MUSIC: Buckwheat Zydeco @ Shepard Park, Lake George. Presented by the Lake George Arts Project, Grammy Award-winning accordionist-keyboardist-vocalist Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural leads his band in an evening of Louisiana, swamp-soaked zydeco music mixed with blues and R&B. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Pantera frontman takes to the road for his first-ever solo tour backed-up by the Illegals, featuring guitarist Marzi Montazeri, bassist Steve Taylor and drummer Jose Manual Gonzalez, in support of Anselmo’s new solo album, Walk Through Exits Only. With Warbeast and Author and Punisher. 8pm. $22.
FESTIVAL/FOOD/MUSIC: The New York State Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Sample foods from around the region while enjoying the sounds of musical acts all day long. The festival’s lunch-time show will feature Local 518 faves Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra (11am) and El Dorados (12:30pm), followed by Wild Adriatic (5pm) and the Daley Brothers (6:15pm) and veteran jam-band Blues Traveler led by master harmonicat John Popper (7:45pm). 11am. FREE.
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Under the direction of New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke, SPAC hosts a pops concert featuring the music of Elton John, as well as Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Chicago and more. Michael Cavanaugh, star of the hit Broadway show “Movin’ Out,” joins in the festivities. 8pm.
FAIR: The Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. It’s Day Two of Nippertown’s largest annual summer fair with racing pigs, a lumberjack show, frisbee-catching dog show, fried dough, the midway and music by Spurs USA, Nick Collucci, Cryin’ Out Loud, Squeeze Play and more… Gates open at 10am; midway opens at 12noon. $15. Through Sunday.
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. 7pm. $20, $30, $40, $50 & $65. Through August 24. Read review here…
MUSIC: Walden Chamber Players @ the Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. As part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, the Boston-based ensemble plays masterworks by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with lesser-known gems by Schedl and David. 7:30pm. $25; $15 for students ages 6-18.