MUSIC: Pretty Lights @ The Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. Electronic music master Derek Vincent Smith has had a busy, career-making year, playing everywhere from Coachella to Camp Bisco. Now Smith (aka, Pretty Lights) is rattling the rafters at the armory in support of their third EP of the year, “Glowing in the Darkest Night.” With Chali 2NA and Michal Menert 8pm. $26
MUSIC: Phantogram @ Skidmore College’s Dance Gym, Saratoga Springs. It’s a homecoming weekend for the local electro-duo-made-good duo of guitarist Josh Carter and keyboardist Sarah Barthel. Skidmore alums Snakes Say Hisss! open the show. 9pm. $10.
ARTS GALA: Built: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes (PDF) @ New York State Museum, Albany. A gala event to promote awareness of Albany’s changing built environment and to raise funds for Historic Albany Foundation’s mission to promote and preserve our architectural heritage. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase works by dozens of the region’s top artists. 7-10pm. $70
MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica: Voices of Light & The Passion of Joan of Arc @ EMPAC, Troy. Composer Richard Einhorn merges his breathtaking oratorio with the legendary 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. The raw emotional power of the film reaches new depths when augmented by soloists Carla Fisk, Mary Abba Gleason, Michael Slattery, and Ethan Watermeier, the chorus and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. 7:30pm. $10-$30
MUSIC: Cris Williamson @ The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. A pioneer and guiding light of the Women’s Music movement, Cris Williamson is still leading the charge. And still making great music. 7:30pm. $24
MUSIC: Bob Warren CD Release Party @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran North Country singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his excellent new CD, cleverly titled “Bob Warren.” 7pm. $15 | $17
MUSIC: Todd Reynolds @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Bang On a Can’s anything-goes violinist Todd Reynolds serves up “Still Life With Microphone,” a forward-thinking, 21st century recital that also features video by Luke DuBois, films by Bill Morrison and Nick Zammuto (of the Books) and the music-making machines of the League of Experimental Musical Urban Robots. 8pm. $10-$16
MUSIC: Fahrenheit Jazz Quartet @ The Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany. Bassist Chris Sullivan leads the jazz foursome in concert in conjunction with the African American Masters exhibition that’s currently on view at the gallery. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students, free for Sage students
MUSIC: Dimmu Burgir @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. The Norwegian black metal band formed back in 1993, and guitarist Silenoz and vocalist Shagrath have kept the band going strong ever since. With special guests Enslaved, Blood Red Throne and Dawn of Ashes. 7:30pm. $18 | $20
CONCERT/FILM: Latitude 14: Red Fly/Blue Bottle @ EMPAC. Staged as a concert that unfolds within a densely layered video installation with a plethora of found sounds, ticking clocks, and analog tone generators and miniature noir films projected onto floating surfaces with live and pre-made video animating still objects. 8pm. Tickets: $5 | $10 | $15
MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Pub at Cooper’s Cave, Glens Falls. The jazz combo pares back to a trio for this gig featuring guitarist Roger Noyes, bassist Chris Macchia and drummer Jim Ketterer. 9pm.
MUSIC: The Johnny Rabb/Graham Tichy Band @ The Judge’s Inn, Troy. Want some serious roots-rockin’ and rockabilly? Check it out as pompadoured singer Johnny Rabb teams up with guitatslinger Graham Tichy. 7:30pm. $10
MUSIC: Jerry Weldon Trio @ Flights of Fantasy Bookstore, Colonie. The tenor saxman (from Harry Connick Jr.’s band) teams up with organist Kyle Koehler and drummer Joe Barna. 8pm. $10 (Also Sunday, 6pm)
MUSIC: Experience Hendrix @ The Palace Theatre, Albany. Former Hendrix bassist Billy Cox leads a mindboggling, all-star parade of guitar heroes in concert, including Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford and more. 7pm. $40-$80
MUSIC: Carrie Rodriguez & Jim Lauderdale @ Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson. A wailin’ Americana double-bill with two A-list headliners. Heck, Lauderdale alone has recorded with Willie Nelson, George Jones, Elvis Costello and Ralph Stanley, to name just a few… 9pm. $20
MUSIC: Golden Oldies Spectacular @ Proctors Theater, Schenectady. Featuring Lou Christie (“Lightning Strikes,” “The Gypsy Cried”), the Duprees (“You Belong to Me”) Charlie Thomas & the Drifters (“This Magic Moment,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance for Me”), Jay Siegel & the Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”), Jimmy Clanton (“Venus in Blue Jeans”) and Linda Jansen, original lead singer of the Angels (“My Boyfriend’s Back”). 7:30pm. $35-$50.
ARTS WALK: First Saturday Arts Night @ Various locations, downtown Saratoga Springs. FREE.