MUSIC: James Cotton @ Proctors, Schenectady. They don’t call him “Superharp” for nothin’. Celebrating 70 years in the music biz, Cotton is one of the last living links to such blues greats as Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. With Local 518 blues guitarslinger Matt Mirabile. 7pm. FREE. ALSO: The pre-concert Music Haven Blue Sunday 25th Anniversary Gala at 5pm. $75. NOTE: Both of these events were originally slated for the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park, but have been moved to Proctors in Schenectady due to the threat of inclement weather.
CABARET: The Skivvies @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. The musical comedy duo of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley will be joined by special guests Christopher Hanke and Matt Doyle for an evening of stripped-down mash-ups of pop songs and show tunes… in their underwear. 7:30pm. Also at 7:30pm on Monday.
THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. This year’s American musical at Glimmerglass is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that Time magazine called “best musical of the 20th century.” Conducted by Doug Peck and directed by Charles Newell, it tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Slaid Cleaves @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Maine-born, Austin-based singer-songwriter spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. And 20 years into his career his bittersweet melodies are equal measures hope & resignation, effortlessly shading dark with light and wringing the most out of a melody. 7pm. $22.
MUSIC: Marc Cohn @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer songwriter Marc Cohn is best known for the hit song, “Walking in Memphis.” Cohn’s distinctive, soulful vocals and his gift for melody have made him one of his generation’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters. With singer-songwriter Amber Ruharth, the winner of the NPR Mountain Stage New Song Contest for songwriting and performance. 8pm.
MUSIC: The Erik Lawrence Quartet @ the Falcon, Marlboro. In addition to leading his own group – this one also featuring keyboardist Pete Levin, drummer Ben Perowsky and guitarist Rob Reich – the acclaimed saxman has been a sideman with greats from Allen Toussaint to Sonny Sharrock, as well as a member of Levon Helm’s band, featured on the Grammy Award-winning album Electric Dirt. 10am. Donations encouraged
THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The jukebox musical based on the many hit songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – including “”On Broadway, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall in Love?,” “Stand by Me” and “Love Potion #9″ – is directed by Richard J. Hinds. 2pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: John Cleary @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The British-born singer-keyboardist has become one of New Orleans’ most acclaimed musicians, performing with such music luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams and Eric Burdon. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
THEATER: “State Fair” @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park. Last chance! The summer musical performed by the Clifton Park Not So Common Players will take you back to Iowa in 1946 where it will be a “Grand Night for Singing.” 8pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
DANCE: “Revolution” @ The Egg, Albany. Ajkun Ballet Theatre performs Leonard Ajkun’s newest, science-fiction, contemporary ballet is about human power in surviving a post-apocalyptic world. Passion, hope and retribution will keep you stuck to your seat watching the protagonists altering the political landscape of the continent. 7:30pm. $29: $19 child.
THEATER: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Springside Park, Pittsfield. Last chance! It’s the inaugural production of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, directed by Enrico Spada. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. 8pm. FREE.