Real Good for Free: Freedom Park, Scotia

The annual summer concert series at Freedom Park in Scotia is traditionally one of the biggest batch of free shows in Nippertown all summer long, and this year is no exception with more than three dozen performances on tap.

At Freedom Park, there truly is something for everyone, and, of course, there’s the added bonus that right next door is one of Nippertown’s must-visit summer hot-spots – Jumpin Jack’s Drive-In.

Summertime at Freedom Park all gets underway on Wednesday evening – hey, that’s tomorrow – with a rousing performance by the Capital Region’s most popular Irish music-and-more band, Hair of the Dog, led by Rick Bedrosian.

All shows begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted:

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Wednesday, June 16: Hair of the Dog
Saturday, June 19: The Blisterz
Sunday, June 20: Happy Daze
Wednesday, June 23: The Alan Payette Band
Thursday, June 24: The Adirondack Sax Quartet Plus 2
Saturday, June 26: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers
Sunday, June 27: The Music Company Orchestra
Wednesday, June 30: The New York Players
Friday, July 2 (8pm): Hillbilly Horns
Saturday, July 3: The Air National Guard Band
Wednesday, July 7: The Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band
Thursday, July 8: The Scotia-Glenville Community Band
Saturday, July 10: The Ernie Williams Band
Sunday, July 11: The Puppet People
Wednesday, July 14: Soul Session
Saturday, July 17: Grant Austin Taylor
Sunday, July 18: Jill Hughes
Wednesday, July 21: The Audiostars
Thursday, July 22: The Scotia-Glenville Community Band
Saturday, July 24: Christopher Shaw & Kevin McKrell
Sunday, July 25: Route Fifty 5
Wednesday, July 28: The Joey Thomas Big Band
Saturday, July 31: Storm Front
Sunday, August 1: Maria Zemantauki & Alegria featuring Taina Asili
Wednesday, August 4: The Lustre Kings
Thursday, August 5: The Steve Lambert Sextet
Saturday, August 7: Sensamaya
Sunday, August 8: The Wister Quartet
Wednesday, August 11: The Refrigerators
Saturday, August 14: Dyer Switch
Sunday, August 15: The TS Ensemble
Wednesday, August 18: The Electric City Chorus
Thursday-Saturday, August 19-21: Our Own Productions’ “The Wiz”
Sunday, August 22: The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Wednesday, August 25: The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra

River Street Festival @ River Street, Troy (Saturday, June 19)
Music in the Park @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack (6pm Tuesdays)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon Thursdays)
Alive at 5 @ Riverfront Park, Albany (5pm Thursdays)
Tiki Thursdays @ the Piggy Bank, Beacon (6pm Thursdays)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ the Albany Public Library, Albany (6pm Fridays)
Upbeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm Fridays)
Rockin’ On the River @ River Street, Troy (5pm Wednesdays)
Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon (Saturday, June 26)
Skidmore Jazz Institute @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs (Tuesday, June 29-Friday, July 9)
Music Haven Stage @ Central Park, Schenectady (7pm Sundays)
Lake George Arts Project Summer Concerts @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7:30pm Wednesdays)
Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 18-19)

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