MUSIC: Vieux Farka Touré @ the Central Park Music Haven, Schenectady. Descended from a historical tribe of soldiers, the Hendrix of the Sahara has collaborated with the likes of Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks and John Scofield, as well as his legendaty father, Ali Farke Touré. His new album, Mon Pays, is an homage to his Malian homeland. With a drum circle led by Zorkie Nelson. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Tonemah @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. If the Eagles, Steve Earle and James Taylor had a lovechild, they would have named him Darryl Tonemah. A full-blooded Native American, the award-winning singer-songwriter is one of Indian Country’s most popular contemporary musicians, with a powwow beat behind his rocking original compositions and a truly international fan base. With Joe & Jesse Bruchac and special guest John Kirk. 7pm. $17.
FESTIVAL: GE’s Kids Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. This is the place to be for kids of all ages, as Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends pull into the station for a sing-along adventure. Also interactive games, children’s activities, face painting, clowns and arts & crafts. 12noon. FREE.
MUSIC: “Birds of Paradise” @ the Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown. It’s opening night of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, featuring the premiere a new multi-media work that integrates a live performance of Robert Sirota’s 2008 composition “Birds of Paradise” for flute, clarinet and piano with video footage and wildlife sound recordings from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. With a pre-concert talk at 7pm by Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes, composer Robert Sirota and festival artistic director Linda Chesis. 7:30pm. $25; $15 for students age 6-18.
MUSIC: Snowflake @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Renowned producer-mixer D. James Goodwin is joined by keyboardist Ryan Ross Smith, guitarist-keyboardist Josh Benash, bassist Eli Walker and drummer James Bertini to create blankets of noise and art-rock at its darkest. With Mamlama. 8pm. $10.