FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The second annual three-day bluegrass fest kicks off at 6:30pm with a screening of the film “The Porchlight Sessions,” followed by Spirit Family Reunion with Morgan O’Kane (8pm) and the Infamous Stringdusters (9:15pm). $12. More info here…
MUSIC: Alta Mira @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series in the Elk Street garage of the Albany Public Library main branch wraps up its 2012 season tonight. With Giles Bennett & the Petrified Woods. 6pm. FREE. More info here…
MUSIC: Ramin Karimloo @ The Egg, Albany. The star of “Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary: Live At Royal Albert Hall,” “Love Never Dies,” “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon” performs some much-loved musical theater favorites. 8pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Good Old War @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Philadelphia indie-folk trio featuring Keith Goodwin (vocals/guitar/keys), Daniel Schwartz (guitar/vocals) and Tim Arnold (drums/vocals/keys/accordion). 8pm. $10.
FILM: “Girl Model” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her, David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s film follows a complex global supply chain of young girls sent abroad to seek their fortunes in the unregulated and often murky world of the modeling industry. 8pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “Compliance” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Based on true events, Craig Zobel’s film tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. 6pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Keller Williams @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. On his new album, Williams doesn’t play guitar, and there’s no looping. Instead Williams takes center stage on bass, accompanied by keyboardist Jay Starling and drummer Mark D. The album – Williams’ 17th is titled Bass. And in July, he released a new bluegrass-and-beyond album recorded with the Travelin McCourys. Tonight’s show is solo, so it’s likely that plenty of looping is in order. 9pm. $20.
MUSIC: Jonathan Edwards @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. “I’m gonna lay around the shanty, mama, and put a good buzz on…” More than 40 years later, Edwards rolls into Woodstock for a solo show in support of his new album “My Love Will Keep” and DVD “Live at Infinity Hall.” 9pm. $20.
THEATER: “Found” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Based on Davy Rothbart’s delightfully quirky Found books, magazines, tours and appearances on “This American Life” comes a new musical comedy about the things we’ve lost and the ways they bring us together. A pre-Broadway workshop production by Tony-nominated book writer Hunter Bell, composer-lyricist Eli Bolin, director Lee Overtree and the Story Pirates. 8pm. $25; students $20. Also at 2 & 8pm on Saturday.
DANCE/ART: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company with the work of John Van Alstine @ the Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Three 15-minute site-specific performances in response to the art work of sculptor John Van Alstine, which is currently on view at the gallery. 7:45pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Trane Trax” @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Donald Hyman’s play about the life and music of legendary jazz saxophonist-composer John Coltrane. 8pm. Donation requested. Also at 8pm on Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday.