FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Music Festival @ various locations, Hudson. It’s Day One of New York State’s biggest free three-day music festival. Today’s offerings include Holly & Evan, Todd Nelson’s TN3 (joined by guest percussionist Carlos Valdez), Black Mountain Symphony, Doctor Magnum, Mighty Girl, Bohemian Slackers, the Grape and the Grain, Mr. Funky Pants, the WonderBeards, the Lindsay Webster Band and many more. Music starts at 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Jerry Douglas @ The Egg, Albany. The acknowledged master of the Dobro and 13-time Grammy Award-winner is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose work incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. Accompanied by Doug Belote (drums), Daniel Kimbro (bass) and Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle). 8pm. $28.
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. 7:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Bramwell Tovey conducts with special guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The program includes Delius’ “Song of Summer,” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations On a Rococo Theme” and “Andante Cantabile,” as well as Shostakovich’s “No. 5.” 8pm.
MUSIC: Jocelyn Arndt @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga. Formerly of the Dependents, the mighty impressive young talent plays a semi-acoustic show for the UpBeat On the Roof concert series. 7pm. FREE.
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. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Joshua Redman & the Bad Plus @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The charismatic saxman teams up with the forward-thinking piano trio for an excursion deep into the world of jazz… and beyond. 8pm. $29, $54 & $79.
MUSIC: Jamcrackers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sweet, old-fashioned-sounding new folk songs that celebrate the people and culture of the Adirondacks. Three-part harmony singing featuring the extraordinary voice of Peggy Lynn, the inspiring songs of Dan Berggren and national champion hammered dulcimer player Dan Duggan. 8pm. $16.
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 Sunday. GO HERE to read review…
ARTS WALK: Woodstock Nights @ various locations, Woodstock. Night-time arts stroll, shopping, food, music, drink and fun. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Dave Porter @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm. FREE.
FILM: “The Princess Bride” @ CAC Woodside, Troy. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this 1987 madcap romantic fairytale-adventure-comedy about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Movies on the lawn. 8:45pm. FREE.
FILM: “Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas” @ PS21, Chatham. Six of George Balanchine’s finest stars, Maria Tallchief, Mary Ellen Moylan, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler pay a moving tribute to the legendary choreographer and describe how he shaped them as dancers and influenced their lives. 8pm. FREE.