MUSIC: Tony Trischka & Territory @ The Linda, Albany. What would make a 14-year-old boy in Syracuse want to pick up a banjo? In Trischka’s case it was hearing the Kingston Trio play “Charlie on the MTA.” And what would make that same young musician become the most influential banjo player in the roots music world? Talent and dedication… With Hot Mustard. 8pm. $18.
MUSIC: Norma Jean @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. This is what’s called “more bang for your buck” – in addition to Georgia-based metalcore headliner Norma Jean, this show also features five (count ’em, five) support acts. After the Burial, Motionless In White, For the Fallen Dreams, Stray From the Path and the Nightlife. Doors open at 5:30pm; showtime is 6pm. $13 in advance; $15 at the door.
MUSIC: Ben McGrath @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Singer-songwriter McGrath shares the stage with Magicman, who does – that’s right, you guessed it – magic. 8pm. FREE.