MUSIC: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. This ain’t your grandfather’s big band. You won’t hear any Glenn Miller or Woody Herman. Not even Stan Kenton or Don Ellis. No way. Arranger and alto saxman Palermo and his horn-fueled big band will be celebrating the the music of Frank Zappa, the irreverent composer-guitarist-iconoclast. 7:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Rock n’ soul rules the night as the flashy, gritty, platinum-blond Beehive Queen – the longtime vocalist with NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” Band – and her band return to the Spa City following their sold-out Caffe debut last year. 8pm. $27.
MUSIC: Wet Ink @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The seven-piece new music collective features flutist Erin Lesser, violinist Joshua Modney, percussionist Ian Antonio, vocalist Kate Soper, saxophonist Alex Mincek, pianist Eric Wubbels and electronics master Sam Pluta. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
ICE SKATING: Stars On Ice @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Headliners Meryl Davis & Charlie White (of “Dancing with the Stars” join other Sochi Olympic skaters, including Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown and Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir. 7:30pm. $28, $48, $78 & $138.`
MUSIC: Ben Taylor @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the United Kingdom, folk-rock singer-songwriter Ben Taylor – yes, the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon – is on the road with a new batch of songs, slated for a new album tentatively titled Clouds In The Dirt and due to be released next month. With Simi Stone. 9pm. $25.
FILM: Knickerbocker Film Festival @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. An evening of selected entries into the film festival, along with a question and answer panel from filmmakers present. 6:45pm. $10. With a post-screening reception across the street at Lucas Confectionery.
MUSIC: The Machine @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Yes, tribute bands are the cat’s pajamas these days, but these guys have been doing their thing – or rather, Pink Floyd’s thing – for 25 years. 9pm. $22.
COMEDY: David Shine Presents: Laughs By the Pound 2 @ The Linda, Albany. This month’s headliner is comedian Damon Rozier, who may have seen in the movie “Off the Chain” or on BET’s “Comic View.” 8pm. $15.
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 Saturday (April 19).
MUSIC: Summer of Doug @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Where’s Alex. 8pm.