Triskele to celebrate
Celebrate the season with Triskele, an all-women Irish band, singing traditional Christmas songs with a Celtic bent on Friday at The Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs.
The band was formed in 2008 at Albany Medical Center, with co-workers Noeleen Whelan Druckenmiller, who grew up in Dublin, and Capital Region native Sharon Wheeler. The two musicians soon added members, and the group features their blended vocals accompanied by guitar, flute, accordion, mandolin, bodhran and percussion.
The Christmas show is geared toward all ages. Bring the kids! 7-10 p.m. $5 cover. 583–1916, partingglasspub.com
Duo at Caffe Lena
Tom MacKenzie and Patti Casey will play at Caffe Lena at 8 p.m. on Friday. The Vermont folk duo play just about everything from French Canadian dance tunes to Tin Pan Alley, from old-time country to original tunes.
Known for their harmonies and traditional instrumentation — including banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer, flute and keyboards — the two are just as likely to break into seated clog dancing, tell stories or launch into dreamy harmonies.
Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door. 800-838-3006, www.caffelena.org
Rapper at Vapor
Rapper Tone Loc, known for his 1989 hits “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing,” will perform at Vapor Night Club on Saturday. With his signature gravelly voice, Loc, born Anthony Smith, is also an actor and has done voice work on several cartoons. DJ Playground opens, and will also DJ following Loc’s performance.
Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins an hour later. Guests must be 21 and older; tickets are $10 and available at vapornightclub.com or at the door.
Rustic Overtones, a seven-piece rock-soul-funk band from Portland, Maine, will be at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Fronted by singer Dave Gutter, the band is known for its powerful horn section. They’ve released six CDs in their 20-year history, and collaborated with David Bowie, Funk Master Flex, Nigel Hall and others.
Los Elk, a four-piece alt-indie-dance rock band made up of Skidmore students, will open. Admission is $10; $15 for guests under 21. 584-8066, putnamden.com