MUSIC: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Back for their second concert at the Hall, “America’s favorite little big band” cranks up their vintage swing style once again. 8pm. $29 & $36. Win FREE TICKETS here…
DANCE: “Four Walls” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Choreographer Ralph Lemon premieres a live multimedia dance installation that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to a “dance with no form.” 8pm. $18; students & seniors $13. Also at 4pm on Saturday. Win FREE TICKETS here…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Refrigerators 20th Anniversary/Alumni Concert @ Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. More than 35 past and present members of Nippertown’s premier party band rock the night away with all proceeds going directly to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Doors open at 6pm. $20.
MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ More Bread & Jam, Cohoes. Trumpeter Terry Gordon, guitarist Roger Noyes, bassist Chris Macchia and drummer Steven Partyka celebrate the release of their debut album, Along For the Ride. With AS4 alum Jim Ketterer sitting in as special guest drummer. 7:30pm. FREE; donations appreciated.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The B3nson Family Funsgiving Show @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The B3nson Recording Company celebrates its fifth anniversary with its annual showcase, this year featuring the recently expanded Bear Grass, the non-dribbling Boston Celtics, the finger pluckin’ Bum Ditties, the Parlor, Goldtooth and a very special set by the B3nson Family Band. In celebration of the history of B3nson, there will be original copies of past compilations available at the show, as well as a very special “B3nson Family Tree” poster tracing the intricate, often incestuous web of their musical family. 8pm. $10 with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.
FILM: “Wuthering Heights” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Andrea Arnold’s new film is a fresh and exciting take on the epic love story of Heathcliff and Cathy based on the classic novel by Emily Brontë. 8pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Center, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first recording – “Love Me Do” in October, 1962 – Skidmore students will again offer their interpretations of the Beatles music to benefit our communities through Skidmore Cares. 8pm. $8; seniors $5. Also at 2 & 8pm on Saturday. UPDATE: Tonight’s show is sold out.
DANCE: “Niicugni (Listen)” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Choreographer-dancer Emily Johnson and dancer Aretha Aoki present this work-in-progress performance centered on movement, story and sound – all housed within a light/sound installation of handmade, functional fish-skin lanterns. 8pm. $12.
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. 6pm. $7; students $5.
MUSIC: The Rockabilly Riot @ Proctors, Schenectady. Joey Pucci & the Longboards present a tribute to the great rockabilly artists of the ’50s, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson and Johnny Cash. 7:30pm. $38 & $47.50.
MUSIC: Arlo Guthrie: Here Comes the Kid, A Tribute to Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Arlo pays musical homage to his legendary father. 8pm. $30, $55 & $65.
MUSIC: Doc Scanlon’s Pan Atlantic Swingsters @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Bassist Doc Scanlon, guitarist Graham Tichy, clarinetist Dan Levinson and French vocalist-washboardist Stephane Seva swing into the Electric City. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC: Frank Glazer @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. The pianist made his New York Town Hall concert debut in 1936, and now at the age of 97 he’s still tickling the ivories. His program dips into the songbags of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. 8pm. FREE. Also a free master class at 4:15pm.
MUSIC: “Another Night of Paul Butterfield” @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Jimmy Vivino and Paul Butterfield’s son Gabe Butterfield pay tribute to the great bluesman with help from such players as Chris Castle, Chris Parker, Jimmy Eppard, Steve Guyger, Pete Levin, Jim Curtin, the Ohayo Horns and other special guests. 9pm. $30.
READING: Steven Levy @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. A senior writer for Wired magazine, the tech writing guru reads from his most recent book, “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives.” 8pm. FREE. Also, a free seminar at the same venue at 4:15pm.