MUSIC: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. As a founding member of Opelousas, Louisiana’s legendary Zydeco Force, Jeffery Broussard’s accordion and fiddle drove the influential nouveau Zydeco movement. With his Creole Cowboys, he returns to Louisiana’s R&B-inflected dance music. With Ramblin Jug Stompers. 7pm. FREE. NOTE: The rain location for this concert is Proctors. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…
MUSIC: The Split Squad @ River Street Pub, Troy. The nifty all-star combo features guitarists Eddie Munoz (of the Plimsouls) and Keith Streng (the Fleshtones), bassist-vocalist Michael Giblin (Parallax Project), keyboardist Josh Kantor (the Baseball Project) and uber drummer Clem Burke (Blondie). With the Knyghts of Fuzz. 2pm. $12. POP QUIZ: When was the last time that Clem Burke played in Troy?
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival @ Dodds Farm, Hillsdale. It’s the final day of the three-day fest featuring today’s performers: Kim & Reggie Harris, Brother Sun, Spuyten Duyvil, Tracy Grammer, the Andrew & Noah Band, John Gorka, the Duhks and lots more… Music starts at 11am. GO HERE for more info and a complete Main Stage schedule…
OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: The Four Tops @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Motown greats serve up “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Ask the Lonely,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Bernadette” and more. 7pm. $35, $75, $80 & $95.
MUSIC: Rusty Belle @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Their influences are the Beatles and Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin and Tom Waits – which cooks up into something they call Roots-Rock/Junk-Folk, and fans call spirited and toe-tapping. With Pandafan. 7pm. $18.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Jeff Marx Memorial Concert @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. A celebration of the life and music of the former saxophonist and Woodstock resident who passed away in December. Featuring Dave Douglas, John Esposito, Emma Alabaster, Peter Einhorn, Mitch Kessler, John Menegon, Peter O’Brien, Teri Roiger, Jeff Siegel, Rich Syracuse, Francesca Tanksley and many more. Proceeds benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. 4-7pm. $10.
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: Black Violin @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A unique fusion of classical music and hip-hop from classically trained, Florida-based string instrumentalists Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester on violin and Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste on viola. 8pm. $22.
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.