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Rockin for Hunger

Palace Theatre, Thursday

Drag those acid-washed jeans from the deep recesses of your dresser. Tonight (Thursday), the ’80s rise again—and this time, for a good cause. Jovi, the self-dubbed “Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Show,” have joined forces with the Wicked 80s (who have staked their claim as “New England’s #1 tribute band to the 80s hair bands”) on a Rockin for Hunger tour through the Northeast. All proceeds from the tour are donated to the area’s local food banks. In Albany, where the power ballads will help fund the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the Saratoga-based Bed Spins will jump in the fray. The band’s Myspace page declares them “the hottest cover band in New York State.” We smell the cover/tribute band feud of the century brewing. If, instead of firing up your Aqua Net, you’re still wondering why a bevy of grown men would dedicate themselves to impersonating hair bands, just “Blame it on the Love of Rock and Roll.” (March 19, PM, $, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663)

Keller Williams

Keller Williams

The Egg, Friday

Thanks to the boom of looping and sampling technology, there are now loads of musicians out there doing the one-man-band thing. We could name about a dozen off the top of our heads. We’ll spare you the gratuitous display of short-term memory, but one of the first names that comes to mind is Keller Williams. Dude brings a whole rock outfit’s worth of instruments onstage every night and creates a part-improvisational, always-impressive display of musicianship. That display is captured nicely on Williams’ new Live disc; if you want to see it all go down in person, get to the Egg tomorrow (Friday). (March 20, 8 PM, $30, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)



Pete Francis and Barefoot Truth

Revolution Hall, Friday

That Pete Francis is one restless dude. He put the pedal to the metal with Dispatch for years, playing hundreds of shows and selling thousands and thousands of tickets. He went solo a few years back and recently dropped the well-regarded Iron Sea and the Cavalry CD. Now the singer-songwriter is back on the road in a touring collaboration with roots-rockers Barefoot Truth, the young band who got a big profile boost last fall as part of a gig attached to the presidential debates in New York. Together, Francis and Barefoot Truth rock through their own material, as well as dipping into the Dispatch catalog. (March 20, PM, $, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Dave Rowe Trio

Eighth Step/GE Theatre at Proctors, Saturday

Dave Rowe grew up basked in folk music; his father is the late Tom Rowe of Maine’s legendary Schooner Fare, and the two performed together for nearly a decade. After the multi-instrumentalist lost his father to cancer in 2004, he scoured Maine looking for high-energy musicians who would create an all-new folk configuration. Rowe found Kevin O’Reilly, an electric bassist with a rock background, and fiddler Eric Howe. The three formed a high-energy, neo-Celtic “newgrass” band headed by Rowe on guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and vocals. Howe recently bowed out of the trio, but introduced Eric McDonald, a Boston-based mandolin player who quickly became the third musketeer. According to the Boston Globe, the resulting music rings with “youthful zest, pulsing melodicism, and pedal-to-the-metal energy.” (March 21, 7:30 PM, $21, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Cassandra Wilson

The Egg, Sunday

Some things are worth waiting for, and a performance by Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson at the Egg is certainly one of them. The concert originally was scheduled for Feb. 8; this time it’s for real, and Wilson will bring the full triple threat with her voice, guitar and piano playing. If you thought that scat was something biologists studied and jazzband instructors made a fool of themselves demonstrating, then Wilson will be more than glad to offer an exhibition of the human voice’s full potential as a musical instrument. (March 22, 7:30 PM, $34.50, Empire Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Also Noted

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix

Tomorrow (Friday) at TJ’s Flight Line Tavern in Glenville, catch the Organiks and Joe Roy Jackson (6 PM, $10, 399-8401). . . . Get rocked with Blackcat Elliot Friday at Positively 4th Street (9 PM, $5, 687-0064). . . . Local composer Oded Ben-Ami celebrates the release of his new CD, Beyond, this Saturday afternoon at the Niskayuna Public Library (3 PM, Free, 386-2249). . . . The Ramblin Jug Stompers and the M Shanghai String Band team up for a punctuation-free night of roots-rock and old-time porch tunes at the Ale House on Saturday (9 PM, $15, 272-9740). . . . Also on Saturday, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix return to the area for a show at the Linda (8 PM, $15, $10 students, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Saturday brings multi-instrumentalist and composer Terry Dame’s Electric Junkyard Gamelan back to Time & Space Limited in Hudson (8 PM $10, 822-8448). . . . On the meditative side of things—really!—experience the healing sounds of Rich Goodhart at the Octagon Barn in Delanson on Saturday (7:30 PM, $20, 895-2950). . . . Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers at Caffe Lena on Sunday (7 PM, $18, 583-0022).

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