FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam. It’s Day One of the two-day roots music festival. Two stages and 19 bands, including Red Haired Strangers, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Flood Road, CB Smith & the Lucky Devils, Lost Radio Rounders and more. Music starts at 11:30am. $15; children 12 and under FREE. Full schedule here…
MUSIC/READING: Kristin Hersh’s “Paradoxical Undressing” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Best known as the founder of seminal American art rock band Throwing Muses, Hersh presents a riveting solo spoken word and musical performance drawn from her acclaimed memoir, “Rat Girl,” recalling a year in the life of a teenage girl wrestling with issues of mental illness, creativity, teenage pregnancy and the pressures of sudden fame. 7:30pm. $15; $10 with Saratoga ArtsFest Pass.
DOGS: Paws in the Park Walk and Community Day @ Siena College, Loudonville. It’s the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society’s third annual Paws in the Park bash with Channel 6’s Marci Natale (and her dogs Roxie and Sergio) as the Grand Marshals. Fun and games, contests, prizes, vendor booths and live music by Grand Central Station. Registration at 9am; walk at 10:30am.
MUSIC: Dave Matthews Band @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. After a touring hiatus last summer, DMB are back at SPAC tonight to wrap up their annual two-night stand. With Lettuce. 7pm. UPDATE: This show is SOLD OUT.
FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Art On Lark @ Lark Street between Washington and Madison avenues, Albany. Lots of visual art, crafts, music and fun activities. Performers include Babe City, the College Farm, Matthew Carefully and lots more. 10am-5pm. FREE. More info and performance schedule here…
MUSIC: Danny Kalb @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The legendary blues guitarist and founding member of the influential ’60s band the Blues Project returns to the Caffe in advance of the fall release of his new 2-CD set, “Danny Kalb and Friends: Moving in Blue.” 7pm. Free pre-show blues jam at 6pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door; $10 with Saratoga ArtsFest Pass.
MUSIC: Jonathan Richman @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 9pm. The man-child author of such classics as “My Career as a Homewrecker,” “Hey There Little Insect” and “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar” steps into the spotlight accompanied by drummer Tommy Larkins. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: Alan Haughney @ Hibernian Hall, Albany. A frequent guest vocalist, Haughney takes over the spotlight for a night of his own backed by Frank Jaklitsch, Bobby Long and Michael Eck. 7pm. A benefit for the Irish American Heritage Museum. 7pm. $10.
COMEDY: Jim Breuer @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The former SNL cast member presents “Heavy Metal Comedy Show,” a comedy-and-music mash-up in the spirit of Sabbath, Maiden and of course Priest. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: “John Brown’s Body” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Choral group Albany Pro Musica offers a unique musical and multimedia concert based on the Civil War. Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer emcees the event, which also features performances by the Pro Musica Orchestra, as well as soloists Karen Slack and Keith Kibler. With readings by Benita Zahn (WNYT-TV); Rex Smith (The Times Union), David Soares (Albany County district attorney), Barbara Smith (Albany Common Council) and more. Pre-show discussion at 6:30pm; show at 7:30pm. $25 & $35; students $10.
THEATER: “Seeking Flight” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents the staged reading of a new play by Joan Broadman. 7:30pm. FREE; $12 suggested donation for reception with playwright and actors.
MUSIC: Woods @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The lo-fi indie folk-pop band from Brooklyn. With Black Pus (the solo moniker of Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale), DJ Bunnybrains and other guests. 8pm. $10.
ART TALK: Doug Van Nort @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The sound artist discusses his approach to transforming materials and constructing speaker-objects for his new sound installation “Constellate” in the Tang elevator. 12:30pm.
MUSIC: Tokyo Police Club @ Jillian’s, Albany. The Canadian quartet brings their infectious, indie-punk back to town for a headlining show before heading out on the road with Foster the People. 9pm. $17.