MUSIC: Boney James @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Saxophonist Boney James is unquestionably one of the most popular instrumental artists of our time. His newest album, The Beat, just debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, making it his tenth #1 album debut. It’s instrumental music with a touch of jazz, R&B roots and Latin rhythms. 8pm. $30, $35 & $42.
FILM/MUSIC: “The Invisible Lighthouse” @ The Egg, Albany. Thomas Dolby presents his award-winning short film, performing the score and narration live alongside the film. The show will also feature a short Q&A and an encore of his greatest hits. 8pm. $25.
MUSIC: The Chronicles @ Red Square, Albany. The Nippertown jazz-funk kingpins celebrate the release of their sophomore album, Spanning the Gap via digital download. Copies of the album on vinyl will also be available at the CD release party. With Richard James & the Name Changers. 9pm. $10 (includes a free digital download of the album).
MUSIC: Missy Raines & The New Hip @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The seven-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award as Bassist of the Year brings her Americana band the New Hip to the Caffe in support of their new album, New Frontier. 8pm. $22. UPDATE: This show is cancelled due to illness.
MUSIC: The Winery Dogs @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The all-star power trio features guitarist Richie Kotzen (Poison), drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and bass master Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big). With the Sixxes. 8pm. $22.
ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. The Halloween edition… 5-9pm.
DANCE: Camille Brown & Dancers @ The Egg, Albany. Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, the company’s featured work will be “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” celebrating the humor and perseverance of the black performer and examining stereotypical roles dominating current popular black culture. A pre-performance talk in the lobby begins at 7:15 PM. 8pm. $26.
MUSIC: BUILT4BBQ Whole Hog Halloween Extravaganza @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Ten bands – count ’em, 10 – including the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Charmboy, the End Men, the Pistolwhips, Henry’s Rifle, Linear North, New Red Scare, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Mr. Bison. 5PM. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule of performance times…
FILM: Revisionaries: Exploitation Nation @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Curated by 99 Hooker and Bro. Russell Scholl, October’s screening highlights those low-budget and low-taste films that nail America’s troubles right on the head. 7pm.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Otan Vargas @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. In support of his album debut, Alone, the Filipino-born, New York City-based singer-songwriter brings his original, acoustic grunge-rock to Club Helsinki as a benefit for the Hudson Police Benevolent Assocation. 9pm.
MUSIC: Amy Helm’s Halloween Show @ Levon Helm Studio, Woodstock. Levon’s daughter carries on the family tradition with a musical Halloween tribute to the music of Fleetwood Mac. With a pie contest, pumpkin contest (carved or painted), a Stevie Nicks costume contest and music by Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Littleton, Byron Isaacs, Amy Helm, Brandon Morrison, Justin Guip, Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco and Little Feat’s Bill Payne. 8pm. $35.
MUSIC: Mehliana @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The electric duo of pianist Brad Mehldau (on Fender Rhodes and an arsenal of vintage synthesizers) and Mark Guiliana (on drums and effects) previews their upcoming debut album, due out on Nonesuch early next year. 7pm. $25.
MUSIC: Claudia Schmidt @ First Unitarian Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The first concert of the season for A Place for Folk. 8pm. $18; $14 students.
FILM/READING: “A Celebration of Swedish Author Stig Dagerman (1923-1954)” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Readings and discussions of Dagerman’s work by Lo Dagerman (his daughter) and translator Steven Hartman, as well as screenings of short films based on Hartman’s translations of two stories, “Our Need for Consolation” (19 min., 2012) and “The Games of Night” (20 min., 2008), directed by the author’s grandson, Dan Levy Dagerman. 7:30pm. FREE.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “The Secret Village” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. The world presents of Swamy Kandan’s chilling new suspense thriller shot on location in Berkshire County. 7pm. $7.50. Followed by a Q&A with the director. Through Monday.
MUSIC: Williams Jazz Ensemble @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Collegiate jazz talents in a variety of formats from quartet to big band, featuring guest saxophonist Kris Allen. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Romance, Soul & Rock ‘n Roll: Musical Flashback @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Directed by Ted Concepcion, the evening is a musical scrapbook that will have audiences singing along on a nostalgic journey of familiar songs and popular hits that span decades of America’s greatest tunes. Proceeds benefit Berkshire Theatre Group. 7:30pm. $20. Also 7:30pm on Saturday.
THEATER: “Cinderella G2K” @ the Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga
Children’s Theatre presents the musical featuring 32 children from around the Capital Region. 7pm. $10; $5 children. Also 2 & 7pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: George Seror III @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The classical guitarist will perform a solo recital featuring works of Bach, Tarrega, Albeniz and more. 7pm. $8; $4 students & seniors.