MUSIC: Rod Stewart & Carlos Santana @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Here’s the pitch: “The voice. The guitar. The songs.” An unlikely pair of vintage classic rock acts team up to kick off their 18-city tour. 7:30pm. $39.50, $59.50, $79.50 & $149.50.
MUSIC: The Howlin’ Brothers @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The roots-based, genre-bending Readymade recording artists rumble into town in support of their brand new album, Trouble. With the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 8pm. $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Day One of the annual holiday weekend folk fest begins with a pot-luck dinner at 6:45pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert emceed by Hannah Rosen featuring performances by Alex Smith, the Irregulars and the South Carolina Broadcasters. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Bovine Social Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Straight outta the wilds of New Jersey, BSC bring their laid-back jam-band sound to town as the perfect soundtrack for the weekend that launches the summer season. With Jack Grace. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Girls, Guns & Glory @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. They’ve won the Band of the Year honors at the Boston Music Awards, as well as the Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). Now, they’re rolling into town in support of their fifth album, Good Luck, featuring a focus on the roots of rock ‘n’ roll with a twist of country. With Sarah Borges and Last Daze. 9pm. $10; $15 if under 21.
THEATER: “The God Game” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s powerful, three-character play that tackles the topics of religion and politics head-on. The bold, thought-provoking play is directed by Kristin Coury and stars Yvonne Perry, Laurence Lau and Jeffrey Binder. 8pm. $20, $50 & $60. Through Sunday.
THEATER: “The Dixie Swim Club” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. Dianne O’Neill directs the hilarious and touching comedy about five southern women who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their friendships. 8pm. $23. Through June 22.
MUSIC: Ed Clifford @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.
FILM: “Grand Piano” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Here’s the premise for Eugenio Mira’s thriller: Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood), one the most gifted pianist of his generation, quit performing due to stage fright, and upon finally returning to the stage for his long-awaited concert, he turns over his sheet music and sees the note: “Play one wrong note, and you die.” 7:30pm.