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 Eastbound Jesus, the Parlor, Rival Galaxies, Titanics, Bear Grass, Hammer Hawk, the Slaughterhouse Chorus, the Firs, No Kill, Rebel Darling, Walking X-Ray and Pony in the Pancake. Doors open at 1pm; music starts at 2:25pm. $25. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands’ showtimes…
MUSIC: Elysian Fields @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Composers Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are MASS MoCA veterans and NYC indie music stalwarts, weaving dream pop and noir landscapes together for 15 years and nine records. Pitchfork touts their “forbidding cocktail dress cool” while others detect a young Serge Gainsbourg in their sultry, hazy delivery. 8pm. $16 & $20.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival @ Ski Bowl Park, North Creek. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest with music today by Zinc & Company, the Katahdin Valley Boys, Ammy Gallatin & Stillwaters, Smokey Greene, Beartracks, Remington Ryde, the Seth Sawyer Band, Washington County Line, the Atkinson Family and more… Music starts at 9am. $30; $15 after 5pm. GO HERE for an interview with members of Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters…
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. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Conductor Cristian Macelaru welcomes pianist Alain Lefèvre for a program that includes Balakirev’s Islamey, Gerschin’s Piano Concerto in F and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. 8pm.
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.
OPERA: “An American Tragedy” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras. 8pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Jack DeJohnette Trio @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Can’t wait til next month’s Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival? The great drum master teams up with a pair of second generation jazzers – saxman Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison. 8pm. $30.
FUNDRAISER: HOOTenanny! @ Oliva Vineyards, Fort Edward. A joint fundraiser for Caffè Lena and Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA), featuring locally produced foods created by Spoonful Catering, live music by Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass and a complimentary wine or beer. 4-7pm. $45.
MUSIC: Town Mountain @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Just nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
MUSIC: The Soul Rebels @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Incorporating elements of R&B, funk and hip-hop into the brass band tradition, the dynamic eight-piece New Orleans crew parades into Hudson with their patented mix of party music, second-line melodies and swaggering R&B. 9pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Chronogram Block Party @ Wall Street, Kingston. The ultimate block party is back with live local musical entertainment by Bishop Allen, the Tins, Ikebe Shakedown and more. Also street entertainers, vendors, a charity dunking booth and much more. 4-11pm. 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.
MUSIC: Norbert Leo Butz @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. In reviewing the Broadway star’s concert show, The New York Times declared, “Mr. Butz, who has won two Tonys for best performance by a leading actor in a musical is a much larger, more complex musical personality than could ever be contained by a single role. He has the soul of a poet and a bluesman on the same wavelength as Van Morrison and Tom Waits.” 8pm.
MUSIC: The Bluebillies’ Gospel Music Revue @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Styled after the old-time “brother acts,” Mark & Mel Guarino revive the tradition of close harmony country music, singing old hillbilly music and bluegrass mixed with American folk and gospel. Celebrated multi-instrumentalist John Kribs joins them on banjo and guitar. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Simone Dinnerstein @ Windham Civic Centre Concert Hall, Windham. The Windham Chamber Music Festival presents the pianist (and Tift Merritt collaborator in a solo recital featuring the works of Bach and Debussy. 8pm. $25; $22 seniors; $5 students ages 6-23.
DANCE: Ajkun Ballet Theatre @ The Egg, Albany. “La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter)” is a blissful evocation of rural living in a comedy depicting feelings of innocence and eternal spring. The dimwitted, umbrella-obsessed Alain will entertain you, while the sweet, innocent love of Lisa and Colin will move your heart. 7:30pm. $29; $19 children.
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.
MUSIC: James Hood @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 7pm.