MUSIC: Houston Person @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A special spring concert in honor of the 25th anniversary of A Place for Jazz, as well as Jazz Appreciation Month – featuring the veteran jazz sax master and his band. 8pm. $15; children under 12 FREE.
MUSIC: Garage to Glory II @ the College of Saint Rose’s Performance Studio, Albany. It’s the finals of the Saint Rose/Times Union-sponsored battle of the singer-songwriters, as 10 Nippertown musicians duke it out for top honors and big prizes. 8pm. FREE, but registration required.
ARTS WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schenectady. Visual art, music, good times and fun. 5-9pm. FREE.
DANCE: “Against the Wall” @ the MarketPlace Gallery, Albany. It’s not just for art anymore. Samson Contompasis’ funky art space is hosting everything from concerts to punk rock readings these days. Tonight, it’s Rachelle Smith-Stallman’s dance performance featuring dancers Maureen Munoz, Diane Betts, Emily Marynczak and Maria Lazaro (in addition to Smith-Stallman) with a live, improvisational score by Gabriel Stallman. 7pm.
MUSIC: Del Rey & Suzy Thompson @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Resonator guitarist-ukulele queen Rey teams up with fab blues fiddler Thompson to celebrate the release of their new funky, old-timey party-music album, “Hen Party.” 8pm. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Slick Fitty @ MacGeary’s, Albany. You might know her as professional photographer Linda Conley. Or you might know by the name she rolls with on the track with the Albany All Stars Roller Derby – K.D. Bang. Either way, her car was broken into during a recent bout at the Washington Ave Armory, and she lost thousands of dollars of her photographic equipment. Tonight’s bash is a fundraiser for her, complete with drink specials, raffles, a bake sale and some good old-fashioned American rock & roll. 9pm. $5. (You can also go here to donate.)
MUSIC: Duke Robillard @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The blues-jazz-roots guitar master is back in town. 7 & 9:30pm. $18 in advance; $22 at the door.
MUSIC: The Backburners @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. Don’t know the Backburners? Chances are good that you know some of the members – guitarist-vocalist Kyle Esposito, steel guitarist-vocalist Kevin Maul, bassist-vocalist Doug Marcus, drummer Manuel Quintana and percussionist Bob Resnick. Sure sounds good to us… 10pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Rubblebucket @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. They’re offering a sneak preview of their upcoming album, “Omega La La,” produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, !!!, Holy Ghost). With Millionyoung. 9pm. $15.
PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Swing Dance with Kip Beaco’s Lucky 5 @ the Elks Club, Albany. Swing dance lessons by Chester Freeman at 7pm. Dance at 8pm. $15; students $10.