MUSIC: The Hot Club of Cowtown @ The Linda, Albany. Fab fiddler Elana James and her western swing combo roll into The Linda in support of the fine new Bob Wills tribute album, “What Makes Bob Holler.” 8pm. $17 in advance; $20 at the door.
TALK: Steve Martin @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Is there anything that he can’t do? Comedian, actor, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, banjo player and more. Tonight he’s just going to be talking – an on stage conversation with WAMC-FM’s Joe Donahue. 8pm. $45.75, $59.75, $95.75. (Go here for ticket discount info.)
MUSIC: The Afro Asian Scientific Soul Duo @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Envelope-pushing avant garde saxophonists Fred Ho and Salim Washington blow raw and extreme with interactive video accompaniment. 7pm. $10 suggested donation; students and low income $5.
MUSIC: Tim Reynolds @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Last week the Dave Matthews Band’s saxman Jeff Coffin took the stage at St. Rose. Now Matthews’ best bud and right-hand guitar man steps into the spotlight for a solo performance. 7:30pm. $25.
MUSIC: Rachel Yamagata @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The singer-songwriter is back again for the final show of her three-week Wednesday night “In The Woods Residency.” Tonight, power-popster Mike Viola opens the show. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: The Eden Stell Guitar Duo @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Mark Eden and Christopher Stell perform a Stell arrangement of a Bach concerto (based on an oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello); works by Leo Brouwer, Joaquin Rodrigo, Phillip Houghton and Johannes Moller; and Eden’s arrangements of pieces by Fredric Mompou and Timothy Bowers. 8pm. $12; students $5.
READINGS: Lynne Tillman and Tomas Urayoan Noel @ the Standish Room at UAlbany’s Science Library, Albany. Presented by the New York State Writers Institute, novelist-short story writer Tillman and poet Noel read from their works. 8pm. FREE.