MUSIC: Shadowland @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Four veteran Local 518 musicians – Amy Collins, Mark Emanatian, Tom Dolan and John Cromie – recently came together as Shadowland to explore the highways and byways of Celtic-American roots music. Tonight, they’ll be celebrating the release of their debut CD. 7pm. $17.
MUSIC: Jason Aldean @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The country music hitmaker rolls into town in support of his latest hit album, Night Train. With Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. 7:30pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Festival @ various locations, Hudson. Live music at more than 20 venues all around town, including Todd Nelson’s TN3, M.R. Poulopoulos, Zan Strumfeld, the North & South Dakotas, the Lazy Suns, Doctor Magnum, D-Squared Blues Band, NY Jazz Force and lots more. Music begins at 12noon. FREE.
MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. For more than 30 years, Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres has led the hippest, most hard-hitting band in the region. To wrap up the 2013 concert season at the Music Haven, the Amsterdam-based brass orchestra will light up a hot August night with Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: New York Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert @ Saratoga City Tavern, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by the Michael Packer Blues Band and emceed by Steve Daub (host of WRPI-FM’s “Stormy Monday” blues show), the ceremony will induct a veritable who’s who of area blues musicians – including the Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band (Rick Siciliano, Rick Rourke, Denny Dwyer, Joe Rocco, Chris Cernik, Ken Drumm, Joe “Box” Dragone, Tony Gambaro and Lucas Ruedy), the E.B. Jeb (Artie Brown, Ed Young, Pete Jones, Bernie Mignacci, Kevin Garmley, Barry Jones, Mike Miranda and Mike Ambuhl) George Fletcher’s Foldin’ Money, Tony Perrino, Pete Vumbaco, Joe Roy Jackson, Phil Drum, Michael Lomaestro Jr., the Saratoga City Tavern and Saratoga Guitar Center founder Matt McCabe. Most of the inductees will also perform. 1-6pm. $10. More info and complete schedule here…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s the third and final day of the big fest with performances by the Stanley Jordan Trio, moe., Dr. Dog, the Mike Dillon Band and RAQ. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…
MUSIC: Sheila Jordan @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. The legendary jazz vocalist joins Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas and Hudson Jazz Workshop participants in concert. 3:30pm. $10; $8 seniors; FREE students. With at 3pm pre-concert talk.
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. World-renowned violinist David Kim, concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra, leads a program featuring favorite works from Stravinsky, Mozart and Brahms including Mozart’s most famous work, the ebullient serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik, better known as “A Little Night Music.” 2:15pm.
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. 2pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65. Through August 24. Read review here…
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. 2pm. $25.
MUSIC: Hilary Kole @ the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown. As part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, the jazz vocalist and her band – guitarist John Hart, pianist Adam Birnbaum, bassist Paul Gill, drummer Aaron Kimmel and flutist Linda Chesis – offer a selection of classic and contemporary songs about love – from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Paul Simon and Elvis Costello. 7:30pm. $25; $15 for students ages 6-18.
MUSIC: The John Simon Trio @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. The producer for the Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Brute Force and many others slips onto the piano bench to play with his trio. 7pm. $15.
READING/PERFORMANCE: WXW Story Slam Finals @ the Eagles Club Building, Pittsfield. The WordXWord Festival kicks off with the finals of the WXW Story Slam as the six extraordinary story tellers – Curtis Asch, Elizabeth Gordon, Eliza Ryan, Seth Brown, Jim Benson and Leigh Strimbeck – share compelling personal stories. With Brooklyn-based poet/spoken word artist Samantha Thornhill. 7pm. FREE.
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. 2pm.
ART ON FILM: “Munch 150″ @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The film offers a guided visit through the exhibition of the same name, which is jointly hosted by Oslo’s National Museum of Norway and the Munch Museum. The audience will have an opportunity to see the largest collection of Munch’s works ever assembled, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibit was put together. 3pm. $12; $10 students.