MUSIC: Public Enemy @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The most influential – and controversial – rap group of the late ’80s, Chuck D and his crew simply re-wrote the rules of hip-hop. With special guests Kendo the Almost Famous, Has-Lo, Propaganda Giant Gorilla Dog Thing and more. Doors at 7:30pm; show at 8:15pm. $25.
THEATER: “Miss Saigon” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Featuring music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, the epic Broadway musical tells the tale of an American GI and his love affair with a Vietnamese girl in a world torn apart by war. Tonight is opening night; the show runs through Sunday. 8pm. $20, $30, $40, $60 & $75.
MUSIC: Jackie Greene @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. He’s been a member of Phil Lesh & Friends. He’s toured as the opening act for blues giants such as B.B. King and Buddy Guy. And he’s released a half albums of his own – and he’s not even 30 years old yet. The singer-songwriter-guitar hero-keyboardist-mandolinist is rolling into Woodstock tonight in support of his bran-new album, “Till the Light Comes.” With Sean Schenker & Jason Sarubbi (of the Trapps). 9pm. $20.
MUSIC: Naio @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. More audio experiments from Sailing Records recording artists who churn out pyschedelic tribal drone influenced by near eastern melodies and polyrhythms. With Moondune and Ghoul Poon. 8pm. Donations.
MUSIC: Stormin’ Norman & Suzy @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. “Stormin'” Norman Zamcheck plays jazzy honky tonk piano. Sassy songbird Suzy Williams belts out tunes with a voice and heart as big as Billie Holiday’s or Janis Joplin’s. Nat Hentoff has declared, “Suzy’s voice is vibrant and lusty…great gusto and bold emotion.” They began playing together in the ’70s and recorded several excellent albums of “rag ‘n’ roll” music. 8pm. Free.
MORE FREE MUSIC:
Railbird @ Music on Main Street, Canajoharie at 7pm
The Lustre Kings @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek at 7pm
John Kirk & Trish Miller @ Orsini Park, Altamont at 7pm
Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ Cook Park, Colonie at 6:30pm
April Marie & Friends @ Brunswick Community Center, Troy at 7pm
Winchester & Young @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush at 6pm