Real Good for Free: Empire State Plaza Food Festival, 8/17/11

The Empire State Plaza Food Festival takes over the Empire State Plaza on Wednesday with a wide array of more than 50 different food vendors… and lots of free music, too.

Eddie Money is the headliner, and at this point we figure that he must have a summer home here in Nippertown somewhere. After all, this is his fourth free concert in the area in the past five years, having previous played Alive at Five in 2006, Troy Riverfront Fan Fest in 2008 and Alive at Five again last year (read our review here).

The fest runs from 11am-9pm on Wednesday, and here’s the live music schedule:

11:30am-12:30pm: Slick Fitty (under The Egg)
12:30-2pm: The Chris Dukes Band
5-6pm: The Chris Busone Band
6:15-7:30pm: Ten Year Vamp
7:45-9pm: Eddie Money


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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)
Summer Music Series @ the East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush (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)
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)
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)
Sirsy @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs (8pm on Sundays)
Frequency North Reading Series @ the College of Saint Rose, Albany (various days)
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany (Saturday, September 10)
LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany (Saturday, September 17)
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18)

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