MUSIC: David Bromberg Big Band @ The Egg, Albany. How big is the band? Well, there’s singer-guitarist-mandolinist Mark Cosgrove; singer-fiddler-mandolin player Nate Grower; singer-bassist Butch Amiot; drummer Josh Kanusky; trumpeter Peter Ecklund; saxophonist-clarinetist-pennywhistle player John Firmin; baritone saxophonist John Payne; and singer Nancy Josephson. With Mike + Ruthy. 8pm. $34.50 & $44.50.
COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Laughs for Loved Ones @ Waterworks Pub, Albany. Local stand-up comics join forces to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of North Eastern New York. Jaye McBride and Ethan Ullman headline, along with Kevin Marshall, Mo Haskins, Kristin VanSteemburg, Luke Donovan and Shawn Gillie. 9pm. $10.
MUSIC: Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Red Square, Albany. New Orleans’ funked-up brass band tradition for the 21st century. If you saw them at the 2011 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, you know what we mean. Bring your dancin’ shoes… With Oobleck. 9pm.
MUSIC: Stony Creek Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Adirondack stalwarts Hank Soto (guitar), John Strong (guitar), David Maswick (bass), Fred Lantz (mandolin) and Mike Lomaestro (drums). 8pm. $16.
FILM: “The House I Live In” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki, this film captures heart-wrenching stories from America’s War on Drugs – from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. Also featuring Theo Bleckmann, Katie Geissinger and Bohdan Hilash. Performing selections from “Juice,” “Songs from the Hill,” “Light Songs,” “Facing North,” “Gotham Lullaby,” “Travelling,” “last song” and more. 8pm. $15, $25, $35 & $45.
MUSIC: Sofia Rei @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Originally from Buenos Aires, the boundary-breaching vocalist is grounded in traditional South American rhythms and merges jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations. Her band produces a range of textures as diverse as the cultural roots of its members, an international cast that includes some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America. 7pm. $10. Win FREE TIX here…
TALK: “Deconstructing the Beatles: ‘Sgt. Pepper’” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Composer-musician-Beatles expert Scott Freiman examines the history and meaning of one of the most influential albums in pop music. 7:30pm. $20 & $25; students $10. UPDATE: This show is sold out.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Regional Food Bank Benefit @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The Charlie Watts Riots, Charmboy, Henry’s Rifle, New Red Scare, the Pistolwhips, Jack Nemier & the Hobo Minstrels, South Street Maniacs, Pick Your King, the Ameros, Against the Grain, more… 7pm. $10; $5 with a non-perishable food item.
MUSIC: The Pedrito Martinez Group @ the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The Cuban conga master and his band fire up a red-hot dance party as the final concert of the season for A Place for Jazz. 7:30pm. $15; students $7; and kids get in free if they bring an adult. More info here…
TALK: “Lincoln and Liberty: Re-assessing the Preliminary Proclamation in the Age of Spielberg” @ New York State Museum, Albany. Harold Holzer – Abraham Lincoln scholar and author of “Emancipating Lincoln” – presents a lecture in conjunction with the two-day exhibition (November 9 & 10) of Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation at the New York State Museum. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: John McEuen @ the Town Crier Cafe, Pawling. The multi-instrumentalist was captivating with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in September. Now he’s back accompanied only by Matt Cartonis. Opening the show is Bob Stump & the Blue Mountain Band. 8:30pm.
MUSIC: Sylvia Stoner @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The operatic soprano, voice instructor and 1994 Skidmore graduate presents “In Her Element” – a vocal recital accompanied by Ellen Bottorff and Wayne Hawkins – featuring works by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Szymanowski, and a world premiere song cycle for lyric soprano and jazz pianist by Forrest Pierce. 8pm. $8; seniors $5; students and children FREE.