MUSIC: Dennis D’Asaro @ Bat Shea’s, Troy. Art Fredette’s new Celtic nightspot hasn’t officially opened yet, but that hasn’t stopped him from hosting some fine music during the soft opening. 9pm. FREE.
ARTS WALK: Art Night Schenectady @ various locations, Schenectady. Visual art, music, food and shopping… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: “Melodies of Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The 32nd annual celebration of holiday music featuring the Empire State Orchestra and Youth Choral. With the McKrells, the Orlando School of Dance and more. 7pm. $15, $25. Through Sunday, December 18.
MUSIC: Toby Walker @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues. 8pm. $15 in advance; $17 at the door; student rush $5.
MUSIC: Doc Scanlon’s Yuletide Pajama Party Hop @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Slip into your PJ’s and jam in your jammies to the swingin’ sounds of Doc Scanlon. Beer, wine & light fare will be available. Dance contests and prizes for best slumber fashions. Swing dance lessons with instructor Jason Fenton at 7pm; live music and dancing at 8pm. $15 ($3 discount for those dressed in PJ’s); $10 students.
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: The Berkshire Ramblers @ The Linda, Albany. Founding members Joe Browdy and banjoman (and WAMC head honcho) Alan Chartock lead the band into The Linda for a WAMC benefit with a batch of special guests, including Selma Kaplan, Roselle Chartock, Jonas Chartock, Dona Federico, Susan Thompson, Michael Eck and others. 7:30pm. $50.
MUSIC: The Blizterz @ Savannah’s/Dublin Underground, Albany. The Blisterz fourth annual Xmas Rock Show with special guest guitarist Gus Hais of Blackcat Elliot sitting in. With Mike Trash of the Erotics kicking off the night with an acoustic set. 8:30. $5.