MUSIC: Railbird @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With Matthew Carefully and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. One of the best music deals around – three of Nippertown’s finest bands for just $3. Plus lots of giveaways from Moshi Audio. 9pm. $3.
MUSIC: Bon Iver @ Mountain Park, Holyoke. Originally just singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, Bon Iver has grown into a multi-faceted full-fledged band, and their new album, “Bon Iver,” is sure to end up on lots of best-of-the-year lists. With the Rosebuds. 7pm. $25, $35.
MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Cirque de la Symphonie joins the Philly Orchestra for a second night, and a totally different program – “Love and Romance” – as acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists, jugglers, dancers and strongmen do their thing amid the string, woodwinds and brass sections. Rossen Milanov conducts. (Read our review of last year’s performance.) 8pm. $31, $41.50, $49.50, $65.50 and $72.50; lawn $20; kids 12 and under free on the lawn.
COMMUNITY READING: Hiroshima Memorial @ Townsend Park, Albany. On August 6, 1945, the U.S. used the atomic bomb for the first time on the city of Hiroshima, destroying the city; on August 9, the U.S. used the atomic bomb again on Nagasaki. To remember those bombings and to commemorate the more than 200,000 victims, local citizens will gather to read John Hersey’s “Hiroshima.” Those interested in reading can sign up upon arrival. The reading will continue until the book is completed (about 3pm). 11am. FREE.
MUSIC: Salem Survivors Benefit Concert @ Salem Court House, Salem. A fundraiser for the survivors of last month’s deadly explosion featuring singer-songwriters Nathan Knowles, Wendy Bordwell, Stephen Trombley and special guests. More info here. 7pm. Free; donations gratefully accepted.
MUSIC: Don Byron’s Ivey-Divey Trio @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock. 8pm. Pianist Geri Allen and drummer Charli Persip join the great jazz clarinetist. 8pm. $40, $25; students $5; children under 12 free.
ROLLER DERBY: The Hellions of Troy @ Rollarama Skating Center, Schenectady. The Hellion gals take on New Jersey’s Brick City Bruisers. 7pm. $12; $3 for kids under 12.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: McDonald’s African American Family Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. It’s an all-day fest featuring music by gospel group Pastor John David Wright & the DW Project (at 12:30pm), fresh beats from Rob Murat (3:30pm), local jazz-funk ensemble the Chronicles (4:15pm), rising hip-hop artist MIMS (5pm) and ’80s vintage headliners the S.O.S. Band (5:45pm). 12noon-7pm. FREE.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Emcee Peggy Pearl hosts the third annual Americana mini-fest featuring performances by Three Day Threshold, the Nellies and Moonshine Holler. 3pm. FREE.
PICNIC/FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Summer Paw Picnic featuring David Cassidy @ Waldorf Farm, North Chatham. A benefit for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, the picnic gets underway at 11am. Former teen heart-throb David Cassidy takes the stage at 4pm. $80; children under 12 $10.
FILM/MUSIC: “Metropolis” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The recently restored and expanded version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterwork accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by the Alloy Orchestra featuring Mission of Burma keyboardist Roger Miller. 8:30pm. $19.
FESTIVAL/FILM/MUSIC: The Ballston Spa Film Festival @ various locations, Ballston Spa. It’s the last day of the fourth annual international film fest, and there are two sessions – a 1pm screening at Ballston Spa High School Auditorium and a 9pm outdoor screening in Wiswall Park – followed by an 11pm after-party and awards ceremony featuring cello-rockers Vesper at the Brickyard. Here’s the complete schedule of films being screened. FREE.
MUSIC: The Town Pants @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. In May, the Vancouver-based Canadian-Celtic band was dealt a major blow when their van and more than $20,000-worth of equipment was stolen, but they’re back on the road again now, and they’re playing with a vengeance. (Read our review of the band’s Alive at Five concert last year.) 9:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Frank Palangi @ the North Country Arts Center’s Chestertown Gallery, Chestertown. Solo rock, acoustic and adult contemporary tunes. 1pm. FREE.