MUSIC: The Jody Shayne Trio @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month, and today is the end of the month, so before it slips away, stop by and dig the sounds of jazz vocalist sublime Shayne and her combo. Outdoors. In the sun. On the sidewalk in front of the library. Sounds like a great lunch break, doesn’t it? Spread the word. 12noon. Free.
MUSIC/SHOPPING: Capital Region Guitar Show @ the Knights of Columbus Hall, Saratoga Springs. If you’re the kind of musician who can sit around and endlessly discuss the various pros and cons of a particular brand of guitar pick, well, then you don’t need us to tell you about this. But you certainly don’t have to be an expect or a flat-out guitar-geek to enjoy this mind-boggling kaleidoscope of fretboard fantasies, sponsored by Saratoga Guitar. 5-9pm. (Also 10am-4pm on Saturday) $7; kids 10 and under free. (Bring along a guitar or amp and get a $2 discount.)
MUSIC: Guy Davis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. He knows his acoustic blues inside and out, and he can play those blues on guitar, harmonica, accordion, banjo, mandolin or just about any other instrument around. A master and a true believer. 8pm. $24.
MUSIC: Girl Talk @ RPI’s East Campus Athletic Field, Troy. Last year at this time, Gregg Gillis (aka, Girl Talk) was working up a sweaty laptop-a-looza dance shakedown as a rite of spring at Skidmore. This time around, he’s doing his mix ‘n’ match mash-up thang at RPI. Get on the good foot…
MUSIC: Diplo @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Yeah, the show has been sold-out for weeks, but if you still want in on a little of the Diplo action at EMPAC, stop by and groove to the HD live video feed of the performance up on the big screen in the EMPAC cafe. Won’t cost a nickel. 11pm. Free. And there’s a whole lot of other cool stuff going on at the onedotzero_adventures in motion festival at EMPAC at RPI all weekend long.
ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Dino Danelli @ Feast Gallery, Saratoga Springs. He’s a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who has pounded the skins with the Rascals and Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul. Now he’s working out his creative impulses on a sketch pad. Who says that art doesn’t rock? 5pm. Free.
MUSIC: Truck America Festival @ the Full Moon Resort, Big Indian. OK, let’s rattle off just a couple of names. Mercury Rev, Gary Louris, White Rabbits, Tim Easton, the Sadies, Ida, Joan as Policewoman… The list goes on – including Nippertown’s own Tern Rounders, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and We Are Jeneric. The fest runs through Sunday.
MUSIC: Anne Feeney, Roy Zimmerman, Evan Greer @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. A musical May Day celebration full of irreverent, hilarious, hell-raising political satire and comedy. If you can’t laugh about it, well, what the hell else can you do? 7:30pm. $22; students and union members $17.
MUSIC: Mick Taylor @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. When he was just 17-years-old, he stepped into the guitar slot vacated by Peter Green in the legendary John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. And perhaps you’ve heard of some rock & roll albums called “Let It Bleed,” “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main Street”? Yeah, that was Taylor, too, after he was recruited by the Rolling Stones to take over for Brian Jones. The Hudson Valley’s own Voodelic opens the show. 9pm. $35.
MUSIC: “Tribute to Art Van Damme and Oscar Peterson” @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. A musical homage to two jazz giants who passed away this year will be performed by accordionist Al Haugen, pianist Don Egry, bassist Lou Pappas and drummer Bobby Halek. 7pm. $7.