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…
TELEVISION ON STAGE: “Camp Now” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Lizzie West & Baba Buffalo have created a family-oriented television show that will be performed and filmed live at Club Helsinki during its pilot season. 11:30am. $10; kids 6 and older $5; kids 5 and under FREE.
MUSIC: The Cupcakes @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The multi-talented trio of women – Lyn Hardy, Janice Kollar and Elly Wininger – join forces for an evening of Americana, folk and traditional music. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Emily’s Army @ Jillian’s, Albany. 21st century pop-punksters (featuring Billie Joe Armstrong’s son on drums) celebrate the release of their new album, “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore.” 8pm. $10.
RADIO ON STAGE: “A Prairie Home Companion” @ Tanglewood, Lenox. In a live broadcast from the Tanglewood stage, Garrison Keillor and his cast transform Lenox into Lake Woebegon for a night. With musical guests Arlo Guthrie, the DiGiallonardo Sisters and Heather Masse. 5:45pm. $21-$71.
MUSIC: Sarah Fimm @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Acclaimed singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new EP, “The Barn Sessions,” as well as her outdoor site-specific installation on the grounds, “Mirrors of Near Infinite Possibility,” which is on exhibit through Sunday. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Sweet Soubrette @ Musica, Hudson. Singer, songwriter and uke-ster Ellia Bisker describes her sound as “ukulele-powered, cabaret-flavored indie rock,” and you can hear it for yourself as she celebrates the release of her new, four-song CD, “What’s My Desire?” With Juliet Strong and Emily Sprague opening. 6:30pm. FREE.