MUSIC: Alan Chartock & the Berkshire Ramblers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the centerpiece of Caffe Lena’s 53rd anniversary Homecoming Weekend with media mogul/banjo man Chartock leading his sprawling band of folk ramblers. 7pm. $40 (includes hearty appetizers & desserts).
MUSIC: Jim Weider’s Project Percolator @ The Egg, Albany. Guitarslinger Weider took over Robbie Robertson’s guitar chair in the Band (and held it longer than Robbie did) and has been playing for years in Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band. But this time around he gets his prog-rock-jazz groove on with drummer Rodney Holmes, guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Steve Lucas and very special guest Garth Hudson on keyboards. 7:30pm. $29.50.
MUSIC: Richard Barone @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. The former frontman for the Bongos has done it all, working with everyone from Lou Reed to Pete Seeger. With Blue Factory. 9pm. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE tickets…
THEATER: “Red” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. This is the last weekend for John Logan’s marvelous, Tony Award-winning drama, which examines the tug of war between the worlds of art and commerce through the eyes of the great American painter Mark Rothko. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and starring Kevin McGuire. 3 & 8pm. $20, $40, $50 & $60. Also 2pm on Sunday. READ review here…
MUSIC: Gary Allan @ the Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. The country singer – who has sold more than seven million albums and released five consecutive platinum albums – makes a tour stop in support of his latest, Set You Free. 7pm. $35 & $45.
MUSIC: lastdayshining @ Red Square, Albany. Local 518 post-rockers emerge from their hiatus to celebrate the release of their new six-song EP, The Patchwork. With Leather Jewels and Squid Parade. 9pm.
COMEDY: The Nobodies of Comedy @ Proctors, Schenectady. The no-name laughmakers include such names as Matt Bergman, Pete Lee, Mark Normand, Chris Doucette and Tony Woods. What will they bring to the spotlight? Who knows? 8pm. $20, $24, $26 & $28.
THEATER: “Friend of a Friend: Tales of the Underground Railroad from the Capital Region” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Written by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and Jill Rafferty-Weinisch, and featuring a cast led by Kevin Craig West and Capital Rep STAR Program grad Bianca Stinney. 11am. FREE.
MUSIC: The Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Guest violinist Aisslinn Nosky joins the orchestra for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, presented along with works by Stravinsky and John Adams. 7:30pm. $48 & $60. Also at 3pm on Sunday.
THEATER: The 24-Hour Theatre Project @ Black Box Theatre at John Sayles School of Fine Arts at Schenectady High School, Schenectady. For the third year in a row, WAM Theatre and the Mop & Bucket Improv Company bring together over 50 theater artists from the Berkshires and Capital Region to write, rehearse and perform five short plays – all in just 25 hours. 8pm. $20; students $15.
BIKES/MUSIC/MORE: Troy Bike Rescue’s Bike Fest @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Community bike ride, bike giveaways, bike rodeo, food, prizes and music by Matt Durfee, Bell’s Roar, _1134 and Oobleck. 3pm. FREE (dinner is $10).
BURLESQUE: Burlesque Paradiso 1920′s Revue @ Ristorante Paradiso, Albany. Miss Roxxi Hart hosts a Roaring Twenties-styled burlesque show. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: David Jacobs-Strain @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The singer-songwriter and master guitarist will be joined by harmonicat Bob Beach. With new Hudson all-star rockers the Faux Meek making their debut as the opening act. 9pm. $15.
MUSIC: Black Taxi @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Led by frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ezra Huleatt, the NYC band will be previewing their upcoming single “House on Fire” and plenty of other crowd-pleasing favorites. 8pm. $12.
MUSIC: Linda Draper @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Channeling the finger-plucked folk music of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, Linda Draper gets back to her acoustic roots with “Hollow,” the new single from her upcoming album Edgewise. With Kath Bloom. 8pm. $5.
MUSIC: Guitar Jam V @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Featuring four top local artists or bands from previous Guitar Jam shows – Steve Ide, singer/songwriter Bobby Sweet, solo blues guitarist Robin O’Herin and the Arthur Holmes Blues Band. 8pm. $17 & $27.
THEATER: “Billy and Ray” @ the First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Mike Bencivenga’s play about how Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay for “Double Indemnity,” invented film noir and nearly killed each other in the process. Directed by Barbara Waldinger. 7pm. $12.
MUSIC: John Menegon & Quintessence @ the Rosendale Café, Rosendale. Jazz featuring John Menegon (bass), Teri Roiger (voice), Chris Pasin (trumpet), Mark Dziuba (guitar) and Tani Tabbal (drums). 8pm.