It’s a glorious mess of too much fun, so let’s get right to it.
Caffe Lena’s Weekend of Words pairs talkers with musicians. On Friday, tale-teller Timothy Mason teams up with guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto at 8 p.m. Admission is $16 in advance, $18 at the door. On Saturday, story weaver Jeannine Laverty and multi-instrumentalist Ed Loman collaborate; same starting time and admission. On Sunday, Don White provides both words and music, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $14 in advance, $16 at the door. 583-0022 www.caffelena.org.
In that same words-and-music format and same town, on Sunday, monologist David Greenberger and his band A Strong Dog (multi-instrumentalists Kevin Maul and Mitch Throop) continue their One Upon performances for single-person audiences in a teeny/classy theater on the mezzanine at Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum (N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs). Performances are free, first come first served, 2 to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the other half of Greenberger’s Tang presentation — recordings in the elevator called one updown — is drawing crowds riding up and down and listening. 580-8080 www.skidmore.edu/tang.
WAMC’s The Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany) hosts earthy blues and world beat: respectively, the Alexis P. Suter Band and Tas Cru at 8 p.m. on Friday and Chicha Libre at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
A long-running star of the late, great Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, the extra-deep-voiced Suter hails from a musical Brooklyn family. She has carved a multi-album, multi-years-on-the-road career, strong on big-time festival dates. Local hero bluesman Tas Cru opens. Admission is $18. 465-5233 ext. 4 www.wamcarts.org.
On Saturday, The Linda had better feature a dance floor for its Latin fusion dance party with Peruvian-inspired world-beat dance band Chicha Libre laying down the beat and lifting the spirits. The sextet hails from Brooklyn, but their hearts and sounds are from way south of the border. Dance time is 8 p.m. Admission is $15.
A few doors from The Linda on Central, the Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany) hosts acoustic rock faves Session Americana on Friday at 8 p.m. A six-or-more-piece Boston roots-rocking supergroup, it features members of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Treat Her Right, the Murphy Beds, Face to Face, the Poison Oaks, Maybe Baby, Chauncey, and more. In other words, they’re experienced, knowledgeable and flexible. They’ve released seven albums as a group and won every Boston music award in sight. Admission is $15. 432-6572 www.thelowbeat.com.
Other Albany venues get loud this week, too.
At 23, Texan prodigy Sarah Jarosz has become acoustic-roots-music’s brightest new star — apart from Nickel Creek’s reunion, maybe. Jarosz released two albums before graduating from the New England Conservatory last year, and another since: “Build Me Up From Bones.” She writes and sings grown-up, well-made songs; she plays mandolin, guitar and banjo; and she gets Nashville A-listers (Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Shawn Colvin and many more) to play on her projects.
On Friday, she plays The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) with fiddler Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith. New England singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Dietrich Strause opens at 8 p.m. Admission is $24. 473-1845 www.theegg.org.
On Saturday, The Egg presents Hammer of the Gods, a highly regarded Led Zeppelin tribute. Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $39.50 and $34.50.
Providence alt-rockers Deer Tick (no, not Deerhoof, Deerhunter or any of those “Bear” bands) headline on Friday at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen (79 N. Pearl St., Albany) They might play newish original tunes from last year’s “Negativity,” their fifth album and most candidly, bravely mature. Or they might play a whole show of Nirvana covers as Deervana. Philadelphia’s Toy Soldiers seem a compatible opener, starting at 9:30 p.m.; doors at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 426-8550 www.thehollowbaralbany.com.
On Saturday, the reconstituted Conehead Buddha takes over at The Hollow, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Tonight, Matt Durfee and the Rattling Baddlies play Red Square (388 Broadway, Albany) with M.R. Poulopoulos and Friends opening. A seasoned solo performer, Durfee adds muscle in this trio: Thomas Krebs and August Sagehorn, both of Alta Mira. Durfee and Poulopoulos have also performed together as Platypus, so this gig is all about recombinant musical DNA. 465-0444 www.redsquarealbany.com.
Something With Strings, bluegrass/rockers from Burlington, and the Late Shift take over on Friday at 8 p.m.
Think about it: We’ve gotten where we were going so far this winter, right?
Cowboy Junkies play on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (30 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.).
Still chuffed from their homeland’s double hockey gold at the Sochi Olympics, these deeply Canadian rockers’ only recent complaint is that dipping below the border to play in the states over the past months hasn’t brought even the illusion of springtime.
Since going independent, they have become even more prolific, versatile and interesting: Recent projects include “Margo’s Corner,” a sort of Margo Timmins solo album of favorite covers, recorded at longtime sideman Jeff Byrd’s Ontario studio; and the all-star “Kennedy Suite” about the JFK assassination. Admission is $50 and $30. 413-528-0100 www.mahaiwe.org.
Reach Gazette columnist Michael Hochanadel at Hochanadel@dailygazette.net.