This Week’s CD Release Parties

Dirty Paris, Dopapod and Auto Orbit share the stage tonight at Red Square in Albany in celebration of the release of the new “CD From the Future” compilation. The festivities get underway at 8:30pm. In addition to the three bands performing tonight, others who have contributed tracks to the new CD include Jeff Bujak, EOTO, Timbre Coup, Wobblesauce, the Edd, the Kind Buds, Papadosio, Mondo Gecko, Higher Organix, JWail, Kevin Cootie, D.V.S. and Consider the Source. Admission is $10, which includes a copy of the CD.

Last year, pianist-composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and her band Heard released their debut recording, “Adhiambo,” a fascinating hybrid of jazz, classical and world music. But as it turns out, that four-song EP was just a sneak preview of the exciting ensemble’s full-length debut, “Karibu.” Woodbury Kasius and Heard celebrate the release of their new album with a performance at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday. Tix are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. In addition, Heard’s percussionists Brian Melick and Zorkie Nelson are also offering a world music drum workshop at Caffe Lena at 3:30pm on Sunday. Registration is $15.

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North country singer-songwriter Nancy Walker was awarded a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts last year for work on her “True Colors” recording project. “The goal of the project was to write new songs about the people and places of my local community of Greenfield Center,” Walker explains. And at 7pm on Saturday, you can hear the results, as the Nancy Walker Trio – which also features Larry Clyman and Sam Zucchini – perform a free concert to celebrate the release of “True Colors” at the Greenfield Grange Hall in Greenfield Center, where the album was recorded.

And, yes, the always outrageous Probing Digit will be welcoming their debut recorded project into the world with a CD release party at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Saturday. That’s right – Probing Digit has finally gone digital. As the band so perfectly explains in their press release, “Some people call the music offensive. These people have no sense of humor. Others call their music fantastically brilliant and epic to immeasurable proportions. These people are correct.” Enter the world of Probing Digit at your own risk…

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