Real Good for Free: African American Family Day @ Empire State Plaza

The Empire State Plaza’s annual At the Plaza summertime concert series has dwindled down to a precious few shows, so enjoy ’em while you can. McDonald’s African American Family Day rolls around from 12noon-7pm on Saturday, and the plaza will be filled with music, art, guest speakers and all sorts of family-friendly activities.

Headlining the musical festivities will be the S.O.S. Band (at 5:45pm), the ’80s funk ‘n’ soul band who churned out such hits as “You,” “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” “Do It Now,” “Just Be Good to Me” and more.

Post continues below...

The day kicks off with a youth talent competition, gospel artists Pastor John David Wright & the DW Project (at 12:30pm) and many other area choirs and local gospel artists.

Other musical highlights throughout the day include rising hip-hop artist MIMS (at 5pm), fresh beats from Rob Murat (3:30pm), whose music has been featured on ESPN and local jazz-funk ensemble the Chronicles (4:15pm).


Freedom Park, Scotia (7pm on various days)
Free Dance Performances @ Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett (6:15pm on various days)
Free Summer Theater @ various locations (various days)
Pine Hills Monday Summer Concert Series @ the Elks Club, Albany (7pm on Mondays)
Monday Night Concerts in the Park @ Veteran’s Memorial Field, Thurman (7pm on Mondays)
Live at the Bearsville Theater @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock (8pm on Mondays)
Music in the Park @ Riverfront Park, Rensselaer (6pm on Tuesdays)
Summer Concert Series @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
The SCA Summer Concert Series @ the Outdoor Entertainment Center, South Glens Falls (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
Music on Mainstreet @ NBT Bank, Canajoharie (7pm on Tuesdays)
Music in the Park @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek (7pm on Tuesdays)
Summer Concert Series @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs (7pm on Tuesdays)
Rockin’ On the River @ the Hedley District Riverfront Parking Lot, River St., Troy (5pm on Wednesdays)
Hudson.Water.Music. @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson (6pm on Wednesdays)
Live On the Lake @ Burbank Park, Pittsfield (6pm on Wednesdays)
Concerts On the Green @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar (7pm on Wednesdays)
Summer Music Series @ the East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush (7pm on Wednesdays)
Niskayuna Summer Concert Series @ Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna (7pm on Wednesdays)
Lake George Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7:30pm on Wednesdays)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon on Thursdays)
Alive at Five @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany (5pm on Thursdays)
Jammin’ On Maple Street @ City Park, Glens Falls (5pm on Thursdays)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (6pm on Thursdays)
Backlot Music Series @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford (6pm on Thursdays)
Party in the Park @ Noel Field, North Adams (6pm on Thursdays)
Schaghticoke Community Concerts @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose (6:30pm on Thursdays)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (7pm on Thursdays)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (7:30pm on Thursdays)
Garage Bands In the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (6pm on the third Friday of the month)
UpBeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm on Fridays)
Improv Records’ Free Fridays @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7pm on Fridays)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (7pm on Fridays)
Concerts in the Park @ Riverfront Part, Athens (7pm on Fridays)
Canal Square Summer Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes (7pm on Fridays)
Outdoor Films @ the Shirt Factory, Glens Falls (dusk on Fridays)
Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Main Street Gazebo, Salem (11am on Saturdays)
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (6pm on Saturdays)
Riverlink Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (7pm on Saturdays)
Poets in the Park @ Washington Park, Albany (7pm on Saturdays)
North Greenbush Summer Concerts @ North Greenbush Town Hall Gazebo, North Greenbush (6pm on Sundays)
Concerts in the Park @ Riverside Park, Coxsackie (6pm on Sundays)
Music Haven Concert Series @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady (7pm on Sundays)
Performing Arts at the Common @ the Clifton Park Common, Clifton Park (7pm on Sundays)
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany (Saturday, September 10)
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18)

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Albany PoetsBerkshire On StageHudson SoundsLeave Regular Radio BehindThe LindaArtist Charles HaymesArtist and Musician Michael Eck