Bands Announced for Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition, 9/6/13

The Chronicles: Brian Brundige, Jeff Nania, Philippe Chow and Justin Henricks (photo by Rudy Lu)

The Chronicles

The third annual Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition takes over downtown Albany, as nine ten live music venues each play host to a different jazz band from 5-9pm on Friday, September 6.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to visit each location, listen to each band and cast a vote for the best performance. The winner will be determined by public vote and a designated judge (50/50%).

Sponsored by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) in conjunction with the City of Albany, the Friday evening competition will feature nine ten regional jazz bands competing for the opportunity to perform at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Jennings Landing the following day, Saturday, September 7.

Here are the bands scheduled to perform at the Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition:

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Blue n’ Green @ Pearl Street Pub
The Chronicles Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes @ Legends on Pearl
Doctor Magnum @ the Capital American Eatery & Lounge
Mambo Dragon Jazz Ensemble @ Franklin’s Tower
Melonious Thunk @ McGeary’s Irish Pub
Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes The Jake Pinto Trio @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen
MLS Trio @ 74 State
RB Jazz @ Blue 82
Shiri Zorn @ Olde English Pub

UPDATES (8/29/13):
The Chronicles have dropped out of the competition.
The Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes have moved from the Hollow to Legends on Pearl.
The Jake Pinto Trio have been added at the Hollow.
And a late-breaking entry in the competition has raised the total number of competing participants to ten, with the addition of David Caldwell-Mason at the Merry Monk.

ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2013
MudFest @ Prattsville Town Green, Prattsville (Friday & Saturday, August 23 & 24)
The Old Austerlitz Music Festival @ Old Austerlitz, Austerlitz (Saturday, August 24)
Albany Latin Festival @ Washington Park, Albany (Saturday, August 24)
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, Albany (Saturday, September 7)
New Music Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (Saturday, September 7)
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (Saturday, September 14)
PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany (Saturday, September 28)
Summer at the Plaza @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (various days)
Freedom Park Concerts @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days through Wednesday, August 28)
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany (Mondays through August 26)
Monday Night Concerts in the Park @ Veterans’ Memorial Park, Athol (Mondays through August 26)
Tuesday Nights in Brunswick @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (Tuesdays through August 27)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays through August 27)
Music in the Park @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek (Tuesdays through August 27)
Music in the Park @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush (Tuesdays through August 27)
SCA Summer Concert Series @ the Outdoor Entertainment Center, South Glens Falls (Tuesdays through August 27)
Lake George Arts Project Summer Concerts @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Wednesdays through August 28)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge Parking Lot/Riverfront Park, Troy (Wednesdays through August 28)
Green Island Gazebo Concerts @ Green Island Park, Green Island (Wednesdays through August 28)
Concerts at Windsor Lake @ Windsor Lake, North Adams (Wednesdays through August 28)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays through September 5)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (Thursdays through August 29)
Schaghticoke Summer Eve Concerts @ Schaghticoke Town Hall lawn, Melrose (Thursdays through August 22)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays through August 29)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays through August 22)
Thursday Night Concerts @ the Crossings, Colonie (Thursdays through August 29)
Rhythm On the Riverfront @ Long Dock Park, Beacon (Thursdays through August 22)
Evenings On the Green @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans (Thursdays through August 29)
Music On the Lawn @ Castleton Public Library, Castleton-On Hudson (Thursdays through August 22)
Upbeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays through August 30)
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays through August 30)
Athens Summer Concert Series @ Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays through August 30)
Canal Square Summer Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes (Fridays through August 30)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays through August 30)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (once a month on Fridays through September 20)
Riverlink Park Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays through August 31)
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (Saturdays through August 24)

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