MUSIC: Slick Fitty’s CD release party @ the Marketplace Gallery, Albany. Crazy Joe Domingo and the boys are back with a hot new album simply titled “Hot Action.” And once again they’re firing up their own brand of rollickin’ sax-meets-guitar roots rock. This is gonna be too much fun. With the Knyghts of Fuzz. 8pm.
ARTS WALK/FILM: First Friday @ various locations, Ballston Spa. Stroll and gander at the art, listen to the music (from saxman Brian Patneaude to Red Haired Strangers) and then settle in for a free screening of “Coraline” @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. Arts walk 6-9pm. Film 9pm. Free.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. It’s grown larger every year, thanks to curator/guitarslinger Warren Haynes. Today’s line-up features Trombone Shorty, the Whigs, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the New Mastersounds, the Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool and – of course – Gov’t Mule. And that’s not even all of today’s roster of talent. 12noon. (Thru Sunday)
MUSIC: The Dave Matthews Band @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. You know the drill. DMB rolls into SPAC. Sells out two shows. Live Nation pleads with folks who don’t have tix not to come. A few listen. Most don’t. With the Felice Brothers. SOLD OUT.
MUSIC: Jordin Sparks @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Sometimes true talent does win out, and we think that happened when Ms. Sparks became the youngest “American Idol” winner. She’s already a platinum-selling recording artist, and she’ll be making her Broadway debut in “In the Heights” later this summer. With Kate Voegele and Days Difference. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: moe. @ Saranac Brewery, Utica. Yeah, that’s right. Just in case you couldn’t snag a DMB ticket. Or Mountain Jam seems a bit tooo overwhelming. Or because you just wanna show a little love to former Nippertown hometown jam-band heroes. 7pm. $32. (Also 7pm Saturday)
FILM: “Smash His Camera” @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Academy Award-winning director Leo Gast tells the true tale of Ron Galella, the proto celeb-stalking photographer. Read more here. 8pm. $25, $50, $100.
MUSIC: Hair of the Dog @ Trinity United Methodist Church, Albany. A benefit concert to support FOCUS Emergency Feeding Programs and Interfaith Food Pantry. 7pm. $10.