MUSIC: George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The legendary New Orleans bassmaster laid down the funky bottom-end groove with the Meters for years, but last time he was in town, he was the rhythm section partner for the Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann in 7 Walkers at the late great Revolution Hall. This time around, he’s bringing his own band. Rennie Cantine opens. 9pm. $20.
MUSIC: Gary U.S. Bonds @ Siro’s, Saratoga Springs. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bonds’ first Top 10 hit, the raucous “New Orleans.” Now 71 years old, Bonds is still pumping out his classic party anthems like “Dear Lady Twist,” “School Is Out” and, of course, “Quarter to Three.”
MUSIC: Denim & Diamonds @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Back in 2003, the Metroland folks hailed D&D as Best Live Band. The same year, the Wasted earned Metroland’s nod as Best Crank Rock. Well, the Wasted’s Gay Tastee opens this show with his new combo, Set the Charges, which also features his not-yet-teenage son American on drums and Eric Katz (Private Plain, Crawdad) on bass. Little Miss Cleveland & the Flaming Sunset No. 6 is in the middle slot. 9:30pm.
MUSIC: Grainbelt and the Knyghts of Fuzz @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. Yup, it’s this month’s installment of the free Garage Bands in the Garage series in the rear parking lot of the Washington Avenue library. Howe Glassman and the rest of the Grainbelt boys layer some alt-country twang into the mix, while KoF churn out some old-school garage rockin’ with a psych ‘n’ surf edge. 6pm. FREE.
DANCE: RubberBanDance @ PS21, Chatham. Led by artistic director Victor Quijad, the six-member Montreal-based dance ensemble fuses together contemporary ballet and breakdancing in “Loan Sharking.” 8pm. $35. (Also at 8pm Saturday)
MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. If you haven’t seen the Philadelphia Orchestra yet this summer, your opportunities are rapidly dwindling, as they wrap up their summer SPAC season on Saturday. With Lawrence Foster conducting, tonight’s program features pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” with Musorgsky’s “Prelude to Khovanshchina” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8” wrapping up the night. 8pm.
MUSIC: The Lettermen @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Founding member Tony Butala has been the lead vocalist of the Letterman for more than half a century, churning out a half dozen Top 20 hits from “The Way You Look Tonight” through “Hurts So Bad.” 8pm. $42, $57. (Related story: Tony Butala, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?)
MORE FREE MUSIC:
The Scotty Mac Band @ Zaika, Clifton Park at 6pm
M.R. Poulopoulos, Dan Tanklefsky @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady at 8pm
The Blue Olives @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs at 7pm