MUSIC: Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. After nearly 30 years of international touring and over 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label (with over two million albums sold), Anonymous 4 is making the 2015-16 season its last. To cap off their amazing career, they will bid farewell with their Civil War program, the 1865 tour, taking their friend, renowned old-time fiddler-banjoist-guitarist-vocalist, Bruce Molsky, along. 8pm. $27 & $36.
MUSIC: Andy McKee @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Andy McKee is among the world’s finest finger-style acoustic guitar virtuosos, and his crossover success to more than 150 million YouTube viewers underscores his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.
MUSIC: The Howard Fishman Quintet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Guitarist-composer Howard Fishman explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 with “The Basement Tapes Project.” Considered one of the most agile interpreters of the American songbook, Fishman’s performance is more than a tribute – it’s a trip back through “old, weird America” to get to the very source of Dylan’s material. 8pm. $35. Also 8pm on Saturday.
MUSIC: Loudon Wainwright III’s “Surviving Twin” @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Featuring new material with many of his most well known songs as well as spoken word sections taken from the writing of his late father and esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist, Loudon Wainwright Jr., whose column, “The View From Here” was featured from 1963-1988. 8pm. $34. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC/MORE: Overit Studios Launch Event @ Overit Studios, Albany. Art, food and, of course, music are featured in the grand opening celebration of the new recording studio. Live music by Immaculate Heart, Stellar Young and Giant Gorilla Dog Thing. 5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands…
PERFORMANCE: An Evening of Avant Garde Entertainment @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. This eclectic, all-ages, multi-genre event kicks off with the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers, followed by a collaboration between composer/keyboardist Carl Landa, DJ/vocalist Jennifer Maher and modern dancers choreographed by Skidmore professor Deb Fernandez. 5-7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: vhvl + Daedelus + Ikonika @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. From three stylistically distinct corners of the global beat scene, a trifecta of dance-music heavyweights raise the roof with a concoction of hip-hop, house and techno. 9pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.
ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibits, music, food, fun… 5-9pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Theo Hill Quartet @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents a homecoming concert by Albany native Theo Hill, who began his jazz piano studies with Lee Shaw at age 12. Since moving to NYC he’s worked with Dave Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter and others. He released his debut CD in 2013. 7:30pm. $15; $7 students; FREE children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
FILM: “Lee’s 88 Keys” @ the Orpheum Theatre, Saugerties. The Woodstock Film Festival presents a screening of Susan Robbins’ feature documentary about Local 518 jazz piano queen Lee Shaw. With Q&A. 8:30pm. $15.
MUSIC: Soule Monde @ Parish Public House, Albany. Avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton and B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski of the Trey Anastasio Band. With Lord Electro. 9pm. $15.