MUSIC: Mulebone @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The high-wire roots-blues duo of multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa and guitarist Hugh Pool rumble through the chord trance riffs of Howlin Wolf, the uptempo rags of Rev. Gary Davis and country blues of all shapes and colors. 7:30pm. $22.
MUSIC: Ensemble Congeros: Chasing the Rhythms @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. An exploration of the music of the African Diaspora, performed by Ensemble Congeros – Prof. Eddie Ade Knowles and students and alumni of Knowles’ introductory Afro-Cuban Percussion course. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Michael Benedict & the Bopitude Big Band @ Greenville High School Auditorium, Greenville. Drummer Michael Benedict leads the 16-piece big band – featuring saxman Ralph Lalama and pianist Bruce Barth – through arrangements from the Buddy Rich Big Band and the Woody Herman Orchestra, as well as two special arrangements from Bill Holman and Gary McFarland. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Alsarah & the Nubatones @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Powerhouse Sudanese-American singer Alsarah fronts this extraordinary band bound together by a collective love for Nubian music and the genuine belief that soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers, as they blend Nubian songs of return with original, Western soul-inspired material and vintage Sudanese pop. 8pm. $16; $10 students. More info here…
ROLLER DERBY: The Hellions of Troy Roller Derby @ Rollarama, Schenectady. In the final bout of the year, the B Team (the Herculadies) are fixin’ to put a hurt on the Assault City Battery Brigade of Syracuse. Doors open at 7pm; first whistle at 8pm. $12. Win FREE TIX here…
MUSIC: Asili & Vaccaro @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany. Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili and Sicilian guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro team up with flamenco dancer April Goltz and tabla player Devesh Chandra for an evening of Latin American folk and flamenco music. 8pm. $15. Win FREE TIX here…
OPERA ON FILM: “The Tempest” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his Shakespearean masterpiece in a production The New York Times says “should be the most significant artistic statement of the Met season.” 12:55pm. $25; students $15. Also at 12:55pm at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown ($25; students $18).
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. 8:30pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “Closely Watched Trains” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Jiri Menzel’s 1966 Academy Award-winning Czech New Wave classic explores a young man’s journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery. 4:30pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. Also featuring Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin and Bohdan Hilash. Performing selections from “Juice,” “Songs from the Hill,” “Light Songs,” “Gotham Lullaby,” “Travelling,” “Madwoman’s Vision” and more. 8pm. $15, $25, $35 & $45.
MUSIC: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Blending a perfect balance of gospel and blues, the steel guitarist and his band are equally at home covering Bob Dylan, Blind Willie Johnson, Prince or John Lennon. 9pm. $35. UPDATE: $45 tix are now sold out.
MUSIC: The Joey Thomas Big Band @ the Old Daley Inn at Crooked Lake, Averill Park. In honor of Veterans’ Day, it’s a recreation of a 1940s evening of dining and dancing, as the band plays the classic music of Harry James, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and others. 6pm. $64 for dinner & dancing; $15 for dancing only.
MUSIC: Bishop @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The alt-metal trio offers a sneak preview of their upcoming fourth album, Hate Wide Open. With Boston-based electro-rock outfit Cancer Killing Gemini and DJ Handikap. 8pm. $5. More info here…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Habitat for Humanity Benefit @ First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield. The annual Giving Thanks Fundraising Benefit Concert featuring Bobby Sweet & his BSweet Band with Jordan Weller & the Feathers. Dinner at 5pm. $10. Concert at 7pm $10.