MUSIC: Jason Isbell @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Jason Isbell (formerly of the band Drive-By Truckers) writes open-hearted songs full of storm and drama, bursting with personal truths, and echoing with the southern sound of his Alabama upbringing. He’s been touring with Ray LaMontagne, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss — add a little bit of thunder and that’s a good indicator of his sound. 8pm. $30.
MUSIC: Dom Flemons @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The American Songster and former Carolina Chocolate Drop is a genuine all-around entertainer who entices new listeners to explore traditional American music. Singing and playing banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, drums, quills and such-and-so-forth, Flemons celebrates the release of his new album, Prospect Hill. 8pm. $24. GO HERE for more info…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rest Fest @ Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy. The annual two-day celebration of the music of the Local 518 kicks off tonight on two stages with music by Wild Adriatic, Careers, the North & South Dakotas, Kimino Dragons, Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang, Maybird, Secret Release and the reunion of the Orange. 6pm doors; 6:30pm music. $20. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands’ showtimes…
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. 7:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Belew-Levin-Mastelotto & Friends @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Yup, that’s Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto wrapping up their annual Three of a Perfect Pair summer camp session with a blow-out concert. 9pm. $30.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival @ Ski Bowl Park, North Creek. The three-day fest kicks off today with music by Higher Mountain, Zinc & Company, Beartracks, the Katahdin Valley Boys, the Seth Sawyer Band, Washington County Line, the Atkinson Family and more… Music starts at 11:30am. $25; $15 after 5pm.
MUSIC: Christine Goerke @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. With her recent performances at the Metropolitan Opera garnering high praise, the 2014 Artist-in-Residence will perform in concert, returning to the same stage where she began her career as a Young Artist more than 20 years ago. 3pm. $40; $15 youths 18 & under.
MUSIC: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. It’s time for more Garage Bands in the Garage. With Blackcat Elliot. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…
MUSIC: David T. Carter & Maury Rosenberg @ the Low Beat, Albany. Australian singer-songwriter Carter (of the Trailer Park Rangers) teams up with Rosenberg (founding member of Hypnotic Clambake) for a wildly eclectic Happy Hour show. 6pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Hey Jude @ Shuttleworth Park, Amsterdam. The Fab Four tribute band celebrates the 49th anniversary of the Beatles historic Shea Stadium concert with their own ball-park bash at the home of the Amsterdam Mohawks Collegiate Baseball League. 5:30pm gates open; 7pm concert starts. $10; $5 children age 12 and under.
MUSIC: Blase DeBris @ the Low Beat, Albany. A mighty melding of classic metal-meets-punk rock. Also, straight outta Syosset, it’s Midnight Mob, who Blase DeBris’ Duane Beer hails as ” edgy Runaways meets Cheap Trick with Lower East Side swagger and a bit of that Guns ‘N Roses style of guitar playing thrown in for good measure.” With New Red Scare. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Schoemer Formation @ Market Market Cafe, Rosendale. The trio is joined by special guest cellist Jane Scarpantoni, who has played with Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Tiny Lights and many others. 10pm.
THEATER: “Tomorrow in the Battle” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. It’s opening night! The drama by British playwright Kieron Barry had its world premiere here in August, 2012 and was a smash hit. Now it’s back for a return engagement. 8pm. $29. Through August 31.
MUSIC: The Wood Brothers @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood (joined by percussionist Jano Rix) are back for another round of more bluesy Americana. With Simi Stone and Burnell Pines. 9pm. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
FILM: The Colony of Light @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. An evening of films, video and performances by the collective of artists who first collaborated together last summer at NYC’s MoMA PS1. 8pm. Also at 8pm Saturday.
MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Tang’s UpBeat on the Roof concert series continues with the dynamic world music-meets-jazz ensemble led by composer-arranger-pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius. 7pm. FREE.
DANCE: The Jamal Jackson Dance Company @ PS21, Chatham. They’re back for more high-energy, contemporary African dance with “Bask in the Shade,” as part of the PS21 Chatham Dance Festival. 8pm. Also at 8pm Saturday. $30; $18 students age 18 & under. Also at 8pm Saturday.
MUSIC: Triumph @ the Parish Public House, Albany. No, not Rik Emmett and the boys… Rather, it’s a Disco Biscuits tribute featuring members from B.A. Dario and Resident Frequency. With Squid Parade. 9pm.
MUSIC: “Signature Songs” @ the Fort Salem Theater, Salem. Fort Salem mainstay Kathy Beaver returns to the spotlight, along with Broadway stawart Bill Carmichael, teen Saratogians Brendan Dailey and Carolyn Shields and Fort Salem’s own Lynne and Jay Kerr. 8pm.