MUSIC: Trapper Schoepp & the Shades @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The hot, up-and-comin’ Milwaukee-based rock ‘n’ roll band has been touring with the Wallflowers and the Old 97′s in support of their new album Run, Engine, Run on SideOneDummy Records, but they’ll make a rare small-club appearance in Hudson. With the Last Conspirators and Nightmares for a Week. 8pm. $5. More info here…
MUSIC: The Terence Blanchard Group @ Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Lenox. The jazz trumpeter and composer returns in support of his new album, Magnetic. 8pm. $20-$99. More info here…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. It’s Day One of the three-day fest, featuring Joe Jencks, Hanneke Cassel, Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes, the Matt Munisteri Trio, Kapriol’!, Archie Fisher, Sheesham & Lotus & Son, Genticorum. Classes start at 3pm; Concert at 6:30pm. More info here…
MUSIC: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The classic New Orleans traditional jazz band leaves the French Quarter and lands in Williamstown, making good after their scheduled February concert was snowed out. The band’s new album, That’s It, is slated for release next month, co-produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. 8pm. $45.
MUSIC: Chic Gamine @ Red Square, Albany. The fab quartet of gals from Canada puts a decidedly soulful, 21st century spin on the harmony-laden girl-group sound. Featuring MaryLeigh Roohan (9pm), Chic Gamine (10:15pm) and Olivia Quillio (11:30pm). 9pm. $12.
MUSIC: Richard Thompson & Friends @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring special guests Martin Simpson, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Happy Traum and other surprises. 9pm. $25, $35 & $55.
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MUSIC: The Spurs USA @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Classic classic country western hits, swing, and crying time music in a family-friendly style, from Johnny Cash and Buck Owens to Dottie West and Loretta Lynn. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Erin Harkes and Blaze @ the Whiskey River Tavern, Waterford. 8pm.
MUSIC: Rob Jonas @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. With Rick Sacchetti and Zan Strumfeld. Indie-rockers Accents kick off the night. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Innocent Bystanders @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Alan Goldberg leads the newly named band. 6pm.
COMEDY: Tracy Morgan @ The Egg, Albany. From “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” Morgan brings his stand-up show “Excuse My French” to town. 8pm. $35.50. UPDATE: This show is sold out.
MUSIC: Frank Palangi @ Sweet Basil, Queensbury. A CD release party for his new disc I Am Ready EP. 7:30pm. More info here…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “The Last Waltz Live” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Rev Tor Band is joined by a big batch of musical pals – including Aaron Maxwell, Sauerkraut Seth & Kiki Dufault, Wanda Houston, Peter Head, Todd Mack, Cameron Melville, Rob Sanzone, Robert Burke Warren and many others – create the music of the Band’s classic farewell concert film as a benefit for Music in Common. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Last Call @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. A benefit for the King Family. With Gunther Weezul, Vessels and Changing Tides.
MUSIC: Imagining John, Paul & George @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. Hey, what happened to Ringo?!? 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The McKrells with Brian Melick @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat On the Roof concert series continues on the museum’s roof. 7pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Twelfth Night” @ Barker Park, Troy. The Troy Civic Theatre Company presents the inaugural performance of its Classics in the Park series with the classic William Shakespeare comedy. Directed by Kathy Glasser. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Aqueous @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Kicking off the Fridays at the Lake concert series. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers @ Riverfront Park, Athens. Blues-rockin’… 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Elements @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With the Assortment of Crayons and Stranger at Home.
MUSIC: NYMPH @ Savoia Bar & Grill, Hudson. Brooklyn-based psychedelic free-rock combo swirls into town in support of their new sophomore album New Millennium Prayer. With Bunny Brains.
DISCUSSION/BOOK SIGNING: Don Rittner @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. The local author and historian will be signing and answering questions about his new book, “Troy Revisited,” featuring more than 200 vintage photographs. 6pm.
MUSIC: Bell Engine @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. Original alternative rock. 9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The John & Orion Kribs Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.
MUSIC: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ the Palmer House Cafe, Rensselaerville. Cajun music and buffet to boot. Outdoors under the tent, rain or shine. 6:30pm.
MUSIC: Off the Record @ The Ruck, Troy. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Jeanne O’Connor and Azzaam Hameed @ Paolo Lombardi’s, Wynantskill. 6pm.
MUSIC: Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute’s Student Concert @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 1pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Gratefully Yours @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Featuring drummer Russ Lawton of the Trey Anastasio Band. 9:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: Jim Corigliano Trio @ Aperitivo, Schenectady. 5:30pm.
MUSIC: New York Players @ Taste, Albany. 7pm. $5.