FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The No Pepper Fest @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. 1 big headbanging bash. 2 stages. 6 hours. 11 bands. $10. Featuring Arctic (6pm), Tentacles (6:30pm), Legit (7pm), Vessels (7:30pm), Bad Friends (8pm), Planet Eater (8:30pm), Start the Reactor (9pm), Maggot Brain (9:30pm), Hush (10pm), Surrounded by Teeth (10:30pm) and Born Low (11pm).
MUSIC: Eileen Ivers @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The fab Celtic fiddle virtuoso and her firey band kick off their annual “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas” tour with dancers from Green Island’s Boland School of Irish Dance and singers from Schenectady’s Chancel Choirs from First Reform and Union Presbyterian Church and Friends. 7:30pm. $20, $28 & $36.
MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of the most eclectic – and majorly talented – combos in all of Nippertown, the husband and wife team of Annie & Jon Rosen lead their multi-talented band (also featuring Peter Davis and Don Young) through a wide-ranging repertoire of bluegrass, gospel, jazz, folk, swing and beyond. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.
MUSIC: Nellie McKay @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The cabaret/alt-popster brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to town. Her most recent album, Home Sweet Mobile Home, continues the musical wanderlust, lyrical playfulness and unique point of view that has characterized her music since her 2-CD debut Get Away From Me was released nearly a decade ago. 9pm. $30.
MUSIC: The Sunny Side of the Street Band @ NaNola, Malta. It’s the grand opening of Shane Spillenger’s (ex-Jillian’s) new restaurant/bar. 4pm fundraiser for the Estherville Animal Shelter. 7pm music. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. Taking time out from the business of recording his upcoming album, the big-voiced Troy singer-songwriter heads to Northampton. With Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash. 8pm. $15.