Big D and the Kids Table will be keeping ska alive tonight (Thursday) at Upstate Concert Hall (7:30 PM, $15, 371-0012). . . . Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds pack into the Hollow Bar with Connor Kennedy tonight (8 PM, $15, 426-8550). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) is country night at Putnam Den with Underhill Rose, Decadence and Dry Town Drifters (9:30 PM, $8, 584-8066). . . . Formula 5 share the stage with Tauk Friday at the Hollow Bar (8 PM, $10, 426-8550). . . . Jazz piano wizard John Medeski will play a special solo set at the College of Saint Rose’s Picotte Recital Hall on Saturday (7:30 PM, $25, 337-4871). . . . What’s this? Rival jazz piano wizard Marco Benevento will be casting spells down the hill at Red Square Saturday night as well (8 PM, $16, 465-0444). . . .Woodstock’s “mountain Motown” chanteuse Simi Stone (left) will play Club Helsinki on Saturday (9 PM, $15, 828-4800). . . . Matisyahu brings his annual Hannukah tour through Club Helsinki on Wednesday (8 PM, $45, 828-4800).