FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Festival in the Desert: Caravan for Peace @ Freedom Square, Troy. The traveling edition of Mali’s award-winning “Festival in the Desert” featuring two of Africa’s most powerful musical groups. Tartit/Imharhan will transform from a very traditional mixed female/male ensemble to a band that reflects the often experimental, fascinating Tuareg adaptation of Saharan nomad music to contemporary, fresh sounds. And Mamadou Kelly – who made a name for himself by playing with greats like the late Malian blues legend Ali Farka Toure – will bring his virtuosic acoustic guitar playing, his encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music and his soulful, bluesy voice. 5:30pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Art exhibits, shopping, food & drink, more. With live music from Ramblin Jug Stompers, Bear Grass, Lost Radio Rounders, Frank Jaklitsch and more… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s Night One of WEXT-FM’s sixth birthday party and the CD release party for the new Sgt. Dunbar EP. With Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad. 8pm. $7 (includes a copy of the new CD).
MUSIC: Leon Russell @ The Egg, Albany. From “Shindig” to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen, from Hank Wilson to his recent collaboration with Elton John, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and piano-pounding singer-songwriter has had a long and varied musical career. Veteran folk-rocker Jonathan Edwards kicks off the evening with a solo set. 8pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Eric Lindell & the Sunliners @ Red Square, Albany. New Orleans blues – a blast of Southern soul music infused with R&B, funk and a touch of country. Featuring Anson Funderburgh. With Adam Travis & the Soul. 9pm. $15.
FILM: “Soul Power” @ Freedom Square, Troy. The documentary film by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte celebrating the legendary 1974 music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire that accompanied “The Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. 9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Andrew Bird @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. An “old-time” performance with Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone in an entirely acoustic set-up. With Tift Merritt. 9pm. $40.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Luciana Souza @ the Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts’ Spanish Courtyard, Katonah. Kicking off the Caramoor Jazz Festival with selections from her latest albums, The Book of Chet and Duos III. With Luis Perdomo. 8pm. $25, $35 & $45. More info here…
MUSIC: Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling @ Riverfront Park, Athens. Jump, swing & Chicago blues… 7pm. FREE.
READING: Richard Howard @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. With Jim Miller. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Freddie Bryant & Kaleidoscope @ the Mainstage Lee Meeting House at the First Congregational Church, Lee. The jazz guitarist leads his band as part of the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend. 8pm. $25. More info here…