FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. The gates are open for Day One of the fabulous, four-day fest, one of the finest bluegrass fests in the country, believe it or not. Today’s performers include the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Red Stick Ramblers, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna the Buffalo, the Hillbenders, Nippertown’s own Gibson Brothers and lots more. And don’t miss the Chris Thile & Michael Daves duo on the Main Stage at 8:30pm. Music gets underway at 2pm and goes late into the night. One-day tix for today are $50; an all-fest ticket (including camping) is $180. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Carbon Leaf @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany. This week’s installment of Alive at Five goes Celtic with the Richmond-based rockers. Sharing the bill is Enter the Haggis, who put a Canadian spin on their Celtic sound. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Penny Knight Band @ Dublin’s, Troy. After a 25-year hiatus, former Nippertown rockers PKB reunited for a handful of gigs last fall, and the shows went so well that they’re back for more. With Chris Busone. 8pm.
MUSIC: New York City Ballet Musicians & Friends @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Violinist Luellen Abdoo leads the second Thursdays at Noon chamber concert, featuring musicians from the New York City Ballet Orchestra and friends. 12noon. $5.
DANCE: The New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Two performances today. For their 2pm matnee, NYC Ballet presents the classic “Jewels” (Fauré, Stravinsky, & Tschaikovsky/Balanchine). $27.50; seniors, students and children $23.50; lawn $10; kids 12 and under free on the lawn. Then at 8pm, it’s College Date Night featuring “Apollo” (Stravinsky/Balanchine), “Tarantella” (Gottschalk & Kay/Balanchine), “Polyphonia” (Ligeti/Wheeldon) and “Agon” (Stravinsky/Balanchine). $26, $47, $54.50, $64.50, $72.50; lawn $20; kids 12 and under free on the lawn.
MUSIC: Sludge Factory @ Pearl Street, Albany. The Alice in Chains tribute band cranks it out for a post-Alive at Five street party just a bit up the hill from Riverfront Park. With Saratoga’s Skeletons in the Piano. 7:30pm.
FREE MUSIC GALORE:
Holly & Evan @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford. 6pm. FREE.
Marty Wendell @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE
Harbour Grace @ Noel Field, North Adams. 6pm. FREE.
Imagining Lennon @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE.
The Al Haugen Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.
Amy Collins @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. 8pm. FREE.
Council Fire @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.