MUSIC: Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Following their 2010 debut, War Cry, Taina Asili and her groove-a-licious band is back with their brand new sophomore album, Fruit of Hope, and they’re celebrating with a CD release party tonight. 9pm. $10.
MUSIC: Conor Oberst @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. The man behind Bright Eyes teams up with the harmony laden band Dawes. With the Baseball Project. 7pm. GO HERE for a Baseball Project concert review…
MUSIC: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Carrying on in the spirit of their father (the late great jazz giant Dave Brubeck), drummer Dan Brubeck and bassist-trombonist Chris Brubeck are joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb for an evening of original compositions, some of their dad’s jazz gems and maybe a few old standards, too. 8pm. $30.
CIRCUS/THEATER: Cirque Éloize’s “iD” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Directed by Jeannot Painchaud, “iD” is a high-energy production, blending circus, street dance and hip-hop. It features a cast of 15 acrobats and performers, and incorporates innovative multimedia elements, as well as a rock and electronica soundtrack by Jean-Phi Goncalves and Alex McMahon. 7:30pm. $20-$50.
MUSIC: The Holmes Brothers @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The fabulous gospel-meets-the-blues trio returns to Northampton in support of their latest album, 7pm. $20. GO HERE for a Holmes Brothers concert review…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. It’s Day One of the three-day fest featuring today’s performers: Christine Lavin & Don White, Aoife O’Donovan, Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie, the Horse Flies, Tom Paxton, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Seth Glier and lots more… Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete Main Stage schedule…
COMEDY: Cheech & Chong @ The Egg, Albany. The iconic stoner comedy duo created nine hit comedy albums and eight hit films, and now they’re back for more. 8pm. $59.75, $79.75 & $99.75. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
MUSIC: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Jazz man Vignola is the guitarist of choice for Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen and Wynton Marsalis. Les Paul named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” in The Wall Street Journal. Raniolo plays with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman, just to name a few. The duo’s jaw-dropping technique and playful showmanship explains why The New York Times deemed them, “stars of the guitar”. 8pm. $27.
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. 7:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art, music, shopping, food & drink and lots of people-watching… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Apollo’s Creed @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s the band’s Low Beat debut. It’s the farewell party for guitarist-vocalist Nate Hoffman. And it’s the CD release party for the band’s debut disc. Sounds like a serious party… the With Let Go Daylight, Ganbwa and Vacant. 8pm.
MUSIC: Midlake @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Capping off their month-long tour supporting Band of Horses, Midlake will bring their special acoustic line-up to headline in Kingston. With Elijah & the Moon. 8pm. $18.
THEATER: “Ring of Fire” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. It’s the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s production of Richard Maltby’s musical tribute to the late great Johnny Cash. Starring David Lutken, the creator and star of ATF’s hit musical, “Woody Sez.” 7:30pm. $35 & $45 & $50.
ARTISTS TALK: “Small + Seductive: Contemporary Art from the Institute’s Collection” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. In conjunction with the current exhibit, come meet some of the artists, including Carol Caruso, Marcia Clark, David Austin, Doretta Miller, Fern Apfel, Harold Lohner and Katherine Kreisher. 6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Murali Coryell Band @ Riverfront Park, Athens. The blues guitarslinger and his power trio celebrate the release of Restless Mind. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…
MUSIC: Dana & Susan Robinson @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat on the Roof concert series continues with some old-time mountain music. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…
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. 8pm. $20-$60. Through August 10. GO HERE to read review…
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Pittsfield. Enjoy more than sixteen different art shows featuring work by over 30 accomplished regional artists. 5pm. FREE.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Albany First Friday Swing Dance @ the Elks Lodge, Albany. 7:30pm swing dance lesson with Nathan Bugh & Emily Vanston. 8:30pm dance to the sounds of Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers with special guests Spanish clarinetist Juli Aymi and NYC trumpeter Gordon Au. $15; students $10.
DANCE: “Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” @ PS21, Chatham. An evening-length piece by the inventive and highly original choreographer Lionel Popkin. 8pm. $30; $18 students 18 and under. Also at 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Crawdaddy: A Benefit for Melissa Eppard @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. New Orleans-flavored R&B and other feel-good, shake-it-down sounds. Featuring guitarist-vocalist Jimmy Eppard, drummer Harvey Sorgen (ex-Hot Tuna), bassist Charlie Knicely, saxman Sal Oliveri and guitarist-keyboardist Stuart Spector. 9pm. $10.
MUSIC: Django Reinhardt Festival All Stars @ Belleayre Jazz Club at Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. Celebrating the music of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinahrdt who teamed with famed jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli in the ’30s and ’40s to create the Quintet of the Hot Club de France, one of the most important partnerships in jazz history. 8pm. $26.