Happy birthday, Dennis Herbert!
MUSIC: Dinosaur Jr. @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. If Neil Young is, as Kurt Cobain said, “the Godfather of Grunge,” Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is his consiglieri — a mastermind whose screaming, crunching guitar ushered in an era and helped define alt-rock in the 1990s. And Dino Jr. has still got it, re-emerging in the last few years to assume their proper mantel as elder statesmen of viscerally bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll. With Luluc and the last minute addition of Sunburned Hand of the Man. 8pm. $36 & $46. PS: Today is also J Mascis’ birthday…
MUSIC: Del & Dawg @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. A half century ago, two future bluegrass legends – Del McCoury and David Grisman – played their first gig together at RPI in Troy. Celebrating that 50th anniversary, they’re back (joined by special guests Jerry McCoury and Chris Warner for the second half of the evening) to whip up that classic high lonesome sound, and maybe some jazzy Dawg music, too. 8pm. $36, $46 & $59.
MUSIC: The New McKrells @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Yes, Kevin McKrell has gathered together a new group of fine musicians, including John Kribs, Orion Kribs, Arlin Greene, Doug Moody and the one and only Brian Melick. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Joan Osborne @ The Egg, Albany. From “(What If God Was) One of Us” to “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” from The Dead to Trigger Hippy and beyond, the multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee always brings the soul fire, especially in an intimate acoustic performance like this with Jack Petruzzelli and Andrew Carillo. 8pm. $36.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Fruit of the Spirit Benefit Concert @ TJ’s Flightline Pub, Glenville. Greater Nippertown gospel greats the Heavenly Echoes headline with blues-rockers JV & the Cutters opening. Proceeds go to the Fruit of the Spirit Christmas toy drive. 7pm.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Saratoga, Sing Us Home @ Caffe Lena at Bailey’s Cafe, Saratoga Springs. As Caffe Lena prepares for its return to 47 Phila St., five local bands lend their support to raise funds for the prodigal coffeehouse – Blue Wilder Band at 7pm; Pat Decker at 7:30pm; Rich Clements Band at 8pm; Different than Normal at 8:30pm; North and South Dakotas at 9pm. Donations encouraged.
EVENT: Babes in Troyland @ Takk House, Troy. A holiday-themed gift market with more than 30 dealers for your one-stop shopping. Come, shop, eat, hang, shop and have fun. Entertainment includes music by Caroline MotherJudge (1pm), Jeff Nania (4:30pm) and a burlesque show by Persephone Pomme & Co. (6pm). 1-7pm. $5.