FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Festival @ various locations, Hudson. Live music at more than 20 venues all around town, including the Last Conspirators, Holly & Evan, Oobleck, John Brodeur, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Electric Rubyfish, Mambo Dragon Jazz Quartette, Chris & Lolly, Nightmare River Band and lots more. Music begins at 12noon. FREE.
FILM/MUSIC: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The Academy Award-nominated film is accompanied by a live soundtrack by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin and the Wordless Music Orchestra. 8:30pm. $19.
FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: “Standing Strong: A River Through Time” @ Unity Hall, Fort Plain and West Hill School, Canajoharie. A full day of events, including live music, BBQ, open houses at historic locations and an antique and craft fair. Featured bands include Emeralds of July, the Dependents, Spike & the Boys, Rumpus, Midnight Drive and more. 9am-5pm. More info here…
MUSIC: The Christine Spero Group @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Jazz keyboardist-vocalist Spero and her band – Elliot Spero on horns and percussion, Scott Petito on bass and Peter O’Brien on drums – play Spero Plays Nyro, a program dedicated to the songs of Laura Nyro. 8pm. $20.
DANCE: “La Bayadere” @ The Egg, Albany. Ajkun Ballet Theatre presents a full-length classical ballet, as ancient India sets the background for a story of eternal Love, exotic mystery and inevitable fate. 7:30pm. $29; $19 children.
MUSIC: Kenny Barron’s All-Star Quintet @ Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain, Highmount. Nine-time Grammy Award nominee, the 2010 NEA Jazz Master and legendary jazz pianist, Kenny Barron is celebrating his 70th birthday this year with his all-star band. 8pm. $26, $36, $46, $56 & $66.
MUSIC: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Nobody harnesses the distinctive sound of a Fender Telecaster quite like the veteran singer-songwriter-guitarslinger and his rockin’ band… With Sarah Borges. 9pm. $18.
DANCE/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. Read review here…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Summer Slaughter Tour @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. An all-day, hard-rockin’ indoor festival featuring performances by Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, the Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art Is Murder, Regional Guest, March To Victory, Hollow Is Thy Heart… 2pm. $27.
FESTIVAL: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s Day Two of moe.’s annual three-day fest. Today’s performers include Wolf!, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Conspirator, moe., Conehead Buddha, Floodwood, the Stepkids, Savoy. Music starts at 1pm. Complete schedule here…
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 Beats Antique, Kung Fu, Higher Organix, the Heavy Pets, Normal Instruments, Consider the Source, Blacklight Ruckus, more. Music starts at 12noon. More info here…
MUSIC: “Live at the Orpheum” @ Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville. Jazz concert featuring Aaron Diehl, vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Marcus Roberts Trio, the Antoniao Madruga Trio and the Benny Benack Quintet. 7:30pm. $10.
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.
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.