FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Summer Hoot @ the Ashokan Center, Olivebridge. It’s opening day of the three-day fets with music today by Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Jay Collins & the Kings County Band, DB Leonard, Rene Bailey & the Sultans of Swing, Breathe Owl Breathe and more. 6pm music. $30; FREE kids 12 & under. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Pete Donnelly @ the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Bassist with the Figgs (and formerly with NRBQ, too), Donnelly has established himself as a solo artist as well with Face the Bird, and he’s headed back to the Spa City for a Travers’ eve homecoming show. With Brett Newski, Donnelly’s labelmate on Good Land Records. 8pm. $6-$10.
MUSIC: Titus Andronicus @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, New Jersey indie rock kingpins are back in town once again, this time making their Low Beat debut. With Liquor Store and Pelican Movement. 8pm. $14.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. Eastbound Jesus, Brett Wilson, Midnight Chrome Muffins, Marks Brothers, Beau Sasser/Ed Mann/Bill Carbone, and more kick off the three-day fest. 3pm music. $100 all-weekend pass. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. The New York City Ballet joins the orchestra and conductor Stephane Deneve in a program featuring Mussorgsky/Stokowski: Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux from Swan Lake, Mussorgsky/Stokowski: Pictures at an Exhibition and Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird. 8pm.
MUSIC: Bill Staines @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. New England troubadour Bill Staines is a true folk music legend. His songs “River,” “Roseville Fair” and many more have become standards, recorded by Nanci Griffith, Jerry Jeff Walker and Grandpa Jones. 8pm. $22.
THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Last chance! 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. 7:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bella Terra Festival @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown. Day Two of the four-day fest features Conspirator, Pink Talking Fish, Papadosio, Rootz Underground, Cinnamon Chasers, Goosepimp, Pimps of Joytime and lots more. Music starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info…
THEATER: “Tomorrow in the Battle” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. 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 Slide Brothers @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent are masters of the pedal steel guitar, carrying on the Sacred Steel tradition. 8pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: John Colby & Bev Rohler @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. New Orleans-style Cajun jazz. 9pm. FREE.
DANCE: TAKE Dance @ PS21, Chatham. As part of the Chatham Dance Festival, the dance company presents two world premieres and a daring and exuberant memory piece, “Somewhere Familiar Melodies.” 8pm. $30; $18 students 18 & under. Also 8pm Saturday.
FILM: AnimationFest @ Proctors, Schenectady. Today’s films are “The Wild” (10am), “The Nut Job” (12noon), “Ernest & Celestine” (2pm), “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation” (4pm), “Metropolis” (6pm) and “Akira” (8pm). $5 per film; $3 age 17 & under.