MUSIC: Deer Tick @ Jillian’s, Albany. In support of their fourth album, “Divine Providence,” John McCauley and his wrecking crew rumble into downtown, thanks to the folks at WEQX-FM. With Palatypus and Headband Jack. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Dar Williams @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The singer-songwriter unveils material from her forthcoming new studio full-length album, which isn’t due out until April, as well as selections from her previous albums. 7:30pm. $28.
MUSIC: Mountain Snow & Mistletoe @ The Egg, Albany. Christopher Shaw & Bridget Ball lead their annual down-home concert of holiday songs and stories featuring the Mountain Snow Orchestra – fiddler John Kirk, guitarist Kevin McKrell and percussionist Brian Melick. 8pm. $24. Also at 2pm on Sunday, December 11.
MUSIC: Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Bernice Lewis, Cathy Schane-Lydon and Sarah McNair bring their three-ponged uke attack to the Spa City’s famous coffeehouse. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door; student rush $5.
MUSIC: “Nowell Sing We Clear” @ St. John’s Lutheran Church, Altamont. Sponsored by Old Songs, John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis return with their marvelous “pageant of mid-winter carols.” 3pm. $20; children 12 and under $5.
MUSIC: Maya Beiser’s “Elsewhere” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Contemporary cellist Maya Beiser presents the first act of her psychological cello opera “Elsewhere” as a work-in-progress. Beiser, who has been christened the “cello goddess” by The New Yorker, will be collaborating with choreographer Karole Armitage and four dancers. The work will feature video from Peter Nigrini and environments by Riccardo Hernandez. 8pm. $8; students $5.
MUSIC: The McLovins @ Red Square, Albany. After a lengthy absence, the McLovins return to town to provide the live soundtrack for the Guthrie Bell Productions Christmas Party. With Formula 5. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Olivia Newton-John @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Have you ever been mellow? Let’s get physical! 8pm. $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.
COMEDY/MUSIC: Holiday Train Wreck @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The sixth annual comedy revue featuring Peter Schickele, Gilles Malkine and Mikhail Horowitz returns to Bearsville for an evening of holiday laughs and musical mayhem. 8pm. $20.