MUSIC/FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: Roots Music Festival IV @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Brown Bird headlines the fourth annual bash with fest organizers Red Haired Strangers and gospel group James Edmond’s Heavenly Echoes, historical Americana duo Lost Radio Rounders & Friends and break-out singer-songwriter Olivia Quillo. A benefit for Pastor Charlie’s J.C. Club, which helps feed inner city children in Albany. 8pm. $15. More info here…
MUSIC: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The singer-songwriter found the limelight with her 1994 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” and has been making top-notch music ever since. She’ll be playing her hits as well as songs from her new album, No Fairy Tale, in an intimate concert. Satellite opens the show. 8pm. $27; children & students $22. GO HERE to enter to win FREE tickets…
MUSIC: “Blues Weekend” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Night Two of the Caffe’s eighth annual Blues Weekend features Canadian bluesman Michael Jerome Browne as well as local favorites Street Corner Holler and George Wilson. 8pm. $22.
READING/MUSIC: Sanctuary Soul Session @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Featuring Benjamin Barson & the Eco-Liberation Quartet (trombonist Craig Harris, flutist-guitarist Mixashawn Rozie, tenor saxophonist Bhinda Keidel and baritone saxman Ben Barson), Seth Tobocman (with saxman Andy Laties and drummer Eric Blitz) and poet Susan Deer Cloud. 8pm. $10; student/low income $5.
MUSIC: Ralph Lalama & Bopjuice @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. Planet Arts presents another Jazz One2One concert in support of saxman Lalama’s latest album, Live at Smalls. With drummer Clifford Barbaro and bassist Mike Karn. Talk with musicians at 7pm; music at 8pm. $10.
MUSIC: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned @ Swordpaw Headquarters, Troy. Celebrating the release of The Typewriter Man, the third in the series of monthly EP releases from Dunbar & Co. With Matt Durfee and Secret Release. 8:30pm.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Stony Creek Band @ Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. John Strong leads the venerable Adirondacks roots-rockers, who will be recording the concert for possible future release. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund, a charity established to help musicians who have suffered a set-back in life. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: “Night: An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A unique collaboration between the classical pianist and the Americana singer-songwriter. 8pm. $30.
MUSIC: Jefferson Starship @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and band co-founder Paul Kanter and Qicksilver Messenger Service co-founder David Freiberg bring along Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith and vocalist Cathy Richardson for the Van Dyck’s 66th anniversary weekend. 7 & 9:30pm. $35.
MUSIC: John McEuen & Martha Redbone @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. A celebration of Redbone’s new album Garden of Love, produced by the Niity Gritty Dirt Band’s McEuen. Both musicians will offer solo sets, as well as playing together. 7:30pm. $26 in advance; $28 at the door.
MUSIC: Sara Watkins @ The Egg, Albany. The former member of Nickel Creek brings her new band to town in support of Sun Midnight Sun. UPDATE: Sara will also be joined by her brother (and fellow former Nickel Creek bandmate) Sean Watkins. Field Report opens the show. 7:30pm. $20.
DANCE/THEATER: “Fables on Global Warming” @ Skidmore College’s Dance Theater, Saratoga Springs. Karol Armitage directs his ensemble Armitage Gone! Dance offer a performance-art musical about sustainability. 7pm. FREE; reservations required.
MUSIC: ’60s Spectacular @ Proctors, Schenectady. An evening of golden oldies from Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits), Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Jay & the Americans and the Happenings. 7pm. $36.75, $44.75 & $51.75.
COMEDY: The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase @ Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Latham. Greg Aidala emcees an evening featuring stand-up headliners Carmen Lynch and Clayton Fletcher, along with Matt Kelly and Stephen Murray. 8pm. $15. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
FILM: “The Last Emperor” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Bernardo Bertolucci’s opulent 1987 masterpiece portrays the captivity of the infant emperor of China as he endures abdication and humiliation at the hands of the Communists. Winner of nine Oscars. 2pm. FREE.
OPERA ON FILM: “Francesca da Rimini” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Metropolitan Opera’s production of Zandonai’s opera inspired by Dante’s “Inferno.” Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts. 12noon. $25; students $15.
FILM: “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Mark Kitchell’s documentary is a big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning a half-century of grassroots and global activism. 8pm. $7; students $5.
FILM: “Lore” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. A 14-year-old German girl (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), must lead her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country and soon finds her world shattered as she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive. 6pm. $7; students $5.