MUSIC: “All About the Drums” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The Step kicks off its fall season with a unique evening of music and more featuring acclaimed percussionists Cheryl Prashker and Brian Melick with singer-guitarist Reggie Harris. 7pm. $20.
MUSIC: Madeleine Peyroux @ The Egg, Albany. On her new album, “Standing On the Rooftop,” singer/songwriter Peyroux maintains her bruised, bittersweet Billie Holiday-centric style that blends jazz, blues, folk and original music. With pianist-vocalist Nellie McKay, whose recent projects have included the Doris Day tribute “Normal as Blueberry Pie” and an album of originals “Home Sweet Mobile Home.” 7pm.
FESTIVAL/FOOD/MUSIC: Local Harvest Festival @ the Washington Park Lake House, Albany. Honest Weight Food Co-op presents an afternoon full of local music, farmers, foods, crafters, children’s activities, cooking demos, art and lots of fun for the whole family. 11am-3pm. FREE. (See music performance schedule here.)
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Jazz 4 Relief @ the Best Western Airport Inn, Colonie. A benefit concert for hurricane/flood relief featuring Michael Benedict & Bopitude (3pm), the Pearl River Dixie Five (4pm), the Joe Finn Quartet (5pm) and the Swing Cats with Patti Melita (6pm). 3-7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Songwriters Showcase @ the Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls.
Featuring Michael Eck, C.B. Smith, Marc Clayton and Doug Irving. 7:30pm. $10.
MUSIC: The Doc Marshalls @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Cajun-roots rollickin’ combo is re-joined by Nippertown fiddler Mat Kane, as they sneak preview selections from their upcoming album, “Look Out, Compadre,” due out early next year. 7pm. $17. Related story.
FESTIVAL: Saratoga Native American Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Drumming, dancing, music, storytelling, games and lots more family fun. 10am-6:30pm. $12; seniors $10; children 6-12 $5; children 5 and under FREE.
TELEVISION: “William Kennedy’s Prohibition” @ WMHT-TV. Nippertown’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author recounts the exploits of gangster-bootlegger Jack “Legs” Diamond during the prohibition era in this new WMHT documentary. Followed by Part One of Ken Burns’ new series, “Prohibition.” 7:30pm.
COMEDY: Bill Engvall @ the Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. the star of the former TBS sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show,” host of the Game Show Network’s “Lingo” and and member of the Blue Collar Comedy group brings his stand-up routines to town. 8pm. $35, $45, $55, $65.
MUSIC: Falling in Reverse @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park. Former Escape the Fate singer Ronnie Radke hits the spotlight in support of his new band’s debut, “The Drug in Me Is You.” With For All Those Sleeping, Eyes Set to Kill and Restless Streets. 7pm. $14.
CONFERENCE/WORKSHOPS: Hudson Valley Writers Guild’s Writers Conference @ East Greenbush Community Libary, East Greenbush. Moderated by mystery writer M.E. Kemp, there’s a panel discussion on e-publishing with Susanne Alleyn, Gloria Waldron Hukle, Robyn Ringler and Daniel Nester; followed by a writing workshop by award-winning novelist Hallie Ephron. 1:30pm. FREE; register by phoning 518-477-7476.