12/7/18: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

John Scofield
Guitar great John Scofield brings 66 Combo to The Egg tonight.

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

MUSIC: John Scofield’s 66 Combo @ The Egg, Albany. John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon the Grammy-winning jazz guitarist’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. 8pm. $36.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The National @ Hudson Hall, Hudson. An intimate performance to benefit Planned Parenthood. With Gail Ann Dorsey and Kaki King. 7pm. $50 & $500. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: David Mallett @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The world-renowned folksinger lives a quiet life on a farm in Maine. His songs invite us into that timeless and earthy world, where simple human stories unfold. His voice is rich and masterful; his guitar playing lovely. Accompanied by upright bass. In case you think you don’t know Mallet’s work, actually you do: “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow…” 8pm. $27.

MUSIC: The Gibson Brothers @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The annual North Country Christmas Show. 7:30pm. $40; VIP $75. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out…

CONVERSATION: Kristen Gillibrand @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. The U.S. Senator engages in discussion with moderator Marion Roach Smith in support of her new children’s book, “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.” 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Radio Radio X-mas @ the River Street Pub, Troy. Featuring Joe Mansman & the Midnight Revival Band, Blasé Debris and Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: “All in a Family” @ Colony, Woodstock. Featuring Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche. 8pm. $35 & $55.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music, dance, whopping, food & drink, people watching, more… 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Phosphorescent @ the Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton. Drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan, Joe Henry and Will Oldham, Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) has a ragged voice and a penchant for dust-blown Americana. With Liz Cooper & The Stampede. 8:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Chris Smither @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The blues-folk singer-songwriter returns to Greater Nippertown to perform his impassioned blend of original and classic blues-influenced American roots music. Folk-rock singer-songwriter Milton opens the show (replacing previously announced opener Laurie Sargent). 8pm. $25 & $30.

MUSIC: Project/Object @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. For over 25 years they have toured and performed the eclectic, iconic music of Frank Zappa. Tonight they’ll be joined by Zappa alum Napoleon Murphy Brock and Denny Walley. 8pm. $22 & $27.

MUSIC: Burnt Hills @ the Low Beat, Albany. Anything goes… With Headroom and Grab Ass Cowboys. 8pm.

MUSIC/THEATER: James & Jerome @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis make hyper-literary, live-music story performances using lush, powerful combinations of acoustic and electronic music with live narration. “Piano Tales No. 17” is the latest in the duo’s ongoing celebration of the art of the musical tale. 8pm. $18 & $28; students $8.

MUSIC: Mihali Savoulidis @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs. The Twiddler stands alone… With Rich Ortiz. 9:30pm. $18.

MUSIC: Popa Chubby @ the Upper Room, Albany. He’s been hard-rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. 8:30pm. $20 & $30.

MUSIC: The Michael Benedict Quartet @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Featuring drummer Michael Benedict, saxman Dave Fisk, trombonist Phil Allen and bassist Pete Toigo. 9pm.

MUSIC: Off the Record @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. ’60s minimalist trio. With the debut of Kitty Rodeo. 8pm. $5.

DANCE/MUSIC: “The Day” @ Lumberyard, Catskill. Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser join forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create an evening-length work-in-progress, with evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. 8pm. $100. Also at 7pm Saturday.

MUSIC/ART: Ryder Cooley @ Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. The First Friday Artswalk after-party features a solo dark carnival musical performance by the Dust Bowl Faeries bandleader on accordion, singing saw, video projections. 8pm. FREE. Also an opening reception for the sixth annual Whimsy exhibit from 5-8pm.

THEATER: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill invites you to spend the holiday season with your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters, as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. 8pm. $22-$65. Through Sunday, December 23. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Tom Wadsworth @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The Pub Series continues… 7pm.

MUSIC: The Machine @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Pink Floyd tribute band celebrates its 30th anniversary by performing the three full albums, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals. 8pm. $23.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes Duo @ Vintage House, Albany. 6pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Free swing dance lesson by Jason Fenton at 7pm; swinging dancing to the live sounds of The O-Tones at 8pm. $15; students/seniors $10.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The blues veteran serves up a holiday soul-a-bration. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

DANCE/ART: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the Opalka Gallery, Albany. A site-specific dance performance created in response to the Screenprint Biennial currently on exhibit. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Playin’ Up A Storm: A Tribute to Gregg Allman @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Featuring Eric Krasno, Bruce Katz, Bill Sims Jr., Jay Collins, Manuel Quintana, Chris Vitarello, Brandon Morrison and Moses Patrou. 8pm. $40 & $65. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out…

THEATER: A Christmas Carol @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic directed by Brian Sheldon and Melanie Douglas. 8pm. $18; under age 18 $10. Through Sunday, December 16. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Space Junk @ Parish Public House, Albany. With Neon Veins. 9pm.

MUSIC: Williams College Wind Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. This concert, titled “British Masters,” offers music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and Gordon Jacob. 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “Line in the Street” @ The Linda, Albany. The five-part documentary about the political and legal battle regarding gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. The heart of this story is the conflict between the citizen groups calling for their legislators to listen, and the entrenched politicians defending the indefensible. 8pm. $5.

GO HERE for the latest info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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