MUSIC: Jes Hudak @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s a homecoming concert for the singer, somgwriter and Saratoga native who now splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she starred on the Bravo’s network’s “Platinum Hit.” 8pm. $18.
CABARET: K.T. Sullivan @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed cabaret singer offers her new show “Colored Lights,” dipping into the songbags of Noel Coward, Brecht & Weill, Stephen Sondheim and more. 8pm. Also at 2:15pm on Saturday.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. Day One of the three-day fest features performances by the Jason Spooner Band, Chester River Runoff, Dar Williams, Red Molly, Ellis Paul, Mary Gauthier, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert and more… Music starts at 12noon.
MUSIC: The Wailers @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Best known for their groundbreaking work with the late Bob Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. 9pm. $35.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various Locations, Albany. Visual art, theater, shopping, food, beverages and, of course, music. 5-9pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Visual art, theater, shopping, food, beverages and, of course, music – including saxman Charles Neville sitting in with Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors at the Mission Bar + Tapas. 5-8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Markellis, Haskell & Maul @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Formerly known as No Outlet, the fab trio is now sporting the law-firm-variety moniker. For tonight’s Upbeat On the Roof concert expect a stellar and diverse show of American roots music with a setlist that stretches from Thelonious Monk to Little Jimmy Dickens. 7pm. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: First Friday Capital Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. Free swing dance lesson at 7:30pm followed by dance with live music by Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers. $15; $10 students and seniors.
THEATER: “Winning the Lottery” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. The world premiere of a new musical by Al Budde and Jay Kerr about three women who work together in an office, continually play the same lottery numbers, and one lucky day win 44-million dollars. Starring Jesse Liebman, Gordon Hazzard, Jessica O’Keefe, Pat Reilly and Mary Skelly. 8pm. Through August 11.
MUSIC: Brown Dirt Mafia @ the Whitehall Athletic Club, Whitehall. Celebrating the release of their new album, Chicago Typewriter. With the Frandino Ruggers, who are celebrating the release of their debut album, Return. 8pm. $5.