Be extra careful out there today, folks. It’s Friday the 13th…
MUSIC: The Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. We’ve been waiting for this all summer long. The big names won’t be there until Saturday, but tonight, the festival curated by Jeff Tweedy and his band Wilco gets underway with music by Pronto, Deep Blue Organ Trio, the Books and the Numero Group. See ya there. The fest runs through Sunday. 7pm. $99.50 for the weekend. (Related stories: The Books’ music video; Jeff Tweedy – Beatles or Stones?; full festival schedule)
MUSIC/CIRCUS: The Philadelphia Orchestra with Cirque de la Symphonie @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. See the dazzling skills of acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists, jugglers, dancers, balancers and strongmen. Hear the thrilling music of works by Dvořak, Rachmaninoff, Bizet and Saint-Saëns. Start the night off at 6pm with strolling magicians, free ice cream, children’s workshops and other Family Night activities. 8pm.
MUSIC: Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Favorites at the old Helsinki in Great Barrington, the Zydeco Sweetheart and her band make their Hudson debut tonight. Don’t forget your dancing shoes. 9pm. $18.
MUSIC: Olivia Quillo @ Carmen’s Café, 198 First St., Troy. The homegrown singer-songwriter brings her ukulele to Troy’s Cuban-American cafe. Enjoy some sangria and song. 6pm.
MUSIC: New Politics @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Formed in Denmark, now based in Brooklyn, punkers New Politics are blitzing the U.S. and Valentine’s has got ’em – for free.
Sharing the bill is Funeral Party, LA electro rockers whose major label debut, “Golden Age of Nowhere” is slated for release early next year. Also Around the World and Back and Pillowhead. 7:30pm. Free.
MUSIC: The Chandler Travis Philharmonette @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. You just can’t keep Chandler Travis down. He’s already logged time in Nippertown with the Incredible Casuals and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic. Now he’s returning with the slightly down-sized Philharmonette. Expect the same wonderful, unpredictable show. 8pm. $20. (Related stories: CD reviews; Chandler Travis’ Five Firsts)
MUSIC/CABARET: Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano @ the Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown. As part of the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, the husband and wife team of Comstock and Fasano – winners of the 2010 New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Duo – perform “The Great American Songbook,” featuring the music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Duke Ellington and Joni Mitchell. 7:30pm. $30; students $15.
MORE FREE MUSIC:
Street Corner Holler @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park at 6:30pm
Lyle Divinsky @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs at 7pm
The Ernie Williams Band @ Smead Park, Hadley at 7pm
Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ Canal Square, Cohoes at 6:30pm