8/9/18: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Sylvia Tyson & Scarlet Rivera @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sylvia Tyson – best known as one-half of the famed Canadian folk duo of the ’60s, Ian & Sylvia, teams up with the acclaimed violinist from Bob Dylan’s Desire and Rolling Thunder Tour. 7pm. $37.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The legendary Montreal post-rockers return to play a benefit for the Basilica. With Jessica Moss. 7pm.

MUSIC: Barker Park Kids Summer Series @ Barker Park, Troy. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s series features an interactive concert by the worldjazz band Elizabeth Kasius Woodbury & Heard. 11am. FREE. Rain site: St. Paul’s Guild House, 27 State St., Troy. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. Featuring bluegrass faves Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: UpBeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The Glens Falls-based epic psych-folk band is led by Lucas William Hale VanScoy. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Rasputina @ Colony, Woodstock. Cellist Meloria Creagor leads her free-wheeling band. With a solo performance by Mamalama. 8pm. $20.

SPOKEN WORD: Andrea Gibson @ The Linda, Albany. A pioneer of the spoken word movement – the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam – Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast-to-coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality. With Megan Falley. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. It’s the weekly Thursday night jazz night. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Blues Pro Jam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Greater Nippertown’s top blues musicians jam on the blues. This time out, the core band will feature vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jay Collins, guitarist Frank Daley, guitarist Chris Vitarello, bassist Johnny Pisano, keyboardist John Ginty and drummer Sonny Rock. 8pm. FREE.

FAMILY FUN: SUNY Schenectady County Community College Family Fun Day @ SCCC, Schenectady.
Come and enroll for the fall semester while your family enjoys fun activities – FLY 92.3 broadcasting live from 5-7pm, free screening of “Moana” at 7pm, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, bounce house, interactive science experiments, photo booth and more. 4pm. FREE.

TALK: Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Dava Sobel is a science writer and author of “Galileo’s Daughter” and “The Glass Universe.” Diane Ackerman is a poet, science writer and author of “A Natural History of the Senses,” “The Human Age” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” 8pm.

MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra and special guest pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen in a program featuring Elgar’s “Selections from ‘The Wand of Youth,'” Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” with narrator Kevin McGuire. 2pm.

MUSIC: Jazz on Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady. Featuring the International Jazz Quartet. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Jammin’ at GPAC @ Tawasentha Park’s Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland. Featuring Hair of the Dog. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Take an exuberant ride on the rails, into the backwoods and onto the wide-open highway with the music of Johnny Cash! This remarkable life story features 31 foot-stompin’, emotionally-packed songs including “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” 7:30pm. Through Sunday, August 12. GO HERE to read our review…

MUSIC: Rock the Block @ Canal Square, Cohoes. Featuring the Downtown Horns. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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