FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. After a year’s hiatus, Greater Nippertown’s best music festival returns for a three-day run. Day Two features Dream Syndicate, Yo La Tengo, Sam Amidon, Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe, Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case festival host-band Wilco and much more. Music starts at 12noon. UPDATE: Saturday single-day tickets are sold out. More info & full schedule here…
MUSIC: Session Americana @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Boston-based band of veteran musicians gathers around the table (literally) as they unspool an always-entertaining evening timeless Americana music… and more. 8pm. $20. NOTE: There will also be a pre-show wine & cheese reception with guided tours at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum for the current exhibition, “Inside America’s Legendary Caffe Lena.” 6pm. $26 for reception and concert.
COMEDY: Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling @ the Holiday Inn Express, Latham. The longtime writer and sidekick of “The Howard Stern Show” brings his laugh-filled stand-up to Nippertown! 8pm. $20; VIP $50.
MUSIC: A Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The unlikely collaboration between the Boston Pops and guitarslinger Warren Haynes pays tribute to the late Grateful Dead bandleader. 8:30pm. $23.50-$79.
MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Herd of ’em? Tonight’s the CD release party for the band’s new album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, which was released on Sugar Hill Records on Tuesday. With the Trapps. 9pm. $25 & $35.
ARTIST TALK: Janet Echelman @ Art Omi, Ghent. Known for her netted monumental public art installations, Echelman is exhibiting a prototype of her first permanent installation “She Changes” at Omi. Sculpture Magazine has referred to the piece as “one of the truly significant public artworks in recent years.” 3pm. FREE.
MUSIC/MORE: Troy Waterfront Farmers Market @ River Street, Troy. With music by Shadowland. 9:30am. FREE.
MUSIC: Joey Bada$$ @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Fresh off the heels of his electric XXL Freshman performance, Brooklyn’s young hip-hopster previews his upcoming mixtape Summer Knights (dropping July 1) and his upcoming debut album B4DA$$.
THEATER: “I Won’t Bite You” @ the Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock. The Woodstock Players offer the premiere of a psychological drama set in a South American high security prison, starring Holly Graff. Written and directed by Carey Harrison. 8pm. $20; $18 for seniors and under age 21). Through Saturday, July 6.
FILM: “Merce Cunningham: A Legacy of Dance” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Also a special screening of short dance films by Rubén Graciani, associate professor of dance at Skidmore College. 7pm. $8.