MUSIC: Pierced Arrows, Mudlark, Nuclear Family @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Led by Fred and Toody Cole, the seminal Portland-based garage-punk band Dead Moon delivered 16 raw, righteous albums – many of which were recorded directly to vinyl lacquers on a 40-year-old mono lathe. When Dead Moon disbanded in ’06, the Coles continued making their their own brand of musical fury with drummer Kelly Halliburton as Pierced Arrows. The trio’s new sophomore LP, “Descending Shadows,” was released last month. 8pm. $8.
BOOKS/TALK: “Freeing Charles” @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Almost exactly 150 years ago, the Capital Region was in an uproar… Harriet Tubman, with a crowd of black and white supporters, had freed Charles Nalle in a dramatic downtown Troy slave rescue. Author Scott Christianson has been researching this story for nearly 20 years, and he’s ready to share it with you in a multimedia talk with his collaborator-illustrator Mark Priest, based on their new book “Freeing Charles.” Co-sponsored by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. Potluck dinner 5:15pm; presentation 7pm. Suggested donation $10; student/low income $5.
ART TALK: Olaf Breuning @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. Born in 1970 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and now living and working in NYC, Breuning is an internationally acclaimed, multi-faceted artist who works in photography, video, sculpture, drawings, and installation. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany. A 17-piece big band playing original music in the cozy confines of Tess’ back room. The very thought blows our minds. But that’s what they do on the first Tuesday of each month. And tonight’s bash is the first performance since the wailing CD release party for their debut disc, “Live at the Lark Tavern.” 9pm. Free.
MUSIC: Big Band Bash with the Melody Makers Swing Band @ Proctors, Schenectady. Bring your dancing shoes to this Proctors fundraiser, and dance the night away. Party attire welcome. Cash bar available all night. Advance tickets required. All proceeds benefit Proctors. 7pm. $20 (includes one complimentary beverage).