MUSIC: Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Formerly known as the old-timey band the Parlour Boys, RM&BS now sports a considerably more contemporary sound. And oh, by the way, no one in the band is actually named Ray Murray. 8pm. $17.
MUSIC: John Mayer @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Yes, Katy Perry’s boyfriend is back in support of his new album, Paradise Valley. With Phillip Phillips of “American Idol” fame. 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Poor Old Shine @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Folk-roots quintet Poor Old Shine fits into the neo-folk scene led by such groups as Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers and the Lumineers, mixing original songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs and front-porch-style jamming. 9pm. $15.
THEATER: “Stockholm” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. Playwright Bryony Lavery, director Laura Margolis, choreographer Jennifer Weber have concocted a bold and adventurous slice of intimate drama tinged with dance that The New York Times’ Ben Brantley calls “a smashing American premiere.” We agree… 8pm. $29. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Albert Lee @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. It seems the guitar great has played with just about everyone from Jackson Browne to Joe Cocker, from Don Everly to Emmylou Harris to Eric Clapton, who has called Lee “the greatest guitarist in the world.” With Forward Motion. 9pm. $30.
FILM: Animation Festival @ Proctors, Schenectady. Today’s screenings include “Wreck-It Ralph” (10am, 2pm); “Up” (12noon, 4pm); “From Up on Poppy Hill” (6pm); “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” (8pm). $5; $3 for age 17 and under; $25 for all-festival passes (good for all films through Saturday).
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Wall Street Jazz Festival @ the Old Dutch Church, Kingston. The two-night fest kicks off with “The Art of the Duo: Dual Pianos,” featuring Dena Derose, Francesca Tanksley, Nina Sheldon and Peggy Stern. 8pm. $15.
DANCE: Parsons Dance Company @ PS21, Chatham. Previewing “EK90,” a newly commissioned dance work celebrating artist Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday, as well as “Nascimento Novo,” “Brothers,” “Ebben” and “Caught.” 8pm. $40; $25 students. Also at 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC/DANCE: Asili & Vaccaro @ Riverfront Park, Troy. With flamenco dancers Ryan Rockmore and Nina Kunimoto. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: All Shook Up @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson. 7pm. FREE.