MUSIC: Hot Tuna and Steve Earle @ The Egg, Albany. It’s a bit of an odd double-bill, but it might work. Jorma and Jack are doing the electric Tuna thing this time around (with G.E. Smith joining in the fun), while Earle recently earned an Emmy nomination for “This City” from the fab HBO series, “Treme,” in which Earle also acts. 8pm. $36.50.
FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Heavy @ St. Joseph’s Church, Albany. Yes, Heavy is back for another weekend – Friday and Saturday only. If you missed it last weekend, there’s still time to check it out. (Related story: Heavy review and photos). 5pm. $5.
MUSIC: Jimmy Webb @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington. The master songsmith has a new album, but it’s the same old songs. They are damn good songs, however – “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and yes, “MacArthur Park,” to name just a few. (also Saturday) 8pm.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. As usual, it’s a great stroll around town to check out some intriguing visual art, listen to some music and maybe do a bit of shopping and eating, too. 5-9pm. Free.
FAIR: The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair @ County Fairgrounds, Cobleskill. It’s opening day of the Sunshine Fair. (Through Saturday, August 7)
MUSIC: The Christine Santelli Band @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. It’s a homecoming show for the Clifton Park native now living NYC. Santelli has been busy making a name for herself – releasing seven CDs, winning awards and playing all the right clubs and festivals, even in Europe, where she has performed at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival. (Related stories: Concert review, CD review) 8pm. $12.
OPERA: “The Distant Sound” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-the Hudson. It’s opening night for the Franz Schreker opera directed by Thaddeus Strassberger. (Through Friday, August 6) 7pm. $25, $55, $75.
MUSIC: “Remembering Ricky Nelson” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Ricky Nelson’s sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson pay tribute to their dad with their latest album, “Like Father, Like Sons,” and a tour stop in Pittsfield. You might remember them better as flaxen-haired frontmen for ’80s pop-rock band Nelson. 8pm. $35, $50.
MUSIC: The Javon Jackson Quartet @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Hard bop saxman Jackson is likely to preview selections from his upcoming album on the Palmetto label, “Once Upon a Meoldy,” due out in September. 8pm. $25.
MORE FREE MUSIC:
Three Girls & Larry @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs at 7pm
The Brian Patneaude Trio @ Aperitivo, Schenectady at 5:30pm
Paul Mastriani @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady at 7pm
Juke Box Jim @ Smead Park, Hadley at 7pm
The Folkadelics @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs at 10pm