6/8/12: Today’s Tips: Friday

MUSIC/READING: David Greenberger & A Strong Dog @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Monologist Greenberger is backed by his new band featuring Kevin Maul, Mitch Throop and Matthew Loiacono. 6:30pm. $10; FREE with Saratoga ArtsFest Pass.

MUSIC: Railbird @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat On the Roof concert series gets an early start to coincide with the Saratoga ArtsFest. The party’s on the museum’s rooftop patio. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Gypsy Joynt Cafe, Great Barrington. 78 RPM music for the 21st century… 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Dave Matthews Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. After a touring hiatus last summer, DMB are back at SPAC for their annual two-night stand. With Lettuce. 7pm. Also at 7pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Bonnie Raitt @ Mountain Park, Holyoke. In case you missed her sold-out show at the Palace last week. With the magnificent Mavis Staples. 7pm. $35.50, $55.50 & $75.50.

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. 9pm. $5.

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FILM/MUSIC: “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. A documentary that examines the Man in Black’s famous 1968 concert at Folsom State Prison in California and the ensuing album that transformed his career. Followed by a performance by Harold Ford & the Cash Band. 7:30pm. $10; $7 with Saratoga ArtsFest Pass.

MUSIC: The Staynz @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. They’re baaaaack. 8pm. More info here…

MUSIC: Don McLean @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $50; $10 with Saratoga ArtsFest Pass. UPDATE: This show is SOLD OUT.

ART OPENING/RECEPTION: “Freedom” @ Flores Fine Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Exhibition of works by Connie Bush, Chelsea Bard, Jennifer Claire, Maritza Foster, Mary Francis Millet, Marina Petro and Francine Stuart. Music by Ria Curley. 6-9pm.

MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. An evening of jazz. With guitarist Pete Weise. 10pm. FREE with Saratoga ArtsFest Pass.

MUSIC: DMX @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Ruff Ryder rapper and reality show participant DMX is on the road in advance of his upcoming comeback album “Undisputed,” releasing this fall on Seven Arts/Bloodline Records. 8pm. $28.

MUSIC: The Nigel Hall Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. This looks to be the primo post-DMB after-party. 12midnight. $10.

MUSIC: The Wiyos @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain Restaurant, Albany. 10pm. Also 10pm on Saturday.

PARTICIPATORY FILM: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ The Linda, Albany. With shadowcast troupe the Whip-it Outskirts. 8pm. $8.

MUSIC: The Lee Shaw Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Rakish Paddy @ Bat Shea’s, Troy. 9pm.

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