FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rhythm On the River Americana Music Festival @ Revolution Hall, Troy. A Local 518 roots music extravaganza featuring Red Haired Strangers, Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Nellies, Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad, Flood Road, Everest Rising, Mark Baptiste and M.R. Poulopoulos. 1pm. $5. GO HERE for schedule and more info…
MUSIC: Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present “Black Sun” @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Sublime jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson teams up with the forward-thinking jazz-rock combo Harriet Tubman to explore the musical cultures of Mississippi and New York while connecting them back to Africa. 8pm. $34.50.
MUSIC: The Matthew Shipp Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The always adventurous jazz pianist Matthew Shipp and his band – featuring bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey – launch the spring season at the Sanctuary with a CD release concert for their captivating new album Root of Things. 7pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Body/Head @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. After being snowed out, the envelope-pushing duo of avant garde guitarist Bill Nace and Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon invade MASS MoCA. With Willie Lane. 8pm. $25.
THEATER: “The Book of Mormon” @ Proctors, Schenectady. From Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of “South Park”), it’s the irreverent winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The New York Times called it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly called it “the funniest musical of all time.” What else do you need to know? 2 & 8pm. UPDATE: All performances are officially sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be available by lottery for each show. GO HERE for details… GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: The War On Drugs @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. In support of their new album Lost in the Dream (slated for release on Tuesday), Adam Granduciel leads the Philly-based indie rock darlings as they kick off their spring tour in Kingston. With White Laces and Carlos the Sun. 9pm. $17.
THEATER: Finnegan’s Farewell @ Proctors, Schenectady. For this slice of interactive musical dinner theater, audience members mourn at the wake for dearly-departed Paddy Finnegan, while dining, drinking and dancing. Hear the eulogies, sing along and help find the missing corpse. Funny and entertaining… with a twist. 1:30 & 7:30pm. $65-$75.
MUSIC: The Straits @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. An evening of tunes from the Dire Straits songbag, led by Alan Clark and Chris White, a pair of former touring members of the band. With the Refrigerators. 7pm.
MUSIC: The Jimmy Greene Quartet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. With nine solo albums to his credit, jazz saxman Jimmy Greene will be joined by pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Jonathan Barber. 8pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Whippersnappers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Frank Orsini, George Wilson and Peter Davis celebrate the Celtic high holy holiday spirit with jigs, reels, twin fiddles and so much more. 8pm. $18.
DANCE: Celtic Step Dance Show @ the Irish Times, Saratoga Springs. 4pm.
DANCE: Celtic Step Dance Show @ the Irish Times, Saratoga Springs. 7pm.
MUSIC: Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins. This month’s fest features Miss Tess; Melora Creager (of Rasputina); Pat Linnan (of Nature Films); the Minivans; Robby Lee Coalter; Chris Neumann; and a reunion of Jim Krewson & Jennie Benford (of Jim and Jennie & the Pinetops). 9pm. $12.
BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ Red Square, Albany. Sanra-Joi hosts the Beware the Ides of March edition of the burlesque show. 9pm. $15. Followed by the EL Dorados at 10:30pm. Followed by SPAM Burlesque at 12midnight. $5.
MUSIC: Cristian Huet @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. The self-taught singer-songwriter-dulcimer player from Brittany, France kicks off the Squire Jacob spring concert season. Singer-songwriter Maddie Hicks opens. And bring your acoustic instruments for a post-concert jam with Huet. 7:30pm. $16; $10 students under 18.