Above: Fort Orange Holiday Market takes place Friday night. Photo: Kiki Vassilakis
TUESDAY, DEC. 3
Hot Tuna Acoustic: Celebrating 50 Years
Formed in 1969 by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady after their stint in The Jefferson Airplane, this blues duo has spent decades honing their craft. We’re lucky to have them in town.
@Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy | 7:30 PM | $59.50
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
Sarah Hennies: Falsetto
Hennies’ work “explores the act of performance: whether through showing the amount of energy it takes to maintain a constant appearance in front of others, the exhaustion of maintaining a sound once it has been established, or the vulnerability of having one’s every small move amplified through observation.”
@ EMPAC, Troy | 7:30 PM | $6-$20
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
Storytellers and visionaries will come together at Overit Studios to change your perspective and challenge the status quo.
@ Overit, Albany | 8 AM- 5 PM | $75
Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining
The string folk trio promises to warm you to the core with their harmonious storytelling and beautiful instrumentals.
@ Caffe Lena, Saratoga | 7 PM | $3-$12
Girl Blue with Will Bailey
Girl Blue’s emotionally devastating live performances can’t be missed. Paired with singer songwriter WIll Bailey on Thursday at The Hollow we suspect we will be getting the kind of show you talk about for quite some time.
@ The Hollow, Albany| 8 PM | $12
Upstate Dance Challenge 2019
Four days of West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop lessons, dancing, competitions and shows. Take part in this dance community’s annual World Swing Dance Council registered event featuring social dances that go on until 4 AM, a live Lindy Hop band and a variety of DJs.
@ The Gideon Putnam, Saratoga | Dec. 5-9 | $20-$140 (weekend pass)
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
This makers market features some of our favorite local brands and artists along with a photo booth and wrapping station. Stop by, pick up an adult beverage, decompress and shop in style.
@ Albany Barn | 6 PM-9 PM| Free
Fort Orange Holiday Market
Pick up a Nipper shirt for your cousin and some locally-made chocolate for your aunt. Perhaps a hand-crafted pacifier for the latest addition to your family? WIth up to 30 vendors showing their wares your likely to find a locally-made product that allows you to cross someone off your shopping list.
@ Fort Orange General Store, Albany| 5-9 PM| Free
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
Babes in Troyland
If all this snow doesn’t get you in the holiday mood then this event should do the trick. Featuring games, beverages, snacks, entertainment, karaoke and of course plenty of vendors you’ll leave feeling ultra merry.
@ Takk House, Troy | 12-6 PM
For just $1 per sample you’ll try gourmet beverages from participating locations and cast your vote to determine who will take home the trophy (for an additional cost, various locations will offer grown-up hot chocolate cocktails as well).
@ Stacks Espresso Broadway, Albany | 12 PM | ticket bundles available
Pop Culture Provocateurs presents: Tease the Season!
Join PCP for some merrily themed burlesque featuring the Capital Region troupe and some out of town friends like Maestro Maestra from Salt City Burlesque, led by PCP’s Teasy Roosevelt. Don’t miss out on the holiday cheer of these performances as well as raffles, contests and prizes from sponsors like Weird Beard Candle Co., That Store smoke shop, Alectric City Tattoo and more.
@ Albany Barn | 7:30 PM | $15-$30 (VIP)
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
The Joy Formidable
This Welsh three-piece worships at the altar of the distortion pedal. They smash big pop hooks into dreamy walls of distortion like a radio-friendly My Bloody Valentine and they’ve done it for a decade. Catch them at this intimated WEQX-sponsored show.
@ The Hollow, Albany | Dec. 7, 8:30 PM | $15
Caribbean influences mixed with modern jazz and electronica sounds equal one big dance party brought to you by these critically-acclaimed Brooklynites. Plan a day trip to take in MASS MoCA’s installations.
@ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA | Dec. 7, 8 PM | $44