MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ NaNola, Malta. The ever-soulful Louisiana singer-accordionist took home the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album in January for their Dockside Sessions album, and tonight they’re playing a fundraising concert for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern New York. 6pm complimentary craft beer and food sampling; 8pm music. $15 suggested donation.
MUSIC: Johnny Clegg @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. An alum of Juluka and Savuka, and one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, Clegg blends vibrant western pop and African Zulu rhythms. With his son, alt-rocker Jesse Clegg opening the show. 8pm. $20 & $28.
MUSIC: The David Johnasen Duo @ the Falcon, Marlboro. From the New York Dolls to Buster Poindexter to the Harry Smiths and back again, Johansen has had a long strange and illustrious musical career. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Brian Koonin. With Jim Keller. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
MUSIC: Rory Block @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Multi-award-winning blues singer/guitarist Rory Block will release the fourth CD in her “Mentor Series” on June 4 with Avalon on Stony Plain Records, a tribute to blues master Mississippi John Hurt. 8pm. $30. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Roots Music Fest @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Emceed by Michael Eck, the fest features headliners the Wiyos, as well as James Edmond’s Heavenly Echoes, Rebel Darling, the Hot Club of Saratoga and host band Red Haired Strangers. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: The David Bromberg Band @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The veteran multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist brings his band – guitarist Mark Cosgrove, bassist Butch Amiot, fiddler Nate Grower and drummer Josh Kanusky – back to The Egg in support of his latest album Only Slightly Mad, produced by Larry Campbell. 8pm. $38.50.
MUSIC: Mike Gordon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. The Phish bassist brings his other band to town – Scott Murawski (guitar), Craig Myers (percussion), Tom Cleary (keyboards) and Todd Isler (drums) – in support of his new solo album, Overstep. 8pm. $26; students $22.
FESTIVAL/DANCE: Next Move Festival of Modern Dance @ Proctors, Schenectady. Featuring performances and artists talks by Lior Shneior, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and Project 44. 5:30pm. $35; $15 students.
THEATER: “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany.”Everything’s Coming Up Roses…” Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill directs the classic musical based on the memoirs of famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, featuring a cast of 23 from Broadway star Mary Callanan to local TV personality Benita Zahn. 3 & 8pm. $20-$65. Through April 13. GO HERE to read review…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hudson Valley Guitar Fest @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Siek Campus Center, Troy. Workshops all day long, capped off with a 6pm concert by the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet. 10am. $20 for all day and night; $10 for 6pm concert only. GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Mr. B’s Tribute Concert & Fundraiser @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. 7:30pm. Dave Bournazian conducts 19 of his former music students $10; $5 kids and students under 17.
MUSIC: Blockhouses @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Led by Guy Lyons (formerly of the Figgs), the NYC trio rocks the Half Moon for the sixth installment of SmashCrashBash. With Pony in the Pancake. DJing by Jeff the Chef and Peter Aaron. 9pm. $6.
MULTIMEDIA TALK: “Destructing “Sgt. Pepper'” @ the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Beatles expert Scott Freiman offers multi-media presentation – part film, part concert, part lecture. 7:30pm. $25.
MUSIC: Eviyan @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. The all-star new-music trio of violinist-vocalist Iva Bittová, guitarist Gyan Riley and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn performs their unique hybrid of Eastern European folk, Western classical, Asian traditional, jazz and minimalist music. 7pm. $20.
FESTIVAL: Glens Falls Brewfest @ the Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls. Over 60 local and national breweries combine efforts for the fifth annual Brewfest with music by Forthlin Road. Proceeds benefit Adirondack Theatre Festival & the Feeder Canal Alliance. 4-8pm. $40.
MUSIC: Ancient Ocean @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. John Bohannon’s Ancient Ocean is filled with shimmering ambiance crafted from interwoven guitar melodies, silent humming tones, textural samples and delicate tonal drones carved into lush soundscapes. With Slow Collins and Chalaque. 8pm. $7.
THEATER: “A Piece of My Heart” @ Confetti Stage at the Albany Masonic Hall’s Fourth Floor Theater, Albany. Written by Shirley Lauro and directed by Linda Shirey, the play is based on the actual accounts of the diverse women who served our country in the Vietnam War. 7:30pm. $15. Through Sunday.
MUSIC: Hanser @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.