MUSIC: “Baritone Madness” @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Three baritone sax jazz greats – Gary Smulyan, Claire Daly and Bruce Johnstone – team up with the Michael Benedict Trio featuring drummer Michael Benedict, pianist David Gleason and bassist Mike Lawrence. 7:30pm. $25.
MUSIC: Fredericks Brown @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard Cafe, North Adams. African-American roots music with a Pacific Island flair by powerhouse singer-songwriter Deva Mahal (daughter of eclectic bluesman Taj Mahal) and New Zealand-born songwriter-keyboardist Stephanie Brown. 8pm $16 & $20.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square, Troy. Workshops and activities all day long, community pot luck dinner and music by the Pitchblak Brass Band and Oobleck. 1pm fest; 5pm music. FREE. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…
FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: SAW Barn Bash @ Salem Art Works, Salem. Workshops, tours, activities, BBQ dinne and music from the Wonder Beards, the Buzzsaw Boys and more. 2pm fest starts; 7pm music. FREE. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter. The four-day, tenth annual Mountain Jam continues today with performances by Gov’t Mule, pretty Lights, Jackie Greene, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jeff Tweedy, Valerie June, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and more. Music starts at 10am. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…
MUSIC: Bob Warren & Joy MacKenzie @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the CD release party for the duo’s new debut CD, You Taught Me Something New Today. Warren’s intimate and poignant songs are perfectly suited to the spare orchestration of a folk duo. 8pm $18. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
FESTIVAL/ART/MUSIC: Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany. With live music by the College Farm, Melli & the Sparks, Charmboy and Blue Factory. The fest starts at 10am; the music starts at 12:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info & complete schedule…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: FLY 92 Summer Jam @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring AJR (2pm), Timeflies (2:45pm), Dani Moz (3:35pm), Icona Pop (4:25pm), MKTO (5:15pm), R5 (6:05pm), Hot Chelle Rae (6:55pm) and Jason Derulo (7:55pm). $25, $35, $45 & $65; lawn $20.
CABARET: Jessica Molaskey & Her Italian Quartet @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. As part of the Helsinki On Broadway series, the award-winning Broadway actor and singer Jessica Molaskey – who also co-hosts the nationally syndicated weekly two-hour radio program “Radio Deluxe” with her jazz guitar-playing husband, John Pizzarelli – sings show tunes and jazz standards with her quartet featuring piano, bass, drums and one phenomenal jazz guitarist. 8pm. $60.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: MTD4lyfe Benefit Concert @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. With all proceeds going to the O+ Festival and MusiCares, the concert features Dave Holland-Kevin Eubanks-Nate Smith, Penamach (featuring Charlie Kniceley, Mark Dziuba, Nadav Snir-Zelnicker and Pete Levin), Bubby Lewis, the Eddy Khaimovich Trio and Gail Ann Dorsey. 7:45pm. $30.
WORKSHOP: Martha Graham Dance Company Master Class @ the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. Former principal dancer and current senior artistic associate of the Graham Dance Company Denise Vale will conduct a master class. 12noon. $15.
MUSIC: Jeremy Messersmith @ WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio The Linda, Albany. On Heart Murmurs, Jeremy Messersmith can break your heart one minute, and then put those fragile pieces back together again the next. The Minneapolis singer-songwriter candidly chronicles the ups and downs of modern relationships, all within the simple but striking constructs of his indelible, poignant pop songs. 8pm.
THEATER: “The Phantom of the Opera” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Phantom is back! It’s Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical. 2 & 8pm. $25-$105. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ the Shaker Meeting House, Albany. It’s “Pop Goes the Chorus,” the chorus’ fifth annual pops cabaret concert, and they’ll be singing Broadway show tunes, folk music and even some rock-era anthems by the Beatles, Billy Joel and Simon and Garfunkel. 7:30pm. $20 & $35.
THEATER: “The Other Place” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. In Sharr White’s psychological roller-coaster of a play, Juliana Smithton (Marg Helgenberger) is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. 4 & 7:30pm.
MUSIC: Al Stewart @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. A few things you may not know about the singer-songwriter behind “The Year of the Cat”: By the time he was 22, Al Stewart had met the Beatles and played John Lennon’s guitar; opened for the Rolling Stones; shared an apartment with Simon & Garfunkel; recorded with Jimmy Page; spent a year playing guitar for Yoko Ono and co-producing her film #Four; and put a young Cat Stevens on stage at Les Cousins where he was emcee. Think he’s got some stories? 7pm. $30.
MUSIC: The Living Kills @ the Half Moon, Hudson. The garage-rockin’, psychedelic-laced combo rip it up for the next installment of SmashCrashBash!! With scuzz-pop duo 999999999 (aka, All Nines). 9pm. $6.
BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ Red Square, Albany. It’s Carney-ircus night, where the carnival midway and the circus sideshow meet the girls and gams. It starts at dusk with fire spinners outdoors. Then move inside along the midway from one event to another – visit the Stripping Booth; see the Freaks and Geeks; Games of Chance; Beautiful Ladies; and even a live man-eating chicken. With special musical guests the Sunnyside Social Club. 9pm. $20.
MUSIC: Nat Baldwin @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. He’s the bassist with Dirty Projectors, and he’s recorded with Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Department of Eagles and Phosphorescent. Now hear what he can do on his own as he showcases selections from his latest solo album, In the Hollow. With Arborea. 8pm. $7.
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.
THEATER: “Great Expections” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The classic Charles Dickens tale adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett and directed by Deborah Dorman for the Circle Theatre Players. 8pm. $16; $10 under age 18.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Dirty Wars” @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Rick Rowley’s documentary explores the hidden truth behind the U.S.’s expanding covert wars. Followed by a panel discussion featuring Kathy Manley, vice president of the Albany chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. 7:30pm.