MUSIC: The Lee Konitz Quartet @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. Lou Donaldson was slated to play tonight – the opener of A Place For Jazz’s fall concert season – but he was forced to make a last-minute cancellation due to illness. So who’s filling in? The legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and his band featuring pianist Dan Tetfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller. Wow! 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: The Erotics’ CD release party @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Nippertown’s favorite sleaze-rockers the Erotics are at it again, cranking out another balls-to-the-wall CD (this one’s titled “Today the Devil, Tomorrow the World”) and then heading over to the UK to do their damage across the sea. Tonight, however, is the hometown celebration and send-off party as Mike Trash & the boys share the stage with Horror Business, Demons Alley, the Blisterz and Zombie Bomb. 8pm. $6.66 (includes a copy of the CD)
FESTIVAL: The Saratoga Wine, Food & Ferrari Festival @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Italian wine, food and fast cars. Now that’s what we call livin’. (See preview with video) (Through Sunday)
MUSIC: Mike Grutka’s CD release party @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The new CD is “February Sessions,” and Grutka has assembled a four-piece band for the coming-out party. (Related stories: “February Sessions” CD review; “Ria” CD review; Mike Grutka’s Five Firsts). 9pm. $10; $8 with college ID (includes a copy of the CD)
FILM/MUSIC: Brent Green’s “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. If you saw Green’s fab “God Builds Like Frank Lloyd Wright” last year at EMPAC, then you’ve probably already got your tix for this one – a cool and spooky low-tech stop-animation feature that promises to take you way beyond Tim Burton-land and deep into Quay Brothers territory. Screened with live music performed by members of Fugazi, Giant Sand and more. (See preview with video) 8pm. $15; seniors/students $10.
MUSIC: Al Kooper & the Funky Faculty, Dean Batstone @ the Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock. He’s been in bands from the Royal Teens to the Blues Project to Blood Sweat & Tears. He played the organ riffs on Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” He discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd. And he wrote one of the best R&R memoirs ever – “Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock ‘N’ Roll Survivor.” Al Kooper should have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame years ago. (Related story: Al Kooper, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?) 9pm. $25, $35, $45.
MUSIC: The Lonesome Brothers, the Ray Mason Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. It’s two parties in one! The Lonesome Brothers celebrate their 25th anniversary, which is cause enough for a night of musical mayhem. But tonight also marks the 60th birthday of Ray Mason, the driving force behind both bands and a man with a true rock & roll heart. (Related story: Ray Mason’s Five Firsts) 7pm. $13.
MUSIC: Blue Factory @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The Poestenkill rock veterans crank up the amps and bring some real rock & roll to town in a benefit performance for the arts center. (Related story: “Limekiln” CD review) 7:30pm. $12; under 18 $8.