Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. You were so much older then, you’re younger than that now…
MUSIC/ART: 15th Anniversary Celebration @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s a birthday party with dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite band Red Baraat, fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, cheap beer, creative cocktails and a champagne toast. Party hardy, and don’t forget your dancin’ shoes. 4pm. $30; $45 gold star supporters receive 15th anniversary schwag. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Mary Fahl @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Former lead singer of the art-rock band October Project, she has pursued a solo career for the past 10-plus years. Now she’s celebrating the release of her elegant new CD, Love and Gravity, which ranges from “Exiles” (a song written for Anne Rice’s new audiobook “The Wolves of Midwinter”) and a stunning cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic “Both Sides Now.” 8pm. $24.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. A benefit for Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and John Herald Fund, the sixth annual Dylan celebration features Happy Traum, Donald Fagen, Don Byron, Sarah Fimm, the Paul Green Rock Academy, Jonathan & Grasshopper (of Mercury Rev), Connor Kennedy, Charles Lyonhart with George Quinn, Jerry Marotta, the Duke McVinnie Band, Tim Moore, Scott Petito, Jules Shear, Sin City, Adrienne Reju, the Saturday Night Bluegrass Band and more – all performing songs from Dylan’s vast songbag. 8pm. $25 & $45.
MUSIC: Jack Johnson @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. He was there at Farm Aid to close out the 2013 SPAC summer concert season, and now he’s back to kick off SPAC’s 2014 season. With Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. 7:30pm. $64.50; $34.50 lawn.
MUSIC: Jesse Legé & Bayou Brew @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. One of the finest Cajun accordionist-vocalists from Southwest Louisiana, Lege and his band whip up an old-fashioned fais do do. 7pm. $25 (includes Cajun pulled pork sliders and cole slaw.
MUSIC: The Scotty Mac & Mark Emanatian Blues Revue @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Two of Nippertown’s finest guitarslingers lead the band – also featuring Tom Dolan and Charlie Clifford – through a blues-based tribute to the music of Bob Dylan. 8pm.
READING/MUSIC: “Cabinet of Wonderkids” @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Author and musician Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) reads from his new rock novel “Wonderkid” in addition to hosting readings and performances by authors David Grand and Emma Jane Tourtelot, singer-songwriter Amy Rigby and a reading/sound performance by Karen Schoemer with Tyson Hauf. 8pm. $5 suggested donation. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: “The Caravaggio Songs: Music from The Escape Artist” @ the Hudson Opera House, Hudson. The award-winning performance artist John Kelly offers a cabaret performance of original songs from “The Escape Artist” with additional songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Jacques Brel and John Barry. 7pm. $25. Also at 7pm on Sunday.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Day Two of the annual holiday weekend folk fest feattures performances by Gina Forsyth, the Murphy Beds, Molly Andrews, Michael Jerome Browne and others. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The Weight @ Levon Helm’s Barn, Woodstock. The all-star band – featuring Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebb and Byron Isaacs – will be joined by Amy Helm to celebrate her late father’s birthday. With Austin singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland. 8pm. $50.
MUSIC: Simone Felice @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Founding member of the Felice Brothers, as well as the Duke & the King, the singer-songwriter-guitarist-drummer celebrates the release of his fine new album, Strangers. 9pm.
MUSIC: Phil Ochs Song Night @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. The annual tribute to the music of Phil Ochs is once again co-hosted by Phils’ sister Sonny Ochs and Wanda Fischer with performances by Magpie, Kim & Reggie Harris, Bob Warren & Joy McKenzie, Cathy Winter and Boxcar Lilies. 8:30pm. $18.
MUSIC: North Sea Gas @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Thirty-two years and stronger than ever, this talented group is one of Scotland’s premier award-winning folk bands. Members of the Scotia Glenville Pipeband open the show. 7:30pm. $16; $10 under 18.
MUSIC: Kurt Vile & the Violators @ the Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton. Kurt Vile (real name, no gimmicks) has seemingly absorbed a lifetime’s worth of FM rock, and the ghosts of Springsteen, Seger and others glimmer under the surface of his woozy, homemade bedroom pop. With Steve Gunn and Zzones. 8:30pm. $20.
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. 3 & 8pm. $20, $50 & $60. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Sarah Borges @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Boston-based twang-rocker Sarah Borges returns to Club Helsinki with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock. With honky-tonkers Guns, Girls and Glory. 9pm.
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.
BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ Red Square, Albany. Sabra-Joi hosts the 9pm bash, followed by Ragliacci at 10:30pm and S.P.A.M. Rock-n-Roll Burlesque at 12midnight, celebrating Scooter Pie’s birthday. $15; $5 at 12midnight.