MUSIC: Bang On a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. It’s the sprawling, six-hour, boundary-busting festival finale featuring 50-plus musicians and composers from around the world. Highlights include Steve Reich’s “Radio Rewrite” (a Reichian remix of Radiohead), chamber music by Wilco drummer/composer Glenn Kotche and Edgar Varese’s masterpiece “Ionisation” (the first piece ever written for percussion ensemble). 4pm. $24; $15 students.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest featuring today’s performers: Annie & the Hedonists, the Boxcar Lilies, Darlingside, Roosevelt Dime, Tom Paxton, Spuyten Duyvil, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Ronny Cox, Cheryl Wheeler, the Grand Slambovians and lots more… Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete Main Stage schedule…
OPERA: “Ariadne in Naxos” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Richard Strauss’ opera-within-an-opera features both lighthearted comedy and heroic grand opera, as two different performing troupes compete for the attention of a wealthy patron. Conducted by Kathleen Kelly and directed by Francesca Zambello. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
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. 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$50.
MUSIC: Ed Palermo Big Band’s Second Annual Beach Party @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Palermo is moving the big band tradition forward, utilizing a deep repertoire that includes Jimi Hendrix, Paul Butterfield, Todd Rundgren and lots of Frank Zappa. Thrilling stuff. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/ETC.: African American Family Day @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. Featuring Capital District Community Voices of Praise Youth Mass Choir, Voices of Faith Women’s Community Choir, Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble, Mojavi, J-Live with Boog Brown, the Chronicles (5pm) and Jeffrey Osborne (6pm). 12noon-7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Everest Rising @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The tight-knit Local 518 quartet serves up pretty melodies, thoughtful lyrics and expansive, fresh instrumental arrangements utilizing banjo, bass, guitar, harmonica and vocals. 8pm.
MUSIC: Music Omi @ Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. A showcase of experimental and collaborative work conceived during the summer Music Omi residency. The performance will take place under a festival tent by the Visitor Center. 5pm. FREE.
THEATER: “Ring of Fire” @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. It’s your last chance to see 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.
MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The folk-rock quintet rumbles into Hudson in celebration of their 25th anniversary and their recent recent album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. 9pm. $25.
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. 3 & 8pm. $20-$60. Through August 10.