FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: “Tribute to Spinal Tap” @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. “It goes to 11…” In honor of today’s triple 11 date, the Geoff Ryan Band, House of Vice, Von Hanzig (members of Pulsing Stump, Big Kahuna Surf, Public Servants), Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Knyghts of Fuzz, Vicious Jimmy and Shark Sandwich (members of Ominous Seapods) serve up a selection of Spinal Tap covers for your delight. It’s a benefit for the Chris Ryan Art Scholarship Fund. 8pm.
MUSIC: Sense Offenders @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Guiltless Cult and the Realside. What do all three of these bands have in common? Terry McClain, and this is his fond farewell to Nippertown show, as he heads off to relocate to Nashville. 9pm. Related story.
MUSIC: Two Dark Birds @ Vivo Fine Art, Woodstock. The Catskills band celebrates the release of their sophomore album, “Songs for the New.” With Simi Stone of the Duke & the King. 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Stanley Clarke @ The Egg, Albany. 8pm. $32.50, $35, $45. UPDATE: Cancelled due to low ticket sales.
MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Students and faculty team up for their annual tribute concert to the music of the Fab Four. 8pm. $7; seniors $5. Also 3pm on Saturday. UPDATE: Sold out.
MUSIC: The Freddy Cole Quartet @ First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz wraps up it fall concert season tonight with vocalist, pianist (and Nat King Cole’s younger brother) Freddy Cole in support of his latest album, “Talk to Me.” 8pm. $15; students $7; children under 12 free.
TALK: S. Brian Willson @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Celebrate Veterans Day with 70-year-old Vietnam War vet, anti-war activist and author of “Blood On the Tracks.” Potluck dinner at 6pm; talk at 7pm. $10 suggested donation; students/low-income $5.
MUSIC: California Guitar Trio @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Alum of Robert Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, the trio of international guitar greats are joined by one very special guest bass master Tony Levin. 7 & 9:30pm. $20 in advance; $24 at the door.
THEATER/MUSIC: “James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet” @ Fisher Center, Bard College’s Fisher Center,
Annandale-on-Hudson. This theatrical adaption of John Cage’s 1982 radio play celebrates the coming of its author’s centennial year. 8pm. $15, $25, $35 & $45. Also at 8pm on Saturday.
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Taylor’s Heroes: A Guitar Hero Fundraiser @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. In honor of Saratoga High grad Taylor Miller, who was 19 years old when he lost his life last year defending his country in Afghanistan. He would have turned 21 on 11/11/11. Celebrate Veterans Day and Taylor’s memory. With music by City Rhythm. 7pm. $60; 25 years old and under $25.
THEATER: “The Witch of Prague” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Our Own Productions presents a new play written and directed by Jason LaSusa. 8pm. $15; seniors & students $13. Through Sunday, November 20.