MUSIC: The Terence Blanchard Quintet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The Grammy Award-winning composer and trumpeter leads his quintet – featuring tenor saxophonist Bruce Winston, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Joshua Crumbly and dynamo drummer Kendrick Scott – as they kick off the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute with a fab free concert. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Curious, isn’t it? The former Black Crowes frontman has dubbed his band the Brotherhood, but his brother (and right-hand Black Crowes guitarslinger) Rich Robinson isn’t a member. No problem, Chris’ new combo has a solid line-up as well, including guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Dutton. With Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. 7:30pm. $25, $35 & $50; VIP tix $60.
THEATER: “The Importance of Being Earnest” @ the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. Oscar Wilde’s classic high society satire directed by David Hyde Pierce and starring Tyne Daly. 7:30pm. $50.
MUSIC: Susan Alcorn @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The innovative, experimental peadl steel guitarist headlines another evening of adventurous music presented by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. With Jefferson Pitcher and soundBarn. 8pm. $5 suggested donation.
MUSIC: Demi Lovato @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Just 19 years old, the teen popster and ex-Disney Girl has already done TV and films, as well as racking up a No. 1 album. What else is left? With Hot Chelle Rae. 7pm. $35 & $65; lawn $35.
DISCUSSION: “Shaker Soul and Jewish Neshama: a Spiritual Bond Conversation” @ Congregation Knesset Israel Synagogue, Pittsfield. A panel discussion between Rabbi David Weiner of Knesset Israel, Pastor Kim Kie of New Hope United Methodist Church and Professor Jane Crosthwaite of Mt. Holyoke College’s religious studies department. 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.