Real Good for FREE: Saratoga Blues Celebration, 8/31 & 9/1/13

Holly Taormina of Holly & Evan (left) and Mark Tolstrup.

Holly Taormina of Holly & Evan (left) and Mark Tolstrup

The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society is presenting its sixth annual Saratoga Blues Celebration this weekend at Stockade Imports in the Old Firehouse on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The free Blues Celebration coincides with the Final Stretch Music Festival – which is also free – that takes place outdoors at various locations throughout downtown Saratoga.

Saturday’s five-hour festival is all acoustic, beginning at 6pm with a wide variety of Local 518 unplugged blues men and women performing throughout the night. On Sunday, the Resonators will plug in at 7pm and serve up a three-and-a-half-hour evening of electric blues with special guests Will Smith (on sax) and a number of others.

Here’s the full schedule of performances for the the 2013 Saratoga Blues Celebration:

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
6pm: Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society
6:20pm: Ray Pashoukos
6:40pm: Michael Taub
7pm: LB Walker
7:20pm: Ray Giguere & Dave Scheffel
7:45pm: Memphis Moon
8:05pm: Holly & Evan
8:50pm: George Fletcher
9:10pm: Michael Eck
9:35pm: Mark Tolstrup
9:55pm: Sharon & Rick Bolton with Jeff & Becky Walton

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
7pm: The Resonators with Will Smith on sax and additional special guests

ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2013
The Final Stretch Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs (Saturday & Sunday, August 31 & September 1)
Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition @ various locations, Albany (Friday, September 6)
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)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays through August 29)
Thursday Night Concerts @ the Crossings, Colonie (Thursdays through August 29)
Evenings On the Green @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans (Thursdays through August 29)
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)

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