MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. It’s “The Night of the Drum” with superstar percussionist Colin Currie making his SPAC debut performing the Saratoga premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Grammy Award-winning Percussion Concerto. Positioned front and center onstage, Currie will maneuver among nearly 20 instruments including the bass drum, bongos, cowbell, gong, vibraphone, and marimba. 8pm. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets…
MUSIC: Goat Rodeo Sessions @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Master cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist adventurer Chris Thile, fab fiddler Stuart Duncan and classical-bluegrass crossover bassist Edgar Meyer join forces for a night of soaring, simply unclassifiable music. 8:30pm. $19-$92.
MUSIC: Mike Farris @ the Ale House, Troy. The founder and former lead singer of Nashville’s Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies brings his gospel ‘n’ blues-rooted Americana sound to the Collar City. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: The Rob Skane 3 @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. Rock and roll meets power pop. 6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ the Schaghticoke Town Hall, Melrose. Revved-up rockabilly… 6:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Mohawk Brass Band @ the Crossings, Colonie. New Orleans-styled brass band. 6:30pm. FREE.
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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: An Evening with Larry, Murali, & Julian Coryell @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Jazz guitar great Larry Coryell leads the father & son & son trio of guitarists. 8pm. $30.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bella Terra Festival @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown. It’s Day One of the four-day fest, today featuring EOTO, the Mantras, Goosepimp, R/D, Segway, Cheat Code, Wobblesauce, the Hornitz, Waylon Speed and lots more. More info here…
MUSIC: The Spirit of Johnny Cash @ Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Park. Harold Ford and his band pay tribute to the music of the Man in Black. With a BBQ buffet. 12:30pm. $20.
FAIR: The Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. It’s Day One of Nippertown’s largest annual summer fair with racing pigs, a lumberjack show, frisbee-catching dog show, fried dough, the midway and music by Grand Central Station, Fulton Chain Gang and more… Gates open at 10am; midway opens at 12noon. $15. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: School Bus Yellow @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Outdoor psychedelic rockin’. 9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: KEN mode @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Metal from north of the border.
ARTS WALK: 3rd Thursday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Great live music, visual art, downtown businesses open late, and street vendors to enjoy all along North Street, which will be closed to traffic.
MUSIC: Nite Train Band @ Franklin’s Tower, Albany. Yeah, Alive at Five is over for another year, but you can still get down with some great free outdoor music downtown. 6pm.
MUSIC: Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Trio @ City Beer Hall, Albany. Jazz for soaking up suds, featuring Skip Parsons on reeds; Crick Diefendorf on banjo and Richard Downs on bass. 6pm.
MUSIC: Henry’s Rifle @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. 8pm.
MUSIC: Prentice Pilot @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. Jazz standards. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Paul Mastriani Quartet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. 12noon. FREE.
MUSIC: Colleen Pratt @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Standard Clams @ the Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland. 7:30pm. FREE.
READING: Third Thursday Poetry Reading @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. With Jacqueline Kirkpatrick as the featured reader. 7:30pm. $3.
THEATER: “High School Musical” @ Freedom Park, Scotia. Directed by Jane Figueroa. 7pm. Through Saturday.
MUSIC: Wicked @ Taste, Albany. 7pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Georgie Wonders Orchestra @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill. 7pm. FREE.