MUSIC: Ambrose Akinmusire @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. One of the great young jazz trumpeters brings his band – tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown – to town in support of his new album, “When the Heart Emerges Glistening” on Blue Note Records. In conjunction with the Skidmore Jazz Institute. 8pm. FREE.
DANCE: The New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night for NYCB’s annual two-week summer residency in the Spa City. Tonight’s program features “Fearful Symmetries,” “I’m Old Fashioned” and “Stars and Stripes.” 8pm. $26, $47, $54.50, $64.50, $72.50; lawn $20; kids 12 and under free on the lawn.
MUSIC: The California Guitar Trio @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Guitar virtuosos Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hidayo Moriya celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour in support of their first all-original album, “Andromeda.” A benefit for the Bridges of New York Transitional Services of Orange County. With David Gerbasi. 6pm. $40.
FREE MUSIC GALORE:
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ NBT Bank lawn, Canajoharie. Celebrating their new album, “No Questions Asked,” the bluegrass band kicks of the Music On Mainstreet concert series. 7pm. FREE.
Uncle Rock @ the Crossings, Colonie. It’s the kick-off concert for the Sanford Library’s summer reading program, featuring one of Nippertown’s finest family music performers. 7pm. FREE.
The Doerfels @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Family bluegrass band. 6pm. FREE.
The Stony Creek Band @ Rogers’ Memorial Park, Bolton Landing. Adirondack favorites. 7:15pm. FREE.
Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Big band music for the 21st century. 8pm. FREE.
Randy Rollman’s All Star Revue @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek. The six-time winner of the NorthEast CMA’s Instrumentalist of the Year leads an all-star country crew. 7pm. FREE.
The Tom Healey Band @ Riverfront Park, Rensselaer. Big blues and more. 6pm. FREE.
King’s English @ the Outdoor Entertainment Center, South Glens Falls. Queensbury rockers. 6:30pm. FREE.
The Swing Docs @ Cook Park, Colonie. Big band swingin’. 6:30pm. FREE.
The True Tones @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack. Rob Piorkowski leads the quartet through a repertoire of popular songs and catchy melodies as they wrap up the 2011 concert series. 6pm. FREE.