ARTS WALK: First Friday arts walk @ various locations, Albany. Great weather for a culture stroll, ain’t it? Check out some intriguing visual art. Listen to some cool music. And get a little exercise, too. PS – Don’t miss “Recovery” at the Marketplace Gallery featuring work by such Nippertown art guys as Bob Gullie and Michael Farrell. 5-9pm. Free.
MUSIC: Josephine Foster @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The opening track on “Graphic as a Star” – the haunting 2009 album by neo-psychedelic Americana folkster Josephine Foster – is titled “Trust in the Unexpected,” which pretty much sums up the whole EMPAC experience. The latest installment of the Nothing New concert series also finds
Victor Herrero performing his wordless songs for the Spanish guitar. 8pm. $15; seniors/students $10. UPDATE: Victor Herrero will NOT be performing tonight. Instead, folkster Rachel Mason will open the show.
MUSIC: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes. Jazz composer-drummer Barna is certainly an ambitious guy. And we like that. A lot. He’s bringing in some mighty serious players for this two-night concert/live recording session, and you’ll likely hear the results in the near future on the Grammy Award-winning Planet Arts indie label. Warning: The first person to yell out “Free Bird!” gets tossed into Remsen St. on their butt. Also on Saturday. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Bob Schneider @ The Linda, Albany. A longtime mainstay on the legendary Austin music scene, Schneider has yet to break through to the big-time national spotlight, but it’s certainly not the quality of his music that’s holding him back, as evidenced by his excellent new album, “Lovely Creatures.” Nashville’s Steve Palmer Band opens the show. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Gballoi @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Wow! Still more African music. Hot on the heels of stunning concerts by Bassekou Kouyate and Angelique Kidjo comes the West African ensemble Gballoi with Nippertown’s own world-beatsters Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard opening the show. 8pm. $16.
FILM/MUSIC: “Is It Something I Said: A Tribute to Spike Lee” @ Proctors, Schenectady. A screening of Lee’s 1989 hit “Do the Right Thing” – with former Albanian and ex-Sonic Youther Richard Edson in a pivotal role – in addition to music by hip-hopsters Sime Gezus and Midas. 7pm. $12.
MUSIC: Rasputina @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Steampunkin’ her way into your heart, goth cellist Melora Creager and her merry little band – featuring cellist Daniel De Jesus and drummer Catie D’Amica – invade Northern Lights in support of their upcoming album, “Sister Kinderhook,” which was recorded at Filthy Bonnet Studios in Hudson. Brooklyn quintet Prudence Teacup opens the show. 8pm. $15.