Weekend in the Capital Region: Sept. 30-Oct. 3
THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
7 PM @ The Cloud Food Hall, Albany | FREE
DJ Maine Event Live has all the classics from the ‘70s to the 2000s just waiting for your after hours entertainment on the patio at The Cloud. If you haven’t been yet, it’s worth checking out. Grab a spot outside to show off your “Return of the Mack” moves and order your food and drinks on The Cloud Food Hall app. Their downstairs lounge also officially opens tonight.
Howlin’ at the Moon: Rusticator & Everest Rising
7 PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site, Schenectady | FREE
Americana acoustic band Rusticator and bluegrass quartet Everest Rising will play Mabee Farm’s concert series which “nurtures local and regional musical talent while providing opportunities for cross-pollination and to share musical ideas, all in a 1760 Dutch Barn that inspires and reminds us of our place within history.”
Lily, Stella and the Reptilians
8 PM @ The Linda-WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Albany | $15
Solo artist Lily put out her debut ten-track album, Honesty Hour, was released on all platforms April 30. Lily is also the lead singer of alt-indie band Stella and the Reptilians, formed during COVID. This will be an evening of versatile performance from Chester-based singer-songwriter Lily Morgan to close out The Linda’s Open for Business concert series.
FRIDAY, OCT. 1
Field of Horrors
Through Oct. 31 @ 100 Farrell Rd, Troy | $30
The Capital Region’s favorite haunt is back for spooky season. Explore an array of attractions, haunted houses and more. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the hayrides will be closed. It should be noted that this seasonal attraction is not recommended for children under 10 years old and it is not disability-accessible. Strobe lights are in use throughout the premises. All fog machine liquid is water based. Visit the website for attraction details and specific day hours of operation.
6 PM @ City Beer Hall, Albany
Troy-based singer-songwriter Grace Bartow is an avid Capital Region performer. Catch her stylings at CBH where you can grab a brew with a personal pizza or whatever pleases the palate. Sounds like a treat.
Clutch, Telekinetic Yeti, Stoner
7 PM @ Empire Live, Albany | $35
Stoner rock band Clutch is bringing their Gearheads out in Albany. They’ve been a hit on the scene for three decades and have more songs in the works for a possible 2022 release–which would be their thirteenth. Their latest record, Book of Bad Decisions (2018), was celebrated for sounding like “the simmering undercurrent of disbelief, anxiety, and rage that lies just below the surface of the world today” and “warning unadventurous listeners to take a hike.” Don’t miss stoner/doom duo Telekinetic Yeti and Stöner (ex-Kyuss & QOTSA members).
Xander London, Lil Kyo
8 PM @ Noteworthy Resources, Albany | $3 online, $5 at the door
Artist Xander London will headline this showcase of Albany musicians featuring Lil Kyo, Bounce Back, Dizzy, Missing Malibu and more.
Liz Cooper with New Madrid
8 PM @ Lark Hall, Albany | $15-$25
Nashville artist Liz Cooper is coming to town on her latest tour celebrating her sophomore album Hot Sass. The project is referred to as “jagged, frenetic and intimate…exploring psychedelic openness, punk ferocity, and beyond.” Raucous Georgia band New Madrid will open the show. They put out their self-titled debut album last year.
“Where There’s Smoke: Ilium Burns”
8:30 PM @ Trojan Hotel, Troy | $15-$22
Join Troy Foundry Theatre for the opening night of their last immersive play to take place in the historic Trojan Hotel. “Inspired by the events and the social context surrounding the Great Fire of 1862 in Troy, NY, ‘Where There’s Smoke: Ilium Burns’ will bring the audience into an immersive world of American cataclysms, both internal and external with characters spanning from the Civil War to present day.”
SATURDAY, OCT. 2
Schenectady Harvest Fest
10 AM @ Viaport Rotterdam, Schenectady
It’s a weekend long indoor market, kids. You know the drill. Get your goods and maybe stop in to the aquarium for a full adventure of an outing.
11 AM @ Main Street, Chatham | FREE
Enjoy fall specialties from local restaurants, outdoor food vendors and food trucks, live entertainment, free activities, craft beverages and much more. This year, Art Park is also hosting a community sit-down picnic in the park. Live bands Woodstock Rock Academy (classic rock covers), Shokazoba (nine-piece, horn-driven funk) and Beer Stained Fiddle (Americana bluegrass) will perform from 1-9 PM.
4th Annual Chalk the Walk
11 AM @ Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Delmar
This family-friendly chalk art contest is a celebration of creativity you won’t want to miss. Sign up to reserve a 3 ft. x 3 ft. square for your own art ($10) or bring friends and family along to stroll the sidewalk gallery. All proceeds from chalk square sales will benefit murals and artwork on the Rail Trail and are tax-deductible, as ART is a committee of the non-profit organization Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.
2 PM @ Oakwood Community Center, Troy | $5 suggested donation
Local punk, indie and psychedelia bands Zombie Giuliani, Machine Revival, Electric Turtle, Architrave and Pencildive will play this outdoor show with donations going to the community center. Go get some fresh air and take in some good music. If it rains, put on a movie and make plans to come on over Sunday, Oct. 3.
Punk’n Spice Benefit Show
3 PM @ Town & Country Skate Shop, Scotia | $8 advance, $10 at the door
Enjoy live performances from punk bands Gone Wrong, Senior Living, Turf N Turf, The Great Pacific Garage Patch, Dirty Bandaid and Sunbloc. The event will also feature raffle prizes, snacks, a mini ramp to skate and plenty of people to meet. This is an all-ages, fully sober show benefiting Noteworthy Resources.
6 PM @ Rare Form Brewing, Troy | FREE
Super Dark Days presents this evening show featuring Brain Medicine, a “cow punk”-bluegrass band out of Glens Falls. What can you expect? “Clinton Hoffman’s story songs based on a past of drugs, dads, and death with a wink and a smile, driven into full tilt by the rockabilly mandolin stylings of Will Frohlich and the thunder slaps of upright bassist Kevin Cottone. The icing on the cake is Erika Babus’ snarky soprano, accenting the quick witted lyrics and adding a layer of gin soaked saccharine,” their bandcamp reads.
SUNDAY, OCT. 3
6 PM @ Empire Underground, Albany | $20
Atlanta metalcore band Attila is on their Day Drinking Tour with special guests Jynx, Dead Crown, New Saviors and Banshee. The headlining band released their ninth studio album, Closure, in July. The album features new drummer Tommy Henderson (formerly of Blind Witness) who replaced touring band member Bryan McClure after he was fired for rape and sexual assault allegations last year. The band’s own frontman Chris Fronzak and bassist Kalan Blehm faced accusations of sexual assault on a minor around the same time. So…go if you must?
King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band featuring K’reema
7 PM @ Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs | $15
Don’t miss this gorgeous Reggae show featuring one of the genre’s biggest stars. King Yellowman, “the rudest Dancehall toaster of the 1980s,” is hitting the stage with his customary wit and sharp lyricism. K’reema, daughter of King Yellowman, is known as Princess of the Dancehall and creates a “sultry fusion of pop/R&B sound to her hardcore reggae roots.”
Alasdair Frasier and Natalie Haas
7 PM @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs | $14-$28
The duo performance of Alasdair Fraser, known as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and Californian cellist Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Their virtuosic playing has spanned nearly two decades so come see their collaboration with your own eyes.