MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Sean Rowe @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe, who grew up here in Troy, has been winning fans all over the globe. His lyrics have depth, edge, and emotion. Add to that a warm basso voice that’s been described as “dark yet tender,” and you have a distinctively original artist. A benefit concert for the Rensselaer Land Trust. With Saratoga’s own MaryLeigh Roohan. 8pm. $20, $25 & $30.
MUSIC: Banda Magda @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Leading an eclectic and international banda, Athens-born accordionist and musical polymath Magda Giannikou fuses bossa nova, jazz and cross-cultural charm in her high-energy performance. She’s a Greek chanteuse fresh off the release of her debut album – named one of NPR’s “10 Favorite World Music Albums of 2013.” 8pm. $20 & $16; $10 students.
MUSIC: The Erotics @ the Low Beat, Albany. Mike Trash and the boys tear into a CD release party for their new live album, Preaching to the Choir. With Cardiac Noose, Blackcat Elliott and Kosmic Daydream. 8pm.
MUSIC: Jon Anderson @ The Egg, Albany. Best known as the lead singer-songwriter of the pioneering prog-rock supergroup Yes, Jon Anderson’s solo show includes many classic songs from all across the Yes songbook & his own eclectic solo catalog. 8pm. $39.50. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.
COMEDY: Kathy Griffin @ Proctors, Schenectady. Two-time Emmy award winner, Grammy Award winner, New York Times bestselling author, Broadway darling, 2009’s GLAAD Vanguard recipient and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin once again takes the stage for a night of take-no-prisoners laughs. 8pm. $25, $30, $45, $60 & $75.
MUSIC: Lou & Peter Berryman and Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. The two celebrated contemporary folk duos team up onstage to celebrate Gillette & Mangsen’s new CD Berrymania, a collection of hilarious and often zany Berryman songs. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.
MUSIC: Malcolm Cecil @ Columbia Grenne Community College’s Arts Center Theater, Hudson. The Grammy Award-winning man behind TONTO’s Expanding Headband with Jamaican drummer Larry McDonald, Robbie Gordon and others. 7pm. $15; $12 students & seniors.
MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Performing Chen Yi’s Caramoor’s Summer, Barber’s Violin Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. With guest violinist Simone Porter. 7:30pm.
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 Sunday. GO HERE to read review…
MUSIC: Blueberry Buckle @ the Marketplace Cafe, Pittsfield. It’s a family affair with Cate Byrne on violin, Savannah Byrne on drums and their father, Tom Byrne, on guitar, bass, & the occasional wind instrument. They embrace a variety of traditions including old-timey, blues, jazz, Irish and a little rock & roll. 6:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Double D’s and the Minivans @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Two country-flavored groups fronted by dual female vocalists. The Double D’s feature Club Helsinki’s own Deborah McDowell and Damara Rose, while the the Minivans feature sisters Kiki and Melissa Dufault. 9pm.
FILM/DISCUSSION: “Household” @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Filmmaker Craig Saddlemire will speak at the screening of “Household,” an award-winning documentary exploring class, race, religion and more among four very different families. 7pm. $10 suggested; $5 students/low income.
THEATER: “The Remarkable and Perplexing Case of Henry Hudson” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Hero or scoundrel? Victim or villain? The English navigator Henry Hudson remains an enigmatic figure whose persistence and determination carried him up the Hudson River into legend as well as into history. Directed by Margaret E. Hall, Capital Rep’s On-The-Go! spring school tour presentation of the show closes with a public performance. 11am. $9; $7 children under 17.
BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ Red Square, Albany. A night of Albanian burlesque hosted by Sabra-Joi at 9pm. Followed by Ragliacci at 10:30pm and S.P.A.M. Rock-n-Roll Burlesque at 12midnight. $15; $5 at 12midnight.
THEATER: “If All the Sky Were Paper” @ the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Lary Opitz directs Best-selling author Andrew Carroll’s play about war from the viewpoint of the men and women on the front lines, affected civilians and loved ones on the home front – told through their own letters. 8pm. $12 general admission; $8 students & seniors. Through April 19.
THEATER: “Brink of Devotion” @ the First Reformed Church, Hudson. HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Sybil Rosen’s play about a 46-year-old entomologist who rescues two teenage runaways as a super-storm rages around them. Followed by a discussion and reception. 7:30pm. $12.