MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton. The great Escovedo is roaring on his new album, “Street Songs of Love” – a collection of no-frills rockin’ love songs, many co-written with Chuck Prophet. And, yes, Springsteen makes an appearance on the anthemic “Faith.” Just don’t expect the Boss in Northampton. With Kathleen Edwards. 8pm. $25, $35.
MUSIC: Langhorne Slim @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Langhorne Slim are the headliners, but the opening act – Rhode Island folk-rock trio the Low Anthem – are worth the price of admission all by themselves. Doors at 7pm; show at 8pm. $15.
FAIR: The Saratoga County Fair @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. “Ring the bell, and win a prize!” It’s opening day of the first entry in the 2010 Nippertown Fair Season. Pie-eating contests, truck pulls, pig races, fried dough and lots of live music each day – catch Black 47 at 8pm on Saturday. 9am-12midnight daily through Sunday.
READING: Rick Moody and Peg Boyers @ Palamountain Hall’s Davis Auditorium, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. The New York State Summer Writers Institute presents a fiction and poetry reading by Moody (“Demonology”) and Boyers (“Honey with Tobacco,” “Hard Bread”). 8pm. Free.
FILM: “Avatar” @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. Maybe you’ve heard of James Cameron’s bold, CGI-laden, sci-fi gem… 6:30 pm. Free. (PS-This is 2D; no glasses required)
Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned @ Music on Main Street at the NBT Bank lawn, Canajoharie at 7pm
The Tichy Boys @ Brunswick Community Center, Troy at 7pm
The Lustre Kings @ Cook Park, Colonie at 6:30pm
Red Molly @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek at 7pm
Blackstone Valley Bluegrass @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown at 6pm
Renee Lussier & Branchwater @ Orsini Park, Altamont at 7pm