3/1/19: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

MUSIC: Rickie Lee Jones @ The Egg, Albany. Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the music scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. Rickie bring her mixed bag of jazz, rock and folk songs that she has been cultivating for over 40 years as one of pop music’s most intriguing artists. 8pm. $39.50.

MUSIC: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Kicking off Mardi Gras weekend, it’s the return of the soulful singer-accordionist and his Louisiana band. With Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Elton John @ the Times Union Center, Albany. It’s the piano man’s long-running Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. 8pm.$49.50, $124.50 & $224.50.

MUSIC: The Back Porch Mardi Gras Ball @ Gateway City Arts, Holyoke. Featuring second generation zydeco greats C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. With the Green Mountain Playboys. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Hiss Golden Messenger @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Playing a solo show. with Erin Rae. 8pm. $30, $40 & $45.

MUSIC: Jacob Joliiff Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. A prime example of young meets old, progressive meets traditional, the Jacob Jolliff Band represents the next generation of bluegrass. Mandolin virtuoso of Yonder Mountain String Band and Joy Kills Sorrow, Jacob Jolliff is one of the premiere pickers in the contemporary bluegrass scene. 8pm. $26.

MUSIC: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The band features Scott Metzger, Tommy Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. 8pm. $50

MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. 6 & 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. Vintage Americana by Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck. 7pm.

MUSIC: Wreckless Eric @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The veteran Stiff Records alum. 7:30pm. $10.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music,food & drink, shopping, people-watching and much more. 5pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rollin’ on the River ExtravaJAMza @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Featuring Bendt, OmniGroove, Hilltop, Ragliacci and Northern Borne. 7:30pm. $15; after 10pm $20.

MUSIC: The Accidentals @ The Linda, Albany. The multi-instrumentalist power trio of Sav Buist, Katie Larson and Michael Dause rolls into town in support of their acclaimed debut album, Odyssey. With Sydney Schizzano. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Back Porch Festival: Family Night @ Academy of Music, Northampton. The Songs of Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton sung by Little Roots, Liam Hurley, In the Nick of Time and more of your favorite kids music performers. A fundraiser for the Northampton Parents Center. 6pm. $10.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ Albany Elks Lodge, Albany. Featuring the Alan Thomson Little Big Band. FREE dance lesson at 7pm. 8pm. $15; students/seniors $10.

TALK: Susan Orlean @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. New Yorker journalist and author sits down with WAMC-FM’s Joe Donahue for the next installment of The Creative Life: A Conversation Series. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory @ Proctors, Schenectady. Yes, it’s the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous — and mysterious — factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few, and that includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. 8pm. Through Sunday.

TALK/MUSIC: Rochmon Record Club Listening Party @ the Strand Theatre, Hudson Falls. Chuck Vosganian conducts a multi-media presentation that examines the 1971 classic Jethro Tull album, Aqualung. 7:30pm. $10.

THEATER: Men on Boats @ Skidmore College’s Black Box Theater, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night. Directed by Nina Slowinski, Jaclyn Backhaus’ irreverent and raucous play puts a gender twist on the white male explorers of U.S. Manifest Destiny. 8pm. $12; students/seniors $8. Through Thursday.

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