MUSIC: Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Two jazz greats – saxman Redman and pianist Mehldau – join forces once again. 8pm. $12; seniors $10. UPDATE: SOLD OUT.
MUSIC: Dryer @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Is it possible that it’s been more than eight years since the Saratoga indie rock trio – guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley – did their thing? Well, it support of the new retrospective, “Strut and Fret: 1993-2002,” they’re doin’ it again. Get it while ya can… With Sugar Eater and Matthew Carefully. 8:30pm. $7.
MUSIC: Rodeo Barons @ Red Square, Albany. Railbird’s Chris Carey debuts his new band, which also features bassist James Gascoyne, drummer Sam Zucchini and guitarist Chris Kyle. According to Carey, they sound like “if Tom Petty and Jeff Tweedy had a really good-looking love child.” With John Scarpulla & Brian Shafer and Cris Noel. 9pm. $7.
READING: Albany Word Fest @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. Nippertown’s annual celebration of spoken word pulls an all-night marathon at UAG. Sleeping bags? We don’t need no stinkin’ sleeping bags… More info here. 5pm. Admission by donation.
MUSIC: The Jazz/Latino All Stars @ the Unitarian Society Whisperdome, Schenectady. Featuring Ray Vega, Nicki Denner, Jennifer Vincent, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Willie Martinez, Chris Washburne and Hilary Noble. 8pm. $20; students $10.
MUSIC: Shawn Colvin @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter serves up an evening of songs that can cut to the bone. With Garrison Starr opening. 8pm. $42. (Colvin and Starr will also be at The Egg in Albany at 8pm Saturday. $34.50.)
MUSIC: Paul Geremia @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the kick-off for Lena’s annual Acoustic Blues Festival, as veteran Geremia and Street Corner Holler (Mark Tolstrup and Dale Haskell) share the stage. There are workshops during the day on Saturday, and SCH returns to the stage at 8pm Saturday for a round-robin show with Tas Cru and Phil Drum. More info here. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Carbon Leaf @ The Egg, Albany. Making good on their concert that was postponed by the late February snowstorms, the Virginia-based rootsy Celtic rock quintet rolls into The Egg tonight in support of their latest album, “Nothing Rhymes With Woman.” With MikelParis (of OAR) opening the show. 7:30pm. $24.
MUSIC: Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social @ Jillian’s, Albany. Seems like only yesterday that Malin was stalking the portable stage in Albany’s Lincoln Park, as his band warmed up the crowd for the Ramones. Well, the Ramones are gone, and so’s D Generation, but Malin just keeps on rockin’. With the Slaughterhouse Chorus, the Blisterz. 9pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ 9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs. Looking for around round of jazz in the Spa City after the Redman/Mehldau concert? This is the place – trumpeter Terry Gordon, guitarist Roger Noyes, drummer Jim Ketterer and bassist David Cudzilo. 9pm.