarm, Balor. 5pm. $20. Through Saturday.

THEATER: Some Lovers @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its 2018 season with the new Burt Bacharach/Steven Sater musical about a couple caught between their present and their past. 7:30pm. $34, $39 & $45. Through Saturday, June 23.

MUSIC: Mason Jennings @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The indie-folk singer-songwriter brings his carefully observed portraits in song to town in support of his new album of love songs, Songs from When We Met. 9pm.

MUSIC: Jose James @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Before he heads up to Saratoga, the acclaimed R&B/jazz singer makes a stop in Woodstock for an intimate concert celebrating the music of Bill Withers. 8pm. $30 & $45.

MUSIC: Andrew Bird @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. The award-winning internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist-vocalist-whistler-songwriter makes good after his scheduled March concert was snowed out. With Buke & Gase. 7:30pm. $40 & $50.

THEATER: The Royal Family of Broadway @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. The world premiere of a brilliant musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores. 2 & 8pm. Through Saturday, July 7. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Athens Performing Arts Summer Concert Series @ Athens Riverfront Park, Athens. Blues-rock guitarslinger Kristen Capolino and her band kick off the summer-long concert series. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FILM/MUSIC: “This Is Spinal Tap” @ Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. Turn it up to 11 on the big, BIG screen. With live music at 7:30pm by Catskill Trio and Murderer’s Creek. Film at 9pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Andy Grammer @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Since releasing “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me” in 2011, Andy Grammer has taken the music world by storm with a succession of anthemic pop hits. 7pm. $26-$119.

THEATER: Morning After Grace @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox. Regge Life directs the New England premiere of Carey Crim’s hilarious, heartwarming and unconventional new comedy that tackles love, loss and second chances. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, July 15. GO HERE to read review…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: One Love World Peace Fusion Fest @ Green Kingdom, Mohawk. Three days, six stages, 50 artists, including Ky-Mani Marley, Rusted Root, Floodwood, Yes Darling, Slug, Fulton Chain Gang, The Bomb, the Mighty Mystics Band, Denroy Morgan & the Black Eagles Band, Adlib Steel Orchestra, Chris James & Mamma G Band, Brokedown Hustlers, Grit and Grace, and lots more. 12noon. $40. Through Sunday. UPDATE: This festival has been postponed to August 10-12…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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