Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson
Sammy Yager, the Saratoga musician behind the experimental music of Birthdays, was involved in a serious bicycle accident in July that left him hospital and in a coma.
He is slowly recovering at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center, showing signs of improvement daily, as he builds his strength. You can follow his progress online at the Babydude Blog.
Now a number of Local 518 bands and musicians are banding together to support Yager’s recovery and to raise money to alleviate the cost of his mounting medical bills. The benefit concert Sammyfest will be held at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday. Admission is a $10 minimum donation.
Here’s the line-up of bands who are graciously donating their time and talent for Sammyfest:
Donations can also be made here:
Samuel Yager Fund
c/o Alliance Accounting
PO Box 72, Rexford NY 12148
(cashier checks and money orders only)
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition @ various locations, Albany, 9/6/13 (FREE)
Restoration Festival @ Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, 9/6&7/13
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, Albany, 9/7/13 (FREE)
New Music Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 9/7/13 (FREE)
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza, 9/14/13 (FREE)
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13
Farm Aid @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 9/21/13 (SOLD OUT)
LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany, 9/21/13 (FREE)
PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/28/13 (FREE)