MUSIC: Maceo Parker @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany. Hit me, Maceo! The master funk-jazz sax blaster whose horn was at the heart of classic funk nuggets from James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy’s Rubber Band tears the roof off the sucker. 7:30pm. $25.
THEATER: “69°S” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s harrowing 1914 expedition to Antarctica, Erik Sanko and his ensemble Phantom Limb unite puppetry, dance, film, history and photography with a score that melds live junk-rock by Skeleton Key, recordings of the Kronos Quartet and glacial field recordings to create a stunning vision of Antarctica’s past, present, and future. 8pm. Also 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Maria Muldaur @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. She’ll be releasing her new album, “Steady Love,” on Tuesday, but fans can get a sneak preview as the “Midnight at the Oasis” singer makes her Caffe Lena debut with a pair of shows backed by the Red Hot Bluesiana Band. 6:30 & 9pm. $29.
FESTIVAL/FILM: Woodstock Film Festival @ various location, Woodstock and surrounding communities. The fest kicks into high gear today with events featured at nearly a dozen different venues. If we had to pick one must-see flick on today’s schedule, it would be David Koslowski and Skizz Cyzyk’s “Freaks in Love,” because, well, where else are you going to see a feature-length documentary about the endearingly oddball indie band Alice Donut? Screening at 7:30pm at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. See today’s complete schedule.
MUSIC: Seth & the Moody Melix @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Springs. Singer-songwriter Seth Warden and his band – fiddler Doug Moody and percussionist Brian Melick – celebrate the release of their children’s music CD, “Hi, Hello, How do you do?,” with a family-friendly CD release party. 7pm. $15; kids 12 and under $10.
COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Comic Relief to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Irene @ The Egg, Albany. Shawn Gillie hosts stand-up comics Brett Eidman, Ava Kaye Levy, Matt Kelly, Jennifer McMullen, Sharon Dyer, Jaye McBride, Luke Donovan, Miss Wanda Luv and Benita Zahn, with proceeds going to the Rebuild Gilboa Fund. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Ollabelle @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Amy Helm leads the homegrown band into town in support of their new album, “Neon Blue Bird,” with songs that stretch from Taj Mahal to Stephen Foster to Chris Whitley. 9pm. $25.
MUSIC: The Honey Dewdrops @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. The award-winning, hard-touring, Virginia-based husband-and-wife duo of Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman serve up a harmony-filled evening of folk, bluegrass and old-timey music. 8pm. $20.
MUSIC: Amanda McBroom @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Stage 2, Pittsfield. The London Times has called her “the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” With Michele Brourman. 8pm. $35; VIP $45 (includes reception). Also 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Mundo Neuvo @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. 6:30pm. $5.