MUSIC: Marcia Ball @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. When long, tall Marcia Ball sits down at the piano, the music just naturally criss-crosses across state lines from Texas honky-tonk boogie to Louisiana bayou blues. And yes, she was at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in March, but she really didn’t get much of a chance to stretch out then, as she was sharing the stage with Bettye LaVette and Maria Muldaur. 7pm. $28.
MUSIC: Slang @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Japanese hardcore heroes invade the shores of Nippertown. Helping to stir up the mosh pit will be Boston bands Mind Eraser and Brain Killer, as well as local faves Coughing Fit, Pointblank and Damnation Alley. 7pm. $8.
NYC: “The Music of Simon & Garfunkel” @ Central Park SummerStage, New York City. Yeah, this is definitely worth a road trip – 30 artists team up for 15 duets in this one-night-only affair. Some mighty fine musicians delve into the S&G songbook. Who’s in the mix? Shawn Colvin, Willie Nile, Aimee Mann, Alejandro Escovedo, Loudon Wainwright III, St. Vincent, Jill Sobule, Jorma Kaukonen, Paula Cole, Ricky Skaggs and lots more. 8pm. $69.