MUSIC: Janelle Monae @ Skidmore College’s Sports and Recreation Center, Saratoga Springs. We haven’t seen Ms. Monae in concert – yet – but we love the records, and yes, she certainly did rip it up on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” We’re betting that this show has a damn good chance to end up on our Best of the Year list. Bonus – Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves, who brought their steamin’ soul revue to LarkFEST last week, opens the show. 8pm. $20.
FESTIVAL/ART/PERFORMANCE: Filament @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Celebrating its second birthday, EMPAC is hosting a world-class three-day festival of international art, dance, music and much more. (Through Sunday) Three-day festival pass is just $35. Individual performance tix are also available.
MUSIC: Luka Bloom @ The Egg, Albany. The great Irish singer-songwriter delivered a knock-out show at Caffe Lena last year (read review here), and he’ll undoubtedly do the same at The Egg. And he does a mean LL Cool J cover, too. 8pm. $28.
MUSIC: Khaira Arby @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Ah, the magical music of Mali… The Media Sanctuary kicks off it fall season with a powerhouse show by the African diva and her band. Bring yer dancing shoes. 7pm. $10.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Take a stroll around town and soak up some fun and culture. Art, music and more. 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Chris Busone’s CD release party @ Footsy Magoos, Troy. The veteran Troy rocker celebrates the release of his brand new album, “The 9.” 9pm.
FESTIVAL/FILM: Woodstock Film Festival @ various locations in and around Woodstock. There are more films being screened today than you could possibly watch in a month – including “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within,” “Don’t Go in the Woods,” “Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy” and “Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol Superstar Candy Darling.” View today’s complete schedule here. (Through Sunday)
MUSIC: Van Dyke Parks and Clare & the Reasons @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Parks is one of those rare true musical legends. He’s written and recorded with Brian Wilson. Produced albums for Randy Newman and Ry Cooder. Written musical arrangements for everyone from Ringo Starr to Meryl Streep, from Tim Buckley to Kinky Friedman. Played keyboards on albums by the Grateful Dead and Keith Moon. Scored soundtracks for such Jack Nicholson films as “Goin’ South” and “Two Jakes.” Written three children’s books. And, oh yeah, he’s recorded some classic albums of his own, too… 7pm. $25.
Tombstone Bullies @ Emack & Bolio’s, Guilderland at 7pm
The Opus Zero Band @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams at 8pm
George Kilby Jr. @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park at 6:30pm
The Annette Harris Duo @ the Midtown Tap & Tea Room, Albany
Annie & the Hedonists @ Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa at 6pm
The Brian Patneaude Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady at 7pm