No, it’s not quite LarkFest.
But after all, the Art on Lark street festival – which is taking place on Saturday – started out as a celebration of Nippertown’s thriving visual art scene. What music there was to be heard was relegated to solo acoustic performers hanging out on street corners without a stage or even a sound system.
When the 15th annual fest takes over Lark Street in Albany from 10am-5pm on Saturday, there will still be plenty of visual art to soak up, but there will also be two big stages pumping out non-stop homegrown music all day long. And Art on Lark has grown into the second largest street festival in New York State – second only to LarkFest. Admission, of course, is still free.
The line-up for the Madison Avenue stage was announced back at the beginning of May, but apparently since then Council Fire has dropped off of the roster. That’s too bad (they sounded great last week at the Alive at Five After-Party at McGeary’s last week), but there’s plenty of other great music still on tap. And the recently announced line-up for the Washington Avenue stage includes don’t-miss-performances by M.R. Poulopoulos and Disposable Rocket Band, which of whom have just released impressive debut albums.
Here’s the schedule of performances on both stages to help you plan your Saturday outing:
MORE UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2011:
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, June 11
Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany, June 11 FREE
Capital Pride Parade & Festival @ Washington Park, Albany, June 12 FREE
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 24-26
Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
Freihofer’s Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25-26
The WGNA CountryFest @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, July 9
Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 16-17
The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent, July 28-30
Bluestock Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, August 26-28
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17-18, FREE