MUSIC: Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The rockabilly and roots-rockin’ combo carries on the classic tradition with their latest album, “Turntable Matinee.” 9pm. $15.
FESTIVAL: GottaGetGon @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. The annual fab folk fest presented by the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’. More info here. Through Sunday.
THEATER: “I Got Sick Then I Got Better” @ the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Written and performed by Jenny Allen, the 2009 off-Broadway hit will play three performances this holiday weekend. Directed by Darren Katz and Tony Award winner James Lapine. 8pm. $25. Also 2 & 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Taina Asili & Gaetanno Vaccaro @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Flamenco and Latin American folk songs. With Canadian singer-songwriter Layah Jane opening. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. It’s time once again for Troy’s monthly free arts walk, so soak up some visual art, music and more for free to kick off your holiday weekend. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Gracies Paris @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Spanish Channel and the Blisterz. 8pm.
MUSIC: Dean Batstone @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Veteran Canadian songsmith. With the Saturday Night Bluegrass Band (featuring Eric Weissberg sitting in on banjo). 9pm. $10.
MUSIC: Fairview Avenue @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Bluegrass pickin’ and singin’ in the Electric City. 8pm. FREE.
DANCE/DISCUSSION: Work-in-progress presentation of “Story/Time” @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Theater Two, Annandale-On-Hudson. The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company present a work-in-progress showing of a new work in development. Followed by a discussion with Bill T. Jones and collaborators. 4:30pm.
MUSIC: Sirsy @ Flavours, Pittsfield. The pop-rock duo with the full-band sound. 10pm.
MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Jazz sax and more… 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: 3-4-3 @ the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 10pm. FREE.