MUSIC: Forward Kwenda @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. From Zimbabwe comes the master of the mbira (otherwise known as the thumb piano). Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard open the show. Often 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.
MUSIC: James Taylor and the Boston Pops @ Tanglewood, Lenox. With John Williams conducting. 8pm. $21-$115.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Check out the galleries, the museums, the restaurants, the art, the music. It’s a big, long holiday weekend; use every minute of it wisely. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Shadows Fall @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. With hometown hero Jason Bittner fueling the beat behind the drum kit, this promises to be one serious night of powerhouse metal. And Armor Column will be celebrating the release of their debut CD, “Maximum Collateral Damage.” With Hand of Reckoning, Through the Flood and Changing Tides. 7pm. $14.
THEATER: “Carousel” @ Fort Salem Theater, Salem. “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” “June Is Busting’ Out All Over.” “If I Loved You.” Classic tunes from a classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical… 8pm. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ Broadway Brew, 254 Brodway, Troy. Acoustic blues duo. 6pm.