SPAC opened last week with Brad Paisley; this week brings the season’s first shows at Brewery Ommegang and MASSMoCA, also GottaGetGon, our first outdoor festival, plus the first show in months — a good one! — at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The 1975 was one of few acts that didn’t embarrass themselves with lame sets on "Saturday Night Live" recently. The ingenious, soul-inspired Manchester-based quartet plays the Glens Falls Civic Center (1 Civic Center Plaza) on Sunday. One of Britain’s fastest-rising buzz bands, the 1975 — Matthew “Matty” Healy, lead vocals and guitar; Adam Hann, guitar; Ross MacDonald, bass; and George Daniel, drums — won Top British Group at the Brit Awards 2017. Their second album, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” topped both U.S. and U.K. charts, while their single “Somebody Else” is Top 10 at Modern Rock Radio; its video has more than 15 million views. Colouring opens. 8 p.m. $45, $35. 798-0366 www.glensfallscc.com
California alt-rockers Cake surround us with shows Friday at Brewery Ommegang (656 Co Hwy 33, Cooperstown) and Sunday at MASSMoCA (1 MASSMoCA Way, N. Adams, Mass.)
Cake is John McCrea, lead vocals, guitar and keyboards; Vince DiFiore, trumpet, keyboards and percussion; Gabe Nelson, bass; Xan McCurdy, guitar; and Paulo Baldi, drums. Since their debut “Motorcade of Generosity” (1994), they’ve released five additional albums; “Showroom of Compassion” (2011) most recently, as they’ve concentrated on touring.
Camping is sold out for Cake’s Brewery Ommegang show Friday, show-only $45. 607-544-1800. www.dspshows.com
On Sunday, Cake moves 120 miles east to MASSMoCA, where they’ll play on Joe’s Field, a sloping meadow much like Brewery Ommegang’s concert grounds. 8 p.m. $45, $35. 413-662-2111 www.massmoca.org. Cake plays as part of MASSMoCA’s grand opening/expansion, the unveiling of Building 6, a gallery structure so large it has its own bicycle path.
Meanwhile, back at Brewery Ommegang on Sunday, Old Crow Medicine Show plays Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album, No. 9 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Retro in all directions, Old Crow are members of country’s Grand Ole Opry and have won two Grammys: “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Discovered by Doc Watson busking in North Carolina and invited to their breakthrough at his MerleFest, they’ve toured by rail and released five albums. Binghamton’s alt/old-timey combo Driftwood — Dan Forsyth, guitar; Joe Kollar, banjo; Claire Byrne, violin; Joey Arcuri, bass — opens; they’ve also made five albums; “City Lights” hit late last year. 7 p.m. $40
The GottaGetGon Festival returns on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds (165 Prospect St., Ballston Spa). For nearly 50 years, this homespun, family-friendly gathering has hosted concerts, a barn dance, all-hands-on-deck sampler shows, a Gospel wake-up, workshops, jams and a cappella choruses. Performers include Josh White Jr., Tom Lewis, Abbie Gardner, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing; Friday’s “New Folks” showcases young performers Jayda Chance, Hamilton Craig and Tom McWatters. 8 p.m. after a 6:45 pot luck dinner. Saturday 10:25 a.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. $65/weekend (camping included), $40/day; students (19-22) $40/weekend, $25/day www.pickingandsinging.org
Sawyer Fredericks seems to be everywhere these days. The down-to-earth farm kid, “The Voice” winner and recording and touring star has sold out his shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Caffe Lena. But we can catch him June 21 at Freedom Park in Scotia, launching that free series.
Maybe the most unusual mixed-media, mixed-tradition artist here in months, electronic/political artist Elysia Crampton plays Friday at EMPAC (Studio 1 — Goodman, 110 8th St., Troy). Blending Aymara (Bolivian tribal) culture with modern pop, metal and folk flavors in a mash-up she calls “severo,” Crampton works in audio and film. 9 p.m. $18, $13, $6. 276-3921 www.empac.rpi.edu
FIGGS ROCK THE LOW BEAT
Celebrating 30 years, local heroes the Figgs return on Friday and Saturday to the Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany). Bassist Pete Donnelly just graduated from Skidmore after a hiatus to hit the road with the Figgs (see story, page 12). He looks so young — about the same as when he co-founded the Figgs as the Sonic Undertones — that he’s a good argument for the health benefits of leaving college for rock ‘n’ roll. So are Mike Gent, guitar; and Pete Hayes, drums. The Figgs’ 18 albums are on cassette, vinyl and CDs — “On the Side” (2016) is on vinyl and CD — proving their longevity and creativity. So do stints backing Graham Parker and Tommy Stinson (the Replacements), even a Lexus commercial. 8 p.m. $10. 432-6572 www.thelowbeat.com
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