FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Festival @ various locations, Hudson. Music all around town, including performances this evening by Rick Rourke & Lost Wages, Danny Whitecotton, Mr. Funky Pants, Tor & the Fjords, Jimy Graham, the Hallertau Band, Chris & Lolly, Matchstick Architects, Stockade Kids, Ill Funk Ensemble, Adela & Jude and lots more. Music starts at 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC/FILM: Gary Lucas at BSP Lounge, Kingston. Guitarist Lucas has played with such musical mavericks as Captain Beefheart, Leonard Bernstein and Jeff Buckley. He will be performing live following the Kingston Film Festival’s special screening of the new film “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” which focuses on Jeff Buckley’s preparations for his pivotal performance in tribute to the father he didn’t know. 7pm. Tickets are $20 for the combination film and concert.
DANCE/FILM: “Dancing with Dreams” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. New York State Hip-Hop Dance Competition. Come on down and cheer on your favorites. Followed by Youth Media Sanctuary Community Film Festival. 1pm.
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the legendary Leonard Bernstein, hosts a special program celebrating her father’s extraordinary legacy. New York City Ballet dancers join the orchestra to perform select dance sequences from Bernstein’s “Fancy Free” and “West Side Story.” Broadway’s Rob Lorey provides vocal accompaniment. 8pm.
MUSIC: Jamcrackers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. If you’re a fan of traditional music, three-part harmony and wholesome fun, check out the Jamcrackers – featuring the soulful voice of Peggy Lynn, the rich baritone and original songs of Dan Berggren and national champion hammered dulcimer player Dan Duggan. 8pm. $18.
THEATER: “Saratoga Chips” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Creative Place International presents the world premiere of Mary Jane Hansen’s new play with music that all comes together in an entertaining evening of history, comedy and music from Saratoga’s Victorian age. 8pm. $25. Through August 11.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s Day One of the three-day fest, featuring today’s performances by the Del McCoury Band, Pennyshine, Eastbound Jesus, the Steve Kimock Band and of course moe. GO HERE for complete schedule…
MUSIC: Julia Gottlieb & the Blue Ribbon Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. An old time swing dance with an oldtime swing band with roots in Western swing, bluegrass, rockabilly and klezmer. Their self-titled self release, with singer Julia Gottlieb, features original songs penned by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins and standards with a swing-noir feel. Dance instruction begins at 7:30 pm; dance at 9pm.
THEATER: Cirque Éloize @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Montreal performance troupe presents the North American premiere of “Cirkopolis,” combining the world of circus, dance and theater into one breathtaking show. 8pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65. Through August 24.
MUSIC: Steve Katz @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. He’s led quite a varied musical life from the acoustic funk of the Even Dozen Jug Band to the electrifying blues of the Blues Project to the horn-fueled rock of Blood, Sweat & Tears. 9pm. $25.
FESTIVAL: The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Claverack. After a year-long hiatus, it’s Day Two of the three-day fest at a new location. Music on three stages. Today’s featured performers include Kung Fu, Timbre Coup, Jeff Bujak, the Indobox, Color Channel, Escort, Aqueous, Brothers Past, Mister F, more. Music starts at 12:30pm.
MUSIC: The Bill Charlap Trio @ Belleayre Music Festival’s Jazz Club, Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. Formed in 1997, this trio has become one of the leading groups in jazz today. Pianist Bill Charlap is known for his interpretations of popular American songs. 8pm. $26.
MUSIC: “Jelly & George” @ Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville. A tribute to Jelly Roll Morton (featuring Marcus Roberts and Aaron Diehl) and George Gershwin (featuring vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis). 7:30pm. $28; $23 seniors; $7 students. UPDATE: The show is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: The Stray Birds @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The Americana-folk trio blends the luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. 9pm.
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.
THEATER: “Faraway Nearest One” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. A reading of the letters of O’Keeffe and Stieglitz performed by Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings. This is a two-night-only special event. 7:30pm. $40. Also at 7:30pm on Saturday.