MUSIC: Nation Beat @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C, North Adams. Carnivale-meets-Mardi Gras, as the band’s 21st-century fusion of thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans rhythms, Appalachian music, funk and country-blues fuels a high-energy Brazilian big beat dance party. 8pm. $15; students $10.
FILM: “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Cinema” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Filmmaker Pip Chodorov offers his affectionate overview of some of the leading figures of 20th century experimental film, combining film clips (and entire films) with conversations with the likes of such greats as Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage. 6pm. $7; students $5.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Final Stretch Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Spring. The Chris O’Leary Band cranks up the blues, along with Solid Smoke, Low ‘N Lonesome, Super 8 Six, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, the GTO’s and They Might Be Gypsies. 7pm. FREE. Also 7pm on Sunday. More info and the full schedule here…
MUSIC: The Jon Herington Band @ The Linda, Albany. If you saw him unreeling mind-boggling guitar solos at Tanglewood last summer as a member of Steely Dan, then you know that he can definitely play. Now check out what he does with his own rock trio. 8pm. $18.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Q-Ruption/Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Adelitas Way, P.O.D. and lots more send summer off with a bang. Local 518 faves Mirk kick is all off. Gates open at 12:30pm; music kicks off at 1pm. Tix are $39, $49, $59 & $85; lawn $20. More info here…
FILM: “The Queen of Versailles” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Lauren Greenfield’s documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges as they attempt to construct the biggest house in America in the wake of the economic crisis. 4pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “Planet of Snail” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director Seungjun Yi’s award-winning documentary about an accomplished young deaf and blind poet and his relationship with the world around him. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Ben Perowsky & the Woodstock Orchestra featuring TK Wonder @ the Byrdcliffe Barn, Woodstock. With Jeremy Bernstein and a one-night-only band featuring David Baron, Simi Stone, Adam Widoff, Danny Blume, Zach Alford, Robert Burke, Tim Bright and more. 9pm. $10.
SAIL: The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater @ the Rensselaer Dock, Rensselaer. The Clearwater is docked in Rensselaer over the Labor Day weekend, and there are still tix for the three-hour public sail at 4:30pm. (Also at 2pm on Monday). $50; ages 12 and under $15.
FESTIVAL/READINGS: “Festival of Books” @ Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. It’s Day One of this annual three-day extravaganza of all things literary – with writers John Kelley, Frank Delaney, Peter M. Wheelwright and Ardal Powell. 10am-5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: “The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony” @ Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. The hard rock of Led Zep – featuring the powerhouse voice of Randy Jackson of Zebra – teams up with conductor Brent Havens and the Belleayre Festival Orchestra as they perform 18 Zeppelin classics. 8pm. $25, $36, $46, $56 & $66. More info here…