Above: Dave Matthews. Photo courtesy of C Flanigan/FilmMagic
FRIDAY, JULY 12
Formula 5’s Rock the Dock Music Festival
Live music from Formula 5 and other jam bands, local craft, food and beer vendors, as well as a merchandise tent featuring posters, T-shirts and other band merch. Twenty-five percent of the ticket proceeds will go to The FUND for Lake George, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the lake water quality and the overall health of the Lake George watershed.
@ Lake George Steamboat Company | 4:30 PM | Tickets start at $12
Industrial Tangle by Cat Jones
Come see the new exhibition Industrial Triangle by Cat Jones. At 6:30 pm, there will also be a special performance by sound artist Andrea Williams.
@ Vocare Gallery, Albany | 5 PM – 9 PM | Free
Reception: ‘Beyond Limits’
“Beyond Limits” is the exploration through the works of three artists—Fern Apfel, Monica Bill Hughes and KK Kozik—overcoming the constraints placed on them in their expected roles. “In all aspects of life, we limit ourselves through the terms we use to define who we are. ‘Beyond Limits’ seeks to challenge the preconceived expectations on norms of artistry, gender, thinking and identity through abstraction and repeated motifs,” the gallery statement says.
@ Albany Center Gallery | 5 PM | Free
Schenectady Summer Night with Smash Mouth
Come downtown for the best block party of the summer featuring special guest Smash Mouth. There will be more music from acts like Bendt and Hasty Page, lots of food vendors, a cannoli eating contest and fireworks.
@ Downtown Schenectady | 5 PM – 10 PM | Free
From Ashes to New
The American Rock band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania performs at Upstate Concert Hall this Friday.
@ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park | 7 PM | $17 Adv, $20 at Door
You may recognize JC Currais from NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” or TBS’ “Conan.”
@ Funny Bone Comedy Club, Albany | Friday 7:30 & 10 PM, Saturday 7 & 9:45 PM, Sunday 7 PM | $15
Dave Matthews Band
It’s SPAC’s favorite weekend, DMB is taking over.
@ Saratoga Performing Arts Center | 8 PM Friday & Saturday | $45.50 (Lawn)
Superior Rhythms Footwork
If you like electronic music, head to Superior Merchandise Co for some experimental playtime.
@ Superior Merchandise Co, Troy | 8 PM | Free
Young Jazz master Aaron Johnson leads Swingin’ the Songbook–performing material by composers George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer in an organized jam session format hearkening back to the original Philharmonic sessions led by producer Norman Granz.
@ PS21, Chatham | 8 PM | $10-25
The descendant band of Jefferson Airplane comes to the mall.
@ Skyloft, Albany | 8 PM | $40
SATURDAY, JULY 13
Troy Pig Out
If you are a fan of BBQ, this goes out to you. Enjoy live music by Anthony Fallacaro, Greg Farley, Wyld Blue Band, Soul Sky and more. If you’re up for it, participate in the Cornhole or Hot Dog eating contest. Food will be from local restaurants including Dinosaur BBQ, Bernie’s Blue Line BBQ, The Corner Grill, and Rollin’ Smoke Food Truck ‘n’ Catering.
@ Riverfront Park, Downtown Troy | 10 AM – 9 PM | Free
Empire Game Festival
Get ready to relive the glory days of gaming while looking ahead to the future of the industry. Featuring industry panels, hundreds of vendors and plenty of actual games to play throughout the day this event promises to deliver for gamers of all ages.
@ Red Lion Hotel, Albany | 10 AM | $10
Electric City Comic Con
Come and meet talented authors and illustrators at Comic Con! There will be vendors, classes and events going on all day long.
@ Schenectady County Public Library | 10 AM – 4 PM | Free
KNOW Readings presents Pierre Joris
Pierre Joris, author and former UAlbany professor, will be sharing his work at the Excelsior Pub in Albany.
@ The Excelsior Pub, Albany | 1:30 PM | Free
Herb Ritts and the Image of Rock Music
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame president Greg Harris will moderate a talk and cocktail party focusing on the art and impact of Herb Ritts’ photography in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The talk will feature Laurie Kratochvil, former Director of Photography at Rolling Stone magazine, and John Covach, Professor of Music Theory and Director of the Institute for Popular Music-Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, among others. Pictured: Madonna, True Blue Profile, Hollywood 1986 – Herb Ritts Foundation.
@ Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown | 2 PM
The Third Annual Hudson NY Shorts
A short film festival featuring local and global filmmakers urging their audience to think, feel and expand. With two program times of 70 minutes, each will include narrative and documentary shorts in genres including comedy, LGBTQQI, music video, drama, animation and experimental.
@ Time and Space Limited, Hudson | 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM | $10 general, $15-$18 double feature
‘Cradle’ Film Premiere
Filmmaker Prince Sprauve takes a deep dive into the impact of teen pregnancy on the community.
@ Proctors, Schenectady | July 13, 6:30 PM | $15-$30 VIP $100
Domenica Ruta, Nina Boutsikaris, Courtney Maum, Stacy Wakefield
Enjoy some ale while you listen to exceptional poetry and readings by four incredible women.
@ Spotty Dog Books and Ale | 7 PM | Free
The Los Angeles based American alternative rock group heads to Clifton Park on their tour. The band just released their fifth album, Widow’s Weeds in June of 2019.
@ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park | 7 PM | $30 Adv, $33 at Door
Mystery Girl, Crimps and Pony in the Pancake
Let’s get grooving.
@ The Olde English Pub, Albany | 8 PM | Free
SUNDAY, JULY 14
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
You’re likely familiar with early 2000s era emo Christian rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus from radio hits like “Face Down” and “Your Guardian Angel.” The band is joined by Wolves at the Gate and Valleyheart.
@ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen | 6 PM | $18 adv, $22 door
Enjoy great music from one of Brazil’s finest, sultriest Samba combos.
@ Central Park, Schenectady | 7 PM | Free
Join Adam Pascal for an evening of song, stories, and a Q&A. Adam Pascal is a musician and has had an extensive Broadway career.
@ The Mansion of Saratoga | 7 PM | $49
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Blues rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band comes to SPAC on their Wheel of Soul tour with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope.
@ Saratoga Performing Arts Center | 7 PM | $19.50 (Lawn)
Pink Navel, Mary Jester, T-Nugg
The captivating experimental electronic artist and rapper plays Flywheel with electro pop artist Mary Jester and trap rapper T-Nugg.
@ Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton, MA | 8 PM | Free