MUSIC: Dust Bowl Faeries @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. As the Rogovoy Report says about the indie chamber-folk trio of Ryder Cooley, Karen Cole and Sara Ayers, “it’s a singular experience that leaves you moved, bedazzled, and wonderful, in the literal sense – full of wonder, almost like a child, about just what it is you are seeing and hearing.” With indie-folk artist Marian McLaughlin, who was recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Luke Bryan @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. The reigning king of contemporary country music returns to the Spa City after a sold out show last summer. With Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. 7pm. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
FESTIVAL: Jazz in the Valley @ Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. Featuring Mike Torsone, Melba Joyce, the Kenyatta Beasley Quintet and a tribute to Cheo Feliciano featuring Chocolate Armenteros, Nicky Marerro and Zon del Barrio. And headlining the big jazz bash is the Message, an all-star combo in tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, featuring an A-list line-up of players including Javon Jackson, Steve Turre, Buster Williams, George Cables, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson and drummer Lewis Nash. Gates open at 11am; music at 12noon. FREE on the Pavilion Stage; $55 on the Main. GO HERE for more info…
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.
MUSIC: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The exciting guitar duo comes from two rather different bands – the New Gary Burton Quartet and the Punch Brothers, respectively, as they explore the collaboration and collision of styles. 8pm. Donations encouraged.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival @ Ski Bowl Park, North Creek. It’s the last day of the fest with music by Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, Remington Ryde, Smokey Greene, the Atkinson Family and more… Music starts at 9am. $15. GO HERE for more info…
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. 2pm. $24. Through August 31.
THEATER: “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England” @ No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, West Stockbridge. WAM Theatre presents a reading of Madeleine George’s whimsical, funny and poignant play about the perils of monogamy, belief and academic administration. 3pm. $20.
MUSIC: David T. Carter & Maury Rosenberg @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. Australian singer-songwriter Carter (of the Trailer Park Rangers) teams up with Maury Rosenberg (founding member of Hypnotic Clambake) for a wildly eclectic show. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Robert Ellis @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. No less an authority on the music of his home state than Texas Monthly magazine has described Robert Ellis as “Texas’s next great singer-songwriter.” Tonight he brings his original batch of country-flavored pop-rock songs to Hudson in support of his latest album, The Lights from the Chemical Plant. With Dawn Landes. 8pm.
MUSIC: The Lak Wright Duo @ the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. The Lowell, MA-based twosome features Stephanie Lak (audio paraphernalia) and Walter Wright (electronics, drums) with Al Margolis (clarinet, violin, contact mics, stuff) With Parashi. 8pm.
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: Trio da Paz @ the Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown. Presented by the Cooperstown Music Festival, it’s an evening of virtuosic jazz and driving Brazilian rhythms from guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.
MUSIC: The Flipsydz @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Spanning three generations, the a cappella group sings “the golden oldies” of the doo-wop era, as they lead the audience down memory lane with recollections of the ’50s and ’60s streetcorner singers of Philly and Brooklyn. 7pm. $18.