MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. 7pm. Fresh from their “Guinness Book of World Records”-breaking performance at the Empire State Plaza on Friday, the Jug Stompers are back for their regular, third-Monday-of-the-month residency, serving up their funky acoustic blend of bluegrass, blues, country, folk and kitchen-sink. 7pm. Free; donations accepted for Tess’ Lark Tavern.
MUSIC: Bang On a Can Festival of Contemporary Music @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s the start of the second week of the three-week fest, and the gallery concerts continue at 4:30pm daily. Today’s performance features cellist Nick Photinos with violinist Todd Reynolds and pianist Vicki Ray performing the music of George Crumb, Shaun Naidoo, Salvatore Sciarrino and Mischa Zupko. 4:30pm. Free with museum admission.
READING: Mary Gaitskill and Henri Cole @ Palamountain Hall’s Davis Auditorium, Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The New York State Summer Writers Institute kicks off its third and final week with author Gaitskill (“Veronica”) and poet Cole (“Middle Earth”). 8pm. Free.
MUSIC: Langhorne Slim @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. This year, Langhorne Slim was named one of the Top 10 artists to see at Bonnaroo. His live shows are a genuine, gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles. Joining Langhorne Slim (vocals and guitar) are drummer Malachi DeLorenzo, bassist Jeff Ratner and keyboardist-banjoist David Moore. With Ha Ha Tonka opening. 7pm. $15.