The week ahead

the band Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman is playing The Hollow this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (SUMMER), to The Track, to the fair, to to art, to the orchestra, to baseball, to music...


Here's the paraphrased forecast for this week:
Monday: Sunny, upper 80s..
Tuesday: Sunny, mid 80s.
Wednesday: Sunny, maybe a thunderstorm. Upper 80s.
Thursday: Sunny, maybe a thunderstorm. Mid 80s.
Friday: Cloudy, maybe a thunderstorm. Mid 80s.


The Track

It's the second full week of the new season at the Saratoga Race Course. (And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.)

Sunshine Fair

Monday-Saturday: The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair continues at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill. Monday-Saturday various times -- $15 / free for children 2 and under / includes admission and rides, some concerts are extra


Monday-Tuesday: The ValleyCats have a Monday evening game at The Joe versus Vermont (Ron Guidry bobblehead night), and then finish up the home stand Tuesday with an 11 am game.


Capital Rep
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Mamma Mia!. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the production of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. And this week it opens A Legendary Romance>. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices


Bites Camera Action
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing La La Land in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by Bryan Brundige & Crick Diefendorf. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

Summer in the City
Wednesday: The Summer in the City series of family movies at The Palace is showing Matilda. Wednesday 1 pm -- free

National Night Out

Tuesday: It's National Night Out, an annual event focused on community building and fostering police-community relationships. Communities around the Capital Region have participated in the past with public events. For example, Albany has a bunch of events around the city.

Troy Summer Square

Wednesday-Saturday: The Troy Summer Square public art series continues at Monument Square with nights that include a creative freelancer event, painting, dance, everyday experts, and a picnic.

Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to SPAC for another summer stay. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: Opening night, Russia Festival and the 1812 Overture.
+ Thursday: Russia Festival day two
+ Friday: Cirque de la Symphonie
+ Saturday: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial -- the film with live score

Wednesday-Saturday 8 pm -- $40 and up

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season continues...

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Sirsy with Sly Fox and The Hustlers. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Made in the Shade
Wednesday: The Made in the Shade series of lunchtime shows outside The Egg has Incendio. Wednesday at noon -- free admission

Alive at Five
Thursday: It's the last Alive at Five of the season, with King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band with Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at The Tang Museum on at Skidmore has Great Mutations. Thursday 7 pm -- free admission

Freedom Park
The schedule for the summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia has Big Easy Playboys, Skeeter Creek, and The Wister Quartet this week.

Music Haven
Sunday: The Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park has Amir Elsaffar & Two River, with Cliff Brucker & Full Circle. Sunday 7 pm -- free admission


Monday: Royal Blood at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt rock. With: Welles. 8 pm -- $22.50 ahead / $25 day of

Monday: Chicano Batman at The Hollow
Indie rock. 8 pm -- $12 ahead / $16 day of

Tuesday: The Alabama Shakes show at The Palace is sold out.

Tuesday: One Republic at SPAC
With: Fitz & The Tantrums, James Arthur. 7 pm -- $25 and up

Wednesday: Beach Slang at The Hollow
Pop punk. 8:30 pm -- $15 ahead / $17 day of

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
Every Wednesday in August. 7 pm

Friday: Marc Cohn at Helsinki Hudson
Walkin' in Hudson? 8:30 pm -- $45 and up

Friday: ONE OK ROCK at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop rock. With: Set It Off, Palisades, Restless Streets. 6:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

Friday: Ryan Montbleau at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter. 8 pm -- $22

Saturday: Jody Watley at Black Arts and Cultural Festival at the ESP
With: Shalamar Reloaded. festival 2-7 pm -- free admission

Saturday: Chick Corea Elektric Band + Bela Fleck & The Flecktones at The Egg
Thirty-seven Grammys between the two of them. 7:30 pm -- $59 and up

Saturday: Stone Sour at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: The Dead Deads. 8 pm -- $35 ahead / $38 day of

Saturday: Don Flemons at Caffe Lena
Old-time folk. 8 pm -- $25

Saturday: Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA
Part of the annual festival. 4-10 pm -- $12 ahead / $18 day of

Saturday: The Va Va Voodoos at The Low Beat
Album release show. With: Wreckless Eric, 61 Ghosts, Two Percent. 7:30 pm

Sunday: Rhiannon Giddens at The Egg
Co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. 7:30 pm -- $39.50 and up

Sunday: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at Caffe Lena
Jazz. 7 pm -- $22


To do list

1. August starts this week! Do all the summer things you've been wanting to do. Don't wait.

These are a just a few things for this week, not a comprehensive list. Look for out "Stuff to do this weekend" list for the upcoming weekend on Friday.

Know of something people should be looking forward to this week? Please share!

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