MUSIC: Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. Music is something you can’t hold in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights.” 8pm. $27. UPDATE: Tonight’s Michael Franti & Spearhead show has been postponed due to a medical emergency.
MUSIC: Fall Harbor @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. Led by vocalist-accordionist-musical saw player Ryder Cooley and vocalist-banjoist Todd Chandler, the hometown neo-folk ensemble plays sometimes haunting, always captivating music from their new album “Meet Me at the Water.” With Stephen Bluhm. 8pm. FREE. (Related stories: Fall Harbor performance review with photos; Interview with Ryder Cooley)
DISCUSSION: “Savage Love Live” @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Sex advice columnist Dan Savage (seen in Metroland each week) answers your questions, and nothing is out of bounds. 9pm. FREE.
FILM/PERFORMANCE: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Yes, the world’s most infamous participatory film gets a big-theater screening at the Palace – with live shadow-cast ensemble the Whip-It Outskirts. Props kits will be sold at the show. 7pm. $5.
MUSIC: Frankie Rose & the Outs @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The former drummer-songwriter in Vivian Girls, Rose also did time in the Crystal Slits and Dum Dum Girls. With her new band and just released, self-titled debut album, she’s doing just fine all on her own. 7pm.
READING: “BookMarks: The Memoir Project Reading Series” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. This is the first in a new series of evenings featuring Nippertown writers reading their own works. Dan Wilcox curated tonight’s reading, based on the theme of “False Memory.” 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Caravan of Thieves @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. If you missed the alternative Gypsy jazz combo at Caffe Lena last night, you’ll get another chance when head into the Iron Horse tonight. With Rusty Belle. 7pm. $13.