FESTIVAL/MUSIC: “Local Legends Live” @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. Nine local bands – from John Scarpulla to Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned – play all day long on 9/9. 12noon-9pm. FREE. Related story and performance schedule.
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Local 518 Rock n Relief Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Co-sponsored by WEXT, 18 bands and solo musicians play a marathon fundraiser for flood relief – from Ashley Pond to Slaughterhouse Chorus to Knyghts of Fuzz. 7:30pm. $7; ages 18-20 $10. Related story.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition @ various venues, Albany. Ten jazz bands play at 10 downtown club/restaurant venues. The public votes for their favorite. And the winner plays at the Riverfront Jazz Festival on Saturday. 6-10pm. FREE. Related story.
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: “A Musical Benefit for the Farm Family Victims of Irene” @ Hudson River Coffee House, Albany. Another much-needed benefit concert for flood relief, featuring the Midnight Society, Rebecca Angel & the Subs, Olivia Quillio, Andy Baker and the Sunny Side of the Street Band. 7pm. $5. Related story.
MUSIC: “Earbrains: Sonic Research Underground” @ EMPAC’s Studio 2 at RPI, Troy. An evening of experimental music and live electronic music featuring homespun rock/noise/electronics by Fat Worm of Error, analog synthesis by composer- performer-record distributor Keith Fullerton Whitman,David Shively performing Max Neuhaus’ electronic classics from the ’50s, live electronics by Caboladies and the unique duo of Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin. 8pm. $18; seniors and students $13.
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MUSIC: They Might Be Giants @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The two Johns – that would be misters Linnell and Flansburgh – and their band celebrate the release of their new album, “Join Us.” With Jonathan Coulton. 8pm. $34. Related story.
MUSIC: The Red Lions @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Eric Margan’s band has streamlined and toughened up since the release of their 2009 debut, “Midnight Book.” 7:30pm. $12; under 18 $8. Related story.
FILM: “Handmade Nation” @ Collar Works, Troy. A screening of Faythe Levine’s documentary film that spotlights how artists and makers across the U.S. are bringing new life to art, craft and design. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Christopher Shaw @ the Visitor Interpretive Center, Newcomb. The Adirondack singer, songwriter and storyteller performs original and traditional songs and stories of his native Adirondacks. 7pm. FREE. Related story.