Real Good for FREE: Hats Off Music Festival, Saratoga Springs

July 18th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

The annual Hats Off Music Festival returns to the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs this weekend to celebrate the opening of the racing season on Friday.

A wide array of bands and musicians will enliven Broadway and the surrounding streets on Friday and Saturday nights with their free performances.

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Here’s the line-up of who’s playing where… and when:

FRIDAY, JULY 20

Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers
at Ellsworth Jones Place (by the City Center)
7, 9:30pm

Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Quartet
at the Collamer Parking Lot
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Jeff Strange
at the Post Office
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Bob Warren & Friends
at the Adirondack Trust Co. Drive-Through
7, 8, 9:15 & 10:15pm

The Jack Russell Terrorists
on Caroline Street
7 & 9:30pm

MaryLeigh & the Fauves
on Division Street
7, 8:15 & 10pm

Chris Cooley
at Eddie Bauer
7pm

Rachel Matthews
at Eddie Bauer
8:15, 9:15 & 10:15pm

The Racing City Chorus
at Ben & Jerry’s
7, 8 & 9pm

SATURDAY, JULY 21

Aged in the Hills
at Ellsworth Jones Place (by the City Center)
7, 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15pm

Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Quartet
at the Collamer Parking Lot
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Jeff Strange
at the Post Office
7, 8:30 & 9:45pm

Bob Warren & Friends
at the Adirondack Trust Co. Drive-Through
7, 8, 9:15 & 10:15pm

The Jack Russell Terrorists
on Caroline Street
7 & 9:30pm

MaryLeigh & the Fauves
on Division Street
7, 8:15 & 10pm

Chris Cooley
at Eddie Bauer
7pm

Rachel Matthews
at Eddie Bauer
8:15, 9:15 & 10:15pm

Bernie Branch
at Ben & Jerry’s
7, 8, 9 & 10pm

ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS:

Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society’s Blues Celebration @ Stockade Imports, Saratoga Springs (Friday & Saturday, July 20-21)
New York State Summer Writers Institute @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs (weekdays through July 27)
East Greenbush Community Library Summer Concerts @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush (various days thru August 1)
Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days thru August 29)
Performing Arts at the Common @ Clifton Common Stage, Clifton Park (various days thru August 26)
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany (Mondays thru August 27)
Upper Madison Concert Series @ Elks Lodge lawn, Albany (Mondays thru August 20)
Music On Main Street @ NBT Bank lawn, Canajoharie (Tuesdays thru August 14)
Brunswick Summer Concerts @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Altamont Summer Concert Series @ Orsini Park, Altamont (Tuesdays thru August 7)
Concerts On the Lawn @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (Tuesdays thru July 24)
Cook Park Concert Series @ Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Sounds of Summer @ VFW Hall, Great Barrington (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Hudson.River.Music. @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson (Wednesdays thru August 15)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge parking lot, Troy (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Together at Twilight Concert Series @ Voorheesville Public Library, Voorheesville (select Wednesdays thru August 8)
Music in the Park @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays thru August 30)
Alive at Five @ Riverfront Park, Albany (Thursdays thru August 9)
Backlot Music Festival @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford (Thursdays thru July 26)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays thru August 23)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (Thursdays thru August 30)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays thru August 30)
Arts in the Park Concerts @ Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park, Cobleskill (Thursdays thru August 16)
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays thru September 7)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays thru August 31)
Upbeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays thru August 31)
Canal Square Summer Concerts @ Canal Square, Cohoes (Fridays thru August 31)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (select Fridays thru September 21)
The Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Train Depot Green, Salem, (Saturdays thru September 1)
Riverlink Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays thru August 25)
Poets in the Park @ Washington Park, Albany (Saturdays thru July 28)
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (Saturdays in July and August)
Music in the Garden @ Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Clifton Park, Friday, August 3
McDonald’s African American Family Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, August 4
Empire State Plaza Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday, August 15
Local Legends Live @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 8
Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 22