MUSIC: Patrick Watson @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. This Montreal-based singer-songwriter-pianist’s mix of cabaret pop and indie rock has drawn comparisons to the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird and Jeff Buckley. In support of his new Domino Records album “Adventures in Your Own Backyard,” he brings his band – bassist Mishka Stein, guitarist Simon Angell and drummer Robbie Kuster – and their lushly surreal acoustic soundscapes south for a special show before going home to headline the Montreal Jazz Festival. 8pm. $12 in advance; $16 at the door; students $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. It’s Day One of the 35th annual jazz featuring performances by Maceo Parker, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, the Mingus Big Band, Michel Camilo, Christian McBride, Mario Abney, Pedrito Martinez, Catherine Russell, Jermey Pelt, Hailey Niswanger and more. 12noon.
PERFORMANCE: “Frame Upon Frame – Chapter 1: God’s Woods” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Written by Linda Mussmann and performed by Claudia Bruce and Gerald Von Stoddard, the performance weaves together video and 8mm movie clips with the live music on stage. 7:30pm. $10.
MUSIC/ART WORKSHOP: “The Power of Art and Music: Preserving the Hudson Valley” @ the Wagon House Education Center at Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. A free plein air art class with Loretta Simon and a concert by Michael Eck, both illuminating how music and art have played a role in preserving and protecting the Hudson Valley and the Olana viewshed. 10am-12noon. FREE; $5 vehicle entrance fee.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon. A fab one-day music fest on the banks of the Hudson featuring music by the Figgs, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, the Wiyos, the M Shanghai String Band, the Octomen and more… 12noon. FREE. More info here…