MUSIC: Altan @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, fiddler-vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh leads the fabulous acoustic Celtic ensemble into the most acoustically perfect theater in all of Nippertown. 8pm. $20, $25, $29.
MUSIC: Carpathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. She sings, and he writes the music and plays guitar. Together the duo presents “One Ounce of Truth,” a collection of songs based on the poetry of Nikki Giovanni. 7:30pm. $26.
MUSIC: Carrie Underwood @ the Times Union Center, Albany. With Craig Morgan, Sons of Sylvia. She’s racked up 5 Grammys, 5 American Music awards, 5 Country Music Association awards, 8 Academy of Country Music awards and 14 Billboard Music awards. Not bad for a gal who sang “MacArthur Park” on “American Idol.”